Artist Gang Post Little Watercolor Forest

Hello! So I'm here with you today to share a little watercolor scene I have painted.

I love to paint with watercolors, I find it so relaxing. I love the way they mix with each other and I'm not too phased that I can't always control what I want them to do.

In fact, i like that they can be so random .. and do their own thing. It's the surprise that I like. Unlike acrylic paint that I can pretty much make do what ever I have in my head, watercolor is so much more free.

I have used one of Donna's stencils to create a little forest scene. It is called "Lilac Buds" but they also make great little trees.

I hope you enjoy the video and I'll see you all again soon.

Daniel Smith Watercolors

A Trio of ATC's For 13Arts

Hello my lovelies! Today i have a little trio of Artist trading cards to share with you.

I put these together to show you how versatile the 13@rts black stickers are.

You can use these stickers on pretty much anything. I've used them for titles on layouts, on cards and now as little titles on these ATC's.

I have used the gorgeous "Aria Story" collection. All the links are below.


Learning To Love Purple

Hello I'm here with you today and I have a little video to share of an art journal page I created.

I'm learning to love purple because for some unknown reason my brain keeps making me use it in my art!!!

 I have never been a big fan of the colour but it just keeps creeping in to my creations. In all reality I think I am learning to like it.

 And I paired it up with green and pink so it doesn't over power the piece. I tried something different this time in my journal too. I stamped first!

I mean I stamped in between too but I began the process with some background stamping. Anyway you can see it all in the video.

Here is a link 

VLV Stamps used:

I am totally enjoying exploring with different colours and different stamping techniques in my art journal. I feel i'm really starting to develop a style. I hope you feel inspired to get your VLV stamps out and have a little play in your journal too xx

Artist Gang Tuesday for June

Hello my lovelies. Just dropping in quickly to share my Donna Downey Artist gang share for June.

 I had an absolute blast with some of the Golden Fluid acrylics and the pink and red Fluorescent paints - "You can never have too much Fluoro Pink"

 The video shows how the page came about and explores the use of some of Donna's signature stencils.

 I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Cheers until next time xx

May Challenge for SW - Book Pages!

Welcome to May my beautiful peeps!! Another challenge has been born over at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo and the theme is "Book Pages".

 I did an art journal page ...... of course.

and it's purple ........ not of course. HOW THE F____* do I keep using purple?

 However .... it does go nicely with the mint from the "Cotton Candy Dreams" collection from 7 Dots Studio. Plus ......... I added a few strips of red so I could keep my sanity ... just the tiniest bit.

Get your old books out and have some fun creating this month. You could win some awesome prizes from 7 Dots Studio!

Kraft Plus for May

Welcome to the beginning of another month and another K-Plus challenge!

This month the theme is outside the box! And you have to use a photo that is NOT square.

I had a square photo .... oooops ..... so I cut it up! Like you do!

Once I did it there was no going back!

I simply continued the theme on with some random geometric shapes that i cut out of some left over geli printing papers.

I can't wait to see what the rest of you do! Is it going to be insane like mine?

A Painting For Donna Downey's Artist Gang


This is a very special Artist Gang Tuesday post for me because ONE- It's my birthday and TWO- I'm currently teaching IN PARIS!!!

I've been uber organised with getting my posts finished early and actually painted this one a few weeks ago. I have been bursting at the seams to share it with you all because I just love how it has turned out!

I've painted on a 16"x20" stretched canvas using only a selection of different sized palette knives and some vine charcoal. I do think I use my finger twice.

I've always loved nudes and really wanted to try them out. I am seriously thinking I'll do a series of these now that I've done this one .... and I might even adventurous and try on a bigger substrate.

I used all Golden Heavy Body Acrylic for the body of the painting (no pun intended) and then outlined and created some shadow with the vine charcoal.

Here is a link to the video.

I really must apologize for the angle .... I seriously thought it would work in my head while i was filming and then when it came to editing I was so disappointed with the end result. but I've learnt now so I promise the next one will be so much better.

Product List:

"Adventure Awaits" A Layout for 7 Dots Studio

Hello everyone. Today I'm here with you today to share a little layout I have created using the fabulous "Cotton Candy Dreams" collection from 7 Dots Studio.

I wanted to make an orange layout with the papers. I had made lots of mint coloured ones and some mint and orange ones but I hadn't yet explored a single monochromatic orange from the collection and was excited to see how it turned out.

The design is a classic one that drops or cascades beautifully down the page. It's always my go to design when I'm struggling for ideas. I have to say the ALL orange did stump me for a bit, but as I got further into the creating it started to flow well.

Once I added the height in the tags and then the charms, I knew it was going to work well. I just love how it all came together and I love the organic feel it has to it.

I hope you have some inspiration to try out an ALL orange layout too. It's not always our go to colour but it is ever so lovely really. Don't you think?

7 Dots Studio products:

"Timeless" A Layout for 13Arts

Hello! Today I am sharing with you a layout I have created for 13@rts using the stunning "His and Hers" collection designed by the very talented Olga Heldwein.

This design follows one of the trails of the butterflies on this beautiful paper. I painted them with a watered down Matte Pink Ayeeda Paint and then dressed each one up with some Ayeeda Paint in the VIVID Magenta. I either painted it through a stencil or I painted it directly onto some little butterflies I cut out of the "United Forever" paper.

I also added some of the brass clocks from the clock set and the Timeless title from the 12x12 chipboard collection.

I used one of the crocheted doily's I have collected during my thrift store shopping. I just love shopping through old stores and collecting ephemera.

13@rts Products:

Thank you for popping by.

Kraft Plus Challenge for April

Hello! April brings with it another challenge I'm happy to be a part of .... the Kraft Plus challenge team. This month the theme was to use "Paint Swatches" .... yep .... how cool is that??

This is what I made.

I went to my local hardware store and gathered a heap of paint samples in teals and greens, pinks and purple hoping they would all look nice together.

I punched out the butterfly's and loved the look of the cards with the negative so I wanted to incorporate this as well.

Everything on this layout is held down entirely with staples!!
Yes I'm that lazy. The stapler was in front of me so that's what I used!!

It worked well!


You can find more info and more inspiration for the challenge HERE!

13 Arts April Challenge

OMG!! Do you know how hard it is to paint an organic shape and not make it look like an alien? I'm not sure I nailed it.

I needed to ask for assistance from my SUPER talented daughter (luckily she was home this weekend) who had to finish off the face details and chest for me ..... I just couldn't quite make them work. 

Other than that though ... I'm pretty happy with the rest.


Here is the inspirational board.

The background was easier than anticipated, although I still spent A LOT of time on in. I just love the Ayeeda paints. They are so highly pigmented and have amazing coverage. The background is a blended one. I used my fingers (as I always do). I liked how it ended up organic just like the figure.

13@rts products used: