Monday, October 22, 2018

galaxy rings

Lately I am loving the trend with galaxy designs! Galaxies are so easy to create and I thought it would be fun to take the process and create some fun statement rings. This is a fun project for kid and teens or even adults who are want to try painting.

All you are going to need to is acrylic paint (in blues and purples and pinks) and some wood slices.

Start by painting wood slices with a good coat of black paint.

Next, using a brush (any brush will work but I am using a stencil brush) start dabbing purple paint onto the surface. Then dab a little bit of white paint over the top. The two colors will begin to mix together. Embrace the brush marks, this is what will make that galaxy feel like a galaxy!

Continue this process with different colors layered over the top. Dabbing each color.

Once you are satisfied with your colors, let everything dry.

The next step is to add lots of white dots to represent stars!

 


Once those tiny galaxies are dry, use a thick layer of Mod Podge to seal that surface.

The last step is to glue those galaxies to ring backs. I used my favorite heavy duty glue E6000
The result is a super simple but colorful galaxy ring perfect for any age!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

24 hour flash sale! art journal bundle

Hey friends! I've got another FLASH SALE happening! I've bundled all of my art journal classes together for major cost savings! If you are interested in learning all kinds of ways to work on that art journal, this is the deal for you! Head on over to the shop HERE for more details or to register!

offer ends Wednesday, October 17 at 10pm PST


THE GARDENERS JOURNAL
Grab that art journal and meet me in the garden! In this class we will be using the garden as as the backdrop for exploration and creativity! We will be using a variety of techniques and materials to discover and document inspiration, memories, garden planning, wildlife observations, weather patterns and more! I will share all kinds of techniques- from sketching, collage and painting to create colorful and layered art journal pages.

THE TRAVELER'S JOURNAL
I carry an art journal or sketchbook wherever I go, even when I travel! The result are pages and page full art, free writing and collage inspired by my experiences. In this class I will be sharing some of my favorite concepts and techniques for keeping a journal dedicated to travel and adventure.

ART JOURNAL DELIGHT
I spend  A LOT of time sketching but I probably spend just as much time working in an art journal. For me there is really a fine line between an art journal and a sketchbook. For my sketching process I limit my supplies- But when I work in my art journal, I explore all kinds of mixed media techniques like painting, collage, sewing (with paper), stamping, doodling, drawing and printmaking. My art journal is a small and accessible place for me to practice, explore and brainstorm all kinds of techniques. 

In this class I will be sharing some of my favorite simple art journal techniques that anyone, any age or any level will be able to create. From using everyday things to incorporating photography to doodling to painting pages to printmaking to stamping and more, I have gathered up my favorite ways to fill an art journal.


ART JOURNAL BLISS
Art Journal Delight has been one of my most popular classes to date so I have created another fun class dedicated to art journaling. In this class I will be sharing more of my favorite simple art journal techniques, tricks,  and prompts that anyone, any age or any level will be able to create!











Monday, October 15, 2018

a peeking inside my process: playing with pour painting

Lately I've been having lots of fun experimenting and playing around with pour painting. A pour painting is exactly what it sounds like- pouring paint onto a surface and then letting that paint move and mix around on the surface. The result is a colorful, abstract, marbled like effect. Here is a little peek into my process!















Tuesday, October 09, 2018

creating with jules: concrete garden wall hanging


You will need:
-Paper
-Cement
-Cement additive (I use a product called Bondcrete)
-Sand, for strength I have used a mix of fine sand and coarse sand.
-Corrugated cardboard
-Duct tape
-Hot glue gun 
-Decorative pebbles and tiles
-Wire; thin, and thicker for the hanger
-Wire for reinforcement ie. chicken wire
-Acrylic paint
-Beads

Other useful items: Printer, rags, plastic bags, pliers, wire cutters, disposable gloves.

First, print off your templates. You can download templates here, here and here. Fold a large piece of paper into quarters and use the print out on top, placing the dotted lines against the folds, trace around and cut out the whole shape. Unfold and use these shapes as your templates.


Start with a flat piece of cardboard an inch bigger all around than each shape, and cover it well with duct tape. Make three, one for each shape.

Cut long strips of cardboard with the corrugated lines running vertically so that the strips will bend easily. Cover with duct tape.



Place one template onto the flat cardboard and trace around with marker, then using hot glue, attach the strips around the outline to make the mold. Repeat for remaining two shapes.

If you have good tape coverage on your molds you will be able to reuse them, yay!


Cut the reinforcement wire to fit inside each shape.


Cut a length out of the thicker wire for the the hanger. Cut a slit in the back of the mold where you’d like your hanger to be and poke the loop through. Tie the wire around the reinforcing wire will gain extra strength too. 

Make Three little wire loops from thin wire for each shape for hanging the beads from later.



Following instructions on the cement package, mix up your concrete. I used a mix of 1 part grey cement, 2 parts fine sand, and 1 one part coarse sand. I always add some cement additive for extra strength and add it to the mixing water in the ratio specified by the product I’m using. Add water a little at a time to the dry cement and sand mix, until the mix is just wet. The drier the mix, the stronger the final product. 
Scoop the concrete mix into the mold, and smooth. I used my hands with rubber gloves. Decorate your hangings by pressing glass pebbles and tiles in, and use a tool to create some decorative lines. Add your little wire loops for attaching beads later on. 

Once done, cover with plastic completely and leave to cure for at least 3 days. Within this time, you can check to see if the concrete has set and you may be able to clean some of the tiles and pebbles off easily with a rag. 

After they have cured, pop them out of their molds and use something sharp to scrape away excess concrete from the tiles, and polish with a damp rag. 


I used a wash of dark blue acrylic to paint over the shapes then wiped back with a damp rag. I then dry brushed some white over the tops to highlight, and finally, cleaned up the tiles again using a clean, damp rag. 





Thread some pretty beads onto some wire and attach them to the loops. Glass ones that shine when the sunlight hit them work well!

Jules :)

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