Category Archives: Art Journalling

Arty things I do

She Loves the Everyday

New background technique: Pastel, Gesso, Watercolour.

She loved the everyday


Lifebook 2014 : Week 5

The first time I tried one of Marieke Blokland’s Cotton Candy Diva’s, it didn’t turn out very well. This lady came out much closer to the inspiration piece, although I couldn’t make the ears look right, so left them off. The background is very layered, and I should have been a bit more light handed with the acrylic paint so more of the lower layers could peek through.

Sugar Sugar LB5

Caterpie & Butterfree



300gsm Daler & Rowney watercolour paper with some Walnut Ink spray on it.Butterfree001Stampin’ Up! Swallowtail stamp in Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and Turquoise Daler & Rowney Acrylic Artist Ink


prettyejunque.wordpress.comTexturising with Punchinella, Distress Ink in Dusty Concord and Vintage Photo, alphabet stencil and irResistible spray in Rose Bud, gesso and cardboard tube.

Butterfree006 prettyejunque.wordpress.comFlick watercolour over

Butterfree007Artistic Director Princess Isabella.

Butterfree008Gel medium to glue down the words.

prettyejunque.wordpress.comWatercolour to incorporate the words.


prettyejunque.wordpress.comStamp over the butterfly again with Colorbox white pigment ink.


With Love as Key

With Love as Key

If you are not confident with painting or drawing faces, rip one out of a magazine, glue it down with gel medium, give it a coat of transparent gesso and paint over the top. Keep the acrylic paint loose while you block in the features and shading, then just keep layering and refining. This is my way to become more familiar with a different style of portrait than I normally draw. I used:
Inktense pencils, Kaisercraft Stencil, assorted brands of paper flowers (mostly Kaisercraft), Matisse Medium 30, magazine image, Matisse transparent gesso, acrylic paints, book page, metal key, paper napkin

Watercolour Girl

Watercolour eyes

I used watercolour for everything except the hair, I used gesso for that to give texture, and of course the stamping.
Something interesting I found: I used Micador spray fixative over the piece, the cheap set of watercolour I used dries a bit powdery and the colour can transfer; and the fixative reactivated the StazOn ink I used to stamp with. You can see the haze of blue on her hair on the left – that is due to the ink flowing with the fixative. Good to know for the future, spray fixative prior to using StazOn.

My First Design Team Gig!

My First Design Team Gig!

I am on the Design Team for Kreative Koncepts Mixed Media!

I had such fun making this page.

Copyright Kreative Koncepts 2014

Making the video and writing the instructions took a lot longer than I expected, but I am putting that down to the learning curve. I had to do a lot of things I had never done before like create a video from still photos, work out how to add music, upload it to YouTube, embed a PDF for download in a blog post…. Next time should be a doddle *fingers crossed*.