Saturday, 16 December 2017

ColourArte Art Supplies!

Hi Everyone!

I have some exciting news to share with you that I have kind of been holding out on you with. Back at the end of Summer I applied to be on the Colour Arte design team which I am very extremely happy to say that I was selected for. You may have heard of ColourArte, for me they are most well known for their Twinkling H20s which have been around in the art journal community for some time but you may know them for one of their other awesome projects. The Twinkling H20s are shimmering mica watercolours. Yes they are as lovely as they sound!

My design team package has now arrived and I am sharing with you today the awesome products that they sent me:

In my package is a load of those beautiful Twinkling H20s which is fabulous because I no longer have those and watercolours are my favourite medium to work with. You can expect lots of videos of me using those that is for sure!

I also received gold leaf, fluid acrylics, Glazing silks and pigments.

A lot of these products are totally new to me so it is going to be a learning curve for me. I need to get to grips with what the products are, what they do and how to use them. The good thing about that is that you are in for the ride too! Whilst I am a working artist with an art education background it doesn't mean that I am proficient in every medium out there. I will be a total beginner on some of these things which is good for you as it means you will be able to see my journey with these products, how easy I am sure they are to use so that you too can learn how to use these products. I love watching artists who are experts in their field or medium but sometimes this can be a bit daunting if you are new. So you can watch me stumble and bumble my way along and join in the fun with me. One of the first projects I want to do is fluid / pouring art including some dirty pouring. If you have no idea what I am talking about you can stay tuned for that journey! I am so excited to embark on this with you and to get out of my comfort zone a bit too.

Please do check out the ColourArte website and the amazing products on offer:

PLEASE NOTE: I was given this / these product(s) in exchange for my honest review and opinion, the fact that I was given these does not alter my opinion in anyway. This review is my own personal opionion on the product / company, given in good faith and has not be sponsored or endorsed. None of the links are affiliate links. Unless otherwise stated, all photography is my own.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Christmas Journal / December Daily Flip Through - Week 1 | Travelers Notebook

Hi Everyone!

I have a flip through for you today of the first week in my Christmas journal. I don't know what to call it really. It is my December Daily because I am doing it everyday in December but I also did it for a week before December too. It is basically the place I am recording all of our festivities!

I hope you enjoy having a look into my journal!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Art Journals: A lesson in patience and resistance!

Last month's Patreon saw Anna demonstrating the use of masking fluids and wax crayons to create resist art. Now, I haven't created anything using these techniques since I was in primary school, and only then it was with kid eat proof paint and crayons. So I was super keen to get going, so much so that I forgot to follow one of crafting's golden rules namely that of washing your paintbrush after use. So in this case washing it after using the masking fluid....something Anna also mentions in the video!

So after a few hiccups and a new brush or two - I did eventually purchase a Molotow Pen which I found a lot easier to use - I kind of got the hang of it. Then I thought I'd be a little more adventurous with it. My initial experiments saw me working mostly with watercolour paints on watercolour paper, so I wanted to try using some other mediums to see what results I could achieve.

Here I've used the Molotow Pen to create a couple of quick doodles of Christmassy symbols....I've been trying to keep the festive mood in the house by listening to Christmas Jingles, my festive vibe is ebbing and flowing at the minute...bah! 

I dug out my Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, at this point I must admit I have no idea how this will turn out or whether the masking fluid will react with the mica powder, but what the heck. I'm having fun and that's what's important here!

So now I'm going to fail to follow another golden rule....that of patience. Something I'm never going to master, haha. So I should have left the paper longer to dry....but I didn't and in my rush to see the results I ripped it.

Interestingly the reverse of the page has some rather cool markings and you can just about make out where the resist fluid was...I'll take that as a win!

Christmas Pud...because who doesn't love Christmas pud! So I figured after my not so successful trial with the shimmer powders and whilst waiting for the rest of the page to dry I'd add another little doodle to the bottom. 

The blending kinda came about by mistake. I wasn't paying a great deal of attention (I was busy wailing away to tunes) and I dropped a huge green dollop so I turned it around by blobbing and sploshing on more paint. I had intended to do some nice shading and shaping, so let's call it an organic development!

In most of my sketchbook/art journaling inserts I tend to slip black and coloured card between my watercolour and mixed media papers as I like to do a lot of work with chalks and pastels. Alongside my pud and snowflakes page was black card. Again I really wasn't sure how this was going to turn out as a) I hadn't tried the resist fluid on the card b) I wasn't entirely sure how well the pearlescent paints were going to perform on such a dark backdrop and c) I couldn't really tell where I was going or where I had already drawn with the pen. It was a sort of stab in the dark. 

I decided to literally cover the page with blues, whites and grey in the hopes of creating enough contrast with the black lines created by the resist pen. This time I let it dry whilst I wrote this blog currently I don't know whether I'll be writing a success story or another mishap!

....ta da!!

I think it turned out rather well considering :)

I feel like I should have learnt some lessons here, about patience and intuition in regards to creating artwork, and to some extent it is probably true for the latter part, but I don't think patience will ever be my thing haha. I'm off to relive my childhood and dig out my crayons!

Till next time people :) x 

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Printing photos for December Daily & Project Life

Hi Guys!

Here is a little vlog from me talking about how I am printing my photos for my festive journal this year and how I will be printing my photos for my Project Life album in 2018.

Christmas all wrapped up

Wrapping presents is one of my favourite parts of the run up to Christmas.  I love making each present look beautiful and like time and has been taken to make it special.  I always take special care to choose the right paper each year.  This year I bought my wrapping paper (in black and gold) in a three pack of different designs and it came with tags and ribbons.  I was disappointed when I opened up the pack to discover that the tags and ribbons were not quite as pretty as the paper itself.  So I decided to make some. At first I thought about using the different papers to make some tags when I remembered I had some of Anna's beautiful collage sheets that I printed but hadn't used yet.

I thought the beautiful colours in the October sheets would pop perfectly against the black and gold papers, so I glued the paper to some cardstock to give it strength and cut out some tag shapes.  I did some embossing with some Christmassy stamps I had and I think they look perfect against the papers.

I also cut out some thin strips of the papers and used these like ribbon to wrap around the presents here:

I hope you are finding some time to be crafty in what can be a crazy time in the run up to Christmas.
Don't forget to check out Anna's Patreon and you can find more of my art here, or on my blog, or on Instagram.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

What an Amazing end to the year!

so the last Brimbles sticker club kit for 2017 is here, and what a amazing end to the year. 

This kit was so full of sparkle it was amazing.

I firstly knew I wanted to do a planner layout in my new personal size Websters pages planner, which I have been totally addicted to over the past 2 months since I got it for my birthday.

Around this time of year I like to try and get super organised and get the flat clean and organised going into the new year  (I can hope at least!) 

Also anyone with kids will tell you your front room becomes Toys R Us in seconds on Christmas Day, so I wanted to make sure I had time written in to organise things before I totally lost the plot in the madness!!

Also this year for New Years we are having family over to bring in the new year so doing this spread 3weeks in advance was perfect. I loved the different widths of washing strips and all the decorative stickers I felt really went well with the layout.

I also used a few gold puffy stickers that I had recently bought from the mrs Brimbles stall at this years Christmas jingle mingle. 

I really love the colours in this and love how it turned out.

Then I wanted to do a journal page .. now I'm not going to get into the whole clicha " new year new me shpeel' ( is that a word lol) that is thrown around a lot this year, however I've had such a crazy year this year from getting married to coming down with a mystery illness and I really wanted to create a page to help me get a few goals for next year out of my head and written down.

I love how this all worked out and I am looking forward to next year yo see if I can keep to these goals.

anyways Merry Christmas all and Happy New Year from me !!

see you in the new year

Gemma Silk ( still getting used to the new name haha!)


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Travelers Notebook insert size guide

At the Jingle & Mingle event yesterday we made travelers notebook inserts. I made a size guide template and I thought I would share it with you, my lovely blog readers in case it is of any help to you!

This is set up for A4 paper - make sure you turn off any 'shrink to fit' settings and print 'as is' with borderless printing.