My Last Donna Downey Artist Gang Video

Hello everyone. Well it's my last post for Donna Downey's Artist gang! What a ride it has been! Donna and Bill have been so supportive and it will be very sad saying goodbye to this gig. I've loved every minute of it and I've loved making videos for you guys. I will miss you all xxx

I have created a speed process video of a painting I made recently for my video this month. I love to try new ways of combining colours and this little project is the beginning of my "Horizon" serious.

I hope you enjoy it. it's a bit longer than my normal videos but I do enough rambling throughout for it to be fun to watch .... I hope!

Again thank you to ALL of you for your support over the last 12 months. It has been amazing. I hope one day to visit the US and join Donna in her new studio. It's definitely on my bucket list!

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and you have an even better 2018! Good luck to the new gang! You are going to ROCK it xxx

13Arts Christmas Gift

Each year I like to make a little gift for someone at Christmas time. This year it's a little candle holder that I've altered.

I think it's always extra special to make something for your friends at Christmas time. it makes the gift giving that little bit more personal.

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December Challenge over at 7 Dots Studio

So it's challenge time over on the 7 Dots Studio blog. The theme is "Use Three Colours" and so I used Pink, purple and yellow and my main three colours. I wanted to use some of the new "Paint Chips" collection so this was a really easy task because the colours in that collection are AMAZEBALLS!!!

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13Arts Christmas Challenge

Over on the 13Arts blog we have a little challenge running with a Christmas theme. I made a card! I know, don't faint, it does happen sometimes. Of course it's nowhere near as magnificent as my team mates cards (they are AMAZING) but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

It goes to a very special friend of mine who, for years, has made me handmade Christmas cards. Time to repay the favour I think.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new Year and I'll see you all again very soon xxxx

7 Dots Studio Journal Page

Hello today I'm here with you today to share a little art journal spread I have created using some of the 7 Dots Studio "Dreamscapes" collection.

I simply love the tags that 7 Dots Studio bring out with every collection. i find them so versatile for so many different reasons.

I use them in all of my creations from 12 x12 layouts to art journal pages just like this one"

I love the way they can be placed on a creation anywhere and they make the whole piece just shine!

7 Dots Studio products:

I find that of all the things I run out of first when creating with 7 Dots Studio collections, it's always the tags!!! Note to self ...... get more 7 Dots Studio tags!

Flower Pot pants for Viva Las Vegastamps!

Hello!! today to share a creepy little art journal page I created with the fabo stamps from Viva Las Vegas!

I call this one "Flower Pot Pants" LOL I just love these stripped leggings and I love to find weird and wonderful ways to use them in my art journal.

 And of course it wouldn't be a garden of flower pot pants if it didn't have a bird in it!! Right?? luckily VLVS has the best whimsical selection of birds to choose from that suit my weird O garden perfectly!

 I'm not much of a flower drawer but i can do abstract!! Which is exactly what this page needed.

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Every time I pull out these striped leggings something weird happens and I LOVE it!!!
See you all again soon!!

Masked Ladies Art Journal Page for Donna Downey Studios

Hello .... today I'm here to share a little art journal page I've created with some of Donna's Signature designs for Artist Gang Tuesday.

I love to use old books for my art journals for a couple of reasons. Mostly because I love the old paper they have in them but with this book in particular, it's all about the gorgeous pictures in it. 

I hate covering them up all the time so my solution is to use a transparent paint and a mask to give me the option to keep some of the gorgeous pattern.

You can watch the video below to see how I work to keep this floral pattern and allow it to shine through in my final piece.


7 Dots Studio Vintage Art Piece

Hello I'm here with you today to show you a vintage ephemera piece I have created using the 7 Dots Studio Dreamscapes collection.

I have found that this collection lends itself perfectly to old ephemera and seeing I'm a HUGE fan of old ephemera this has been so enjoyable for me.

I used some watercolors to add some interest to the old music book title page that I have used as my centre piece. 

I incorporated lots of old bits and pieces of cloth as well as some of the patterned paper from the range. I also enhanced the piece with masking tape and some staples because I love both of these elements when working with a vintage rustic sort of piece.

I created a little feature on the right hand side by adding a tag from the 12x12 page. These tags are just so versatile. I find myself using them in all sorts of projects.

I hope this vintage art piece has given you some inspiration to try your own insinuative ephemera creation. I'll frame this one and hang it in my studio. See you all again soon xx

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SPALSH INK! Art journal page for 13Arts

Hello everyone! I'm here today to share with you a little art journal spread I created for 13Arts using the incredible SPLASH! inks. if you haven;t tried these little beauties then you don't know what you're missing!

The 13 Arts SPLASH! inks are like nothing else I've ever used. they are acrylic so they are opaque not transparent AT ALL. they dry thick and are highly pigmented.

Their dimension gives them a finish like no other product on the market. They come in plain colours and in glitter colours and are the perfect finishing touch for any project!

the colour range is extensive and they are very reasonably priced. you HAVE to have these in your stash. You won't regret it!

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7 Dots Studio Art Journal Page with Process Video

Hello today I'm here with you to share a process video on an art journal page I have made for 7 Dots Studio.

I made a double page spread with a hessian inclusion. This is one of my new journals and I'm just loving the varied papers and textures in it.

I attached some tags from the 12x12 sheet to the hessian inclusion piece using a stapler and then they became a part of the design and almost another whole page of its own.

I added some abstract style painting over the whole page including on the inclusion. I love being random when I paint.

I created some little feature pieces using both the element stickers and the die cut elements. These are great little embellishments for your projects.

Sit back and enjoy the process video. You will be able to watch the layer upon layer process that I took to create this fun piece of art. I'll see you all again very soon xx

Hazy Days - 12x12 Tag Sheet

Spooky Inky Art journal Page for 13Arts

Over on the 13Arts blog today there is a very spooky challenge beginning!

Welcome to Spooky Inktober!!

I created an art journal page using lots of yummy Water Inks from 13@rts.

I love thses inks. They are like water colours already made up for you.

They are intense in colour and fun to use.

Why not pop on over and give it a go!

13Arts prioducts used include:

  1. disturbing because concerned with or causing a fear of death.
    "a macabre series of murders"
     hideoushorrifichorrible, horrifying, horridhorrendous, terrifying,

She Just Appeared

Hello I'm here with you today to share an art journal page I have created using one of the latest release's of stamp plates designed by our champion designer DeeDee Catron (love your work babe)

I really had no idea where this one was going when I started it. I know I wanted to  use the Turquoise and that was about it. So that is where I started.

Then I collaged on some run off paper I had used in a previous print making project that involved the fabulous stamps from plate 1495

Because the colours in this were yellow and red, that's where the page started to go. I love it when my art is influenced by something out of my control.

And then ...... this face appeared. I just love the way it surprised me. That's the best kind of art .... the ones you don't expect.

VLVS! stamps I used include:

See you all again soon xx