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Today I’d like to share an experimental piece of mixed media art. If any of you are following me on Twitter or are members of the UK Stampers forum, you will know I’ve been very tempted by a Geli Plate but not having the funds to buy one I’ve been trying alternative ways to create a similar effect.

Mixed Media art: 'Beneath'

Mixed Media art: ‘Beneath’

To try to replicate the geli plate I put some thick funky foam under my craft mat, spread on acrylic paint to the mat using a brayer, then pounced on it with bubble wrap. I pressed the piece of card that had a layer of acrylic paint on it, the result was very faint but now my brayer had a layer of dried acrylic paint on it was giving a lovely textured finish.

I applied more paint to the craft sheet, removing the mat, it hadn’t achieved what I’d hoped. Love the ripple look the brayer now gives and using paint still on the sheet I pounced onto that with the bubble wrap to pick up paint. Love the texture that gave too.

Call me converted. I love acrylic paint + brayers :) :) :) MUCH fun. A word of warning for the folks that like to keep stuff clean, this will leave paint on the brayer that dries. If you like using your brayer with ink, get a separate one for paint, as it won’t be the same again.  So far I haven’t tried removing the paint on the brayer, I’m enjoying the textures its creating. If it gets too clunked up and I feel the need to clean it, I’ll let you know how I do so. (OM Days did I really just say that! Yes I am a card carrying ‘won’t use Stayz on coz I can’t get it off the stamps and I’m happy not cleaning my brayer!!!!!)

If you haven’t tried it yet, rush over to Joanna Sheen who has brayers for great prices, grab a craft sheet ( I use the  Magic Non Stick liners from Lakeland) and give this a go, its so much fun. Like the geli you can’t ‘control’ it too much but that’s all part of the excitement.

Have fun playing, hope you give this a try.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS: As you probably guessed, I am saving for a geli plate ;)

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November already! Where has this year gone! Now the evenings are drawing in, I hope you will join me for some mixed media fun with the latest stash dive.

Stash Dive #3 Mixed media meets texture

Stash Dive #3 Mixed media meets texture

In this months selection we have;

  • Stencils. Mine are Tim Holtz Layering stencils but find your favorites
  • Acrylic paint
  • Texture paste
  • Texturing Comb but time to experiment with anything you can find to create texture in your projects
  • The DVD is Seth Apter’s Mixed Media Surface Techniques

This challenge isn’t about acquiring new stuff but having a search through the cupboards for all the lovely materials you have but perhaps haven’t used in a while. Let have fun discovering the wonderful world of texture.

Will you join me for this months challenge? I’d love to see what projects this challenge inspires. Do share a link to any creations that you make from these kinds of materials.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Today’s Art Journal page, features background created using Derwent Inktense art blocks blended with gesso.

Art Journal page; It's Never too late

Art Journal page; It’s Never too late

I got the idea from a video I watched years ago of Milande who used gesso to blend out Neocolour II crayons and thought it was worth trying here. I love gesso its so versatile and not just for prepping your substrate before creating. I use it to add texture, so blend products too.

I’ll add journalling to this page at a later date but really liked the texture and pastel like effect the blending with gesso created.

How about you? What products do you use in different ways to their intended purpose? What mad professor experiments have you tried with your art materials and did you like the results?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Recently I was doodling with my Zig Art & Graphic pens and created a lovely oriental style bird. Since I tend to doodle bamboo with these pens due to their special nibs that create lines like Chinese Brush painting, the bird will look just right with that. Meet B.O.B; Billie’s Oriental Bird. Here is a picture of the journal page I created with the bird, if you would like to learn how to draw him. Check out the video tutorial below.

Art Journal page, oriental bird

Art Journal page, oriental bird

You Will Need

  • Cartridge Paper, I’m using Rymans 160 gsm/200 micron bright white card, but feel free to use your favorite.
  • Zig Art & Graphic pens

Method

Here’s how to create your oriental bird:

Options/Added Extras

If you don’t have these, try them with any brush style pen but I do recommend using the Art & Graphic pens because its their highly flexible tips that let the ink go light and dark in areas that gives that wonderful brush style effect. You will get different results depending on your card stock so do experiment with different kinds.

Links

Hope you enjoyed the video and I’d love to see the birds you create from it. Would you like a video on how to draw the bamboo? If I get enough comments and have enough light, I’ll see what I can do ;) I’m exploring doodling this winter, have seen some lovely journal pages using it. I used to doodle lots before my hands got wrecked with RSI. There are some great books around on the subject if you too would like to explore doodling :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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Toady’s art journal page features peace cranes from a Dream weaver stencil.

Art journal page; Peace cranes

Art journal page; Peace cranes

The background was created using Derwent Inktense Art blocks, I’m still getting used to these. The concept is that once the pigment has been wet through it dries permanent, to create this background I flaked different colours onto the page, then sprayed the page with water. This only partialy activated the pigment, so I went back and smooshed the colour around using a trusty piece of sponge, my art tool of choice ;) like the finished effect.

The birds look different as I painted over those with gloss medium to give them some shine. I’ll do more to this page before its finished but I’m working on the principle of creating backgrounds that I can add too as inspiration strikes.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Winsor & Newton
  • Item number;
  • RRP at time of writing: £3.50 each or sets of 8 at £24.99

Reason For Buying

Lately I have come back to art journalling, one of the things that put me off before was that most pens died as soon as you tried to write over acrylic paint. I have permanant ink drawing pens such as Faber Castel but unless you write before any colour or gesso goes on the page I was afraid the pen would die. Sharpies from the USA work great, especially the white one but are not easy to get in the uk. This just left Sarpie permanent marker which works but you don’t always want thick nibs! On holiday I bought a dip pen so decided to give drawing inks a try, as you can get a variety of nib styles for these pens so it would give a lot of versatility if it could survive acrylic paint.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Inks contain water soluble dies in shellac solution, this makes them durable
  • If you wash the ink off immediately you can clean nibs in just water.
  • Range of 26 colours available, including; Black, white, gold and silver which are useful for many subjects.
  • Good fitting screw on lids
  • Glass bottles are square section at the base making them easy to store and easy to get hold of
  • The black has stayed stable under and over acrylic paint, water colour paint, watercolour pencil (that has been washed out), and Watercolour crayon (again lettering applied after pigment has been washed out to activate it)
Comparison of W&N Drawing ink; used first used under then over the medium named.

Comparison of W&N Drawing ink; used first used under then over the medium named.

Cons

Not a con, just something to be aware of, with the exception of black & white the inks are not lightfast as they contain dyes. This is fine for arj journals as with in a closed book they wouldn’t have exposure to excessive light. The gold & silver are said to show tarnish over time. Please read the full details at the Winsor & Newton website, listed below.

Build Quality

Excellent, a good range of colours and the ink seems stable for mixed media projects as well as more traditional lettering applications. The colours are also mixable to further extend the colour palette. The ones in the picture below are from the Winsor & Newton William Collection

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks

Value for Money

Excellent. The test bottle I used for this review was my husbands and YEARS old, yet it had not dried out and still worked fine. Having got on so well, I have now bought a set for myself and his old one is just as good as this brand new set I bought, this bodes well if like me you are only an occasional user.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, the set I bought myself was called The William Collection which you can get bundled with a pad of paper from the SAA. I have the second collection called Harry on my Christmas wish list ;) and on a promise for it from DH :) :)

Summing up

If you love lettering these inks are a joy, you can get a wide collection of nibs to use with a dip pen and with just a few inks create wonderful lettering projects and they are also fantastic for mixed media projects too. I had feared these inks would smell bad or be difficult to clean from nibs, neither has proved the case. The white has worked very well over dark coloured acrylic paint, and although you may need to go over your lettering a couple of times for a very opaque result they are still an excellent option for art journalling projects.

Links

If you would like your own inks to try, here are a few places where you can get them from.

For a great selection of dip pens and nibs check out Scribblers website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today’s art journal page was created using Zig Art & Graphic pens. This bird was a doodle the just appeared on my page, I really like it and have been practicing it since.

Art Journal page, oriental bird

Art Journal page, oriental bird

The best thing about these Art & Graphic pens is their special rubber nibs. They are not only superbly flexible but also make the ink flow in an exciting way which creates lights and darks within the line depending on how much pressure you apply.

Let me know if you like this bird and if you ask real nice, I’ll try and film a tutorial for you, so you can have these wonderful birds on your pages too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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