5 Background Techniques to Play with

Background techniques are a great way to start an art journal page. On my art journaling courses people often tell me that they don’t know where to start. The blank page can be intimidating … there is all this expectation that it heaps on you to create something worthy. Having great expectations for the outcome […]

1 Marvellous Mixed Media Strategy – Mixing Old and New Media

Mixing old and new media is a great mixed media strategy for getting unusual results. In this post I combine digital printing technology with mixed traditional media. I opened ‘Wonderland’, by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss, on June 5th to a description of swallowtail butterflies. The excerpt describes the contrast between Sweet Williams’ bright pinks […]

Using Stickers in my Art Journal

Today I want to share an art journal page with you that I have made with stickers I created from a painting – Gracious Gladioli. The painting was inspired by the gladioli I grew for the first time in my garden last year. From this painting I digitally cut the featured images of gladioli stems […]

Artists Who Use Mixed Media

We can learn a great deal by studying the work of other artists whether we just want to enliven our own personal art or produce art professionally. I really enjoy the work of Gustav Klimt as he used gold leaf, platinum and silver with his oil paints to produce very stylised work. And I have […]

My Favourite and Fun Mixed Media Techniques

There is something decidedly rebellious about ‘mixing media’ … No longer hampered by the limitations of one media you are free to create almost unlimited effects. Do you just want a whisper of an image or is something more substantial, perhaps 3d, required. And provided any 3rd dimension is not too big an art journal […]

My Mixed Media Art Journal Love

I love playing with mixed media in my art journal and this week I thought I would combine the theme of of love with some mixed media art journaling. But first a short story about love (sadly I missed Valentine’s day) It was a dark night …… no, really. It was quite cloudy but foxy […]

Art Journaling – Gelli Printing

I love patterned papers – all those delightful, colourful designs. That is where I started with collage before including book pages/newsprint/music sheets/serviettes. And then I discovered something new to collage with in my art journaling – gelli printing. I have since made several art journal pages by collaging with gelli prints … Different Ways to […]

Essential Art Journaling Background Techniques to Accomplish Great Spreads

In art journaling, background techniques are a great part of the fun.  They are a chance to get some colour down on the page and in a layering approach in art journaling, background techniques are just the first few layers which may be covered up. I tend to divide art journaling background techniques into 2 categories: […]

3 Ways to Celebrate Primroses You’ll Love

I saw my first primrose yesterday, a sure sign of Spring. I love their delicate yellow flowers far more than the related garden primulas that can be bought. They have a number of medicinal properties that the Celts used them for, including treating arthritis, as a skin toner, as a sedative and for treating bladder […]