Are you looking for some more ways with embossing folders? Some ideas you can use to get the most out of them, and some where you don’t even need a die-cutting machine? Well, following on from my 5 Ways With Embossing Folders video I have got 5 More Ways With Embossing Folders for you today! I hope you have alot of fun with them. These are great for all sorts of projects from mixed media to cardmaking.
What are your favorite art motifs? What shapes or patterns keep cropping up again and again for you? Let me know I would love to hear! You guys know that I do tend to use a lot of circles and hearts in my work and I’ve mentioned them before on my blog, as my favorite, go-to motifs. You have probably seen various retro-style shapes from me too and if you follow my magazine work you might have spotted a few stars in my work. I mean they are just so sparkly aren’t they?!
So I thought we could revisit the subject today and I’m sharing some thoughts on art motifs whilst I work on one of my favorites, a retro, stylised flower. I’m also sharing some tips on how to spot your motifs and how to break out of your art motif ruts too!
Are there art or craft skills that you want to improve this year? Or techniques you want to learn? Well, I am guessing that the answer is ‘yes’! Because we all have don’t we? I know I do! I have a long old list of things I want to do better in my art. So today I am sharing 5 tips on how to practice art to improve. These are 5 things that I am currently doing to help me to practice art and hopefully to improve and fill the skill and technique gaps I have. Such as my brushwork. I’ve mentioned before that I want to improve my brushwork, so today I am also practising my brushwork and I have a time lapse video showing you how I put together a pattern in gouache paint.
I hope you find these tips useful and let me know what it is that you want to improve at the moment in your art or craft!
VIDEO: How To Practice Art – 5 Tips For Artists And Crafters
Did you spot the nozzles I used in my art journal process video on Sunday? They are the Royal Talens Dosing Nozzles and some of you were a little curious about them! So today I am sharing a quick product test video for them with some tips on using them and what you can use them with. Let me know if you have any more questions or if you have used them! I would love to know what you think of them, so please do share your experiences too!
It is that time again when we take the opportunity of that end of the year lull, before we gear-up and get cracking with the new year, to take a step back, reflect on our creative 2017 and pick out some of our favourite projects. Have you done this yet? I would love to know if you have so please feel free to let me know in the comments and share links to it if you have them!
I’ve done mine as a video this year and shared a little of the back story to my 2017 creative life. I think it does help to do a review so that you can see the direction you have been and where you are going, or at least hopefully.
Sometimes it is important to take stock, be kind to yourself and look at your work with fresh eyes. Everything moves so fast, with the constant need to be doing something new, that we often forget the work we have put in over the year. So it is a great time to just pause and congratulate yourself for everything you have done, even if you haven’t had a chance to do a lot creatively this year, what you have done is amazing! So go look back over your art journals, cards, sketchbooks or whatever works you have from 2017, before we all start racing ahead with 2018!
VIDEO: Gelli Prints Project #1: Transform A Sketch – watch in the blog post or on YouTube!
Line design at around time point 7.10 VIDEO: Sketchbook Tour and mini vlog – Inktober 2017 – watch in the blog post or on YouTube!
VIDEO: Watercolor Abstract Painting – Start To Finish Process – watch in the blog post or on YouTube!
You know when you finish a project and you have lots of other ideas but you just can’t seem to pick one and run with it? Well, that was me! After finishing my Gelli Prints Project series I was looking for a new focus for my video today and thanks to the lovely Tania Ahmed I think I might have found it! DIY Stamp Carving is back on the agenda particularly as Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Carve December challenge is about to start!
So check out the video and let me know which of these products are your favourites and if you will be joining in with Carve December this year. As always the full list of the products are below the video and scroll down to see the results from the stamp I carved.
Oh and if you were wondering how to join in the stamp carving without having any of the products to hand, then I have a fun, cheap alternative you can try!
VIDEO: My Favourite DIY Stamp Carving Materials Ready For Carve December
And I know that we are all time-poor, especially in the run up to the day itself, so it is a very easy set of projects that you can make in bulk too if you need to. Enjoy the video and as always the supply list is below along with the links to all the other Gelli Print videos in the series and a close up photo of one of the projects.
VIDEO: Gelli Prints Project #5: DIY Holiday Season Gift Wrap Set
Haven’t got a gelli plate? Don’t worry, make your own with this handy blog post on Gelatin plates.
Hope you have enjoyed the Gelli Prints Project series and that you are buzzing with even more ideas for using those gelli prints, because I know you aren’t hording them right? For that perfect project? Nope, you are using them all up and I am glad to hear it!
I’m guessing that you are like me and like to make the most out of the art that you make don’t you? I mean there is just so much you can do with it and I’ve shared ideas before like the blog post about turning your art journal pages into soft furnishings for your home or the one about making personalised stocking filler gifts (perfect for this time of year *wink *wink!). Well, as part of my Gelli Prints Project series I thought I would stretch the use of my monoprints and do a hybrid art journal page.
So today we are going partly digital and using some of my digital stamps from my Etsy shop with some digitalised gelli print papers as the focal point to a painted art journal page. So I have tips on how to scan your monoprints, how to add digital stamps to them in Photoshop Elements and also how to make a quick textured background with heavy body acrylic paint.
So a lot of subjects covered in my video today! Scroll down to find all the supplies plus a close-up of the finished art journal page.
VIDEO: Gelli Prints Project #4: Digital Gelli Prints and Hybrid Art Journal Page
I’m really interested to know how much hybrid work you include in your art and craft practice. So let me know if you use software and apps and which ones you use, also what do you make with them? Thanks guys!
I’ve got another idea for using up your Gelli prints plus a super simple monoprinting technique AND a free template too! All in today’s video! I know! You didn’t expect that when you sat down to catch up with your blogs this morning did you?
So I have a little bit of a small envelope addiction, I think it might just be part of my whole issue with stationery. The issue being that I just can’t get enough of it! Nope, there is no shortage of pens in this house, although can I find the one pen I want to use at any one time? ERr No! But that is another issue entirely. Today, let’s focus on envelopes and monoprinting! (It has been a long week, can you tell?!).
I made these little envelopes, they are just slightly bigger than a gift card size, or small secret note size, and perfect for all sorts of projects and I have a few suggestions for you in my video. You will also find out how to get hold of the template to if you watch to the end!
Don’t forget to get your ***FREE Envelope Template*** to make some keepsake envelopes for your next project! I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing what you make, or plan to make, with them, so let me know or tag me in on social media!
Are you ready for project number 2 in my series on Gelli Prints and how to use them? I hope so because here it is and today I’ve turned one of my gelli printed papers from that first video into some botanical art for my wall. You will find the full process in the video plus you get to meet my model, Boston, for this week’s sketch too! And before you ask, yes, all the plants in my home do have a name!
I am pleased that you can still see the texture on that gelli print paper under the background, scroll down to get a closer look at the details. Now I’ve decorated a canvas board for this piece but you can easily use these techniques in your art journal or turn it into a card too. So what will you make?
VIDEO: Gelli Prints Project #2: Mixed Media Botanical
As promised I am back with a project idea for using the Gelli prints I made in my last video. I thought it would be fun to use them to turn one of my Inktober sketches into a mixed media project. So I’m sharing my process for transforming this ink sketch into a mixed media collage.
I’ve got a bit of a fixation on these little houses on hill scenes that I’ve been drawing recently, so it was fun to use it as the inspiration for this project and to see what else I could do with it. And I hope that it inspires you to take one of your recent sketches and see what you can turn it into!
Enjoy the video and as always the supply list is below. If you missed the video on how I made the gelli prints then scroll down to my last blog post or swing on by YouTube channel to watch my Quick Gelli Plate Printed Papers video.
VIDEO: Gelli Prints Project #1: Transform A Sketch
But the question is, what should I now do with this little scene now? I could turn it into a greeting card, or perhaps it would make a good art journal element, or maybe I should leave it as a stand alone piece? What do you think I should do with it? I would love to know so leave a comment below!