I was flicking through my junk journal looking for a page to work on when a little left-over page caught my eye. So today I have the making of a shaped page to share with you from start to finish. It is always fun to change things up a but isn’t it? The picture above shows the front part of the project with the shaped page closed, scroll on down for all the products I used and to see the inside of the project too. You will also get a better look at the shaped page itself in the photo below.
My working title for this project is ‘windows and doors’ as it has been inspired by architecture but I am wondering if I should actual call it ‘Dolls House’.
VIDEO: Mixed Media Art Journal – Make A Shaped Page
I hope you like art stash haul videos because this week I thought I would try one out. I’ve not done one before so let me know what you think! Join me as I unbox a recent art stash haul and walk you through the products I have bought and why I have bought them. It is also a little peek into what type of projects might be popping up on my channel in the next few months *wink* *wink*!
Everything I’ve bought is listed under the video, so if something has caught your eye you can find it there. Plus my potential white pen solution is listed there too! Because we are all in search for that perfect white pen aren’t we?!
VIDEO: Art Stash Haul – Printing Inks, Brushes PLUS Is This The Best White pen?
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Not because I am sponsored by Jackson’s Art (because I am not!) but because in a lot of the cases the products on Amazon UK/ US/ CAN where supplied by Jackson’s Art anyway and on Amazon they were more expensive so I thought I would direct you straight to Jackson’s Art themselves, rather than go through Amazon!
Do you have any Nuvo Embellishment Mousse? I am a little late to the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse party, it’s a mica-pigment stencil paste that has been on the craft market for a while now and I thought it was time that I tested it out and shared the results. So if you, like me, are new to it or perhaps you have got some but are looking for new things to do with it then watch my video for my take on the product and I hope it gives you some ideas of how to try it out in your next project.
I would really love to hear, if you have some and what you like to use it for so please do let me know and if you want a close-up view of the texture from the last test that I did in the video then scroll down to the bottom of the post.
VIDEO: Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Color Mixing And More ideas
I’ve started to notice that some of the projects I’ve been sharing with you this year have been very lead by color combination. So today I thought I would lean fully into it and show you a study that I did recently that was completely lead by the colors. In fact the art is not at all important in this piece it was more about mixing the colors and trying them out, plus finding the right materials to get the look that was in my head out onto paper.
So if you have a color combination stuck in your head at the moment let me know what it is, because I am always curious! And hopefully this video will give you some ideas and tips on how to test that color combo out ready for your next project!
Don’t forget that the products are all listed under the video if you are interested in what I used and the color names!
VIDEO: How To Use A Color Combination To Inspire Your Art
If you wanted a bit of an art motif refresher then watch my ‘What Are your Favourite Art Motifs’ video and I have tips in that video to help you realise what your art motifs are and how to get out of art motif ruts!
It’s art journal time! I thought I would change pace today, well it is Sunday after all, and share an art journal page process video. This page started with some paint left over from another project that I wanted to use up, so I had no real plans for it. I’ve built it up with gouache and acrylic paint and also some monoprinting with one of the petite gel press shapes.
To see more I’ve a close up photograph under the supplies list!
VIDEO: Art Journal – Acrylic paint and Gouache Paint
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
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!
Video time and I thought that I would share a watercolor abstract painting process with you today showing some of the work I have been doing behind the scenes recently. This is the first time that I’ve shared this work but you have probably seen some of my designs for it if you have been following me on Instagram. It is a speed paint video and I show all the steps that I take, from start to finish, to make a super textured and colourful watercolor abstract art.
Well, in fact I have two for you to watch as I am working side by side on two pieces, one using smooth hot press watercolor paper and the other the rougher cold press paper, and I’ve listed which papers they are below the video, where you will also see a of close-up photograph of each abstract painting too, so just scroll down to see them.
VIDEO: Watercolor Abstract Painting – Start To Finish Process
As I said in the video I would love to hear your recommendations for a good white opaque white ink or pen that would be great! Thanks! Plus let me know if you have a favorite out of these two watercolor abstract paintings, I would love to hear that too!
How have you been getting on with your Inktober sketching? If you follow me on Instagram or you are part of my Creative Tips newsletter group then you will know that I’ve been doing a sketch per day and sharing as part of Inktober. I’ve really been doing my own thing and not following the official prompts but using it to generate sketch ideas, play with different styles and practice of course!
I have plans to work up some of my favourite sketches into other projects and I was hoping to encourage you to do the same thing. So today’s video share is a process video for a watercolor and ink flower drawing that comes from my Day 18 sketch. I’m also testing out the Daniel Smith watercolor paints and if you scroll down below you can see a close up of the granulation you get with some of these watercolor paints, You can spot it in the picture above as well.
Anyway, enjoy the video and you will see what I mean about granulation once you have watched it! Oh and I share how to add the punchinella texture too!
If you watched my video last week then you would have seen that I was playing around with Yupo as one of the surfaces I was testing Distress Oxides on. It was such fun to be using the synthetic paper again, I hadn’t used it for such a long time before last week, that I wanted to play with it some more. So here is another video with it and this time I am using it with watercolor paints and Indian ink and sharing the results and some tips on using it with these materials too.
I really love the textures you can get with Yupo and the way it makes the paint look bright and vivid. Have you been using ti? What materials have you tried with it and what do you enjoy doing with it? Or perhaps you haven’t tried it yet? After seeing these videos do you think that you will?
I do have some other project ideas for using Yupo that I made for when I was working for Blitsy, like a resist technique to use on Yupo with watercolor and alcohol inks or the step by step for making Galaxy Art on Yupo with acrylic paint. So give them all a go and let me know how you get on, you will find my social media links below so do link me in when you share your results on social media as I would love to see them!
Scroll down for a close up picture of the texture in this project.
VIDEO: How to Use Watercolor paint and Indian Ink on Yupo