Creating a Boldly Coloured Mixed Media Art Journal Page

Today and I'm being brave and stepping out of my comfort zone a little, to share a bold and vibrant page inspired by the art of Tracy Verdugo. My art journal spread was created using an array of my favourite products from sprays to paints - available from the Lulu Art online store! The basic idea for this page is lots of layers, LOTS of LAYERS, each one different to the last, using different products for each layer, though I... Read more →

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What Are The 5 Styles of Doodling?

Want to start Doodling but a bit overwhelmed and confused about the styles of doodling and what the differences are? Well in this post I'll take a look at the different styles of doodling (or repetitive art forms) and discuss what makes each of them unique. There five main styles or types of doodle based art are: Zentangle ® Zendoodling Stendoodling Mandalas and Doodle Art Each style or type has its own specific characteristics and forms and all are equally... 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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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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Why I Love Copic Multiliners

There are a LOT of pens on the market today - I should know since I own half of them (ok well maybe not really half - but I'm working on it - big grin!) I am often asked to recommend something to use with Copic markers or doodling - let me tell you that hands down the BEST pens to use with your Copic markers or doodling are the Copic Multiliners. Let me tell you a bit about them... 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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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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FAKE IT: Beautiful Lettering for Journals, Cards or Scrapbooks

Today I'm going to let you in on a little secret (just don't tell anyone!) My lettering isn't always what I'd like it to be, so I CHEAT. What? Shocking I know!!! In an effort to help all those other typography challenged people out there, I'm going to share my secret formula for creating beautiful lettering on your cards, journals or scrapbook pages. Two reliable ways to CHEAT when it comes to lettering: Use Word (or similar program) to create... 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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Stendoodling with Copics

Today I have a little GIVEAWAY and a new project using my much loved Copic products and some simple doodles. Now this is a wonderful place to begin for anyone who is new to doodling or colouring with Copics, all you need are a few stencils, your favourite colours and a little time. The reason that this is so great for beginners, is that this project uses a technique called Stendoodling. What is Stendoodling? Well to create a Stendoodle you... Read more →

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Doodling for Beginners: Masked Lady

I thought that for today's post I'd give all of the nervous doodlers out there a hand and show you a straightforward project that looks stunning! You can complete this page with just a few materials and with only a little experience and imagination. Now this is quite a step-by-step project so grab your favourite doodling pens (you know mine are Copics) and let's get started, because we are creating this masked lady! SUPPLIES Copic Multi Liners in 1.0, 0.5... Read more →

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Doodled Journal Page using Negative Space and Neon

OK so this one was a bit of a challenge (I'm waiting for the smaller Hazel and Ruby alphabet stencil masks to arrive!) but in the mean time I thought I'd have a play with what I've got! Today I decided to try combining a range of products to produce a colourful doodled journal page in my journal. If you wanted to try this on a less time consuming scale it would also make a fabulous card front or scrap... Read more →

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Molotow One4All Paint Markers

Hi All - I'm here today to tell you about the yumminess that is Molotow One4All Paint Markers, that's pronounced 'Molo-toff' by the way(I asked the company!) like the molotov cocktail. First a little about what makes the Molotow One4All special: The One4All is a versatile acrylic based paint marker, which has a highly pigmented, solvent-free, hybrid-paint, able to cover nearly every surface, indoor and outdoor! The paint colours can be mixed together to create your own unique colours, the... Read more →

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Make a Wish - Layered Journal Page

This is a project where you will need to stick with me - as it goes through several UGLY phases before the final page is complete. This is a really versatile technique, you could try this on scrap pages, cards, journal pages or even canvas. Before I begin, I have to give a BIG thank you to Mixed Media Art who featured this article on their web site, and a shout out to the beautiful Tracy Verdugo, Tracy's class opened... Read more →

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Copic Marker Mermaid

Hello hello. A few of you may know I just took the AMAZING Mermaid Circus class online with Jane Davenport and Teesha Moore - swoon! I've had a ball, though in the usual Sparkle Tart fashion I don't think I'll ever finish all of the lessons! One of the challenges was to draw a face and shade using Copic markers, I won't be telling you Jane's secrets for doing this but I will be showing you my results. Now if... Read more →

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Doodling for Beginners

So you've seen some truly fabulous doodling on Pinterest and Google Images and you'd like to try it for yourself, but one problem - where do you start? Well if you are a doodling newbie then start here, but be sure to check out my section on DOODLING as this page is really only a very brief introduction. What Is Doodling? What is a doodle anyway? Wikipedia defines a doodle as: 'an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person's... Read more →

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Copic 'K' Journal Page

Today I thought I'd share a page from my Copic Art Journal. YES this did take a while to finish, but as you may know, I was recently 'out-of-action' for a total of 3 months and not able to do much except lay in in reclining chair (it was a looooong 3 months) - so I had time to spare and not much else to do :O) This page kept me happily busy for a while between the doodling and... Read more →

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Bloom Journal page

Magicals - Journal Page I was completely chuffed when Tracey (the owner of Lindy's Stamp Gang) asked each of the Design Team members to create some projects for display at CHA 2012 Winter. I've been playing with Zentangling lately so thought I'd combine my Magicals (fabulous powder paints) with some tangle inspired designs and came up with this - it's totally different from anything else LSG had on display, but I don't think that's a bad thing. What I used:... Read more →

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