Donna Downey Artist Gang | Accordion Journal

A few weeks ago now my latest Donna Downey Artist Gang tutorial went live over on Donna’s blog. I haven’t had the time or internet bandwidth to share it here until now.

Donna Downey Tutorial - Accordion journal

I made a tiny accordion journal using collage and paint techniques. This is one of my favourite methods for art journaling. It is heavily influenced by Roxanne Coble (aka bybun). I took two of her online classes and kind of adapted her techniques into my own style.

I’ve created a few accordion journals for other projects, but none have come together quite as easily as this one did. The colours, the painting and the quote all just felt right.

Anyway, enough rambling, here is the video. Let me know what you think of it. You can also check out the original blog post on Donna Downey’s blog.

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Donna Downey Artist Gang | Adore

It’s my turn to share a tutorial for the Donna Downey Artist Gang, and this month I have made a mixed media canvas. This is quite different to my usual art style, I am mostly an art journaler, but I quite enjoyed myself.

I started by collaging the base with ephemera and then lay down the stencil, I wanted to use it in reverse. And then I covered the whole thing with gesso and filled in the stencil outline with modelling paste to create a full image of a naked lady.

Once the shape was to the thickness I was happy with I started using acrylic glaze to add a grunginess to the canvas.

Anyway, I won’t go into any more detail, you can watch me make the whole thing at the Donna Downey Artist Gang YouTube account.

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Donna Downey Artist Gang | Painting on Fabric

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I wanted to share my first Donna Downey Artist Gang tutorial, and include the instructions for making a pencil pouch and journal cover out of painted fabric.

First of all, you can see the video over at Donna Downey’s Artist Gang blog page and on YouTube.

How-to Sheet for Making a Pencil Pouch

What you need:

  1. Fabric
  2. Stencil
  3. Acrylic Paint
  4. Watercolours
  5. Needle and thread
  6. Zipper (sized appropriately for your fabric)
  7. Sewing machine and accessories (I have known people to ‘sew’ using hot glue too so you could try that).

Step 1:

Paint your fabric using the tutorial.

Step 2:

Line the painted fabric with a second piece of fabric to protect the stitched areas.

Step 3:

Start sewing your pouch by adding the zipper. Stitch the zipper to one end of your fabric rectangle with the zipper face down and fabric painted side up. Use a zipper foot on your sewing machine.

Step 4:

Fold the zipper out and stitch it down so the underside doesn’t get caught in the zip when opening and closing the pouch.

Step 5:

Attach the other side of the zipper to the opposite end of the fabric so it makes a tube.


Again fold the zipper out and stitch it down so the underside doesn’t get caught in the zip when opening and closing the pouch.

Step 6:

Fold the pouch so the zipper is in the middle of the top of the pouch.

Make sure you leave the zipper partially open or you won’t be able to fold the pouch in the right way at the end.

Step 7:

Fold each edge into the middle of the zipper.


Step 8:

Stitch across each end.

Step 9:

Fold the pouch so that the painted side is on the outside. You will need to push the corners out carefully.

Journal Cover

I didn’t take photos of the steps for this one, but it is fairly straight forward.

Step 1:

Place two pieces of fabric right sides together (so painted side in).

Step 2:

Sew down three sides of the fabric and turn it right side out.

Step 3:

Insert a piece of card and fold the cover in half.

Step 4:

Hand sew the last side of the fabric pieces together to close the cover securely.

Step 5:

Make a whole in the centre and put either an elastic to ribbon through to use to tie the journal shut.

Step 6:

Make your inserts and hand sew them in using pamphlet stitch.

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Creative Team – Donna Downey Artist Gang

Welcome to my new blog – a refresh and a name change for the new year. And I thought it was a great time to share the news here that I am now part of a new creative team – Donna Downey’s Artist Gang for 2017!

Donna Downey Artist Gang

I will be creating tutorial videos over on the Artist Gang YouTube channel every few weeks and will be showcasing some of the wonderful products Donna has in her shop.

I will also be sharing work on the Artist Gang Facebook Page – check it out and follow along to see what the artist gang gets up to this year.

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