Monday, 24 April 2017

More Fun With Drawing With Ink Pads

Have you tried drawing with your ink pads yet? I have! I've been making some more art journal pages using ink pads since I posted the Drawing With Ink Pads Video last week. You can see I've gone very much for a nature theme to follow on from the stylised tulip a drew using ink pads in the video. Nature subjects seem to work well to this style of drawing.

I've been sticking with my bigger ink pads as I really like that you can't be too precise with the larger sizes. It is a little like using a large paint brush to define a form, you have to remain quite loose and try not to worry about the small details. And the texture you get just adds to the whole picture.

So here are a few more pictures drawn with ink pads.

Large blue flower drawn with ink pads by Kim Dellow

Tree with swing drawn with ink pads by Kim Dellow

Toadstool drawn with ink pads by Kim Dellow

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For these drawings I used Fabriano Accademia paper and my colour palette was the Hero Arts Mid-Tone Ink Pads (Butter Bar, Orange Soda, Raspberry Jam, Stone Wash, Forever Green, Wet Cement) and the My Favorite Things Ink Pads (Sour Apple, Kraft).

If you missed my run through on mark making and drawing using ink pads you can catch up with the video on my VIDEO: Drawing With Ink Pads blog post or watch it on YouTube in my 5 Minute Create video playlist and don't forget to subscribe to my channel whilst you are there.

How about you? What have you been drawing with your ink pads? Do share and tag me in on any of your social media shares #KimDellow, I would love to see your Drawing With Ink Pads projects.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

New Projects With Old DIY Carved Stamps

I'm in the middle of a major craft room reorganisation and I've been going through my magazine collection and cutting out the articles I have written to archive them. I love magazines and am in awe at the amazing people who work hard to put them together, as you probably guessed if you visited my blog yesterday! When I last did a rough count of how many articles I have written it was over 320, so I think a re-sort is super long overdue!

It's a work in progress but during the re-sort I came across some stamps I carved for an article for Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 108 way back in 2012, although the magazine itself came out in 2013. I know! It is kind of making my eyes water just thinking about how long ago that was.


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A card using DIY Carved stamps by Kim Dellow

I don't even think you can get the magazine any more it was that long ago. But I thought it would be fun to ink up the stamps again and make a couple of new cards with them. What do you think? Have the designs aged well? They are pretty naive but I quite like that style.

I have used them for a couple of other projects one on my blog which was an art journal page and for a stamp carving tutorial over on the Blitsy blog, although I carved a new leaf for that project to the one I used in the magazine.

These stamps are made from Speedball Speedy Carve and Soft Cut Lino but I have also carved stamps into erasers before as well.

Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 108 had a stamp carving article by Kim Dellow

You know, this project revisit is making my want to do some new stamp carving! There is something really satisfying about carving your own stamp designs although I would not say I was that good at it. There are some truly phenomenal stamp carvers who share the work on instagram.

For instance I love the work of Viktoria Åström, her work is gorgeous and so detailed, you can see her on instagram or on her website. She often uses nature to inspire her work but her designs have so much character too, so do go check her out!


A floral design card using hand carved stamps by Kim Dellow

I quite like using double printing and that is how I made the chequered background. They are two different stamps, one I covered a square grid into and the other that I carved a line grid but you can layer them to make the chequered pattern.

The leaves are also a double print and if you pop over to my tutorial on the Blitsy blog you can see exactly how I made that print.

Another handy tip if you do use the Speedball Speedy Carve or erasers to carve into, they are thick enough to cover a stamp on both sides so two for the price of one. The Soft Cut Lino is much thinner, or at least the ones I have are, so you can only carve on one side.

More details of the floral design card using hand carved stamps by Kim Dellow


close-up of the lightbulb design card by Kim Dellow


So how about you? Do you carve your own stamps? What was the last design you carved? What do you use? Or do you have a favourite stamp carving artists?

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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ever Wondered Who Designs The Free Gifts On Your Favourite Craft Magazines?

I am really lucky as I often get to play with the free gifts that come with magazine titles such as Die-cutting Essentials, Papercraft Essentials, Simply Cards & Papercraft and Creative Stamping several weeks before they hit the shelves. It is one of the perks of being a craft designer for the magazines, but who is it that designs these amazing products and how do they do it?

Well, if you have ever wondered that and you want to know a little bit more about what it is like to do that job then today is your lucky day as Craft Stash have an interview with their in-house designers Kay Whittaker and Vicky Welsby. Kay and Vicky both design the Apple Blossom, Pretty Quick, Creative Dies and Fuzzy Lemon ranges as well as many of the covermounts that come with our magazines.

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Ever Wondered Who Designs The Free Gifts On Your Favourite Craft Magazines? (Photo by Kim Dellow)

It is a great opportunity to learn a lot more about them as often in-house designers live in the shadows working away behind the scenes to bring us great ideas and beautiful designs but we don't get to meet them. Both Kay and Vicky have been sharing their designs via their own instagram feeds too, Kay Whittaker and Vicky Welsby Design, so go follow them there as well and say 'Hi'! It is lovely to see the people behind the designs isn't it?

Oh and whilst you are over at CraftStash you might want to make use of their amazing 3 for £10 offer on a selection of their dies and stamps! But you will need to be quick as I think it ends at midnight (BST) today 20th April 2017! Use the code: PICKMIX310 at checkout.

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

VIDEO: Drawing With Ink Pads

Video tutorial: Drawing with ink pads by Kim Dellow

Are you a stamper? Do you have ink pads? I would not quite call myself a stamper, although I have stamped a lot in the last few years, but I have still managed to collect quite a few ink pads! Wow, how useful these little tools are! You don't have to just use them for stamping do you? There are a whole range of different techniques you can use them for aren't there? But have you ever tried to draw with your ink pads?

Drawing with ink pads is a great way to make art! It is really expressive and the textures you can get just from pressing an ink pad to paper are wonderful. So for my video share today I thought I would walk you through some of the marks you can get and share a couple of art journal pages, made just using ink pads, to inspire you to look at your ink pads in a new light.

Another great thing about drawing with ink pads is that it is a really quick way to do some art, so I've added this technique to my 5 Minute Create series. The 5 Minutes Create video series is all about ideas for fitting art into even the tightest of schedules. But if you do find yourself with more than 5 minutes to create then these techniques are also great for doing as warm up exercises too. I only have a couple of videos in the series at the moment but I will be adding to them so keep your eyes out!


VIDEO: Drawing With Ink Pads




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Supplies: 
Used it the projects -
Fabriano Accademia Artist Paper pack A4 120 gsm
Hero Arts Mid-Tone Ink Pads: Butter Bar, Orange Soda, Raspberry Jam, Stone Wash, Forever Green
My Favorite Things Ink Pads: Sour Apple, Blu Raspberry

Other ink pad brands in video:
Tsukineko MementoLUXE
Ranger Archival
Tsukineko Memento
Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink


Abstract art journal page drawn with Ink pads by Kim Dellow

I hope you have fun experimenting with you ink pad mark making and drawing, leave any questions you might have below! And don't forget to share what you make on social media and tag me in so that I can see it, #KimDellow!

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Monday, 17 April 2017

Free Project With Papercraft Essentials 145

Birthday Flower card by Kim Dellow for Papercraft Essentials Issue 145

Are you looking for a project to do this this week? Or perhaps it is a Bank Holiday where you are so you have a beautiful Monday to fill with some creativity? If so then I've got a project step by step over on the Papercraft Magazines website that you might find interesting.

It is an extra project for the DIY Create Your Own Foam Stamps article that I wrote for Papercraft Essentials issue 145. Have you got a copy yet? If you haven't then you might want to pick up a copy, just look at the amazing free cover gift. So cute! It was designed by Vicky Welsby and it is adorable, I'm really looking forward to getting some time to play with them.

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Papercraft Essentials Magazine Issue 145 and cover gift on Kim Dellow's blog

If you do have a copy do let me know if you have used the cover gift set yet or if you have been inspired by my article, either way I would love to hear and see your projects.

Enjoy your Monday and if you are having some Bank Holiday fun then I hope you have a lovely creative day!

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Using Pencils With Your Stencils

Using Derwent Graphitint pencils with stencils by Kim Dellow

Today I am using pencils with my stencils again! Ok, that kind of rhymes doesn't it? Pencils with my stencils, it makes me think of bananas in pyjamas coming down the stairs for some reason! Any ho, moving rapidly on, I've not lost it, honest. Well, I might have lost it but how would I know?!

The pencils I am using with my stencils today are the Derwent Graphitints and a Stabilo All. Both these types of pencils are watersoluble and perfect for using with stencils.  


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Close-up of Derwent Graphitint pencils used with a stencil by Kim Dellow

My last pencils with stencil share was using them for a bit of stencil rubbing and if you want to see that go check my video showing the process on my YouTube channel. Did you see the project I then went on to make with the stencil rubbing? If you didn't you can catch up with the video of that project on YouTube too (or just scroll down to the blog post under this one!).

This time I'm using the pencils directly through the stencil and the stencil I am using is one of my own designs for PaperArtsy, the PS046 stencil. I'm working in one of my junk journals on a page that I've treated with a layer of gesso first. I started by scribbling through the stencil with the Graphitint pencils and then, after the pencil colour was down, I added some water to each of the colour areas with a waterbrush.

One of my favorite pencils is the Stabilo All and I used this last to add the dark background and flicked texture.

All the pencils used for this big flower stencil project by Kim Dellow

Aren't pencils the greatest! So simple but so versatile too! Will you be getting your pencils out this weekend? Which are your favourites? Let me know!

And don't forget to catch up with this week's Art Slice Video at 1pm (BST) on YouTube or around 7pm (BST) on Instagram. See you there!

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

VIDEO: Stencil Rubbing Art Journal Project

Stencil Rubbing Art journal page video poster by Kim Dellow

Don't adjust your screen! You aren't having a weird déjà vu and you haven't suddenly realised that you are in the Matrix and seeing a repeat of the same thing! This is an entirely different blog post to the one about a month ago.

Well, ok, it isn't entirely different as it is the same project, but this time it comes with a MOVIE!

Let me explain. As I said, about a month ago I shared an art journal page of a big, old hot-coloured circle surrounded by drips and flicks, well that one pictured above in fact. But what I didn't tell you at the time was that I had filmed the making of the page. Unfortunately I just didn't have the time to process the film before I shared the page itself so this is a little of a belated process share. Even so, I hope you enjoy it! Better late than never, right?


VIDEO: Stencil Rubbing Art Journal Project



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Supplies:
A piece of paper with a stencil rubbing (see video below)
Strathmore Mixed media art journal
Scissors
Golden gel medium (gloss)
Plastic spreader card
Stabilo All Black pencil
Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Albrecht Durer


And if you have forgotten how the stencil rubbing came together here is that video:

VIDEO: Art Slice: Stencil Rubbing With Watersoluble Pencils and Crayons



Supplies:
StencilGirl Loopy Ladders stencil L434
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II
Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Albrecht Durer
Derwent Inktense Blocks
Fabriano Accademia Artist Paperpack 200 sheets 120 gsm
Water spray


I'm thinking of following this movie up with 'Art Journal Reborn: Return Of The Killer Stencil Rubbing!' what do you think? Catchy title?

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Kraft Paper Abstract Art Journal Pages

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 1 by Kim Dellow

I've always been a big fan of Kraft, I think it is one of my favourite papers. So I could not resist the Clairefontaine pad when I spotted it at Curtisward (you can find it on Amazon too). This pad is the same paper that you can buy in rolls to wrap packages with but it comes as 100 flat sheets glued along one short edge and perfect for some Kraft paper abstract art journal pages.

This paper is lightweight, around 90 gsm (41 lb) but as it is Kraft it is fibrous so quite resilient. It will take paints and mediums but you will get some buckling if you use too much, so if that bothers you then bear it in mind.

When I started in this pad I just could not stop so I've made quite a few Kraft paper abstracts!


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Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 2 by Kim Dellow

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 3 by Kim Dellow

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 4 by Kim Dellow

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 5 by Kim Dellow

Kraft Paper art journal pages, Abstract 6 by Kim Dellow

I stuck to a simple colour palate and just a few products to make a cohesive collection of pages and played with some of the shapes and mark making that I've been enjoying playing with recently.

The thin black marks are from the Sakura Pigma Micron 0.5 pen and the thicker from the Sakura Pigma Brush pen. The lime green was FW Pearlescent acrylic ink and the pink was magenta acrylic paint from the Sennelier Abstract range. I also added some baking paper and flyer paper with Golden Regular gel or Liquitex clear gesso.


So how about you? Are you a Kraft fan? If you have done any Kraft-based projects recently I would love to see them so do place a link to them in the comments below or share them with me on social media and I will come and take a look!

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Friday, 7 April 2017

VIDEO: Art Slice March Round-Up

Flower pattern on watercolour dots by Kim Dellow

April is here and so is my March Art Slice video round-up ready for a bit of creative inspiration to help get you excited and buzzing for some art making over the weekend I hope!

It's a mixed batch of illustrative, pattern and mixed media this month so I hope you find something that makes you feel like sharpening your pencils, breaking open the paint or grabbing for your stencils!


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Hand Drawn Surface Pattern



Last month found me experimenting with pattern with this hand drawn repeat element. I did set down a pencil grid to help guide the pen work but I don't think the camera quite picks it up. If you were here on Wednesday you will have seen another version of this pattern in the Watercolour and Pen project video share.

Supplies:
Sakura Micron Pigma pen 05
Bristol Board
Pencil 2B
Ruler



Stencil Rubbing With Watersoluble Pencils and Crayons



I shared a fun technique that is great for using with stencils in my second art slice for March. It is such a fun technique and a super quick way to cover a page with pattern and colour.

Supplies: 
StencilGirl Loopy Ladders stencil L434
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II
Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Albrecht Durer
Derwent Inktense Blocks
Fabriano Accademia Artist Paperpack 200 sheets 120 gsm
Water spray



Gouache Spring Pattern



Yay Spring and a Spring-inspired pattern using Gouache paints was the third art slice for March.

Supplies:
Gouache Paint
Mixed Media paper
Brushes



Brush Pen Flowers On A Watercolour Dot Background



Spotted the subtle title change? I'm trying out some new video title pages at the moment, what do you think?

So this art slice was a pattern share again but more of an organic pattern than the planned and guided pattern that started the month's shares.

Supplies:
Khadi sketchbook
Jacksons Art Raven Brush
Tombow Brush pen
Prima Marketing watercolours



Under The Sea Watercolour And Ink



Finally a bit of sea-inspired fun with this watercolour and pen illustration.

Supplies:
Khadi sketchbook
Daniel Smith Watercolours
Sakura Pigma Pen
Magic Sponge
Jacksons Art Raven Brush

What creative plans do you have for this weekend? Any projects you are just itching to do? Let me know in the comments below what you have planned and don't forget that my new Art Slice for this week will be out at 1pm (BST) on YouTube so go and subscribe and turn on the notifications to be the first to see it.

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

VIDEO: Watercolour And Pen Project Walkthrough

Watercolour and pen pattern adding texture in the background. By Kim Dellow

Do you like blooms? I bit of an odd question I know! Ok, let me explain! I'm not talking about flowers but I'm talking about watercolour blooms, you know that jaggered edge texture you that can develop when two wet areas of watercolours meet? Some people don't like them but I really like the texture that they make and they are totally one of the fun features of using watercolours.

Recently, I've been playing about with them and today's video share is a project walkthrough where I've used this jaggered edge bloom property of watercolour paint to make a textured background for an drawing or an illustration.


VIDEO: Watercolour And Pen Project Walk-through


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Supplies:


Close-up of the pen pattern adding texture in the background. By Kim Dellow

The pen pattern is based on a recent Art Slice design I've been playing with. I've just used one element for this project and added in some character by changing the line thickness and adding in some texture in the centre. 

So are you a bloomer?! Let me know below! If you are new to it I hope that you will give it a go and have fun with it!

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Josef Frank Patterns-Furniture-Painting At The Fashion And Textile Museum London

Josef Frank At The Fashion And Textile Museum London On Kim Dellow's Blog

Have you been to any art exhibitions that you have really loved lately? A couple of weekends ago I went to the Josef Frank Patterns-Furniture-Painting Exhibition at The Fashion And Textile Museum London and loved it.

Frank is widely thought of as one of the founding voices behind the Swedish Modernist aesthetic and you can totally see why at the exhibition. This exhibition showcases some of Frank's iconic fabric designs during his time working with Estrid Ericson at Svenskt Tenn and also his lesser known watercolour artwork too.

It's full of his wonderful large motif designs and gorgeous use of colour, which although some of the pieces are other 70 years old they still look fresh and inline with today's trend.

Josef Frank room set up At The Fashion And Textile Museum London On Kim Dellow's Blog

One of my favourite things about this exhibition was that some of the fabric patterns were along side the original artwork and I loved seeing his annotations and colour scheme swatches as he worked out the basic pattern repeat.

A lot of his work was inspired by nature and had floral themes but there were a couple of his non-nature inspired work in the exhibition too like this pattern based on the Manhattan map.

Josef Frank's original artwork for the Manhattan pattern design at the Fashion and Textile Museum on Kim Dellow's blog
Josef Frank's Manhattan pattern design at the Fashion and Textile Museum on Kim Dellow's blog

Another thing I loved was his layering of colours in some of the pieces it added a lot of depth and interest.  Like in this Vegetable Tree piece, where he had given the tree and fruit a three dimensional appearance with the layering of block colours and some dot texture. Just so clever, the work looks naive but it is actually quite complex.


Josef Frank's Vegetable Tree pattern design at the Fashion and Textile Museum on Kim Dellow's blog

 A few more of my favorite pieces:

Rox and Fix by Josef Frank as the Fashion and Textile Museum. On Kim Dellow's Blog.


close up of Rox and Fix by Josef Frank as the Fashion and Textile Museum. On Kim Dellow's Blog.

Terrazo by Josef Frank as the Fashion and Textile Museum. On Kim Dellow's Blog.

Nippon by Josef Frank as the Fashion and Textile Museum. On Kim Dellow's Blog.

Italian Dinner by Josef Frank as the Fashion and Textile Museum. On Kim Dellow's Blog.

I've just shared some of his textile work from the exhibition. There was also a collection of his watercolours which were interesting to see too upstairs as well as a small collection of designs from 21st Century Swedish textiles designers.

It is definitely worth going to see if you are a in London or planning a trip to London before the 7th May, when it finishes.

Top Visiting London Hack - The Fashion and Textile Museum is on the 2For1 Entry offer with National rail. If you are coming to London by train anyway then it is a good deal and you just need to fill out a form online and print it off or pick one up at your local station. If you use Oyster cards to get into London, you can't make use of this offer but do the maths 'coz it might work out cheaper to get two paper tickets and the 2For1 if you travel by national rail anyway!


Have you seen this exhibition? What did you think?

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Turn Your Art Into Patterns

Do you ever turn your work into pattern? It is something I have been playing with on and off for a while now. I think it is a fabulous way to extend the life of your artwork and create something new from the work you have already done. Do you remember the Art Journal page cushions I made way back in January 2016 with Snapfish? Well it is a similar thing but this time I've been playing with making repeat patterns using my art.

And I thought it would be fun to share some of the results of this pattern work and challenge you to have a go with your art too, if you aren't already. Perfect timing as the weekend is upon us so what is stopping you?!

Close-up of Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

For my repeat pattern share today I've used the same large cheese plant leaf that I used in my 5 Minute Journal - Quick Cut Outs video from a couple of weeks ago using some of the DIY Patterned Papers I've been working with recently.

I added another leaf using the same papers as well as some cheese plant flower shapes too and scanned all the cut outs so that I could manipulate them into a digital repeat pattern using Photoshop Elements.

And I'm sure you already know that once you have your pattern you can always upload it to one of the print on demand outlets like Society6 or Spoonflower, (there are lots of others too) so even earn a little cash from your designs or get them made into your own bespoke soft furnishings if you like!

Here is my pattern first in it's original colour then underneath that I've changed the colours to match the Pantone colour of the Year - Greenery - to see how it would look.

Which do you prefer?

Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern in Greenery

Last weekend we went to the Josef Frank exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, London, which was pretty amazing and full of colour. I think this pattern is inspired by Josef Frank's large floral motif designs.

I used the mock-up facility on Society6 to see how the pattern would look on products. It definitely gives it a new lease on life don't you think?


A mock up of a clock with Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

A mock up of a cushion with Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

A mock up of a tote with Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

So my challenge/ inspiration to get you creating this weekend/ week is to make a repeat pattern!

You do not have to make a digital pattern, you can do it by hand, low tech is perfectly fine! Then load it up to Instagram or facebook or wherever you like to hang out, to share and then tag me in. You can find me in most places under my name (Kim Dellow) or come back here and drop me a link because I would really love to see what you make!

Have fun!
Kim

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Friday, 24 March 2017

VIDEO: Try This Easy Masking Technique In Your Art Journal!

As promised here is this week's video inspiration and just in time to get you up and running for a creative weekend! This week I'm sharing one of my favourite techniques which is a really easy masking technique using paper masks. Paper masks are wonderful, they are so simple and you can use them for so many things. Today I am using them to make an abstract page in my junk art journal using acrylic paints and paint pens.

I've gone for an abstract page but you can easily use this technique for a whole range of styles and looks. I've kept my shapes loose and rough and didn't over think what they should look like or where they should be placed. Sometimes it is just good to go with the flow isn't it?


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Kim Dellow - Video: Easy Masking technique for your art journal



VIDEO: Try This Easy Masking Technique In Your Art Journal!





Supplies:
Art Journal
Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint
Paper
Scissors
Plastic card like an old credit card or old gift card
Paint pens


Kim Dellow  close up of the easy masking technique for your art journal



So what creative projects are you doing this weekend? Will you be using paper masks?


Kim

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

YouTube! Love It Or Hate It?

I have a question for you - are you a big YouTube fan or do you find it a pain? Love it or hate it you can't deny that it is a real game changer for us creative types isn't it? It is an amazing resource for learning about new products or techniques and for those of us that create video as well it is a good way to build and reach out to our community.

But speaking now as both a YouTube watcher and a video maker I do find it really hard to find the great videos. I mean you can spend hours bumping from video to video trying to find something that actually helps, or entertains, or is just enjoyable to watch can't you?


So let's help each other to find good videos! Do you have any favourite video makers, channels, or just a favourite video that you can recommend? It doesn't have to be just art and craft videos or channels either, I'm open to all suggestions.

Do please drop a comment below with your favourites or you can email at kim.dellow@gmail.com, or tag me directly on YouTube or anywhere else for that matter!

If you are a video maker then please feel free to drop me a link to your channel too, I would love to connect with you!


If I get enough suggestions then I will collect together the best, with a link to the person who suggested it too, in a blog post for us all to enjoy. I thought it might be fun and a great way for us all to connect to new people and ideas so let me know your thoughts! And keep it in mind when you next watch a video on YouTube!


In the meantime did you see this video? It is one of my most watched videos from the past few weeks, so if you missed it I hope you can catch it now and enjoy!




I'll be back soon with my new video for this week and I am really looking forward to watching your suggestions so thanks for your help!

Oh and don't forget to subscribe to my channel!


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Monday, 20 March 2017

Gouache Paint And Ink Spring Leaves And Buds

It may be a new week but I am still on a Spring inspired theme here on my blog! But as Spring is just starting to be Sprung (!) you can't really blame me can you? So my inspiration share this Monday to get you Springing into creative action for this new week is actually linked to the project I shared on Friday, did you see it? If you didn't then you can scroll down or hop straight to it via this link - Stylised Spring Flower Illustration blog post.

Today I'm sharing a pair of pieces, one with a Spring Leaves motif and the other with some Stylised Spring Buds.

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Gouache paint and ink leaves by Kim Dellow

I had so much fun with the Kuretake Sumi ink and dip pen on a Turner Gouache painted surface for my project share on Friday that I used them again for these pieces. These projects are a bit of play, practice and experimenting.

I used a lot of colour for the first piece, for the second piece I went for more of a pastel look. I'm not sure which look I prefer. How about you? Do you have a preference? 

Gouache paint and ink buds by Kim Dellow

So tell me, have you got any Spring-themed projects planned for this week? Let me know in the comments below if you do!

Kim

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

AS FEATURED ON: The PaperArtsy Blog - Little Door

Are you fascinated by doors? I am! Totally beguiled by them. What do you think it is that is so enticing about them? For me I think it is the idea of all the wonderful possibilities that may lie behind them. What about you? Is that the same for you?

Well if, like me, you are enchanted by doors then the challenge over on the PaperArtsy blog at the moment might be perfect for you as it is all about Windows, Doors and Architecture. Yesterday it was my turn to be on the blog so I made this interactive art journal page.

[There are some affiliate links in this blog post, so if you buy through them I do get a small amount of money at no extra cost to yourself. Thanks for your support!]

Little Door A grungy but cute interactive Art journal page by Kim Dellow

I went with a grungy look using DecoArt black modeling paste roughly through the Retro shapes stencil I designed for PaperArtsy PS040. I was going for a street look, rough and dirty with an odd little door that you might have just walked past without seeing. It looks out of place so almost magical.

So I didn't need the whole stencil design in the background just touches of it to add texture to the background. I also added in lines to ground the door so that it wasn't just free-floating and to give an idea of the larger architecture that the door might belong to.


Close up of the little door on the grungy but cute interactive Art journal page by Kim Dellow

The door is from the PaperArtsy HP1601 stamp set and is a lovely architectural feature, but have you spotted the interactive part of my project, yet?  Ok so it isn't so secret! Yes, I've made the doors so that they open and there is something hidden behind them.

If you want to do this too, it is really simple. First you just add a little space so that you can put something behind the doors. To add this dimension I've first stamped the image on cardboard from an old box, trimmed it down into a frame that is smaller than the door image. I then stamped the door on paper painted brown and again on paper painted purple and cut out the frame and doors separately from those images but making sure that you have an overlap on the door part so that you can stick the overlap to the back of the frame.

I also made sure that the back of the doors had some colour too so that when they were open you still get that splash of colour on the inside of the doors. Then it is just a case of layering up the cardboard, doors and door frame and sticking the panel to the background.

Making the frame for the door on the grungy but cute interactive Art journal page by Kim Dellow

The secret behind the door on the grungy but cute interactive Art journal page by Kim Dellow

For the little secret behind the door I made a flower using one of the circle flowers from the EKD06 set and a leaf from the EKD05 set that I designed for PaperArtsy and put them on a stem of wire coiled around a pen. Because they are on coiled wire they can easily 'pop' put when the door is open but you can push them back in to the gap made by the cardboard frame so that they are hidden again when the door is closed.

Animation of the door opening on the grungy but cute interactive Art journal page by Kim Dellow


Voila, a cute, grungy, interactive project.

Hope it inspires you make your own window or door themed project and if you do don't forget to go and link it up to the PaperArtsy challenge blog post to be in with a chance to win money to spend at PaperArtsy.

Kim

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