Friday, 29 July 2016

Paperbabe Stamps Third Anniversary Blog Hop And Stamp Release


Welcome! It's the Paperbabe Stamps blog hop time!

With new stamps, lots of inspiration and a GIVEAWAY!

(Looking for Show Your Face? Then scroll down or use this direct link.)

To celebrate three years of Paperbabe Stamps, the Paperbabe herself - Kim Costello - has asked lots of lovely designers to make something with her NEW Paperbabe Stamps JULY 2016 release to give you some eye candy as well as some really candy up for grabs!

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

But before I spill the beans on what you can win on this blog hop shall we have a look at the new Paperbabe Stamps release? I think you are going to like it, I know that I do!


New Paperbabe Stamp Release

The new release comprises of four new mini stamp sets and three new substrate kits. They will be available to purchase on July 30th and you will find them at the Paperbabe Stamps Etsy shop when they go live.

Want a little peek at some of what is on offer from Paperbabe Stamps this month?

Kim Dellow Paperbabe Stamps July 2016 Release


Kim Dellow Paperbabe Stamps July 2016 Release close up

How cute? These gorgeous little forest animals are built up in layers with overstamping. So, for example, for foxy I've stamped the body in a russet colour ink then overstamped the legs, which is a different but matching stamp, in black ink. Both the owl and the bunny were stamped the same way then I added a bit more shading detail with coloured pencils.

They are mounted on a laser-cut MDF substrate which I've painted with acrylic paint and added the grass and a stamped sentiment, which is also one of the stamps in the new release.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS!


Ok, so the bit you have been wating for! The chance to get your hands on some lovely goodies.

There are two prizes up for grabs:
The Paperbabe Stamps entire July's release (What? What? What?)
A £25 gift voucher to choose what you like in the Paperbabe Stamps online store.


How To Win:

  • Two comment will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the designer's/Paperbabe Stamps blogs so to win make sure that you leave a comment on any of the designer's or the Paperbabe stamps blog.
  • You do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it increases your chances!
  • Deadline: You have until midnight on Sunday, 31st July to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paperbabe Stamps blog on Monday, 1st August to see if you are one of the lucky winners.


Here are all the blogs on the hop:

Kim YOU ARE HERE!

Have fun and good luck!

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Show Your Face - Quick Draw

Hey Facers, last week with the Quick Draw prompt, how did you find it? A big thanks again to Gibby Frogett for suggesting it!

Bit of a heads-up, I have bought forward the next prompt to August instead of September, so feel free to try using your non-dominant hand to draw you share for next week if you want to play along with the prompt. But do remember the prompts are completly optional and you can link up any face/ portrait art you want to share.

Shall we share again this week?

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  •  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 - August 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...

Kim Dellow Show Your Face quick draw sketches

I've taken this Quick Draw prompt a bit to heart and gone with another see how many different ways I can quick sketch a face. I wanted to just try out different designs so I did around 40 of them, it is fun!

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, 28 July 2016

As Featured On Blitsy: How To Decorate A Mesh Bag With Ken Oliver Color Burst

I've got a new blog post up on the Blitsy blog today and this week I'm cheering up some pen storage with Ken Oliver Color Burst.

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

Kim Dellow: Close up of a gel and Color Burst decoration on a bag

I recently bought one of the Art Alternatives Mesh Bags from Blitsy for some pen storage. Not only are they great, hard wearing zipped bags, they also lend themselves quite nicely to a bit of altering - mixed media style!

When I got the bag out of my Blitsy box I thought to myself  'you know what this needs? It needs some colour!'.

As the bag itself is transparent I wanted to add some transparent colour and I wanted it to be as hard wearing as the bag itself. Also the bag surface is plastic so I had to use something that would adhere easily and permanently to the slick surface. I decided to use some gloss gel medium through The Crafter's Workshop Corn Etching template. I used the extra heavy gel medium so that it would add a bit of texture and also not move around too much on the surface.

But then I thought how shall I add colour? I could have gone with a whole range of different products to colour the gel but a dry product like the Ken Oliver Color Burst is perfect. You just need a few grains to make a rich colour, it will tint the gel without changing its opacity or viscosity and it mixes in really quickly and easily giving instant tinted gel.

There you have it, some mixed media storage. If you want to see all the steps on how to do it yourself then you can find them on the Blitsy blog in my 'How To Decorate A Mesh Bag With Ken Oliver Color Burst' blog post.

I'm looking forward to seeing your altered storage! Don't forget to come back and show me!

Kim

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Show Your Face - Quick Draw

Hey Facers, massive sorry that we lost the link up early in last week and I'm sorry if it put you off coming back to link up. But the link is here this week - Wahoo! - so I hope you have been having fun with the Quick Draw prompt, as suggested by Gibby Frogett.

Shall we share again this week?

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  •  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...


This week another 2-3min sketch from me, more a sort of warm up sketch than I good sketch I think! So she is a coloured pencil line sketch. I've been doing a lot with coloured pencils again recently, it is one of my all time favourite mediums.

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, 20 July 2016

As Featured On Blitsy: How To Make A Watercolor And Triplus Pen Journal Page

It is tutorial time for me on the Blitsy blog today and this week I have mixed and matched the Prima watercolours with Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens in a mixed media match up. It is a bright and cheerful summer-themed art journal page.

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Kim Dellow's Prima Watercolor and fineliner art journal tutorial

I love how the colours of the Prima watercolours and the Fineliner pens work so well. There are three Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections sets to choose from each with 12 half pan paints. The one I have is the Tropicals set, I think this is like a brights set but the colours aren't named only numbered so I can't tell you what the colours are exactly, or what pigments are in the paints, you will just have to go on look alone. However, I can tell you that a do love the colours in the Tropicals set but then I'm always attracted to bright colours!

It is a very cute set, perfect for painting on the go and the pans are removable plus there is space in the tin to add more paints in so that is pretty cool. The paints themselves have a better pigment load than say a craft quality watercolour paint but I think they are nearer to student quality than artist quality but that is just my own opinion you will have to judge for yourselves!

As for the Fineliner pens I have a little trick to share with you all on how to get a gradient or ombre effect, as seen on the flower centre piece. If you want to know more then do go and read all about it in my 'How To Make A Watercolor And Triplus Pen Journal Page' blog post.

So which Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections set are you - Tropicals, Decadent Pies or The Classics?

Kim

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

As Featured On Blitsy: How To Make A Disc Bound Art Journal

My Blitsy tutorial share this week is some inspiration for making your own art journal. Lots of folks make their own art journals and it is a truly wonderful way to expand your journaling practice. But I want to persuade you to take your DIY art journal one step further and use the Happy Planner Disc bound system to bind your journal.

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Kim Dellow Shows how to make a Happy Planner Disc bound art journal

But why Kim? I hear you ask, right? Well let me tell you why I think it is a great system to use for your art journals!

With a disc bound system you can get total art journaling flexibility, more so than a lot of other binding systems or methods. You can make it any size and shape that you want, you can pop the pages in and out as often as you wish and you can make it fat for when you have a portfolio of pages to group together in your studio or thin if you just want to pop it in your bag to take it out and about.

For me, the thing I really like about the idea of having a disc bound art journal is that I can reorder pages, group different ones together, take the a page out to work on it then pop it back into keep the work together and if I feel like working on a small surface one day and a large surface the next I can! This kind of flexible art journal can totally reflect where you are in your art and the stage that you are at. Then when you think you have enough pages to group into an archive you can and start another disc bound journal to work in.

I don't know, it just seems like a great idea to me, have a go and tell me what you think!

If you want some tips on how to get started with it as well as a trick for making a hard cover to lean on then you can get all the details over on my 'How To Make A Disc Bound Art Journal' blog post on the Blitsy blog.

I have some other posts on the Blitsy blog that coordinate nicely with this one including how to bespoke your Happy Planner discs and a little mixed media envelop for holding your ephemera that you might like as well. So do go check those out too, just click on the photographs to go straight to the tutorial:


Kim Dellow Shows how to alter Happy Planner Discs Kim Dellow shows how to make little mixed media envelops

Let me know how you are using your Happy Planner discs!

Kim

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Show Your Face - Quick Draw

Hello amazing Facers, are you ready for a new share? Remember that we still have the Quick Draw prompt, as suggested by Gibby Frogett, for anyone who wants to use it.

Let's get sharing!

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  •  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...

Kim Dellow Face sketch for 14th July Show Your Face

Sketchy again from me this week and almost a doodle as I was working on some designs in my note book. It didn't take very long but I actually didn't time it. So I'm thinking around 2 minutes but knowing how I kind of get lost in what I am doing it could have easily been double that 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 July 2016

Published: DIY Stamped Washi Tape For Creative Stamping 32

I don't know about you but I am a bit of a pushover for Washi tape. I know! Still!

I can't seem to get enough of the stuff. My draws are quite literally stuffed with Washi tape. I'm just a sucker for the cute little designs and fabulous colours, they attract me like a paper-hoarding magpie. Is that just me or do you have the same problem?

Well in my article for this month's Creative Stamping magazine, issue 32, I've got some tips for making your own fabulous Washi tape designs. 

Peek at Kim Dellow's DIY Washi tape article in Creative Stamping 32
It is super-easy and means that you can totally bespoke your Washi tape to your heart's content and make it in bulk to use later too. So now we don't have to buy any more Washi tape. Yeah! Right! Who are am I kidding? We will still go and buy Washi Tape won't we? But we will just be adding our own designs to our collection too won't we?! Oh yep! Well I know I will anyway!

If you fancy making your own Washi tape then all the details are in the Creative Stamping magazine, issue 32 and you might want to check the stamp set this month too. It is a Summer themed set, just perfect for the rest of July and into August. Hopefully we will get some sunny weather, but if not you can make sunny projects instead!

Oh and don't leave me hanging here, let me know if you are a Washi tape fanatic too in the comments below. Washi tape sisters and brothers have to stick together! Ha Ha, Did you see what I did there?

Kim

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

VikingArtyParty And A Handy Magazine Files Hack

A couple of weekends ago I found myself with bloggers from a whole range of different blogging niches, fashion, beauty, craft, you name it, having a lovely craftanoon at the VikingArtyParty. You know me, any excuse to get a bit painty! But it wasn't just about paint we got a chance to get some paper folding on and some inky fingers too.

The office supply company Viking had put on a whole craft-filled afternoon, with buns and tea, at the Lumerie London and three different workshops: Modern Calligraphy by A L'aise, Block Printing by Tea and Crafting, and Mindful Origami by MindFOLDness.

So let me share a little Magazine files hack we did with Jane Gois the founder of Tea and Crafting. I think this will be right up your mixed media street, so huge thanks to Jane for sharing this with us all.

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Getting ready for block printing #VikingArtyParty Kim Dellow

Decorating blank magazine files with some block printing, it is a great way to add a pattern to these files. We used some craft foam and acrylic paint. Of course you can cut craft foam in any shape you want so I went for feathers. I do still love feather forms, need to work them out of my system. Trends move on and all but if you are looking for more feather ideas then I do have a feather decorated Mixed Media tote for you to have a go at!

You might have seen a peek of my feather block printing under the #VikingArtyParty hashtag from my Twitter feed a couple of weeks ago. I went for a two colour combo of complementary colours - blue and orange. I wasn't particularly worried about getting a perfect block print as I had already decided to add some black pen detailing to bring the pattern together, when I got home, using a pen that works well on slick surfaces. But if you are just sticking to the paint design then you might want to be a bit less slapdash than I was with my stamping!

Close up of Kim Dellow's feather stamps #VikingArtyParty


Adding pen detail to Kim Dellow's feather stamp design #VikingArtyParty

Kim Dellow's Finished magazine file hack in action #VikingArtyParty

The only thing is that I now need a lot more of these files as well as some shelves to put them on as I do have a fare few magazines from my article writing. I think my studio is in need of some organising!

But there was plenty of inspiration for patterns as each blogger brought their own spin to the task. You know I just love that about watching people in workshops, there is so much variation and inspiration from everyone and there certainly was that afternoon at the VikingArtyParty, everyone was in full creative flow.

Kim Dellow: All the amazing block print designs #VikingArtyParty

It really was a lovely craftanoon and I haven't even touched on the interesting mindful origami workshop with Samuel Tsang talking about the history and the connection of origami to mindfulness and inner piece. Or the fabulous workshop with Suzie Dicker practising modern calligraphy with dip pen and ink, which I totally loved and had to work very hard at not sticking my tongue out with concentration whilst doing!

By the way Suzie runs a stunning stationery shop A L'aise and she has very kindly offered you all a 15% discount with this code: SUPER15 until August 31st 2016. Thanks Suzie!

Thanks to Viking, Search Laboratory and our three wonderful workshop leaders for a great afternoon of crafting. Let me know if you do any magazine file block printing, I would love to see what designs you come up with!

Kim

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

As Featured On Blitsy: How To Make A Gel Skin Heart

Here is my heart - well my mixed media heart that is! It is my new tutorial over on the Blitsy blog this week, where I walk you through how to make one of your very own.

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A Gel Skin heart by Kim Dellow, tutorial over on the Blitsy Blog

If you haven't guessed what it is made from yet (and the title of this blog post kind of gives it all away!) it's a gel skin heart and is really easy to make. I've made mine into a little free-standing home decor item. But you can make them into embellishments for your projects or banners for your parties, in fact I'm sure there is no end of things you can do with them!

You know I have just realised that I've not really mentioned how big this heart is in the post, ok, just let me go and measure it for you...ok, so my little heart is around 5.5 cm (2 1/4") wide at it's widest point and 7 cm (2 3/4") high but with the stand it measures 10 cm (4") high.

There are different ways you could make this gel skin heart but in the way I chose for my new tutorial I show you a trick for adding a little bit of texture to the look of the heart too. Don't be fooled by appearances it is in fact perfectly smooth on both sides. But I am not going to spill the beans here you will just have to see my 'How To Make A Gel Skin Heart' tutorial for yourself over on the Blitsy blog.

Have you tried making gel skin items yet? If you do have a go at this do come back and share any makes you do using this technique, I always love to see them.

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Show Your Face - Quick Draw

Hello amazing Facers, it is another face work sharing day and we have the optional prompt of Quick Draw Faces as suggested by Gibby Frogett for anyone who wants to use it, timers at the ready...

Shall we share again this week?

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  •  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 crowd of doodle face by Kim Dellow for Show Your Face

Totally doodle this week with a crowd of doodle faces done in ball point pen in my junk journal. I wanted to see how many faces I could cram into a small space in a couple of minutes!

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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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Trish Latimer New Stamp Release: The Wordgirls

Have you seen Trish Latimer's lovely new stamps? I've been having a little play and I'm in love! If you have seen them then you will know what I mean! Trish has just launched five designs of her beautiful whimsical girl sketches as rubber stamps. Wahoo! Well done Trish!

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Kim Dellow using Trish Latimer's New Stamps

This one is called Wordgirl Five but I'm unofficially calling her Fly Free. I thought I would use her on one of my faux printed look backgrounds but I've also added in a border as inspired by Trish herself. By the way, you can find a video showing how to do the Faux Printed Look technique on my YouTube channel.

I reached for my Prismacolor pencils to colour her, I've got to admit that pencils are still one of my favourite ways to colour stamped images. It has actually been a while since I last coloured an image, think it might have been January, how mad is that? I was totally in my happy place colouring Fly Free (Wordgirl 5) what a perfect stamp to colour, I love that Trish has given us scope to let our creative colouring play in such a gorgeous design.

Trish's girls are so sweet I can see them being used in all sorts of different projects art journaling, cardmaking, off the page and memory keeping, so versatile. I'm looking forward to using them again. Massive congratulations Trish, lots of luck with your new range and I can not wait to see more.

You can find out more about Trish's new range over on her blog Ink Paint Beads and you can see the new range, and buy them, over in her Etsy shop Star Trish Design.


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Saturday, 2 July 2016

As Featured On The Blitsy Blog: How To Build an Art Journal Page With Plastic Canvas Grids

It's the weekend and if you are looking for a fun project to get your creativity going then I have a new tutorial up on the Blitsy blog that you might want to try. It is an art journal page using Plastic Canvas grids.

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If you have been doing mixed media for a while then you might have already seen plastic canvas grids being used for mark making. Usually these grids are know for their use by stitchers in embroidery. You can find them in different shapes and use them for a whole manner of mark making. I've used them as stencils and stamps for this art journal page. I just love the layering of the grid effect.

If you are new to mixed media then give this a go and also have a look around your house and ask yourself what would make good mark makers! It is amazing what does once you start thinking like that. Take it from me  - nothing will be safe! For those of you who already do this regularly it never hurts to revisit some of your non-traditional mark makers and see if you can come up with some new ways to use them. It is a great warm up exercise!

If you want to work your way through the steps for this page then you find them all on the Blitsy blog on my 'How To Build an Art Journal Page With Plastic Canvas Grids' post.

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Show Your Face - Quick Draw

Hello amazing Facers, It's July, I know, hard to believe! But it is and as it is it means that we have a prompt and our prompt this month is - Quick Draw Faces as suggested by Gibby Frogett. This is a great exercise as I have recently discovered so I hope you will have a go at it and share the results some time this month here on Share Your Face. Thanks for the suggestion Gibby Frogett!

So shall we share again this week?

First up the admin...

Schedule:
  •  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...

Kim Dellow 3min half face for Show Your Face

Ok so only a half face from me this week but it was done in 3 min, so I suppose that would have been 6 mins if I had done a full face!

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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Sunday, 26 June 2016

As Featured On Blitsy: How To Alter Your Happy Planner Discs

I do not know about you but I need a lot of crafty and arty distraction at the moment. If you haven't been following the news in the UK and the EU then things are a little shaky here to say the least. That's a bit of an understatement, but I just wanted to pop on my blog today to share art and inspiration and perhaps a little distraction for a moment or two for anyone who needs it and whatever your situation!

So my share today is my recent Blitsy Blog tutorial, I hope that you like it!

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

Kim Dellow's altered Happy Planner disc tutorial on Blitsy

I've been altering my MAMBI Happy Planner again. I've used mixed media techniques to add even more colour to the discs and I show all the steps to do this over on the Blitsy Blog in my 'How To Alter Your Happy Planner Discs'. I know the discs look pretty cool as they are but hey, if you want to make them even cooler then how about giving this altering idea a go? You do not have to go down the mixed media route, you could always use patterned and designer paper if you prefer.

As always do come drop me a link/ nudge/ share if you are at all inspired to do something similar, I would love to see.

If you need even more distraction from the ensuing turmoil then I have various other posts about my Happy Planner art-ventures, click on each picture to see more of the project:

Kim Dellow decorated Happy Planner page DIYKim Dellow Altered Happy Planner cover DIY Kim Dellow's happy planner pocket page DIY
Kim Dellow Happy Planner week spread


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