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

Pen + Ink > Lesson 11 Creating Independently Create 10 pages! This might sound like a lot but think of all the different skills you have learnt throughout this course....

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Lesson 10 – Contrast in Pen + Ink

Lesson 10 – Contrast in Pen + Ink

Pen + Ink > Lesson 10 Contrast in Pen + Ink In our previous lesson we learned how to use these two mediums together harmoniously. Lesson 10 however, is all about the...

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Lesson 9 – Replacing Water with ink

Lesson 9 – Replacing Water with ink

Pen + 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...

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Lesson 8 – Resisting Ink

Lesson 8 – Resisting Ink

Pen + 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...

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Lesson 7 – Mixing Ink Colours

Lesson 7 – Mixing Ink Colours

Pen + Ink > 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...

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Lesson 6 – Ink + Different Brushes

Lesson 6 – Ink + Different Brushes

Pen + Ink > Lesson 6 Ink + Different Brushes Imagine your brush is your magic wand and different spells will create different outcomes. In this lesson, we will see how...

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Lesson 5 – Ink + Water

Lesson 5 – Ink + Water

Pen + Ink > 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...

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Lesson 4 – Colouring In

Lesson 4 – Colouring In

Pen + Ink > 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...

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Lesson 3 – Felt Tips + Magazines

Lesson 3 – Felt Tips + Magazines

Pen + Ink > 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...

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Lesson 2 – Felt Tips + Water

Lesson 2 – Felt Tips + Water

Pen + Ink > 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...

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Lesson 1 – Layering Felt Tips

Lesson 1 – Layering Felt Tips

Pen + Ink > Lesson 1 Layering Felt Tips In our first lesson, we are taking everything back to basics. We will be learning how to layer felt tips on a page. Using...

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Welcome to Pen + Ink

Welcome to Pen + Ink

Pen + Ink > Welcome Hi friends Hi friends! I am Jules, a designer, colour, pattern and animal lover from the north of England. I am so excited to share this class with...

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How to use oil and chalk pastels

How to use oil and chalk pastels

Hi! I’m Julia, an artist and designer from the north of england and today I will be talking you through one of my favourite new mediums; pastels. This post is concentrating on both oil and chalk pastels, as well as other medias. Pastels are a great way to add texture,...

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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

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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