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7 Ways to make more time for art

7 Ways to make more time for artIt’s the middle of the year. Shocking, right? Where did all that time go and what have we accomplished so far this year?  Omg, I don’t have time!! How many times have we said/heard that?.  So here’s 7 Ways to make more time for art.

Work, kids, husband, the house, shopping, life. Creating and practicing self care can easily be moved to the back burner.  And yes, we need all of the work, kids, husband, but there are ways to squeeze creativity, which we also need,  into our daily lives.  We all know that art is therapy and I can do with all the therapy I can get.  Here’s a few ideas that could bring back some sanity in your busy schedule. Continue reading 7 Ways to make more time for art

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Is the paint dry?

Is the paint dry“I’d rather watch paint dry”  is a well known idiom, but Is the paint dry? – we want to know.  How do you know for sure that the paint is dry?  How many times have you closed your junk journal only to find two pages ‘glued’ together by blotches of wet paint?  I had an email from a customer this week about DAS acrylic paint, in specific the Magenta color.   All the other colors she used were dry and no trouble at all, but the Magenta acrylic bled into the varnish applied later on.  Frustration much!Is the paint dry? Manufacturer feedback tells me it takes a full 4-6 weeks to cure acrylic paint. (Great support from DAS, by the way!)

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Rock painting

Rock painting is almost as old as rocks!  We all know the history of our forefathers telling stories forRock Painting generations to come by painting on rocks. Today’s form of rock painting is nothing new, just prettier, I would say.

There are so many options out there, this hobby could take anybody’s fancy.  Cheap and easy accessible, my kind of craft!

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How to start a junk journal

 

How to start a junk journalSo you want to start a junk journal.  In this series I hope to inspire you into action!  It’s easy, affordable, relaxing and most of all – therapeutic.

Don’t be intimidated by the thousands of video’s on YouTube by professionals showcasing their junk journals.  Keep in mind that a junk journal is a personal project and no two pages or journals would ever be the same.  There’s no right or wrong, just pages that tells a story.  Not only can keeping a junk journal be therapeutic, it’s also a place to learn and explore.  Like most other hobbies and crafts, keeping a junk journal is no different in the sense that the more you do it, the better you will get. Continue reading How to start a junk journal

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Best of both worlds – Junk journal & Zentangle patterns

Send hubby on a fishing trip, arrange sleepovers for the kids and grab a glass of wine, because this art technique Junk Journal and Zentangle doodleswill take you away to another world. Zentangle art is a great way to relief stress in a way that allows you to be creative while effectively doodling your troubles away. This is a great style especially if you can’t quite think of something to draw, as a simple squiggle can transform into a full page blended smoothie of form and line.

This might lead to having thousands of scraps of doodles laying around. No fear! Simple use them as a layer in your junk journal, or better still, draw Zentangle patterns or doodles directly onto your journal pages! Continue reading Best of both worlds – Junk journal & Zentangle patterns

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Zentangle Pattern Kunstler

Zentangle Pattern Kunstler

Zentangle Pattern KunstlerFor the past couple of weeks I’ve been posting Zentangle patterns to try every Tuesday on our Facebook page.  Due to the huge response we’ve been getting from these free patterns, I’ve decided to release them in future in video format.  You might find it easier to learn as you watch.

This week’s pattern is called Kunstler – named after Julianna Kunstler who posted this optical illusion on her website, http://juliannakunstler.com.

There are many variations to this pattern and you can really let you imagination run wild with the curly pattern.   Continue reading Zentangle Pattern Kunstler

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How to draw your own Mandalas

How to draw your own Mandalas

Even if all you can draw is a simple stick figure, you can design and learn how to draw your own Mandalas.  Unbelievable?  It’s How to draw your own Mandalastrue.  Many people think there are only a selected few that can draw and don’t consider themselves to have the skills required.  Let’s not forget that as children, we all loved art!

Just like Photoshop enhances a model’s features and architects, web developers and other professions use programs to aid in their design – coloring page designers also use applications and tools to make their task easier.  Don’t think for one minute that a coloring book hits the shelf and each and individual page is hand drawn without any use of drawing tools or applications!  That’s the good news!  It means anyone with tools and a will to draw can do so! Continue reading How to draw your own Mandalas

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Getting to know Dylusion Ink Spray dyes from Ranger

Getting to know Dylusion Ink Spray dyes from Ranger

Dylusion Ink Spray dyes from Ranger
Dylusion Ink Spray dyes from Ranger

Bright vibrant colour in a spray bottle – I’m sold!  I’m talking about Dylusion Ink Spray dyes from Ranger.  Not a new product at all, it’s been on the market since 2012 – somehow I just never got to play with it until last week.  Warning:  Dylusion Ink spray dyes are totally addictive!

Conveniently sold in individual fine mist spray bottles, you don’t have to break the bank with the whole colour range to start off with.  24 Splendid colours are available in this range.   Continue reading Getting to know Dylusion Ink Spray dyes from Ranger

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10 Reasons why you should save your scraps.

10 Reasons why you should save your scraps.

Besides being environmental friendly and saving Mother Earth, there is also numerous other reasons why you should save your scraps when crafting.Save your scrap paper

Old photographs, paper, card stock, pieces of newspaper, maps, dictionary and old book pages, cardboard box, scrapbook paper – anything bigger that 1″x 1″ disappears into my premeditated recycling stash for later consumption.

This is just an old shoe box that’s living on my craft table.  No need to spend money on fancy containers – use scrap pieces of paper to cover a shoe box if you don’t want the shoe logo to dampen your creativity! Continue reading 10 Reasons why you should save your scraps.

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Why I stopped buying expensive scrapbook paper pads

Why I stopped buying expensive scrapbook paper pads.

Now, I’m probably shooting myself in the foot by sharing this secret with you, but there is a method Acrylic on office paper 3to my madness.  Bear with me for a minute and I will reveal my though process behind this bold decision not to buy expensive scrapbook paper pads any more.

Don’t despair though, Mixed Media Art Supplies will always stock the latest scrapbook paper pads for your convenience.  And I will indulge every now and again in those beauties myself, but for my general scrapbooking, junk journalling and several other art and craft needs, I stopped buying expensive scrapbook paper pads. Continue reading Why I stopped buying expensive scrapbook paper pads

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Save money. Make your own custom made brads.

BradsSave money.  Make your own custom made brads.

If you are reading this article you are probably looking for ways to save money on your scrapbook or card making hobby.  Save money.  Make your own custom made brads.  As a confirmed scrapoholic, I know that the cost of craft and hobby supplies can add up fairly quickly.

It’s so tempting to buy all new scrapbook supplies for every new layout and while you are in the shop or browsing online, just add this or that and before you know it – you’re broke! Continue reading Save money. Make your own custom made brads.