Sunday, 26 October 2014

Art Journal Pages - the 201 progression continues into transfers

Hello lovelies!

This is the final installment in my art journal 201 progression, as it was the final class in the series yesterday. 

The final class is about transfers.  I know, transfers can be tough, and I probably shouldn't be teaching these in an introductory art journaling program... but my logic is that I want my students to complete the 6 classes with a toolbox of techniques that will enable them to do anything they want on a page.   And transfers are an important part of being able to do that.

So we do 2 transfer techniques in class - tape transfers and gel transfers.  I pre-prepare skins for the students and discuss the technique, but we don't have enough drying time for skins to cure properly, so its a toughie to do in class.

Here's the transfers page from the first iteration of Art Journaling 201:

and here's the second. 
This page has a bit more collage than the previous, as I want to introduce the students to the concept of mixing their techniques.   Often I find that they will compartmentalise and have a page of "texture" and then a page of "transfers".  In Art Journaling 202 we start to explore the ideas of using multiple techniques on pages as well as mixing up our techniques and media.

So I will be a bit quiet on the blog for the next few weeks.  The packing men arrive early tomorrow morning (7.30 am), to move my house interstate, and I have to clean before my tenants move in.  I've got a day at the races Saturday, and then its off to Perth to house hunt in a week before starting my new job. 

'till next time


Friday, 24 October 2014


Hello lovelies,

Things around here are crazy, cray-cray, mad! It's 3 days until the moving company arrive to pack my house... and I am still frantically trying to get things done.

So you may remember the photo of my art studio whilst I was in the throes of filming my last art journaling 201 classes:
This is what it looks like now:

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Art Journal Pages - the 201 progression continues into Texture!

Hello lovelies!

Well its time for some more art journal progression. It's Class 5 - Texture.

I really love creating all kinds of texture in my art journaling. There is something soothing about a page you can feel as much as you can see it. I love taking my books and flip through them, sometimes just to feel the pages.

Actually, I even think, next to making the pages, the flipping through the books is the biggest perk of having an art journal. I made many paintings over the years and I usually create lots of texture in them. Don't get me wrong, I love making them, but when they are done, they are done. You hang them somewhere and that's it. 

Next to the tactile nature of art journals, I love that they are small, all different, open to experimentation and a great way to practice new techniques. I can just go in, do something when I feel inspired and move on when not. They are patient and there is no pressure. The beautiful thing is, I don't even have to like what I did. There are no mistakes in art journaling.

Here's the "extreme texture" page from the first iteration of Art Journaling 201:

and here's the second.  It's very similar, as this technique is always going to provide a fantastic finish.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

New art journal videos

Hello lovelies!

I have a little treat for you today.  A new series of videos demonstrating how I alter my journal.

This is a bonus lesson for my 201 students to help them when the need to learn how to thin out pages - primarily because the last lesson was on embedded "extreme" texture, and so nowmany of mystudents will have a journal that will no longer close properly.

The videos also include a full demonstration of preparing a page background, inserting transparencies and discussing how to add a fold.

All great techniques / know how for you to have in your toolbox!

You can find all my free videos on my vimeo channel here, or under the tutorials section of my blog here, or you can watch them by clicking on this post title and bringing up the whole blog post.

'till next time


Friday, 10 October 2014

Art Journal Pages - The 201 progression continues to Collage week

Hello lovelies!

Well its time for some more art journal progression. It's Class 4 - Collage!!

I love to collage - it's a go to thing for me if I have an artistic block.  I love to leaf through magazines and cut stuff out for later. Just immersing myself in colour helps to set my muse free. Here's the class page from the first iteration of Art Journaling 201:
and here's the second.  It's very similar, but I think that the finish is better. I've used more transparent gesso as layers on the way through, and have had more practice with the vagaries of magazine pages and matte medium (less wrinkles).

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

home sweet home

Hello lovelies!

Some music to inspire you - I've got a nostalgic 70's vibe going on at the moment!

I had bought this class by Kate Crane last month (before I knew that I was moving), and have completed the first 2 classes. Both classes feature houses, hence the music!
Kate's background techniques are great fun to do, and as an artist & teacher she is not afraid of using colour, which I appreciate.  I trialled a product I found in (one of) my favourite art shops,a reasonably priced gesso panel.  I must say that it is lovely to work on, as well as being only 5"by 4" so you can achieve a result really quickly!

Do yourself a favour and check out Kate's blog whilst enjoying the music :)

'till next time


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

change baby

Hello lovelies!

Well, change it is a coming.... I'm on the move.

After 12 years living in Melbourne, and almost 20 years living on the East Coast I'm heading back to Perth to live. I've been offered a job that I really can't refuse with one of the electricity companies there.

So, I am frantically organising a move of 2720 km  - that's about 1700 miles in the old money.  To give you some perspective, its the equivalent of moving from New York to Texas (literally and figuratively!), or from London to just past Istanbul.  Here's a map, even google thinks it would be a long drive (hence I am flying).
My house here in Melbourne is now on the rental market, and hopefully I will have a tenant before the end of October.

But of course, renting my house out means rental inspections... so my studio has had to go from this:
to this:

Do you know how hard it is for me to keep my studio area neat and tidy and to produce things sans my extra working desk.  

I'll keep you all updated on progress, as well as posting some art that I have been able to do on my tiny desk...

'till next time


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Let’s do this, forty-five.

Hello lovelies,

So it has been both a frantic and totally relaxed couple of weeks since my last post. I turned 45 and to celebrate / commiserate / ignore / forget I spent 5 days near the beach & wineries - drinking & enjoying with friends! 

I managed to get a little bit of art done while I was away - including road testing some new (to me) products and I will blog about that in my next post.

Here are some pics from my retreat for you...

Where we stayed:

Monday, 8 September 2014

ART IS YOU - Melbourne 20th to 24th August

Hello lovelies,

So I spent 3 days at the first ever Art Is You Mixed Media retreat in Melbourne at the end of  August.

It was AWESOME!  To my lovely Melbourne friends and students who I didn't see there - you totally missed out!!

I was lucky enough to do classes with Micheal DeMeng, Seth Apter and Andrea Matus DeMeng.  All fantastic Artists.

I thought I would share a little google slideshow of some of the pics from the weekend. 

'till next time!


Friday, 29 August 2014

Colour Theory Obsessions

Hello lovelies!

Anyone who has taken my Art Journaling 101 or 201 classes will know about my colour theory obsessions.  I truly believe that understanding colour theory will make you happier with your outcomes when it comes time to free form play in your art journal.

It seems I am not the only one!  Here is an excellent colour theory blog post from a great blog.

Please follow Päivi Eerola and get some fab Finnish in your art!  She has a lovely freebie for her subscribers too.

'till next time


Monday, 25 August 2014

Art Journal Pages - The 201 progression continues

Hello lovelies!
I'm sharing some art journal pages today.  As you may know, I am running my Art Journal Basics course in Geelong at the moment, and I am re-doing all the class pages and recording the process. Of course I can't do things in exactly the same way that I did it the first time, that would be boring... So here is my updated progression for week 3...

Week 3 is all about handwriting, journal spilling and writing in general.  The original page was this one:
and this is the "new" version.  You may recognise this from my Fude ball disaster post earlier this month.

This was the original homework page from this lesson:
And this is the "new" homework page:

The recreation of Lesson 4 is currently underway, but I must say that I am struggling with my deadlines this month.

I have released the first class as free video tutorials here, if you are interested in playing along!

'till next time


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Playing with rubbing alcohol - a short technique tutorial

Hello lovelies,

As I alluded to in my last post, things have been a little hectic around here in the last couple of weeks, but I have managed to play with paint and rubbing alcohol - aka isopropyl.  (Here in Australia it is sold at chemists under the brand name Isocol Rubbing Alcohol).

I thought I would share, even though this is a far from "finished" page - at this stage I would classify this as a background that is 90% complete.
This is a technique that has been around FOREVER!  I remembered playing with this years ago and I wanted to test and see how some of the newer paints (i.e. paints released in the last 5 years) would work with this technique. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

FREE Lifebook Lesson

Hello lovelies,

In all my busyness I forgot to tell you that Tamara LaPorte has posted one of the lifebook 2014 lessons as a freebie.

Come over and download it here:

Its only available for a couple of days, so hop in quick!!

'till next time


Monday, 18 August 2014

Art Journaling 202 Class Roundup

Hello lovelies!

I hope you are all well?  I've had a hectic time since coming my last post - clients for my paying job having various "emergencies" that require my IMMEDIATE attention. Despite these "emergencies" being completely self-induced, my clients feel that I should share in the pain of their inactivity.


Anyway onto some more interesting things, it was 202 class on Saturday - yay!  My fabulous friend Rosie McLeod was teaching a page this month, a page that had us all breaking out the watercolour paints and Micron pens!

Here's Rosie working her magic:

And here are some of the creations in progress during class.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

I'm back!! Did you miss me?

Hello lovelies!

I've been away & quiet on the blog... did you miss me? 

I've been in Perth helping my family with a few things - year end accounts and the like, so haven't had any time to do art. So all I have to give you today is a picture of me swinging my nephew on his new swing!
I'll be doing some bits and pieces this week for the blog - after I have caught up on a backlog from the paying job!

'till next time


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Look what I found!

Hello lovelies,

It's the weekend! So I hope you are all having a wonderful time :)

I was down in Geelong today teaching Class 3 of Art Journaling Basics (Art Journaling 201), and this class is all about words and lettering.  It's a great class - very scary for some students, but worth the effort - there's journal spilling and learning to love your handwriting, or perhaps I should say "learning to hate your handwriting a bit less"...

In preparation for this class I was poking around the internet & procrastinating (as you do) looking for a bit of inspiration to vary my class pages in order to film them, when I came across a fantastic lettering related TED talk.

Jake Weidman is a Master Penman - who even knew that existed?!? His art work is beautiful, but what I found really interesting is the link he makes between using a pen and how a person learns and thinks.

Pretty cool huh!

I hope that this talk makes you think about using your own handwriting in your journal, and not always resorting to computer print-outs and ready-made ephemera.  One of the messages that Jake so eloquently imparts is that if you really want to absorb something - write it down, and because we are all art journalers, we shouldn't just write something down, but make it super decorative as well.

Here's a few pages from my journals that incorporate hand-written quotes: 

Friday, 25 July 2014

SHE IS stamp (a post for Aussies)

Hello Lovelies,

I have fielded a couple of questions from fellow Australians about where to get Donna Downey's "She is" stamp.  This is the stamp I used in this video tutorial.
Create on Ormond has sold out, but Karen from Kazmoz Kreations currently has it in stock here.  I suggest that you grab one before they're all gone!!  

(It's tough getting Donna Downey stock here in Australia).

I have prepared a non-local arty post for you all that I will post tomorrow before I head off to teach a full day of Art Journal classes :)


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Classes with Limor Webber

Hello lovelies (this is a long post, so please click through),

I mentioned in my earlier post that I went to Echuca for artyness on the weekend.  Friends and I  traveled 2.5 hours each way to take 2 classes with the fantabulous Limor Webber hosted by Hobbysew in Echuca.

I believe it's important for us Aussies to support the dwindling number of bricks and mortar shops we have in this country.  Plus I love to be on the other side of the room being a student rather than teaching all the time. 

I'm such a girly swot - I managed to get a photo with the teacher :)
But onto the classes - what did I learn?  Plenty!!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Product Review - Fude Ball (Ranger)

Hello lovelies,

I confess, it has been 11 days since my last art related blog post.... oops!

It has been a hectic time - teaching, playing tour guide to friends from out of town, squashing 4 days of (paid) work into 3 days, starting to film another Art Journaling 201 class, and travelling to Echuca for a class with the fantabulous Limor Webber. I'll do a recap of my class with Limor Webber in my next post.

Whilst doing my art journal spread for 201 I decided to use my *new* (i.e. new to me) Fude Ball pen.  I had seen this video (below) in which Dina Wakely recommended the pen.

What you may not know about me is that I am perpetually in search of the perfect art journaling pen. So of course I thought - Halleluiah, someone has found the answer for me!

not so fast.....

Monday, 21 July 2014

My heart is breaking

Dear Ant,

I know that we haven't spoken in a long while - our lives just get busy, and we live on separate sides of the country.

I always remember the funny, happy, generous guy from uni who was a joy to be around.

You and Rin have suffered an unutterable loss, and I do not know what to say.  I have no words of comfort, there is no comfort to be found when you lose your 3 beautiful children.

I saw this photo of you today at the Scarborough Juniors Footy match, and my heart broke for you.
Death is hardest on the living.

Rest in peace Mo, Otis and Evie. 


Friday, 11 July 2014

Art Journal Pages - Colour Theory

Hello lovelies!

I'm sharing some art journal pages today.  As you may know, I am running my Art Journal Basics course in Geelong at the moment, and I am re-doing all the class pages and recording the process.

I have released the first class as free video tutorials here, if you are interested in playing along!

Of course I can't do things in exactly the same way that I did it the first time, that would be boring... So I thought that I would share my progression for you...

So here's the first colour theory page. Students make a colour wheel of their own, and put in all the relevant "colour words" like monochromatic, secondary, primary, tertiary etc.  This was the first version:
and here is the second version!
~I love using colour wheels!

Next is a Monochromatic spread and a window cut out. First version:

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Bendigo sightseeing

Hello lovelies!

So a little more on my trip on the weekend. Bendigo is a beautiful town, it was founded during the gold rush of the 1850's and has that typical late Victorian Colonial feel - ornate but yet country.

The old Town Hall:
 The Cathedral - as you can tell, it was a bit chilly first thing Sunday morning.

Monday, 7 July 2014

I'm going up the country, babe don't you wanna go

Hello lovelies,

I went to the country on the weekend!

I headed up to Bendigo with a friend.  She had to attend a function for work on Saturday night, so I played handbag :)  Bendigo is about 2 hours north-west of Melbourne.
My current theory is that Bendigo is the new Victorian Hipsturbia... Just take a look at this.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Art Journaling in Geelong - Class update

Hello lovelies,

I travelled down to Geelong last Saturday to teach class 2 of my art journaling basics class. I have been reproducing the pages for this class so that I can film them for people who can't make it to Melbourne every month. I can't do every page exactly the same - I'm just not built that way, so I thought you might like to have a little look at what I have made instead!

This is the spread that we do in the class.  It is a colour theory lesson that is based on Pam Carriker's book Creating Art at the Speed of Life, and is an excellent class exercise as it re-inforces colour theory.
This is the left page of the spread:

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

INKtoxicated Art Journaling 101 Lesson 2 - Video

Hello lovelies!

So I have had these videos edited and waiting to be produced for about a week now - just finding the time to produce them has been a challenge!  Perhaps the fact that they are done is a testament to new organisation regime, and the breaking of my diet with chocolate...

This is the second lesson of INKtoxicated Art Journaling 101. The class is all about testing your "wet" supplies.  I have used sprays in this video lesson, but you can use watercolour paint, crayons, anything you want to!

Here's close-up pictures of the spread I am preparing in this lesson:

Left page:

Monday, 30 June 2014

Organisational frenzy

Hello lovelies!

So it is the end of the Australian financial year today.  That prompted me to spend Sunday an organisational frenzy.

I have been feeling overwhelmed recently as I am juggling a new(ish) art business as well as a job as a contract consultant and life in general!  So I went to my local stationery store yesterday, bought a new planner, bought & downloaded some very cool inserts from etsy, made some pretty dividers and proceeded to try and create order from the chaos.

I now have a beautifully sectioned planner with areas for time management - that's the beginning of this week's plan above, for my consulting work, and for my art stuff.

I even have a section dedicated to the management of this blog!
At a minimum, as I think of things that need to be dealt with they can go into 1 place - instead of onto scraps of paper that I lose.  That's got to be a win, right?

'till next time


Thursday, 26 June 2014

Blessing of the fleet in Melbourne - Rivercruise!!!

Hot damn, I just gave myself a flashback of my highschool rivercruise in the 1985, sneaking swigs of summer wine (the first ever Australian wine cooler) before jumping on a boat to cruise up and down the river with all my highschool classmates. 

OF COURSE I idolised Madonna - who didn't? She was awesome.

Hello lovelies,

This is a quick post to let you know that the Mission to Seafarers (the owners of the gallery where I teach some of my classes) is running a cruise of Melbourne’s ports.

This one is on Saturday 30 August and coincides with Melbourne Day celebrations and the Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet. Part of the cruise will be to participate in the Blessing of the Fleet before cruising around Melbourne’s Ports.

Cost is again $45 a head, departs 11:30am returning 2:30pm. It is BYO lunch, camera and notepad.  More details and a flyer are available here.

Just for your info, I've listed below some of the activities that will be happening in Docklands to celebrate Melbourne Day. 

• Formal Blessing of the Fleet by Father Bob. (awesome local legend that he is...)
• A flotilla of vessels, flares, whistles, pipe bands and a display of water cannons from tugs.
Cruises around Melbourne’s ports to see big ships up close – great photo opportunity.(this is the bit that I am interested in!)
• The schooner Enterprize will perform a re-enactment of the first landing in period costume. Opportunity go aboard for a short cruise.
• The Alma Doepel volunteers showcasing their recently restored traditional naval 4 oared captains gig.
• Story telling about the first landing as well as street entertainment including works of Shakespeare!
• Bands, vans and local venues will bedazzle Docklands.
• Supporting the work of the Mission to Seafarers.

'till next time


Monday, 23 June 2014

Working it out...

Hello lovelies,

You know when you have those days of incredible self doubt? When you lie awake at 3am, sniffling with a cold and worrying about whether you have a plan that will see you through to the end. Worrying about whether recent and old decisions you have made are the right ones, and whether you are doing the right thing with your life?

Or is that just me? Perhaps my 3am wakeups are amplified...

I don't have a partner in my life to share my middle of the night doubts with.  Most of the time I celebrate my singledom, my freedom to undertake new projects whenever I want, the flexibility I have created in my current working arrangements that give me time to do things like start up an art teaching business. But occasionally in the middle of the night with the wind howling around my little house, I start to worry, and there is no-one next to me to wake up and say "It will be OK, I support your choices".

It is then, when I have that hard lump in my throat caused by worry and fear, that I turn to my art journal for solace. My art journal says to me - "its OK, I can take your fear".

And so it does.
See the doodles and paint starting to hide some of my 3am stress?  Its not a finished page by any means, but I feel better for the offloading - even if I am tired today.

'till next time


Sunday, 22 June 2014

Art Journaling 202 - Class 2 page

Hello lovelies!

A quick post to let you have a look at the Art Journaling 202 Class 2 page - the one that we will be doing in July...
This class page has been done without paintbrushes.  I tend to rely on my paint brushes to the exclusion of many other tools, so its good practice to occasionally put them to one side and stretch myself with other items.

In this class we will make our own stamps from fun foam, use brayers, do some credit card technique, play with string, skewers, masking fluid drippage and paint pens. 

It will be a fast, loose and free class!!

'till next time


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Word Up, Wordling

Hello lovelies,

Here's a bit if fun for you...

I was poking around the internet looking for some bits and pieces to make an infographic for my paying job (yes, that one that I must do in order to keep a roof over my head), and I rediscovered wordle.
I thought I would feed my blog into it and see what was produced.  Not bad if I do say so myself!  All the important words seem to be prominent - art, journaling, supplies...  I will feed my blog into this program in a few months to see what the differences are.

Perhaps I should mention coffee and chocolate in every post from here on in to make it a little more reflective of my arting experiences?

'till next time


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Art Journaling 202 - The first class

Hello lovelies,

What a fantastic success the class was in the new space!  All the students enjoyed themselves and produced some great art.  Karen's pop-up shop was fantastic - I fondled and then bought supplies :)

Here's some of my stuff out the front of the gallery whilst waiting to get in and set up.

Here's a panoramic pic of the space set up for the class that I took in the lunch break...

And students doing their fabulous art work (Joy didn't need to put her hand up to ask questions though!)

'till next time


Friday, 13 June 2014

Ready... steady... ART!

Hello lovelies,

So, art journaling 202 starts tomorrow! Its so exciting :)  Here is my studio area where I am getting ready for class.
Pretty bad huh! 

There is 1 place left in the course if you are interested. Please let me know if you are in the Melbourne area and would like to expand your art journaling reportoire.

love you all!


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Strathmore competition!

Hello lovelies,

I thought this may be of interest to some of my readers... Strathmore are having a card-making competition!  The prizes look pretty nice :).  Its an Autumn/Winter theme so we're right in the groove of that!
I note that you need to use Strathmore cards as a substrate (that kind of makes sense)... so I went on a hunt, and Artified sell them here in Australia.  I'm sure its a piece of cake for my US readers to get their hands on this!

The final submission is the 11th of July (and online too which is a relief).  I may just give it a go.  Let me know if you are going to participate and if youre around Melbourne whether you want to get together to have a play.

'till next time


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Long weekends & Dina Wakely paint

Hello lovelies!

So we have just had a long weekend here in Australia - it was Queen Lizzie's birthday (no, not me silly - the one in England).

There was not a huge amount of artiness for me, but I managed to get some time on on Saturday when a few of the girls came over.   This is despite the fact that I have SO MUCH to do!  *sigh*

But I did manage to get out my Dina Wakely paints to have a play. I have agreed to demo these paints at the pop-up shop this Saturday, so I thought I should do more than just paint a colour wheel (as useful as that is, its not much fun as a demo)...

So I got out a journal that I have been trying to finish off for a while now.  I turned to the page that was more "clean-up" than "art-up", and started throwing paint around.  Here I have used turquoise, lemon and magenta on the background, and accented with white.

Scribbly writing, doodles and focal imagery in the next layers on the page, with Lime, white and black coloured paint applied really thickly to take advantage of its heavy body nature. 

It still needs "something" on the left side of the spread - probably a word or phrase in bold black to balance out the composition, but that will have to wait for a couple of days... Life is busy right now!!

As an aside, I have 3 people who have registered their interest in doing art journaling 101, but need another 3 to make running the class series viable. If you are interested please either email me or pre-register in my shop.

'Till next time


Sunday, 8 June 2014

INKtoxicated Art Journaling 101 Lesson 1, Part 1 Video

Hello lovelies,

So I have a video for you today - well 2 videos but it's one lesson spread split in half! . This is a how to for testing your dry supplies.  It's Lesson 1 of my free INKtoxicated Art Journaling 101 Series.

Part 1:

INKtoxicated Art Journaling 101 L1- Part 1 from Liz Aitken on Vimeo.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Art Journal Supplies - A Pop Up Shop

Hello ladies,

I just wanted to let you know that Karen from Kazmos Kreationz is running a pop-up shop after every Art Journaling 202 class.

Yay!! You can actually fondle art goodies before you buy - and who doesn't love a good fondle...

First pop-up shop is Saturday June 14th from 3.30pm till 5.30pm. Karen will be open for business down in Docklands, so please come and visit to pick up some goodies.
Karen has the new Dina Wakely paints in store now, and will be bringing stock to the pop-up shop.  To let you see how delicious these paints are, I will be demoing with them (in my art journal of course) during the shop hours.

Here are the details:


Hello lovelies,

I can't believe that I have to say this, but it it has come to my attention that I do.

I know that copyright in our art journaling, mixed media community is a tricky issue, but if you have taken my classes and wish to rerun them in their entirety (including notes) you can't.  They are copyright.

If you would like to quote me to sell something in your shop, then please attribute the quote to me and link to my blog.

If you want to share my work on your own blog then please attribute and link.

I put a lot of time and effort into developing my art and my classes. I provide my students with comprehensive resources because I want them to enjoy their art journaling journey, not so that they can steal them and make money from my hard work.

This is also part of the reason that I am currently filming my Art Journaling 101 and 201 classes so that students can take the classes from me via the web.  The absolute basics will be free and the rest will be very reasonably priced.  At least that way I may be able to prevent people from stealing my own material from me.
'till next time


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Art Journaling 101 in Geelong

Hello Lovelies,

Just dropping in with an update on my in person class that started last weekend at Create on Ormond in Geelong.

The first class in INKtoxicated Art Journaling 101 is called Laboratory, and its all about substrates & supplies.  Students learn how to deal with different substrates and how supplies react on different surfaces.  We cover a lot of ground in this first class as we do 2 spreads!!

The first spread we tackle in the class is this one:
As you can see, the idea is to divide up the page and test different "dry" supplies on different surfaces.  This gives the students a good feel for what can be achieved both fro the base page and within layers.

A golden rule for us arty hoarders is use your art supplies before you find them a home in your studio - otherwise you will probably never use them at all! Just the act of doing a simple test like this in your art journal means that you are more likely to actually use your supplies.  I reckon that's got to be a good thing!

The next spread we tackle is the sprays.  Obviously we can't be as "neat" with sprays as we can with the dry supplies, so the page needs to be a little different. Here's the sample of the second spread.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Art Journalista's for 202 are GO!!!

This is Assembly Control calling all Zero X units. Assembly Phase One - go! 

Hello lovelies! Well, Art Journaling 202 now has the minimum number of pre-registrations, so we are ready to countdown to our big lift-off on the 14th of June.

I'm so excited!!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

"SHE IS" Art Journal Page & Video

Hello lovelies,

I've been asked to produce a sample for Marisa from Create on Ormond where my 101 series of art journaling classes starts this weekend. Marisa asked me to use a Donna Downey face stamp,so I thought what better way to showcase her than as a mixed media portrait!

I went with my muse for this month - the flower portraits from the Italian Masterpieces exhibition that I went to and blogged about here.  The stamp I chose is "SHE IS" - which I already had in my stash as I love her!: