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Today’s art journal page, features stamps by Ana Griffin and the lettering I added using Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink and a dip pen.

Mixed media Art Journal page; To Thine Own Self be True

Mixed media Art Journal page; To Thine Own Self be True

I used watercolour paint in the background and liked the effect it gave but as ever being water based, this isn’t the easiest to re work without moving earlier layers so I kept this one simple. I’ve left the area on the left clear as I’ll be punching though here to bind the book at a later date.

Really enjoying the W&N Drawing inks, have been experimenting with what they will write over and what you can see them through and will share the results with you very soon.

Hope you like this page, it is a bit of a moto of mine. I don’t want to be a clone of anyone else, I like to learn from others of course but hope to adapt things to my own style.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This month’s stash dive includes the following mixed media items.

Stash Dive #2, Mixed media adventures. Lettering

Stash Dive #2, Mixed media adventures. Lettering

  • Creative Lettering book by Jenny Doh
  • Winsor & Newton Drawing ink
  • Dip Pen
  • Zig Writter
  • Zig Art & Graphic pens
  • Zig Wink of Stella

Growing up I was a huge fan of lettering and spent hours playing with different letter styles. Over the years I’ve built quite a collection of different pens and so I invested in Jenny Doh’s book for more ideas for lettering for my art & journalling pages.

The inks were due to the purchase of a dip pen and the wish to find an ink that would work over the top of acrylic paint. I’m especially looking for a white ink. I’ll share the results of my experiments and review some of these products on the blog too.

Will you be joining me this month? What will you create from your stash?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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At the beginning of the month as part of the stash dive I wanted to have another go at art journalling. Here is the first page of my new art journal.

Art Journal page; I give myself permission.

Art Journal page; I give myself permission.

Isn’t it a great quote? I read this on Suzi Blu’s blog several years ago and it has made a huge psycological difference to sketchbooks since. Now I have permission to stuff up it takes the pressure off and you can just create. I’m making individual pages so I can stamp off the page and also work on more than one page as an earlier one dries.

If you want to try art journalling, do give it a try its a lot of fun if you just do what you enjoy and don’t put too many rules round it.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Acrylic Solutions exploring mixed media layer by layer by Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard.

Acrylic Solutions by Chris Cozen & Julie Prichard

Acrylic Solutions by Chris Cozen & Julie Prichard

  • Title: Acrylic Solutions exploring mixed media layer
  • Author: Chris Cozen and Julie Prichard
  • Publisher: North Light Books
  • ISBN: 13: 978-1-4403-2112-2
  • ISBN 10: 1-4403-2112-4

My Reason for Buying

Having taken online mixed media classes with Julie and Chris, I was keen to see what was in their book and to learn more techniques to use with acrylics.  I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose ;)

Contents

In Julies Words

About this book

  • Chapter 1; The Basics; Design, colour, materials and more
  • Chapter 2: Layering a good foundation
  • Chapter 3: Adding Structure
  • Chapter 4: Developing Complexity
  • Chapter 5: Finessing the details

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Lots of techniques covered
  • Lots of inspiration
  • Finished examples as well as step by steps
  • A great way to find out about gels, pastes and what can be done with them
  • Think of this as a jumping off point, you can duplicate their technique or take it in your own direction.

Cons

  • A link to suppliers of materials used in the book would have been useful.

Throughout the book Golden Products are referred to,  yet as a number of people on Amazon have pointed out, these aren’t so easy to find outside the USA. There are links to Julie and Chris’s website in the book and from Chris’s site you can find a link to Golden’s site which will give you details of stockists.

Value for Money

Excellent

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, this is one of those must have books.

Summing up

I’ve enjoyed this book on so many levels. Its a great book just to look through and be inspired by the projects, if you want to try different gels/pastes but have no idea where to start or what they might do, it gives you great ideas for that. You don’t need to read it in the order that it’s written, find a section or technique that appeals and give it a go.

There are so many books that promise the world and leave you feeling cheated, this is NOT one of those. It doesn’t claim to have all the answers but it does give you a great overview of lots of techniques that leave you full of ideas and rushing to your supplies.

It took me a while to buy the book as having taken several of Julie’s classes I was worried that it would cover too much ground I’d already learnt. Yes I recognize excerpts from the classes but that’s no bad thing, it’s nice to have a recap and if the rest of the book is excerpts from some of their other classes I’ve not yet taken, then this has only fueled me to want to take more.

If you have previous experience with acrylics and want to stretch your techniques and try new things, this book is for you. It could be used by a newbie to mixed media, especially if you are one of those ‘What if’ kind of artists and like to experiment with your materials to see what they can do.

Yes, the book is biased toward Golden products and because they are ARTIST quality materials they are the higher price tag but its not unusual for any artist writing a book to quote you the materials that they use the most. I have used a good few of Golden’s products and can vouch for their quality. Fluid acrylics are fantastic and truly deserve the hype and price tag they ask for.

Links

If you like the book and wish it went further or deeper into the topics, check out Julie’s website as there are online classes available that go into even more detail.

To answer criticism I read on an Amazon review for availability of Golden products; here is the makers website for worldwide availability and also a list of  places to buy Golden products in the UK

  • Golden This is the makers website from which you can find suppliers near you.
  • Jackson’s Art Supplies UK Stockist of the full range of Golden products including the Fluid Acrylics.
  • M Saltmarsh  Great selection of Golden products and now fluid acrylics too. Wonderful traditional artist supplier on the high street.
  • Chromosart   UK Stockist of Golden products including Fluid Acrylics :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Ohh how I’ve missed my paints,even the smell and feel of them makes me want to create. After reading Chris Cozen & Julie Prichard’s book, part of this month’s stash dive, I decided to give some of the techniques a try. Here is the result of gel and tissue paper, don’t you just love the texture it creates.

Mixed media art. 'You Inspire me.'

Mixed media art. ‘You Inspire me.’

I adore textures and making things look old, the paint I used was Winsor & Newton Galeria and the dark chocolate colour is Vandyke Brown when I added the water to get it to run down the colour broke up a bit and left the most wonderful gritty look. The finished result is a bit shiny for me so I’ll have another go with matt medium and compare the difference. The Stamp is one of Glenda Waterworth set.

Join me later in the week to read my review of Acrylic Solutions.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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A few weeks ago I saw a great tutorial for making a rose in paper clay, I bought a Martha Stewart kit with paper clay in but wanted a practice before opening the clay. After a rummage in the kitchen I came up with some marzipan :)

Here’s how my rose turned out

Edible art, roses

Edible art, roses

If you would like to make a rose from clay, marzipan or icing check out this great video tutorial I found on You Tube

Would love to see your roses if you give them a try. The good thing about making them in something re-workable is that if you make something you don’t like the look of, you just moosh it all back together and try again.

My top tip if you are doing this in  marzipan and have hot paws like me, is to make all the petals first, then they have time to cool down before you go onto assembly ;) otherwise if you apply them as soon as they are made they are a bit too soft and can sag ;)

They turned out great and I stored them in the fridge for a while before photographing them, again so they firmed up a bit after all the handling.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share a free download with you. A calendar page for July 2013.

Free download calendar page July 2013

Free download calendar page July 2013

How to Use

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Click on File, then choose landscape option for paper orientation.
  • Click Print

To Change the size of the calendar

  • Click on the image to open the calendar picture to full size.
  • Right Click and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • You can print it as, is or open a Word Processing programme and insert the image. (Once it is on your machine.) This will give you more control of the final size of the calendar page.

Feel free to tell your friends about this offer and forward them a link to this site. If you missed this month’s calendar page you can find it on the Calendar Downloads page.

Let me know what you think, of these calendar pages. If comments suggest this is popular…it just might become a regular feature.

Thought you might like a nice calming image, given that the kids will be on hols before long ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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