Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Soul Journey 2018: "Handpainted Canvas Tote"

Hi everyone.....I am back after a long spell recharging the old batteries! 

I have been creating believe it or not, just not posting as much here. I have cut back on my DT commitments to create just for the fun of it, getting back to the reason we all start our creative journey! I feel so much better for it, and feel that the projects I am working on are much more "Me" somehow....I can seriously recommend a creative vacation to everyone!

So getting back to why I am here.....Soul Journey 2018! When I was asked to participate in this year long concept I was blown away, not only by the fabulous concept but also the high quality and talent of all the other teachers all gathered for a very cool journey of the soul!

What is Soul Journey? I hear you ask? Well Soul Journey is a year-long FREE event where guest artists make wonderful projects all based around the theme of mental health, self-care and love and of course happiness. It is the brain child of the very giving Annette Poucher and her team of lovelies, and it is not too late to check it out!
Here is the FB link with all you need to know and it is not too late to join in so what have you got to loose? 

So lets get on with it shall we? I have created a hand-painted arty tote and also a process video so you can all create one too!
Most of the  materials used can be purchased from Art And Soul Studio
So enough of me here are some pics and the video at the end, hope you enjoy!


 Materials used:

Acrylic Paint: Dina Wakley
Stencils: Stencil Girl, ScrapFX, Crafters workshop & Donna Downey
Foam Stamps: ScrapFX & Art Foamies
Paint Markers: Posca,  Sharpie & Liquitex
Canvas Bag

And last but not least the video:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Art Journal Page for the April "13 arts challenge".

Whoo Hoo I did a challenge!!! 
First one in a long long time! I chose the latest challenge by 13 arts for this month....a mood board and look at that fab colour scheme!
You can see the details here if you want to join in.

I do not have many 13 arts products but the ones I do have did suit the challenge. So off I went on a creative journey with limited supplies...a challenge indeed!

I was inspired not only by the colour scheme but also the fab flower.
Here is my project an art journal page full of grungy flowers.

The 13arts products I used are:

Ayeeda Mists: Pastel Coral, Chalk Yellow Amber, Chalk Grey, Pearl Old Gold.
Ayeeda Paint: Red Caffeine 
Word Stickers: Vintage Moments

Thanks for popping by, and if you get a chance, why not head over and create a little something for this fab challenge?
Happy creating Everyone!


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Guest Design Post for Art and Soul Studio

Hey there everyone, sorry I have neglected the blog a little but life has got in the way!
So I am here to say Happy New Year to you all!
Now to start with I want to share a guest post I did for Art And Soul Studio back in December before the Christmas insanity set in!
This is a handmade art journal one signature thick using an A4 envelope that I painted as the cover….very simple and lots of fun! 

There are a heap of lovely layers on the cover and watercolour paper pages on the inside. I am going to work on filling it when I am away in January with very limited supplies, really pushing myself for 2018!

The front and back cover is all created as one piece with out thinking just doing layer over layer and keeping bits I liked!

A few details for you.

The main focal point is Dina Wakley's Stamp "Scribble Girl" with a few scribbles and paint shadows added.

Inside is one signature…. all simply joined together using a basic pamphlet stitch.

hope you liked it…and please note for those who know me.......I even used Purple LOL!

Materials List available at Art And Soul Studio:
A4 Envelope, Tissue Paper, White Gesso, Paint: Matisse Structure : Metallic Gold, Southern Blue Ocean. Atelier: Pthalo Blue Shade, Prussian Blue. Dina Wakley: White, Black, Sky, Blackberry, Cheddar. Neons Fluorescent Pink, Marabu Art Spray Gold, Stencils: Stencil Girl: ATC Mix Up 1 9x12, Crazy Quilts Calm & Frenzy, Stamps: Scrap FX: Squared, Dina Wakley: Splatter Girl, Posca Paint Pen Black & White, Stazon Jet Black ink Pad 

PS: If anyone would like to join me I am teaching the technique to make a similar junk journal at Artified in Victoria on 17th Feb. Why Not come and play?  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dance....an art Journal Page for Scrap FX.

Hi everyone it’s Michelle back to share an art journal page I created using the fabulous new
Dramatic Dancer Stencil from Scrap FX as the main focus of the page.
Dramatic Dancer stencil - Click Image to Close
Isn’t she just so fabulous??
I just love how “Arty” she is, it makes my page look so cool, but the technique is so basic!
I also used the Fancy Feather Stamps in the background to add movement.
Fancy Feather stamps - Click Image to Close
So here is the page:
I wanted the page to look like she was creating a rainbow of colour till she moved into the drama of the darkest colour, really like how it turned out!
I started with a gessoed background and laid down the Paynes Grey Acrylic paint to start with. Then used the stamp in the wet paint to create feather images across the 2 pages.
Then once that was dry I added the bright lighter colours using watercolours as I wanted lots of drippy goodness.

I sprayed some Marabu Art spray in gold across the page and through the Flower Pattern Stencil (small), adding splashes as I went.
I stamped some script with a stamp and Stazon ink.

Now time for the Dancer! I mixed Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint with some Impasto Medium to give it some body, then applied it through the stencil.

I stamped the Quote on to some tissue paper then added it to the page with Matt Medium.

The page is now complete!
Scrap FX Goodies used:
Hope you enjoyed my little project and found some inspiration!
Thanks for visiting and please do come on back now!!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Itac17 Challenge 4.

Whoo Hoo I am back with another quick share! 
This time I have done something a little different due to the nature of the challenge. This time it is the 4th Challenge "Africa".
So here are the challenge prompts, I did not get all of them included but I had a red hot crack, and think I only missed the charms or pearls.

  • Warm, bright colors 
  • Repeated ethnic patterns
  • Charms, pearls, metallic wire…
  • Words or text
  • Textures, cracks, rust effect...
So with out further ramblings, here is my take, I channelled my inner Spirit warrior!

I had just so many ideas for this one it really did go through a lot of ugly transformations, but I am pretty happy with my first mask painting in my art journal.

A few more details:
(nothing much to it really, just a whole heap of paint layers)

 And that is me done for another day! 
Still got 2 more of the challenges to do and am running out of a little mojo.... and time!
Hopefully will see you all sooner rather than later!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Aall and Create ITAC 17 Challenge 1 and 2

Hey everyone just popping in to share what I have been up to (other than my obsession with the Mini Booklets!). 
I have been inspired to have a go at the International Tournament of Art And Craft Challenges over at Aall And Create. The prompts are Here if you wish to have a go yourself, there is loads of fabulous inspiration to be had so do check it out! 
I am a little behind but I have done the first 2 challenges so far and here the are:
First Challenge: "Europe" 
The requirements are to use at least one of the following: 
  • A face
  • Papers (newspaper, printed paper, rice paper…etc.)
  • Letters, numbers
  • Blue for the colour of the European Union, Union Jack...
  • Ribbon, twine, string or lace…
  • Textures – take inspiration from history from ancient civilisations to the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Something both vintage and modern

And I think I have used them all!! 

Some close ups:

I got to use a new  masculine stencil by Scrap FX, loved using this one!

Now for the second challenge: "Asia"
The requirements:

  Motifs inspired by mandalas
· Geometric shapes
· Tiles - ceramic, pantiles, glazed tiles, or their designs...
· Asiatic flowers, such as cherry blossom, chrysanthemum, orchids, lotus, Frangipani, lilies, hibiscus etc..
· Calligraphy or handwriting
· Fabric, faded or dyed
· Powdered pigments
And inspiration from a gorgeous pic.
So here is my take, a little more feminine this time!

A couple of closer shots.
 I think I have gone to town on the requirements again and used them all except the fabric!


So why not head over and take a peek, you never know, you too could be inspired!
Until next time,


Monday, August 28, 2017

"Mini Mixed Media Booklet" for Artified.

Well it is the Monday after an awesome weekend at Paperific, and as promised to all those that joined me for a little make and take fun, I have a video as a little reminder "how to"!
Thanks so much to everyone that came and played....I had a ball meeting you all!

So here is the video:

Enjoy and have fun playing with this easy technique!