Julia Cusworth

Julia is a British designer and creative enthusiast. She loves to express herself through shape, colour and pattern – living by the ethos of more is more!

Catalysts by Julia Cusworth
Lesson 11 – Creating Independently

Lesson 11 – Creating Independently

For our final lesson, we will be creating freely! Take all that you have learned in this course and put your favourite techniques into one page. Be inspired by the pages I am sharing in this lesson as well as your own discoveries along the way. We all are drawn to different things so take stock of what you have been more drawn to throughout the course and think of how you can combine your favourite parts into one (or more!) art journal pages.

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Lesson 9 – Replacing Water with ink

Lesson 9 – Replacing Water with ink

For our first lesson that uses both felt tips and inks together, we are re-visiting lesson 1. Lesson 1 taught us how to blend out our felt tips with water – this time though we are replacing the water with ink, or a mix of water and ink. This will give you a more pigmented finish and also allow you to mix colours and opacities.

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Lesson 8 – Resisting Ink

Lesson 8 – Resisting Ink

In this lesson, we are looking at how to resist ink. Since ink is such a fluid and water like medium, it can be fun and interesting to pair it with something opposite. We will work with elements that are basic for any artist – nothing fancy, not even masking fluid!

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Lesson 7 – Mixing Ink Colours

Lesson 7 – Mixing Ink Colours

Using what we have learned from our first two ink lessons, we will now start to mix our own colours. Most ink sets are quite basic which gives us lots of blending and mixing possibilities. You can blend either directly on your page or on a palette. Depending on how much pigment (ink) and how much water you mix, your colours can differ immensely. Mixing ink colours is different to paint, as you don’t have the option of adding any white. I like to think of water as the white when mixing with ink.

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Lesson 5 – Ink + Water

Lesson 5 – Ink + Water

In our first ink dedicated lesson, we are simply mixing it with water. Super simple, but really cool and a perfect example of stretching your supplies. When you begin altering your materials, it gives you artist status for sure!

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Lesson 4 – Colouring In

Lesson 4 – Colouring In

For this lesson, we really are going back to kindergarten. Colouring in is one of life’s simplest joys. It is remarkable for calming your nerves as well as creating bold and fun pages.

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Lesson 3 – Felt Tips + Magazines

Lesson 3 – Felt Tips + Magazines

In this lesson, we are using magazine pages instead of our art journal. Try and gather 5-6 different pages to try out these techniques. I always gravitate towards black and white imagery – or pages with a lot of blank space on them. This way, your felt tip marks are the star of the show with their bright colours and the images don’t steal focus.

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Lesson 2 – Felt Tips + Water

Lesson 2 – Felt Tips + Water

Taking what we have learned from our first lesson, we are repeating some of the same layering techniques but this time, adding water. The inclusion of water changes the aspect of felt tips so much and there is a lot of different ways to approach this method. Grab your supplies and let’s make a splash.

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Lesson 1 – Layering Felt Tips

Lesson 1 – Layering Felt Tips

We will be learning how to layer felt tips on a page. Using multiple colours to create new blends for backgrounds and patterns. Playing with warm colours, cool colours, light and dark colours together.

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Pen + Ink

Pen + Ink

Make grown up art with your favorite childhood supplies. Pen & Ink is a class that is about 3 simple tools: water, pens, and inks. The class teaches you over 40 techniques using these tools, but these techniques are not for the perfectionist. They are for the child and the wild artist inside of you who longs to splatter, pour, and fling paint into this world. If you are ready to let that child out, follow your teacher Julia Cusworth as she shows you how to use these simple products to build background pages, simply play, or finish pages in your art journal. This class is perfect for anyone who is ready to let their inner artist child take the reins and Get Messy.

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How to use oil and chalk pastels

How to use oil and chalk pastels

This post is concentrating on both oil and chalk pastels, as well as other medias. Pastels are a great way to add texture, depth and variety into your art. The colour pay off and resistance you get from oils is fun and powerful whilst chalks can be soft, beautifully...

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How to journal with leaves

How to journal with leaves

Nature Hi Messians! Today I am going to share with you some ideas on how to get nature directly into our art journals. I have used different types of leaves for all of my...

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Photographing and videoing your art journal for teaching

Photographing and videoing your art journal for teaching

We asked Jules for the way she photographs and videos her art journals as an artist and art teacher. She's sharing all of this goodness for you... enjoy! NB: I use my Samsung S7 for all photographs and video Photos Step 1 = create art on desk, this is usually a messy...

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Using colour with more confidence

Using colour with more confidence

Colour Hi Messians,Jules here to help build up your colour confidence!If you are familiar with my work, you will know I am a huge colour obsessive. I always want to use more! I...

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How to combine contrasting media

How to combine contrasting media

Contrast Hi again messians!In this post, I will share with you quick tutorials on contrasting mediums. These are the tools and products you wouldn't necessarily think about...

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How to use lines expressively

How to use lines expressively

Art 101 Hello Messians! I'm so excited to be back on the creative team this year and today I am sharing a very simple how-to guide for creating expressive lines in your pages....

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How to keep an illustrated dream journal

How to keep an illustrated dream journal

Dreams Guys, it’s Julia here with the most exciting thing ever. Be prepared to put a journal under your pillow because we’re about to get early morning creative! Creating a dream...

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Incorporating lists in your Art Journal

Incorporating lists in your Art Journal

Lists Hello, It’s Julia here again to talk you through how I, as a non-lister, am tackling this season! As a dyslexic person, words are not my friends, so I would never choose to...

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Colour Psychology in Art Journaling

Colour Psychology in Art Journaling

Happy Hey messians, Julia here. We are currently in the season of happy and one of my main links to happiness is colour. I even devoted a 100 day project to it in 2015...

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How to mix ink with acrylic

How to mix ink with acrylic

Magic Hello magical messians! It’s Jules here to share with you a tutorial on mixing two of my favourite mediums; ink and acrylic. This is a technique that I use a lot...

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Creating Collages in Photoshop

Creating Collages in Photoshop

Serenity Hello get messians! It’s Julia here for a digital collage tutorial. I shared a collage that I had created in photoshop a few weeks ago and had...

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A Brave Zine Collaboration

A Brave Zine Collaboration

Brave As I am sure you know by now, Julia and Vanessa decided to collaborate on the Brave zine that we were making for the second week of the prompts. This is how they went about...

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Being Brave in Art Journaling

Being Brave in Art Journaling

Brave Hey Get Messians, Julia here. I had an idea for a prompt during the get messy blog hop. It was as I was reading all the lovely and amazing comments left for me on my blog and...

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