Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flow with whatever may happen….

Zhuangzi has a fabulous quote that reads, "Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be FREE.  Stay centred by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate!"  Nothing more could be true when working with Atelier FREE Flow Paints, they have the most fluid of consistencies, creamy in their natural form, allowing transparency when used wet or dry, and running wild when mixed with water… all great characteristics for working with paper.

Today I wanted to use red, brown and white to build different shades of red/pink, and use the paints in different densities across a canvas…. here is what I started with:

I used sections of old book paper directly onto the canvas with X-Press It TripleTac Glue, being careful to place the paper on top of brushed on glue, without sealing over the top as you normally would in a mixed media piece.  There are lots of joins in the paper, and I wanted the matt finish of the paper to absorb the paint that follows, and for the joins to catch pieces of paint to add more texture….

Next I mixed three shades of pink/red paint mixing up the density of red, white and brown in each cup.

Then I took to the face of the canvas with a stencil and dry stipple brush, adding in random dots concentrating on the bottom and working upwards.  Most of this will be covered in later steps so I haven't worried too much about placement or keeping exactly within the boundaries of the stencil.  You can see the paper has picked up the paint, but still has transparency…

I also stamped a triple flower image in black ink onto book pages, fussy cutting the image ready to add colour…

I used the same colours of paint as mixed above and used throughout to colour the flowers, adding green for the stemware…

Next I loaded the top of the canvas with the three different shades of paint, and sprayed with water to create drips down the front an across the sides of the canvas, so now we have the same three shades in different textures to the original dry stencilled circles….

I let this dry overnight, but you can hit with a heat gun if you want to keep moving forward straight away… the next step is all about my FAVOURITE Hazel & Ruby Masks…. CONFETTI!!  I placed the masks randomly across the background, being careful to pic up interesting sections of the paint, and covering them with the mask, so that later they would shine on through...

I have mixed up a cream Free Flow Paint with white and touches of brown, and then diluted it a little in a spray bottle with water… and then I sprayed the paint atop the mask being careful to leave peeks of the paper and paint background.  Because the paint is transparent this muted the background in some sections, and also emphasises the seams in the original paper layers…. and continues the circle theme.

Then it was all about adding finishing touches to the flowers with more of the same paints… deepening left over cream to make a beige shadow for the outside of the flowers…. the finishing flower outline and dots were made with a Molotow Paint Pen, the 207 skin pastel is a great all around pink!

Here are the X-Press It Products I used in today's tutorial

Atelier Free Flow Paints
Burnt Umber
Pyrrole Red
Titanium White
X-Press It TripleTac
X-Press It Canvas
Hazel & Ruby Confetti Masks
Molotow Paint Pen 207 Skin Pastel

I hope this has inspired you to flow free with paints, and accept that where you start will be so different from where you began… in such a good way!  Enjoy….

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blog Hop Winners

Well that was a fun blog hop - thank you all so much for getting involved!! We know you have all been waiting for it, so here are the lucky winners!

The winners of the following pack are:

And the winner of the major prize (both packs!!) fom The Inspiration Lane facebook page is:

Casey Elliot!!

If you are one of the lucky winners, please send an email to with your postal details! 

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Photo cushion with Lumi

Hello crafty people! I sure hope you enjoyed our blog hop - it was great fun to put on from our end :)

Today I have a crafty project to share that uses the awesome range of Lumi Inkodye products. This is a fun and fabulous way to print onto fabrics - the colour develops in sunlight, and it's permanent so washing isn't an issue. I made a cushion that has a photo of my daughters printed on it:

The process has a few steps, but they're simple and if I can do it, anyone can!  Here's how I did it:

I chose a photo and cropped it reasonably tight. I didn't want a complicated background in it:

Next I converted it to black and white with a photo editing program:

Then I converted it to a negative:

 If you don't have a photo editing program, all of this can be done through the Lumi website.

I printed this image onto a sheet of Lumi Inkofilm, which is an inkjet transparency. I printed it on the highest quality because the black bits have to be really black and opaque.

I found a piece of calico fabric (any natural fibre will work eg cotton t-shirt), and covered it with Lumi Inkodye.  The snap packs made it really easy to apply - I used the opened pack to spread the Inkodye over the whole piece of fabric, then used paper towel to mop up the excess:

Here's the Inkofilm transparency clipped in place onto my cutting mat:

Up until now, all of this has taken place inside. Now it's time to go outside for some sunshine. I was disappointed to find it was the cloudiest, most overcast day ever in Melbourne. At least it wasn't raining! I know the Lumi Inkodye only takes about 10 minutes to react on a sunny day, so I figured it would take about 30 on such an overcast day, so I left it on the bonnet of my car and went inside for a cup of tea.

I came out to check it and this is how it looked:

Good definition of the image, but the colour wasn't quite what I expected. I needn't have worried! This is how it looked after a minute or two in Lumi Inkowash:

Aaaah - there are my girls! I left it to soak for a few hours to deactivate all of the photosensitive molecules, and then washed the fabric piece in the washing machine.

I don't really know how to sew, but when the fabric piece dried, I layered it onto some denim from some old jeans and made a little cushion out of it. Voila! A gift for someone who thought they had everything!

The potential for the Lumi Inkodye range is endless! I'm seeing home-made merchandise, funny t-shirts for special events (eg buck's/hen's nights, birthdays), personalised aprons and shopping bags, business cards, gifts for grandparents, invitations for kitchen teas, baby showers etc etc. With a range of nine colours, there's sure to be one to suit.

Ooooh - now I'm getting excited! I hope I've inspired you to create something too.

PS- Make sure you pop back tomorrow morning to see if you were one of our lucky blog hop winners!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What Inspires YOU?!

Hurray!! It’s time for a blog hop! Our fabulous team of designers have been working really hard to create some really fun projects using some of our favourite products and the best part is that you have OVER TEN opportunities to win!

We want to know what inspires you! Leave a comment on this post and you could win an awesome bundle of goodies like this one.*

For more oppertunities to win, make sure you hop over to the other blogs and The Inspiration Lane facebook page where you could win the goodies above, as well as these AMAZING Copic goodies!

The next stop is the Copic Oz blog and be sure to visit all of the other blogs too!

Inspiration Lane Instagram
The Inspiration Lane Blog  (You are here!!)
The Inspiration Lane Facebook Page
Copic Oz
The X-Press It Blog
Edna's Blog
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Kathy's Blog  
Robyn's Blog  
Teresa's Blog  
Sharmaine's Blog

*The hop is open from 9am AEST July 9 until 11:59PM Monday July 14, 2014. Sorry, Australian and New Zealand residents only.