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?


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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!

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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.

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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.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Stylised Spring Flower Illustration

Gouache and Sumi ink Stylised Spring Flower Illustration By Kim Dellow

Is it safe to say that Spring is here in the UK? It feels like it has arrived. This week the sun has been out and it has been bright and warm. What a difference a bit of sunshine makes! So here today let me offer you a Stylised Spring Flower Illustration to bring a bit of Spring to your Friday where ever you may be!

It's worked in gouache paint and Sumi ink with a dip pen and is part of my recent experiments with shapes and line.

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Close up of the gouache layer of the Stylised Spring Flower Illustration By Kim Dellow

Originally I was going to work this idea with watercolour paint but in the end I grabbed for my Turner gouache paint instead, mainly because I had some left over from *Spoiler Alert* my Art Slice Video today, which will be going live over on my YouTube Channel at 1pm by the way!

I was also going to work the line with a marker pen and this changed too at the last minute when I decided to use a dip pen with my current favourite ink to use with dip pens, Kuretake Sumi ink which is such a lovely thick and deep black.

I'm thinking that I might do some more of these as they are such good fun.

Close up of the dip pen work on the Stylised Spring Flower Illustration By Kim Dellow

I might even go back to my original idea and use watercolours and marker pen to see how it changes the design.

So a little Spring creative teaser for you and I hope it gives you some inspiration for the weekend. Let me know what Spring-themed projects you are up to at the moment!

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

VIDEO: 5 Minute Art Journal: Quick Cut Outs

I don't know about you but I often find myself struggling to get my own personal art done. If you follow me on Instagram then you might have spotted that it has been at least a week since I last posted one of my #DellowDailyDraws I'm ashamed to say.

Let's face it, there just are not enough hours in the day. So with that in mind I thought I would share some really quick Art Journaling projects as videos on my YouTube Channel over the next few weeks to help and inspire all of us time-poor creatives!

So the first project is this Swiss Cheese plant leaf-inspired Clean and Simple art journal design. See Art journaling doesn't have to be all messy if you just do not have the time to do all the cleaning up.


In the video I share a simple way to add texture and colour and have a completed art journal page all in under 5 minutes, so really anyone can fit a bit of creating into their heavy schedules! It is a great project for getting a quick arty fix or, if you do find yourself with some time to create, this project is also a great warm up exercise to help you through that 'what shall I do' moment!


VIDEO: 5 Minute Art Journal: Quick Cut Outs




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Supplies:
Strathmore Mixed Media journal
Khadi Paper
Scissors
Golden Regular Gel
DIY Patterned paper

If you are looking to make your own Patterned Paper then I have a some video inspiration in my DIY 3D Paper Birds project as well as a whole blog post with my current favourite techniques for decorating your own paper.

If you find fitting art into your daily life hard and my project today helped inspire you then please do go like my video on YouTube and subscribe to my channel and then I will know to make some more 5 Minute Art Journal videos!

Have a great creative Wednesday.

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Art Journal Page: Stencil Rubbing

Art Journal Page using stencil rubbing by Kim Dellow

Did you have a nice and creative weekend? What did you get up to? Manage to throw some paint around, or get some stitching done, or perhaps you did some drawing? Drawing was my weekend creative fun but I'm actually going to start the week with an art journal share.

Did you happen to see my Art Slice video on Friday? If you did spot it on my YouTube Channel then you might recognise part of my share today?

On Friday I shared a super-simple but fun technique that is great to use with stencils, Stencil Rubbing. It is great to go revisit the simple techniques from time to time! So for this technique I used watersoluble pencils and crayons like the Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayonsFaber-Castell Watercolour Pencils Albrecht Durer and Derwent Inktense Blocks and rubbed them over paper on top of the StencilGirl Loopy Ladders stencil. You get a lovely texture and then if you spray them with water they diffuse and mix for another great look.


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Paper and stencil after stencil rubbing by Kim Dellow

My Art Slice video left it there but I didn't leave it there! I then went on to use the stencil rubbing paper to make an art journal page. I cut out a large circle and used Golden Regular Gel to glue it to a Strathmore Mixed Media journal then I used a black Stabilo All pencil to add the dark and grey as I thought it would be a great counterpoint for the bright colour and texture of the stencil rubbing.

I used Fabriano Accademia Artist paper for the pencil rubbing so only gave a light spritz with water as it doesn't like very wet washes but it has a great texture for pencils and crayons. And if you look at the second photograph below you can see the lovely texture.

Close up of the drips on the stencil rubbing art journal page by Kim Dellow

Close up of the texture on the stencil rubbing art journal page by Kim Dellow

So if you did some stencil rubbing over the weekend I hope that my share today has given you some more inspiration of what to do with them. If you are looking for some more quick inspiration then do go and subscribe to my YouTube channel, I am regularly posting ideas on there, so don't miss out!

Have a fun and creative week and do share any of the projects you are planning to do this week, I would love to know.


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Friday, 10 March 2017

My Favourite Art And Craft Products: March

What are your favourite art and craft products at the moment? Spill the beans I would truly love to know as I am always on the look out for new things to try out and personal referrals are always the best!

And as personal referrals are the best I thought I would do a little share with you of some of my current favourite art and craft products. I last did a Favourite Products share back in January in time for all the trade shows and you can hop on over to that blog post, 'My Favorite Art And Craft Products Before Creativation, Creativeworld And Stitches Really Get Going' if you missed it.

So what have I been working with since my last fave products run down?

Shall we start with some colour?

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1. PaperMate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Kim Dellow's Favourite products March 2017: PaperMate Flair felt tip pens

I am pretty smitten with the PaperMate Flair pens at the moment, I can not stop using them. The colours are bright and yummy and they are a waterbased, acid-free ink that drys quickly.

The bumf says they are designed not to bleed through paper but really it depends what paper you are using and how often you go over the same spot but they are doing pretty well in the Seawhite sketchbooks I talked about in my last favourite product blog post.

I've linked to them on Amazon for if you are looking for an online supplier but do shop around as I have seen these pens on sale and actually got my set in a discount bin in a Staples store, so it is worth checking those bins!

Go checkout my Instagram feed if you want to see these pens in action!


2. Bristol Board

Kim Dellow's Favourite products March 2017: Bristol Board

If we are going to talk pens then it seems only natural to talk paper next. Paper does feature heavily in my favourite products lists as I use and have tried an awful lot of it. Last time I shared some of my favourite sketchbooks and watercolour papers. This time I'm going more towards the illustrative and drawing end of the paper spectrum with Bristol Board..

Bristol Board tends to be a heavier weight, super-smooth, crisp white paper and is perfect for precise pen work as the surface is so smooth the pen glides over it and won't snag on the texture. Someone who knows more about these things than me can correct me if I am wrong but as far as I know you can find Bristol board in different paper weights, I have two such pictured above one at 190gsm and the other at 250gsm.

But if you are in the US then you can also find it with different surfaces - Smooth and Vellum, which has more texture. For the work I have been doing recently, that needs precise clean lines, the smooth version is the one I am recommending today.

Bristol board is also great for stamping and colouring on but as it is quite expensive I generally use cheaper smooth paper for stamping and colouring.


3. StencilGirl Stencils

Kim Dellow's Favourite products March 2017: StencilGirl Stencils

The next group of products on my list are the StencilGirl Stencils. I've been having lots of fun with these as you might have seen in my Art Slice Video a couple of weeks back and in the project video I made for the PaperArtsy/ StencilGirl blog hop in December last year. They are back on my desk at the moment and I've been using them for a whole range of different projects, one you will see first on my YouTube channel at 1pm today, don't forget to subscribe, or later on my Instagram feed *wink!

What I particularly like about the StencilGirl stencils is the sizes. So you can get some gorgeous large and small stencils but you can get some pretty awesome very large stencils and I love the 9" x 12" sizes which is just a little bit bigger than A4 size.


4. Synthetic Gel Monoprinting Plates

Kim Dellow's Favourite products March 2017: Synthetic gel Monoprinting plates

As we are talking about stencils one fun thing to do with stencils is to use them with Gelli plates. Now I held out a long, long time before I bought one of the synthetic gel monoprinting plates that hit the market a few years back. I used my own homemade Gelatine plates, and I still do as there are techniques I can do with a gelatine plate that just work better than with the synthetic plates and vice versa actually. But boy are the Gelli plates super-convenient! They really are great for a quick, no fuss, print session.

There are a few different ones on the market now since Gelli Arts bought out the Gelli plate. There is the Gel Press, from Gel Press and SpeedBall also has a gel plate now too. I've only used the Gelli Arts Gelli plate so if you have used the others I would love to know how they compare so do tell!

If you are still not sure if you want to invest in them then do go check out my blog post 'Monoprinting - Old School Style' on the home made version, there is the recipe and instructions on how to make it there.


5. PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps And Stencils

Kim Dellow's Favourite products March 2017: PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamp And Stencil

And I can't really do a favourite product list without shamelessly plugging the new stamp and stencil release I designed for PaperArtsy now can I? I mean it is true I have been using these products a lot since I last listed favorite products, so I could not really leave them off the list!

If you missed the release then you can catch up with it, plus a list of where to get them from, over on my release blog post from February.


So your turn - what are your current favourite art and craft products? What is getting you all excited and creative at the moment?

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

VIDEO: DIY 3D Paper Birds

DIY 3D Paper Birds blog post and video by Kim Dellow

Do you ever take your art off the page and turn it 3D? It can be great fun and can literally add a new dimension to how you think about your work! If it isn't something that you already do then can I suggest this project as a good starting point to get you off the page? It is super simple and very cute. It is all about making DIY 3D paper birds that can stand up and decorate your space.

This is a continuation of a series of blog posts and videos I have been doing all based around DIY Patterned Paper. It all started in February with my 5 Fun DIY Patterned Paper Techniques blog post where I shared some of my current favourite ways to decorate paper. Hop over to that blog post if you don't remember it and share your current favourite techniques!


Close up of one DIY 3D Paper Bird by Kim Dellow

Then I shared a project made using those patterned paper in my DIY Patterned Paper Bird Journal Page blog post and there was a video of that project too.

Well this time around I have taken the same bird I showed you how to make for the art journal page and made it 3 dimensional and you can watch the whole process in the video below.


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VIDEO: DIY 3D Paper Birds



Supplies:
Craft wire 20 or 21 gauge (Approx 0.75 mm diameter)
Layout paper
Pliers and wire cutters
Punchinella
PaperArtsy PS040 stencil
Scissors
Tweezers
Sharpie Extra Fine paint pen
Ranger medium brayer
Turner Acryl Gouache (Night Blue, Colour Pearl Lemon)
Holbein Gouache Brilliant Gold
Fabriano Accademia Artist Paperpack 200 sheets 120 gsm
Golden Regular Gel
Liquitex Muted Colour inks
Piece of plastic

This project is great because you can scale it up or down and make a whole family of birds. They can make great art swap items plus just think about how they would look in Seasonal colours as Christmas decorations!

Close up of another DIY 3D Paper Bird by Kim Dellow

Have lots of fun with this one and don't forget to tag or link to me for anything this inspires you to make as I would love to see!

Plus if you enjoy my films please do hop over to my YouTube channel, subscribe and like my videos. It is a huge help for me to make more. Thank you!


Kim

If you liked this project then you will like these, just click on the photos to go to the blog posts. 

5 Fun DIY Patterned Paper Techniques by Kim Dellow VIDEO: DIY Patterned Paper Bird Journal Page by Kim Dellow


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Monday, 6 March 2017

VIDEO: Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium

Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium by Kim Dellow

What is that you say? Another video?! That is right! I have a surprise, bonus video to share with you today sharing a fun technique using PaperArtsy Infusions to colour gel medium. So rather than just a static blog post share of my project I have a video walking through the whole process of how to use Infusions to Colour Gel Medium and then use the gel through a stencil.

Like the video that I made for the Gelli Printed Collage Art journal page from a couple of weeks ago, it is all to music with no voice over. But hopefully it is clear what I am doing and if you have any question then please do just ask in the comments!

You can use this technique with any powdered pigments and I first shared it a while back for my 'How To Decorate A Mesh Bag With Ken Oliver Color Burst' blog post whilst I was working for Blitsy. In that blog post I used the Ken Oliver's Colour Burst, to colour gel medium and decorate a pencil case. You can also use Brushos too with this technique but this time I am using Infusions.


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close up of the Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium by Kim Dellow

The PaperArtsy Infusions are another powdered pigment product but they differ from Brushos and Colour Burst in that they also have a walnut stain crystal in with the pigment. The walnut stain develops more slowly than the pigment when you use the product with liquids and so you get a brown colour developing after the colour has developed. The walnut gives the Infusion colour an interesting antiqued and textured look.

But when you use the Infusions mixed in with gel medium, like the Golden Regular Gel the walnut doesn't develop but instead the crystals act as a grit to give the surface a texture when the gel is dry. Take a look at the close up photograph below to see what I mean!

Surface texture of the close up of the PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium by Kim Dellow

Two tips for you: you need to use the gloss gel as this is completely transparent when dry and add as little or as much Infusions as you need, tap them on the gel bit by bit and just mix them in.

It's totally fun to play with so watch the video and then go have a play yourself!


VIDEO: Technique: PaperArtsy Infusions Coloured Gel Medium



Supplies:
PaperArtsy Infusions Royal Blood
Golden Regular Gel (gloss)
PaperArtsy Stencil PS046 designed by me!
Palette Knife
Something to mix in, I've used an old metal pie dish.
Strathmore Mixed Media journal
Spare paper
Plastic card like an old gift card or credit card
Old book page


If you want another fun and different way to use PaperArtsy Infusions then you might like my 'PaperArtsy Infusions Meet Embossing/ Watermark Ink' blog post!

Hope you enjoyed the video and if you did then please pop over to my YouTube channel and subscribe and like my movies as it helps me to make more videos! Thank you!

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Friday, 3 March 2017

VIDEO: Art Slice February Round-Up

Double Gelli plate print by Kim Dellow

March is here and so is my February Art Slice round-up! Are you ready for March and all the new creativity we are going to unleash onto the world? And goodness knows it needs lots of beautiful and creative art at the moment. So, come on guys, let's fill it all up with loveliness for a change.

And to get us in the mood here are my super-quick, weekending pockets of mini-inspiration from February. I hope that they get the creative spark inside you burning ever so much more ferociously!

It's the weekend, so time to throw some paint around, break a few pencil leads and ink-up some stamps.


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Watercolour and Pen Part 2



Supplies:
Bockingford Watercolour paper cold press
Winsor and Newton Watercolours
Jackson Raven Synthetic mop brush
Sakura Micron Pigma pen 05


Watercolour Flower Cluster



Supplies: 
Bockingford Watercolour paper cold press
Winsor and Newton Watercolours
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections Watercolor
Jackson Raven Synthetic mop brush


Yellow Watercolour Flowers



Supplies: 
Bockingford Watercolour paper cold press
Winsor and Newton Watercolours
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections Tropicals
Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections Decadent Pies
Jackson Raven Synthetic mop brush


Double Gelli Plate Printing



Supplies: 
Gelli Plate 3 x 5 inch
Ranger medium brayer
StencilGirl Circles Circles stencil 
Liquitex Paint paint  - Light Blue Permanent and Brilliant Yellow Green (heavy Body); Prisma Violet (soft body)
Fabriano Accademia Artist Paperpack 200 sheets 120 gsm



So what you will you make, paint, draw this weekend? Do tell!

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

VIDEO: DIY Logan / Wolverine Inspired Birthday Card


Kim Dellow DIY Wolverine / Logan inspired birthday card

I've mentioned before that we are pretty keen on comic books and graphic novels in my household so today's project video is a total geek-out homage to the new Logan film coming out in the cinemas around the world this week. It's a DIY how-to for making a Logan / Wolverine inspired Birthday Card.

I totally wish I could claim to having come up with the idea but it was my amazing partner David who did, I just brought it to life. The one thing we are not short of in my house is comic books so it was easy for me to source some old ones to cut up. But if you aren't so lucky then try your local charity shop or second hand book shop, but do make sure it isn't a rare one before you go tearing it up!

Hope you enjoy the movie Bub. Both mine and the one in the cinema, which might be slightly longer and less papercraft-based than mine!


VIDEO: DIY Logan / Wolverine Inspired Birthday Card



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Products:
Old comic book pages
Cardstock 12" x 12" yellow, blue
Glue - any paper glue will do, I used Golden Regular gel
Scissors
Sakura Micron Pigma pen 05
bone folder (or use the side of a pen)
Paper trimmer (or a craft knife and a metal ruler)
Scoring tool (or an old inkless ballpoint pen and a ruler)
Craft knife
Metal ruler (optional)


Kim Dellow DIY Wolverine / Logan inspired birthday card lying down

Kim Dellow DIY Wolverine / Logan inspired birthday card close up

Have fun with this technique! I don't think it isn't just for Logan / Wolverine birthday cards either, it would make a fun Halloween card too wouldn't it?

Kim

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Fashion Artist And Illustrators To Follow On Instagram

Did you watch London Fashion Week last week? All caught up with what is hot and not this season and next season? I have to admit that I am a bit clueless when it comes to fashion, would not know my *insert current top designer's name here* from my *insert a different current top designer's name here*, yes it is that bad, I don't even know the current top names in the fashion industry, I did warn you I was clueless! But I do have a massive admiration, and a smattering of jealousy, for all the art and talent that goes into it.

Different Dresses outlines by Kim Dellow


From the textile art and surface design of the clothes to the artists that illustrate fashion, there is just so much to be inspired by. So fashionista or not, if you are looking for some people to follow on Instagram for a bit of daily fashion artist and Illustrator inspiration then here are some suggestions:


Fashion Art And Illustrators To Follow On Instagram:

1. Hodaya Louis @hodayalouis - Works in a whole range of different mediums and a varied style. Just love her face art but she also can render a fashion form seemingly effortless, which obviously it isn't, with just a few marks, it is pretty awesome! She also has a website, Hodaya Louis, and sells prints of her work.

2. Megan Ruth St Clair Morgan @mrscmillo - Works a lot in pen/ink and watercolour. I just love her continuous line style and how she can give the essence of the form with line and a touch of colour. She also has a portfolio website at MRSCMILLO.

3. Beth Briggs Illustration @bethbriggsillustration - Has a signature bright pastel colour style and I love her illustrative look. I also love that she really only started turning her hobby into a career after she turned 50. You can also find out about her in her etsy shop BBriggsIllustration.

4. Marie-Klara Gonzalez @marieklaragonzalez - Has a very contemporary illustrative style, I love her surface design and fashion drawings. You can also find her through Miss Capricho where she displays her client work.

5. Elena Ciuprina @elenaciuprina - Has a very bold line and block colours style which I really love. She is another artist who experiments with different mediums and different looks which is fun to watch. She also has a portfolio on Behance under her name Elena Ciuprina.

6. Jacky Marshall @jackyblue__ - Uses all sorts of items in her work, lots of different types of pen work but then the odd addition of fabric and paper collage too. I love her quick line drawings and her use of colour and pattern.

Dress outlines with patterns by Kim Dellow


I hope that you enjoy exploring the feeds of these artists.

So what about you? Which fashion illustrators and artists do you follow and why do you like them?

Kim

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Friday, 24 February 2017

VIDEO: Timelapse Art Journal Page - Gelli Plate Collage

Gelli Plate collage journal page by Kim Dellow


I've a little treat for you today. I was working on some art journal pages for my blog post today, thinking that I would do another art journal page share like I did for last Friday's blog post. But this time I decided to film the whole thing in case something came out of it. So instead of just sharing project pictures today with you today I have a little extra in the form of a timelapse video showing the whole process for this art journal share. I hope you enjoy it!

The page is built in my junk journal and I've used layers of paint with some Gelli plate prints using paints and stencils then used these printed papers to build up a focal point with layers. I didn't have time to add a voice over so it is just set to music, but if there is anything you want to know just ask either below in the comments or over on my YouTube Channel!


VIDEO: Timelapse Art Journal Page: Gelli Plate Collage




[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!]

Products:
Winsor and Newton Galleria Gesso
Gelli Plate 3 x 5 inch
Ranger medium brayer
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamp EKD05, Stencils PS040 and PS048
StencilGirl Loopy Ladders L434 stencil
Liquitex Paint - Muted Turquoise, Light Blue Permanent and Brilliant Yellow Green (heavy Body); Prisma Violet (soft body)
WHSmiths gold acrylic paint
Fabriano Accademia Artist Paperpack 200 sheets 120 gsm
Palette Knife
Plastic card
Punchinella
Sharpie paint pen - black
Craft foam
Waffle Flower Doily Die

Close up of the butterfly on the Gelli Plate collage journal page by Kim Dellow


I would really love for you to join me on myYouTube channel, you might have spotted that I am really trying to make a go of it this year and I am getting into the habit of filming more and learning how to get better at producing the films. So if you haven't already then please do come and say 'hi' and subscribe to my channel to get the latest videos as they go live.

See you there!

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

VIDEO: Textured And Layered Art Journal Page Using Stamped Layers And Watercolours

Kim Dellow Layered and textured art journal page


If you didn't think you could make a textured, layered watercolour art journal page then I hope that my video today will change your mind! We are all quite use to using acrylic paints to add layers to our art journal pages but how about watercolour layering? It is a little harder as watercolour will react to water even after it is dry but it is still possible to work on a watercoloured background without it washing away!

And as for adding texture with watercolours, well there are lots of methods some you might be very familiar with such as using large salt grains or crunched up cling film or Saran wrap, but there are other methods too like using stencils and I share one way to use your stencils to add texture to your watercolours today along with methods for layering and creating this art journal page.


VIDEO: Art Journal: PaperArtsy Stamped Layers And Watercolours



Products:
PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamps EKD04, EKD05, EKD06 and Stencil PS040
Winsor and Newton Artist Watercolour paint
Prima Marketing Decadent pies Watercolour paint
Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolour pencils
Ranger Archival Jet Black ink
Layout Paper
Scissors
Course sea salt
Brushes
Bockingford Watercolour paper

You may have spotted that I have used the new stamps and stencils that I designed for the PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} range?! If you haven't seen the new release yet then pop to my new PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Stamp And Stencil Release February 2017 blog post from Sunday.

Meanwhile here are some close up pictures of this project, I love the way that the stencil texture peeks through the butterfly!

close up of the texture on the Layered and textured art journal page by Kim Dellow


more of the texture on the Layered and textured art journal page by Kim Dellow


Hope you enjoyed watching the video and shout if you have any questions!


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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck

It is a real treat to be able to post another set of stunning art from another amazing Artist. Yesterday we were delighted by lots of gorgeous clean and simple design inspiration from Michelle Short using the new the PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} stamps and stencils. If you missed it you can catch up with it in yesterday's Showcase blog post.

Today we have the gorgeous work of Anneke De Clerck and her lovely samples using these new products. Anneke works with mixed media and she is amazing at layering.

So let's kick off with a bright and cheery tag with lots of layers first.


New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck Warm colours tag

Anneke has used one of the small flower stencils from PS048 and I think I even spot one of the stamps from my first PaperArtsy release EKD01 to make the background. Then she has used stamps from the new EKD04 to build up the foreground.

Next is a lovely single stem circle flower with stamps again from EKD04 and EKD05. The sentiment is from EKD01.

New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck Single Bloom Card


Next up is a pair of beautiful tags which have so many amazing layers that I might actually miss which products she has used! So forgive me if I do! I spot the retro shapes stencil PS040 with stamps from EKD06. Then layering of the small flowers stencils PS048 used in different ways. Very cleverly and beautifully done!

New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck Matching Tags

I love Anneke's use of colour and you can see that in this tag which uses the leaf stencil from PS048 and stamps from EKD06. And for another completely different look scroll down to the next card and the pattern Anneke has made using the small round stamp from EKD06.

New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck Yellow and Blue Tags

New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck Circle Pattern Card

Some more layering and Use of the small circle again from EKD06 plus one of the flowers from that set too.

New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck Bright page

For this next project can you spot all the stamping work in the background? Anneke has made some more patterns this time using the heart stone stamp from EKD06, and you can see the hearts again as a little highlight in the bottom left-hand corner.

There is also some texture from the texture stamp in EKD05 and a great use of a small flower stencil from PS048 to make a focal point. The sentiment is from EKD02.

New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck Enjoy the little things

For the final samples Anneke has gone all textured with some texture paste through the large flower stencil PS046, and I just love the way she has coloured this!

New PaperArtsy Eclectica³ {Kim Dellow} Products Showcase: Anneke De Clerck Big Bloom Texture

I hope that you enjoyed these samples, weren't they gorgeous? A Big, Big thank you to Anneke for her wonderful work.

If you haven't yet, do go and visit Anneke De Clerck's blog Some Fiddling On The Kitchen Table, you can catch all of her colourful adventures there as well as on Facebook and Instagram too. So go say 'hi' and sign up to her feeds for more inspiration.



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