Classes/Demos

Class Update 


I am sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstances, I have had to cancel my scheduled classes at Artified. 

I apologise to anyone that had hoped to attend and can assure you that I am equally disappointed. I so hope to revisit the idea in the future – my mind is overflowing with ideas! 

Thank you for your understanding and support :)

Happy arting!

Melita 

Art · Classes/Demos

Finding Joy with Dina

Late last year, I was fortunate enough to attend another class with the UH-mazing Dina Wakley, at Artfied. This class was titled Finding Joy in Abstract and let me tell you, it was a joy to attend. Dina has a great sense of humour and relaxed style, making it feel less like a class, and more like an art date with a friend.

 

There was lots of messy mark making, smears of colour, and an abundance of information.

Watching Dina as she worked on her class samples was fascinating, and the results were fabulous. Super excited to have been able to take one home with me! Not only that ,but Miss Dina was nice enough to paint one of her signature ladies in my journal – a true treasure!

And of course, I have to share a peek at the finished pieces. Everyone had a great time, and it was fun to see such different results.

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Have you attended any classes lately? I am always eager to learn, so I would love to hear about your experiences.

Don’t forget, if you are local to the Rowville VIC area, I am teaching two classes at Artified myself. Why not join me for some artsy fun?

Happy arting!

Melita

Art Journal · Classes/Demos

Classes at Artified

I have been busily working away to bring some fun new art journal classes to life and am thrilled to share that I will be teaching at Artified next month!

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When: Saturday February 18th 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Where: Artified Unit 9 5 Enterprise drv Rowville, VIC

 

Head to the Artified website for full details and to book your place. I hope to see you there!

Happy arting!

Melita

Stamp Carving · Videos

Carve December

If you’ve seen my Insta account, chances are you know that I was carving up a storm last month as part of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Carve December challenge. I had a blast and now have a bunch of new stamps to play with! I wanted to take a minute to share the results with you.

Did you play along? I would love to see any stamps you created!

Happy arting!

Melita

AJ Basics & Beyond · Art Journal · Uncategorized

Art Journal Basics & Beyond – Pens

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I recently realised that one of my AJBB posts never actually went live. Ah, isn’t technology grand? Anyway, here it is for you now, better late than never. Right?

I’m here today to share some of my favourite pens and pencils for use in my art journal. As always, this is not a comprehensive list of whats on the market, but purely my go to goodies.

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Colour – I am a huge fan of the Gelly Roll pens by Sakura. They come in a range of styles – Souffle, Original, Metallic, Glaze etc – but my faves by far are the Moonlight pens. The vibrant, opaque colours are uh-mazing.

Black – Finding the right black pen for art journaling can be a nightmare. Some skip, smudge and fade. I have tried many and my top pick, hands down, is the Pilot Permaball. It writes on just about any surface and is permanent when dry. Sadly, it is rare as hens teeth, so I’ve been searching for others to replace it. The Fudeball is good if you’re after a thicker line, while the Uniball Insight are a great thinner alternative.

White – When it comes to white pens, you cannot go past the Uniball Signo, or white Gelly Roll. Both write beautifully if you simply slow down a little, and regularly clean the tip.

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Aside from the obvious HB, there are a few other pencils that I love to use. I adore the Stabilo ALL pencil – or what Dina Wakley refers to as the magic pencil. It’s a very soft waxy pencils that can be blended with your fingers much like an oil pastel, but it really comes to life when activated with water. It is delicious! I love my trusty Prismacolour watercolour pencil too, in black. To me, it is much like the Stabilo, but not quite as blendable.I also love using charcoal, both black and white, and recommend the Generals brand.

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Of course, I couldn’t do a pen post without including my favourites – paint pens! My favourites by far, are the Sharpie water based pens, but Posca & Montana are close behind. I was recently introduced to the Sakura Permapaque pens courtesy of Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and have fallen in love with them. They have dual tips and offer great opaque coverage, without the mess that sometimes comes with traditional paint pens.

So there you have it, a peek inside my pen stash. If you havent tried any of these, I suggest you do. Heck, I will even give you permission to run out now and splurge ;)  Have you got a favourite that I havent listed? I would love to hear about it!

Happy arting!

Melita

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Art Journal

Pages in Stages

While I love making pretty art journal pages, purely for the sake of creating, I also love working in my junque journal. While my more traditional art journal pages are usually completed in one sitting, JJ pages are built in stages, over a number of days. My junque journal is my diary, catching my thoughts, feelings, and dreams. As a result, it changes as the days pass. I thought I would share a peek at the stages of a recent page.

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As you can see, layers are built, areas embellished, and journaling added, until the page feels complete. I love this form of creating and diary keeping. My junque journal is my therapist, my safe place, and a great friend. I hope you are lucky enough to have such a wonderful outlet!

Happy arting!

Melita

Art Journal

Art Journal – Flow

It has been so long since I shared an art journal spread that I thought it about time I dust off the old blog and dive back in.

This spread features some of my favourite products and techniques – acrylic paints, modelling paste, stencils and stamps. What more could a girl want?

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I love the look of this page. The way the paint catches around the modelling paste just makes my grungey heart happy! What creations are making you happy today?

Happy arting!

Melita

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