Color Test with the new Gansai Tambi Gem Colors from Kuretake

Have you seen the stunning new Watercolor set from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi range - well it's called Gem Colors and they are super pretty and metallic looking and today I'm going to have a play and see how they perform. You know I like to play and test out new products before creating anything with them - so for my project for Lulu Art this month I'm going to test out the new Gem colors and see what they... 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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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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Nomad's & Lady Like - Prima Traveler's Journals

Hi there Sparkly peeps! I've been excitedly waiting for my Prima Traveler's Journals to arrive in Australia and gathering supplies to use with them while I wait - yes interpret this as hoarding! Now that they are finally here, I thought I'd show you my brand new Prima Marketing Traveler's Journals (aka Traveler's Notebooks or TN's) in the Nomad's and Lady Like Starter Sets and give them both a quick review. Please let me warn you that my review is... 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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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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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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What Are Moonshadow Mists & How Do You Use Them?

In today's post I am highlighting a product for Lindy's Stamp Gang - Moonshadow Mists. Moonshadow Mists have been around since almost the beginning of Lindy's Stamp Gang, in fact they (or their predecessor - Moonshadow Inks) are what got me hooked on Lindys in the first place. What is a Moonshadow Mist? Moonshadow Mists are vintage themed sprays - they all have a brown undertone (though the intensity of the brown varies) and a wide variety of subtle shimmer... Read more →

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Testing LSG Starbursts on Golden Mediums

Today I'm testing Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays over a variety of Golden products. I'm often see comments on my projects saying 'ooh Love this will this technique work on (insert name of product)?' Now most of the time I've tried a similar idea but sometimes I haven't, so I thought that for today's post I would gather 7 common Golden products and see how the Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbursts react. I'm testing products commonly used by both artists and... Read more →

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Why I Love Copic Multiliners

There are a LOT of pens on the market today - I should know since I own half of them (ok well maybe not really half - but I'm working on it - big grin!) I am often asked to recommend something to use with Copic markers or doodling - let me tell you that hands down the BEST pens to use with your Copic markers or doodling are the Copic Multiliners. Let me tell you a bit about them... 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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Vickie Hallmark - An Amazing Artist!

Has anyone else ever noticed that arty types have the BEST and most interesting jewelry and accessories? You know when you are at a craft fair or store and you notice someone else there has an amazing handmade scarf, or bag or bracelet - well this has happened to me at least! While I didn't find Vickie at a craft fair, I did find her amazing jewelry while searching for art journal ideas - you can read my post here!... 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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What I'm Reading

I receive quite a few emails asking my opinion on certain books (word has gotten around that I'm addicted!), people want to know whether such and such a book is useful, well written and if they are worth the money they cost - I buy rather a lot of books (I'm a bibliophile - a lover of books!). So I thought I'd share my library with you all. For the moment this is just a list of the books I... Read more →

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Molotow One4All Paint Markers

Hi All - I'm here today to tell you about the yumminess that is Molotow One4All Paint Markers, that's pronounced 'Molo-toff' by the way(I asked the company!) like the molotov cocktail. First a little about what makes the Molotow One4All special: The One4All is a versatile acrylic based paint marker, which has a highly pigmented, solvent-free, hybrid-paint, able to cover nearly every surface, indoor and outdoor! The paint colours can be mixed together to create your own unique colours, the... Read more →

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