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

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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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

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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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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!

Art Journal · Classes/Demos

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!

Art Journal · Classes/Demos · Stamp Carving

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