Thursday, 19 April 2018

Getting back into the swing of things

Hiya Brimblers!!

Phew! The last couple of weeks have been so hectic for me, for one reason or another and sadly I have all but abandoned my art and journaling and if I'm truthful I haven't been doing much planning either!

It is true what they say about the imagination/brain being a muscle, in that if you don't use it, you lose it. I've been slowly getting my paints, papers and brushes back out but I'm feeling uninspired and very rusty, even several hours lost on Pinterest haven't helped much. I've mostly been reference working and failing to produce anything original. It'll come in time I hope!!


That said I have been making good use of the travel journal I commissioned from Steph at Scurry and Peck. It's just the perfect size for sticking in my handbag and whipping out whenever there is lull in goings on. A couple of weekends back J and I took a round trip from Manchester down to Aylesbury for a wedding cake tasting (omg so good!) and we pulled into the service station for a quick stop to refuel the car and ourselves. Whilst J stretched his legs I took the opportunity to get my journal out, there happened to be a bush in front of where we parked and I loved the textural differences so I tried to capture it.


Back in February in Anna's 'Doodling about you' Patreon video she explores the use of placing colour and building a piece around it. Well I took the fluidity aspect and sort of a spun it a little. I'm usually a stickler for painting within the lines and emphasising structure and realism. I find it quite difficult to be loose and flowing in my art, and so it feels alien to just slap dash watercolour everywhere haha. I couldn't quite keep to one or two colours but I'm happy with it!


This little guy is a reference to my nephew's 2nd Birthday card. It had a really adorable little robot holding a balloon, and I wanted to remember the day in another way than just my creative journalling. Funny, I tend to keep the two distinct and separate, I've not really considered that till now. Maybe that's something I need to work on! This time I plopped down the blue pastel watercolour (from my Prima Pastel Dreams, which I am LOVING!) first and then doodled on top. I worked over him with my waterproof pen, I missed a few joins and then got annoyed so I attempted to cover them up with some shading. It kinda works.


Lastly, since I've not been journaling/arting much recently I decided to use March's Patreon Collage sheets to create my monthly spread for April and also a weekly spread in my Erin Condren. I mostly use this planner in the house and for the stickers, haha.


It doesn't have a huge planning purpose, other than for household bits, as at the moment my planning is minimal and sticker free. I am in love with the bunny and had to use her as much as I could!


Well, that's all from me this month peeps, I hope my post next month won't be quite so light on the creative content. I'm currently cramming my time with Cambscon Stock, but I hope to be able to dedicate some more time to my creative pursuits and getting my 'creative mojo', as Anna calls it, back!

In a bit xx

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Planner Nerd Planner Pages

Here's a little look at how I used my stickers from the April Planner Nerd Brights collection.









How have you used yours?

These stickers are available to purchase now from: http://mrsbrimbles.co.uk/shop

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Sketchbook Flip Through

Today I am sharing with you a flip through of a completed sketchbook. Most of the artwork you will see in it is either for Brimbles Box products / collections or for my Patreon tutorials or collage sheets. Links to all of those are below. Thank you to my current Patreons who are supporting me as this helps me to be able to create more content for you free on my YouTube channel. Big, Big love xx I hope you enjoy!




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Sunday, 8 April 2018

More planner paint play!


This month I wanted to do something a little bit different in my planner, and a lot of my layouts featured paint. 

I, by no means, have any idea of what I'm doing when I'm painting, but my planner pages are for experimenting and it's honestly so freeing when you just have a go. The final product is not as important to me as the journey it took to get there.

The paints I used are from Dylusions, as well as a white acrylic paint I had lying around.
The stickers are from Mrs Brimbles' We Go Together collection.




I love how cute the little table turned out and the pairs of foods/drinks are perfect. It definitely made me hungry all week.

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Happy planning!

Friday, 6 April 2018

Journal With Me - Official Planner Nerd!



Today I am sharing with you a creative journal process. I have used the April 2018 Planner Nerd Brights Brimbles Box to journal about my use of planners and what they mean to me. I hope you enjoy!



The Brimbles Box is my monthly planner / journal box. It is now a pay and go rather than a subscription so if you like what you see you will find the box for sale on the website and you can just order it and we will despatch it. No subscriptions and no pre order. They are in stock and ready to go! (if you would prefer to sign up to a subscription this option is also available via https://www.patreon.com/mrsbrimbles)



The cost of the box is £15 (+ P&P). To find out what the shipping is for your Country, just add the product to your cart and it will tell you at the current exchange rate before you have to enter any payment details so you can decide if this is right for you. Current and past boxes are available to purchase here: https://www.mrsbrimbles.co.uk/product-category/brands/mrsbrimbles/brimblesbox/
and this collection is available to purchase individually here: https://www.mrsbrimbles.co.uk/product-category/brands/mrsbrimbles/?orderby=date



Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Shine Bright Art Journal Page

Using the tutorial by Anna on her Patreon, I had a go at the Galaxy Painting using the layered watercolour wet media technique. I chose to work with a mixture of purples and blues. I started off making sure my pages were completely wet and gently placed the brush in random spots. The wetness allowed the paint to bleed onto the page. The process itself was very relaxing as you had to work slowly.
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Typically as I have a busy home life, I had to set the page aside and come back to it. The benefit of this was that I was able to create a little bit of art during a particularly busy week. When I returned to the artwork, I quickly wet the page again. I actually did this at speed with a large brush, however I would be tempted to try a wet spray bottle to see what outcome that would give.

  4B417E1A-A56B-4A4F-9810-F507FCCF58E6I then began the same process of adding colour and allowing it to dry. This process was completed around five times. As I got higher up in my watercolour layers, I started to add lighter colours to give some depth to the page.

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Once dry I loved being able to see the paint layers at the edge of the painting as well as the separate tones throughout the page. To finish it, I added the words ‘shine bright’ with a gold brush pen as well as a shimmer brush pen. I also added a few stickers from Little Rainbow Moon.

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f you’re interested in watercolour and other painting/art techniques, check out Anna’s Patreon here

Thank you for stopping by, Kelly

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Monday, 2 April 2018

Paint play on planner pages


Happy April, Planner Friends!

I continued my paint-play in my planner right up until the start of April and added in some of my favourite of the Mrs Brimbles' stamps from the Shootin' for the Moon collection. It's an oldie, but a goodie, and I haven't dragged my stamps out for a while! I also added in a Gelly Roll Stardust pen, too, which is very hard to see in the photos!


I adore all things space-related and I've been meaning to make another-space themed layout for ages, and it's a pretty neutral sort of topic and given that April is a pretty neutral kind of month for me, I figured they'd go together pretty well!


The beautiful thing about using the Dylusions paint and a baby wipe (yep, you read that right) is that it applies the paint in a thin enough layout that you can still see what's underneath. Ultimately, I don't worry too much if I cover up days or dates - it's my planner and I can figure it out - but it's a helpful technique.




The Stardust pen was a final accent just to help the stars stand out a bit more and it's beautiful and sparkly in person.

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I hope that you're having a wonderful day. Keep on planning!