Art Journal Page – Paradise Lost **NSFW**


Today I’m participating in a YouTube collaboration with Aaron Blazevich of Imperfect Impulses and Paul Browning from the Artsiders Blog. We’ve been in discussions recently about the role nudity plays in art and the fact that you don’t see much artistic nudity in art journals on YouTube. So we decided to create a small hop/collab where we each create a page featuring at least one nude!

So, to ensure that no one can accidentally stumble upon images of nudity and get offended, I haven’t added a gallery to this post!

To view my video process …click the image above! To view Aaron’s & Pauls click their links below!

Aaron’s YouTube Video & Channel

Paul’s YouTube Video & Blog





Art Journal Page – Mission Inspiration – Beauty

IMG_3359It’s time for another Mission Inspiration and for February I think this one may challenge you a little if you’re playing along! The Mission prompts are below so you can follow along or have a go yourself!

FB INSTRUCTIONS REB2 I’m working in my black Dylusions journal this month and I’ve decided on a double page spread with plenty of texture, layers and collage elements to keep the eye engaged. As always I have filmed my page from start to finish and I hope you enjoy following along with my creative process.

If you would like to join in the fun with the mission, you can join in via the Mission Inspiration Facebook group.


Art Journal Page – Perfect Wonder


I’ve been wanting to try out and compare all my white pens in my black Dylusions journal for some time now, but never seemed to have the right motivation or inspiration to do it. That all changed recently when we had a complete dumping of snow a couple of inches thick in a very short space of time!

It’s funny how you get a visit from your creative muse when you least expect it!

So, from this I was able to determine that the best pen for working in this type of journal is the Uni Paint Marker which is available in different nib sizes. I still like my Signo white Uni Ball opaque rollerball gel pen for normal journal work, but the Uni Paint is a very close second! Time to stock up!


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


 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!