Feather Travel Journal Cover

Hello there gorgeous people! I am sooooooo excited at the moment as we are going on our very first BIG holiday in almost 10 years - we are off to Canada! To keep all those special memories I'm making a very special Travel Journal that I will be sharing with you all - some pages will have step by step process clips on YouTube, while others will be a look at the finished page on my Instagram account (@planningwithsparkletart) and... Read more →

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Vintage Toned Background using Distress Inks and Oxides

Hello gorgeous people! Today I'm going to show you how to make this super pretty card that uses just one stamp, plus a bunch of beautiful products and techniques to really turn it into something special. I'll be pulling out all the stops for this one as It's for my Mum's 70th birthday and I really want to make her something special! I'll be using products from Ranger, Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) and Jane Davenport and I can't wait to... Read more →

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Spring Forest Hop: Travel Journal Page

Hey crafty friends! Welcome to our Spring Forest/Garden Instagram Hop. 12 of us have come from different sides of the globe to bring YOU 12 special projects! We also have generous PRIZES from our sponsors loads of great brands and stores!!! Read till the end to know how to participate! I'm super excited to share my project with you all. My beautiful friend Phoebe has organised a special Instagram hop with a Spring Forest theme (I really do have amazing... Read more →

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Make You Smile Style Art Journaling (How to Paint Simple Roses)

Hello gorgeous people, today I'm going to grab some beautiful paints, a stamp and stencil and of course my signature sparkles, and show you how to create this bright and bold art journal page! It's pretty, filled with simple techniques and really packs a punch of colour! Now as with most things it's easier to show to the process for this page rather than tell you about it - so I've made a short video to walk you through it... Read more →

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Poppy Themed Art Journal Page (with Image Transfer Tips)

Welcome to the Stamperia Hop! We want to celebrate Stamperia and their range of art supplies, so Stamperia sent some awesome products to every corner of the planet and we’ve created 13 fabulous projects with them. Hop along and you have a chance to win one of the 10 mystery boxes Stamperia is giving away (more details at the end of this post). I feel very honored to be a part of the super awesome international Stamperia Hop and I... Read more →

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Winter Themed Hanging Ornament (Winter Magic Hop)

Welcome to the fabulous Winter Magic Hop! Yes, a HOP - that means there are some amazing sponsors and even more amazing prizes so read to the end for details! For this special winter themed hop I decided to bring to life something that has been buzzing around in my brain for over 12 months! I've been gathering supplies and trying to imagine what I might make, and this is it a scenic winter themed Hanging (or sitting) glass ball... Read more →

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Jane Davenport's Incredible Inks on Yupo

Want to make a beautiful background that practically leaps off the paper? Then let me show you how amazing Jane Davenport's INKredible inks look on Yupo paper and you will be racing to the store to grab the supplies and try this yourself. No seriously, I mean RUNNING, sprinting - it's so amazing! Create your own Yupo Background Step-by-Step Spray Yupo with water and drip on a little of each colour of Incredible ink Spritz with water from a height... Read more →

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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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