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Crafty Crusaders ~ Canson Art Book, Schmincke & Mepxy

Hello there, glad you could join me today, I hope you enjoy this little tutorial on how I have created this art journal page using the
Canson Art Book 180 & Schmincke – Acrylic inks & Aquarell & Mepxy Brush Markers.

Can I just say, my fave latest products to use! These are so yummy to work with!!! So many ideas are flowing right now!




















To start draw a light pencil outline of the face you want to use.
2. Then use the Schmincke Aquarell Maskierstift to go over your pencil outlines. Let dry before adding your colours.
I Love how the masking fluid comes in the easy to use applicator!











3. Use different stamps to stamp and a permanent black ink around the hair overlapping them as you go.
4. Drip the Schmincke Acrylic Ink over the hair area, I have used a little of the Primary Blue Cyan and mostly Primary Magenta & Yellow.









5. Spritz the ink with water so that it blends and runs,  then I have used a baby wipe or paper towel to dab off the excess and to dab more colour on around the edges. If too much ink went onto her face I used a baby wipe to wipe it off.
*** Note*** I would add the blue first next time and let that dry before adding the magenta and yellow. I think this would give it an even more vibrant colour variations.









6. Once the ink is dry you can rub off the Aquarell Masking Fluid.
The easiest way I found for removing it was by rubbing over it with a paper towel. It came off easily.









7. Now you can colour in your face with the Mepxy Markers. I am still learning how to use these, but I am quickly falling in love with them.











I finished off some of the finer details with a pencil. So happy with how she turned out!!!














Materials Used:
Canson ~ Art Book 180 A4 96gsm
Schmincke ~ Finest Acrylic Ink -Primary Magenta, Yellow & Blue Cyan| Aquarell 731 Maskierstift Masking Fluid |
Mepxy ~ Brush Markers – N25, N03, N25, N01, W13, W04, R00, R02, N51, 00, G02, B12, C02,120

Stamps | Black Ink – Archival Brilliance Graphite Black


Australian Scrapbook Ideas #28 – The Art of Journaling Feature


ASI Issue #28 is out now!! In this issue I have created an Art Journal out of an old Diary, you can see the instructions for creating this in the current issue.
There is soooo many talented designers in this issue, as always. All the girls are truly inspiring!
I had a lot of fun creating this one and have lots of plans for many more soul inspiring pages to come! 🙂


This journal is going to be a reminder of the messages that I need to hear daily.


I will be drawing and painting a lot more of these angels, still trying to think of a name for them. Will be something like spirit guides or something like that.
If you have a great name for them I would love to hear it!


Thank you for dropping by!

Blog Signature Jan 2014 creative journey

30 Days Of Blog Lovin ~ Day 30 ~ Made it :)

Day 30!  I can’t believe I have made it! 30 days of blogging every day (well night really) has been on average closer to midnight every night. But I did it!  I don’t know how I feel about coming to the end of the 30 days, I haven’t read back over the past 30 posts yet. Will be interesting to see if my writing has changed at all. I guess I feel a little less pressure to have everything just perfect.

Been a long day today and I am not feeling so crash hot tonight. We have had the property across the road burning off rubbish on a weekly basis for months. It is not just timber or natural products they are burning. Some days it smells like they are burning tyres. They have skip trucks dumping loads in there every week.  We have put in complaints to the council as I am concerned about what they are burning, the skip trucks advertise that they dispose asbestosis too. The property has a quarry license but there is nothing coming out of the place, just truck loads of rubbish going in.
Anyway what ever they burnt today was burning my throat when I went outside and the burning stink just fills the house. Then I got a headache from it! Glad Don is home tonight, he can deal with it tomorrow.

So in saying that I really don’t feel much like talking about this next topic, but I know I can’t put this off forever. I want to move forward and this will help to put all this behind me.

This is really tough for me to talk about still, but If my speaking out can help one person it is worth it. I had a pretty tough childhood and had to live away from home to go to school from the ages 6 to 8 and during that time I was molested. Its something that you would never wish on any child. The sad thing is that it is far more common than people realize. I know so many friends and people who have had it happen to them too!
I feared telling my parents the most, the fear was crippling, I didn’t want them to have to endure the shame and guilt that I carried for so many years. It was a fear that took until the age of 42 to be able to tell them. It is so true when they say the truth will set you free. I feel like I have released this huge block that has held me back my whole life. I feel so much closer to my parents now too.

What ever circumstances you have survived in your life you are a survivor. I don’t know if I would be as strong as I am now or as compassionate, caring or as forgiving if I have not had to endure this from a such a young age.
I have always struggled with how some people fight to be better people regardless of what has happened to them and how some people just keep repeating the patterning. Why do certain people fight back and why do some feel like they have nothing to fight back for. Why was I one of the lucky ones. I think it doesn’t matter if it is domestic abuse, emotional abuse or abuse of any type that makes you feel less than or that you don’t matter it is all the same.
I am telling you it doesn’t matter what has happened in your life or what conditioning you have endured as a child, you still have control over your future. You are now and always will have the power over your self. You just have to choose that option that you are worthy and deserve happiness. You can do it, but don’t get me wrong I know how much of a hold that guilt, shame and worthlessness can have over you. That is why it took me so long to be able to tell my parents. It was the fear itself of just telling them, it was never the right time, the words always got stuck in my throat. I know that is one of the reasons I struggle to speak up for myself till this day.

I don’t know why this fear has had such a hold on me all these years, I have done a lot of work on overcoming what has happened to me with countless counseling in one form or another. And I think that it has been this and the help of my Morning Pages from The Artist Way. It has helped me to face my truth.


Really the Truth will set you free, no matter how painful in the process.  You know when some one says something or does something to you and you don’t agree with it, but you go along with it to keep the peace. Take note of how that feels in your body at that exact moment. I bet it feels horrible. It makes you feel like crap when you swallow all those negative feelings and emotions just to please the other person. Have you ever wondered what would happen if you said how you really feel and what you really think. Really stopped to think what is the very worst thing that could happen?? They would be upset with you or won’t talk to you?? Honestly the truth will set you all free, the best outcome would be that you are respected more for your honesty. 
Give it a try, take the cue from your body, if it doesn’t agree with something said or done. Speak your truth, don’t go into ego where it comes down to who is right or wrong, nothing good will come from that for anyone. Just take a minute to access those feelings and look at your truth of the situation. You can agree to disagree as long as you are at peace with your truth and not swallowing it to keep the peace. Speak your truth from a place of love and not from ego, the truth will fill your heart, ego will fuel the pain. The most freeing thing in the world is speaking your truth.

There will still be some people close to me who don’t know about this but if they read this blog post I guess they will now. This is still tough for me to discuss, I hope in posting this it will help to really put it all behind me, no more secrets, no more guilt, no more shame. 
It is time I live my TRUTH!!!
I hope that you can find your truth that will set you free too!

 These art journal pages have also help me to process things along the way, puts them all in context when you know the story behind them.

Well I have finished the post and sitting here thinking do I really want to publish this? I know it will feel like a weight has been lifted when I do, but still the fear is holding onto me!
OK Here goes. Time to give fear the flick!!

Night all, I will be back blogging on a more regular and more inspirational basis! I have lots of creative ideas I want to share with you, so stay tuned!  

Thank you to Therese for your ongoing support over the last 30 days, many hugs to you hun!
And also to each and everyone of you for dropping by and leaving your beautiful comments, they have definitely helped to keep me going! xxx

30 Days Of Blog Lovin ~ Day 30 ~ Made it :)

Day 30!  I can’t believe I have made it! 30 days of blogging every day (well night really) has been on average closer to midnight every night. But I did it!  I don’t know how I feel about coming to the end of the 30 days, I haven’t read back over the past 30 posts yet. Will be interesting to see if my writing has changed at all. I guess I feel a little less pressure to have everything just perfect. Read more