Let’s Face It 2017 Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Lets Face It 2017 http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

[EDIT This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Kendra Stone. Thank you to everyone who took part!]

Hey wonderful tribe, are you excited about a second year of the popular portrait course Let’s Face It run by Kara Bullock?? I know I am!!! First of all let me show you the awesome team of teachers who are involved this year:

Let's Face It 2017 Online Portrait Course http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

Such a diverse group of teachers who will cover the ins and outs of sketching, drawing and painting portraits over the course of a whole year! I’m especially excited about the new subject areas that will be included such as style development, colour theory, faces of different ages and with different expressions and skin tones.

Registration opens 10 October! Please bookmark this link: http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017

Special Note If You Are A Beginner

YES this course is also for you!!! I have been amazed at the braveness and enthusiasm with which total beginners have dived into the course this year. The difference between the work created during the start of the course and now is totally astounding. No special talent needed! Only a willingness to learn, be open and be part of the experience. This has been life changing for a lot of people.

Here is some work that was created this year:

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Encouragement & Abstracts

If you’ve been following me a while you’ll know how passionate I am about encouraging you all to get off your arse and make art! If you desperately want to be creative but feel intimidated, unsure or not good enough then I am especially talking to you in my lessons. I break things down into simple and doable steps, highlight areas where you might get tripped up and best of all: get you going so you can feel good about yourself and the art you create!

In 2017 I will once again be focussing on clearing your creative blocks (we all get them, me too!) and I’m also super excited that Kara has asked me to provide a special lesson on how I create my colourful abstract style landscape paintings! I’m going to be teaching you about colour mixing, how to achieve a super bright and POPPING colour scheme and how to make simple abstract paintings that you’ll definitely want to frame and hang up!

This doesn’t have anything to do with faces you might think….. you’re right! There are two reasons I will be teaching you these techniques: 1. These abstract landscapes can provide wonderful backgrounds for your faces and full figure paintings. 2. What I’m going to teach you about colour is going to transform the way you approach colour in your portrait paintings (portraits aren’t all different shades of ‘flesh colour’!)

In addition to my main lesson I will also be providing a bonus lesson and a special tip about my new favourite materials: catalyst blades & wedges.

Style of work I will share with you how to create:

Colourful Abstract Landscape by Iris Fritschi-Cussens iris-impressions.com

I can’t wait and I really hope you will join me and the team of teachers!

Giveaway!!!

To enter the giveaway please do all of the following:

1. Click http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit2017
2. Ensure you are signed up to my mailing list
3. Leave a comment below letting me know what specific part of LFI2017 you are excited about

Giveaway closes on 30 September. Winner to be announced beginning of October. Winner will be contacted by email so please ensure your email is valid.

PS if you decide to sign up to the course come 10 October I’d be super grateful if you used my personal link. I will get a percentage of the course fee which is how I get paid for teaching my lessons on this course. Thank youu!! <3<3<3

Abstract Watercolour Flowers open for Early Bird Registration!

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When I posted my watercolour flower paintings recently, the response I received was so awesome that I simply had to make it into a course to teach you all the techniques!

So I’m very pleased to let you know that registration for Abstract Watercolour Flowers is now OPEN! And currently you can get the discounted Early Bird price!

Class starts 1 May & there are limited spots available.

REGISTER NOW!

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Watercolours are a wonderfully dreamy medium, but they can be intimidating to use. In the process that I will be teaching you we will be working with the wonderful properties of watercolours (rather than against them).It will be a process of discovery, of letting go, of playing and seeing what emerges.

I can’t wait to jump in and I hope you will join me!


short video about why I decided to create this course and why I love watercolour so much

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What Will You Learn?

  • Understanding your watercolour paints
  • Playing with water & colour
  • Intuitive & playful approach
  • Wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques
  • Creating simple watercolour portraits
  • Watercolour layering techniques
  • Using mixed media along with watercolour
  • Creating drips & splatters
  • Beginner friendly

At the end of this course you will have 3 finished pieces of your own watercolour art! (I bet you will want to frame them!)

Abstract Watercolour Flowers Course

We will play with the wonderful properties of watercolours, dripping, swirling, splashing, splattering

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We will create a wonderful dreamy portrait and I will teach you the steps to sketch a simple portrait and then a layering shading technique

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I will encourage you to use colour combinations that speak to you. These are my ‘Gothic Flowers’

Ready to dive in?

REGISTER YOUR SPOT!

I can’t wait to teach you these techniques and share the absolute joy of working with watercolours. I really hope you will join me! See you in class!

Giving Up?

Ever Feel Like Giving Up On Your Art?

Do you ever get so frustrated with your art that you just want to throw in the towel? Bin it? Give up?

I’m currently teaching in several places (Let’s Face It & Love Art Happy Life) and apart from the wonderful work that is being posted, people also sometimes express their frustration. Their annoyance at not getting it right or not drawing what they see in their mind’s eye. I read about people throwing their art in the bin or ripping it up.

My heart feels heavy when I see people being so hard on themselves!

I really understand that feeling, that annoyance and disgust at what was supporsed to be wonderful, but ended up severely lacking. I’ve never binned my art, but in a way I binned my creativity for years: by simply not creating for fear of creating something disappointing (again).

For me I want art to be something joyful, even if I recognise that it is sometimes a struggle (believe me, I struggle). Getting the balance right is actually a really big part of my wish for self-care and self-respect. Shooting yourself down actually adds another layer of suffering on top of the already existing disappointment of not liking something or something not working out right.

I feel so sad thinking about the fact that so many of you experience this, I want to share my tips for allowing art to be a more joyful experience.

1. Struggle. First of all, let’s just sit with the fact that we sometimes struggle. Life can be a struggle, art can be a struggle. And that is OK. Struggle is not something to be avoided at all cost or a marker of not doing it right. It just happens. Sometimes we struggle with something physical (e.g. art techniques) or emotional (e.g. confidence). If we interact with the struggle and face it it can help us actually get further on our journey. It helps us grow.

2. Letting Go Of The Outcome. I know I harp on a lot about letting go of the outcome *grins* but it’s just so relevant! The art you create simply is. It is not good, it is not bad, it just is. WHY do we want to throw it in the bin, or annihilate ourselves or rip it up? It’s about attaching an importance to it being something ELSE. As long as we’re focussed on wanting it to be anything other than what it is, we’re creating disappointment and suffering for ourselves.

3. Noticing. Being able to think critically and assess our work is a strength and can help us improve, but there is a difference between observing and criticising/annihilation. When you notice instead of judge, you’re simply observing what is. You can then absorb that knowledge in a positive way, rather than a judgy feel-bad-about-yourself-way. It’s the difference between “The eyes are all wrong! It’s ruined!” and noticing “The left eye is smaller than the right eye. I don’t enjoy the look that creates, next time I will try to pay more attention to getting the eyes the same size”.

4. Be Where You Are At. It’s so tough in this online world not to compare ourselves. I don’t know about you but my Facebook feed is filled with wonderful art from amazing artists all over the world. Everyone is doing their own thing and everyone is on their own path. Consuming dozens or hundreds of pictures of what other people are doing can really affect my confidence about what I am doing myself. I start comparing myself and wishing my art was ‘a little more like this’ or ‘a little less like that’. When I compare myself to others I’m treating myself so unfairly, because really I can’t compare myself to anyone other than myself! I’m Iris, I’ve been painting on and off since 2008 and consistently since 2013. I paint a few times a week. I tend to choose expression and play over technical skill and practice. I’ve not been to art school. I’ve followed some online classes. I love trying different materials. Etc etc etc (everyone has their own unique story). The art I’m making is a beautiful reflection of who I am at this point in time, and I am exactly where I need to be.

Say it with me now:

The art I’m making is a beautiful reflection of who I am at this point in time, and I am exactly where I need to be

I really hope that the above will give you some of the tools that have helped me get out of the critical judging way of approaching art and into a more accepting and joyful way of doing art.

If you have any tips I’d love to hear them, please leave a comment below!

GIVEAWAY! Love Art Happy Life eCouse

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UPDATE Giveaway winner is Donna Williams! Congratulations Donna. Thank you to everyone for participating and sharing your happy art thoughts with me.


I need art for a happy life, how about you?

That’s exactly what Love Art Happy Life is about. An ecourse on how to get inspired by art, make your own art and feel happier in life.

The course has already started and the work that is being posted is SO MUCH FUN! The first lesson is all about being inspired by Picasso and creating our own simple quirky portraits.

Get Happy!

Watching this short intro video makes me happy!

My Lesson

In my lesson I am inspired by Tamara de Lempicka. Her art is a combination of roaring 20s, decadence, strong feminine, art deco style. I’m SO in love with it! Here is a study of her work that I’ve done. In the first part of my lesson I’m going to show you how to do a study and in the second part of the lesson I will show you how to use this to inform your more personal work and style.

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Enter To Win

Now is your chance to WIN a free spot on Love Art Happy Life!

All you have to do is:

1. ensure you are signed up to my newsletter
2. leave a comment below telling me how art makes you happy

Good luck! Can’t wait to read your answers!

A winner will be picked & contacted by 21 January. If the winner has already purchased the course they will be able to receive a refund or gift their spot to a friend.

Will you make 2016 your most CREATIVE year yet? [+ free printable!]

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I want to share with you two things that have been on my mind lately:

  1. Picking a word for the year 2016
  2. Understanding creativity and how to find inspiration (and keep it!)

Word Of The Year

Have you ever done this? You pick a word that you are going to focus on for the whole year. It’s an alternative to having a New Years resolution (because I’m not a fan of having unrealistic expectations and setting myself up to fail. In the words of Elizabeth Gilbert: I don’t hate myself that much) and for me it has been truly transformative for the last 2 years that I’ve done it.

Instead of focussing on a goal that you can either succeed at or fail at, you are infusing your life with a consciousness of the word/concept you have chosen. In 2014 my word was journey. In 2015 my word is self-care. Those words have embedded themselves into my life. It was tough! Focussing on the journey after a lifetime of thinking only of goals, results and outcomes was not easy. Practicing self-care after a lifetime of.. not… is tough!

But it’s transformative. It’s amazing. Focussing on what is really important to you is the ultimate gift you can give yourself.

In a moment I will share the word I have picked for 2016 (and I hope you will pick one too and use the free printable!) but first I want to talk about…

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Creativity & Inspiration

Getting inspired feels so elusive. Sometimes inspiration strikes! And then sometimes it’s gone for days, weeks, months. What’s up with that? It’s so frustrating, and like me you might struggle with this too. We either keep creating in spite of inspiration’s absence or we stop and wait. Still, the question remains:

How can I invite more inspiration into my life?

There might not be a magical solution, but as with all things in life, I do think that there might be a practical one! Ask yourself this question:

What am I excited about right now?

Sometimes I think the key to inspiration isn’t frantically looking around ourselves trying to uncover where it is hiding (maybe inspiration is scared away by loud noises and sudden movements? Lol!), but instead getting quiet and checking in with our own selves. You can find hundreds of people willing to tell you what you should be working on (which usually says more about them than it does about you), but there is only one person who truly knows: YOU.

So what are you excited about? Is it a certain subject, a feeling, an art supply you want to try? Pursue it! Don’t let it go until it’s ready to be let go. At that point there will be something else you are excited about. Then follow that for a while, and then the next thing. Feeling excited and curious about things is like a spark that attracts inspiration.

Journey to…

My word for 2016 is going to be:

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I’m super excited about:

Love Art Happy Life

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This is a new art course I’m teaching on, run and thought up by the ever inspiring Marieke Blokland. This course is a bit different from others, in that it is based on producing a feeling of happiness & boundless creativity with art. Maybe a course that is only practical art techniques and tutorials isn’t what you’re looking for at this point, maybe you’re looking for how to get & stay inspired (and make art too of course!). All teachers are going to give you a look into their creative process, how they draw inspiration from their favourite artist and how to transform that into a fun and individual art practice.

My chosen artist is Tamara de Lempicka. Her art is a combination of roaring 20s, decadence, strong feminine, art deco style. I’m SO in love with it! Here is a study of her work that I’ve done. In the first part of my lesson I’m going to show you how to do a study and in the second part of the lesson I will show you how to use this to inform your more personal work and style.

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And you?

Are you going to pick a word of the year? I hope you will and here are some free Frida printables that Marieke made for you to use to brighten up your art space and write in your word(s)! Please comment below and share your word with me, I’m so curious to hear what is important to you and what you will pick!

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I really hope that you will join me on Love Art Happy Life if it resonates with you. I’m super happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to drop me a line or comment below!

PS Early bird pricing for Love Art Happy Life ends this week, sign up now if you’d like to join us and make 2016 your most creative year ever!
PPS When you sign up through my link you are supporting me to keep bringing you art courses & free content, thank you!

Let’s Face It Giveaway!

Let's Face It 2016

Hello my lovely blog readers!

Do you want to draw and paint faces? (But maybe feel a bit intimidated??)….. keep reading!

I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a part of a brand new, awesome online course titled “Let’s Face It”. LET’S FACE IT is a course created and hosted by Kara Bullock from Kara Bullock Art.

This course is for anyone that wants to practice creating faces and portraits, but is especially designed for those of you that have felt scared or intimidated to do so at some point in your life.

Together, we want to share with you our strategies, tips, and techniques that we use in order to create our faces and portraits. You will leave this course feeling confident enough in your skills to never feel intimidated again!

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Click here to find out more about LET’S FACE IT, what’s included and who your lovely teachers are!

The course will open for registration on 15 October! Bookmark this page so that you can come back and register. An early bird discount will be available if you register by 1 December!!! Awesome, right?!

I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing team of teachers and guess what else?? I get to give away one free spot in this course to one of you!!

To enter the giveaway:

1. Share the URL http://tinyurl.com/irisletsfaceit publicly on your social media (Facebook, Twitter, blog etc). You can get multiple entries for sharing in more than one place!
2. Come back here and comment to say you did it!

I will announce the lucky winner on 22 October

Giveaway terms: winner will have to respond within 7 days to claim their prize. A refund will be given if winner has already purchased or the winner may choose to gift their prize to someone else.

In the mean time, click here and bookmark the page so that you can come back on October 15th and sign up!!

I really hope you will join us and I can’t wait to be alongside you on this wonderful mixed media journey!

Radiant Lesson Sneak Peek

T minus 3 days until we start with Radiant Art Journals! I’m joining a team of such amazing artists (seriously, I’m pinching myself!) to bring you an online course that will help you explore the yumminess that is art journaling.

You’re going to learn tons of techniques, be inspired by a host of different teachers and styles and get oodles of encouragement!

I’ve put together a short video in which you can see what to expect from my lesson:

I’m so excited to share my process & techniques with you and I really hope you will join us, you can sign up here!

If you register for Radiant Art Journals through my link you are supporting me to keep bringing you awesome (free) content & courses. Yay you!

If you still need a bit more convincing, my friends Marieke & Juna have also got amazing lessons in store for you and they have each created teaser videos too. You can check out Marieke’s video here, and Juna’s video here.

If you’d like to read more information before deciding download the in-depth course outline PDF here.

Radiant Art Journals eCourse Giveaway!

I love giving stuff away! It’s such an awesome perk of teaching art online!

On 1 October Radiant II: Art Journals launches. This course will give you a mixed media buffet of lessons by 15 awesome teachers plus Effy Wild’s take on each lesson.

This course is for you if:

  • you want to learn more about art journaling
  • you are ready to dig deeper
  • you want to develop yourself and your art in a safe place
  • you’re looking for a warm and supportive art tribe

The course will be totally beginner friendly with super in-depth video tutorials, PDF walkthroughs and Effy working alongside you going through the lessons.

I’m sooooo excited! I hope you are too!

Expression Over Perfection

I can’t wait to share my lesson with you. My lesson consists of three short warmup exercises and a long in-depth lesson. I’m sharing all my thoughts, techniques and tips with you to help you create freely.

I’m going to show you how to create from the point of view of pure expression and joy of the process. We’re going to leave behind perfectionism and really connect with that which is within ourselves that needs to come out.

There’ll be lots of smooshing, brayering, grunge, neon, letting go, digging in, trusting yourself, oh and of course: yummy art supplies!

You can register your place here

Expression Over Perfection | Radiant Art Journals Lesson | http://tinyurl.com/irisradiant2

Filming some warmup lessons for Radiant II!!! http://tinyurl.com/irisradiant2 We're going to access our true selves through messy intuitive art! Can't wait! #mixedmedia #intuitiveart #radiant2 #irisimpressionsart

Giveaway!!!!!

I can’t wait to share this journey with you and I’m thrilled to be able to give away a free spot on the course! To enter please:

1. Make sure you’re signed up to my mailing list
2. Leave a comment below letting me know what art journaling means to you

Giveaway closes on 21 September. Giveaway winner will be contacted by email, so please make sure you check your email address.

Encountering Resistance – the time I took an abstract art course

When I decided I was going to take an abstract art course to keep pushing my artistic development, I fully expected I would love it and it would do great things for me. So what happened really surprised me and left me kind of baffled.

I specifically chose to do an in-person course. I’d tried a lot of online courses and found I lacked the motivation needed to keep going after the first week and to do the ‘homework’. By taking an in-person course that didn’t have any homework I thought I’d find it easier and that the social aspect would be motivating.

I've signed up for an abstract painting course. Had my first lesson tonight and it was lots of fun! Made 4 mini collages (these are business card size) paying attention to tone, value contrast and composition. Next week I will paint one of these large scale. I won't tell you yet which one I've chosen, but you tell me, which is the one you think I should paint? #abstract #paintingcourse #irisimpressionsart

I tried to be open to the fact that I might have to do some things I didn’t really like doing. For example in week 1 we started with collage. I don’t love collage, but I did my best and ended up enjoying myself. In week 2 we started with acrylic paint and I felt a lot more in my element.

As the weeks went on, I kept going to my lesson with an open mind, but when I was there I’d feel majorly resistant. I didn’t enjoy myself and didn’t want to do the assignments. The feeling was very interesting to me, because in my own painting I usually try to find a flow and I don’t plan what I create in advance, so resistance doesn’t come into the process. What was it about taking a course that made me so resistant?

If you played along last week guessing which collage I was going to paint, here is the answer all worked out in A2 size! No filter as the whole point of this painting was colour mixing and matching. #abstract #paintingcourse #artclass #londonartist #irisimpressionsart

I thought about it and came up with some really helpful discoveries!

Letting Go Of The Outcome

I’ve fought (and still fight my inner demons/critics) for the right to create art focussing solely on how it makes me feel. I focus on joy through the process, embracing imperfection and letting go of the outcome. Understandably, the structure of taking a formal class is about learning key concepts. There were a couple of weeks that focussed more on intuitive processes, but most of the lessons were about achieving specific outcomes. I never realised how much I’d managed to internalize the mindset of letting go of the outcome (if you ask me I’m still quite bad at it), but when I’m asked to achieve a certain outcome or to set up a painting in my head and then just create it on the outside on the canvas… it makes me very unhappy.

In progress abstract work. To be honest it was a bit of a labour so far. Loving the lime green but the whole process didn't feel enjoyable (or perhaps I was just grumpy lol, it's very possible). Curious to see where this will go next week. #abstract #londonartist #artclass #paintingcourse #citylit #irisimpressionsart

Funnily enough, I really love some of the pieces I’ve created aesthetically, but I remember that I didn’t enjoy creating them, so overall I don’t have a good feeling about them. It was amazing to discover how important it is for me to feel good while I’m painting. Painting something aesthetically pleasing isn’t good enough in itself. I’d rather feel good while painting and paint something ugly (although that hardly happens when I feel good about the process) than to feel badly and paint something pretty.

Mixed Media

We did some collage. We did acrylic painting. We did oil painting. We did charcoal drawings. I felt stifled. It didn’t occur to me until several weeks in: I’m a mixed media artist! If I limit myself to one medium I feel restricted, caged. So I started mixing it up, acrylic paint, conte crayons, oil pastels. That felt much better!

Abstract painting course tonight. I realised I absolutely hate working with brushes lol. This was my third painting of the night and done with brayer, fingers, bubble wrap and bottle caps. #abstract #intuitiveart #artcourse #citylit #londonartist #irisimpressionsart

Sensory Painting

Similarly to needing mixed media, I also realized how unhappy the stiff bristly brushes made me. I didn’t have the control I wanted. Only towards the end of the course where I basically said I was no longer going to use brushes did I start to experience joy again. Out with the brushes! Finger painting, bubble wrap, drips, splats and brayers, that’s where it’s at for me!

Missing The Faces

Before taking the course I’d sometimes try abstract at home. I’d see people on YouTube/Pinterest making awesome abstract art journal pages and I felt like I wanted to do that to. Then I discovered that for me the faces are where it’s at. It’s where I find my joy. I haven’t fully explored why yet, but when I try to hold myself back from the faces I start feeling that horrible resistance in the pit of my stomach. Drawing and painting faces is like breathing a huge sigh of relief!

Final abstract painting class tonight. Sooooo happy with this piece. Last week when I started it I loved it, when I finished last week I hated it, then today I was able to finish it and just feel it again! #abstract #paintingcourse #artcourse #intuitiveart #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart #citylit

A Learning Experience

Initially I felt like what this course taught me was about all the things I didn’t like (and I felt badly for not liking the experience!). And then I realized that at the same time it was teaching me about all the things I already knew I liked, but never really thought about before. A hugely valuable experience!

Apart from that what I did find hugely helpful was the portion on colour theory and colour mixing we did. It has absolutely increased my confidence in handling colour and adding to that ‘intuitive’ knowledge of feeling what is right for a painting.

In the end I’m so glad I let myself have this experience, even if it wasn’t what I expected. I love looking at abstract art and I know that what I have learned on the course has already influenced my art. I might not become an abstract artist though!

The class I took is called Ways Into Abstract Painting and it runs at City Lit in London.

In this post you see pictures of the pieces I created on the course. Some are finished some are not. I’d love to know which one speaks to you most and why! Let me know in the comments below.

My Art Supply Bag for Art Journal Summer School

Hello lovelies! Art Journal Summer School starts TOMORROW!!! Eeeeeeeeee, I’m getting so excited! Expect many exclamation points in this post!

To get you a bit more excited and as a little intro, I thought it might be helpful to talk you through the art supplies I’ve got in my toiletry bag. You can watch the video and/or read the supply list with my personal explanations and input below.

Are you joining the course and community of 350 students? Read all the details, download the supply list and register your spot here.

Art Journal

My journal of choice right now is a Seawhite of Brighton A5 journal. It’s SUPER CHEAP. I bought it for £1.25 (that’s less than $2!). The paper is a bit thin but it’s ‘extra wet strength’ which I can confirm is true. It stands up to mixed/wet media remarkably well although it does buckle quite a lot. It’s made in the UK (and also well stocked in The Netherlands) so might be a bit harder to get across the Atlantic.

Brushes

I tend to use student grade brushes and I buy them in packs because they’re much cheaper that way. The ones you see in the video are Pro Arte Polar and Daler Rowney Graduate. I have one large flat one for backgrounds and bigger areas. One angled brush which I love for shading faces. Finally I have two different round ones for details, writing, swirling, and what-have-you.

Pencils

The supply list has a mechanical pencil which I do like using, but it brings out the perfectionist in me because you can do endless sketching and erasing, sketching and erasing. Although I love symmetry and perfection as much as the rest of us, it doesn’t tend to make me happy with my process. So instead I love using a Stabilo All pencil. It’s a lovely dark black and it’s watersoluble so you can activate it with water. It helps me be more intuitive, embrace imperfection and really commit to the lines I’m putting down on paper.

Erasers

I have one square white eraser for large areas and a Tuff Stuff eraser stick for details.

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Glue and Scissors

I have a pair of tiny scissors and a small pot of matte medium to glue things down. I am not into collage very much though so I hardly ever use these.

Black & White Pens

I use acrylic paint pens by Uni Posca for most of the writing on my pages. I also tend to use them for pupils, eyewhites and highlights in the eyes. They work really well over mixed media, but it’s important to wait until previous layers are fully dry, or you might clog/ruin the nib. They also don’t work very well on thickly applied Neocolor II crayons. I also use Uniball Signo gel pens for details, it has a bit more of a pen feel rather than a marker. Finally I recommend Faber Castell Pitt Pen in black. This is India ink in a pen, it is waterproof when dry. The brush tip is lovely for adding writing or details on top of mixed media.

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Washi Tape

Come on, you need this! Washi tape is so fun with all the patterns. Depending on the media underneath it might not always stick very well, in which case you can use glue or brush some matte medium under & over it.

Dylusions Ink Spray

The brightness of the colours are amazing! Beware of three things though: it goes EVERYWHERE when you spray, it will stain your hands for days, it reactivates when you work on top with wet media.

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Stencils

I don’t work with stencils that often, but they can add real interest to your backgrounds or composition. You can experiment with using sprays or paint. If you spray through a stencil, don’t forget to afterwards flip the stencil and press it onto the page to get the negative image.

Acrylic Paints

It’s such a great idea to limit your colour palette. It avoids overwhelm and gives a consistency to the work you create. In my bag I’ve packed a yellow, a bright pink and a turquoise along with black and white. Craft paints, chalk paints or matte acrylics are ideal for working in an art journal. They dry quickly, the pages don’t stick together and they’re usually non-toxic (do check your preferred brand) so suitable for doing art with your kids.

Watersoluble Crayons

I use Caran d’Ache Neocolor II. They are watersoluble wax crayons. Super portable and non messy while giving you nice bright colours! I packed these colours: apricot, raspberry red, turquoise, white, orangeish yellow, pink, jade, light ochre, ice blue & cinnamon.

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Extras

These are not on the supply list but I can’t live without them:

Rag

I use an old muslin cloth (you know, the type you use to mop up baby sick and when your kids pee on things). It doesn’t take up much space and it’s great for wiping excess paint off your brushes. I forgot this the other day when I went to journal in the park and I ended up wiping my brushes on fallen leaves. It wasn’t very effective. So jus’ saying, having a cloth is quite handy.

Water Spray Bottle

I love having slightly more runny paint so I usually spritz my pages with water before applying paint or while I’m shading a face. I also like making drips which a spray bottle is great for!


I do so hope you will join in on the fun! Can’t wait to see the wonderful artwork everyone creates!