One of my fave art journalling creative bloggers, Ihanna, organises a DIY art postcard swap every Spring and Autumn. When I first came across her I fell in love with her style and didn't hesitate to pay the fee to take part.
Doing a swap is great for a few reasons. If you are a fellow creative like me, it gives you focus to channel it and a purpose to create. Knowing there is a deadline and people are waiting on you, depending on you to receive their postcard. This gives that little bit of gentle pressure and moral decency to make completing the project a priority in this busy, noisy world of distractions.
As you can see in the photo above, I used butterflies for Hope and Grace. I link this to my faith in God, His creation of these creatures, so beautiful, so free, season of summer, sunshine, flowers in bloom. A big reflection of grace and hope. That no matter what we go through, there will always be a season of summer and fruitfulness. Even if it feels like sometimes, we go through the wilderness with season upon season of winter! Whatever happens, flowers still bloom, the sun still rises and life goes on.
''Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures'' - Henry Ward Beecher
Themes and Styles
1. Washi tape.
2. Decoupage using a Joe Browns mail order catalogue (my fave clothes shop, colourful, quirky, full of prints, very me!).
3. Chalk pastels and calligraphy ink drawings.
4. Poster paint.
6. Self adhesive fabric and black Sharpie pen.
7. Hand drawn colouring in page. Coloured in using Papermate Flair pens and 'magic' multi colour pencils.
10. Watercolour pencils, craft stamped words and pinwheel toppers.
This one was the fork! All you do is choose about 2 or 3 colours of poster paint that will compliment each other, squirt them over the page in dollops and swirls. Then use the fork and your finger to create wavy lines and smear it all together in a beautiful marbled effect. So simple and so pretty!
All I used for this was my neon washi tape and some highlighter pens. I played around with some diagonal lines/geometric style patterns with the washi tape as a starting point. Then just continued the pattern with my pens. I used a black Sharpie just to go around some borders for some definition. Job done!
I coloured it in using my Papermate flair colouring pens and some very cool 'magic' pencils. They are amazing! I first discovered them at Barcelona airport back in 2012! (Back in the crazy days before Eli and we were still able to go to the mad festival that is FIB! Bennicassim! Imagine Glasto but with the gorge weather of Spain! And Spainish timings. So would start about 9pm, headliners on about 1am and finished about 6am!!). You can see the ones bought at the airport have 'thinking Barcelona' on them. The good news is, you don't have to go to Barcelona to snap these up! Just search 'magic pencils' on Ebay and away you go! They have about 3 colours blended into one pencil! Very exciting to use!
If you fancy this look on your nails, don't forget to check out my diy here: http://www.justcreativejulia.co.uk/blog/galaxy-diy-nail-art
And if you fancy buying yourself a galaxy skirt, check out mine in this diy tutorial for a no sew sequin top: http://www.justcreativejulia.co.uk/blog/diy-sequin-party-top-thrifty-thursday
Mine came from Shadowplaynyc on Etsy. If you do a search on Etsy for 'galaxy skirt' you'll get loads of search results! I bought mine years ago, so these guys were pretty much the first to be doing it! I also own some fab galaxy leggings from www.onlineleggingstore.com. Here's a link to my Instagram where you can see me modelling them after some interval running! https://instagram.com/p/BR1OcNVla0e/
And if you fancy joining in with Ihanna for her next swap, it'll be in the Autumn. Go here for more details: www.ihanna.nu/postcard-swap.