Recycled Packaging in Art Journals

Today I'm going to let loose my slightly WEIRD side with a cool idea for using some of that gorgeous packaging that you get on your art supplies! I hope I'm not alone when I buy a new art supply and spend a minute or two marvelling over the beautiful packaging. I mean that's not so weird right - they MAKE the packaging to be attractive, eye-catching and pretty so we want to buy the product! Well, my latest purchase... Read more →

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Bird Art Journal Page using Negative Space

Today I'm creating a page with Masks. If you saw my last post you'll know that this month I'm playing with Masks and Stencils, and throwing in a few Magical Powder Paints for a little touch of sparkle! I can't wait to show you how I've created my own blue wren mask and then used this as negative space in my art to create a simple, but eye-catching art journal page. Gathered together some favourite supplies: I used my journal,... Read more →

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Stencil and Masks - What's The Difference?

To kick off the K.I.S.S.ing Class (that's Keep It Simple Sparkly) I thought we would take a quick look at Masks and Stencils and find out what's the difference between the two. For something that many of us use so often, it can be a little bit challenging to wrap our heads around what is a mask and what is a stencil. Masks and stencils are amazingly fabulous art tools that help you reproduce a particular pattern, image, design or... Read more →

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Playing With the New Magical Shakers from Lindys

Sparkly hello!!! This week I've had my first look and spent time playing with the new Magical Shakers from Lindy's, released at Creativation 2017 (CHA). There are 10 new colours, and they are a fabulous rainbow of yumminess! Now they are the same formula as normal Magicals (which are a powdered watercolor dye), so you can do all the same things you would normally do, but they are in a fancy new bottle making them easier to use and a... Read more →

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How To Create a Dark Watercolor Galaxy with Amazing Patterns for a Star Trek Journal Page

Ever wondered what the simplest way to create a killer dark watercolor image is and still keep it interesting and vibrant? Well for today's project I needed to do exactly that - create a dark image, full of interest and pattern using watercolors! Why - well I'm on a bit of a mission - Karl Urban (one of my Top 10 favourite actors of all time) is going to be at Comic-Con in Sydney 2016 and so am I (insert... Read more →

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Mixed Media Journal Page Inspired by Jamie Dougherty

Mmmmm June's Colour Challenge colours are from the Grease themed Beauty School Dropout set from Lindy's Stamp Gang, and they are pretty and fun - so what did I do - I watered them down and used them to add extremely subtle colour to a journal page! I have to say - I tried a new way of using my Magical powders and I am in love all over again. You can grab this gorgeous special edition set and matching... Read more →

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Watercolour Effect Journal Page

Hello again - I hope you are all having an amazing month - I am, you know the kind of month where you walk around smiling, happy and singing to yourself - well that's me right now! The Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge palette for May is stunning - absolutely stunning - it pairs some of my absolute favourite Lindy's colours of al time! I felt completely inspired by these colors so I decided to be brave and try something... Read more →

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Magical Heidi Swapp Journal Makeover

It's time - time for a little makeover! I picked up a really cute little canvas journal/book cover on sale, gold with white stripes - white and I don't mix all that well, so I decided to give it a little 'Sparkle Tart' treatment and make it over using Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang! Yes Magicals on fabric - a match made in heaven. Now what colour to use, it's summer here in Queensland (Australia) so I'm seeing lots of... Read more →

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Watercolored Autumn Leaf Journal Page

It's time! Time for another Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge! This month's palette is so completely Autumn colours - reds, oranges, yellows and green. The only thing I could think of when I saw this was 'maple leaves'. While we don't have maple trees where I live in the tropics, or Autumn for that matter (it's green here pretty much all year round!) - I do love the changing colours on the leaves when I visit anywhere with a cold... Read more →

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Rainbow Journal Page - Quick and Simple

Grab those sunglasses, because the newest Starburst set from Lindy's Stamp Gang is HIGH VOLTAGE!! The colours in the stunning Drop Dead Diva Set are practically neon they are so bright, add in that amazing starburst shimmer and I'm in love! The new set is made up of Sassy Sapphire, Prima Donna Purple, Drop Dead Gorgeous Green, Hi Maintenance Magenta and Bling-y Blonde - there is not one colour in here that I don't LOVE! Now in continuing my theme... Read more →

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Doodling Tricks & Tips: Using Your Leftover Ink or Paint

I've mentioned before that I will often use leftover spray ink, paint etc to add colour to a blank page. Yes I really do this and when feeling a bit aimless I will use one of these pre-coloured random backgrounds. As you may expect the results are shall we say, a little unpredictable, especially since when wiping up leftover inks I completely disregard what might look good, what colours match and anything else resembling an actual thought process - I... Read more →

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Artful Journal Page

Wow where did September come from - I can't believe how fast this year is going! Well I'm here with another project for the Lindy's Stamp Gang monthly Color Challenge - this one is for the month of September. The colours for this month remind me of Autumn / Fall or an outdoor bbq party - they are bold, fresh and upbeat! Now you know by now I find these Color Challenges well quite challenging!!!! This was no exception as... Read more →

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Copic Various Inks - for Sunset Blooms

Goodmorning, today I am looking at Copic Various Inks. Various Ink refills are part of what make the Copic system truly amazing. All 358 marker colors have a matching bottle of ink. Each bottle will fill a dry marker up to 15 times, depending on the style of marker. Each bottle of ink has a built in dropper tip for simple application. The airtight inner seal prevents the ink from drying out for many years. Now while it's true their... Read more →

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Wild Abstract Pink and Blue Doodled Page

It's time for another Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge and this month the palette is bright beachy colours! For a change I used all of the colours picked for this month: Delphinium Turquoise, (you could substitute Hydrangea Blue) Frenchy's Pink Pouf, Ocean Breeze Blue, Clam Bake Beige and Steel Shimmer (as I didn't have Silent Night Silver!) The colour combination made for a bright and happy result. What I did: Begin by drawing a doodle using waterproof markers, I used... Read more →

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Simple Watercolor Journal Page Background

Today I'm going to step away from my usual page style for a change and create something simple. There are days when I just want to put a thought on paper and add a simple illustration, so that's what I'm doing today. Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays are perfect for creating layered and super sparkly pages, but are equally wonderful for paler and simpler artworks. They are also a dream to journal over and worked beautifully with my Copic Multi Liners.... Read more →

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Monotone Mixed Media Journal Page

Today I'm going to use my Copic products to create a monotone journal page. Working with a limited colour palette was a new thing for me and monotones even more difficult - you know how I love my colour! I used blue so much last year I thought I'd try a different palette and settled on a grungy, vintage colour scheme. After giving the page a bit of thought, I decided to go completely Copic - ALL the colour on... Read more →

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Inspiration Wednesday Inspired Journal Page

OK first let me get this out of the way so I can concentrate...... squeeeee so pretty and sparkly - must touch.... The colours for February's Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge are some of my FAVOURITES magenta/pink and teal blue. I couldn't wait to play with this combination. SUPPLIES Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals: Hottie Patottie Hot Pink or Cheshire Cat Cherry & Tiffany Lou Blue Golden Fluid Acrylics: Quinacridone Magenta & Cobalt Teal Acrylic Glazing Liquid: Satin Gesso: White Light... Read more →

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Copic Bloom Journal Page

Today I will be using a few supplies from my X-Press It and Copic hoard to create a bright and happy journal page, using my 'word' for the new year! I've chosen the word 'Bloom' for this year as to me it seems hopeful and that's what I currently am. Hopeful that 2015 will be happy and healthy, hopeful that my art will move forward, hopeful that all the uncertainty and trials in my life will settle and that things... Read more →

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Start to Finish Copic Doodled Heart Journal Page

Today I'm sharing a Copic Doodled Heart page, created to support breast cancer awareness month - yes I'm talking about doodles and tah-tah's today - I hope you all don't mind! WHY SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS? Because... One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime More than half of all breast cancers are discovered by the woman herself or her own doctor Early detection saves lives – the earlier a cancer is discovered, the greater... Read more →

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Layering Copic Colours to Create a Beautiful Night Sky Effect

I'm back this week with another idea with many uses - layering your Copic colours, for a beautiful though abstract result. I often hear Copic beginners expressing their frustration with learning to blend, well while you are mastering blending why not play with layering. Layering colours is much easier, gives interesting and unexpected results and can be used on many projects. I have used this to create a journal page, but you could easily use this as an amazing way... Read more →

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Create Interesting Mixed Media Hair using Lindy's Stamp Gang Products

Today I'm going to show you how to create interesting Mixed Media hair with depth and texture (I only wish my photos were better on this one!). You can use this technique on canvas or paper and it results in a project that you want to reach out and touch - to run your fingers over the pattern and surface (well I do any how!). This doesn't need to be limited to hair either, it would be amazing as an... Read more →

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Using Watercolor Pencils over Copic Markers

Today I'm having a play and combining my Copic Markers with some of my new Bruynzeel Design Aquarel (Watercolor) Pencils to see what happens! I'm hoping I can create a finished piece that is subtly coloured and allows me to use the translucency of watercolours to enhance my Copic coloured image. Now this project could end up as a card front, journal page or even a framed piece - the choice is yours. What I used: Copic Markers: Blender, YG0000,... Read more →

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Journal Page using Lindy's Flat Shot Paints

I received a little parcel yesterday and inside were some yummy new products from Lindy's Stamp Gang, the new Under the Boardwalk Flat Shot colours were calling my name so I decided to sit down and just splash some colour around in my journal to see how they behave - and I really do mean that I splashed them around! SUPPLIES Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Shots from Under the Boardwalk set: Tilt-a-Wheel Teal, Raspberry Lemonade, Pop Rock Purple & Orange... Read more →

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I Must Be a Mermaid Journal Page

This month's Color Challenge over at Lindy's Stamp Gang is full of vibrant exciting colours and I couldn't wait to play! The first thing I did was grab the colours that I had that were closest to the challenge colours and spray a journal page just to see how they looked together - the answer - super yummy! Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Flat Fabio Sprays: Hibiscus Rose, Caribbean Blue and Kissin' Kenickie Coral Starburst Sprays: Tea Pot Purple and Sea... Read more →

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Rainbow Grunge Background

Today I'm going to show you all how to create a vibrant Rainbow Grunge Background suitable for cards, pages, journals even canvas! This background style is particularly useful for low mojo days as it is low stress, uses up extra paint, when finished can be used as a base for many different projects and of course, it can be created in any colours you like! Make sure you read right to the end as I have a little challenge for... Read more →

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