Words & Paintery – Frozen Skyline

The lovely ladies over at Words & Paintery blog have asked me to do a guest design project for their November colour palette challenge. I love the idea of black with silver and turquoise, such a fantastic combination. So my imagination was set racing! Here’s what I created.

Frozen Skyline

I have to admit, the colours they’ve chosen are right up my street. As soon as I saw them I had a very good idea of what I’d like to create with them.

Words & Paintery Challenge November-15

My 6″ x 12″ canvas,”Frozen Skyline” has been created using black gesso, Town House Teal acrylic Paint from IndigoBlu and Winter Dawn Gilding Flakes also from IndigoBlu. I have added a piece of misty cheese cloth to the bottom to add texture. The lines where added using an old credit card. The building windows were created using the textures stencil from IndigoBlu, finally the silver star splatters were added using Vodka Martini Metallic Acrylic Paint also from IndigoBlu.

Hope you like it and I hope you’ll pop on over to the Words & Paintery blog to checkout their fabulous monthly challenges.

http://wordspaintery.blogspot.se/

mike

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Journal52 – Plans

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As I race to catch up with all the prompts I’ve missed over the last few weeks, I’m trying to create pages and projects in the right order. So this project is for Week 35 of Journal52.com’s challenges and the prompt is “Plans”.

A plan can be anything from a drawing or list to a course of action in small steps leading to an eventual aim. I’ve tried to incorporate elements of each into my page while still trying to keep it as artistic and as colourful as I can.

I’ve still got a little catching up to do, but I’m determined to complete and get up to date with all the prompts before the year is through. That’s my plan!

mike

Journaling KIS 2016 Competition Entry Details

If you’re reading this, it means that the competition is OPEN and you can now enter to be in with a chance of being one of the 5 lucky people to win a free place on the Journaling Krazy Island Style 2016 art journaling course.

Links to each instructors YouTube channel:
Claudia Rossi: https://www.youtube.com/user/ClaudiaRossiStudios
Gina Ahrens: https://www.youtube.com/user/ginabahrens
Peta Thompson: https://www.youtube.com/user/ladypetalcreations
Kelly Donovan: https://www.youtube.com/user/knittingandthings

Rafflecopter Competition Link:
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/107de5241/?

Remember, the more you engage, the more chances you have! Good Luck!

mike

Art Journal Page – This City Never Sleeps

The folks at Chalk-Ola reached out to me earlier in the year via my YouTube channel and asked whether I’d consider doing a review of their new chalk marker pens. They offered to send me a full set free of charge to play with. I was flattered, who wouldn’t, and said yes.

So I’ve had them for a while but haven’t gotten around to playing with them as I was waiting for my black Dylusions journal to arrive, so that I could use the pens on the rich black pages of the new 8×8 journal.

Well the journal is now here and so is my review!IMG_2736

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 The Chalk Ola pens have a liquid chalk ink, which when applied to a non porous surface such as glass, plastic or a mirror write on pretty darn good. The bonus is that even when dry you can clean off the pen by using a wet cloth or wet wipe. Perfect for menus or shop windows or even home decor for mirrors and such. However, and there always has to be one! I’m a mixed media artist and would rather use the pens in an art journal, so I wanted to see how they’d hold up on the pages of my (new black) journal.

As you can see from the video above and the close up photos below, the pens hold up pretty well. There is no residue when you wipe over with your hands when dry and they don’t smudge. Bonus!

If someone where to ask my opinion on buying these pens for art journaling, I’d say yes, but with a caveat that some of the colours work better on lighter coloured pages, which could be true of most coloured pens!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this art journal page and my brief product review, as I always say, actions speak louder than words, so if you haven’t watched the video and want to see them working in a real situation, then click that play button!

mike

Journaling Krazy Island Style 2016 – Giveaway

Journaling Crazy Island Style is a 50 week online art journaling course run by three very talented mixed media artists. Claudia Rossi, Gina Ahrens & Peta Thompson. They’ve been running the course for a couple of years now with lots of success, but this year, they’ve decided to mix thing up a little and invite a couple of guest instructors to do an exclusive online workshop, and you’ve guessed it, they’ve asked me and Kelly Donovan.

So to celebrate, they’re also offering the chance to win a FREE place on the 2016 course. I’ll be announcing how you can enter the giveaway in a few days so stay tuned! There are 5 chances to win!

If you’d like further information about the course then you can get everything you need by clicking the link below.

http://www.krazyislandstudios.com