Thursday, 2 October 2008

Art Trader Issue 4 Available

The Autumn issue of Art Trader is now available to download for FREE :) The link to get your copy in pdf format is:

Congratulations to Kristy for making the front cover with her gorgeous journal page. I love this issue a lot! Theres lots of gorgeous eye candy and some techniques to peruse in this issue which is a bumper 57 pages long!

I love the feature on tree themed art - so perfect for this time of the year. Also check out the cool background technique using the ever humble wax crayon :) The article I'll get the most use from will be the drawing whimsy style for those of us who cant draw! Fantastic tutorial showing you how to draw in step by step pictures :) The article on Creating Darker Art is another favourite of mine too...I could go on and on as I love this magazine - but I wont because I want to save some surprises for you too :)

In all this is a brilliant magazine which in my opinion knocks the socks off all of the current UK craft and card making magazines which they have the cheek to charge you for! Sorry I dont see the point of paying over £3 to be talked down to and patronised with peel off and sticker projects!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

More Blog Goodies

Lisa's Altered Arts $1 Collage Sheet:
Check this page every Wednesday for a fantastic Digital Collage Sheet for only $1! The sheet changes every Wednesday so check back often. Im a huge fan of these wonderful image sheets and have tons of them!

My Crafty Life has a a couple of great video tutorials on using water to stamp with and distress inks to make backgrounds, go peek at them below:

Free Wizard of Oz Collage Sheets from Jack and Cat Curio Blog:

Do you know of any good ART Challenge blogs? I want to compile a list of links of all the challenge blogs and sites out there. So I am relying upon YOU peeps to send me the links so I can make ze lists! Email me or leave a message on my blog and I'll add the challenges to the list.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

More Art Candy To Inspire

As the weather starts to get colder here in the UK I find myself doing less and less art these days as I slowly slip into hibernation mode, it happens every year!

Dont worry though as Im still getting my daily art fix because I am taking advantage of these winter months by visiting all the lovely art blog posts and websites out there and collecting the links together to inspire me and learn some new techniques :)

And of course share those links with you too so that you too can be inspired!

Todays art blog land finds are listed below:

Write, Tape, Scrape & Stamp Background Technique:
I came across this cool background technique which is so brilliant looking, I love the whole messyness of these backgrounds and they are easy to do too! Go peek at the Write, Tape, Scrape & Stamp Background Technique on this link here:

A Couple Of You Tube Video's To Watch:

Tim Holtz demonstrates 4 great inky background techniques for distressing using the Ranger Distress Inks range on YouTube:

While your at it why not look at the other fantastic videos on Rangers YouTube Page below:

Ive been asked by several members and readers how I managed to use my Sizzix machine to use the Cuttlebug embossing folders, while searching on YouTube I came across this video which shows you how to do it:

Remember if YOU have any cool links to blogs, videos or techniques, freebies and eye candy leave me a message on this blog or send me an email and I'll go peek :)

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Two New Additions In Blog Land

Check out this fantastic tutorial using colourwash sprays to create a great 2 tone background using rubber stamps! I love the whole grungyness of it, check it out:

Also check out The Last Door Down The Hall blog for some gorgeous vintage collage wheel freebies, I just love the softness of these colourwheels and the way all the colours blend in together to seemlessly. Admittedly Ive never used one as I trust my own colour muse but they are handy to use if your colour challenged. While your there check out the other eye candy too as theres some gorgeous artwork - though I must admit Elizabeth must be on the crazy side for creating 120 Bandana technique pages for a swap!!!!!!

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Lots of Eye Candy From Blogland!

Rather than send out lots of seperate emails I am sending out 1 blog post with the various gorgeous bits and pieces I have found while browsing through my subscriptions on google reader :)

If any of the links below dont work, remember to go to the Art Junkies blog to see the properly working linksies to the various blog eye candy featured here!

Fantastic Funky Dyed Kitchen Paper Tutorial:
This ROCKS! Check out the gorgeous colours in the backgrounds:

Fantastic free Halloween Collage Sheet from Gaby:

More Halloween Collage Freebies from Jack & Cat Curio Blog:

Free Halloween Postcards & Other Collage Sheets:

Page By Page Art Journalling Zine Preview:
Ever wondered what this zine looks like? You can now preview it for free here:

Sunday, 21 September 2008

How To Make Opals Embossing Paper

Check out Annettes blog for a fantastic video on how to make your own paper using opals embossing powders!

Free Projects

Go to the Fibre & Stitch website for some fantastic downloadable tutorials in pdf documents:

More Free Collage Images

Great Free Head Images

Click on the individual images to get the larger versions to use in your artwork.

Be sure to check out the fantastic eyecandy on Terri's blog too!

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Wax Paper Resist With A CuttleBug

Just what you didnt need :) Another excuse to buy a cuttlebug!

Mind you so far Ive resisted as Im using my Sizzix and a magnetic Sizzlet adapter with mine to emboss with! You can always use a pasta machine or even a rolling pin (thanks to a comment left on my blog!)

Visit this blog for instructions on how to make embossed wax resist backgrounds using the cuttlebug embossing folders:

If you are reading this message in an email and the above links dont work; visit the blog here:

Shameless Self Plug!

If you havent been along to my blog lately then you should come on down cos Ive posted a few bits and pieces you mightve missed out on...

For instance Ive been playing about with the Bandana Technique some more and have published a list of hints and tips on making this technique work for you:

I also wrote a project for using those work sheet protectors and making them into objects d'art:

Also check out my Fabric Paper experiments:

Im also doing a group Board Book Project on my aRtbUzz blog:

Come and join my stamping and art group to take part or just say hello:

Do you like to swap? I gotta a swap group too :

My main blog url is - warning may contain spoilers for swaps and gifts!:

More Free Collage Sheets

Gaby has just added 2 more cool freebie collage sheets for you to download - dont forget to say who sent ya ;)

Saturday, 16 August 2008

Using Embossing Folders With Pasta Machine

I came across this cool idea for using cuttlebug embossing folders using a PASTA MAKING MACHINE! Perfect if you dont have the sponds to buy a cuttlebug gadget huh ;)

Go peek at this blog with photies too:

Monday, 4 August 2008

Styrofoam Block Printing

I just recieved this link from Lisa Volraths mailing list and decided to share it with you guys.

Its a great tutorial using step by step photographs which show you how to make brilliant printing plates out of styrofoam!

Looks good and I can imagine making lots of printing presses from doodles!

I think Id better start saving up the styrofoam from the pizza's so I can try this....

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Magazine Stencilling

I mentioned Sarah Whitmire's blog on Art Junkies last week as she has a fantastic Soul Journalling Project going on where you do a little bit of work each day in your journals.

Day 16 of the Soul Journalling Project features a fantastic stencilling technique which is so simple and easy to do that it is inspired! Just think of how many cool looking stencils and masks you can create doing this brilliant technique!

Peeky Linky:

Risque Women Mini Mica Book Tutorial

I came across this brilliant tutorial on Ink Stain's Blog recently and just HAD to share the link with you all :)

Using little pieces of mica, alcohol inks and collage sheets Roni has created a gorgeous mini book object d'art. Go peek at the tutorial and eye candy below:

How To Draw A Zentangle Style Mandala

I came across this site while surfing and wanted to share it with you all, Im a bit of a doodle addict and am always looking at doodles and stuff online.

Zentangles is a form of doodling which Ive only tried very briefly and enjoyed but not fully embraced - I keep promising myself I'll go back to them 'one day' - and so far that one day hasnt arrived - go figure!

Anyway the link Im sharing with you is a cool site with a video for you to watch on how to draw these brilliant Mandala's in the style of Zentangle's 0r a 'Zendala' as they are called. The video is brilliant because you can see the design taking shape before your very eyes - its played at high speed to it looks as if the artists is drawing on acid! See it below:

For the Zentangle Virgins who have yet to venture into the world of Zentangle Art heres some links for you to peruse:

The Official Zentangle Home Page:

Zentangle Galleries:

Zentangle Images On Flickr Group:

Zentangles On Google Images:

Trish Bee
Art Junkies Blog-Ezine:

Monday, 28 July 2008

After Midnight Tutorials

If you havent stumbled upon After Midnights blog recently then you are missing out on a whole lot of wonderful eye candy and some fantastic step by step tutorials too!

My personal favourite are the gorgeous Fantasy Beads using sheets of fanstasy film and paper to make unique handmade beads. You can view step by step photos of these wonderful mini works of art on the following link:

Dont forget to check out the Art Glass Tutorials using pieces of glass and utee to make gorgeous embellishments: Art Glass Project 1

Also the newly added Midnight Art Glass tutorial using foil flakes and glass to make embellishments which are so gorgeous to look at I wish I could eat em! Check them out here:

All of these fantastic tutorials and other interesting blog posts can all be found on the After Midnight Blog, the url to drool over them all is:

Friday, 25 July 2008

Art Trader Magazine

Found this juicy online magazine which you can download as a pdf document. Lots of gorgeous droolsome artwork here! Check it out:

Dont forget to click on this link to grab all the back issues too!

You wont be dissapointed!

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Soul Journaling Project

I came across this blog on my travels around blogland :) Each day on the Caspiana blog by Sarah Whitmire you get a brand new challenge as part of an ongoing 'Soul Journaling' project.

Theres some fantastic ideas and inspiration to be had from these tutorials! I for one will be having a go at some of them myself :) Lots of background and layering going on and gesso too!

This project is perfect for those of you who have wanted to get into art journaling but havent yet as your scaredy cats :)

Peeky Linky:

Daily Freebie Collage Images & Art Journal Tutorial

Thifty Collage Artist Blog has some stunning artwork displayed, Im a particular fan of her art journals and her use of strong bold colours and imagery - perfection!

In addition to the gorgeous eye candy you can get a daily freebie collage image to download! Click on the link on the lefthand menu to access it:

While your there also check out this superb Art Journaling Tutorial with step by step photos and instructions:

For the background junkies you can find a couple of background tutorials too:

Free Collage Sheets & Gorgeous Eye Candy

If you havent already seen Gaby Cajubrasil's blog then your missing a visual art treat!

Not only is Gaby's artwork gorgeous she is also fantastically talented at digital art too and keeps giving away some gorgeous collage sheets for FREE!

Go peek on the linky here and be sure to mop up the drool :)

Dont forget to leave Gaby a comment and thank her for the lovely collage sheets too! Show your appreciation as she may make us MORE ;)

Welcome To Art Junkies!

Ok I 100% agree with what your saying....not ANOTHER flipping blog :) Sorry but I couldnt help it and here it is....

What Is Art Junkies?

Art Junkies is a Blog-Ezine dedicated to all things art and beautiful. Featuring stuff that catches my eye while surfing through blogland. The latest books, techniques, crazes, products, freebies, links, videos and just jaw droppingly inspiring!

Wanna get featured in Art Junkies?

All you have to do is submit a comment to this blog along with the website, blog or gallery link you want to be featured and I'll come have a nosy at it and feature it.

I'll be posting art links to stuff I find now and then so be sure to add my blog to your bookmarks!

Peeky Linky to add me is:

Art Is Good For The Soul

Trish Bee