GIVEAWAY! Art Journal Summer School 2016

The most colourful & creative summer course is BACK! Art Journal Summer School is running for another year and I’m so happy to be part of the teacher lineup again!

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You can register your spot at the super Early Bird Price right now (price reverts to normal after 31 May). Go to:

www.artjournalsummerschool.com

The course starts on 1 July and I’ve been working hard on my lesson which is going to be all about Expressive & Raw Art Journaling

There are so many reasons I absolutely love this course, but here are some main ones (and I hope they get you excited too!)

Reasons to love AJSS

  • All lessons are bite-sized (12-20 mins per lesson)
  • 21 super fun tutorial video lessons with PDFs
  • Limited supply list that fits into a toiletry bag
  • Perfect for taking on holiday or into the garden with you
  • Suitable for all levels
  • Super inspiring and diverse lineup of 14 teachers
  • Fully downloadable (including a handy download pack of all lessons)

If you’d like a sneak peek of the lessons & teachers then have a look at this short video:

Limited Supplies

As before all the supplies fit into a toiletry bag so you won’t be lugging around your whole art supply collection (who has ever packed too many art supplies when going on holiday… it’s so hard to choose… *raises hand*)

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Download the supply list here

What’s New?

Apart from the unique new lineup of teachers, what’s also new this year is that all lessons include a printable PDF (mine is super pretty and shows everything step-by-step!) AND you will be able to download a handy pack of all lesson materials in one go. So basically you’ll only need internet access ONCE, and then you can load up your iPad/laptop/etc and go to the remotest corner of the earth (or you know, the bottom of your garden or something) and do all the lessons.

We had SO much fun last year and I really hope you will join us (again) this year!

Giveaway

I’m super excited to be able to give away one spot on Art Journal Summer School!

To enter please:

This giveaway is now CLOSED and the winner has been notified. Thank you to everyone who entered. Please feel free to take a scroll through all the super helpful comments in which everyone shared their favourite supplies to take on holiday/vacation!

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

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!

Art Journal Summer School Giveaway Winner!

I am soooo thrilled to announce the winner for the Art Journal Summer School giveaway!

Can I have a drumroll………

The winner is………

Petra-Winner (apologies for the bad grammar in this app, lol!)

Congratulations Petra P!

Petra P, I have contacted you, please respond within 1 week to claim your prize!

A huge thank you and thumbs up to everyone else who entered. If you’d like to still take advantage of the Early Bird rate (until 31 May), you can sign up here: www.artjournalsummerschool.com

In the meantime I hope you will enjoy looking at these journal spreads I made recently with the supply list from Art Journal Summer School.

Art journaling on an easel. Best thing ever! #artjournaling #artist #intuitiveart #irisimpressionsart

In progress. Using an easel has totally changed the energy around painting for me. Wow! Although afterwards I feel like I need to sit down lol. #wip #artjournaling #artist #londonartist #irisimpressionsart #mixedmedia

Yesterday's journal spread at @erinfaithallen's workshop exploring #spirit and personal #symbols  #artjournaling #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

And she's finished. Love quick art journaling! (I guess you have to be quick when you have kids lol). #artonholiday #mixedmedia #artjournalsummerschool #irisimpressionsart

A couple of pages in one of my art journals. #artjournal #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

PS check out the
supply list & more details here.

Art Journaling In The Woods On a Camping Holiday

So this weekend just gone we went on an adventure! Andrew won a photo competition for Eco Camp UK which meant we got to stay for free at one of their camps for the weekend.

As you may know I’m preparing for being a guest teacher on Art Journal Summer School, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test drive the supply list (toiletry bag with limited art supplies – you can download the list here!) and do some art journaling while camping!

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Now I have to be honest with you, in the past I have found it hard to enjoy art journaling on holiday. I always take the materials with me, but I have a hard time choosing supplies (so I take too many and end up using none!) and then find it hard to enjoy making art. I think it’s about working in random/confined spaces and having to put things away again after a session.

So the challenge was to pack only the things on the supply list (I almost succeeded… I put in one extra ink spray and roll of washi tape… but that was it I promise!) and then to find the time to art journal and actually enjoy it!

Well I can say I truly succeeded!

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I think the difference this time was that I was more relaxed due to the limited supplies. Using a toiletry bag is super portable which is very convenient! I sat at a picnic table and at a certain point I also journaled while sitting on a picnic chair (no table).

You do have to adjust your expectations slightly. I’m usually very much into acrylic paints, but that’s harder when you only have a small water container (pro tip! Use an empty drink bottle with a wide neck for your paint water. I used a Fruit Shoot bottle). A water brush is definitely very useful, I use a Pentel Aquabrush.

As I was getting out my charcoal pencil for sketching I had a brainwave and decided I could use charcoal from the campfire!! I was feeling super authentic at this point haha. It also made me realise why we buy charcoal as an art supply, as it’s way more concentrated and easy to work with than charcoal from the fire.

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I’m feeling super heartened and inspired by this experience. I now can’t wait to take my little stress free bag of art supplies with me everywhere! Next up I think I’m going to try some places closer to home like the local park and a café.

If you’d like to learn to make beautiful pages with a limited number of art supplies, then I think you will like Art Journal Summer School. Early bird price is on until 31 May! The pages I showed you in this post use similar techniques and supplies as what you will be learning about in my lesson.