Get your fingers messy!

There is nothing I love more than messy, painty fingers. There's something about getting your hands right in there when creating and this art journal spread is the perfect mix of this!

Journal with Me - join me as I create a mixed media art journal double page spread. Simple marks and painty layers combine to make this art journal tutorial easy to follow and inspiring!

Gesso gesso gesso

I use a lot of gesso in this journal spread but not just to prepare my pages for paint like you would expect. I use it as a white paint here for sections of the page and also to blend my sections together. Gesso is a great medium, so versatile!

scribble your thoughts

I love adding in snippets of journaling to my pages but it can be hard to share anything too personal online. So I like to make sure that I write things in a really messy and hard to read way. I can just about make it out but often it's just a feeling or whatever ever is going through my mind at the time of creation. Give it a try next time you're creating!

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Black is often a color which is overlooked when working with our mixed media projects. With so many other amazing colors available, it's easy to do.

Join me as we delve into the dark side of mixed media! Working with only a few supplies, let’s explore a variety of ways black and its values  can be used to create a gorgeous, layered art journal page.

Photocopies and Art Journals

Ah the humble photocopy. I don't think that there is an more overlooked and underrated mixed media art supply out there! There is just so much that you can do with them! Play with the toner levels and contrast, photocopy a photocopied coy (say that five times fast!) the possibilities are endless.

Photocopies and Art Journals - two of my favorite things to use together in this altered book spread that I am showing you today! Photocopies are a cheap and versatile supply that give you great mixed media layers!

Copy Cat

I've taken the simpler route today in my altered book (have I already said how much I love this book??) and just copied a flower illustration to use in my spread. I fussy cut around the edges and then used masking tape to give it a bit of texture and to make it almost look like a pressed flower stuck into the book.

Mark it up

When I am putting down paint onto my journal spreads it may look like a totally random process but I promise it isn't. Well most of the time it isn't! I like to think of the colors that I am putting down as almost like a patchwork quilt. In the video you'll see I use these patches of paint to define where a particular color of mark or type of mark making is going to take place. This way there is always a kind of plan in place for when I come to the next layer.

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You can sign up right now for my free online class, Play with Black!

Black is often a color which is overlooked when working with our mixed media projects. With so many other amazing colors available, it's easy to do.

Join me as we delve into the dark side of mixed media! Working with only a few supplies, let’s explore a variety of ways black and its values  can be used to create a gorgeous, layered art journal page.

how to art journal when you are too scared to start

So it might surprise you to hear this but I wanted to start Art Journaling for about a year before I actually picked anything up and made anything inside of a journal. I was scared, scared of so many things but mostly of not being good enough. It's so funny all of the silly things we think inside our heads isn't? Well let's get over whatever is stoping you from starting together ok?

Finding your style, Where is my style? It's something I hear again and again when I speak with people starting out in Art Journaling or Mixed media. I'm talking about this and offering you a free workbook to download to help you find and develop your own style!

 

What is a style?

Ok so let’s look at what the official definition of the word style is;

Style - noun

  1. A particular procedure by which something is done; a manner or way.

  2. A distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.

What I find so interesting is that some of the synonyms that come up when you look at style are things like technique, method, approach, system, form and practice.

When I think of the word “style” in terms of art work I think of something that makes someone’s work stand out from the feed as their own. So when you’re scrolling through the feed on Instagram or facebook you know it belongs to them.

But where is my style?

It’s so easy to to feel like we just don’t have a style because we see all these other people out there who so clearly do. You know the people I’m talking about, the ones we see posting all the time and you know straight away it’s theirs.

Looking for your “style” and lamenting about it is one of the main things that I hear about online, especially with people who are just starting out. It is easy to look at people who have been creating for longer than us and who have what we feel is a style already.

And don’t worry, I won’t be telling you “don’t compare your start to someone else’s middle” because that’s just not helping anyone really is it?

Look at your work as a the whole body, not individual pieces

So if we look at some of the synonyms again associated with Style we can start to find some areas to look at in our own work.

Is there a particular technique that you reach for again and again? Gelli Printing, watercolours, acrylic paint or stamping?

Do you always start your page in the same way? What approach do you take when you open up a blank page? If you start to look at how you create from this point of view perhaps you can see a little bit of a tiny baby style beginning to emerge.

Having a style doesn’t come quickly

I know I said I wasn’t going to use that quote but you have to give your style some time to develop and you can only do that from making, making and making some more. Trying on different styles you like and taking things from it that work is so important.

 

Let’s dig a little deeper!

What if there was something that could help you work though identifying your style and give you some great ideas of ways to grow it? Wouldn’t that be great? Well my friend, I got your back! I’ve created the “Map Your Style Workbook” and you can get it for free from me right now!

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The workbook is broken into two sections. Firstly we look at your style and how to identify it with a series of excercises. The next section takes the elements of our style we already have and works on ways to grow it more, to push you (gently!) outside of your comfort zone!

So what are you waiting for! Join me and help Map Your Style right now!

Creating with Digital Printables

I am so excited to create this tutorial for you because I am actually using my own supplies for a change! Creating my digital downloads has been a dream of mine for quite some time now and they are finally ready to send out into the world!

Join me as I work inside my mixed media altered book art journal! I'm creating with my own mixed media digital printables today as I work inside my altered book! Creating these digital products has been on my wish list for quite some time and actually making an art journal page tutorial using them is a real thrill!

Grab your altered book journal!

I'm creating today inside my altered book journal and I have to say, it's fast turning into one of my favorite places to create in. Starting off with text already on the page means that you don't have to worry about breaking that pesky blank page.

Shop my supplies

I'm creating using my very own supplies here and they are available here in my Etsy Shop! Creating digital supplies means that you get access to them straight away, no stalking the post man! Plus you can print these supplies again and again and print them onto anything that will fit through your printer!

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You can sign up right now for my free online class, Play with Black!

Black is often a color which is overlooked when working with our mixed media projects. With so many other amazing colors available, it's easy to do.

Join me as we delve into the dark side of mixed media! Working with only a few supplies, let’s explore a variety of ways black and its values  can be used to create a gorgeous, layered art journal page.

Image Transfer with Packing Tape

In this tutorial I am going to be sharing how to do an image transfer with packing tape. Using image transfers can be a lot of fun in your art journals and mixed media projects and they are a great way to achieve an easy, no bulk, layer to your work.

Image Transfer Collage - I'm sharing a mixed media art journal tutorial with you using packing tape to create an image transfer collage. I love to use image transfers in my art journal and working with packing tape is one of the easiest methods. Join me and I will show you how!

Packing tape and spoon

The supplies for this tutorial are pretty small. You need your packing tape and you need a spoon. After that you just need a magazine image to work with for your transfer.

Layer it up baby

The packing tape has very little stick left in it once it has been soaking so you'll need to apply some extra glue to adhere it to your page. I'd recommend something like a glue stick (I used UHU) Wet glue can cause the tape to buckle.

Don't forget to subscribe!

Please don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven't already. That way you can be sure to not miss any tutorials that are coming up this month and many more to come!


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You can sign up right now for my free online class, Play with Black!

Black is often a color which is overlooked when working with our mixed media projects. With so many other amazing colors available, it's easy to do.

Join me as we delve into the dark side of mixed media! Working with only a few supplies, let’s explore a variety of ways black and its values  can be used to create a gorgeous, layered art journal page.

Art Journal Tutorials - Loopy Ladders and Doodle Flowers

Do you often sit down to work in your journal but you have no idea where to start? If this sounds like you then you don't want to miss the tutorial that I have here on the blog today!

If you often sit down to work in your Art Journal but have no idea where to start you're not going to want to mixxed my tutorial on my blog! Working in my altered book mixed media journal I'm creating doodled flowers and loopy ladders with stencilgirl and Kiala Givehand

I received some of the Mixed Media Inspiration Deck from Kiala Givehand through the Stencilgirl Creative Team this year and I have to say that I had a lot of fun playing with them!

jump start

I don't know about you but often I sit down to create something but maybe I don't know where to start. Sometimes there are just too many things to choose from and it can be all a little overwhelming. These cards are the perfect way to solve this. Just pick out one and you're off and running.

Loopy ladders

I worked with the Loopy Ladders stencil today to add some extra dimension and interest to my background in my altered book. 

 


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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products
AND a
Mixed Media Inspiration Deck™ Empowerment Edition !

Visit these amazing artists’ blogs and comment for your chance to win!


The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, January 14th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on
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Blog Hop Order

 

January 10
Mary Beth Shaw

Kiala Givehand

Tina Walker

Belen Sotelo


January 11
Mary C. Nasser

Sherry Canino

Louise Nelson

Torrie Gass

 

January 12

Debi Adams

Cindy Gilstrap

Sandee Setliff
Karen Gaunt

 

 

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You can sign up right now for my free online class, Play with Black!

Black is often a color which is overlooked when working with our mixed media projects. With so many other amazing colors available, it's easy to do.

Join me as we delve into the dark side of mixed media! Working with only a few supplies, let’s explore a variety of ways black and its values  can be used to create a gorgeous, layered art journal page.

Easy Mixed Media Layers with my new online class

I am very excited to introduce to you my latest online mixed media class, hot off the press! This is a class that has come about from an evolution of my work over the past six months and is very near and dear to my heart

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E=M C Layered is a mixed media class teaching you the step by step method I have developed for creating beautiful spreads in your Art journal that are full of depth, interest and drama but are without the bulk. No more strain on your poor journal spine and no more pages falling out anymore!

I've been art journalling for over four years now and my style has developed and changed so many times. I found myself wanting to create more and more interest and layers in my journals but the strain adding this extra bulk to my journals meant that they were in a terrible state!

I found myself looking for new ways to add interest without adding this extra bulk and in doing so I found that I was creating many spreads following the same step by step method. Different pages, the same formula. This is where E=M C Layered was born.

I'll walk you through all of the steps and techniques you need to follow to achieve beautiful and interesting mixed media spreads time and time again by following my formula. The techniques I am teaching can be used my themselves or all together to achieve a really beautiful and unique piece of art.



Easy Embroidery Hoop Gift Tutorial

Welcome to my series of tutorials this month covering gift ideas that you can easily make and give away to your arty friends or even end up keeping for yourself.

Today I am sharing these simple and easy embroidery hoops that will make a perfect present for that special someone over the holidays. These would actually be perfect no matter what time of year!

  Easy Embroidery Hoop Gift Tutorial with Brushos I'm sharing some simple and easy gift tutorials that you can make and give away as gifts to your friends and family. I know that sometimes embroidery can seem more daunting than it deserves. I'm sharing this simple and easy gift that you can whip up just in time for the Christmas rush.

paint with brushos 

I am using my Brusho powders from Colourcraft for this project. Using these powders to paint or color on fabric is one of my favorite techniques. These powders are super heavily pigmented and they just explode across your page or fabric when activated with water.You can substitute watercolor paints if you don't have Brusho's in your stash.

Embroidery is Fun!

I promise even the most beginner noob can manage at least the stamped embroidered hoop! If you are feeling adventurous or need some more instruction here is the link to the tutorial on Sublime Stitching covering French Knots. They really aren't as hard as you think so please give them a go!

Personalise, Personalise, Personalise!

The wonderful part about these little hoops is that you can completely personalise it for the person that you are making it for. Spend your time selecting the perfect dictionary definition to add in to make it extra special.

Don't forget to subscribe!

Please don't forget to subscribe to my youtube channel if you haven't already. That way you can be sure to not miss any tutorials that are coming up this month and many more to come!


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You can sign up right now for my free online class, Play with Black!

Black is often a color which is overlooked when working with our mixed media projects. With so many other amazing colors available, it's easy to do.

Join me as we delve into the dark side of mixed media! Working with only a few supplies, let’s explore a variety of ways black and its values  can be used to create a gorgeous, layered art journal page.