Lucky Dip Art Challenge #18

Hi friends! It’s time for another Lucky Dip! It’s been a while! I also have a special announcement at the end of the video ūüôā

What I Pulled:

  • Big Bear graphite pencil
  • Zig Brush Tip Marker in purple
  • ColorBox Ink Pad in mint
  • Bombay India Ink in Violet
  • Molotow Acrylic Paint Marker in True Blue

5 items, one artwork. I hope you enjoy, and thanks for watching!

See my pregnancy announcement video here!

-Ashley <3

4 Mixed Media Art Techniques You May Not Have Tried Yet

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Today I wanted to share a few cool techniques I found while browsing through Pinterest over the weekend. ¬†These techniques are really interesting, pretty simple, and can bring some variety to any mixed media work. Click on the pictures to be taken to their sources where you’ll find the full instructions. Happy creating!

Feather Stamping

This technique by uses a real feather to transfer it’s imprint onto paper. ¬†This would look great as wall art on its own, or as part of a collage or art journal page.

mixed media feather

Bokeh Watercolor Tutorial

I think this is really awesome. Bokeh is the blurry, magical-looking effect photographers add to photographs. ¬†You’ve probably seen this effect in Instagram pictures, as there’s a bunch of apps out there can do this to a photo for you. ¬†But this technique by Mary Ellen was made using watercolours, and it’s a great background for card making, art journals, or even to write an inspirational quote over top. With a beautiful background like this, the possibilities are endless!

bokeh art technique

Textured Aluminum Art

This tutorial by The Scrapbook Tree uses aliminum foil to add texture toa mixed media background.  The intent of the tutorial is to create a textured background for a scrapbook layout, this this technique would be a great idea to use on canvas to add bulk and texture without the weight, and without wasting your molding paste or other acrylic mediums!

using aluminum foil to make texture in mixed media art

Credit Card Art

This technique by Housing a Forest uses old credit card to spread paint across a surface and create interesting effects. The tutorial is geared towards a kid’s art session, but by switching the palette to more sophisticated colours and adding in some extra acrylic mediums for variety, this technique can easily be adapted for a more mature painting session. (Or it can give your little ones something to do while you paint, too!)

credit card mixed media art

So that’s it for now, guys! I hope these techniques have sparked an interest in you, and maybe given you some ideas for your next project! Be sure to visit these linked websites, as they’re full of great art ideas. Leave me a comment below if you’ve tried any of these techniques before, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3


How to Art Journal When You Don’t Have Pretty Handwriting

Hi friends! Happy Monday! Today I wanted to talk about a barrier to art journaling many people face, including me: You don’t want to write on the page because your handwriting isn’t pretty! Maybe it’s too small, too large and bubbly to control, you simply can’t write in cursive, or your printing looks like a chicken walked across the page.

art journal techniques

This text barrier is a big deal in art journaling, as adding that bit of text can really complete a page. ¬†The fear of ruining your art journal page by writing on it can be a real road block to your creativity. So here’s a list of ideas to get words into your art journal without worrying about ruining it! (And without studying how to improve your own handwriting – these are quick fixes!)

Practice on a scrap piece of paper first – You don’t have to dive right into your journal page, practice how you want to write on a spare piece of paper. ¬†Take your time and figure out what’s working an not working, and you’ll be able to focus on adding text without the nervousness of messing up your art.

Use magazine letters – Cutting letters from random fonts out of magazines can give a really unique and whimsical look to your journal. Just cut them out and arrange them to say what you want.

Use scrapbook paper – This is the same idea as the magazine letters, but scrapbook papers tend to have entire words or phrases written on them, and in a pretty font too! Plus they’re already in the journaling/reflective genre, so you can find things you want to write like “You are my Sunshine,” or “happy”, or “true love”. You can add in some collage from the pieces of paper as well to really ground your letters and make them look like they fit right into your page.

Use stencils РThere are a tons of letter stencils in the crafting world, in different scripts and styles.  Buy a set you like and then simply trace or paint over the letters you need to spell out your message.

Use letter/word stickers – You can find word stickers and letter stickers at craft stores, and simply stick them onto your page! The downside to this of course is that you’d have to continue buying them, but it’s a quick, easy, and pretty solution to not writing on the pages yourself.

Use fonts from your computer – This is a technique I do quite often for a styled handwritten element. ¬†Type what you want to write in a text program on your computer using a pretty font, print it out, then trace over it onto your art journal page! There’s a ton of beautiful fonts you can use in your art journal, and many of them are free. Check out Creative Market every Monday because they offer different graphic elements for free every week, and there’s usually at least one free font in there. Over time you can build up your own little collection of beautiful fonts.

So there’s a few ideas that will hopefully give you some options when it comes to alternatives to writing by hand. ¬†Of course you can always work on your handwriting and practice Calligraphy, but that is an art form all in itself, so these other methods are great simple solutions that can work now.

Leave a comment with how you add text to your art journal pages, and till next time, keep creating!

-Ashley <3