Sunday, 12 October 2014

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Soul Sisters ATC Swap - 'Oh Dear'

Hey Soul Sisters ATC Swap is NOW live.... Come join in the fun!
Here's my submission...
'Oh Dear' - Digital ATC #001 Soul Sister's ATC Swap Lounge - Sissy Sparrows by Kyla deRuiter of

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Using Sketches

Sketches aren't just for scrappers!
They are easily adapted for art journaling, cards, ATC's etc.
I've created 2 cards using the same Page Drafts Sketch Template #2.1
This first one, 'You are Exquisite', is a very loose interpretation,

 while the second, 'Some Kind of', adheres more strictly.

 Template  #2.1
I took the original sketch and turned it 90 degrees to the right
and focused on the hightlighted cluster.
The great thing about sketches is you can flip, rotate and crop to suit yourself,
don't be afraid to change it up! 

Guest Artist Announcement!

I'm very proud to announce I am the Guest Artist for this month at Page Drafts!!!
Page Drafts| Bringing Back the Mojo!
Go check it out!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Art Journal - 'Shine Bright'

Now this page went through a few stages.
Em and I broke out our gelli plates and spent a couple of hours having fun experimenting.
From there, I ran it through the printer using one of Emma's digital brush sets.
Machine stitch on some text paper, distress ink around the edges,
stamp, stencil on different sized punchinella and the sun rays, add a title and written quote,
add a little bit more black messy paint around the edges and voila!
Messy Perfection!!
Art Journal - 'Shine Bright'   Mixed Media by Kyla deRuiter

Monday, 28 April 2014

TPN #25 Challenge - 'Breathe'

The Painted Nest Challenge for April is nearly up.

Here's my submission:
The Painted Nest Challenge #25 - 'Breathe' by Kyla deRuiter for Inky Fingers

Friday, 25 April 2014

'Voices' - Art Journal

Sissy Sparrow's have recently released
some gorgeous new red rubber stamps 
and I got to play with them!
'Voices' - Art Journal sissy sparrows stamp

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Saturday, 15 March 2014

**New** Mixed Media Backgrounds

I thoroughly enjoyed creating these backgrounds,
to be able to just let loose and have fun - priceless.
I didn't have to wonder how I was going to finish the page -
that's for you to do!
I've used a multitude of different products, sizes and techniques.  
I've dived into my collection of different text pages, created my own stencils,
dragged out my sewing machine and glued, spritzed, inked and
sewn like never before!!
These are one-off backgrounds that can be included in your art journal,
cut down to create ATC's or tags, punched, added to and built upon.
New Mixed Media Backgrounds for Sale!!!! by
By the way - we ALL want to see what you do with them!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Decorative Serviettes In Store Now!

Over 80 gorgeous decorative serviettes for sale.
Over 80 different serviettes for sale at CHECK IT OUT!!!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Art Journal Page - 'Reach'

I finished this little number today!
I still find it amazing that I can start with a plain white cardstock,
absolutely no direction or outcome in mind,
then ink, brayer, glue, stitch, blend, flick etc and I wind up with something I really like!
Art Journal Page - 'Reach'  Mixed Media by

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Painted Nest Challenge #23 - 'The First Time'

Sissy Sparrows have just released their latest Painted Nest Challenge
and as soon as I saw it I had to give it a go,
even though I'm not a digi scrapper!
If you get stuck for inspiration, head over to Studio Girls Scrapbook Graphics,
there are loads of beautiful layouts to keep you scrolling for hours!!!

Monday, 3 February 2014

'Fall in Love' - Art Journal

Thank gawd for gesso! This page started out completely different, colours, stencil, direction, everything. And I was stuck but good. So after days of dilly dallying and not being happy with it, I thought; bugger this, just gesso over and start again and BAM! done.
Goes to show when you try to force it, it never works, as soon as you loosen up a little and let it flow - bingo!!
'Fall in Love' - Art Journal mixed media by

Saturday, 1 February 2014

'Love is Everywhere' 2014 Valentines Release

Inky Fingers is proud to be a sponsor of the
Page Drafts by the Nifty Pixel has launched a new challenge
for the month of February with 5 brand new sketches to choose from.
So head on over, follow the challenge criteria and let the mojo roll!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Mixed Media Tag - 'Frozen'

Last year I joined a tag swap with Art Queens of Australia. The brief was to decorate it any way I liked, just include texture. Considering that's my favourite thing, I was in my element!
'Frozen' - Mixed media tag - Art Queens Swap -
I used a mix of products including watercolours, gesso, dylusions ink,
serviette, gouache paints, washi tape and machine stitching.
'Frozen' - Mixed media tag - Art Queens Swap -
'Frozen' - Mixed media tag - Art Queens Swap -

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Art Journal - 'One Step'

This is my second hybrid layout that I've attempted and I'm still feeling my way, but I love being able to combine digital images with traditional hands-on, get messy gluing and spritzing.
There are so many beautiful digital kits on the market that had me drooling when finally the light bulb went on and I realised I can use these images in my art.
I purchased a kit called 'Acid Wash' from Sissy Sparrows, and by digitally altering and then printing them, some on paper and some on Grafix Rub-ons, I had these gorgeous elements ready to use.
Art Journal - 'One Step'  Mixed media by
  • Glue down a page from an old encyclopedia onto a base card.
  • Gesso randomly over the top.
  • Spritz with 'Patina' and 'Tarnished Silver' Glimmer Mists by Tattered Angels. 
  • I used a stencil I had hand cut out of acetate (a large 'X').
  • Use an ink blender and 'Faded Jeans' distress ink pad, ink over the stencil.
  • Run a line of 'Vibrant Turquoise' by Dylusions down the left hand side of the page, spritz with water and move the card so the ink runs in dribbles from left to right.
  • Prick a pattern in the card and embroider, leaving some empty.
  • Add images, words, rub-ons and crown.
  • Flick black india ink over card.
  • Ink blend over the embroidery thread and along the edges with 'Squeezed Lemonade' and 'Ripe Persimmon' distress ink pads to finish.
Art Journal - 'One Step' (close up)  Mixed media by
Art Journal - 'One Step' (close up)  Mixed media by
There are a lot of free images out there for personal use, so if you see a digital image or kit you like, don't be afraid to download and use it. The possibilities are endless!!!