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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Quick Watercolour Christmas Card

Can you all tell I've been having a complete blast making Christmas projects lately! It seems everywhere I turn there is another idea for a new project - must be the Christmas sparkles inspiring me. Today I've created a simple Christmas card with a water coloured background, a little stamping and a foiled Christmas sentiment. You can grab the yummy goodies I've used from Lulu Art of course! The steps are fairly simple, so let me show you how to... 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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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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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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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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Use Paper Scraps to Create a Bargello Card

Today we are looking at a simple way to use some of those beautiful paper scraps we all collect. You know you have them, stashed in a draw, bucket or folder, all those pretty pieces you couldn't throw away because they were too lovely, the paper was expensive or you might use that one day... Well, that day is today - so go and grab those fabulous paper scraps and join me in making a paper Bargello card - Sparkle... Read more →

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Alter and Up-cycle Prima Paper Flowers

In keeping with this month's theme of RECYCLING we are going to use a few unloved supplies and left-over scraps in today's post, which is a little bit of fun and a cool way to use all those odd flowers you have collected over the years! You guessed it - we are going to alter and Up-cycle some paper flowers, because no-one likes to have random flowers hanging about that you can't use! Keep reading and we will take a... 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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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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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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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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Altering a Distress Ink Background to Make it Your OWN!

I don't know about all of you out there but I ADORE Tim Holtz, I've even been lucky enough to attend 2 of his live, in person classes and meet him - yes there is a little hero worship happening - how could I resist an amazing artist and a really genuinely nice guy!! Tim creates THE MOST divine grungy backgrounds and projects and I love following along and creating with him. My problem begins when I've finished creating my... Read more →

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Testing 3 Minc Mediums (Ink, Spray & Paste) over 3 Popular Sprays!

Today I'm conducting a little experiment and testing 3 Minc mediums produced by Heidi Swapp - the Minc Reactive Screen Ink, Minc Reactive Mist & Metallic Texture Paste, over 3 popular brands of spray - both sparkly and not sparkly. For my test, I decided to use the extremely sparkly Time Travel Teal - Starburst from Lindy's Stamp Gang, Teal Color Shine from Heidi Swapp and the Cracked Pistachio Distress Spray Stain from Ranger and Tim Holtz. Between these 3... Read more →

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How To Re-Colour Paper Flowers to Make them Glossy & Gorgeous

Just a quick little clip today, I thought I'd share how I change the colour of paper flowers that aren't quite right for the project I want to use them on. This technique is wonderful, as not only is the colour coverage excellent but it also makes the flower more durable - so it's great for projects that may get a bit of wear! Now there isn't a whole lot to this technique so I won't fuss about creating photo... 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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Altering Christmas Baubles: Which Glitter Works Best?

I hope I'm not the only one who can't resist adding their own little DIY spin on store bought Christmas decorations - please tell me I'm not alone! Well this year I have partnered with a fabulous Aussie store Christmas Kingdom to indulge in my little decoration DIY love and create a table centerpiece using some of their fabulous products and some very special altered baubles. You may have noticed that I love to make things a little more sparkly... Read more →

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Copic Markers: Using Glossy Card & Colouring Photos

Today I am using Copic Markers to add hints of colour to printed photos. Sounds easy enough doesn't it! Though it sounds easy, using Copic Markers on glossy photo paper isn't quite as simple as colouring on uncoated paper, there are quite a few factors in play that can affect your results. Not to worry - in the following post I will show you several techniques and go over a few important tips for colouring with Copic Markers on glossy... 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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Common Uses for the Copic Colourless Blender

Today I'm looking at the little miracle that is the Copic Colourless Blender. In spite of the name, the Colourless Blender isn't really used for blending, instead think of it as your magic wand! It can fix mistakes, create patterns and texture and add highlights to your colouring. Today I'm looking at the most common uses for your Colourless Blender. To try out the following techniques you will need: Copic Colourless Blender marker Copic Various Ink - Blending Fluid Mini... Read more →

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