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VIDEO: Easy Mixed Media Art Tutorial – Keys

Layered mixed media art project by Kim Dellow

 

It is my last video for 2018 and I thought it would be fun if we did some easy mixed media art together, what do you think? Everything you need for this project is listed under the video below, and remember you don’t have to use exactly what I have used, grab what you have in your stash. I go layer by layer through this project and give you techniques and ideas on what to do for each step and the great thing is that you can pause the video whenever you need to!

Feel free to use your favourite colors, products and marks to put your own unique spin on the project. I have used keys as my focal images and if you wanted to too then pop over to Patreon where you can download a reference photo for your own personal use (even if you aren’t one of my Patreons). But feel free to use whatever imagery you like and I give you some more ideas in the video too!

Once you have finished your project post it up on Instagram and tag me @kimdellow and use the hashtag #layerwithkimdellow so that I can come on over and take a look!

 

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VIDEO: Easy Mixed Media Art Tutorial – Keys

 

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Aladine Izink Pigment Izink (Amethist, Turquoise)
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Molotow One4All Paint Pens (Signal White 1mm, Signal Black 1mm)
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Flat palette
Stamps – texture, background, DIY
ballpoint pen
kitchen towel

You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.

 

close-up of a layered mixed media art project by Kim Dellow

 

Videos I mentioned in this video: 

To start this piece I am working on one of a series of backgrounds and you can see the first two in the series here:

Watermark resist video

Minimal Layers

For the DIY Stamp carving videos watch the first two films in this playlist. The first is my DIY Stamp carving process and the second film is my fave stamp carving materials.

 

I can not wait to see your projects over on Instagram!

Kim



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VIDEO: How To Practice Art – 5 Tips For Artists And Crafters

Painted pattern. Video with tips on how to practice art

 

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

 

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Turner Acryl Gouache Paint ( Coral Red, Beryl Green, Perm. Lemon, Japanesque Green Light, Japanesque Violet)
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Faber-Castell Mixed Media paper
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Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin Round brush Series 5580 size 2
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You can find a list of my favorite and most used art supplies here.

 

close-up of Painted pattern. Video with tips on how to practice art

 

If you want to see more of my patterns I’ve been sharing them over on instagram so come on over and say hello! And if you want some more ideas for using gouache paint then I have a hand playlist of videos all using gouache for you!

Have fun with your art practice!

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5 Fun DIY Patterned Paper Techniques

5 Fun DIY Patterned Paper Techniques by Kim Dellow

I’ve been a bit obsessed with patterned paper recently. Last week you might remember that I was sharing some of my book making ideas with patterned paper and the week before that I shared a video showing the making of an art journal page with patterned paper and pen flowers. But the papers I used in those projects were all bought patterned paper.

So what about making our own patterned paper? Well that has got to be one of our most favourite things to do in the mixed media world isn’t it? Tell you what, I will show you my current favourite techniques if you promise to share yours? Is it a deal?

Great! Let’s do it! And if you haven’t got any favorites I hope that I can persuade you to make these your new favourites!

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1. Drawing Patterns


Doodled DIY Patterned Paper by Kim Dellow

We all love stamping to make pattered paper but what about a bit of drawing? Drawing is my number one top practice this year. I’m trying to increase my skill level with regular practice, as many of you already know and have been joining in with me over on Instagram. So it is kind of natural that this should be on my favorite technique list at the moment for making patterned paper.

Of course you can use anything but I particularly like using waterproof materials to make my patterned paper so that I can then use the paper for other things and not worry about smearing. So I’ve been using acrylic paints in the form of the Sharpie Extra Fine paint pens or the Posca Extra Fine Paint Pens.

But another fun thing to try is using acrylic inks like the Liquitex Muted Colour inks and a dip pen. I use the Kuretake dip pen, I do have others but I really like the feel of this one, it is very comfortable to work with.

Once these papers are dry you can use then and the pattern won’t change and you will see another use for these later in the list!

2. Relief Printing


Relief printed DIY Patterned Paper by Kim Dellow

How about a bit of relief printing? Now this is great fun and you can do it with so many different things you have hanging around the house.

The basic technique:
a. Place items on a hard surface
b. Cover with a sheet of paper
c. Roll a brayer through some ink or paint on a palette.
d. Roll the brayer over the paper.

You will need to get the hang of how much pressure to use to get the image coming through and how much ink or paint to have on the brayer, but after a few test runs you will get the hang of it.

There is a humongous list of things you can relief print with but here are a few to get you started:

Embossing folders
paperclips
Chipboard items
Mesh
Washers
Keys
String
Stencils

close up of Relief printed DIY Patterned Paper by Kim Dellow

It’s like doing Collagraphy but you don’t have to stick the items to the surface. So for this patterned paper pictured directly above I used a Ranger medium brayer, Turner Acryl Gouache (Night Blue, Colour Pearl Red, Colour Pearl Lemon), a cross stitch mesh/ canvas, Sizzix Hexagon embossing folder and some chipboard alphabet letters. And on the paper before it I use the Turner Acryl Gouache (Night Blue) over the StencilGirl Loopy Ladders L434 stencil.

DISCLAIMER: This is addictive and habit forming! You will be grabbing everything you can to relief print with. Warn the people that you live with before embarking on this project!

3. Brayered


Brayered DIY Patterned Paper by Kim Dellow

Whilst we are on the subject of brayers (well we sort of are with the relief printing) brayering is a super simple way to make interesting patterned paper even without the relief printing part. If I need a quick piece of paper covered I will either brayer it or use the plastic card (like an old credit card or gift card) scrapping method. I love these two methods as you get a rich texture without really having to do much at all.

Don’t forget that if you have a brayer that you can remove the barrel from then you can add even more interest by wrapping it with an elastic band or string or even cut out bits of craft foam, and running that through the paint or ink and onto the surface. For the plastic card you can always snip away at the edge of the card with a sharp knife to give it an interesting tooth edge to add more texture.

For my page above I again used the Turner Acryl Gouache (Night Blue, Colour Pearl Lemon) but I also added in some Holbein Gouache Brilliant Gold which is the bling-y-est gold paint colour I have yet to find!

4. Collage

Collage DIY Patterned Paper by Kim Dellow

Collage is definitely on my favourite DIY patterned paper list. I love a bit of collage, don’t you? And now you can see one of the reasons why I like to use waterproof and water-resistant materials to make the drawn patterned papers. It makes it easier to collage them if you don’t have to worry about the glue smearing the design.

For my glue I am using Golden Regular Gel and applying it with a plastic card onto both the surfaces that will be in contact with each other and then over the top of the collaged piece. I usually use the gloss gel as it is completely transparent when dry, but if you want a matte finish then you can use the matte version or a semi-gloss version.

5. Layering


Doodle layer of DIY Patterned Paper by Kim Dellow

Relief Printed layer of DIY Patterned Paper by Kim Dellow

Finally you can put it all together with a bit of layering of all or some of the techniques above! Total knock out fun! So go for it!

This time for my relief printing I’ve gone for a Derwent Inktense block over the StencilGirl Loopy Ladders L434 stencil. The Inktense will react to water so if you use anything on top bear that in mind when you build the layers and be prepared for some colour movement or use a fixative to decrease the movement.

You can use all sorts of papers for the techniques I have described above, try out your favourites or what you have in your stash and see what works for you. If you are stuck try the Fabriano Accademia Artist Paperpack 200 sheets 120 gsm, it is a great paper for messing about with, works really well with dry techniques and sketching, but it does winkle with excessive water and some gel medium use.

I hope you are now buzzing with ideas and things you want to try this week after all that! Now over to you…what are your current favourite ways to make your DIY Patterned Paper?

Kim

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Sharing Art Journal Projects

I’ve been really enjoying getting back into doing my art for myself this week. I don’t know if this happens to you, but often I find that my own work can fall by the wayside when I have deadlines to meet and art to do for other people. But this week I have, for once, got ahead of my deadlines and have found some space in my schedule to do some play in my junk journals. So I thought I would share with you some of the results. It is a mixed batch of different things but with a common theme, which I seem to be going back to a lot at the moment, and that is black line work on a colour background.

The first one isn’t actually in my journal but on some watercolour paper and is along the same lines as my recent ‘Watercolour Worlds’ Art Slice. You can see the video for that one over on my YouTube Channel if you haven’t seen it already. It will give you an idea of how I did this one as I used the same technique, just a different pen.

Kim Dellow Watercolour and paint pen floral cluster art

I’ve used Prima Marketing watercolours with a Sharpie paint pen to make this floral cluster design. I’m pretty obsessed with watercolour shapes and inked detail at the moment, you may have noticed?! Got to work it out of my system!

Next show-and-tell art journal page is a couple of mandalas drawn with a ballpoint pen over the top of some leftover colour, where I’ve just cleaned my mark making tools in my journal.

Kim Dellow ballpoint pen mandalas

The paint in the background is some of the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints. They make a really nice surface to draw over with an ordinary ballpoint pen, it is their chalky finish. I blocked out the spaces between the two mandalas with some fine lines using the pen.

The last share I have for you today is some pattern play in one of my junk journals. Actually this page is opposite the page above, but I’ve folded it over for the photography.

It’s also based on a leftover paint page and I’ve worked the pattern with a white and a black Sharpie paint pen. It is really just an experimental piece trying to extend my patterns and try out different looks. There are no rules I just try to fill the page with different marks and shapes. It’s fun, you should try it if you don’t do it already!

I hope you have had some time in your schedule to play in your journals too, do share if you have, drop me a link below. I look forward to seeing them!

Kim

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