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21 Jan 2016

Giving Up?

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 […]

08 Oct 2015

5 Tips To Develop Your Unique Art Style

Ask any starting artist and this is pretty much the holy grail, the thing they’re looking for, the elusive concept, the thing that excites them and the thing that makes them despair….: Developing your own style I’ve been doing this art thing fairly seriously now for 2 years, and I still struggle with this on a daily basis. I can see glimpses sometimes and other times I’m like an impatient child stomping their feet: WHEN is it FINALLY going to […]

24 Sep 2015
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5 Reasons You’re Not Happy With Your Art Journal Pages

photo credit: Broken Flowers via photopin (license) 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 […]

23 Jun 2015

The Duality of Life – Mixed Media Workshop & Giveaway!

Read full course description and register for instant access Scroll down to enter the giveaway. Exploring Our Feelings I’ve been on this journey lately (maybe all my life, but I just didn’t know it yet?! Lol) to incorporate ALL the feelings into my life, not just the ‘nice’ or socially approved ones. I really need that, and from looking at my kids and wanting the best for them: I think the whole world needs that. We have these feelings whether […]

25 Mar 2015

Embracing Your Inner Darkness

I’m afraid of my inner darkness. That might not be a very surprising statement, because I don’t know many people going around declaring how much they luuuuuuuurve their dark stuff. (Other words for this might be inner demons, or issues, or icky stuff, or what do you call it?) I had a realisation the other day though: I have this wonderful platform for exploring my darkness in a safe place. ART And yet I don’t. I’m afraid of what might […]

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 […]