Sunday, 28 June 2015

Another black/white page

Here's another page I finished in my small Dylusions journal the other night. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Siv xxx

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Black 'n white Dylusions page

So I'm in beautiful Harrogate, back at my hotel from a busy preview day at AFTH. I had so much fun catching up with old friends, making new and being creative. 

Yesterday I was in Dyan's class for regular artjournalers (I'm one of her regulars now, how cool is that?!) and we played with black and white. I wanted to share with you a page I finished later that day, which is in my small Dylusions journal. 

I've used Dylusions paint, stamps, stencil and journal block. The rest is doodling done with a white pen. 

Dyan has posted a tutourial on making a b/w page on her blog. Be sure to check it out!

Siv xx

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Kate Crane inspired mini canvas

I recently signed up for Kate Crane's online art journaling classes, called
Art Journal Soup 1&2.
Here's a mini canvas I made from one of the lessons:

The canvas is 10 x 10 cm (about 4"x4").

I've used Dina Wakley's paints, black gesso, Stabilo all pencil and black and white markers.
I've also used a Dylusions stencil in the background. The house and fence are hand drawn.

'Till next time!
Siv xx

Monday, 1 June 2015

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

It's the first of June, it's officially summer and it's time for a new challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo.

The theme for June's challenge is SUMMER and the twist is MONOCHROMATIC.

I made a double page in my old ledger.

Here's the how to:
I started off with a pre gessoed double page in my old ledger.

Then added some colours using baby wipes (I used Dylusions paints).

 I then put a stencil over the wet paint and removed a lot of the paint with a baby wipe.
 ..and ended up with this.. not very pretty, but it's just a layer.

I then added some more paint using a brayer (this time I used Dina Wakley's paint).

And removed some paint again here and there..

I then used an old credit card to add some more paint to the sides.

Pushing the paint from out to in with the card lying relatively flat.

I then dry brushed through a couple of stencils.

 ..which gave life to the page.

I stamped one of Dina's butterflies on book paper
 and gave it a quick brush with what was left in my paint brush, cut it out and adhered to the page using matte gel medium.

Finally I added William Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 on my pages.

...and ended up with a finished double page in my ledger and monochromatic fingers..

Monday, 25 May 2015

I want to like people...

I read this sentiment the other day which I found just fabulous. So true, lol!
I toned one word down a bit though...


So, I started with a background I had already made.

Most of the leaves were bleached out, so I started filling them in with purple ink (Dylusions in water brush).

One page done!

I bleached out the rest of the leaves, using water to lift the ink off the paper.

All leaves filled in with purple!

"Dotting" with white pen. It's wise to leave the page at least over night, making sure the ink is really dry (or else the white will turn pink).

All dotted!

Then playing around with some collage elements. Which head to use..?

Realising I wanted more in the background, I grabbed my black Dylusions paint, a mini ink blender and a skull stencil.

Now that's better!

Adding the sentiment with a white posca paint pen. I did two layers to make it opaque.

Outlining the white letters with a black micron pen to make them stand out more.

Adding wing to my gal, outlining the whole figure and adding some writing up the side.

Circles - I need circles!

..and more background elements...

Adding just a little bit of colour to the face and wing.

...and there you go! A new AJ spread done.

This is my entry for Art Journal Monday over at Mixed Media Mojo. Why don't you pop over and have a look at the inspirational posts and our challenge?
Wishing you all a wonderful and creative week!
Siv xx

Friday, 1 May 2015

May we be strong women

It's time for a new challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo, and this is my first contribution as a design team member. 
Our May challenge is this tic tac toe board:

I chose the top left diagonal; the word "May", stencil, stamp, and ended up with this Dyan Reavley inspired art journal page.

I've used Dylusions sprays, paints (well, just the black), stencils and stamp block, Dina Wakley Media Line stamps and stencil and my trusted white UniBall Signo Broad pen.

Here's what I did:

 I took one of the many premade background pages from my Dylusions journal

 used a mask and black paint to create "windows"

 doodled around the windows, first with a black pen, then white

 stamped images through co-ordinating stencil

 used the Dylusions block to draw a frame

took another stencil and doodled inside

 added some more doodling
Now all that remains, is to put the page back in my journal. 

Here are some close ups..

Now pop on over to the Mixed Media Mojo site and join our challenge!

Siv x