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Artful Academy dragonfly tag

Another project from the Artful Academy Visible Image Mini Collection. This tag was inspired by the lesson from Katy Leitch, the founder of Artful Academy. [Previous lessons include butterflies, Stampbord owls, and hummingbird.] It was a pretty straightforward creation; the only problem I had was when the acrylic paint started to dry quicker than I… Continue reading Artful Academy dragonfly tag

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Artful Academy journal – September

Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #10 I finally caught up with the monthly journal prompts, finishing September's "Mystical" page only a few days after the lesson went online. The tutor went with a fairy motif, but I'd used that for my July "story" page and I didn't want to repeat myself in a journal that… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – September

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Artful Academy butterflies

Remember the hummingbird that took me so long to turn into something I was happy with? Well, this is another project from that class: the Artful Academy Visible Image Mini Collection. This was inspired by the lesson from Lisa Taggart and it took me almost as long to make as the hummingbird, but only because… Continue reading Artful Academy butterflies

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Artful Academy journal – August

Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #9 Unlike all the previous months which had a single prompt word, August's tutor used the theme of "recycle" but also used "grateful" as a separate prompt word. I decided to keep it simple and stick with just "recycle". I went literal with the design, basing it off the Recycle… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – August

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Artful Academy journal – July

Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #8 July's theme for the Artful Academy Art Journalling Challenge 2020 was "story". These are the sort of prompts that give me the most trouble — "think of a story that inspires you to use as inspiration for your art journal page" — now, I love reading fiction, but I… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – July

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Artful Academy journal – June

Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #7 I like the background — made with my ivy stencil and layers of paint and pen — and I like the foreground. They just really don't belong together. Maybe if I'd made the background more green than blue, using the complementary colour of red, it would have been better.… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – June

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Artful Academy journal – April

Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #5 Prompts that are abstract concepts rarely provoke an instant idea for me; I either go blank or completely overthink it. The only thing I can practically do is go away, do something else, and let my brain ponder it in the background... To be fair, I do that with… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – April

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Artful Academy journal – March

Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #4 The theme for March was home and it was time to get the stencils out again. I'm following the themes and the basic techniques used, but varying some of the elements and ideas in each lesson: there is no point (for me) in just recreating what the instructor demonstrates,… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – March

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Artful Academy journal – February

Series: Artful Academy 2020 journal #3 The prompt for February was "music" and, for this one, the instructor used sprays to build up the background with some printed lyrics providing the focal point. This provided me with two challenges. I am not a huge fan of sprays. Most of the craft sprays are either not… Continue reading Artful Academy journal – February