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15 May 2015

Art Journal Summer School Giveaway

Oooh how hard it’s been to keep quiet about this these past few months, but the time is finally here that I’m able to tell you all about the most exciting online art journal course & community launching this summer!! You can register for your spot on this wonderful course at a super Early Bird Price right now (price reverts to normal after 31 May). Go to: www.artjournalsummerschool.com We start on 1 July and I’m currently busy preparing my lesson […]

26 Apr 2015

Live Like It’s Your Last Day

Welcome to episode 4 of Art Play Relay. This month I’m finishing the painting that Juna started last month! The Videos My video: Juna’s video: You can read Juna’s blogpost about her process here. People are posting amazing work in response to this project and doing collaborative artwork. If you’d like to be involved, you still can! Join the Facebook group here to see the artwork, find a buddy and post your work. The quote for this artwork is: Live […]

29 Mar 2015

Hope Is The Little Voice That Whispers ‘Maybe’

It’s a new episode of Art Play Relay! March marks the start of a new cycle in this project, meaning Juna and I have each picked a new quote and started a new painting! The Videos My video: Juna’s video: You can read Juna’s blogpost about her process here. If you’d like to be involved, you still can! Join the Facebook group here to connect with the other lovely people, find a buddy and post your work. The quote for […]

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 […]