Monday, 16 January 2017

Simple Circles For Card Making

Friday was card making with triangles, so Mondays is using circles! And you guys know how much I love circles! Circles everywhere; in my Instagram feed, on my YouTube channel, they have even gotten into a sneak peek at some up and coming products for my PaperArtsy range.

What's that? New stamps?...well maybe! You will just have to wait and see, or you could go and check out the peek over on the PaperArtsy blog if you like!

But back to today's circles!

Simple circle design for card making

Again it is a simple card design but this time I've die-cut some nested circles, slightly off centre to create two circular frames and one full circle. I layered the circle frames on Khadi paper, just as with the triangles on Friday, then added the full circle to the big frame and a die-cut heart to the smaller frame.

This one has more of a vintage feel with the vintage style patterned papers. I quite like how the heart is mostly red with a touch of blue, it adds a nice pop I think.

Close up of a simple circle card design

This was for a birthday as you can see, but the design would work just as well for a Valentine's card don't you think?

And just in case you are looking for Valentine's Day projects a jam jar make over on the Blitsy blog showing how to make this bright little tea light holder.

Looks pretty both with the tea light off and on!

Decorated Jam Jar Votive, showing it with the tealight on and off

Hope you enjoyed the simple circle card design and the jam jar make over project, perfect to start the creative week!

So what are you making for Valentine's day?


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Friday, 13 January 2017

Geometric Designs For Card Making

So I don't think I am over geometric shapes yet! Actually I don't think I will ever be over them particularly in my card making! Ooops, do you feel like you have just walked in part the way through a conversation? Ok, let me back up a bit.

At the end of last year I shared a series of cards that heavily relied upon geometric shapes, mostly stars, and die-cutting. If you missed them you can see all four cards in my blog post un-originally called 'Another Die-cut Design For Men', yeah, my titles need work, I know!

Geometric shapes in card making

Today I have another card to share that falls back on geometric shapes and is actually another card intended for a man. But, as I said last year, geometric shapes aren't just for men you know! Don't see why they should get all the good stuff!

But I digress. It was for a man and it was a feast of lines! Lines everywhere. Lots and lots of straight lines, in the papers I used, in the shapes I cut out, in the lettering style, just everywhere.

But then what do I do? Just when you think 'ok, this is all about straight lines', I go and mount the design on some rough-edged Khadi paper! I know, mad right? I like to keep you on your toes! They call me maverick!

close up of Geometric shapes in card making

Actually they, don't. No one calls me maverick, but hey, if you want to you can :)


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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

VIDEO: Rainbow Painted Mini-Notebook

New video time and another in my PaperArtsy Make and Take video series. If you haven't yet caught up with this series this is the third of four projects. The first I shared was the Seth Apter-Inspired Canvas Board and the second was the Decorated Tape Dispenser Project. I put together all these projects for PaperArtsy and then ran them as Make and Take projects for them at Crafting At Ally Pally in September last year.

But as I've been getting into videoing I decided to video the making of the samples and then share the projects here on my blog as well so that if you managed to do the make and take you have a handy refresher of what we did but if you didn't managed to make, it then you can now do a similar project at home, at your own pace watching the video.

So this week the project is the decorating of a notebook cover.

A painted rainbow notebook cover by Kim Dellow

All using PaperArtsy Stamps from three different designers (one of them me, in case you hadn't spotted my little lion!) and PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints.

It is super bright and super textured, although you can't really see the texture in the photo above, but it is! I applied the paint in a particular way, as I show in the video, to give an almost ridges or lined texture to the cover.

And of course strong rainbow effect colours were all the rage last year in the mixed media world and this is a super fun way to add that effect to your projects too.

VIDEO: Rainbow Painted Mini-Notebook

Products Used:
Wooden notebook 8.5 x 11cm
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD03: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Emma Godfrey} Stamps EEG20: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
PaperArtsy Jofy Mini 53: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints: (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
Snowflake, London Bus, Bourgainvillea, Limelight (or Chartreuse and Cheesecake), Mermaid, Baltic blue
Ranger Archival - Jet Black
Cardstock -white
Golden Regular gel medium (gloss), glue
Plastic card e.g. old credit card or gift card
Spare paper

Here are some close up pictures of the finished cover.

A close up of the texture of the painted rainbow notebook cover by Kim Dellow

A close up of the Stamped images on the painted rainbow notebook cover by Kim Dellow

Enjoy the video!


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Monday, 9 January 2017

AS FEATURED ON: Blitsy - How To Make Colorful Tea Light Holders

I just wanted to pop in today to give you a heads-up I have a new and colourful tutorial for you today, to get your week started with a smile. It's over on the Blitsy blog at the moment and it shows how I turned a small jam jar into this super colourful tea light holder.

[I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post.]

Decorated tea light holder project from a jam jar. By Kim Dellow

It is very easy and a lot of fun to do and I even added in some glitter to mine to add a little extra texture. I was really pleased at how the glitter showed with the light, I wasn't sure it would work so that was a bonus! Don't you think that this would be a perfect project for a little Valentine's Day decorating? These tea light holders would look super cute dressing a table for a cosy and special Valentine's meal, what do you think? Just a thought!

Well, if you want to see the whole step by step process it is on the Blitsy blog in my post called 'How To Make Colorful Tea Light Holders'.

My term on the Blitsy Creative team has now ended, but you may still see some more projects from me over on their blog, from time to time, so keep your eye out for them. Meanwhile, I've been collecting up little tea light-sized jam jars to make some more colourful tea light holders!


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Friday, 6 January 2017

VIDEO: Art Slice December Round-Up

Doesn't 2016 seem so long ago now? I mean it has been, what, almost a week since it was 2016? And we have been back to work, planning 2017, drinking tea, all sorts of things! Well, before I completely forget 2016 (who am I kidding, I've already forgotten it!) I want to post my round-up of my December Art Slice videos.

At the start of December I really wasn't sure that I would have anything to share for my December Art Slice Round-up. I will let you into a little behind the scenes secret, my phone is not good enough to take high definition film. So at the moment I am actually using an old point and shoot camera and editing the films on my computer. I then upload them to my phone to put music on and to upload them to Instagram.

Behind the scenes of Kim Dellow Filming her Art Slice videos
[My filming 'studio']

I know, mad right? So, yeah if you could find a more complicated way to do a less than 60 second video I'm sure I would be doing it! You can guess they take me a lot longer than 60 seconds to put together can't you?!

But doing them has been such a help to me, first I have learnt a lot about video editing (and am still learning - obviously), second it has just simply made me do more filming, which was one of my goals for 2016 and is still one of my goals for 2017. The more you do the more the process becomes easier and you become better at it, just as with everything else.

So I would massively recommend that if making videos is one of your goals this year, but you have been finding it hard to get started, then try doing something small to break into it and challenge yourself to do it regularly.

Behind the scenes of Kim Dellow coming up with ideas for her Art Slice videos
[Idea generation and practice before filming!]

But of course the best part for me is if you have been enjoying them! If you have enjoyed any of my Art Slices or have been inspired by any of them, even just one of them, then that has made it all the more worthwhile for me and puts a huge smile on my face when you get in touch to let me know, so thank you to everyone who has!

So are you ready for my December's Art Slices?

Doodle Pattern

I love patterns and doodles and practicing my mark making, so this art slice was a random mark making doodle from my junk journal.

I could probably fill page after page like this, it is very therapeutic, try it!

Junk Journal
Sharpie paint pens - black and white

 Flower Details

Some more flowers and some work on a page which was already covered with dripping experiments I had done to work out an article project from last year with.

This is actually a sneak peek from a larger journal page walk-through video that is on my list to voice over in the future! So keep an eye out for that.

Junk journal
Sharpie Paint pen water-based, Black

Drawing Exercise - Mushrooms

Yesterday I told you about my new daily drawing exercise challenge to myself for 2017 and how you can join in too, well here is the Art Slice video of it in action!

It was fun changing pens, it forces you to think up other ways of drawing the subject, great tip if you are finding it hard to come up with new forms of whatever you are drawing.

Pitt Big Brush Artist Pens
Sharpie Paint pens Ballpoint pens
Sakura Micron Pigma pen
 A4 sketch book

Quick Technique With Crayola Slick Stix

This was actually a request video from Magia (@Magia_Guarini  on Twitter) asking for some Slick Stix ideas.

I really love using the Slick Stix with water to drip and these colours work so well together and blend nicely. If you want some other ideas for both Slick Stix and Distress Crayons I have a video with some suggestions called 'Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Twistables Slick Stix' you can watch.

Crayola Slick Stix
Canvas board Golden
Glass Bead gel
The Crafter's Workshop Corncob Etching

I hope that you enjoyed my little behind the scenes secrets and December's Art Slices. My next Art Slice will be out on my YouTube Channel at 1pm (GMT) today and at around 7pm (GMT) over on my Instagram channel.


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Thursday, 5 January 2017

The 2017 Dellow Daily Drawing Challenge!

Welcome to the 2017 Dellow Daily Drawing Challenge! Wahoo! Erm what?

Back in December I introduced you to one of my favourite creative exercises in a blog post called 'A Fun Sketching Exercise To Turn Into A Habit For 2017' because I love playing with it and I thought you might like it too.

Dellow Daily Drawing Exercise - Feathers

When I wrote that blog post I was writing it as much for me as for you and I promised myself that I would make the exercise part of my daily habit and not just a couple of times a week habit that it has been up to now. But habits are hard to put in place, as we all know, and it does make it easier if you make yourself accountable to someone. So I thought that I would make myself accountable to you guys and post the practice up on Instagram. I have been for the last few days.

But here is the thing, I was just going to do this myself, but then lots of people have been in touch since I wrote that blog post, and started posting my practice on Instagram, and said that they were going to do it too! So I thought maybe we can all be accountable for each other to help us turn it into a proper habit? What do you think?

Want to join me?

Dellow Daily Drawing Exercise - Sprigs

The Exercise

Ok so if you missed my 'A Fun Sketching Exercise To Turn Into A Habit For 2017' blog post here is the exercise:

1. Grab paper and pencil/pen

2. Draw 30 *Insert One Subject Here* e.g. mushrooms or horses or daisies etc.

3. Make each drawing different

4. Quantity Over Quality!

5. Photo it, post it on Instagram hashtag it #DellowDailyDrawing to share

6. Repeat next day with new subject!

It doesn't require you to be an amazing sketcher, it doesn't have to take up lots of your time or be perfect. The idea is to get a lot of ideas down quickly. With practice you will build up your drawing level, your creativity and idea generation level, your hand-eye coordination and the ability to communicate ideas through sketches. Plus it will help you develop your style, you will soon figure out which ones you like and which you don't, and it will give you a catalogue of unique motifs and ideas to go back over and work up into other projects later on.

Dellow Daily Drawing Exercise - Stars

There will be no prompts, draw what you want, but here are some more subject ideas to get you started:


And if I haven't convinced you yet to give it a go take a look at the wonderful ideas and motifs Kay Whittaker has been doing!

So come on then. Let's do this together! Hands up if you are going to give it a go. See you on Instagram, hashtag #DellowDailyDrawing.


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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

VIDEO: Decorated Tape Dispenser Project

Welcome to my first video project of 2017! It's another from my make and takes that I did for PaperArtsy for the Crafting At Ally Pally show, and this one is sharing how to decorate a wooden tape dispenser with stamping and paint. But don't worry if you don't have a wooden tape dispenser! The techniques I share in this video will also work on boxes, picture frames, well all sorts of three
dimensional items.

A decorated tape dispenser by Kim Dellow using stamps and paints

This three dimensional item is made from untreated wood so I've used the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints directly on the surface. If you are using varnished wood or plastic objects then you may want to treat the surface with some gesso first to provide a surface that the paint can stick to.

VIDEO: Decorated Tape Dispenser

You can see all the steps from start to finish for this project in this video, perfect for if you are thinking about doing a similar project or if you have got your hands on one of these tape dispensers and wasn't sure where to start.

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints: Snowflake, Vanilla, Coral, Bubble gum, Caribbean Sea, South Pacific - (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Tracy Scott} Stamps 01
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps 03 (UK) That's Crafty; (US) Simon Says Stamp
Wooden tape dispenser
Ranger Archival Jet Black ink
Foam sponge (e.g. Ranger Inkssentials)

I'm looking forward to sharing some more videos with you so keep your eyes peeled for them. Or better still if you subscribe to my YouTube channel and click the notifications button then you will know as soon as my next video goes live.

Meanwhile here are some more pictures of this project!

close up of Decorated wooden tape dispenser by Kim Dellow

Decorated wooden tape dispenser by Kim Dellow

So have you got any decorating projects like this coming up? Let me know and if you have any questions just ask!


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Monday, 2 January 2017

6 Tutorials To Have A Go At This Year

Happy New Year! The New Year is here and I would like to wish you a really lovely 2017, may it be full of creative joy for you.

I have the last of my 2016 work round-ups blog posts and today it is all about tutorials that you might like to have a go at and get your creative 2017 started with!

So let's get straight into it with gel medium!

[I do use affiliate links and there are some in this blog post.]

1. Colour Your Gel Medium

This is a super simple technique to get you eased back into making after the holiday season.

A really fun thing to do is colour gel medium with powdered pigments, you know, like the Ken Oliver Color Bursts or Brushos. They colour medium really well, you only need a tiny amount and they don't change the nature of the medium, so if it is transparent when dry it will still be transparent when dry when you add the colour.

I have a full tutorial over on the Blitsy blog called 'How To Decorate A Mesh Bag With Ken Oliver Color Burst' to show you how.

2. We All Love Gel Skins!

Sticking with gel medium how about gel skins? Even if you have made gel skins before they are so much fun and a great technique to revisit from time to time. And if you are new to them they are really easy to make.

This tutorial shows you a technique for adding texture into your gel skin and the finished project is a free-standing heart decor gel skin piece but it is great for making flowers and other items too, so give it a go! You can find the full tutorial over on the Blitsy blog in my 'How To Make A Gel Skin Heart' tutorial blog post.

3. When Infusions Met Embossing Ink

Fancy a bit of experimenting? Why not try this technique? Grab your embossing ink like VersaMark for example, and some powdered pigment like the PaperArtsy Infusions and give it a go.

This technique works on other powered pigments too like the Ken Oliver Color Burst and Brusho, so why not try them out?

4. Make A Mixed Media Necklace From Old Jeans

Ready to get into something a little more detailed? Then the next project is perfect for you!

This project is all about recycling those old jeans into lovely, wearable artwork. Add a little bit of stamping and some paint, a couple of beads and a chain and you have a beautifully crafted piece of jewellery.

All the steps for this project are on the PaperArtsy blog.

5. Make 2017 Your Year Of Sketching

At the end of last year I shared a great drawing exercise that I have loved doing in 2016, and I am continuing for 2017, in the hope that you would join me and start doing it too!

It is really simple and doesn't need to take a lot of time but do it every day and you will start noticing the differences in your creativity, sketching and style. You can find the exercise in my 'A Fun Sketching Exercise To Turn Into A Habit For 2017' blog post.

6. Make A Box Vignette

Now that you are nicely warmed up and ready to head out into the new creativity opportunities that 2017 holds for you, my last tutorial suggestion is a little more meaty and full of things to get your creative teeth stuck into.

I love putting scenes into boxes and tins and this tutorial shows you, step by step, the making of this little single flower scene in a box using various techniques including different ways to use embossing powders. So great to pick up some tips and to create your own little scene with.

Happy Creating!


To find my other 2016 Round-Up Posts click the pictures below or follow the links listed:

My 5 Favourite Art Videos of 2016
6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017
My 6 Favourite Drawings And Paintings For 2016
5 Art Journal Page Ideas To Play With in 2017
My 5 Favorite Oddments Of 2016

My 5 Favourite Art Videos of 2016 6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017 My 6 Favourite Drawings And Paintings For 2016 My 5 Favorite Oddments Of 2016 5 Art Journal Page Ideas To Play With in 2017

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Friday, 30 December 2016

My 5 Favorite Oddments Of 2016

I hope that you have been enjoying my blog posts looking back over some of the work I have done this year? I hope it has been inspiring your creativity and kicking off some ideas for what you want to be doing for 2017?

Today I am sharing a curation of oddment projects that don't entirely fit into my other round-up curation blog posts as they aren't cards, or art journal pages etc, so I have given them their own 'oddments' category.

I'm going to kick off this collection with two tags. The first tag was a sample I made using my new stamp range with PaperArtsy.

Kim Dellow PaperArtsy Stamps tag

I'll let you into a little secret, come closer, I don't want everyone to hear... when I designed these circle stamps I had that little cluster of circle flowers in my head all along. I know, I am circle crazy, but who isn't? What? You aren't? It is just me then? No surely not?

Next up is a tag of a totally different style, less layers and more quick and simple and a tag I made for Blitsy earlier in the year.

Clean and simple quick and easy tag by Kim Dellow

I am a great one for quick and easy and this tag is just a little bit of die-cutting, probably the most complicated thing on it is the layering of the die-cut sentiment to make a three dimensional element and even that was super-simple to do. You can see the steps for it over on the Blitsy blog in my blog post called 'How To Make Quick & Easy Gift Tags' (affiliate link).

The next favourite 2016 project was one that I did for PaperCrafter Magazine Issue 96. Commissioned to do a summer-inspired stage box this is what I came up with:

Kim Dellow's Stage box from PaperCrafter Magazine Issue 96 using PaperArtsy Stamps
[Photo credit: ©CliQQ Photography]

I thought it was cute and being a bit of a diorama fan it was fun to do, if a little more involved than a card of course! Looking at the picture again now I have just realised that they look a bit like they have just come out of a village fete marquee don't they? I didn't spot that before! Or perhaps it is the Great British Bake Off tent?

Anyway, Summer fetes aside, my next share is all about chemistry! Being a bit of a science nerd I do like to stretch my materials and see what they can do so when tasked with writing a blog post to fit a resist theme over on the PaperArtsy blog earlier this year I decided to go on a little bit of a chemistry experiment to find out how to use the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints instead of Gouache in the Gouache and ink resist technique.

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint and ink resist technique by Kim Dellow

If you do not know this technique it basically uses the ability of gouache to resist waterprook ink, a property that some acrylic paints also have. But not the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint, well until you do what I did, and if you want to know what that was then pop over to my 'PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints And Ink Resist' blog post to find out more.

So my last share was actually a project that I was involved in in 2015 but the results of the project were released in 2016. So I am only slightly cheating in including this one in my favourite project lists from 2016!

Creating Faces video with Kim Dellow

Trish Latimer, the editor of Craft Stamper, along with Tracy ScottClare Lloyd and myself made a step by step video of how each of us draw faces as part of a collaboration with Traplet. It was really fun to do and great seeing four different styles of face art too. Oh and shameless plug, the online streaming of the videos or physical DVD/blurays are still available to buy I believe! Totally shameless!

Five different projects from my 2016 back catalogue, it's fun looking back and seeing where my art has twisted and turned over the last year.  If you haven't done it already I would suggest you take a look back at your own work and see how your art has changed and developed over 2016. Let me know if you have shared any of your favourites, I always like to see!


To find my other 2016 Round-Up Posts click the pictures below or follow the links listed:

My 5 Favourite Art Videos of 2016
6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017
My 6 Favourite Drawings And Paintings For 2016
5 Art Journal Page Ideas To Play With in 2017

My 5 Favourite Art Videos of 2016 6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017 My 6 Favourite Drawings And Paintings For 2016 5 Art Journal Page Ideas To Play With in 2017

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

5 Art Journal Page Ideas To Play With in 2017

2016 has been a fun year in my art journal, perhaps a bit messy at times but that is all part of the joy of art journaling isn't it? I've been going back through the work I've been doing in my art journal this year and I have collected together some ideas to inspire our art journal work for 2017!

So if you are into your art journaling I hope that some of these ideas will inspire you for the New Year and if you are new to art journaling then it is never too late to give it a go!

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1. Don't Resist The Urge To Resist!

Resists are great! Everyone loves a good resist and there are so many different ways to make a resist. Looking back through my 2016 art journals I have found that I use resist techniques quite a lot this year! I definitely wasn't resisting the urge.

A basic resist is about adding a layer to your surface that will resist whatever you put on top of it. In art you have lots of different ways you can do this so try these:

a) The Gel Medium Resist:

Art Journal page made using by Kim Dellow using gel medium resist

Apply gel medium through a stencil, let it dry then add colour over the top. You can see all the steps for this page my 'How To Make A Tim Holtz Distress Crayon Art Journal Page' blog post on the Blitsy Blog.

b) The Embossing Powder Resist:

Kim Dellow using embossing powder as a paint resist

Use stamping and heat emboss with embossing powder to make a resist for paint. Again I have a full step by step tutorial for this project over on the 'How To Get A Faux-Print Look With Paint And Embossing Powder' post on the Blitsy post.

c) China Markers On Yupo

Kim Dellow using china marker resist

China markers, or chinagraph pencils, are a wax pencil that writes on all sort of surfaces including shiney paper like Yupo! So it is great for drawing a resist pattern and you can even use it as a resist for alchol inks. You can find them in art shops and some stationery shops. If you want to see how I made the project above, there is a tutorial on the Blitsy blog in my 'How To Get A Resist Pattern On Yupo' blog post.

2. Make The Most Of Leftover Paint

It gets said a lot in art journaling circles but it is always worth repeating - don't waste any paint! Whatever project I am doing, whether it is in an art journal or another surface I always clean tools on spare pages in my junk and art journals.

It is a great way to get rid of clean page fear, you know, when your mind goes blank when faced with a clean page and you don't want to 'ruin' it! It is also a great way to hook yourself in to your next journal page as flicking through a book of colourful pages inspires you to get stuck in.

Here are a couple of examples of projects made on leftover paint pages, the first one builds on the leftover paint, using it as a background and in the second one I drew and stamped around the leftover paint and incorporated it as part of the image.

Kim Dellow Turning leftover paint into art journal backgrounds

Kim Dellow tuning leftover paint into a drawing

3. Doodle-Fill That Page!

Pattern is one of the things I have been getting into big time this year and I've been having fun filling pages of my journals with random collections of patterns and motifs. This is also a great project for doing over those leftover paint pages too!

Art journal pages don't have to always be a rounded piece of art work they can just be places to play and experiment and filling a page with shapes and mark making is a perfect for an art journal and a great way to build up some of your pattern making skills for other projects.

Kim Dellow filling pages in her art journal with pattern

4. Use Your Ink Refills

So you refill your ink pads with those little bottles of refill ink right? Well you know you can use them as they are as well don't you? Of course you do! And if you didn't, you do now!

It's the often forgotten colouring material, you do not need a lot of the ink as a drop can go a long way.

If you want to see how then guess what? I have a tutorial using refill ink to make this page below, it is in a blog post handily called  'How To Make an Art Journal Page With Refill Inks'!

Kim Dellow's art journal page made using refill inks

5. The Humble Biro

Well actually the humble any ballpoint pen! I love drawing with ballpoint pens, some of you might have noticed! Find a nice ballpoint pen that has a good flow of ink and doesn't splodge ink everywhere and you have a fabulous drawing tool. And it doesn't have to break the bank either, you can get some really good ballpoint pens for practically pennies and it lots of different colours too, so they are well worth adding to your art tool box if you do not use them already.

Art journaling with ballpoint pens by Kim Dellow

I use them for all sorts of projects and they work on a lot of surfaces including paint, like this leftover paint page in my junk journal.

So that is it for now, five ideas to get you jumping and hopefully inspire your Art Journaling for 2017. They are great ones to revisit and build upon so have fun and if you have any of your favourites you would like to share then feel free to leave me a comments below.


To find my other 2016 Round-Up Posts click the pictures below or follow the links listed:

My 5 Favourite Art Videos of 2016
6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017
My 6 Favourite Drawings And Paintings For 2016

My 5 Favourite Art Videos of 2016 6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017 My 6 Favourite Drawings And Paintings For 2016

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

Wishing You All A Wonderful Day

Merry Christmas Greetings From Kim Dellow

Hi Guys, I just want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah or Happy Holidays. Hope that you and your loved ones have a lovely day.


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Friday, 23 December 2016

My 6 Favourite Drawings And Paintings For 2016

One thing that 2016 has meant for me, and for you guys as readers of my blog, is far more shares of artwork. I've been trying to draw and paint more this year and I've found myself expressing my creative side more through artwork than making this year.

I am a beginner, learning as I go and a total experimenter, I'm not really sure what is 'my thing' yet or where the art is going to take me. However, I'm also one of those people who wants to be good at something immediately and obviously that just doesn't happen which is extremely frustrating. Practice, practice, practice right? Well you have been watching a lot of my practice this year and probably will again next year so thank you for being patient with me and to those of you who have shared their practice too an even bigger thank you!

So let's kick off this favourite drawings and paintings of 2016 look back with a face.

Ok, so I might be alone here but I love this face! It was one of those pictures that developed from the page, you know how it is when you see a face in a pattern or a paint splodge? Well this was one of those and I teased it out with some light and shade. Some of you might remember that I was running a weekly art share called Show Your Face in the first half of this year and this face came out of that weekly sharing.

My next share came as a bit of a surprise to me, I wasn't sure if I could do this artwork so it was nice to know that I could!

It is some ink and watercolour sketching from photographs that I had taken at a blogger event. I really enjoy doing work like this but it is time consuming and the one thing there never seems to be enough of is time! This all falls into my wanting to be good at everything immediately because I don't feel like I have the time to get good at it! I think working on getting the balance right with personal expectations and practice time might need to be a focus for 2017!

Moving on quickly! My next favourite share is another face.

She is all wrong, the proportions are all wrong, the line work is wrong, features are all wrong, but I actually quiet like her! I love the eye and together with the bad line work and dodge background I just think she works! She was actually a piece that I abandoned as I could tell she was failing so I just left her. When I looked back several days later I thought she had something, so I posted her for one of my Show Your Faces posts and also because I didn't have anything else to share that week! Time beat me again!

My next piece is another one that came out of a blogger event.

Each of those feathers were printed in paint at the Viking blogger event I attended earlier in the year and then I added some pen work to them once I was back in my studio. I do love this type of graphic line style and I've been trying to do more of it. And of course feathers are a great subject for the drawing exercise I shared with you all recently so add it to your list, they can be drawn if so many different ways.

I did warn you that I was experimenting, or perhaps I should have rephrased that to all over the place?!

For the next share I am going to stick to the very graphic style of line work that I am drawn to (no pun intended).

This is an imaginary flower and leaf drawing done with paint pen line work on a watercoloured background which I must admit I've been doing quite a lot of! This style has featured a few times in my weekly mini Art Slice videos as some of you know!

My final favourite share from 2016 is another face. I started with a face so it seems fitting to finish with one too.

This guy just makes me smile! I love his big bushy pink beard! So he was also a share from Show Your Face but he came out of some play with gouache and trying to paint loosely and be relaxed. I was trying to suggest facial features without really drawing them but as I don't yet know how to do that I think he became more structured than I was aiming for, but hey ho! Got to learn!

I hope that you have enjoyed this curation of my favourite drawings and paintings from 2016. You can find my other 2016 round-up posts here.

Let me know if you are doing a share of your favourites, I would love to see them.


To find my other 2016 Round-Up Posts click the pictures below or follow the links listed:

My 5 Favourite Art Videos of 2016
6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017

My 5 Favourite Art Videos of 2016 6 Card Ideas To Revisit For 2017

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