Saturday, 15 October 2016

(VIDEO Tutorial): #ColourarteVideoHop - Mixed media scrapbooking layout - Autumn

Its almost summer here, yet, I found it so easy and inspiring to scrap about Autumn which is one of my favourite times of the year. The beautiful colors of fall, cool weather, warm dinners..... Ill have to wait another 6 months to experience that again, so why not re-live it through a layout! This is also the time of year when in India we celebrate Dusshera - a time when we choose to change ourselves and strive to see (and choose) good over bad in every aspect of our life.

Ive tried to bring this out by using a black background and a light filled photograph. The ombre leaves and colours being the journey of life through happy and difficult times and the gold to look for the bright moments in everyday through the journey of life.

Today's project is part of the first #ColourarteVideoHop this year - there are 14 amazing video tutorials for Autumn inspired projects made using Colourarte products. 
Here is the best part - 
COMMENT to WIN  (UPDATE 1/10/2016: Giveaway CLOSED)
the latest addition to the Colourarte range - Vivid Ultra Metallics of your choice. 
14 videos = 14 chances to WIN

Type #ColourarteVideoHop in the youtube search bar to find the videos
Follow the links in the description box of my video.

Happy hopping friends, I do hope you enjoy all the videos :)

Also playing alongwith the following challenges:

More than words : Change the subject of the layout, ombre leaves, title

Lulupu - Challenge #66- Bling a ding with a stamping twist! 
Ive used sequins and rhinestones for bling, stamping in the background that has been embossed.



Friday, 23 September 2016

(VIDEO): Beginner Mixed media scrapbook layout

Hello peeps,

Spring has definitely brought my creative mojo back atleast for now. I tried my hand at the Kraftit up Challenge this month with an over the top (from my standards) A4 scrapbook layout. One of those layouts that I just went with the flow.

If you are new to mixed media scrapbooking, there are some very simple and basic techniques that you can pick up from my video.For close ups and a step by step of this layout head over to the Colourarte blog.

List of supplies:
Other supplies: Clear gesso, white gesso, palette knife, brushes, pattern paper & embellishments ( Maggie Holmes / Prima Marketing)

Playing alongwith this months Kraftit up moodboard

Wish you all a lovely weekend.


Monday, 19 September 2016

(VIDEO): Gratitude Art Journal Page

Hello friends,

Today, my project is an Art Journal page made for Words and Paintery September reveal.

You can make any mixed media project to participate in this challenge. Use both the wording & colours to inspire your work.

This is another spread in my altered book which is a collection of memories and letters for my kids. So, it was only apt to have something about our everyday life. This is definitely one of the most satisfying and meaningful pieces of work I've done this month.

I found a whole heap gratitude journalling prompts on Pinterest and chose one that worked for me. The left page has a shaker sleeve made with WRMK fuse tool attached on one side. Underneath it are the remaining two sentences : "I felt joyful when..." & "My favourite part was..." and a small note for my kids about finding delight in everyday moments like a morning cuddle, an unexpected kiss or a quiet afternoon in the park.

I hope you enjoy the video.

Also playing alongwith More than words challenge blog.
I chose the Art Recipe and have included a few diecuts, a flair and a good helping of beads in the shaker pocket.

Also playing alongwith, Canvas Corp Brands challenge

Thursday, 4 August 2016

(Video Tutorial) : Underwater fantasy Shipwheel photoframe

Hello peeps and Happy August,

I'm waiting for the first signs of spring to show up, but alas it just keep raining here. 

With fond memories of summer, I made this project for the Video bloghop at Studio AB See organized by the talented Linda Ann Smith . Linda brought together a group of scrapbookers and artists through her FB page for this video hop.
My partner was the Award winning artist, Diana Riukas, who shares her knowledge in art through demonstrations and tutorials. 

In my videos …..enjoy the wonder of art by watching the imagery come alive step by step. At my YouTube channel my hope is to "Help you with your LOVE for art......" However that may be such as through acrylic painting, mixed media paintings, art journaling ideas, digital art painting or art consultation. My Master's in Fine Arts degree is from Maryland Institute College of Art. My art work is represented in private and public collections worldwide. Through my knowledge in art, my hope is to help artists, non-artists, and hobbyists to  do what they desire in art.
Diana prepared this beautiful art journal page using a very interesting alcohol ink technique.

I made this ship wheel shaped photoframe using sea shells collected from our trips to the beach.

I hope you enjoy this video where we have both shared the techniques and process to make our respective projects.

Thanks for visiting :)

Thursday, 21 July 2016

(Tutorial) Art journal - Colourarte Primary Elements pigments

Hello friends,

I'm on the Colourarte blog today with a step by step to make this art journal page using primary elements pigments, silks and radiant gels.

 I love the shimmer that all the colourarte products have. Not overly shiny for a grungy project like the one Ive made but shiny enough to make the teal look like a tiny jewels.

This project was an eye opener for me on so many levels. I love texture in all my projects and was so blown away with what can be achieved with paints and mediums - no 3d elements. For a long time I wanted to add one of Finns rusted wheels in the centre, add glass beads and glitter and what not! I really liked this idea too, but eventually settled for an embossed butterfly.

 Learn to live another day I suppose :)

Thank you for visiting me today!
Creative hugs,

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Art journal illustration - Words & Paintery

Hello peeps,

Happy happy day today. Kids are back at school and finally found time to sit on my laptop and edit photos and videos.

The first piece I want to share is my DT inspiration as part of the Words & Paintery Team.  I love the reason behind this blog challenge and being a mixed media lover at heart, I really wanted to be part of this community and am very thankful to Marie Johansson for giving me this opportunity.

Considering how cold it has been here, I'm quite happy to be creating layouts about the beach and sunshine :) This journal entry started off with a collage on a piece of canvas, gesso on top and images from the Graphics Fairy. This site offers plenty plenty of free printables that you can use in your artwork.

Here is the challenge promt

you need to use both the inspiration words and the colours in the graphic.
The challenge starts mid month so you have until 15th of August to submit your entry.

Head over the Words and Paintery blog to see some mind blowing interpretation of the colours by the DT.

Thank you so much for visiting me today.

I hope you will drop by later this week to see the video that I'm editing today.


Friday, 8 July 2016

Seahorse Monoprinting using Primary elements and silks

Hello friends,

Kripa here sharing the outcome of my playdate with the GelPress, so much fun and so addictive!

Here are the supplies used:
NEW Vivid Ultra Metallics- Silver, Jade
Silks: Azurite, Autum leaf, Bolivian blue
Primary Elements: Autumn Skies, Indian copper, Teal Zircon, Violet pearl, China black

Monoprinting is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable forms of art Ive come across. You can never predict the final outcome and that element of surprise is part of the joy of pulling a print.

For a tutorial of how to make this head to the Colourarte blog.

Have a great weekend,

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

(VIDEO Tutorial) - GDT ARTastic June Challenge

Hello peeps,

I'm on the ARTastic blog today as Guest Designer sharing my take on their June challenge. For those if you that haven't visited ARTastic before - Jane Howden scores the web and shares one amazingly talented artist's work every month. This piece serves as inspiration and the basis of the challenge prompt for that month.

This months image is

The challenge prompt this month made me want to scrap a special photo. I've made layouts of this photo before, yet I want to make more. This photo is from the day my older son met his younger brother for the first time.

Let me try and explain how I’ve tried to express my emotions through colour & texture in this layout. When I look at this photo, time just stops for me (depicted by the black and white background) and I’m taken over by a feeling of love, joy and amazement (soft delicate – hand drawn flowers, lace, hearts, vellum) , probably similar to what my boys experienced that moment! The stars are my prayer to God to shower his blessing on my boys and our family.

Here is a video of how the page came together. The whole page came together in a couple of hours which is a first for me..... I take days to complete my layouts. My favourite part of the layout was making the puffy stars, the photo doesn't do justice to the gorgeous texture it created in the background.

Hope you enjoy watching. Thank you for stopping by today.

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Happy creating!

Monday, 13 June 2016

(VIDEO tutorial) : Mixed media Scrapbooking layout - Imagine

Hello friends,

I had a blast this long weekend and managed to make 3 layouts with videos....... eeeks!
I share one video today, the other two need to be edited.

This layout is based off inspiration from More than words
Word Inspiration - IMAGINE
Creative Challenge - GET MESSY
 and the color combination based on Lindy Stamp Gang mood board.

My son is a big time dreamer, loves pretend play and thankfully for the moment imagines more than monsters under his bed! So, I used it as the title for my page.

There are a lot of Crate Paper products in here - papers, chipboard, vellum and amy tan rub-ons and stickers. The colours are LSG magicals - Shabby turbine teal, rusty lantern lime and mist cotton candy pink. Ive also used Faber Castell gelatos in coordinating colours.

I hope you enjoy this video, would love to hear what you think of it. 




Friday, 10 June 2016

Mixed media Canvas tutorial for Colourarte

Hello friends,

I have very happy news to share with you all - I will be designing for Colourarte for the next few  months! Here is my very first project with a tutorial on the colourarte blog.
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Altered paintbrush using Colourarte primary elements
Off late, Ive been wanting to make projects with more meaning than just aesthetic appeal and so here is the story behind this canvas. There was a time when I would find inspiration in a lot of things around me and painted everyday. Along the way life happened (thread embedded in the texture paste) and I lost that mojo. This piece is a reminder to not given up and strive to find that part of me again (represented by the gears and clocks) , to create (paintbrush) and stay true to my inspiration (the markings on the butterfly) 
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Its amazing the different shades of colour that can be made with just 4 pigments depending on  what medium you mix it with. The patina colour on the gears and the blue butterfly are made with same pigment - Autumn skies. 

I hope you take a few minutes to read the tutorial on the Colourarte blog and leave me your comments.

Thank you,
Happy long weekend NSWers 
Happy Creating,

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Mixed media canvas - Video tutorial - FLY

Hello Creatives,

Earlier this month, I decided to make myself a set of affirmation cards (it being my birthday month annal) and jotted down what to write on each card. Some were lengthy, some just a single word. Over the next few days/months the plan was to include them into ATCs or cards ...but instead, looks like I've created two canvases now (you can see the first one here).

Take1 of this canvas didn't quite turn out the way I wanted, so I started over and definitely like this one better. The good thing about take2 was I finally got the time (& courage) to ditch my DSLR and shoot with the iPhone instead. Lol. Here is the canvas made with pretty Maggie Holmes Bloom pattern papers, design memory craft gelato, a whole heap of blue mists and inks. To finish my current favourite- the fine line applicator to write 'fly' , which stands for First Love Yourself!

I hope you can spare a few minutes to watch me create and let me know your thoughts. Thank you :)

Linking this project to
All you need is love - Scrapki Wyzwaniowo

Words & Paintery - Design team call and challenge submission
Current Challenge

Monday, 16 May 2016

Abstract lotus canvas / painting

Hi folks,

Last weekend I decided to try my hand at painting again and have actually given myself a little (huuuuge) challenge of making  100 paintings.. I may not be able to complete a painting a day, but the idea is to paint something every day - watercolour, acrylic, oil anything really. Inspiration for this piece started on ISD from this post on Finnabair's blog and I decided to paint a lotus because of the deep meaning it holds - rising above the mud to bloom requires great faith in oneself.

As luck would have it, when surfing the net for lotus stencils / sketch I came across Donna Downey's huge lotus canvas and also her '40,000 Facebook fans video' available in her store for free. Equipped with a whole heap of techniques, I began my painting on a 12inch x 16inch canvas (primed with gesso).
Painting the lotus was my biggest challenge - wanted to give the feeling of light falling from the top. This close up was taken on day2 towards the final stages of completion, you can see a lot of turquoise in the background which I later painted over.

The canvas started off with seemingly random strokes and splashes of paint and Finnabair modelling paste (coloured with acrylic paints). When I was happy with the mess, I wrote these words from the poem 'A Psalm of life' by H W Longfellow using a fine line applicator and blue India ink.

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
   Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
   Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Let us, then, be up and doing,
   With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
   Learn to labor and to wait.

Then one part at a time I drew circles using the base of a mist bottle, the cap of a gesso tube and whatever circular stuff was on my table, covered the rest of the area in shades of blue. I also wanted the word act to show through, just lucky it happened to be near the lotus.

To finish , I highlighted some of the raised areas using gold acrylic paint and the same paint was used in a fine line applicator to write this on the lotus stem.

Act,— act in the living Present!
   Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Linking this project to Finnabair's ISD celebration - making a project with a quote.
Supplies from ItsyBitsy - Camel paint, fevicryl pearl paint, blue India ink

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Journey - Art journal page with tutorial

Hello friends,

Today I want to share with you all an art journal page with a step by step tutorial.  The last few days have been quite eventful, pushing me out of my comfort zone on many levels and I wanted to relax and internalise what had happened in order to make the right decisions. I also wanted to clear my head before making a project for the Colourarte Design team audition, so I took out my art journal and played with my current favourites - lace, metal, twinks, arte pigments. On finishing, it felt right to make this journal page my submission for the colourarte design team audition.

Its a rather long post as I have a step by step pictorial of how I made this page. Hope you enjoy.

 Step1: Cover the two sides with teal acrylic paint. Tear out the roses from a paper napkin and glue onto paper (with matt medium) once acrylic paint is completely dry.

Step 2: Add a piece of cotton tape and lace on the left side and some texture paste through a stencil. On the right side (ART stencil) mix sand texture with texture paste and apply. Sand texture has a grainy feel as opposed to the relatively smooth finish from texture paste.
 Step3: Add water to a pot of Chiffon pink twinkling H20. Don't wait too long, pick up a little bit of paint with a waterbrush and apply on the word ART in random places. On a craft mat, take a little Spiced pumpkin pigment and apply to the ART word and also the left side of the page.
 Step 4: The colour on the word ART takes time to dry as the paint seeps through the texture of the sand paste. Before its completely dry, using a brush apply gesso. The gesso will pull some of the colour from the word and create an interesting effect. I used heavy body gesso without any water, dragging the brush over and over again in order to give a white washed effect. Dry thoroughly. Dip your waterbrush into the pot of Chiffon pink twinkling H20, dab it onto a piece of plastic and press the paint side onto the page. The paint will flow in random ways, some areas with more paint, some with less, but overall give a beautiful effect.
Step 5: Glue on some more of the roses from the paper napkin. Dry it. Apply clear crackle paste in a few places on the page and create a layer of tea bag and lace on top of the wet paste on the left side. On the right side the screws were glued to the crackle paste as well. This is the most time consuming step as crackle medium takes a long time to dry. Using a heat tool will result in small or no cracks so patience it the key.
 Step 6: Now if the my favourite part of the page: glazing. Add a tiny (really tiny) amount of Cinnamon Brown pigment with glazing medium. How shiny and wonderful it looks - just like rust as shown in 6b. Apply with a flat brush on part of the page. Leave it for a few seconds, rub out the excess with a dry kitchen roll first and then with a wet wipe. Can you see the subtle colour in 6d compared to no colour in 6a. Heat set. Repeat if you want stronger colour.

 Step 7: Glue down die cuts on the left and stamp with archival ink. Repeat the glazing process with teal acrylic and with pink acrylic. Here you can see teal acrylic paint mixed with glazing medium applied to a few random places on the page. After this I wiped it back just as described in Step 6.

Here is a look at the final page again.

Finishing touches include splatter of brown glaze and pink glaze and some glass glitter and beads around the lady silhouette. You can see it better in this close up.

Thank you dear friends for reading through my post, I hope you liked it, do leave me a comment if you did.


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Shabby Art journal Cover

I'm enjoying trying different forms of scrapbooking off late. Earlier this year, I dabbled with grunge Finnabair style altered paintbrush, then tried my hand at a more traditional painting style journal page and I was raring to experiment and try something more. So, this month, I combined three moodboard / inspiration cues and the versatile colourarte products to create something in a completely different style.

More than words challenge blog inspiration word is Bliss. To me this means creating with my favourite products - gesso, texture paste, lace and soft colours. 

The next criteria I chose to include is a key from the challenge at Scrapki Wyzwaniowo - March Challenge - Keys and decided to finally alter the cover of my art journal the key symbolizing answers to life's questions (which is usually what I journal about in this book). And finally, this gorgeous moodboard from Prima marketing, which also features lace and soft colours.
PPP March 2016

So goes the story of this altered journal which started as layers of pretty Prima marketing papers (Butterfly collection), lace, resin pieces and metal held by brads. All of it was covered with clear gesso to prepare for the next layer of twinkling H2O paints by colourarte - chiffon pink, summer breeze, buttercup and the tiniest bit of bashful  blue .

In order to get a delicate hint of pink in the texture paste, dab chiffon pink twinkling H2O with a waterbrush onto the stencil, then place the stencil on the background and pull texture paste through it. The colour gets trapped in the texture paste giving soft hints of pink in random places. Some texture paste remains white, some areas get more colour, some less depending on how much paint was dabbed on the stencil.

When everything is dry, run some gold paint only on a raised areas with a dry brush and a very light hand. The raised edges of the lace flower, some texture paste will catch the gold and give a sharp, shiny colour in contrast to the soft pastel colours. You can see this better in this close up which also shows some of the mica which only shines when it catches light.

 I've had my fair share of fun this long weekend and so excited there are two more days to go and hopefully some more time to create and blog. Thank you for visiting me today my friend.



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