Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mixing It Up

I've not had much time to create art these days... time flies so fast! But last month, I managed to get a few hours all at once :) Very grateful! I was waiting to post the art off to its owner (its for a swap) but its hiding at the moment! I figure if I post it in my blog it might reappear :) You never know!

Having a theme of "Pink" made it hard to start... but I soon got going. 

The outside was created using both the Dina Wakley and Dylusions (white) acrylic paints through a few stencils (Tim's "Scribble" and Dylusions' "Hearts" and "Flossie"). Then I added Ranger's translucent texture paste in matte using the heart stencil again and with a spatula, scraped the paste over different areas.

The quote stamp I used is "Good Bra" by Darkroom Door, stamped with black ink after the page was dry.

The doodling was drawn with a black Graphik line maker (Derwent) and white Sharpie (waterbased). You could also ise the groovy new Dylusions paint pens :)

The inside was created in a similar way, but without the texture paste. The flowers and butterflies are a serviette while the dragonfly is a diecut shape cut out of white card.

The quote is a Stampendous rubber stamp (such a lovely statement) inked with black StazOn.

The cute little bird is stamped with white Tim Holtz Distresss ink (Picket Fence) and doodled over with my white Sharpie.

So that's my first DAJ :) I enjoyed mixing it up with paints, stencils and serviettes. Art is so much fun!

Happy Creative Day!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Journal Art - Cactus

Having a fab weekend? Hope so! In South Australia we have a public holiday on Monday for the racegoers to celebrate the Adelaide Cup horserace. So I'm going to work in the morning and get arty in the afternoon!

We had our local art journal meet yesterday (Saturday). Loads of laughs and fun as usual :) Love my friends!

This is a page I created in Yvonne's book... Handdrawn Cactus Wren on Yupo paper on a background made with paint and texture paste. I used acrylic paint and stencils by Tim Holtz, Dina Wakley and Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions, Ranger clear matte texture paste, pencil, black Fudeball pen and white Sharpie paint pen.

Distress paints are great for backgrounds, the colours blend well together! I used an mini ink blending tool to stencil with the white Dylusions paint and my fingers to stencil with the Distress paints. The texture paste I used a spatula.

Have you ever wanted to have a go art art journaling but don't know where to start? I can help you - with supplies as well as lessons :) I'm in southern beachside Adelaide, SA. Contact me via FB pm or my shop at 

Happy Creative Day!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Color Me Fearless - The Opening and a Review

Usually when I create a video, I over analyse it, starting over a few times... but today, I didn't plan a thing - I simply opened it while recording, meaning I hadn't gone any further than the groovy lime green inner cover beforehand.

This video is of an over-excited Jenny opening the newest book by Angela Porter and Lacy Mucklow - Color Me Fearless! Its beautifully drawn, well written and gorgeous from cover to cover :D Even has a dragon!

Love it alot I do! I think it rivals Color Me Happy... its amazing. You will love it too! Enjoy my video :)

You too can have a copy of this beautiful book - Click here or go to - only $28.50 including postage Australia wide. I've also updated my overseas postage prices too, to include a fee for a non-tracking service (not that I like sending overseas without tracking but some don't mind).

Of course, you may also find it soon at your local bookstores so as long as you get a copy somewhere, it will be fine by me :) Just enjoy every single moment!

Happy Creative Day!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Wildscapes ... A Journey Through Australia's Natural World

Wildscapes is an amazing book illustrated by Stephanie Holm, an actual botanical illustrator who not only loves drawing but adores our Australian wildlife and plants.

The cover of Wildscapes by Stephanie Holm
This book is not just a colouring book or art therapy, its a book of discovery and wonder! Wildscapes includes everything in this book - well, nearly everything. Sadly, there isn't a wombat or galah but hopefully this means Stephanie is working on another book :)

With so much to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to start. I started with the Tassie devil and then coloured in the page of honey possums before going back to the Tassie devil's page to colour the owl and scenery.

There are frogs (yay! I love frogs!), birds, a thorny devil, Boyd's forest dragon, platypus, feathertail glider, a Tasmanian devil and so much more - plus a wide variation of beautiful Aussie flowers and trees including yakka, gum trees and fungi.

Colouring WIP by me :) I do love this frog!
I've coloured using regular pencils but you can use watercolours in this book without worrying about the water wrinkling the page. Its nice sturdy smooth paper.  The wrinkles will smooth out on their own, but if you need them flattened more, leave it somewhere under a phone book. The weight of the book will soon smooth out the page again.

Adorable honey possums eating gumnut flowers

Tasmanian Devil and his friend the green owl :)
I've nearly finished the frog's page - it has a pink tree trunk, blue-green leaves, green lizard, red toadstools and so far, a white background. I'm thinking a mix of orange and yellow for that but I'll see what happens when I get back to it, probably will end up being pale blue-grey - coloured using the "scribble on a scrap of paper and smooth over the page" technique.

Hope you're all enjoying colouring and creating art as often as you can. The more you do, the better your heart and mind feel :)

Happy Creative Day!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Skintones in Pencil

Are you struggling to find the perfect colour of pencils for your portraits? Don't worry anymore!

Skin throughout our Universe is made up of so many different tones of pink, brown, grey, green, purple and yellow. And orange, blue and red! Red? Well, of course... maybe your portrait is sunburnt? You never know! Besides, its art :) People can be any colour you wish, even lime green!

Other than go back to the shops to buy even more pencils, check out what you already have. Whether you have a set of 12 or 150, you're sure to have something; its just a matter of layering, blending and mixing! 
You only need a few basics to get started :)

I suggest getting a big piece of blank paper and colouring little tall rectangles, one for every single pencil you have.

Use a white to lighten the bottom half of each square, then a dark grey (black will cover too much of the base colour) for the top part, leaving the original colour in the middle :)

In my example, the middle of each is the original with the tops and bottoms overlayed with another colour. It will take some time if you have dozens of pencils, but it will help dig out the colours you need and maybe show you ones you hadn't noticed before :)

Then using the colours you like, create more samples, mixing and layering as you go. 
Pressing lightly with the pencil will give you paler colours - keep layering lightly to darken your colours.
You can also use the white to blend. You'll find the more layers you add, the greater the depth of light and contrast you will achieve, which brings your art to life.

My photos are just examples and may look different on different screens. Experiment and have fun discovering even more colours to use in your colouring!

Sing out if you need help or have questions. 

Happy Creative Day!

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