Tiny little details

I recently shared a video showing a bit of detail work in my art journal. I had quite a few people ask me about the tool I was using, so I wanted to pop on over and share some info.

Tiny little details make me happy. Therapeutic, relaxing, and just plain fun

A video posted by Melita (@melitabloomer) on May 28, 2016 at 8:45pm PDT

 

I used a FineLine Applicator – my favourite detail toy. It is a small refillable bottle with a needle tip, allowing you to create fun detail in your work. The best thing though? This bottle will.not.clog. As you can see in the picture below, the lid contains a fine needle that is inserted into the applicator tip when replacing the lid. This pushes all the paint/ink back into the bottle, leaving nothing behind to dry up and clog the tip. Genius!

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Take a peek at the finished journal page where I went wild for teeny dots!

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I hope you will give this little beauty a try. Its so much fun, but dont stop at dots – the possibilities are endless. In fact I think Ill go play with mine now!

Happy arting!

Melbourne Street Art – Hosier Lane

I took a trip into the city recently, so I could finally check out the famous street art on offer in Melbourne’s Hosier Lane. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

The minute you enter the laneway you are hit by a wall of colour, quite literally. The walls are jam packed with a vibrant, eclectic mix of art that just draws you in. I could easily have spent hours looking & still not have taken it all in.

If you are ever in Melbourne, head on down to Hosier Lane and see it for yourself. Street art is ever evolving, so I will definitely be back for another visit again soon. ALready looking forward to it!

Happy arting :)

Facing Facts with Dina Wakley

Late last year I attended one of Dina Wakley’s classes when she taught here in Oz and had so much fun. Dina is a blast, and Ive been a fan of her style for such a long time now, so meeting her was fantastic.

I had a great time learning Dina’s distinctive face style, though it was certainly a learning curve. I’m still finding my feet with it all, but I feel like I can finally draw a decent face! Dina is teaching here in Oz again in just a few months time and I hope to attend at least one of her classses.

There’s nothing quite like taking a class in person as opposed to online. I come away from them feeling so inspired and rejuvenated. I love it!

Happy arting!

Visit me at Picture to Page Papercraft Show


I’m thrilled to be attending the Picture to Page paper craft show this weekend, on behalf of Kazmos Kreations. These shows are a great way to learn about new techniques, new products, and to spend time with like minded craft junkies. 


I will be demonstrating some of my favourite art journal tips and tricks Saturday afternoon, so drop by and say hello!

Happy arting!

Go Big or Go Home

I recently escaped to Byron Bay for a week, an attended an art class with the fabulous Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, hosted by Jane Davenport at The Nest, Jane’s amazing home in Byron Bay. I had been counting down the days til this class and let me tell you, I was not disappointed!

Julie invited me to lunch on the Friday before class and it was wonderful to get to know her (though I feel like I already knew her thanks to my stalker tendencies lol). We had some seriously delicious food and great conversation. Certainly a highlight of my week away.

As I said earlier, the class was held at The Nest, Jane Davenport’s home. It was such a lovely place to create, out on the deck, and we were spoiled rotten with lush meals and the best coffee I have ever tasted. We were also lucky enough to get a peek inside Jane’s personal studio. Holy amazeballs.

Class was just flat out amazing. I’ve taken many of Julie’s online classes, but to learn from her in person was a whole new experience and I loved every minute of it. Julie is hilarious, incredibly kind, and such a generous soul. She took the time to answer every question, shared her immense knowledge, and made us all laugh. She was sweet enough to sketch one of her signature faces in my journal, and even doodled on a mug I had bought as a souvenir! Can you say fangirl moment??

All in all, I cannot say enough good things about the experience. From Julie’s awesome class, to Jane & Gus and their wonderful hospitality – I loved and appreciated it all.

Have you attended any in person classes? Were you as blown away as I was? Id love to hear about it.

Happy arting!

Insta Art

I have been awfully quiet around here, but I’m happy to say I have lots in the works, and plenty of art and fun pics to share with you all. While I work on kick starting this poor little blog, why not join me over on Instagram? I love sharing snaps of my artful life and let me tell you, my feed has been packed full of colour and fun lately. Pop over and say hello!

I will be back on Wednesday with a look at a fab class I recently attended with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer at Byron Bay.

Until then, happy arting!

 

Art With Me!

~MAY 2016 Update – Please Note – I am not currently offering any classes. Stay tuned for updates~

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching over the last few months, and am happy to announce that another term of classes is now listed and ready for bookings! I teach via Kazmos Kreations, & all class bookings are done via the KK website.

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Take a look at the art journal pages I will be teaching this term:

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I have a new round of stamp carving classes launching too, with brand new designs. So, even if you have joined us previously, come along again for some fun new stamps to create.
Here is a peek at some of my previous students creations:

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Be sure to head on over & check out the fun classes on offer – I look forward to seeing you there!

Happy arting!

Melita x

Art classes galore–come learn with me!

MAY 2016 Update – Please Note – I am not currently offering any classes. Stay tuned for updates~

Wow, do I have a lot of fun news to share with you! I am thrilled to announce that I have a bunch of classes lined up for the rest of the year, and I cannot wait to get started.

I am teaching a range of stamp carving projects, along with many of my favourite art journal techniques. Classes will take place at the Kazmos Kreations classroom & store, located in Cranbourne, Victoria. Come along & have some artsy fun with me, and if it tickles your fancy, a spot of shopping too! October classes are already listed, with many more to come, so be sure to head to the Kazmos Kreations website to book your seat now!

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I am also super excited that I will be demonstrating this month at From Picture To Page, on behalf of Kazmos Kreations. I am sharing my newest creative addiction, so be sure to pop down, check it out and say hello.

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Last, but certainly not least, I will have a bunch of my handmade goodies for sale at the show, including my favourite – the junque journal. Check out this little vid for a taste of what a junque journal entails.

 

Ok, enough from me – time to go create!

Happy arting,

Melita

Art Journal–Tightrope

I’ve got a bright, messy art journal page to share with you today. This one came together so quickly – just a bit of collage, some paint scrapes and a bit of stamping. Not much to it, but still a heck of a lot of fun! And really, isn’t that what art journaling should be?

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This page makes me all kinds of happy. I don’t know if it is the colour combo, the organic way in which it was created, or if it is simply because I made a lot of mess in the process!

What makes you happiest about your art journal?

Happy arting!

Melita

Shabby Fabric Journal Video

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A few years ago, I started making this shabby fabric art journal, and now it is finally finished! It’s been tucked away in a basket, just waiting to be bound & loved. I still have no idea what project I will use it for, but it sure is making me happy regardless. Check out this fun little video I created.

It’s a quick vid, so I thought I would share a couple of my favourite pages here too.

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The pages are made by piecing together a bunch of fun ephemera, scrapbook papers, serviettes, and vintage papers. I added in a few pockets and tags, and the end result is pretty fab, if I do say so myself hehehe

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I love the messy stitching and ragged edges, and cannot wait to put it to good use!

Have you recently finished any long overdue projects? They do tend to pile up, don’t they?

Happy arting!

Melita