Monday, 15 October 2018


Hello All......

I'm Hema here and this is my first post as Guest Designer for Art and Soul blog. I'm thankful to Amanda for giving me this oppurtunity to share my work along with you all lovely people. I have a lovely  mixed media LO for this month's challenge and hope this inspires you all.

I loved the colors in this mood board and so dreamy....I love teals a lot lot..... and hence worked this way....

I have used 9x12 canvas...with lots of Lindys magicals, Prima products, flowers chippies, and fussycut flowers, micro glitter, melange.

Few close up shots

Hope I have inspired you guys with my work....cant wait to see what you create...and share.



Thursday, 11 October 2018

You Are Good Enough Art Journal Page | Belinda Spencer


Belinda Spencer here today and I am super thrilled to be a guest designer for October. Especially with such a pretty mood board to work with!

I have created an art journal page using the beautiful colours of the mood board. Aqua is my absolute favourite colour so it was pretty easy to create something using it.

'You Are Good Enough' Art Journal Page

Aren't those colours just divine?!

I threw a lot of product at this page starting with some Jane Davenport Inkredible Inks in Mermaid Tail and Violet Syrup. I used my large JD art journal which has lovely watercolour paper so I didn't need to do anything to the page to start with. I did liberally spritz it with water and then drop the colour into the pools of water. There is something mesmerizing and relaxing about watching the ink spread across the page. I left this to dry for quite some time and then sped things up with the heat gun. The bonus of using the heat gun is these inks are scented and the gorgeous aroma wafts out when you dry it with the heat gun.

The Inkredible Inks are highly reactive to water so I gave my page a good spray with Helmar Crystal Kote Workable Matte Fixative. They did react slightly with the spray but not so much that it ruined the look. As you can see in the completed page you can hardly see this layer anyway! I know it's there though! LOL 

Next I went to town using a whole heap of different stencils with some acrylic paint. I like to use the latex make-up wedges to apply my paint as they give a lovely smooth finish and you can control how much paint you are applying. The less paint on the wedge the better when working with stencils to avoid bleeding under the stencil.

I added a Jane Davenport Face Stencil in the top right using some heavy black gesso and then added some JD collage papers in co-ordinating colours. I used some Liquitex Matte Medium to apply the collage papers.

In the bottom left corner I added a couple of Jane Davenport Rub-ons to balance the face in the top right corner.

I used the Jane Davenport Paint Over Pens to add some colour detail to the rub-ons.

I used the same pens to add detial to the face stencil.

I created a matching page on the other sideof the journal too.

Supplies used:

- Mermaid Tail
- Violet Syrup
HELMAR Crystal Kote Workable Matte Fixative
DERIVAN MATISSE Flow Acrylic Paint Aqua Green Light
JO SONJA Acrylic Paint Brilliant Violet (Series 1)
PRIMA FINNABAIR Art Basics Heavy Black Gesso
LIQUITEX Matte Medium
UNI Posca Pen White
Black Journalling Pen

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today and checking out my take on the October Mood Board. I hope you find some time to play along too.

Thanks for having me Amanda and team!


Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Mermaid for September Moodboard...... by Cindy Porter

Hi everyone, today I have a piece I created to play along with this months Moodboard Challenge titled Mermaid.... (original title right!! LOL)

I fell in love with the colours of this months challenge ....
You can find all the details of the challenge and the prizes on offer here....October Moodboard
Unfortunately, I still have not been able to video with my fractured ankle so again I have a photo step by step...

I began by doing a rough sketch on watercolour paper...

I then began colouring the sea using the Aqua Green Marabu Art Crayon...

Next I coloured the sky using the Turquoise Marabu Art Crayon...

I then added more detail to both the sky and water....

I used the Lavender Marabu Art Crayon to colour the Mermaid Tail....

I also used Lavender to base colour her hair and add some detail to the tail...

I then began adding details using the Plum Marabu Art Crayon...

I used the Flesh Marabu Art Crayon for her skin...

Next I started using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils to add detail...adding Cobolt Turquoise for shading and Mauve Mauve for details in the hair, fins and tail and I used Warm Grey V for the Trident...

I added more water detail using the Aqua Green Marabu Art Crayon...

I added shading to the face and body using the Light Flesh Polychromos Pencil...

then it was time to sketch in the face...

and colour the face details, using Dark Red, Raw Umber, Cinnamon and White Polychromos Pencils...

to add some brighter highlights I used the extra fine White Sharpie..

then the final step was to add some shading using a Stabilo All Pencil and a wet brush...

A final look at completed piece....

I hope you'll be able to join in the challenge this month for your chance to win some fabulous prizes...
hope you enjoyed seeing my process,
till next time
Happy Creating,

Saturday, 6 October 2018

"Live in the Moment" Canvas  

by Amanda...

Helloooooo Everyone....Today I have a project
using homemade resin pieces and a 
cool background technique I have been 
experimenting with.

1st off I taped some squares with washi tape. 
Then I did some stencilling with Modelling Paste. 

When it is totally dry remove the tape to reveal 
the tile like pattern... 

Sorry I missed getting a pic for the next step.
Glue the Resin Pieces and when dry paint with a 
coat or 2 of Black Gesso.

 I have used Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst sprays 
to add some shimmery colour.

Then some
Waxes so bring out the details.

Here are some closeups... 


8X10 Canvas
Black Gesso
Washi Tape
Modelling Paste
Eileens Tacky Glue
Resin Pieces
Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays
Prima Waxes - White Gold & Old Silver

I hope you have enjoyed this project.
Happy crafting
Hugs Amanda xx



Hello All...... I'm Hema here and this is my first post as Guest Designer for Art and Soul blog. I'm thankful to Amanda for ...