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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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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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 Lindy's Starbursts and Magicals on Black

By now you probably know I like to customise my own embellishments, backgrounds, flowers, ribbons etc. Well with the release of so many new Lindy's Stamp Gang products over the last year I'm in total heaven. I can now create completely unique and custom embellishments for any project I'm working on and I have found I need to but far less as I just grab something in white and I can then make it whatever colour I like. For the... Read more →

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Mixed Media Background using Copic Markers and Airbrush

Our brief for the hop was to use products from X-Press It, Copic Oz and Inspiration Lane suppliers to create a mixed media canvas that represented ourselves. Now I did a little head scratching over this one, but finally settled on a few things it HAD-TO-HAVE if it was representing me: Sparkle, Colour, Birds, Copics and Drama - I think I squeezed all of this onto my canvas. I've also snuck in a '25' plate as this is the date... 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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Picture Frame Card Inspired by Kathy Jones

OK - not sure how many of you follow the Copic Oz blog but recently the massively talented Kathy Jones posted am amazing idea showing her take on a 'Living Card', this idea totally appealed to me and I HAD to try it! The following is my version of a faux living card. What I used: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays from the Mad Hatter set: Tea Pot Purple and Mad Hatter Mint Embossing Powder from the Mad Hatter set:... Read more →

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Steampunked Dress Form

Today I'm sharing a recent creation, I had a huge amount of fun creating this, playing with paint, adding metal pieces, watch parts - I loved creating it and I love the finished Steampunked Dressform even more! I got a huge amount of joy from the knowledge that lots of the pieces I used on here had had a past life, been discarded, then repurposed and used by me for something completely new - adding instant history to my piece.... Read more →

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Finnabair Inspired Copic Journal Cover

Hi - today's tutorial has quite a few steps but the results make it completely worthwhile! Now a few of you may be familiar with the work of amazing Polish artist Anna Dabrowska - better known as Finnabair, and if you're a long time reader of my blog you will know I love and ADORE Finn and her art. so it should be no surprise that today I am taking inspiration from Finnabair's unique complex style and creating a cover... Read more →

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Jane Girls Stencils: Petite Series Blog Hop & Giveaway

OK those of you who have been following for a while will already know about my complete love and adoration, with a mightly dose of respect and gratitude for what she does - aimed squarely at Jane Davenport. If I hadn't met Jane at the Brisbane Scrapbooking and Papercraft Expo a few years ago I probably wouldn't have started drawing, she literally changed the course of my life! Since then I've enrolled in pretty much every online course she has... Read more →

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Magical Textured Background for LSG October Color Challenge

The crew over at Lindy's Stamp Gang are really excited to introduce the October color challenge! It is our hope that we encourage you to try new color combinations, and introduce you to new Lindy’s Stamp Gang colors! This is my example for the October Challenge - now I really did just use the colours shown, but some of my Magicals mixed a little creating new shades so it looks a little altered from the original colours of: Witchs Potion... 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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Follow Your Own True North Page for Travel Blog Hop

OK I have to admit I felt a little intimidated when asked to join in on the Basic Grey, Glue Dots and Lindy's Stamp Gang Travel Blog Hop - not only do they have amazing artists on their Design Teams, but I'm so not a scrapbooker (those 12 x 12 double layouts are scary big!). BUT my motto this year has been don't let fear stop you from doing anything - so I said yes and jumped in the deep... Read more →

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Progress of a Mixed Media Journal Page

I started actively learning to draw 18 months ago now if you follow my blog you will have seen some of my efforts, I'm slow but steady in my progress. I try new techniques, I practice, I take classes, I think about what I have learned and how to use this new knowledge, I try new ideas and slowly I am becoming better at drawing. Last year I drew this fairy, she was the first thing I had ever drawn... Read more →

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Flat Fabio Journal Page

I had to use these amazingly bright colours to off set my fabulous new Jane Girl stamp created by Jane Davenport - I knew right away she needed to be stamped in black on something boldly coloured (I have a few more ideas for her as well, but this one HAD to be created first). Now this may look simple at first glance, but there are layers upon layers and the closer you look the more you see, so here... 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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