Sunday, August 5, 2012

and the latest news..........

Sorry guys but l have neglected to update you all here. After recovering from flu which actually took about 6 weeks, I BROKE my right wrist!! Yes, I AM right handed..... so once again PlayDATES have to take a back seat. Please hope, pray and keep everything crossed for me that this is the END of my spate of bad luck. Meanwhile please do browse back through the 25 PlayDATES already published here and take the opportunity to catch up on any you might have missed. I do plan on continuing once recovered but it could take a while longer than the year I had planned on......

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Week TWENTY SIX - artist DOWN!!

I have been sick with the flu for the whole of the week and lost voice on day two. It's winter here in Australia and just about everyone is coughing and sneezing. It's a particularly nasty flu this year, so we are being told, with a racking cough that can hang on for weeks. So, dear PlayDATERS, there is no PlayDATE this week and not sure how long it will be before I recover enough to play again. Upside is that I am spending a lot of time catching up on other's classes, surfing the web and reading...............

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Week TWENTY FIVE - Lettering


Letter Playground - very interesting and inspirational gallery of doodled letters
Free graffiti alphabet stencils
Fab Pin interest page devoted to lettering (I think you need to join Pin Interest but it's worth it!)

............and some more fabulous lettering videos. One from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and two from Teesha Moore. ENJOY!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Week TWENTY FOUR - marbling resources

Isn't this just a gorgeous example of marbling???? {{{sigh}}}.....Lots more practice needed. Like about a hundred years I think!! LOLS

As I need to take a break from video PlayDATES, I am giving you some relevant links to interesting sites on marbling this week. This has taken quite a bit of research as instructions are not easy to find. Hope you enjoy - even if you just look! And be sure to watch this Youtube. It's AMAZING!!!

There are some comprehensive instructions for various traditional marbling patterns here.
Top pic is Dutch Marble and below it is Antique Marble

Here you will find some beautiful examples of vintage and modern marbling patterns such as two of my favourites - the Turkish combed pattern shown below or the gorgeous Blue Shell pattern also pictured

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Week TWENTY ONE - Organizing stamps for art journaling and more

TWENTY ONE!!! Oh to be 21 again. Well actually I wouldn't want to be QUITE that young again, but with another birthday in a couple of weeks time, I feel I would like 10 years back at least! Hope you enjoy Week 21 anyways.... Oh and by the way, as I'm away in Bali at the moment (yep I know, it's tough! But I TOLD you, I have a birthday coming up!! LOLS) the PlayDATE video will not be uploaded to Youtube until I get back. It will be hosted on Vimeo until then, so apologies if you have trouble viewing.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Week SEVENTEEN - simple resists

Some simple resist techniques this week that create some quite impressive backgrounds with very little effort.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Week SIXTEEN - More DIY tape fun

More suggestions for DIY tape including ribbon tape, glitter tape, etc. Be sure to watch last week - week 15 first if you didn't already!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Week FOURTEEN - Making art journal pages from scrap papers

Hope you enjoy seeing how I put all this stuff together! Of course you can use the same principals in commercial or other bound art journals.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Where is the year going guys??? I remember thinking April and Easter was soooo far away and now it's almost on the doorstep! So this week is, as promised about using the foam sheet to monoprint a starting point for a face. Have fun!!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Week TEN

This week we are making and playing with rolling/roller stamps for creating quick and easy backgrounds. Please enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Welcome to Weeek NINE!!! More idea for DIY foam stamping and a GIVEAWAY this week. To win the piece shown at left, grab the Teaching online button code (at right in sidebar) and pop it into your blog or website. Leave me a comment with the link and you will be in the draw to win (drawn end March 2012). Good Luck!

Pdf for the shapes, as promised, is here

Saturday, February 18, 2012


More DYI foam stamps this week. And although not officially announcing until next week's PlayDATE, i will be giving away the page I make next week. If you would like a chance to win, grab the How to Teach Online button code at right and pop it on your blog, website or other page. THEN, come back and leave the link in the comments section to be in the draw. I will pull a name out at the end of March.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week SIX - Final Paste Paper

Final Paste Paper Play - I promise! LOLS Yes, another week of playing with paste paper and again, so much fun and surprising results. This stuff is so versatile! Have fun my PlayDATE mates!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Week FIVE - more paste paper

Gosh, week FIVE! Can you believe we are five playDATES into 2012 already?? So this week, more paste paper fun creating more easy and unique papers including a marbled background. Hope you enjoy and don't forget to leave me some love and/or a link in the comments to any work you post or join the 52 PlayDATES facebook page for even more interaction with other playmates.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Week THREE - Collage napkins and tissue paper

Already at week THREE! Yahhh!!!! Having fun? Hope so, cause I am and it's much nicer to play with friends than all by myself. Wondering how many of you are on FACEBOOK? I'm thinking quite a lot of you so I have opened a 52 PlayDATES group over there giving us all a place to interact, discuss and share as a group and keep up in real time. Come join here

So date for this week is playing with tissue and napkins...........

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Week TWO - Overpainting a magazine image or photograph

Welcome back to week TWO. How did your week ONE go? Did you try it? Well, whether you did or not, please enjoy this weeks offering of repainting a magazine image. This process will also work over photographs if you first seal them with a spray fixative or other sealer. It's in two parts as it was too long for only one upload.

I only used pastel pencils because my image was so small. Soft pastel sticks will work in the same way.

NOTE: I did reinforce her eyelashes, nostrils and centre line of mouth with pen at the final step but forgot to tell you.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Week ONE - blending technique for collage

WELCOME everyone!!

Thank you all so much for the support you have shown by signing up to play with me this year. I so appreciate it and know we are all going to have such FUN. Please leave your comments, links and any suggestions in the comments area and don't forget to upload any work you do to the group's flickr page as well as any other link you have supplied us. We want to visit and look at the eye candy! To see the list or join up click here

So this week is a simple collage technique I use for blending elements together into a whole. It can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be and it is one I use often. If you have pastels, I strongly suggest you use them here as you will LOVE the way they interact with the gesso, both before and after. If using before, it tints the gesso and afterwards blends smoothly into soft edges. As mentioned in the video, if you are concerned about them rubbing off, you can *fix* them with spray fixitive or just normal old hairspray. I will be using pastels quite a bit, so you might want to get some if you don't have any already. Cheaper brands are fine and if you find a great bargain, please SHARE the info here!

I used similar blending techniques on the piece shown below while encorporating hand painting and layering to give more depth. I have used parts of prints of my own artwork to collage on here too. Think about doing that as you can paint it once and use it again and again AND AGAIN.......

Hi Everyone!!

Hello there BeAUtiFULL People!

Thanks for visiting me here and I hope you have come intending to play along with me in. This blog is dedicated to an ART DATE every week and I will be posting a mixed media/art journaling snippet each week for 2012. A new background, technique, idea or prompt........ perhaps a step by step, maybe a video, maybe a link or two to something cool. An adventure in mixed media and a learning experience for us all, me included. I always learn more from others as I teach. So thank you everyone for being MY teacher.

So, you have now entered my play area, where there are no rules except to play NICE and treat others as you wish to be treated. Here you will find I publish a new mixed media/art journal adventure every week of 2012. You can participate or just watch. Your choice. However if you choose to participate, then please leave somewhere we can visit you and see your work relating to this project. If you don't have a blog, website or somewhere else we can visit, then you might like to consider setting up a personal online gallery just for this purpose. Many websites such as Photobucket or Flickr allow you a free personal page where you can upload your work. I have also set up a group Flickr account which shall be for everyone to share their work and allow us to see it all in one place.  Join the group at

Starts 1st January 2012, and if you would like a reminder each week, join me on facebook (link upper right) or choose to follow this blog (bottom of page).

To be added to the ever growing list here, in the COMMENTS section below, leave your name (or what you wish the list to show) and link to your blog, website, photo sharing site or other internet page (if you don't have one please join the group Flickr and I'll link you to that :-) Also love to know how you got here!

Terry Butler
Gerri Zoppa
Jerlyn Marshall
Art Expression www.nicoletnadeau.blogspot
Just a scrap of paper
Effy Wild
Alter My World With Art
Jeanette House
Pippa Passes By - Pippa Gore
Chrystie Hile
Spirit Essence Art
Fabulous Moonlight
Trish Bee
Estonia Creates
Stephanie Gagos
Gems By Julz
Moxie Blue
Annette Graves
Artfullee Designed
Anna rosa designs
Art for the Life of Me - Nancy W
La Boheme Creative Lounge
Creative Paint & Paper
Skye and Stone Dreams
crafty creations
Diane Salter
Mitzi Koons
Mossberry Cottage
Kims kreative korner
Enjoy the Ride Today
The Artist Within
Adornments by Malinda J
cheryl c
Liz H
My World, my thoughts My art
Lucys Arts and Crafts
Craft Dinner
Bounces home
tonis creations
Tracey Lewindon
La Sirene Noir
Healing through Art
Sharilus creative space
Fionas Flotsam
Julie Frokjer
Art Therapist Drawing The Self Out
Julee Hermann
janet S
Wyckies World
Dont Be a Pickle Bump
Sharon Andrews
Just My Little Bit
Me Unscripted
Jo of Crafting the Sacred
Skaja Wills
salmon monkey
Phyllis D
Dotty Jean
Paperpants n pencils
Tribe Zen
Tephyrs Garden
Adventures in Art Journaling
Scraps and Rides
Meredith The Golden Thread
rest recovery rediscovery restoration
RitaJC aka a Latvian
Her Aspect
Confessions of an Inky Wheeler
Lisa D
Planet Choka
Peg Pritchett - Coming Out of the Blue
Angela Huddart
HeartString Quilts
Nurse Ratchet wants to get inky
OoLaLa Living the Arty Life
Life Of Deb
My Chaindriven Life
Artsy Creations
Lula Pomme
Patties Art
Rhinestone Contessa
Love Rosies World
Judy Lange Blissfully Yours
Bulles de Glycerine
Steph Block
Le blog dAzoline
Creative View
Elizabeth Pollock
Liz Mullen
Laurie Z
Laurey Stahelin
Aimeslee Winans
Vicki  http:///
Christine Kemp
Janet Murie

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