Hi all, just a quick round up of what I have been up to over the end of term school holidays...aww, it's so lovely to have a break from work and so nice to be able to catch up on my planners, creative journaling, smash books, art and blog. I really have been using the break for a bit of me time... the marking can wait. I can't believe it is Easter already, where is time going? Crazy!
ART JOURNALING GROUP CHALLENGES:
If you missed the post about the new Art Journaling Group you can see it here or you can join the group directly here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/KerrymayMakesAMess
There is quite a bit going on in the group. We took part in the first group challenge last week on Tea Bag Art. You can see my results of that above and pop in to the group to see the creations the lovely members made... they are awesome! The hardest part of this challenge for me was that I don't like tea. No, not just don't like it, I hate it, hate the smell and hate touching wet tea bags. It certainly was a challenge.
We are now on to challenge 2 which takes inspiration from acrylic fluid painting and drawing circles. If you're up for the challenge then pop on over and share your creativity.
The group also has places you can share your work and is a place you can go to relax, chat or get inspiration or ask for help.
Above is a couple of new pages in my art journal for the 2nd group challenge, it's a bit of a 'creative mess' so hopefully I will have a go at a better one this weekend (after I have done at least 'some' of my marking before I go back to work (hahaha). The second image is a page from my smash book, which I love. I received some gorgeous washi tape and ephemera from the UKPA group on Facebook as part of their Wishes post, so have put it to good use. I am on a No Spend on planner, art or stationery of any kind from now until 22nd May (I know, I know, violin please and a huge dose of willpower thrown my way). See more of my Smash Book pages here.
Hazy Days UK Mystery Planner Kit Unboxing:
Below is a video of my unboxing of the April Mystery Kit from Hazy Days UK. If you haven't seen her shop then get over there, some gorgeous stickers and supplies for planners. Use code KERRY15 for 15% off no minimum spend - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HazyDaysUK.
If you are reading this from an email or blog/feed reader then copy and paste the following link to view the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWMxiFQT1hI
A Note From Kelly - *Just a note to anyone interested in buying one of the mystery kits...
The 'extras' each month will be different but there will always be 5-7 sheets of stickers which have a design on exclusive to the mystery kits so once they're gone they're gone!
The value of the contents will always be more than the cost of the kit as well :)
**May & June kits are available in the shop for pre-order now and will ship on the 5th of the corresponding month xx
So what have you been up to? Any art? Planning? Or just enjoying the run up to Easter? I have no children myself, but can imagine it's not a time for getting much me time if you have.
Take Care all, don't forget to pop over to the group and feel free to pin any of the images on Pinterest. Have a Happy Easter ._. xx
Hi all, so excited, with the new news. I have a set up an Art Journaling Group on Facebook - Kerrymay._.Makes a Mess please do pop over and join in the creative fun.
A lot of people on Facebook in the planning community were looking for an art journaling group to share their creations, tips, posts etc so I have created one. Most of the others online were for experts and we wanted a little place where we could all learn and get inspiration from each other, without the limits of lots of rules. There will be freebies, have threads to share weekly creations and threads to share blogs and journaling videos. There will also be tutorials and challenges each month or week and lots of other bits n bobs. Hope to see you there.
JOIN THE GROUP HERE
A creative place for Art Journaling, Creative Journaling and BUJO styles. A relaxing place to share your creations and to get involved. Monthly challenges, freebie resources and a place to share your creative pages, videos, blogs and tutorials. Feel free to invite others who you think may want to join in.
Please only post your own work or links to others.
No advertising shops please, unless we are looking for specific resources. Spammers will be removed. LET'S HAVE SOME CREATIVE FUN!
Admins - Kerry May/Mason, Susie Bray and Chloe Graham
I thought it would be nice to do a bit of a 'Creative Showcase' of what I have been up to at the end of the month, a bit like a monthly review, but of my art journaling and creative makes, not just of my planners. So January...
Ahhhh January you little terror. It really does sneak up on you and then grabs you by the horns saying "I will make this the most miserable month". That said and in-spite of having the flu and working ridiculous hours for the school production I am directing (Wizard of Oz), I have managed some downtime to create a little bit.
Finally I have filmed a flip through of my Travelers Notebook EDC (Every Day Carry) planner in my Uglydori, so you can see how my planning has been developing. Don't forget to subscribe if you haven't already.
Thanks for reading the blog and for your continued support,
Love Kerry xx
RUBBING ALCOHOL & WATERCOLOUR:
Finally you may wish to try adding rubbing alcohol. (Don't do this with the children). I used a 70% alcohol one. Carefully pour a drop or two into the lid and drip a few drops onto the page. Be very careful and always have something protecting your desk or work area. You can do it this way or use a pipette or cotton bud to drip the alcohol. The effect this creates is stunning and it will keep burning through the watercolour until it is fully dry, so make sure there is nothing flammable near by. Rubbing alcohol can be used to create a variety of effects in paint and there are several tutorials out there. If you missed how to create an alcohol ink spray paint be sure to have a read of tutorial 2 here.
I'm rather sad that the art journaling mini series has come to an end, please be sure to share your creations with me on my social media / My You Tube Channel and let me know in the comments of anything else you would like to see. CATCH THE ENTIRE ART SERIES HERE
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The third instalment in the Art Journaling Mini Series is all about scraping and rolling acrylic paint to create different effects for your mixed media backgrounds and art/creative journals. These techniques are so easy to achieve they could also be done with your children.
PART TWO IN THE ART JOURNALING MINI SERIES
So today's offering in the art journaling series is all about art techniques and tutorials to get you started in your creative art journal. I will look at using distress inks with make up sponges, adding salt to create effects in watercolour, adding talc to thicken acrylic paint and how to make your own spray inks/paint. Equipment needed if applying all of the techniques: Watercolour Paint, Acrylic Paint, Salt, An Ink Pad of your choice, A Paintbrush, Watercolour Brush (not a necessity), Rubbing Alcohol (Ideally 90% - I used 70% but it isn't quite strong enough) and Talc. View Part 1 here.
Please note the final piece in the video is not a finished product, I wasn't creating anything in particular, just using the pages to show you the techniques, they don't all need to be applied at once.
ADDING TALC TO ACRYLIC PAINT
Next I chose an acrylic paint and mixed it with talcum powder. Baby powder is actually better than the one I used. Add a fair amount the the acrylic paint with a bit of water in order to thicken up the paint. You could also do a similar technique by mixing it with a thicker matte medium or heavy matte medium.
MAKE YOUR OWN SPRAY INKS
Finally you could make your own spray inks using a small spray travel bottle (you can pick these up from the Poundshop). Add just less than a quarter of water, add around 2-3 squeezes of acrylic paint and add a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Shake well for around 3 minutes. Test the spray first on some scrap paper as it can be clumpy when you first spray.
So there you have it, a few simple techniques to get you started (make sure you watch the video for a visual tutorial). I can't wait to see what you create - use the hashtag #Kerrymaymakesartshare on twitter and Instagram or tag me - thank you so much for reading
Be sure to subscribe to my You Tube Channel ready for the next instalment which will be on Scraping techniques and Brayer rollers.
Hi I'm Kerry a UK drama teacher and planner, art, craft, smash book and journal fanatic. Make a cuppa and have look around my collection of random musings, tutorials and crafty makes.