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Just wanted to share a Christmas card I designed using Serif Craft Artist and Hears and Roses digikit collection. Simple but elegant :)

Created using Serif Craft Artist software and Hearts & Roses Digikit

Created using Serif Craft Artist software and Hearts & Roses Digikit

Best wishes and see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Seth Apter’s Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques, DVD.

Seth Apter DVD: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques

Seth Apter DVD: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques

Product Details

  • Title: Easy Mixed Media; Surface Techniques by Seth Apter
  • Manufacturer/Brand; North Light DVD
  • Item number: ISBN 13: 978-1-4403-2421-5 of ISBN 10: 1-4403-2421-2
  • RRP at time of writing: $24.99

Reason For Buying

Having read Seth’s blog; ‘The Altered Page’ for several years now, I already liked his style of art. A trip to America to take a class with him is beyond my budget so when I heard he had DVD’s out, I jumped at the chance when I saw one of them on Amazon. Please note if you are in Europe that this DVD is in NTSC format not the European standard PAL.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • The DVD is like taking a one to one class with Seth and ideal if you can’t get to America
  • 71 minutes run time
  • Excellent menu system if you wish to go back to a particular technique easily
  • Very watchable all the way through but you can watch individual sections if you want to review a specific technique
  • Ideal if you are new to mixed media, the techniques show are very achievable with only a few materials and products
  • Add dimension with the simplest of tools that you are likely to have around the home

Cons

Personally I haven’t got any, I saw some reviews on Amazon saying it was a bit basic but the clue is in the title ‘Easy Mixed Media’.  This is a great DVD for picking up new ideas and ideal for newbies too.

Build Quality

Excellent, easy to navigate to individual sections if you wish too and very watchable beginning to end.

Value for Money

Excellent, like taking a one to one workshop with Seth.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes, I love Seth’s artistic style and his tutorial style is encouraging, empowering and reassuring, which is great for those who would like to create more but are bewildered by the wealth of mixed media materials out there.

Summing up

Love this DVD, I learnt a lot of new techniques, and had lots of ideas for adapting them to  my own style rather than the sort of tutorial where you can only create the project as shown. This to me is the mark of a good tutor. Nice job Seth, and since streaming video seems to be beyond my current internet connection this DVD was ideal for me.

If you are in Europe, bear in mind this DVD is in NTSC format not PAL, that European countries use. The DVD is a region 0 disc though, so you need to check what your own DVD player will handle.

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Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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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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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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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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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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