Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Bauble Mail Art: Tutorial

Recently, I posted some images on my Facebook page and on my Instagram account, of some Christmas bauble mail art that I was working on. A few people had requested that I do a tutorial on how I made them, so I am going to tell you, more or less, how they were done. I'm sorry I don't have indepth photos of each stage, as most of the cards had been made by the time tutorial requests came in, but I'll do my best to explain how the process went.

I've been collecting my daughters school snack boxes and recycling them to use in journal covers, stencil making, anything really. So here, I chose to design a small bauble stencil. I think the circumference of the bauble is about the size of a regular sized coffee mug. 

Once they were all cut out, I covered each one with pages from old books. I have a homemade book press that I use a lot, so I popped all my cards into the press to help flatten them while the glue dried. I don't know about you, but I find a lot of my stuff gets a slight curve in it when I glue. After the glue had dried, I got my Silks Acrylic Glazes out. They have such a gorgeous shimmer to them, so I thought they would be perfect for the cards. When I use these paints, I tend to give the pot a good shake and just use the paint that's left in the lid and use some cheap make up sponges to wipe the paint onto each card. It goes on smoothly and blends fabulously when you add the other colours over the top.

Silks take very little time to dry. I then grabbed my pot of Lumieres True Gold paint and using some punchinella, dabbed some little gold circles onto each card. Lumieres also dries quite quickly, so I was able to move onto splashing a little white paint over the cards. Once dried, I then began my doodles. First with black pigment pen and then going over the top with a white gel pen. I found some Christmas wordstrips from Darkroom Door that I had forgotten I had and used those on each card. Using my gold Posca pen, I then did little scribbles around the words and on the edges of the cards. I finally finished off each card with a little gold ribbon so that they may be hung on the Christmas tree!

And that is pretty much how they were done! I'm currently in the process of decorating the envelopes for them to go into, as they are probably too small to venture out into the big wide world of postage on their own. So I'll include a few little Christmas bits of ephemera and what have you in the envelopes as well. I really hope the recipients are happy with them!

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Long Awaited Gelli Print Post!

YES! Finally! I have procrastinated long enough and it is time to do the Gelli print blog post I have been promising for too long. I wanted to have this massive pile of wonderful prints for you to see and all the amazing things I had done with them. Truth is, I have been working on all sorts of various projects and I haven't done anything exciting with the small amount of prints that I have done. That doesn't mean I don't have awesome plans for them though! All the ideas get added to my Big Book of Ideas. Have I showed you my Big Book of Ideas yet? I can't remember...

Anyway, here are some photos of the prints I have done so far. I have just taken photos of the best bits of each print.

 I don't have many stencils. The bubble looking one I just bought recently and the leaves are just some wooden scrapbooking embellishments I found at the $2 store. The blue/green print has a little bit of Silks paint added to it, so it has a lovely shimmer to it.

These two are quite simply different coloured paints that haven't been brayered or mixed thoroughly.

I found a pack of cardboard letters at the $2 store and decided to make some words on the plate.

This was a clean up sheet. I'm not sure how the big white circle was created, but it looks kinda cool, I think.

My little stack of Gelli Prints so far.

Some index cards. I decided to have a go at using torn paper masks to section the colours.

At first, I found the Gelli Plate a little frustrating. I didn't know what to do, or how to layer colour so they complimented each other, or didn't turn to mud. I don't have a huge selection of paint colours or stencils, so I was a bit limited as to what colours I could use and what patterns I could create. After my first attempt using the plate I was quite happy with the results I had though. The second time I used it, I got a little more creative and used torn paper, bits of string, punchinella, and whatever else I could find lying around in my work room. The third time was when my 9 year old daughter wanted to have a go at it. She made some great little prints! To finish up that exercise, I just had a go at mixing basic colour on the plate and pulling prints from that without using stencils. 

So far, I've covered my Chocolate Box Journal (see post HERE), covered another cereal box journal that I'm (slowly) working on and plan to decorate some of the prints with doodles, maybe some collage and washi tape, or use them in some mail art. Who knows, the possibilities are endless!

Thank you for being so patient in waiting for this post! I hope it was worth the wait and I will be doing some more gelli prints very soon and getting creative with the prints I've already done. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chocolate Box Journal: Take One

I love chocolate. It just goes without saying. So when hubby and I don't feel that just a bar of chocolate is enough, we get a block. One night, I realised that the box that the chocolate came in would actually make a pretty cool cover for a journal, so I rescued the box from the recycling and put it aside to work on at a later date. I forgot all about it until the other night, when we were eating more chocolate! So, the next day, I decided I would make a start on figuring out how this journal was going to work.

I could have just altered this box by painting or collaging over the top, but I chose to use it as a template this time. Goodness knows, I eat enough chocolate, I'll just get a collection and alter them next time, because, to cut a long story short, this one didn't turn out the way I had hoped.

I wanted to make use of some of my recent Gelli prints (that, YES, I STILL haven't blogged about, and keep promising to and I WILL soon.... I promise! lol), so I cut this one up to stick over the top of the blue cardboard. I couldn't have used a crappier glue because as soon as I scored it with my craft knife to make the folds, it all started to separate.

I cut some paper to size to make one fairly thick signature and sewed it on using a basic pamphlet stitch and folded it all together. After all my hard work, I was a little disappointed. The gelli print, became unstuck from the blue cover, I should have doodled on the print before I stuck it on but was impatient, there was a fold where I didn't want one, I cut flaps off the template that I shouldn't have and made the folded book kind of cave in on itself, and I made the width of the signature too small.

HOWEVER! This WAS a learning exercise and I will not let these mistakes deter me from making another, even better one! So just you wait for Chocolate Box Journal: Take TWO..... after I've blogged about those Gelli prints I keep telling you about... 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Doodle-A-Day: Catch Up!

I've let a few days pass again before posting more Doodle A Day images. I've been meaning to post my Gelli Plate experiments too, but I want to make some more before I do, and decorate some of the ones I've made. I'm running a little bit behind on projects this week! So, without falling behind on blogging as well, I'll now post my recent doodles for you:

Only a few more days now and the challenge will be over for this month. I'm sure there will be a December challenge, but I have a feeling it's going to be pretty busy next month with the lead up to Christmas, so I might give it a miss until January. OH! But then I have Kristal Nortons ROOTS e-course to take part in, so we'll have to wait and see...

Friday, November 15, 2013

When I'm Not Doodling...

...I'm still doodling. I can't help it! But seriously, I have been keeping myself busy with other projects as well. Recently, I celebrated my 40th birthday and apart from getting a fabulous amount of birthday money to spend on supplies, my husband and daughter bought me an amazing colouring in book! I just love colouring in! So, they bought me a book called The Gorgeous Colouring In Book for Adults. Inside are so many wonderful patterns and designs to colour in. I have made a start on one. I am determined to finish it before I start another, so I will get a great deal of colouring fun from this book.

16/12/2013 EDIT: Images and text have been removed from this post. Many apologies if you have linked back to this post to discover they are not here.

Recently, I downloaded an app on my phone called Colour Schemer (you can download it for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch HERE). It also works in conjunction with the Colour Lovers website. Basically, you get to create your very own colour palettes and share them on the website, on Pinterest, or you can email them (to yourself or friends). Your colour palette will give you full details of the colours you've used, it will give you the option to name your colour palette and if you have discovered a new colour, you will be given the option to also give your new colour a name. On the website, you can create your own patterns, colour other patterns people have created and so much more. I've been having a lot of fun with it!

And of course, I can't for get my most recent doodle for the Doodle-a-Day challenge. Today's prompt was share. I found this a little tricky, so I took the easy way out and drew a few of the social media share icons! 

So, this is what keeps me out of mischief when I'm not doodling (but I really am doodling). Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed my recent creative adventures!

Doodle-A-Day: Pt4

Here are the last four images to catch up on the Doodle-a-Day challenge. I am now up to date and will add the images as I go for the rest of the challenge. I've been brimming with all sorts of arty ideas lately and I'm itching to blog about those and show you all some of the other stuff I've been working on. So, without further ado...

This last image is one of my favourites so far. It's a money box a friend gave me last year. The colours are gorgeous on it, so the image doesn't really do it any justice, but I'm just really happy with how the doodle turned out!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Doodle-A-Day: Pt3

Today I am posting some more of the Doodle-A-Day doodles, as promised. Here is a catch up of four more days worth of doodles:

Again, I will post some more in the next day or so. I'm really excited to show you some of my Gelli Plate experiments too! I shall also post these photos in the next couple of days. As always, thanks so much for popping in today! xxx

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Doodle-A-Day: Pt2

As promised, I said I would post more images of the Doodle-A-Day challenge, so here they are:

Some days are a little trickier than others! Mostly I try to draw from a real life object, other times I'll draw from an image. Needless to say, it really is a fun challenge! Stay tuned for more images in the next day or so. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 8, 2013


This month I have decided to take part in ElloLovey's Doodle a Day challenge. I usually do FatMumSlim's Photo a Day, but after taking part in that monthly, for over a year now, I decided I wanted to try something a little different. A friend on Facebook put me onto the Doodle a Day challenge by ElloLovey. So far, it's been loads of fun and indeed, quite challenging. In order to still work on my other creative projects, I have committed myself to only spending half an hour a day on the challenge, otherwise I would just get carried away and spend the entire a day on it. Really, it's called 'doodle' for a reason, otherwise it would be called Masterpiece a Day! Haha!

So, I'd really like to show you all the pictures I've done so far, but I'm thinking that 8 images might be a little too much to upload for one day, so I might just show you 3 at a time, and over the coming days I will post some more images. Here's the first 3 days of doodles for the challenge.

If you would like to take part in the challenge, you can still catch up! You can find Ello Lovey on Facebook by clicking HERE, and you can also find her on Instagram under the username @ellolovey. In the meantime, here is a list of this months doodle prompts:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Come back over the next few days to see some more doodles and I'll continue to post throughout the month. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Recent Adventures

Time really does escape me lately. I can't believe that in just a few days it's going to be my 40th birthday! I'm pretty excited. I'm a no fuss kinda gal, so I'm not doing anything extravagant. My days of going over the top are well and truly over! Anyway, in the lead up to this life event, I have been a little bit busy but I thought I would quickly post my recent adventures in art.

I love writing lists. My mind has been racing with ideas lately so I thought I would write them down. But I don't just write lists like regular people! I decided to create an entire cover page for my list of ideas and I've already doodled (not written) some ideas within. I figured it would be fun to make an art journal of ideas!

This is a doodle based on a pattern I saw on a skirt outside a thrift shop recently. I'd like to buy the skirt so I can repurpose it, but I have no idea how to use a sewing machine. Isn't that awful?

And lastly, my little owl doodle. We recently went on an overnight camping trip. Well, let's say a 'glamping' trip as accommodations were rather glamorous! I took my doodle book and pencil case and squeezed in a little art time when we weren't hiking through bush land. 

So, these are my adventures of late. I'm hoping to get a lot of creating done after my birthday celebrations so stay tuned and thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Trip Down Memory Lane

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I would dig out my old journal with my old sketches in it. So yesterday, I went hunting through the book shelf and found it. After flicking through it's pages, I was actually quite surprised at some of the detail in the rough drafts within. It had always been a book for ideas. I'd scribble and doodle on scrap bits of paper while I was at work, or sitting around watching tv. I'd then stick them in my journal to go back to later, and draw a final copy. Many of the pictures never resulted in final copies, however, but some did. One day, I'll hunt those down for you too. In the meantime, here are just a few of the many, many doodles and sketches I did while I was in my 20's.

Messing around with the human form.

I've always loved dragons and would sketch them all the time. This one ended up being called Dragon Chook because it reminded me of a cross between a dragon and a chicken.

A face. I had focused on shadow play rather than sketching the outlines of the facial features.

Teddy on the floor.

One of my favourite movies is The Dark Crystal, and this is a picture of Aughra who was one of my favourite characters. When I worked in the video store, I would often draw the characters of movies using the video cover as a reference. This one got scrawled out in blue biro. (I've altered all the images to be in black and white for this post). 

Another blue biro sketch (yet altered to be in B&W). I loved to draw eyes too. I have a great drawing of a frogs eye somewhere.

So, there you go! As I looked through my old journal, I wondered if I would ever be able to draw like I used to. I find that I never have the time to sit down and immerse myself in a drawing like I used to, so I take pleasure in the art that I can do quickly and get instant satisfaction from. 

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