Category Archives: 21 Secrets

My Flow Journal Pages Inspired By Connie Hozvicka’s Painting Fearless Class


I have a couple more things to share with you, these are 2 journal pages I did for the 21 Secrets Playground ‘Flow with Connie Hozvicka’. The idea of this class is to paint freely and intuitively allowing your muse to play and scribble with paint and build up layers of paint.

The emphasis on this class is more about the playful process rather than the end results and I must say I really enjoyed this process very much!

Heres my 2 journal pages I painted for assignment 1:


My Dabblings For Martha Lever’s Credit Card Flowers Class – 21 Secrets


I must say I am having so much fun playing around with my credit card pieces to make painted flowers! I havent made any journal pages with my dabblings yet because I am just enjoying the process and experimenting with the shapes and colours. I think I have a new addiction!

Here’s all my efforts thusfar, remember to click on the thumbnails to view larger pictures:

Structure Paste Art Work Inspired By Christy Tomlinson’s Art Of Texture 21 Secrets Class


Christy’s class on 21 Secrets was all about using light modelling paste in your artwork to create wonderful textures. I have used modelling paste before in my artwork but never used it in my journal pages so it was nice to watch Christy’s videos on how she used it in hers.

I had run out of modelling paste and was too impatient to wait for my order to arrive so I went searching through my art supplies and came across a tube of Structure Paste which looked and smelled just like modelling paste so I used that instead.

These are the pieces I created inspired by Christy’s class:

Enchanted Dream Torn Tag: I used a Crafters Workshop stencil for the floral shape and punchinella for the border with structure paste, I randomly stamped the watercolour paper with a dotty background I had and added colour using various colours of inks and paints.

Butterfly Postcard: The butterflies are done with a stencil and coloured structure paste, I stamped the butterflies when they were dry with  a dotty background stamp. The postcard background was actually a leftover piece from Dina Wakelys class last week which I decided to use for this piece, I was going to paint over the background and make it less busy but decided to leave it for now because it kinda goes with the butterflies.

Indian Mandala Board: The mandala is a crafters workshop stencil, I love those designs, the squared border is taken from a strip of cooking mesh I had left over. I added colour using various inks and markers and took my inspiration from those bright Indian fabrics.

Great Oaks Board: The main tree is a crafters workshop stencil which I used the paste with and then added metallic colours using pens once it was dry. The leaves were also structure pasted using a fern leaf stencil repeatedly. I added colour to the main background by dripping over assorted shades of greens and yellows.

Encaustic Wax and  Reverse Structure Paste Tree: The tree is actually a reverse print of the same stencil I used to create the above tree; when I removed the stencil I noticed I had got a lot of paste on the actual backside of the plastic so instead of wiping it off the stencil I pressed it onto watercolour paper to create a reverse texture print.

Colour was added using encaustic waxes and artists inks dropped on the surface until I liked how it looked and acrylic paints. The white marks you can see in the lower part of the tree were created using a scraper tool which you normally use in scraper foil art to remove part of the wax to make patterns in it, they kinda remind me of seeds growing under the ground.

21 Secrets – Intuitive Layers Class With Dina Wakely


I signed up recently for 21 Secrets, its an online playground aimed at Art Journaling, featuring 21 classes from 21 different teachers! I had been umming and ahhing over whether to sign up for this class but I am so glad I finally pushed myself to do it because I have had a lot of fun playing with my first class so far!

My first port of call on the 21 Secrets Playground was Dina Wakely’s class which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Being deaf and unable to hear the instructions on the video I found the additional pdf’s a godsend and they helped me immensely. The videos are pretty self explanatory and I enjoyed watching Dina create her Pointy People art from start to finish.

I thought I would share my step by step photo’s of the artwork I made from this class, I didnt do pointy people for my ‘homework’ but Im guessing thats ok because we are free to use the instructions to inspire us to make our own take on this technique.

Below are the photos of the first steps where you have to draw random shapes with a pencil – I didnt have the special pencil needed for this technique so I substituted with an Ink Black Inktense pencil instead which worked perfectly.

As you can see I did 3 initial random pencil sketches on large A3 sized paper to start with and then used those sketches as a base for my finished pictures which I are below:

Now to decide what class I want to to do next 😀