Friday, 6 May 2016

Show Your Face - Head Positions

May has arrived and with it a prompt for anyone who wants to use it. This prompt is 'Head Positions' and has been suggested by June Walker, thanks for the suggestion June, I am looking forward to seeing everyone's take the prompt if they decide to use it.

Shall we share again this week?

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  • Head Positions - May 2016 (try different head potions through the month. Suggested by June Walker)
  •  Quick Draw Faces - July 2016 (set a timer to say 10-15 min - or less if you dare! - and draw a face or several faces in that time. Suggested by Gibby Frogett).
  • Change Hands - September 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).
Remember all are optional prompts, you don't have to use them, they are there if you fancy playing, if not just link up your usual work as normal.


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...


Another piece from my class this week and this one was done from the same live model as last week's work. I've done the whole portrait using charcoal, which was a fun new experience for me!

Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFaceFriday. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Video: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix

It's a Face Off! Or in this case a Crayon Off! I'm comparing and contrasting the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crayons with the Crayola Twistables Slick Stix in my latest video. So if you are at all curious about either, or both, of these products than stick around to see my results!

Video from Kim Dellow: Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix



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

So for those of you that don't know, or haven't seen these two products yet they are both super soft, super creamy crayons that are highly pigmented and react to water. They both come in plastic tubes with lids with twist-able ends to move the product up the tube and are going to be great for all sorts of mixed media applications.

The Tim Holtz Distress crayons were launched this year at the CHA and I took the plunge and bought a set from Blitsy. Then Leandra Franich introduced me to the Crayola Slick Stix as she had them on the PaperArtsy stand, (thanks Leandra for the pack!). Anyway, long story cut not so short, I had to try them both out and share the results with you all didn't I?!


Video:

In the video I walk you through both products then test both products in different techniques before giving you a closer look at the results and my personal conclusions about them both.



I tried both crayons on paper, gesso-treated paper and gel medium - treated paper. I used different methods to apply the crayons and then used different ways to manipulate them to see how they work and how they compare to each other.

You can see all the results from the compare and contrasts in the video but here they are again if you need a closer look:

Results of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix on gesso; Video from Kim Dellow

Results of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix; Video from Kim Dellow

Results of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix on gel medium and paper; Video from Kim Dellow

Results of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix mixed on paper; Video from Kim Dellow

Results of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix removed through stencil; Video from Kim Dellow

Results of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons Versus Crayola Slick Stix stamped on; Video from Kim Dellow


By the way the hedgehogs are from my own PaperArtsy stamps, in case you were wondering!

Enjoy the video and let me know what you think about these two products. Have you tried either of them yet? If you haven't which do you think you might like to try? Let me know and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Don't forget to pop over to my YouTube channel to subscribe to be notified when I put up new videos.

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Friday, 29 April 2016

Show Your Face

Hello wonderful Facers, it is amazing to think that we are at the end of April and next week is May isn't it? As next week is May we will be running an optional prompt for anyone who wants to use it to inspire their work for the month and that prompt is 'Head Positions' (more details below). So have a think what you might want to do for that prompt if you are going to use it!

But that is next week, are you ready for this week's sharing?

Let's do it!

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  • Head Positions - May 2016 (try different head potions through the month. Suggested by June Walker)
  •  Quick Draw Faces - July 2016 (set a timer to say 10-15 min - or less if you dare! - and draw a face or several faces in that time. Suggested by Gibby Frogett).
  • Change Hands - September 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).
Remember all are optional prompts, you don't have to use them, they are there if you fancy playing, if not just link up your usual work as normal.


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...

A mixed media portrait sketch  by Kim Dellow

I've just started going to my first ever formal art course, well since school that is and I don't really count school as it was so very, very (very) long ago and I actually dropped art as soon as I was able to, but that is another story for a different time. So I am counting this course as my first formal art course. It is run by my local council and is all about portraiture and emotion, sounds good doesn't it?

The second class was this week and we had a sitter to draw from, which was fun. We spent the class working to different set timed poses, 1min, 5min, 10min, 15min and 30min. This one was the 30 minute pose but I actually did a couple of sketches in that time so it was more like a 15min sketch. I've used watercolour, a water soluble graphite pencil and a charcoal pencil for this piece.

Have you been to any in real life portrait classes? If you have, what lessons did you learn from them, either positive or negative, that you are still using to make your art today?


Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFaceFriday. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What People Make With PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps Showcase

Time for another 'What People Make With PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps Showcase'! If you missed the last when then hop on over to my blog post from 7th April 2016.

I've got some more inspiration from some amazing people today so hope you enjoy the little peeks and don't forget to hop on over to their blogs to give them some love!


So I will start off with this beautiful bisque frame from Helen Chilton.

A beautiful stamped bisque frame from Helen Chilton
[Photo credit Helen Chilton]

I love how Helen layers her stamping, so much texture. I was lucky enough to see some of her bisque coasters in real life as she gave them to me at the PaperArtsy Retail Training day and they are gorgeous, so thank you again Helen!


Next up is this wonderful three dimensional project from Penny Nuttall.

An amazing frog sculpture from Penny Nuttall
[Photo credit Penny Nuttall]

Seriously?! Totally ingenious! Penny has shared all the steps for her frog on the PaperArtsy blog. I love how she has made and then decorated this piece so do go take a peek.


Now for a lovely double spread journal page from Catherine Johnson.

A beautiful double page Journal spread from Catherine Johnson
[Photo credit Catherine Johnson]

So much texture and I just love Catherine's use of layers and the balance in her layout. Gorgeous! The stamping works so well with that wonderful dragonfly doesn't it?


From journaling to card making and this fabulous make from Kirsten Alicia Sheridan.

A lovely card from Kirsten Alicia Sheridan
[Photo credit Kirsten Alicia Sheridan]

The little hedgehogs are holding balloons! How cute is that?! I just love Kirsten's colours and she has built up some fabulous layers too. She has matched up my stamps with the lovely girl from JOFY stamp set 42 and I think I can also spot some of Emma Godfrey's crosses from Eclectica³ {Emma Godfrey} 13 too.


The last but not least in my showcase round up is this wonderful card from Claire Snowdon.

A wonderful faux print look card from Claire Snowdon
[Photo credit Claire Snowdon]

Claire took my recent Get The Faux Print Look tutorial to another level with some masking and some a resist technique, you can find all the details on her blog so do go take a look.


Thank you everyone for sharing your creative ideas with us and for letting me showcase your amazing makes here on my blog too!

I have been curating the makes that I spot using the PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps on a dedicated pinterest board so shout if you have anything you would like to add to the board and it might get showcased here as well!

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Video: Reusing Flyers

Time for a new video! I'm on a video roll, in fact I was so much on a roll that I did not spot the spelling mistake. D'oh! But poor spelling aside this video shows you a great way to source free art journals plus it has a little tour inside some of my art journals too.

A new video from Kim Dellow how to source free art journals


I talk about my junk journals a lot on my blog, I use them all the time. But I think that junk journals can mean different things to different people. Some people make their own junk journals using recycled and re-purposed paper and ephemera and that is a great thing to do and looks amazing. But when I talk about my junk journals I mean the repurposed flyers that I use to make art in.

Kim Dellow a close up of my work desk

I have a whole bunch of them on the go at once and they sit on my work desk in easy-grab range. I will often use them to warm up in, or experiment in or just to clean off mark making tools whilst I am working on projects so that I don't waste any paints or mediums.


Video:

If you are interested I go through it all in my video, what flyers I use, where to find them, what you can do in them and then I give you a peek at some of the work I have been doing in them.




I call them my junk journals because, well firstly free flyers often end up thrown away in the recycle bin don't they? But also because re-purposing flyers for art takes that white page fear or the fear of 'spoiling' a new journal away.

You can mess them up and really not care at all about them. You haven't wasted anything, and you have learnt just by doing the mess! So they are great for no-pressure experimenting and you can work up anything you particularly like into an independent piece or in your more 'pretty' journals if you wish.

A peak into some of Kim Dellow's junk journals


So if you aren't already repurposing the old, unwanted free flyers that you find everywhere, then I hope I have persuaded you to give them a go. Also this is a great way to dabble into mixed media if you are new to it and are not sure you are ready for a lovely clean art journal.

Kim Dellow a pile of my current Junk Journals


Hope you enjoy the video and don't forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube to be notified when I put new ones up, hopefully without my dodgy spelling!

Catch you later.
Kim

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

As Featured On Blitsy - How To Reuse Your Blitsy Box Into A Textured Art Journal Page

It's Blitsy time again and this week I have a tutorial to help you recycle your Blitsy packaging into art!

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

Kim Dellow Tutorial on Blitsy showing how to turn packaging into art

You know that thing when you are a kid when the box is more fun than the contents? Well, that is exactly what I've been up to with this tutorial this week. Although Bltisy boxes are always full of fun but how about an idea to make the box fun as well? It is perfectly timed too as yesterday was Earth Day so if you have been looking for a recycling project then try this one out!

You will find all the steps over on the Blitsy blog  - How To Reuse Your Blitsy Box Into A Textured Art Journal Page.

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Show Your Face

Friday is here and time to share any faces you fancy! Hope you have had a really good and artful week!

Let's get sharing!

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  • Head Positions - May 2016 (try different head potions through the month. Suggested by June Walker)
  •  Quick Draw Faces - July 2016 (set a timer to say 10-15 min - or less if you dare! - and draw a face or several faces in that time. Suggested by Gibby Frogett).
  • Change Hands - September 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).
Remember all are optional prompts, you don't have to use them, they are there if you fancy playing, if not just link up your usual work as normal.


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...

A paint pen face

I was flicking through my junk journals recently and I stumbled across this face that I did last year using paint pens. The odd thing is is that I think it was inspired by someone or something I had seen but I never wrote the inspiration down so now it is only a feeling and I have no recollection of what or why I did it.

Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFaceFriday. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Video: Get The Faux Print Look

As filming tutorials go I am totally at the absolute beginner stage, but it is something I've been wanting to do more of for ages now. However, I keep putting it off because I want the films to be good, not just good Perfect! If you are going to do something do it well, right?

Yeah, well I think I'm changing that mindset as, let's face it, my films will never be perfect particularly if I don't actually make them! So here we go, I'm going to try and make more regular films, pop on over to my YouTube channel if you fancy subscribing!

My latest video update is showing how to Get The Faux Print Look.

Poster for my new Video Tutorial Get The Faux Print Look


I've taught variations of this faux print look with the guys at PaperArtsy at the Ally Pally show last weekend and at their Retailer Training day in March and as it went down quite well I thought I would turn it into a video for you all to enjoy too.

The technique itself is not particularly new but it's all about the application of the technique to get this Faux print look.

It is really simple to do and all you need is a surface to work on, a plastic card, some paint and, if you like, some stamps too. I've been using various PaperArtsy stamps, including my own range, I'm working on some heavy weight smoothy cardstock and the Fresco Finish paints which dry super quick so are perfect for this technique.

The technique is based around the kind of look you get in screenprinting but without using a screen, so the best way to do it is with a plastic card like an old credit card, an old gift card or a PaperArtsy Splodger if you have one.


Video:

I run through the whole technique in the video with tips and trick too, but feel free to ask me any questions, here, on social media or in my YouTube Channel.




Samples:

Here are some peeks at some other samples using this technique.

Daisy a faux print look picture using PaperArtsy Darcy and Lin Brown Stamps

Pink Dots a faux print look picture using various PaperArtsy Stamps


There are more examples at the end of the video. The sample that I walk you through is this one:

Lone Trees a faux print look picture using Kim Dellow PaperArtsy Stamps

Hope you enjoy playing with this one and as always let me know what you think and link up any projects that you do so that I can take a peek! If you want some more inspiration on what you can use this technique for then pop on over to Jo Firth-Young's (aka JOFY) to see the amazing greeting cards she has made with it.

Don't forget to pop on over to my YouTube channel to subscribe.

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Friday, 15 April 2016

Show Your Face

Hello amazing Facers, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to link your work up here! I just love seeing your inspirational faces even though I am not getting the time to hop around and leave comments on your blogs/galleries. I hope you are all still enjoying your face practice and getting more time than I am to hop around each others blogs to leave some love!

Shall we share again this week?

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  • Head Positions - May 2016 (try different head potions through the month. Suggested by June Walker)
  •  Quick Draw Faces - July 2016 (set a timer to say 10-15 min - or less if you dare! - and draw a face or several faces in that time. Suggested by Gibby Frogett).
  • Change Hands - September 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).
Remember all are optional prompts, you don't have to use them, they are there if you fancy playing, if not just link up your usual work as normal.


Don't forget:
  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven't used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...


My Show Your Face share this week is a quick sketch in my junk journal in pen. The page already had some gesso and ink stains from a previous project and to pop her off the page a gave her a squiggly Afro hair. As I was doing it I realised that I had missed a trick and should have done her hair with writing instead of squiggles, perhaps I will try that next time.

Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFaceFriday. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.


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Thursday, 14 April 2016

As Featured On Blitsy - How To Make A Die-Cut and Watercolour Art Journal Page

This week over on the Blitsy blog I am sharing the making of this art journal page from start to finish...

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Close-up of a watercolour and die-cut journal page

It is a super drippy art journal page using die-cuts and the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to make lots of texture and interesting colour. I had loads of fun making it and playing with the paints on the page so if you are want to see more do pop on over to my How To Make A Die-Cut and Watercolour Art Journal Page on the Blitsy blog.

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints And Ink Resist

You will not be able to resist the current theme over on the PaperArtsy blog because it is Resists! (Oh dear Kim, I think you have been working too hard!). I'm sorry, I could not resist starting with that. Oh boy, I'm doing it again, quick let's move on!

Well, we ARE talking about Resists over on the PaperArtsy blog at the moment and for my blog post I have been experimenting with a resist technique based on the Gouache and ink technique. But as it is PaperArtsy I thought I would have a go with using their Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints instead of Gouache.

If you do not know the Gouache and ink resist technique then basically Gouache will resist waterproof inks like Indian ink (or India ink if you are in the US) and once dry you can wash the ink off with water. Anywhere you did not have Gouache will be the ink and anywhere there was Gouache the ink will come off. So you really have to think positive space and negative space when you are painting the Gouache.


I wasn't even sure that this technique would work with acrylic paint, I mean it is not called the Acrylic Paint Ink Resist Technique after all. So I started with some experiments and tried different brands of acrylic paints. I found that Liquitex works amazingly well with this technique, Golden ok, but not as well as Liquitex.

But what about PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints? - FAIL! Nope did not resist the ink at all.

Close up of ink on Fresco Paint

But hey, that ain't gonna stop me. Being a little bit of a chemist at heart I reasoned that adding medium might give the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint properties that would help it to resist the ink.

RESULT! I added the the PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze to the Fresco paint and the technique worked. I've not yet tried the other glazes as the crackle is the only one I have at the moment, but if you try them do come back and let me know how you get on!

Close up of the Fresco Finish ink resist technique

If you want to have a go at this technique too then do visit my Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints And Ink Resist post on the PaperArtsy blog today as my full tutorial is up with all the details and steps you need.

Kim

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