Thursday, 28 June 2018

Mixed media monthly box - Dyary art journal

Good morning to you all,

I wanted to share something with you. As a 'young' mixed media artist i have been looking for a monthly subscription box to boost my stash and give me inspiration. When i say young i mean 40+ but new at calling my hobby mixed media art journalling.

Roaming the 'www' i found several monthly subscriptions, some from larger companies, some from smaller, some from never heard of companies. I decided to start with the smallest. See what i think and maybe i will go for this one again and maybe i will try another.

So i ordered a quarterly box from Checiegirl Creations. A young (yes in age too) starting her own company. A link is at the bottom of my post.

I ordered the box on Monday evening. Used Paypal to ensure any loss or damage is insured. Total amount paid 25 pounds. 15 for the box and 10 for shipping. I got it on the Saturday. Not bad......
Box was sturdy and well packed. On opening this is what you see.

Turning the little card over it lists the total contents of the box.

Pulled everything out, checking everything is there.
Complete stash below.
 Love the fact that the little paper bags are stamped and sprayed and that all the packagings can be used in mixed media projects.
 My faves from this box are:
1) the prompt cards, made by Checiegirl herself, using all the mixed media steps you can think of.
2) the roll of guaze bandage, what an original idea to create texture in a background.
3) the texture tools, two cool scrapers made of plastic to create different textures in your project.
 So...would i buy another pack from Checiegirl....yes i probably would. Sometimes its nice to know what you are getting and sometimes its not.

I also ordered some supplies from a Spanish on-line art store called Craftelier. I ordered: acrylic paint (10 colours), a Dyan Reaveley Art Journal, a Ranger Ink stencil, some plain white tags and some cardstock elements. I paid 62 euros and 5 euros for shipping. I ordered on Friday evening and got it on Thursday. Nice !!

A lot of Art-journallers use Americana acrylic paint. I wanted to try something different so i went looking for reviews. Americana paint is thinner and works well for art journalling. Sennelier is a well known make of paint, also famous for there water colours. I fell in love with these little containers.
 I got 10 of these little pouches. 3 primery colours (red, yellow,blue), 2 basics (black and white) and 5 pop-art colours (orange, pink, green, blue and yellow). I love that i can paint little bits directly from the container. They are thicker than the cheap acrylic paint i have but they cover waaaaaayyyy better to.
So to celebrate all of the above i put all of that together. The is the coverpage for my new Dyan Reaveley art journal.

I put doen two strips of guaze and painted them down with chalk primer, thick stuff, never used it before, awesome for texture. I sprayed acrylic pain here and there (just cheap stuff from a local craft store).

I stamped clouds with the Checiegirl stamps and ink. Drew raindrops with black, silver and gold gelpens. Used the silver pen too make a silver lining around each cloud.

I printed a pop-art photo of me with my awesome, love, love this little machine, printing and altering photos directly from your cell-phone. I put it under a die-cut frame in brown colour ('cause it matched my dyary). I decorated the frame with the gelpens too.

I used a Gelli plate to decorate some 'Spanish' tags with my awesome Senneliers paints. I chose the smallest one just because i thought it fit best. I decided to use coloured buttons (from my stash) to add the three (photo, frame and tag) together.
I drew flowers and coloured them with my paints. Love, love, love these bright colours. I added Yayy to the frame with a stamp from the box. I used black pen to add the text: 'something about a silver lining' and Stabilo colours to add the title: ARTSY FARTSY.

So very happy with everything i got and used (or even did not use). So very happy with my page and so very happy to share my thoughts about eveything i used. Please note, i am not getting anything for free, i am not getting paid for telling you about these products. It's all just my opinion :)

Here is a link to Checiegirl Creations
Here is a link to Craftelier
Here is a link to Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley's Dyary.
Here is a link to Sennelier paint
Here is a link to HP Sprocket

Thanks for reading !


  1. Lovely post I love what you've created and can't wait to see what else you make. I'm so glad you like the box, thanks for sharing. 😊

    1. You are very welcome. I love the box or i wouldnt have done it !!

  2. What a great informative post, loved how you used all those supplies to create such a great journal cover.

    1. Thank you very much!! I loved doing it 😍 mixed media is all about the layers hahaha

  3. Thanks. Appreciate your positivity !! Was fun to do ♡