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Friday, 15 May 2015

May Week Three

Last we took a look at watercolour (or water soluble) mediums. A word that you might see on product packaging is “Aquarelle” or “Aquarellable” which will tell you that it works with water.
Because I used them in my page this week, I just want to take a second to talk about Gel Pastels. Faber Castell have a well known product called Gelatos, which come in lots of yummy colours and can be diluted or activated with water, or used straight from the tube. Gelatos are great, but while they are really easy to get in the USA, some of us in other parts of the world have trouble getting them, and they are often expensive. If you want to try Gelatos, but can’t get them or can’t afford them, I suggest you check out the kids art section in big department stores and look for Crayola's Slick Stix, or any other product that says Gel Pastels or silky smooth pastels. All the ones I have found come in some kind of twisting, lipstick-style form. They will come in a limited palette of primary and secondary colours, but you can play with them and decide if you love them enough to invest the time, effort and money into getting the more gorgeous (and trendy) Gelato colours.

I drew the bird onto the foam from an image I found on Pinterest. I like this technique of stamp making, it reminds me of the lino-printing I did in high school art, but without the risk of injury from the sharp cutting tools. I think I will probably end up adding a little something to the bird stamp on the page, but I haven’t worked out what he needs yet. I don’t want to lose any of the translucence of the stamp, I love that I can see the background colours through the stamped image. 

Week 3 page
Thank you to Jo Hardstaff and Maria Bozikis for the inspiration for the chevron stamp. It's my new favourite :)

The wording is what I decided I would do if I ruled the world. For me, joy comes from gratitude and is the perfect antidote to hate and jealousy. 

I'd probably give everyone a magic packet of Tim Tams as well, because arting requires energy:

And here is the best way to eat a Tim Tam (trust me):
 It's called the Tim Tam Slam. Aussie's get it.

Happy Arting!

Friday, 8 May 2015

May Week Two: Watercolours

Watercolours or Water-soluables are one of my favourite supplies for journalling because they dry quick and are easy to write and draw over with most pencils and pens.

Here are some different types of water-soluble media:
Watercolour paints in tubes, they have a similar consistency to heavy body acrylics
Watercolour paints in pans that you activate with water

Liquid watercolours are really concentrated and come in bottles, usually with a dropper.
Watercolour pencils are very versatile
Water soluble crayons (these may also be labelled as water soluble pastels)

Chalk pastels can be blended dry or wet
Gel pastels (the most well known are the Faber Castell Gelatos), look and feel like a lipstick
Gouache paint is opaque watercolour
Derwent Inktense are water activated, but permanent when dry.

You can use them in a number of fun techniques:

    Watercolour Background
    Yes, this is card tutorial, but the technique is exactly the same no matter what size your piece of watercolour paper is, and the instructor explains what she is doing and why really clearly:
    Remember our lesson from last month on avoiding the dreaded Muddy colours? The same principles apply here, so remember purple loves blue but not orange.

    Another background technique. This produces a pretty, soft background by combining water-soluble crayons and gesso:
    Remember that just because the video shows watercolour crayons being used, doesn't mean you can't substitute other water-soluble medias. 

    Want to paint an actual picture in watercolour? Try this pretty hummingbird, she makes it looks way easy:

    GOUACHE (rhymes with SQUASH)
    In this video, artist Jennibellie paints a picture using gouache.
    I put this in this week's lesson as a bit of an extra because it includes a mini-tutorial on mixing a skin tone and also because Jennibellie is an awesome art journaller and recycle artist. If you are at all interested in making your own journals and art journalling on the cheap, I recommend you have a look at Jennibellie's YouTube Channel. I love her cereal box art journal tutorials in particular.

    Happy Arting!
    See you next week.

    Friday, 1 May 2015

    May Week One: Make Your Own Stamps

    Welcome to May! I crown you, Queen of Your World! You have ultimate power, and a magic wand. What is most important to you? This Roadtrip prompt is about hopes and dreams and what you want your tomorrows to be like. Remember with great power comes great responsibility, so use it wisely.

    Let's make our own stamps!
    I have collected a whole bunch of videos about making stamps out of a huge rang of things. I suggest grabbing a large piece of paper to test all your new stamps on, use a bunch of different colours to test, stamp images over each other, and keep that piece of paper to use for collage or a background.


    Craft Foam

    Die cut craft foam

    How to make a rolling stamp

    Embossed Craft Foam


    I am looking forward to seeing your homemade stamps in the Driver Reviver Group.
    Happy Arting!