How to Alter a Necklace (for a cool Steampunk look)

Welcome, welcome and roll right up for the Old Treasures Hop! I am so honored to be a part of this amazing altering extravaganza with 15 renowned Mixed Media artists worldwide! Today I have given myself a bit of a challenge to create something useful and wearable using my mixed media skills - I will be altering a necklace and transforming it into an old treasure with a steampunk theme. Now this one was a bit of a challenge for... Read more →

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Beginners Acrylic Pour using Dina Wakley Pouring Medium

Today I'm going to play with something new, Dina Wakley Pouring Medium - it's fun and a little scary and my friend Kylie thinks I'm about to make a huge mess, she might just be right (though I hope not)! My entire project today will be an experiment! An experiment with products, colors and mediums - not all of them recommended for use with the Dina Wakley Pouring Medium PLUS I've never done an acrylic pour before so I'm learning... Read more →

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Marabu Mixed Media Art Sprays Road Test

Hi gorgeous people, today I'm going to talk a little bit about the new Marabu Mixed Media Sprays in the Lulu Art store. Marabu sprays are described as brightly coloured waterbased acrylics, for light porous surfaces such as canvas, paper, and wood. They are intermixable, water thinnable, quick drying, lightfast and waterproof. Now you all know I'm a total Lindy's spray die hard, so trying a new spray can be a bit challenging for me as I have no idea... Read more →

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Plan with Kate & Jane (well Jane Davenport Supplies!)

Today I'm going to be Planning with Jane - Jane Davenport that is - though sadly not in person! Instead, I'm going to be using up some leftovers from previous projects to create a Jane Davenport inspired horizontal weekly planner layout. So join me and let's use up some of those leftover supplies to create a bright and fun planner spread for this week. I really HATE throwing away perfectly good stuff but I also hate ending up with piles... Read more →

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Finger Painted Abstract Art Journal Page

Hello hello sparkly people! Today I've set myself a little challenge - a simple black and white background for my journal page! And I'll let you in on a little secret, there is not one brush being used on the page background in any way - none at all! So how am I applying the paint? Get ready to get dirty because we are going to get in there and do some fabulous finger painting to create this B&W background!... Read more →

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Folding Purple Tryptic Panel: Purple Vibes YouTube Hop

I'm so excited to be a part of the fabulous Purple Vibes YouTube hop! From the 21st - 27th of June join a fabulous group of artists around the world who have come together to spread love, good vibes (and a few gifts) and created a smorgasbord of amazing projects, techniques and tip for you all to drool over. The only requirement is that the project had to be PURPLE (or with PURPLE as the main color). For the hop,... Read more →

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Bright and Beautiful Mixed Media Card

Hello beautiful sparkly people, today I'm back with a bright and beautiful mixed media card to tempt you to get those stamps and inks out of the cupboard. With a few swipes of ink and a little coloring in you can create this bold and beautiful card that anyone will love. While there are a few steps, none of them are complicated, but just in case you need a little extra information I've filmed the whole process step-by-step. Start by... Read more →

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Jane Davenport Layered Mermaid Marker Page

Goodmorning sparkly friends. Today I thought I'd share a little art journal page with a lot of attitude, a page chockfull of Jane Davenport goodies and yummy colors all available from Lulu Art of course. It starts with a freeform background and journal tattoos and finishes with a face fit for a drama queen. Let me show you how to create your own layered mermaid marker page. This page is nearly impossible to explain in writing (well I could but... Read more →

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Layered Mixed Media Jane Davenport Journal Cover (in 10 steps)

Looking to create yourself an amazing and custom canvas journal cover, but not sure where to start? Don't worry I've got you! Let me show you 10 simple steps to create a luminous, transparent, stunning piece of art that you can use and admire! While I have created my piece on a canvas journal cover, you can use these same 10 steps to create a card, canvas art or even decorate a tote bag, once you know the process there... Read more →

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Welcome to Spring Swap: Mixed Media Canvas Journal Cover

Welcome to Spring (well in some parts of the world)! I was invited by Nunu Box (along with other gorgeous International artists) to participate in an International Spring Swap and couldn't say no! Now I don't always have time to do things like this but the timing was right and I thought it sounded like fun. The intention of this swap is to not only inspire all of our beautiful followers, but also to show a little love to our... Read more →

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Alice Mixed Media Journal Page (Testing Mermaid Markers)

Today I have a fun little journal page that took me waaaay down the rabbit hole, with one of the new Fowler Face stencils from Artist Cellar! Now for those who find drawing faces from scratch a bit intimidating, face stencils are the perfect way to get started! They give you a wonderful framework that you can play with and make your own. For this page, I decided to use the 1/4 turned face stencil called 'Joy'. To start, trace... Read more →

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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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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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Wintery Art Journal Page with Washi Background

Today I felt like creating something with a photo of my cat taken over Christmas - who can resist a holiday snap! I decided to use this as an opportunity to have a little play and experiment with a few new techniques and ideas in my art journal. I think the key to this one was the mixed media layered background using washi and deco tape, light molding paste, watercolor paint and sprays, to add soft and subtle color. Let... Read more →

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How to Use Rust Paste for a Fabulous Textured Card

I'm back with another Mixed Media project for Lulu Art! Today we are going to create a mixed media card from vintage papers, scraps and the fabulous pastes and paints from Prima and Finnabair! There are a few steps involved in creating this card - but each step is so simple you will easily be able to follow along and create your own version, plus it helps that there is a start to finish video at the bottom of each... 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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Cards to Canvas: Mixed Media Techniques for Papercrafts

Did you know I was one of the artists who contributed work in Colleen Schaan's book Cards To Canvas? Well it's true and I'm still pinching myself! Cards To Canvas: Mixed Media Techniques for Papercrafts, is a book designed for crafters who want to LEARN some stamping and cardmaking techniques, DABBLE in some mixed media fun, and then APPLY those techniques and mediums to canvas wall art (or desk art)! Crafters can delve into the world of mixed-media art using... Read more →

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3 Tips for Drawing Attention to Your Photo on a Busy Layout

Want to create a simple black and white scrapbook layout, that's heavy on the texture and draws attention to your photo? Well, that's what I'm going to create today - so join me in having a play, whip out those sprays, reach for your embossing powders and have your embellishments at the ready. Today I'm creating a layout using minimal color, Black, White and a touch of Gold (vintage, bright and matt) and the sparkle for this project (because you... Read more →

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3 Ways to Create Vintage Grunge Effects using Lindy's Stamp Gang Products

Today I'm going to look at 3 different ways to create vintage or grunge effects using your Lindy's Stamp Gang products. Now there are WAY more than 3 ways to do this, but I thought I'd share my 'go to' techniques, the ones that always work, are practically fool-proof and are all quick to do - the result, instant vintage grungy goodness for any project. 1. Vintage / Grunge Background Begin by glueing scraps of paper onto a tag (or... 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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Scrapbook Layout: Simple Page using Neon Graffiti

Today I'm playing with a clean and simple scrapbooking layout using Limor Webber's new Neon Graffiti set of Flat Fabios from Lindy's Stamp Gang. Now these neon's are bright, and I mean REALLY bright - the colours are luscious, intense and bold. My first impulse when I received the new colours was to use them the same way I normally do (ie spray it everywhere!) - I quickly found out that when dealing with NEON colours, that less is more!... Read more →

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Silvery Mixed Media Journal Page "In the Moonlight"

Today I'm creating a heavily textured, high-octane sparkle journal page! For me this one was about playing with layering and collage materials and using ideas I've seen on the internet from our own gorgeous Marta Lapkowska and Finnabair aka Anna Dabrowska (ie: gesso over collage) and layered journal pages and building on this, to create something with my own flavour - which as you know is sparkly! I think this page turned out with a total Christmas or Winter feel... 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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