Monday, 9 September 2019

'Bohemian' Art Journal Page by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Just sharing my latest Art Journal page for Ink Art Designs.

This is another page that I have completed in my mini Art Journal book that I posted about on the 24th August, inspired by the talented Tina Walker.

I haven't added a quote to this art journal page, it just felt 'enough' so I stopped!

Here is another look at the outside of the mini art journal books I made with the fabric covers.

and below is a close up of all the glorious texture from the recycled baby wipe, sari silk offcuts and vellum rose stickers that are in the background.

Let's take a look at the stamp I used from Ink Art Designs.....

 Image result for face up stamp rubber dance

Other items include:

Sari Silk, Vellum Stickers, Distress Oxide Inkpads, recycled baby wipe, Prima Confection Watercolours, Sigma Black Marker 0.7mm

After stamping her face on a separate piece of cardstock, I glued small strips and pieces of Sari Silk around her face and fashioned her hair, I added fine lines for her shoulders using a maker and then glued her baby wipe shirt on. I added her head piece 'crown of flowers' as it picked up the colours in her shirt and flowers and made her a true bohemian lady. Add small amounts of watercolour to the face, eyes and lips and shading under her chin etc.

Before I glued the Sari Silk down onto my page, I added my collage stickers and then added a thin wash of colour around and over the top to dull them down a bit. 

A scribbled border using a marker adds the last touches. 

Don't forget to visit the shop for more exciting Rubber Dance stamps !

Thanks for stopping by the blog today,

Make sure you leave me some love x


Saturday, 24 August 2019

Mini Art Journals by Elisa Ablett

Hi Inky friends,

Elisa here from the design team for Ink Art Designs with my latest inspiration featuring loads of stamping, art journalling and inky mess.

I have to give you all a bit of background into these mini art journals and how I came to create (be addicted) them. I was lucky enough to catch a private tutorial from one awesome talented lady - Tina Walker (aka...A dogs life13). The tutorial was - how to create a mini art journal using one sheet of paper of any size!! it is so clever, I have included Tina's social media information so you can head on over and subscribe and keep on eye out in the next few months for the next mini book tutorial....

These are only 2 of the mini art journals i have created. I have also used cardboard to create the front and back covers and decorate them with Sari Silk and recycled baby wipes. 

Here is the link for Tina Walker's youtube channel and instagram, 
make sure you head on over and subscribe!

You can see from the below photo by Tina Walker just how awesome these mini books can be!
Tina Walker's Profile Photo, Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeup Image may contain: food

I consider myself a novice of the mini book, but BOY am I addicted.

These are just a sample of the pages I have created in my two mini books so far!

Under each photo I have included a list of the Ink Art Designs stamps I have used in that page.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and don't forget to visit the Ink Art Designs shop online or in person this weekend at Paperific in Melbourne Australia.


Elisa x

Friday, 16 August 2019

See what others don't ||| by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone, 

Elisa here with my first project for August for Ink Art Designs, a spring inspired art journal page!

It features a very bright background along with colourful flowers which have been stamped from a gorgeous Stamp set from That's Crafty, so put on some sunglasses and let's pretend Spring has arrived early in Australia 😉😁 

The background and flowers were all created from Colour Blast water colour liquid inks on normal everyday 4 x 6 inch photo paper and then stamped and fussy cut out. Yes you heard right, photo paper and watercolours can produce the most spectacular results and each print is different!

I wanted to create a 3d garden in my Art Journal so I added some hand painted stems and buds to go on the background before the flowers and leaves were stuck down. 

Let's take a look at the products used to create this art journal page - 

Ink Art Designs Shop


and some close ups of the finer details!

You can see how vibrant the watercolours on photo paper can be and you can get some wonderful patterns and hues to stamp on and cut out. 

That's it from me today, I hope you head over to have a look at Ink Art Designs great range of stamps and products and make sure you stop by the facebook group to participate in the monthly challenge!



Thursday, 8 August 2019

Daydream by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

How awesome is the latest challenge over at Scrap Matrix Shares ! 

Mandalas and Zentangling together look amazing and the entries so far into this month's challenge look fantastic so make sure you head over to check all the inspiration out. 

The challenge is pretty easy this month, just create something with both Mandalas and Zentangling and you can use the challenge graphic as inspiration as well.... easy peasy...

So, i was lucky enough to be on a craft retreat with Tanya Froud, my awesome buddy recently and we were bouncing ideas off each other all weekend. 

I decided to use my new Tracy Scott Mandala stamp set along with some fussy cut Art by Marlene Collage paper to create my Mandala background on my Scrapbooking page. 

Add some great Zentangling by Tanya Froud and a few wines and we had ourselves a craft collaboration! 

Tanya is a master tangler and has such a steady hand, so I threw my trusty white Posca Pen at her and she went to town on my layout with her freehand designs. 

Here are some of the products used from Scrap Matrix Store with the direct links below- 

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Let's take a closer look at the finer details!

I decided to keep my stamped Mandala's black and white and let the collage paper shine with colour. I had a cute little chipboard title which I embossed with Gold embossing powder and added splatters of Gold Mica Powder (watered down) onto my page. 

Layer your fussy cut elements under your photo, alternating the black and white stamped images and the fussy cut coloured collage pieces. Use a simple glue stick on collage paper for a smooth finish!

Add some freehand zentangling to match your other pieces, you can see that Tanya has incorporated dots, scallops, hearts, strings of circles and black and white elements to coordinate with my background.

I was so happy with how this turned out, very unique and different and also holds a small piece of my good friend's awesome 'tangling talent' on my page. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, make sure you leave some love.


Elisa xx

Saturday, 27 July 2019

'Drinking wine just feels so much better' by Elisa Ablett

Hi Inky people!

Elisa here from the design team for Ink Art Designs with my latest project, another cheeky art journal page with a few eye catching techniques.

I loved the look of this 50's Girl stamp and thought of all the projects I could create with her and not just vintage creations lol.

Products used to complete this Art Journal Page - 

Ink Art Designs - lost coast designs - 50s-girl

Other products - 
Prima Odyssey - Water colour paints
Hand air pump
Flutterby Designs - Polaroid frame - cut apart
Scrap FX Australia - Wine Glass
Sigma Pen

Let's take a closer look at the art journal page....

I stamped and fussy cut my image out and used 3d foam mounting tape to make her the same height as the chipboard wineglass and lift her off the page a bit. I wanted to make it look like she is balanced on the glass. 

The background is a favourite technique of mine, using watercolour paints and an air pump (from Colour Blast Australia), add your liquid to the page and blow the air through the liquid to create the tendrils. I used the circle mask in the middle to keep the illusion of space behind her. Making the tendrils look like fireworks almost. 

If you haven't visited the online Ink Art Designs Shop as yet, here is the link to have a squiz!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today,



Friday, 12 July 2019

Oooops! Go Me || Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for Ink Art Designs with my first post!

I fell in love with this stamp of the three wise monkeys from Lost Coast Stamps and I wanted to create a bright and funky (with a touch of humour) art journal page. 

 I love working with Distress Oxide Inks as well, so colourful and easy to create great backgrounds.

I stamped my image onto smooth cardstock using Versamark Black ink and then used a palette of watercolours and a small round paintbrush to colour the Monkeys.

Here are the links to the Ink Art Designs Shop - 

Here are some close ups of the finer details -

Here is the new design team for Ink Art Designs, make sure you follow along with our monthly challenges in the (Ink Art Designs Facebook Group) 

Hugs x


Wednesday, 10 July 2019

One of a Kind by Elisa Ablett || Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for Flutterby Designs with my latest creation for you along with a step by step on how I created my background and tips on using the Art Foamies stamps.

Before we start the tutorial, lets take a quick look at some of the products I used to create with from the Flutterby Shop, a few bits and pieces from past kits as well.

So lets take a look at how I created the background - 

Using a palette knife, spread black gesso or thick black paint over the left and right hand sides of your background paper. Let it dry or heat dry.

Use a brayer and a craft mat to 'load' up your art foamies stamp, i find the paint goes on smoother and you get a better print. This is also a great way to add more than one colour at once!

Dry each layer and each colour before you add your next lot of stamping. Add a lighter contrasting colour over the top and then bring that out onto your background paper as well. 

I only wanted to add a small amount of yellow to the page so I only added colour to a small portion of the stamp and also used my 'clean' palette knife to spread it along the edges of my paper a bit as well.

Add some cool white stripes to your page using the edge of your ruler. Add white paint to your craft messy mat, spread it out using a palette knife and then dip your ruler into the white and 'stamp' onto your page, keep stamping until you have the lines and effect you want.

Add smears or splatters of white paint to your page using your finger, and splatters with a fan brush.

Using the palette knife again, spread pink paint through the Little Big Love Flutterby Stencil as shown in the photo above. The let dry before you add anything else. Once dry, tear strips of gold washi tape from a past kit and add to your background then stick your desired strips and stickers over the top.

Layer Filler Cards under your chosen photo, I chose bright and funky filler cards to match my background.

Stick down your photo cluster and then add your title ! I outlined my photo in black pen to make it stand out a bit more. 

Here are some close ups :-) 

I hope to see your creations using my background technique.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, make sure you leave me some love!


Elisa x

'Bohemian' Art Journal Page by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone, Just sharing my latest Art Journal page for Ink Art Designs . This is another page that I have completed in my min...