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Ohh sign me up, I love a bit of lettering when my hands allow, do you? I pounced on Lou Collins Brush Lettering set on C&C yesterday and have found more inspiration about this on You Tube n Twitter, so here are some brush lettering artists and links for us to enjoy.

Lou Collins

Ohh I got so excited seeing her brush lettering on C&C yesterday, and went for the big kit, which was a bit daft for me, only in that being dyslexic, means that if letters change too much from how I expect to see them, then I can’t read the words BUT she said once the method has been learnt, then you can apply it to whatever style you like. So I’m in and very excited.

Here are a few places you can find Lou’s lettering.

At the time of writing Create and Craft was the only place where you can purchase her product line.

Extra supplies

I have Tombow Art and Graphic pens and other brush markers by Kuretake Zig to play with, like Clean Color Real Brush pens to do this longer term and watercolours so for once, I’ve got half the kit needed to progress. I hadn’t got on too well in the past when I tried brush lettering because like Lou said on the show, I had also used lots of papers practicing and not getting far because the pens and papers I was using weren’t compatible. I like how her practice sheets are wipe clean so you can practice as much as you like without hitting the trees too hard. I love the watercolour backgrounds and would love to use my watercolours and Lou’s markers to create pieces or journal pages with words or phrases that mean something to me. In later show’s she said her markers are pigment ink so you can emboss them if you wish, it also means once dry, they won’t move so I can add watercolour ‘backgrounds’ after I’ve done lettering ๐Ÿ™‚ versatile n great for mixed media pieces then. This is going to be fun. I also invested in the smooth cardstock they had on the show for this and so I can see if it will play nicely with getting back to a little Ranger inky action.

Can’t wait to have a play with this brush lettering idea. I can see me putting a sheet of clear acetate over a calligraphy book I have, to learn more alphabet styles this way too.

The lettering style Lou was showing yesterday reminded me of a stylised version of copperplate which gives the thin thick strokes like this. Lou’s pens look easy to use too, less scary than a bottle of ink and a nib you are scared might snap if you press too hard. The other great thing is that you can do this with minimal supplies so if you want to do this when out and about then a small notebook and a pencil case and you are good to go.

Kelly Creates

Kelly Creates Kelly Klapstein is a Canadian artist, can’t tell you more only just found her and want to investigate this too. but sounds like Art from the heart is where you can soon get her products. Ohh yes just had a quick look, bullet journalling and brush lettering this will be a website that will have me reading for hours. Wish I had ink for the printer. Quick tip, if you want to save money on lamination sheets, lay a sheet of acetate over your print outs so you can reuse them. Don’t have acetate, how about those pockets sold for ringbinders ๐Ÿ™‚ long as you are using pigment or waterbased pens they will wash off ok. Kelly has You Tube channel too

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

 

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This week I’ll show you how to create a feathered texture for your mixed media projects.

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Links

Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 8 Feather Texture.

How are you getting on? Hope you are enjoying this series and have learnt some new techniques to add to your own skills. Do tell your friends about the series on your favourite social media sites. See you next Wednesday for Lesson 9.

Best wishes and thanks forย reading, see you soon

Billie ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Want to add some dimension to your mixed media projects? Today I’ll share how to create a textured stone effect, perfect for book covers and all kinds of projects.

Mixed media Stone effect with lots of texture and dimension.

Mixed media Stone effect with lots of texture and dimension.

Links

Here we are for Lesson 7 in the Mixed Media workshop. This week Embossed Stone. I love this effect and it’s really easy to create with just a few simple steps and not many supplies.

Hope you have fun with this technique, do leave me a comment and show me any projects you create using it, I’d love to see what you are all making. How are you getting on with this series, are you learning lots of new techniques to take in your own directions?

If you are enjoying this series, do tell others about it, the more the merrier. See you next Wednesday for Lesson 8.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie ๐Ÿ™‚

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As Part of Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure project, I’d like to share a tutorial from my mixed media workshop:

How to create this dimensional crackled effect.

Great for all kinds of mixed media projects.

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Links

I hope you are enjoying this series and will join me next Wednesday for Lesson 7. I’d love to see your projects that you create using these techniques do share them and any questions you have in the comments below.

If you are enjoying this series do tell others on your favourite social media sites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie ๐Ÿ™‚

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This week, try using Interference colours to make your basic pallet go even further. I’ll show you what they look like and what they can do for you.

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Links

To find out more about interference colours, check out the link below.

Lesson 4. Introducing Interference colours

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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;
  • RRPย at time of writing: ยฃ3.50 each or sets of 8 at ยฃ24.99

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ and on a promise for it from DH ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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