Sunday, 30 August 2009

Cool link :How to make your own stich markers:)

I find great inspiration by just looking at what other people have made and what i saw a lot was stich markers-I kept on wondering how to make them until i found this site:

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

The little steps to an art journal page

As most of you will be heading back to school soon or are already going, here are my tips on journaling when time is short.I dont know about you, but i have many tests coming up soon , so i will and have less time for art journaling.So here are some things you can do:

Gesso a page:
This wont take long and will preprep all your pages.warning if you are using a thick paper notebook, such as a moleskin, you will not need to do this.

Collect ideas:
You can do this anywhere.Look on the internet for prompts,collect ticket stubs, leaves ect from your way to school, check in books, a film , a book and mabey even Homework will inspire you.

Start by adding paint and sticking in a pretty piece of paper...,Just work with it un til you feel its ready.You can start this one day and finish the next.

Collect Images and Quotes:
Cut up old magazines, look for cool pictures and titles that sound cool and use em in you art journal page.
Search the internet and books for quotes, you can use.

You can do this anywhere, even in break during school.Just bring a pencil and an artists rubber and your set to go.

You can do this on the phone, on the bus, in break,in a homework break, on the loo any where you can think of.

Do this whenever inspiration strikes you.

Finishing touches:
Can be added any time.

I hope me breaking it down into little steps will help you fit it in and remeber post me a link and i will come check out your blog.PEACE!
If you have to do a preasantation or somthing for school, it really helps if you break it up into mini steps to.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Threadbanger comp winners and with cool videos!!!

3rd place:Love this one !! Its so diffrent and thats a comment!

2nd place:This one is sweet and pretty

1st place: cool

My personal score board:
1st place: the 3rd place one
2nd place ,the first place one
3rd place:the 2nd one

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Book review:Artists journals and sketchbooks

Artists Journals and sketchbooks

by:Lynne Perella

price:US=21.99 dollars UK=14.99 pounds

It is a really good book,for a art journaler of any level.Lynne shows you many inspiring art journal pages by various artists, cool artists insights and material listings for almost every layout.The book is divided into 5 chapters.

chapter 1:

Here she explains in short the basics of art journaling.Then shows you many lovely layouts and has technic pages on such things as ading colour to your background and cool ways to alter pictures(not using photoshop).

chapter 2 :This chapter is about the book itself.So creative ways to decorate the cover including using Slide mount artworks. Again there are many inspiring pictures of what other artists have done such as a cool handquilted coverd journal(so cool).It also contains the idea of making mini journals and attachment technics.

Chapter 3 :

All about adding text, theres a list of ways to do so,how to use in a background , how to carve your own stamp and many things by artists.Also all kinds of ways to add hidden journaling.
Chapter 4 :
About diffrent sketchbooks.This includes pictures and explainations as well as tips for things like travel journals, planning future projects and much more.
Chapter 5:
Here she shows you how to do art journaling but not in a notebook, but on a skirt, quilt or cans.

rating (by me): 7 and a half/10
It has many , many wonderful things in here, to get your creative juicies flowing, well explained technics and tips.The bad is that some text refure to other pages in a displayed journal layout and you dont get to see em.Also i think 7 whole pages dedicated to mount slide art work is way to much.I mean yes, to a small digree i am intrested and its a cool idea, but i didnt buy a book about mount slides did i?( no i did not).

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Watercolour painting 101:Part 1:Supplies

I have had a sudden intrest in watercolour painting.So iv created this series,a mix between my ideas, tips and what iv found in books and on the web.


Well basicly youll need:

watercolour paints:

Any will do , they are avalable in tubes or in tubs.So the tubes are in runny format and the tubes in solid.Either work fine,though i would recomend the tubs as they are better for beginners i.e. you wont waist paints by pushing to much out of the tube.WARNING:Do not close lid on wet tubs ones as they will go all horid if you do.let em dry first!The minimum you need as far as colours are concernd is red ,blue and yellow.Out of these basic colours you can mix allthe colours their are.oh and white is a good idea to get to and if you want to make things easier for yourself buy black to.


Get a good selection of thick and thin brushes.Basiclly the ones made from pigs hair are tougher than the other ones.Its also a good idea to get some flat ones to, as they are fab for straight lines andbig areas.Now comes the inportant bit:


1.First give it a lil wash over with water to get the most of the paint out.

2.Using a cheap bar of soap(which you bought for this perpose)get it all full of soap and smear in nicely with fingertips.

3.Now give it a good rinse tell all the soap is out

4.Make sure all the paint is out.

5.Now with your fingers and a bit of water shape the tip, like it was originally(so normal nice and pointy)



This is important for mixing colours in.You can buy many diffrnet models in china , wood, metall and plastic.Any will work fine.Always wash after use.If you dont want to buy one, make your own out of fimo(search artists mixing palette in google to get an idea of what it looks like.).


You can use any paper that is heavier than 140lbs.Other wise it will curl.

Water,Rags,Pencil and rubber

You can use any water.Tap water is fine.But sea salt water works to,though you will get a diffrent affect depending on which water you use.

Use any random rag or loo roll to wipe the water off the brush and stuff like that.

You will also need a Pencil for drawing a rough outline and a rubber to rub out mistakes.Buy a artists neadable putty rubber and an b2 and hb and h2 pencils.

So look out for part two soon.And have fun watercolouring.


1.Gather materials

2.Give it a go, not acctully painting any thing just get a feel for the paint.Why not paint a background of an art journal page?

3.Have fun and please comment:)