I Fell Into The Moon – Art Journal Video

I made a new art tutorial video for you! Watch me create an art journal spread from start to finish including building up the background, sketching & painting a face and finishing it all up with interesting elements and doodles. Scroll down for a full supply list.

If you enjoyed this video please feel free to share it with your creative friends!

Supplies Used

  • Craft paints (various pinks, blue, turquoise & black)
  • Ranger Archival stamp pad in black
  • Music stamp & Xs stamp
  • Stabilo All pencil in black
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paints (titanium buff, yellow ochre, quinacridone nickle azo gold)
  • Uni Ball Signo pens in black & white
  • Uni Posca pens in red & pink
  • Prismacolor coloured pencils
  • Pitt pen
  • Gelatos
  • Neocolor II watersoluble crayons

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I Fell Into The Moon | mixed media art journal video tutorial | iris-impressions.com

I Fell Into The Moon | mixed media art journal video tutorial | iris-impressions.com

I Fell Into The Moon | mixed media art journal video tutorial | iris-impressions.com

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!

Seawhite of Brighton Journals – Art Journal Reviews

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It is not a secret that I love art journals and can never have enough. So in this series I am reviewing all the art journals that I have used over the years. Some are firm favourites that I buy again and again, some have their quirks and some are straight up don’t-buys. Keep reading to find out more about:

Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbooks & Journals

Seawhite of Brighton is a brand that encapsulates a range of art supplies. They are most well known for being super affordable and creating paper that stands up to wet media. In this review I’m focusing on the ‘Starter Stapled Sketchbooks’, although as far as I know the paper used across the range of sketchbooks is the same, it’s just the binding & format that differs.

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Look & Feel

It looks cheap & cheerful. Very simple, kind of like a school notebook but unruled. The cover comes in several different colour options.

Binding

As the name suggests, the binding is created with staples. Two staples hold one signature of paper together. Using staples for binding feels cheap, and yet I can’t fault it. While working in this journal I’ve never wished for different binding or found it was lacking in some way. There is some bleeding due to the binding, but it’s not much different from journals that are bound differently or more expensively (I have yet to find a journal that doesn’t bleed through the spine).

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Paper Quality

The website describes the paper as ‘140gsm all-media cartridge paper, extra wet strength’. It’s the extra wet strength that is important. The paper definitely stands up better than other paper with a similar weight. I’d usually recommend going to at least 200gsm for heavy or wet mixed media use, but this journal can take it up to a point. The paper quality is surprising for the price point and the weight, but it does have a tipping point.

Seawhite of Brighton Art Journal | iris-impressions.com

Availability

This is a UK made journal and is widely available in the UK and as far as I know they are also well stocked in mainland Europe.

Price

The first time I saw the price on this journal my eyed about popped out of their sockets, it was £1.25 (about $1.90) for the A5 size. What??? It makes this journal incredibly affordable, a no brainer.

Seawhite of Brighton Art Journal | iris-impressions.com

The Verdict

The price is the biggest deciding factor in my love for this journal. It’s so ridiculously cheap, it makes me much more forgiving than I would be of a more expensive journal. I can get loads of these, experimenting with sizes, without feeling guilty. I’m always pleasantly surprised at the decent quality. Having said that, the paper does pill if you keep going at it and there is a fair amount of buckling (which I personally don’t mind because I just flatten the pages afterwards). Due to its size it’s a great journal to take with you and because it has a low number of pages (40) it’s satisfying to be able to fill up a journal quickly!

Overall it is not ‘the best’ journal for me, but because of price in relation to quality it’s one I buy again and again, definitely a staple (har har, see what I did there?).

Seawhite of Brighton Art Journal | Mixed Media Art | iris-impressions.com

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have reviewed.

If you’ve used Seawhite of Brighton journals yourself and would like to share your opinion please do leave a comment below!

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.

5 Reasons You’re Not Happy With Your Art Journal Pages

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I know very well what it’s like to want to do art, but every time you sit down and do it, you’re feeling crappy about the result. It’s really inhibiting and it might even stop you from creating next time. I don’t want that for you (or for myself)! So here are some insights that might help you understand why this happens and what you can do to change it.


1. You need practice

There is no way around it: practice makes progress. There are no shortcuts and you have to put in the time. Imagine you’re going to learn a language, it will take some weeks to grasp the basics, quite a few more to be semi-proficient and several years to be fluent. The more you practice making art, the more fluent you become and the easier it will be for you to create things you like, simply because of your skill level.

I love this quote:

Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle
-Jon Acuff

Another awesome resource is this video with words from Ira Glass. It’s called ‘The Gap’ and is about that ‘gap’ that exists between knowing what art you find beautiful and actually being able to achieve it yourself.


2. You are attached to the outcome

Leading on from the concept of ‘the gap’ explained above, it’s very frustrating if you have something specific in mind and aren’t quite able to execute it as nicely as you see it in your imagination. This partly comes back to practice, but another thing that you can try which to me absolutely transforms the process of art making is: to let go of the outcome.

Art is weird and wonderful, it’s a process, not just paint by numbers. Try and place yourself firmly in the current moment, rather than in the future where this finished (perfect) artwork exists. What can you do now that you enjoy, that is an expression of yourself? Let the art emerge from moment to moment, rather than working towards a fixed outcome.

An example of this might be that you are going to paint a portrait. But instead of trying to make it picture perfect or photo realistic, let it come alive through your personal filter of your mind, hands & body. This is actually where the most original art comes from in my opinion!


3. You need to add more detail

One of the things I notice a lot in the art of beginners is that it somehow looks unfinished or unrefined. It’s not necessarily a lack of technical skill (I think beginner’s art can have a great sense of freedom! As well as art made by kids) but a lack of going back in and making things look complete. It’s probably also to do with confidence. I see this in how people shade faces, they know where to put the shadows and the highlights but they’re not confident enough to make it BOLD. Make the darks really dark and let the highlights pop out!

You’ll be surprised at how a painting can transform by just paying a bit more attention to the details and finishing touches. Pay attention to shadows/highlights, use outlines and shading, create halos around people/objects, add little doodles or dots.


4. You’re working against your supplies

There are no rules about how you must use your art supplies (or which specific supplies to use), but there are definitely ways in which to use them effectively and ways in which to use them that make you want to scream and tear your hair out!

You’ll have to experiment yourself with specific things that feel frustrating that might be solved by a different technique (try Googling or a search on YouTube!), but here are some things that I’ve found frustrating and ideas on how to make them better.

Paper pilling (rubbing off / forming little balls):

-Use gesso first or a layer of acrylics. Make sure this layer is thoroughly dry before continuing

Paint not applying smoothly:
-Dilute slightly with water or matte medium/PVA glue
-Work BIGGER! Tiny fiddly work is especially hard when you’re a beginner. Scale up and then when you’ve gained experience, scale down again
-Use different or better quality brushes

Backgrounds look muddy or brown instead of vibrant (also especially applicable while Gelli printing):
-Try not to mix complementary colours (blue/orange, purple/yellow, red/green)
-Only apply either cool colours (blues/greens/cool purple) or warm colours (red, yellow, orange) together.
-Dry thoroughly in between layers.


5. You’re doing the wrong thing

Why are you doing this? Whose art are you making? I often fall into the trap of seeing other people’s art and admiring it so much that I want to recreate it or I want my art to look like that. So off I go on a very results orientated journey, which I often find very frustrating and unfulfilling. So ask yourself what your goal is. How do you want to feel? What do you really want to make? How do you like using your supplies? Why do you want to create art in the first place?

There are no right answers to these questions, just your answers that will give you an insight into your personal whys and hows.


If you’ve got any tips to share, please post them below in the comments! Can’t wait to hear what your favourite methods are for enjoying making art.

Interview with Effy Wild – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

This blog post concludes the series of Radiant Interviews and what an awesome interview to end on: with Effy Wild the organiser and host of Radiant Art Journals!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I champion the Inner Artist.

What is your favourite colour palette?

Cobalt Teal, Green Gold, Quinacrodone Magenta.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

Acrylics paint!

When I think of you, the word authentic immediately comes to mind. What does authenticity mean to you in your life and art?

Authenticity, to me, means being real about your stuff – the good stuff and the shadow stuff. It means being in the world in a way that doesn’t obscure the reality of your life or yourself. In art, it means exploring your own inner landscape, using symbols and visual language that is specific to you, and following every impulse, no matter how wild.

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Effy Wild?

Radiant II. 🙂 I’m also working on http://theartwitch.com, which I can’t talk about just yet, but which does have a notification list set up!

Where can we find you online?

Blog: http://effywild.com
Creativity Network: http://effywild.ning.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/effywild
Instagram: http://instagram.com/effythewild

Here are some examples of Effy’s unique and evocative style

Art By Effy Wild | effywild.com

Art By Effy Wild | effywild.com

Art By Effy Wild | effywild.com

Art By Effy Wild | effywild.com

Art By Effy Wild | effywild.com

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

Interview with Jeanette Montero – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Jeanette Montero!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I am a mixed media artist and art supply junkie.

What is your favourite colour palette?

Warm colors – red-orange-yellow

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

That’s a tough question for an art supply junkie but overall I’d have to say the one art supply I can’t give up is gesso. It’s a base coat, a glue, a paint color, and an eraser all in one… it’s like magic!

For your Sketchbook Project you drew & painted giraffes inspired by your favourite artists. Tell us a bit more about what inspired this project, how you approached it and what you learned?

The inspiration for the project was that I wanted to discover “my style” and I wanted to start by learning and experimenting with the techniques of my favorite artists. I love painting animals but I wanted a cohesive sketchbook, so I decided to limit it to one of my favorites, the giraffe. It turned out to be the best decision. Having to incorporate the giraffe into every piece of art work actually forced me to find more creative ways to present the techniques and styles I was learning.

I am not sure that I have truly found my style because I so enjoy playing around with different materials and techniques but what I did learn from this project was that I do not have the patience for rendering lifelike drawings or paintings! I love using more simple, less detailed forms of animals and plants in my work. More importantly, this project set me on my path as a mixed media artist because I discovered that I no longer felt the need or the pressure to limit myself to learning, mastering or using one medium at a time. If you haven’t tried working in a series, I highly recommend that every artist do so. You can learn so much by getting so intimate and studying just one subject so thoroughly.

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Jeanette Montero?

For starters, I am very excited (and honored) to be guest teaching with you and 15 other talented artists in the 2nd edition of Effy’s Radiant E-course and engaging with the artists who will be joining us in the class. My hope is to inspire others to pick up any art supply from the humble crayon to the more complicated or intimidating encaustic paints and just feel free to play. I am launching my website and I plan on sharing all my experiments there and hopefully there will be new online classes in the future as well.

Where can we find you online?

Website: http://jeanettemontero.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jcm.art
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeanette-CM-Art-Design
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bonsaimomof4
Email: jcm@jeanettemontero.com

Here are some examples of Jeanette’s recent projects

Jeanette Montero | http://jeanettemontero.com

Jeanette Montero | http://jeanettemontero.com

Jeanette Montero | http://jeanettemontero.com

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

The Dylusions Journal By Ranger – Art Journal Reviews

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It is not a secret that I love art journals and can never have enough. So in this series I am reviewing all the art journals that I have used over the years. Some are firm favourites that I buy again and again, some have their quirks and some are straight up don’t-buys. Keep reading to find out more about:

The Dylusions Journal by Ranger

This is the journal developed by Dyan Reaveley from Dylusions and is said to be specifically suitable for using the Dylusions spray inks with. I bought the large size a while back to do some Life Book lessons in, and more recently bought the smaller one as it fits nicely in my handbag and was also on the supply list for Art Journal Summer School.

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Look & Feel

This is a very pretty art journal. A lot of thought has obviously gone into the design. I love the brown cover and the way it has an elastic strap to keep it closed. It also has an envelope inside to keep small bits in.

Binding

The cover is separate from the ‘notebook’ that is actually glued inside. This means that you can open the journal flat rather than having to bend the spine. In the big version of the art journal I’ve had some issues with the binding with the area of paper near the spine getting quite weak (& tearing) when the paper is wet. There is bleeding through to other pages if you use wet media near the spine.

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Paper Quality

The large version comes with two types of paper (the signatures alternate between the different paper types): manila cardstock and matte white heavy cardstock. The smaller journal has the white cardstock throughout. The paper is nice and smooth. When turning the pages you get a feeling they are quite thin. I like to work with a lot of wet & heavy media and I don’t feel the paper is quite a match for that. Especially in the bigger journal the pages are prone to tearing near the spine if you use wet media. The paper is also prone to pilling if you don’t use a layer of gesso or acrylics beforehand.

Availability

This journal is fairly unique in that it has good availability both in the US and the UK. Hurrah!

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Price

The price is reasonable but not cheap. I feel like you’re paying over the odds to get a nice design and the Ranger/Dylusions brand name, but the overall quality could be better. The smaller journal feels worth it to me, but the bigger journal is expensive. If you’re in the UK and looking for an A4 journal I’d spend the extra £8 to get a Roberson’s Sketchbook instead.

The Verdict

The elastic band is prone to snapping. This has happened to my big journal and I’ve heard a lot of people mention the same thing. It’s not a big deal, but it does feel like a design flaw seeing as it seems to happen to a high percentage of journals. If you’re a very heavy mixed/wet media user then this might not be the journal for you due to the paper not really holding up to it. For more light mixed media use this is a good journal, and the paper does make the Dylusions inks look nice and bright. I’d rate the big journal slightly lower (more like a 6.5/10) and I won’t be getting another one of those. I will most likely get the small journal again.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have reviewed. This post contains affiliate links to art courses that I recommend.

If you’ve used the journals yourself and would like to share your opinion please do leave a comment below!

Interview with Wyanne – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Wyanne Thompson!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I am a bad ass survivor of the “Big C”, who creates imaginative art to warm hearts and create smiles.

What is your favourite colour palette?

I don’t have a favorite….I tend to change it all the time. I’m a Pisces, after all.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

Coffee…but that’s not a traditional art supply. I’d have to say Pebeo Colorex Brilliant Watercolour. It’s a liquid watercolor with lots of color punch. That will probably change tomorrow…or even in the next hour.

You’ve had a super intense last few years, being diagnosed with and then recovering from oral cancer. How has this experience influenced your art?

It has influenced everything! Especially my art. I realized how much time I was wasting before the “Big C” (I never say the actual word as to lend too much power to the disease). I worried too much about a painting or an idea, or I questioned it. I’ve learned life is way too short…just do it. Make the art. Don’t worry about if it’s good enough, the how to’s, the techniques, if people will like it….or even if you will like it. The magic is in the process of creating of it…that’s the part to truly relish.

Specifically from the point of view of being an artist, is there any advice or wisdom you would impart for people who a going through or recovering from a serious illness?

First and foremost….don’t give up…ever!!! No matter the situation…always try to create something. There were times that I was too weak and sick to do anything. I managed to somehow make splotches of watercolor on paper. It was too much work to try and make “something”. But I could paint the splotches and simply enjoy the paint hitting the paper and the colors. Too often we think that it’s the finished product that is healing…but it’s really just the process of doing the art itself that really heals.

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Wyanne?

Huge…I mean HUGE paintings on wood. The smallest is 36″ X 36″ and the largest is 48″ X 60″.

Where can we find you online?

http://wyanne.com
http://wyartjewels.blogspot.com
http://wyanne.etsy.com
http://facebook.com/WyanneArt
http://instagram.com/wyanne/
http://pinterest.com/wyannethompson
http://youtube.com/wyartjewels

Here are some examples of Wyanne’s whimsical and ethereal style of art

Please Come Back | Wyanne | http://wyanne.com

Rest Now | Wyanne | http://wyanne.com

The World Keeps Moving | Wyanne | http://wyanne.com

You're Safe With Me | Wyanne | http://wyanne.com

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.

Interview (+ a giveaway!) with Kelly Hoernig – Radiant Art Journals Teacher Interviews

Let me present to you an interview with the wonderful Kelly Hoernig! Be sure to read all the way to the end so you can enter Kelly’s awesome GIVEAWAY!

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Tell us in one sentence what it is you do?

I am a full time artist who finds creativity in art, writing, photography and living.

What is your favourite colour palette?

I love earth tones with a touch of green added in. Think of a woodland floor full of fall leaves, twigs, dirt and moss, that would be my palette.

What is your (current) favourite art supply?

At the moment I am loving stencils. They are just such a fun and easy way to add texture and interest without a lot of work. Not to mention the huge variety they offer is incredible.

Nature is an important part of your work. How do you connect with nature and incorporate it into your work?

I live in the country on 10 acres and am surrounded by the look, sound and feel of it. I don’t necessarily go out of my way to incorporate it, it just shows up in everything. If I am doing mixed media, I like old postage stamps and most of them have birds, butterflies, insects or are full of earth tones. When looking for something to add, a twig, leaf or piece of bark may find its way into the composition. Butterflies are a great way to add color and variety to my work so a field guide is always close by. I guess you can say I do what I am and that is surrounded by Mother Nature.

What new exciting thing is coming next in the world of Kelly Hoernig?

My latest book Colored Pencil Collage by Northlight is due out in August. It celebrates my love of mixed media texture with the main component being done in colored pencil.

I am also working on a Steampunk Tunnel Book e-course for September. It will be done in acrylics, colored pencil, pen and ink.

Where can we find you online?

Website: www.kellyhoernig.com
Instagram: kellyhoernig.artist
Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellyhoernig.artist
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/kelh2
Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/kellyhoernig

Here are some examples of Kelly’s style of art

Kelly Hoernig | www.kellyhoernig.com

Kelly Hoernig | www.kellyhoernig.com

Kelly Hoernig - www.kellyhoernig.com

Giveaway!

Colored Pencil Collage 72Kelly is giving away a copy of her latest book titled Colored Pencil Collage! It looks absolutely gorgeous and is sure to help you add that wonderful ethereal nature-y quality to your paintings and art journal pages. To enter the giveaway please leave a comment for Kelly below this post.

The winner will be contacted by email (so please ensure you use a valid email address) and will have to supply their snail mail address to Kelly to claim their prize.

On 1 October Effy Wild’s new course Radiant: Art Journals launches to the world! It will be a veritable mixed media art journaling buffet of lessons served up by 14 guest teachers plus Effy herself! I’m proud to be among the inspiring line-up of teachers and here on my blog I’ve lined up interviews with all the teachers for you to get to know them a bit better! If you’d like to join us creating wonderful art journal spreads, you can still sign up.