Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Great Rebellion: Bunny Rising

Ok.... so I don't know what my bunny page is about really. It started as a doodle in my sketchbook and I thought, "Ohhhh! Cool! I'll paint that." And when I was done the painting, I wondered what the heck I had just painted. But I am happy to have painted rebel bunnies and weird bird humans. It's something to cross off of the "Things to Paint List."  Unlike the Great Bunny Rebellion, I really did have a plan in mind for the lady below holding her head. She's based on a prompt from Journal52 (Off With Their Head!). I'd like to think that if my head was ever removed, I'd blow out puffy clouds of goldfish and butterflies. 
The little bird was painted into a mini art deco book and I made a walk-through video of the process. You can view it here on my YouTube channel.

Happy weekend everyone :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sunrise and Sunset, mixed media style

I have finally finished my summer art journal. Joy, bliss & glee! I filled out the entire journal and it was a great goal to reach. I've been making my own journals lately since I don't like filling out 100 page spiral bound notebooks. They're too big and I'm far too lazy... or overwhelmed. Probably both. I make my own 20 page journals and it's so much easier to theme them, and then finish them. So yay, a summer art goal reached!

This Sunrise & Sunset journal page was so much fun to create. I love ridiculous faces and couldn't pass up the opportunity to make sun faces, mixed media style. I filmed the process and have upload it to my YouTube ChannelThe tutorial can be found here: and the PDF template for the sun faces is available here. If you have any questions, just send me a note, I'm happy to help.

Materials I used:

  • Stonehenge paper
  • Golden heavy body acrylic paints
  • Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (satin)
  • Patterned scrapbooking papers
  • Brown Micron brush pen

This page was inspired by Journal52 prompts (Sunrise & Sunset). It's a great place to find inspiration for your art journals.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Voodoo Art Dolls & YouTube Channel

I've made a YouTube channel! Finally. I've been meaning to do it for ages and upload lots of the old workshops I used to give through ArtTrader Magazine. I've already added a few, including this fun little one - 10 Minute Art Dolls, Voodoo Style. It makes a cute little project for Halloween art dolls to hang in a window.

This template comes with two pages. The first page has the faces and stitches already drawn on. The second page features only the body and limb shapes so that you can draw your own faces and whatever else you want to add.

The YouTube video is just a quick little walk-through on how I paint my dolls and put them together with brads.

It's almost Halloween! The best time of the year!

Download the PDF here and view the video walkthrough here.

Please don't distribute this file. I'd prefer it if you linked back to this blog if you want to share! Thanks :)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pensive thoughts & old art videos

Happy Friday! Always a good day I think. I often go to a pub to meet my Dad on Fridays where we share a few beers and some pub grub. Or it's movie night and we go and see whatever awesome comic or sci-fi movie is out. And if either of the above doesn't work out, we go out for all you can eat sushi. That's why I love Fridays! Tonight I think it's out to dinner.

Above is a new page from my journal, theme of Limericks - always fun to make those up! I'm not very good at it but I try. This was painted in acrylics over book pages. Barely mixed media, LOL. I think that counts though.

In other news, I'm working on many new online classes - themes in link. I used to do a lot of workshops for ArtTrader Magazine but that was ages ago. So I'm (slowly) uploading a lot of that old content to my brand new YouTube channel where it's available for free. Plus I'll be adding various new videos too. Please subscribe if you're into art vids! I made a few new videos this week but they need an edit first. I hope to have them up next week.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bright Pop Flowers in Pink & Yellow

A new set of bright and shiny graphics! This retro pop flavored set of flowers comes in bright pink, orange and yellow.  There's a bigger set of these graphics in my store and on Creative Market with a small set on Etsy - (they have upload restrictions unfortunately.

I managed to shake off my summer relaxation mode (which was working well) and get back to work on editing graphics. Lots of new sets to come including a big Christmas set next week. Can't wait to share it.