Monday, 16 October 2017

Do More of What You Love ...

Hi Everyone,

Thank goodness warm weather is with us again!  We had a taste of Summer (skipping Spring entirely) and then overnight we were back in Winter!

I am so happy to release my new range of Stendala's (Mandala Stencils - how's that for originality?)  These stencils can be used in a variety of ways - to doodle & colour, as background texture and with Texture Paste.

I am using Stendala 2 (STBP046) to create a colourful Doodle Mandala combined with the new Typo Quotes 3 stencil in my small 150x150mm Stencil-Art Art Journal (SAAJ150)

1.  Draw the outline of the mandala with a Black Posca Paint Marker PC-1M and paint the background with black Daler-Rowney Graduate Acrylic Paint. I used a wet paint brush dipped in water to thin out the paint a bit.

2.  Draw the detail of the mandala lightly with a 2B pencil.

3.  Colour the shapes with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  Some of the colours I blended out with water and others I blended with each other.  Make sure that there are no hard edges.

 4.  Add doodles and details with a black and white Posca PC-1M paint marker.

5.  Use the Typo Quotes Stencil to add the quote with a white Posca PC-1M paint marker.

Products Used

Stencils A5 - Stendala 2 (STBP046) & Typo Quotes 3 (STNL010)
Uni Posca Paint Markers PC-1M Ultra-Fine Black & White
Daler-Rowney Graduate Acrylic Paint 120 ml Tube - Black
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Set of 12

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Create Your Own Happiness

Hi Everyone,

Stencils are such useful tools to create art journal pages.  In the project I am sharing today, I used an old favourite (Butterflies 3) and one of the new Quotes (Typo Quotes 2) Stencils.  

The Butterflies 3 stencil (STDS016) is a layering stencil with the the outline of the Butterfly at the top and the details at the bottom.  Use a pencil and lightly draw the outlines of the butterfly.  

Use any watercolour paint and start applying paint from the butterfly image to the outsides of the pages, making sure that the watercolour paint is darker around the butterfly and getting lighter towards the edges of the page.  Add more paint if you want it darker or remove paint with a clean brush if you want it lighter.  This is the beauty of watercolours - you can always add or remove paint!

Add the details to the Buttefly with Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens.  This water-based inks can be layered or blended with water.

Outline the wings of the Butterfly with a black Posca Paint pen and add some details with White.

Finish off the Butterfly with a white Posca Paint Pen and add a Border, again making use of the black and white Posca Paint Pens.  

Use a pencil and lightly draw the outlines of the quote and "colour in" with a black Posca Paint pen.  Add highlights on each letter with a white Posca paint pen.

Products used:

Stencils - Butterflies 3 A5 (STDS016) & Typo Quotes 2 A5 (STNL009)
Qor Water Colour Introductory Set 12 Colours - Quinacridone Magenta
Soft-Grip Golden Taklon Round Brush Size 6
Uni Posca Paint Markers PC-M White & Black

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Dare to be YOU - Chameleon Alcohol Markers

Hi Everyone,

The Chameleon Alcohol Markers allow you to achieve multiple tones with one marker. You can create stunning highlights, dimension, shades, seamless blends and gradations - with just one pen. Each pen goes from as light as a hint of a tint to rich tones. Each marker is double-ended with a Japanese brush and a bullet nib.

I stamped the Stampendous Cling Stamp Whiskers LBCR001 three times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Fabriano Bristol Smooth Paper.  Memento Dye Ink is compatible with Alcohol Ink Markers.

I love Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint.  It is so pigmented that thinning it with water doesn't seem to affect the vibrancy.  I squeezed out a small bit of Ocean and Turquoise on my craft sheet.  I dipped my paint brush in water and used a very wet brush to add a mixture of this two colours to the background.

I used the Neutral, Warm and Cool Grey Chameleon Markers to colour the stamped images. Each of the Chameleon Markers has a blending chamber filled with Colourless blender which is absorbed in the coloured nib,  creating different values of the colour. Quick an easy!

I overlapped the images to create a seamless layer of cats in the the background and stuck it down with craft glue.

I stamped Stampendous Feline Friend LBCV003 with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Fabriano Bristol Smooth Paper and coloured the image with Chameleon Alcohol Markers.  I added a layer of Glossy Accents and fuzzy cut it when it was dry.

I wrote the quote and added some details with my trusty black and white Posca Paint pens.

Washi tape niceley finished off the edges of my journal page.

A fun, quick and easy art journal page!

Supplies used:

DIY Art Journal 150x150mm – Modigliani 200gsm
Stampendous Cling Stamp Whiskers LBCR001 &  Feline Friend LBCV003 
Memento Dye Ink Pad Tuxedo Black
Fabriano Bristol Smooth Paper Pad A4
Chameleon Colour Tone Set 52/pkg
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint Ocean & Turquoise
Uni Posca Paint Marker PC-1M Ultra-Fine Black & White

Friday, 18 August 2017

Darling, you are a work of art - Jane Davenport’s MM Acrylic Stamps 4 Faces #376686


Hello everyone. Hope you had a fun weekend.  Today I'm inspired by Jane Davenport’s MM Acrylic Stamps 4 Faces #376686 and Mermaid Markers. They are back in stock.

I’m working in my 6x6 watercolour homemade art journal. It’s made from a Daler Rowney Hot Pressed 300gm paper pad.

To start I inked up one of the stamps with Ranger Victorian Velvet distress ink and stamped the image onto the page, then used a pencil to sketch over the stamped image.

I didn’t invent this technique, but I think it’s a pretty good technique if you want your face to look softer than when stamped with archival ink.
When I opened the mermaid markers I squeezed a little too hard, so my advice is two or three  soft squeezes just until you see the ink in the brush. 

This ink is very pigmented so I laid a little Beach onto an acrylic block then picked some up with a water brush to colour her face and neck, avoiding the eyes.
I added colour until I was happy. I coloured in her irises using a dark blue pencil then drew in the pupil with a Black Posca pen.
I then emphasised  her eyes with a Unipin fiineline black pen and drew in fine lines for her eye brows.

I coloured her lips with the starfish marker, but I didn’t use the water brush. It’s a very small area so I used a very fine dry brush to pic up a bit of ink.

When the lips were dry I added a few vertical lines on her bottom lip using a fine White Posca pen then smudged with my finger.

I laid a little Byron Bay marker onto the acrylic block and added a tiny bit of water then added the shading around her eyes with a water brush.
Now for the hair:  I used my Distress Sprayer, but only pulling the trigger a little to drip water onto a small area at a time, then I dipped the Mermaid marker into the water until colour was disbursed. 
It should really air dry but I’m impatient so dried the area with my heat gun and moved onto the next area. I repeated this until all the areas were coloured then added a few drips. 

You can see in this pic that I have now accentuated her nostrils, lips, eye brows with a No. 1 Unipin fineline black pen.
I used a flower from the Stencil-Art Flower Girl Stencil and a White Hybrid gel pen to draw in the flowers, then went over the flowers with a White Posca pen. 
I dyed a short piece of Ranger ribbon using just a little of the Mermaid markers and when dry I glued it on a small strip of card stock, creating some “ruffles” then glued it to the bottom of her neck. 

Next I doodled in a few dots and coloured the centres of the flowers with a Unipin fiineline black pen. You can see that I also deepened the colour around her eyes a little.

To finish the page I added a small heart to her cheek and a sentiment from the Ranger Small Talk sticker set.

Bye til next time.
Watercolour Journal
Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers
Jane Davenport’s MM Acrylic Stamps 4 Faces #376686
Scrap of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Crinkle Ribbon
White and Black Posca Pens
White hybrid gel pen
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers
Water Brush
Fine paint brush
Stencil-Art Flower Girl Stencil
Distress Sprayer

Monday, 14 August 2017

Duo of Tags

Hello and happy Monday.  Thanks for stopping by. Today I have two tags to share with you.

First I applied a thin coat of Ranger Distress Collage Medium to both tags and let them dry.
I just wanna make nice things

Then out came the Tim Holtz distress crayons. I haven’t used them in a while and its time they came out to play. The colours I chose were Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade scribbled randomly onto the tag. If the blue smudges into the yellow I get a sort of greeny colour and spiced marmalade and Mustard Seed gives me a lighter orangey colour. As soon as one colour was scribbled I quickly swiped my finger over a wet baby wipe and smudged the colour one section at a time. Then I used my Ranger water sprayer, only pulling the handle down a little to create some nice water marks and dried the tag with my heat gun.  I inked a script stamp very lightly with Sienna Archival Ink and lightly stamped the tag here and there and gave it a quick blast with the heat gun. This stamp was bought on a block many years ago but I removed it so that when I stamp I have more control.
I used the Sizzix Thinlits– Wildflowers #2 Dies to cut a stencil. I used the same flower twice and applied embossing paste with the palette knife through the homemade stencil. I’m impatient so gave it a blast with the heat gun as well. 
The butterfly was created in the same way as the background, then stamped with a butterfly stamp from the Finnibair Cling Mounted Stamp set - Don't Forget to Fly that I bought a couple of years ago. 
I edged the tag with a Black Archival Ink pad and chose a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Small Talk pad.
Last but not least I scribbled the Spiced Marmalade distress crayon onto the craft mat, spritzed a small length of Ranger ribbon with water, spritzed the distress crayon on the craft mat and saturated the ribbon with colour.
Next I crunched it up in my hand and left it to dry, then threaded it though the hole in the top of the tag. 
This is the finished tag.
Be the Brightest star in the universe

The background for this tag was created a little differently. I applied Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Inks onto my craft mat, together with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. Sprayed lightly with water then smooshed my tag into it and left it to dry. When dry I scribbled over the entire tag with Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans Distress crayons, being careful to blend each colour with my finger [swiped over a wet wipe] before applying the next. I sprayed the tag with water then smooshed my tag on the craft mat. I love how in some places the first layer is showing through.
While waiting for the tag to dry I chose a face from the Dina Wakely Stamp set Scribbly Women and stamped it onto a scrap of cardstock using Black Archival Ink. 
I stamped the neckline and a little extra onto a scrap of Gelli print to make the dress.  I coloured the image by applying a little distress crayon to my craft mat and mixing with the tiniest bit of water. I used a mixture of Antique Linen and Tattered Rose for her face and neck and Mustard Seed for her hair, with a touch of Victorian Velvet for her cheeks. When dry I glued the Gelli print dress onto the neckline.


I applied embossing paste with the palette knife through the Stencil-Art Starry Night stencil.
However, the white stars weren’t doing it for me, so when they were dry I painted them with Dina Wakely’s heavy bodied acrylic paint – Stirling and splattered a little white paint onto the tag then added a little Silver Stickles to one star. 
What a difference!  .  Next I glued the image onto the right hand side of the tag and added my sentiment. I dyed some ribbon and added it to the tag.

Ranger Distress Collage Medium
Distress Crayons: Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade,  Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose,  Victorian Velvet
Dina Wakely’s heavy bodied acrylic paint – stirling and White.
Water Brush
Ranger Water Sprayer

Silver Stickles
Black Archival Ink
Finnibair Cling Mounted Stamp set - Don't Forget to Fly
Dina Wakely Stamp set Scribbly Women
Tim Holtz Small Talk pad

Monday, 7 August 2017

Arty Fun

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend. I did.

This journal page is about having some Arty Fun and using hand lettering in my journals even though I have not yet perfected this skill.  Its all about accepting and loving your art for what it is.  

I made this mini art journal from a sheet of 200 gsm mixed media paper. The first thing I did was prep my Daler-Rowney Aquafine watercolour paint by spraying the palette quite liberally with water then I applied it to the page in smallish patches, trying not to let the colours run too much.  I let the colours dry in between to try to prevent the colours running into each other. The application mustn't be too light otherwise the "ghosting" wont show. 
Now I have to admit that I was so involved in the process that I didn’t take pics of this stage but I recreated some of the processes for you, so some of the pics won’t always match the finished page.
When the page was dry I drew a double squiggly border around the page and blocked it in using a White and Black Posca pen, then I moved on to the next step,  stencils and wet wipes.    
For the most part I used a circle stencil but you will see on the finished page I also used a wiggly stencil and a wet wipe to remove some of the colour. This is Dyan Reaveley's technique which she calls "ghosting".  The trick with this technique is to use good watercolour paper and a not too saturated wet wipe. If your wet wipe is too saturated the water seeps underneath the stencil. I like this technique as It adds another layer of subtle interest to a page without overpowering the page and you can add more layers on top. 
I brought out my Kate Crane Texture cube 1 stamp by Stampotique and stamped a couple of times with White acrylic paint using different sides of the cube.  This is one of my favourite stamps for art journal/mixed media pages and I use it all the time. 
I also outlined some of the stencilled circles with a White Posca pen. 
I added colour here and there with a small circle stencil I made long ago from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die set. I use it often on my journal pages.

I stamped three images from the Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Cling Stamp Set – Mini Me and Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Black Sheep Cling Stamp Set. I also cut some some legs from another stamp set.
I fussy cut them then coloured them in by rubbing distress crayons onto my craft mat and then picking up a bit of colour with my water brush. The background is quite busy and the colours are quite muted so they don’t fight with the background.

I used a little Dylusions Washi tape in both the top right corner and the bottom left corner to create another layer and glued the Dylusions ladies onto the Washi tape on the left hand side of the page, tucking the legs in before gluing down the bottom of their dresses. 

I'm new to hand lettering and really don’t have that much time to practice, but I would like to improve these skills and use creative lettering on some of my pages so gave it a try.   

My art journaling is about my arty friends whom I art with.  We laugh, we learn from each other, we make a mess but most of all we have fun!!!!!
See you next time!
Daler-Rowney Aquafine watercolour paints
White Acrylic paint
Water Colour paint brush [large fluffy one]
Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pen
Wet Wipes
Stampotique Kate Crane Cube stamp
White and Black Posca pens
Hand made stencils
Dylusions Washi tape
Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Cling Stamp Set – Mini Me and Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Black Sheep Cling Stamp Set.
Ranger distress crayons

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

So ……… Whats in the Box???????

Today we’re talking about the much awaited Jane Davenport products that finally arrived in the shop a few days ago. This isn't a review as such, there's plenty of those on the internet, its more about what you get in the box and links to some truly inspiring videos you can watch.

Jane’s “Paint ‘til you Faint” Water Colour paints

I’m no expert but I have to say that I do love the colours of the Neutrals as well as the Brights. You get 12 amazing colours in each box. When you open the box each individual pan is wrapped with a drawn and coloured face on the wrapping. They look good enough to eat, let alone paint with.  Both sets contain three primaries so you can mix any colour you like [that’s a plus for anyone who wants to mix their own colours]. Both palettes also have a little inspirational insert to help you on your way. Jane has just released single watercolor pans so when you use up your favourite colour, no worries, you can replace it. She also includes information on the colours (like pigments and Light fastness) on her website. For some inspiration visit this video on youtube.

Jane’s Acrylic Paints
Surprise, surprise both paint sets come with not only 4 matte acrylic paints, but a paint brush and a stencil. The back of each set also has a mini tutorial.
For some inspiration visit Jane’s blog and see how James Burke creates six different journal covers using this stencil.

and visit youtube to see what Jane creates using her products.

Jane's Mixed Media Paper Pad

This pad contains 24 x 2 sheets of absolute yumminess, so if you're like me who saves my beautiful pages just to look at, no fears because there's two of each.  The paper is really good quality.  These are just some of the beautiful pages. 

Here’s a link to Jane’s youtube video

showing all the beautiful pages and another link to some inspiration.

 Jane’s Rub-Ons

Decorate your scrapbooks or journals with these fun transfer sheets. The pack includes 2 sheets each measuring 9.5 x 15 cm to give you an idea of the size of the individual images.  From what I’ve read on the internet these rub-ons are really good quality and are very popular.
Watch Jane's video here. 

Jane's Mixed Media Journal/Washi Tape and Strips

You can easily adorn the pages of your journal pages or planner with these tape strips. Featuring fun phrases and patterns, these tape strips are a great addition to anyone's craft kit. You can even use them to personalize your scrapbook pages.
The journal tape has 7 pieces, 4 of which are blank in different widths so you can easily create your own designs.
Journal Tape has a unique texture that is the perfect surface for drawing and painting. Seal with Matte Medi-Yum and it virtually disappears into the page. Great for repair work and adding pages to a journal. Between 5 and 7 rolls per box containing a total of 38.4 m of beautiful tape. 
Watch Jane's youtube video here
or  Ali Brown's video here for some inspiration

Anita posted an amazing page featuring Jane’s Washi tape on her Instagram and Jane asked her to share how she created it!

Jane’s Mermaid Markers

You get 12 water colour brush pens pre-filled with highly pigmented dye-based ink with fine nylon responsive brush tips.  What’s great about them is that when they sadly come to an end they’re refillable Due to their popularity I think we’ll be seeing refills on the shelves soon.


Check out this video for some inspiration.



Jane’s Collage Papers
These bright printed tissue papers are really beautiful and for those of us who are not that proficient at drawing there are 4 tissue papers containing 24 different faces just waiting to go onto your artwork. Another set has 24 face shapes in different colours, 4 of which have already been drawn. to make dainty embellishments for your craft projects. You can also use them to make journal or scrapbook pages.

8 different designs by 4 pieces each which is a total of 32 pieces in all.

You can even sign up for some free tutorials on her website. It is a fairly easy process, just add the free tutorial to your shopping cart and check out.  There is no charge to the user but you do have to go through the whole cart process so that the website is able to track who wants to be emailed when each tutorial is posted.  For those who do not have time to look around her whole website for the free product related workshops, click on  this link to go a page that explains the process.

If you’re in the Gauteng area, pop into the new shop, they’ve got stacks of product at the moment but its selling out fast.  If you’re an on-liner don’t despair if its already sold out, enter your email address in the box so that you can be advised when the new stock arrives.

Thanks for stopping by.