Frida Art Journal Page with Sgraffito

OK how could I resist making an art journal page using Jane Davenport and Kylie Fowler supplies, especially now that Kylie is carrying Jane Davenport supplies in store I kinda HAD to make this page. I was inspired by the riot of colours in the new collage papers and felt like I needed to make an equally riotous and wild page. From there it was a short hop to Frida Kahlo, as it's Frida I think of when I think... Read more →

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Christmas DIY Shaker Card and all My Best Shaker Card Tips!

Today I'm going to share all my best secrets for making a simple Shaker Card, no fussing about just quick, simple and reliable! If that's not enough I've made this card using the beautiful Prima Rose Quartz collection and shimmering Starburst sprays from Lindy's as part of a very special Christmas YouTube Hop with some amazing artists - I can't wait for you to see what Tiffany, Bona, Anita, Lanette and Tantalya have created! SUPPLIES To make a card like... Read more →

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Creative Colour Charts

Looking for ways the creat cool color charts? Then have a look at this idea using supplies from Lulu Art of course! Colour charts - I love to make them but often seem to fall into the trap of having them be purely for 'utility reasons' - I can be a little too practical on occasion. So I've been looking at ways to make them more exciting and interesting while still retaining their original purpose - which is show off... Read more →

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5 Ideas for Decorating Traveler's Notebook Covers

Today we are going to check out 5 simple techniques for decorating notebook covers. So why do you need special techniques for notebook covers? Well most of us are actually using the notebook, so the cover needs to be sturdy, and easy to slip into a bag or a bookshelf with other items. If you have 3d flowers or embellishments that protrude too far these can become ripped off, snagged, damaged or at worst damage other items! So it's best... Read more →

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3 Ways to Decorate your Traveler's Journal Inserts

You may have seen over on my Instagram or YouTube accounts that I managed to get my grubby little hands (literally - I've always got paint or ink somewhere) on some of the fabulous new Prima Traveler's Journals in the Lulu Art store - my current favourite is the Nomads set! Each travelers notebook set comes with some plain notebooks tucked inside and well you know me, I couldn't just leave the inserts undecorated! So, I thought I'd show you... Read more →

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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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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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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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Six Ways to Use Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang

There are 2 questions I get asked on an almost weekly basis: What's the difference between the Lindy's Stamp Gang Products and I've just bought some Magicals, now what do I do with them? To answer one of these questions - today I'll be covering my six favourite ways to use Magicals (aka Magical Powders) from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Yes I'm sorry - you're probably going to want to buy some of these versatile little pots! What are Magicals? Magicals... Read more →

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Which Electronic Cutter is Best for Me? A Comparison of 5 Popular Machines

So I'm looking for a personal electronic cutter and honestly finding the whole thing a bit confusing, so to help me (and hopefully some of you all as well) I've created a comparison table so it's easier to see what the differences are! First what am I looking for specifically, what do I want to do with it? I'm looking for one machine that can: Cut paper Cut fabric - to make flowers or t-shirt logos Cut Matt board or... 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 Colour Journals & Colour Swatches

Copic journals - where do I begin?? When people talk about Copic Journals they are often discussing different things without even knowing it, from now on I will be calling mine by the following names: Copic Art Journal - a visual art journal or diary in which Copic Markers are used, and Copic Colour Journal - which records colour combinations, ideas on colouring, techniques and often a printed chart with purchased marker colours. Now these could be combined into the... Read more →

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Crayon Art Canvas with Magicals Background

Something a little different today - I'm creating an Off-the-page project using my yummy sparkly paints from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Magicals and Color Shots are amazing pots of powder paint, shimmery, intense and oh so versatile. The Magicals in particular are specially formulated to work as a paint when added to water and are suitable for use on paper, wood, canvas - basically most porous surfaces. The thing I love most about these is you can control the shimmer intensity... Read more →

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Day 20: Ink Pad Storage

I can't be the only person out there with almost 100 ink pads to organise - yes I know that's a lot of ink pads, I also KNOW I am not alone (go on count yours, they add up faster than you expect!). It is now the time to figure out how I'm going to store these little guys as presently they are all over the place, draws, shelves, stacked etc. So I've done a little browsing and here are... Read more →

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