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Super cute animal boxes – Tutorial

In this video I will be making the cute rabbit box which I like to fill with lots of treats, or even little baby rabbits!

I hope you enjoy the video!! :)


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Tutorial Video – Paper cut wreath using the Silhouette Cameo

Welcome to my tutorial where I show you how to make a stunning paper cut wreath using the Silhouette Cameo, if you don’t have a cameo then fear not, you can also cut it by hand or use any other cutting machine.
We will start by drawing the leaves and berries, photographing them using a mobile phone or tablet. We will then adjust the photo and trace them before cutting and assembling them out of paper.
Here are some photos of the finished wreath and creation process, the tutorial video can be found below these.
paper cut christmas decorations wreath joanne seale
paper cut christmas decorations wreath joanne seale
paper cut christmas decorations wreath joanne seale
paper cut christmas decorations wreath joanne seale
paper cut christmas decorations wreath joanne seale
Here is the video tutorial


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Video Tutorial – Make a paper cut wing from scratch :)

Hello, I hope you are all well and enjoying mid-summer :) It was a bit wet and cold in London this weekend plus I hurt my leg in a fall on the Strand in central London (what a sight, I was sprawled all over the pavement) so I stayed in and painted lots of colourful art journal pages (to be published here soon).

I also discovered free demos on my xbox! so I ahem ‘tested’ a few of them and will be getting the full versions of Diablo III and DMC soon :)

Here is the video tutorial for my paper cut wing template, I show you how to draw the wing feathers and prepare them for cutting on an electronic cutter, part 2 includes adding the feathers to the base in an ‘artistic interpretation’ of a real wing :) If you want to just go ahead and cut the wing template without drawing it first, my SVG files are here




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Tutorial – Make a Midori planner with paper and gesso

The internet seems to have gone Midori crazy! It’s beautiful yet simple design as well as it’s flexibility as a journal, planner or notebook has inspired many people to get creative. I decided to try to make my own using paper and gesso after seeing how my paper stencils became more supple and durable after a coating of acrylic gesso was painted on them. The gesso plasticises the paper to look and feel more like vinyl or faux leather. So let’s get started!! :) midori joanne seale fauxdori   Firstly take some cardstock or watercolour paper and decorate it with spray inks, I’m using Dylusions inks as the colours will stain the gesso giving a more layered effect. Decorate both sides of the paper. DSC_5203   Then using acrylic gesso, spread it onto the paper using an old store card, this gives a very thin and even coverage of gesso. Gesso both sides with 2 layers leaving the paper to throroughly dry between layers.DSC_5208 DSC_5212 I made one last layer of gesso, scraping it through a stencil to give an organic leather grain effect. DSC_5213 Continue reading

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Tutorial – Make a cool layered background

I wanted to make a layered background for a new moth lady painting and thought I would show you the process. I use Neocolor II water soluble crayons and acrylic paint in many layers to create an interesting textured base for my paintings.

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Firstly take some Neocolor IIs and cover the page with various colours, I used opaque pastel shades.

Then activate them with water and leave to dry.

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New mini-album ‘Kiss Hinge’ binding system tutorial

I wanted to share with you a new binding system I created for mini-albums, I’m calling it the ‘Kiss Hinge’.

I wanted to make something that was easy to cut on the Silhouette Cameo (it can also be cut by hand) and also very easy to assemble.

So pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea and take a look, I think you will agree it’s a very easy tutorial!

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

I have made a short video tutorial, with a written one below. Update! I now have a downloadable and printable version here PDF Version.

Firstly you need to open up your Silhouette Studio software, then switch on your grids and guides, I made my grid in 1cm squares.
Insert some guides for the height of the hinge, the width of the ‘lips’ and the width of the base, as in the picture below.(you can click on all the pictures to make them bigger)

kiss hinge mini album binding system joanne seale

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Nature Journaling – Elmstead Woods

During the summer I did a wildflower survey in Elmstead Woods (South East London) for and collected leaves from some of the plants I saw.
I decided to make a nature journal page using paper copies of the leaves and thought I’d share how I made it.

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Firstly I pasted a brown paper bag to a journal page, I used a Muji bag torn in half.


I then painted it in various shades using my Inktense blocks (luv them!) and also pasted on some printed tissue paper which I also painted over.


I then used a stencil (the first and only stencil I have) and dabbed it using Inktense again and a Tim Holtz inking tool, I just wet the tray of blocks with a mini mister and dabbed over the block colours I wanted and then dabbed the stencil.


I then printed a black and white leaf onto the shiny side of a silhouette cameo mat cover which I cut down to A4 size, then transferred the print onto the page by laying it face down and rubbing it.
It worked quite well!


I then prepared my leaves by scanning them, editing them in photoshop then tracing them in the Silhouette Studio software.
I then painted them with Inktense and distress ink.


I attached them to the page using foam sticky pads.
I also created some text in photoshop using a font called Mom’s Typewriter which I downloaded from I coloured the cutout text and pasted it to the page

And it was finished, I am so pleased with how it turned out :)



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