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19 Mar 2015

If You’re Scared Of Making Art

This is for you if you’re feeling scared or intimidated about making art. If you’re having trouble getting started. If you get so deep into the not-good-enough-itis that creating seems impossible. If you need some gentle loving encouragement. (I recorded this video for Rainbow Journal students, but I thought this might benefit everyone who struggles with these things. You can still sign up!) So, you know you want to create, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Lots of things can […]

16 Mar 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Acrylic Inks & India Ink

Watch the video below: What are acrylic & India inks? Both types of ink are highly pigmented and very fluid. Acrylic ink acts like acrylic paint in terms of coverage and finish (kind of glossy & plastic-y), except its viscosity is much more runny than paint. India ink is a traditional writing & printing medium and is now also used a lot for drawing and of course mixed media! India ink is not always waterproof. The brand I use (Bombay […]

09 Mar 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Oil Pastels & Oil Bars

Watch the video below: What are oil pastels? Oil pastel (also called wax oil crayon) is a painting and drawing medium with characteristics similar to pastels and wax crayons. Unlike “soft” or “French” pastel sticks, which are made with a gum or methyl cellulose binder, oil pastels consist of pigment mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder. The surface of an oil pastel painting is therefore less powdery, but more difficult to protect with a fixative. Oil pastels provide […]

02 Mar 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Acrylic Paint Sprays

Watch the video below: What are acrylic paint sprays? It is simply very fluid acrylic paint in a spray bottle. This means that when it dries it cannot be reactivated by water. The ones I have are from the DecoArt Media line. Art Anthology also do a spray although I haven’t used it myself so I can’t comment on it and I’m not 100% sure it’s acrylic. Why do I love them? I get frustrated by sprays that reactivate when […]

23 Feb 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Brayers

Watch the video below: What is a brayer? Let me introduce you to one of the most awesome art tools in existence!! A brayer is simply a paint roller, traditionally used in printmaking to transfer paint onto the printing plate. They can be made of a variety of materials but the ones you see most in the mixed media art journaling world are made of rubber. Why do I love them? It is an instant texture and layering tool. Using […]

16 Feb 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Gelli Plate

Watch the video below: What is a gelli plate / gel printing plate? A gelli plate, also called gelatin printing plate, is an art supply used to create monoprints. Monoprinting is a form of printmaking where the print can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where the same image is reproduced identically many times. The plate made by Gelli Arts is a very durable mineral gel plate (it does not contain animal products so it’s suitable if you’re vegetarian/vegan). […]

09 Feb 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Fluid Acrylics

Watch the video below: What are fluid acrylics? Fluid acrylics, or flow, soft body acrylics, have a lower viscosity but generally have the same heavy pigmentation of the heavy body acrylics. – Wikipedia What that means in everyday language is that the paint is more fluid than regular acrylics, but the colours are just as intense (i.e. it’s not just diluted paint the way you could achieve yourself by adding water). Why do I love them? The importance to me […]

02 Feb 2015

Art Supply Junkie – Art Journals

Watch the video below: What is an art journal? It’s a journal you make art in. It really is as simple as that. There are no rules for art journals. I know there seems to be a type of ‘art journal movement’ that makes it look like art journaling is associated with a certain style or creating a certain look, but it really isn’t. I also like to call it a ‘visual journal’, it sounds a bit less intimidating. Anything […]

11 Dec 2014

Why Do I Create Art?

[image by Fré Sonneveld] The simple (and slightly vague) answer is, because it fills my soul. I can’t not create art. I live a full life raising two kids and running a business so it often happens that I can’t create art for a few days. When that happens I just don’t feel quite right, I start getting frustrated and I just feel that pull of needing to create! I guess that all sounds lovely and divinely inspired, but I […]

23 Sep 2014

Stop Calling Me Talented

Let’s stop thinking of ‘talented’ as a rigid concept that is inherent (you are born with it), and let’s start thinking about it as something more fluid. Talent can be built on and it isn’t required in order to have fun or do something really well. When people like my art they often tell me ‘Oh you’re so talented!’. It’s a lovely compliment to receive, but it always makes me feel a bit funny. ‘Talented’ seems such a rigid concept. […]