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Just wanted to share a quick picture of my latest marbled paper project. It was one of those times where I liked the pattern too much to want to stamp or further embellish the cardstock, so I trimmed the top and punched a hole to create a bookmark. Great for gifts. I can see me making more of these bookmarks for birthday or Christmas gifts. Ideal if you want to post a small gift to someone without too much bulk in the envelope.

Bookmark. Marbling onto Pearl Card stock

Bookmark. Marbling onto Pearl Card stock

This was created using the Marbling 4 Fun marbling kit and pearl cardstock about 250 gsm. I was worried that the pearlised coating would prevent the paint drying but this wasn’t a problem and I like the results, what do you think.

Links

  • Check out the Art supplies tab for details on where to purchase this kit.
  • My review of this kit can be found on the Art Review Tab.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a couple of pictures of my first marbled pages. These were created using the Marbling 4 Fun kit which I reviewed last week.

My first marbled pages

My first marbled pages

I was really pleased with how these prints turned out, the colours were very bright and vibrant on the first print and got more pastel as further prints were taken from the original paint layer. This is great as it makes for a lot of versatility in design. You can also alter your later print with more manipulation of the existing paint or add more in some areas for a light and dark effect on the same design.

They tell you to use the pipettes to mix the paint on each application, I wonder if the textured effect (which I quite like) was due to my ‘over mixing’ the paint in this way.

My second marbled page. Second generation of paint.

My second marbled page. Second generation of paint.

This was ordinary 80 gsm copier paper and I also marbled onto paper torn from an old book. This was a great way to use the second generation of ink, do it a few times on several sheets to remove all but the last trace of paint from the tray. They get very pale with later generations but if you plan to use them to stamp over, that’s no problem.

What do you think? Have you ever tried marbling? Would love to see your results if you have this kit too.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This was definitely one of those; let your brain wander kind of moments. I have seen this quote on rubber stamps and one of my fave things to doodle is flowers. This page was just waiting to happen. I think it would make a good card, what do you think?

Doodle your fave quote

Doodle your fave quote

Items used

All the usual suspects ;)

  • Faber Castell Pitt artist pen
  • Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils
  • Daler Rowney Basic Sketch book

I’m getting to think a page listing my kit would be helpful and then I could point you all to it ;)

What inspires you to doodle, random thoughts, images you see, quotes that roll round your head for days!!!! I have the kind of brain that is very literal which means I don’t always ‘get’ what was originally meant by phrases. I blame my late Mother whose often used phrase of ‘Don’t come running to me when you break your leg falling off that’. My brain would think, well you couldn’t run with a broken leg so huh??

I often get doodle ideas from such misinterpretations. Wanting to draw the literal result of what people say. Makes me laugh, the same is true of what I read, being dyslexic it often takes me several read throughs to understand what is meant, if not in a hurry I can also laugh when I get the wrong word for things, it may start with the same letter, or sound the same as the word I’m going for but be completely wrong. Mmm Maybe I should write the ‘wrong word and doodle the image of the thing I was going for.’ Its annoying as hell when you are in a rush, but as long as it’s not important it can cause much hilarity and creates the game of ‘guess the word I really meant!’

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a doodle inspired by the one by Flora Chang in Jenny Doh’s Craft a Doodle book.

Folk art doodle inspired by Flora Chang's design in Craft-a doodle book

Folk art doodle inspired by Flora Chang’s design in Craft-a doodle book

I saw the picture in the book and loved it so copied the main elements and then tweaked some a little. Then I read the details about the doodle in the book only to discover that the concept was that the left side should be a mirror of the right. Mine isn’t I started off copying and they got into it and just filled the page. Really like this style, I’ll be doing more like this.

Next there was the dilemma of to colour or not to colour? I loved the page as it was but I was also very tempted to colour it. I ignored the page for the rest of the day but by the evening I was still itching to add colour to it, so I got out the water colours and waterbrush and went for it. I wasn’t trying to keep to the lines too exactly as I’m starting to like the more random look of colour that goes outside the lines. As if the printing wasn’t lined up. Given the whimsical nature of the page, I thought it went with the theme.

Items used

Thought you might like a list of what I used. As much as I like looking at people’s art, I often wonder what they used to create it.

  • Pens: Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
  • Paint: Winsor and Newton watercolours.

Feels good to have art back in my life. I missed it so much last year. Must be patient and not over do it so I can keep the use of my hands this year.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Inspired by Flora Chang’s doodle in Craft-a-doodle book I drew this for Valentines Day. Turns out I really like this folk arty style, who knew hehe. Just goes to show, it’s always worth exploring new areas with your art and creativity, you never know where it will lead you.

Valentine's Doodle

Valentine’s Doodle

This was created using

  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
  • Faber-Castell PolyChromos pencils.
  • Daler Rowney Basic sketchbook

Some interesting points came up during these doodle experiments, apart from try what you have in your stash before buying new stuff. I had in my stash some Polychromos pencils that a dear friend gave me some years back when they were all the rage for using with a solvent for coloring in. Nice as they were, at the time I didn’t enjoy the overly waxy finish and glossy result they gave when you layered colours. However, I tried them again with the Daler Rowney sketchbook, which has a little more tooth than cartridge paper and this time enjoyed their almost crayon like result.

Using Polychromos pencils almost feels like colouring with Galaxy chocolate. They are super smooth and silky but they do have a high wax content so unless you have them super sharp they can look like wax crayon. Although I find this difficult for sketch work, for doodling and more folk arty projects they are great. Amazon had a set of 36 in their sales at Christmas so now I’d fallen in love with them I treated myself to a set to increase my colour options. If you haven’t tried them before, I’d highly recommend you get a two or three of the individual pencils and try them on your favorite drawing surfaces and see if you enjoy them before purchasing bigger sets. It took me a while but now I appreciate their texture. Just depends on you style and skill level I guess. They do need more work to blend than other pencils, which I struggled with, thanks to poor dexterity so for me they don’t win over my Inktense for sketching and more realistic style of art.

Moral of the tale, if you have art materials that you don’t think you like, try them for a different style of art or on different surfaces. Some things just have a learning curve and it’s getting to know how to charm your materials to get the best from them. Check out Pintrest and the like to see how others use them and then look for tutorials. It could be down to learning the right techniques.

Have fun experimenting, and your sketch book is a great place to try out new materials and new ideas.

Links

To find the supplies used in this doodle, check out my Art Supplies page.

Review of Inktense Pencils

There will be a review of the Polychromos pencils coming soon to this blog :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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The strangest thing happened on Tuesday, I discovered something I was already doing is on trend! Who knew?! After getting really cross that just when I wanted to look something up, my gadget ‘needed charging’ again, I decided enough was enough and I got out my old filofax and decided to customise it and go back to using that instead. Then on Tuesday I went to You Tube and watched Suzi Blu telling everyone about her latest project for altering filofaxes! I noticed a whole flood of videos along those lines. So for the first time ever I’m doing the same thing as everyone else. But I started mine before I found it all online, so I wasn’t copying :)  hehe

Chapters or sections Designed to fit me.

Long ago I had emptied it of its original contents and being low on funds, but with time on my hands I decided to do a custom design job on the filofax.

First up what sections did I want: Diary, Contacts, Blog stuff, websites I like, Wish List, Budgets.

Filofax make over Chapter/section page

Filofax make over Chapter/section page

Pockets would be handy, so to make some storage without needing the holes punched in I made pockets on the back of the chapter pages. If I can get Premier Elements to talk to You Tube I’ll put up a tutorial video but they aren’t on speaking terms since the forced Google + thing, so don’t know how to fix it at the mo. :(

Chapter pages: Something decorative and layered. Elegant and timeless.

I created these using Serif Craft Artist software and a range of digikits.

Filofax make over Chapter/section page

Filofax make over Chapter/section page

Insert pages

Being short on funds at this time of year my DH helped me design a basic template in Word for insert pages for the filofax and I edited these for the different pages I wanted to add. It was simple to change the colours on areas on that, to suit my eyes.

So here’s the reveal so far

Diary pages

Filofax make over Diary page

Filofax make over Diary page

Website pages

Filofax make over Contacts page

Filofax make over Websites page

Contacts Pages

Filofax make over Contacts page

Filofax make over Contacts page

Leave me a comment if you would like to see more chapter page designs in the coming months. The insert pages were created using Microsoft Word.

Have you got an unloved filofax or personal organiser? Dig it out and help it feel loved again, use your favorite papers and make it less office and more personal. It’s a great place to keep creative ideas. I’m working on tabs at the moment, will share what I create when I have something pretty to share. Let me know if you would like tutorials on creating the chapter pages and I’ll see what I can do.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share another doodle I have drawn.

Paisley Doodle inspired by Shoo Rayner tutorial

Paisley Doodle inspired by Shoo Rayner tutorial

This one was created after watching a Shoo Rayner tutorial on You Tube. I used Faber-Castell Pitt pens for the outline and their Polychromos pencils for the colouring.

Links

If you are new to the world of doodling and want to learn how to draw a paisley shape check out Shoo Rayners tutorial and channel on You Tube.

Really enjoying doodling, just turn of your brain and let the line go for a walk. I leave the design uncoloured and go back to it another day when I don’t have inspiration to draw but want to colour in. A win win really :)

Do give doodling a try, you only need a little notebook and any pen you have to hand,  great for waiting rooms or long commutes.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Thank goodness for the awesome light DH bought in the Amazon sale, the natural light is far too low to photograph without it.

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