Wednesday, 24 May 2017

VIDEO: Abstract Shapes Art Journal Page Tutorial

Abstract Art journal page from Kim Dellow with a process video tutorial

I'm happy to say that I have a video to share today. I know it has been a while since my last video due to my little break, but last Friday I spent a day filming videos, and so here we are! New video time!

So this week I am sharing my start to finish process on this abstract shapes art journal page with some thoughts on how I go about creating what I call organic art journal pages, or pages where I don't have a plan or an idea in my head that I am working towards and I just let them develop how they want.

We've talked about this before here on my blog and I know some of you are more comfortable planning and some of you just like to let go. There is no right or wrong way to do it in my mind but I like to practice both and if you, like me are more comfortable with planning and want to break free and practice being more organic when it comes to art journaling then I have some tips in this week's video from one planner to another, just for you!


VIDEO: Abstract Shapes Art Journal Page Tutorial



Supplies:
For the supply list this week I thought I would try out a picture link list for the affiliated products so it is at the bottom of the blog post, but in addition to the products listed you will also need:

Junk Journal
Scissors
Patterned paper
Water bottle
Brush


close-up of the texture on the Abstract Art journal page from Kim Dellow with a process video tutorial

You can see the texture from the paint that was already on this page before I started in this close up picture above. I do love using acrylic paint to add this kind of texture.

So drop me a line if you have any questions or comments. Oh and don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to see my videos as they go up. Catch you later.

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Making Shaped Cards With Creative Dies Plus

Creative Dies Plus with projects by Kim Dellow

I've been making lots of cards this week. Article work has been keeping me busy but I have also had the opportunity to try out the Creative Dies Plus Stitched and Pierced nesting dies from Craft Stash. Have you seen these dies? I'm not sure how long they have been on the market for but they were new to me and it's totally perfect timing for me as I've been meaning to update some of my nesting dies.

I have to keep my stash current with what is available on the market for my article work but unfortunately some of my Spellbinders dies are no longer easily available, well at least here in the UK. So, well it's great excuse to go shopping, right? Luckily, Craft Stash asked if I would try out some of their products so I jumped at the chance and picked some dies including these two nesting die sets (thank you Craft Stash!) but I might have also bought some other dies as well that I will share with you later (*wink).

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heart shaped card by Kim Dellow

I know! I could not resist, they have this amazing large Hexagon Panel die from the Apple Blossom collection that I have just fallen in love with, but more on that in another blog post!

I do have to admit I've never actually had a set of nested heart dies before as I usually cut my own heart shapes but check out the stitch and pierced dot details. Well, you've got me there, I can't do that easily so this set had to drop into my basket.

The stitched and dot details are a lovely touch that I really like but if you are looking for some plain nesting die shapes they also have a large collection of just shapes to choose from including some heavily discounted bundle deals worth looking at (just thought I would give you a heads-up in case you were looking for some!).

star and heart shaped card by Kim Dellow

You guys know that stars and hearts are probably amongst my favourite go-to motifs, we have talked about our favourite motifs before here on my blog. I do use them again and again and I am naturally drawn to those shapes first but there were lots of other shapes in the Creative Dies Plus Stitched and Pierced range too including tags, scalloped shapes, circles, ovals, banners, rectangles and squares.

Both these cards, that I am sharing today, are shaped cards using Kraft and cream cardstock and some old papers from Studio Calico. It's the Brighton Pier collection in case you were curious but I expect you can't find them any more. Sorry! I've hand-written the sentiments and mixed and matched the die-cut shapes to make a matching pair of cards. 

star shaped card by Kim Dellow

The sentiment on the Stitched and Pierced Heart card says 'Wishes' and on the Stitched and Pierced Star card says 'Besties'. 

So thanks again to Craft Stash for sending me these dies to try out and you might have noticed that I am also an affiliate of theirs too as it just makes sense - I like their products, I am a big fan of their in-house designers and as they are part of Practical Publishing International they have most of the latest magazines that you can sometimes spot me in (*cheeky grin!).

By the way, if you are a new Craft Stash customer make sure that you join their newsletter as you can get 20% off your first order if you do.

So which are your favourite shapes in the Creative Plus Stitched and Pierced Nesting dies range? I'm curious as to which will be the most popular. What nesting die shapes do you use the most or what shape would you like to see but haven't yet?

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Monday, 15 May 2017

PaperArtsy Found Object Gel Skin

PaperArtsy Found Object Gel Skin by Kim Dellow

I was on the PaperArtsy blog recently with a project for their Found Objects theme, did you see it? I decided to go for a gel skin-based project using an old washer and a large grommet both found in the street, 'coz that is what I do, I find rubbish in the street and recycle it into art. Basically I am a Womble, except I don't live on Wimbledon Common. No the prices are too high in Wimbledon, I'm more an East London girl!

There is also an piece of old comic book in this project, found in my stash of old comic books for the purpose of art making and also I used some tissue paper found in some packaging of a parcel. So all of it is made from found objects. Well except the stamps, pencils and gel parts!

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You can see right through the PaperArtsy Found Object Gel Skin by Kim Dellow

I love how the tissue paper has become practically invisible in the final project. To make it I placed a piece of comic book on some tissue paper and stamped the electro heart and border stamps that I designed for PaperArtsy EKD04. Then I used a mix of Prismacolor pencils and Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils to colour the heart. 

To make the gel skin and incorporate the image in it, I first added a layer of Liquitex Pouring Medium to an area the size of the tissue paper that I had marked off on an old plastic bag. Then I layered the tissue paper and comic book page on top of the gel and added the washer and grommet where I wanted them to be. Then I added another layer of Pouring medium over the top to cover the tissue paper and found objects and added some sprinkles of the Royal Blood Infusions, also from PaperArtsy. 

Just after pouring the medium for the PaperArtsy Found Object Gel Skin by Kim Dellow

Once this was mostly dry I pealed the gel skin off of the plastic backing and let it dry completely. The skin with the tissue and  found pieces almost looks as if it is a resin piece doesn't it? Except it is quite flexible. 

To turn the washer and grommet into functional holes to hang the piece from I then just cut out the gel skin and tissue from the centre of each with a craft knife. then all that is left is deciding how to show it and for this I decided to use wire. Initially my idea was to hang it like a banner in the window so that you can see the light coming through and get the most out of the translucent effect but this proved harder to do as I don't have an appropriate hook to hang it from. So in the end I went for a wire stand held in a small jug.  

Cutting through the holes for the PaperArtsy Found Object Gel Skin by Kim Dellow

If you like gel skins then you might find my 'How To Make A Gel Skin Heart' tutorial over on the Blitsy blog interesting. Or you could revisit some of my experiments with different acrylic mediums and gels in my 'Art Journal Sharing Thursday - Acrylic Gel Skins' blog post if you want to get started with gel skins and have a play yourself with the products you have to hand.

Click on the photos below to go directly to the blog post you want to visit:

How To Make A Gel Skin Heart Tutorial by Kim Dellow

Acrylic Skins Experiments by Kim Dellow


Have a super fun and creative week!

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Looking For Advice PLUS VIDEO: Art Slice Round-Up April 2017

Abstract art by Kim Dellow using paint and old packaging


So I have been a little bit quieter than usual on social media recently for a few reasons. One fun reason is that I am trying to redesign my blog and perhaps even my whole career at this point. But the not so fun reason is that this is kind of leading me to a total paralysing overload and burnout. Too many choices, too many decisions! Brain...Does Not Compute...It's illogical, Captain...Pufff. That was the noise of my head exploding in case you weren't sure. Yes, it was only a tiny puff of smoke, barely noticeable from my usual self, apart from a lack of social media presence perhaps.

Do you have any survival techniques for overload and burnout? I mean sitting on the couch in my pants drinking wine and eating chocolates can only take you so far! Ok, so I don't actually sit on the couch in my pants. Does a big fluffy dressing gown count? Well, it isn't really MY dressing gown, I time share it with the cats. They let me borrow it occasionally. If I am good.

Anyway, if you do have some survival techniques I would love to hear them! In the meantime here is a round-up of my April Art Slice videos in time for inspiring your creative weekend, I hope.



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DIY Butterflies With Gelli Plate Prints And PaperArtsy Stamp



Supplies:
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD05
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stencils
Ranger Archival ink Jet Black
Scissors
Gelli Plate


Gouache World



Supplies:
Turner Gouache paint
Strathmore mixed media journal
plastic sheet from old packaging
Sakura Pigma Micron pen
Kitchen towel
water spray


Gouache Poppy Flower



Supplies:
Turner Gouache
Sakura Pigma Micron pen
Strathmore Mixed Media journal


Gouache Paint Space Feather



Supplies: 
Turner gouache paint
Brushes
Sketchbook



But joking aside, I do feel I need to regroup, rethink and redesign so if I am a little quiet, then that is why. Watch this space! I honestly don't know what is going to happen next! Is that good or bad?

Hope you enjoyed the videos and are ready for making some art this weekend, I would love to see what you make so do link me up or shout out on any of the social media channels you use and I will come say hi!

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

VIDEO: Easy Flower Painting Technique

Kim Dellow Easy flower painting video


Do you like getting your fingers covered in paint? Well if you do then I am sharing the perfect easy flower painting technique for your art journaling today in my video this week. Yep it is all finger painting this week. But never fear, if you don't like getting your fingers dirty then you can always use gloves for this one!

Finger painting is so much fun and a great way to get really into your painting! This page was actually just an experiment for me. I wanted to try out the Winsor and Newton Designer Gouache properly and see if I could use a pen over the top of them. So I used this quick flower painting technique to run the materials through their paces! And it is fun as well of course!


VIDEO: Easy Flower Painting Technique




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Supplies:
Winsor and Newton Designer Gouache Paint (Permanent Yellow Deep, Primary Yellow, Spectrum Red, Primary Red, Ultramarine, Permanent Green Middle, Zinc White)
Tombow Brush Pen
Junk Journal
Ceramic palette
Heat tool
Kitchen towel
Water spray

Kim Dellow Easy flower painting video close-up

Have fun with your art journal experimenting this week and let me know if you have been getting your fingers painty this week!

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Friday, 28 April 2017

7 Art and Craft Books To Read This Month

Kim Dellow's 7 Art and Craft Books To Read This Month

I love books, obviously I love the internet too, but I still love the physicality of books and I love being able to flick through art and craft books for reference, knowledge and inspiration. So back in January I shared the art books I was reading that month and now it is time for an update!

It's another mix of art business and inspiration books but I've also got some craft books in the list this month, oh, and a notebook too!

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Living The Creative Lifestyle And Art Business

This month I have the two Austin Kleon books on my list, Show Your Work and Steal Like An Artist, have you read them? These two books are inspirational self-help books on nurturing the creative lifestyle and making a living, or not (!), from your art. They work as motivational books with tips on how to be true to yourself, work on your art to improve it and get your artwork out there to sell it.

Every time I open one of these two books it is like 'oh yeah! That is so true!' and it reminds me of the things I frequently need reminding about as day to day life kicks in and I scrabble about trying to build my business and improve my art and all the thousands of things that go into those tasks. So if you are in the same boat I can recommend these books as grounding points and interesting reads!


Need Art Business Advice To Get Your Teeth Into?

But for something with a bit more umph and some nitty gritty about licensing, contracts, tax etc then try The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers (Essential Guides) by Alison Branagan. What I find particularly useful for me about this book is that is is UK-centric. So many art/design business books are USA-based and having a book that is about working within the UK business rules and regulation, as that is where I am based, is very useful.

Just as an aside, when you do freelance work with clients based outside of your the country that you live in it is a good idea to do your research as best you can. Your clients can help and they may know what forms you need to fill in to comply with their countries rules or regulations. But you can also contact the various regulatory authorities within your own country for help. And of course finding other people on the internet who are in the same situation as you and have worked with clients in those countries helps too!

And of course if you run a blog and earn money from that blog there are lots of rules you need to be aware of across all territories, so research and joining blogging groups is great for that!

I've got the 2011 edition of The Essential Guide to Business for Artists and Designers (Essential Guides) but there is a new edition that came out in February 2017, so perfect timing if you are looking for a really useful resource for your art, craft or design business.


Kim Dellow's April 2017 Art and Craft Reading List - Art Business and inspiration


Get Designing!

For this month's designing inspiration I'm kicking off with Color + Pattern: 50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design by Khristian Howell. This book has, as it says, lots of fun exercises and prompts to help focus your mind and build up your design skills. I like it because you can dip in and out of it as you want and there are even an occasional how-to for using software to build designs, although perhaps not as in depth as some of the fabric design books on my last reading list. There are also some mini meet the designer features in this book and lots and lots of image inspiration in the form of both photos and patterns, so a lot to get your designing mind whirling.

The next book on my list this month in the inspiration category is actually not a reading book, it is a notebook. It's the Everything You Can Imagine Is Real notebook designed by Helen Dardik. This notebook is super cute and has illustrated quotes in between the writing pages and I am using it to capture my illustration ideas and work at the moment.


Kim Dellow's April 2017 Art and Craft Reading List - Helen Dardik Notebook


How beautiful is that Unicorn? You can find Helen Dardik on Instagram and she is an artist and illustrator represented by the agent Lillia Rogers, whose art business book I Just Like to Make Things: Learn the Secrets to Making Money while Staying Passionate about your Art and Craft was on my January Reading List, if you missed it!



Get Your DIY And Craft On!

The final category on my reading list this month are some DIY craft books. So my studio is going through a bit of a re-organisation and I've been working through my art and craft books. It is fun to revisit them but also as part of this I am thinning them out and passing them on to new good homes. So if you are looking for art and craft bargains then pop on over to my Ebay where I have various items looking for people to love and use them!

Kim Dellow's April 2017 Art and Craft Reading List - Home Decor and Craft books

So the books I have been re-reading this month, before I sell them on, are House Proud: Hip Craft for the Modern Homemaker by Danielle Proud, ReadyMade: How to Make (Almost) Everything by Shoshana Berger and Grace Hawthorne and Sew Quick, Sew Cute: 30 Simple, Speedy Projects by Fiona Goble.

House Proud and ReadyMade are great for any home decor or recycling and up-cycling inspiration you might be thinking of doing. They are full of some fabulous ideas and even some full-on furniture making projects, particularly in ReadyMade! The Sew Quick, Sew Cute book is full of cute sewing projects from soft furnishing, wearable items and home decor, I love the face cushions project, totally fun!

So that is my reading list this month, what is on yours?

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

VIDEO: Stylised Paint Pen Feather Art Journal Page

Stylised Paint Pen Feather Art Journal Page by Kim Dellow

What are your art journal themes at the moment? Have you got any themes, techniques, motifs that are featuring a lot at the moment? I've been drawing and painting a lot recently so drawing has been featuring in many of my art journal pages but I would definitely say that collage has been featuring a lot too, particularly in my backgrounds.  If you saw my DIY Patterned Paper Bird Page video in February then you will have seen one of my collage page work in action.

This time, for this video I'm using designer patterned paper to make my collage background and I am using the simplest of ways to add the paper to the background just to speed up the process! I've not done a voice over for this week's video, so sit back and enjoy the process to music and if you have any questions just ask in the comments below!


VIDEO: Stylised Paint Pen Feather Art Journal Page




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Supplies:
Designer patterned paper
Golden Regular gel
Sharpie Paint Pen
Turner gouache paint
Brushes

Close-up of the Stylised Paint Pen Feather Art Journal Page by Kim Dellow


The full illustrated feather on the Stylised Paint Pen Feather Art Journal Page by Kim Dellow

I think that one of the reasons that I like using patterned paper collage so much at the moment is that it is a great way to start a journal page and you if you want to you can get a journal page done really quickly with this method. In fact if I had not gone around the outside of the image with the paint I could have easily added this to my 5 Minute Create video series!

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Have you been using patterned papers collage in your art journaling? Leave me a link to your work or hashtag me, #KimDellow, in on social media, if you have I would love to see it!


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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?

Kim

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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!

Kim

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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.

Kim

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