Twinkling H20s Review

18 May

Guest blog post by Lynnita Knoch

comments in italics by Deb

Blue Twig Studio – April Product Review and Projects

This month, I received a package of Twinkling H2Os by Luminarte for review for Blue Twig Studio. I had heard a lot of great comments about these from friends the last few months and had been wanting to try them, but couldn’t justify buying yet another type of paint. Therefore, I was very excited when I received these for my April product review!!

Twinkling H20s by Luminarte

Twinkling H20s by Luminarte

 

Product: Twinkling H2Os are highly pigmented, light fast, lusciously luminescent mica-infused watercolors. The H2Os are non-toxic and archival safe. The amount of water used determines if the color is opaque, translucent or transparent. This set contained 12 jars of H2Os, along with a free spritz bottle. The colors in my set included: poppy, rose gold, persimmon, mango mamba, mustard green, autumn butternut, black cherry, plum crazy, blue zircon, sweet alfalfa, cedar wood, and pearl red. (Note: my spritz bottle arrived with a crack starting at the spritzer and running a third of the way around the spritz head. Needless to say, it didn’t work very well as a spritzer, but was still able to use it as clean water. I could spritz, if I didn’t mind water spraying ) (yikes – I don’t like it when products arrived damaged – so sorry about that)

 

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Open jars of H20s

The watercolor comes as a solid hard-pan cake. When you open the desired jars, the colors can be “woke up” by spraying the surface of the paint cakes. Directions state: after allowing the water to soak in for 3-5 minutes, mist the jars a second time and wait a couple more minutes. The paint begins to soften and it easily mixes into a creamy texture when dipping a paintbrush in it. I actually had to wait about 10 minutes and I used a toothpick to mix the paint. The Twinkling H2Os can be used for painting freehand, creating color washes, to color inside the lines of a drawing or rubber stamped image, or to apply to a rubber stamp before stamping with it.

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Projects:

For my project, I was initially going to paint an 8″x10″ canvas. I painted an abstract background and then planned to use a large 8 1/2″ x 11″ Crazy Lace stamp by Kari McKnight-Holbrook (see Blue Twig Studio KMH large stamps) with black acrylic paint to create an overall design on the abstract background. Unfortunately, my black paint didn’t stay wet enough by the time I got the whole stamp coated and did not print well on my canvas. Therefore, I scrapped this project. I’ll try to salvage it for some other project in the future. In interest of time, I chose to create several tags that can be used as gift tags, bookmarks, labels, luggage tags, and so on. My daughter joined me and made tags, as well. Following are the results. Besides brushes, a palette knife, and a freezer paper palette, I used Derwent watercolor pencils, black Sakura micron pens, and Pico Embellishers to accent the tags (I love using the Pico Embellishers).

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Lydia Tag, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/5″, Twinkling H2Os and Pico Embellisher on watercolor paper. I started with the plum crazy color to create a “sea” background. Then pulled the paint to the ‘sky’ area with more water to make it lighter. Using mango mamba, I created sun rays peeking through a stormy sky, and added pearl red to the ‘sea’ to create more depth and waves. I had planned to stamp dolphins in the ‘sea’. However, the sea and sky didn’t come out as they appeared in my head. After lifting some of the paint by adding more water, I used blue zircon to paint Lydia and outlined it with the mustard green (which appears more like an antique gold). I highlighted Lydia with a pink neon Pico Embellisher and edged the tag with pearl red. A couple hearts with a neon green Pico Embellisher in the corners, along with blue and multicolored yarn for hanging completed the tag. I am pleased with the results, as I thought this tag was a lost cause! (Painted by my daughter.)

006 Peacock Feather Tag Lynnita Knoch

Peacock Feather Tag, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/5″, Twinkling H2Os on watercolor paper. Still wanting to make a sea with dolphins, I used the blue zircon for my ‘sea’ and painted the bottom half of the tag. I added sweet alfalfa for depth and waves. Now to create a sunset. I decided to practice the sunset on a different card (see dolphin card below). Since my sunset came out so nice, I just used that card instead of this one. Now what do I do with this card? The paint was dry, however, I found by adding water to the card, I was able to pull the blue zircon paint up to the top of the card, creating a blueish background with sweet alfalfa highlights. The color made me think of a peacock feather, since the blue zircon appears more teal than blue. Using shades of mango mamba, rose gold, persimmon, sweet alfalfa, and plum crazy, I stenciled a peacock feather onto the background. A small brush helped get into the narrow openings in this stencil without any bleeding under the stencil. (Painted by my daughter.)

007 Dolphin Tag Lynnita Knoch

Dolphin Tag, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/5″. Twinkling H2Os on watercolor paper. Using mango mamba, rose gold, and black cherry, I freehand painted a sunset. I used freezer paper as a palette for mixing the paints for the sunset. I was pleasantly surprised when I found I could reactive the paint on the freezer paper up to 30 minutes after it had dried. I did not test how long the paint could sit and still be reactivated (it is watercolors, so if it dries on a palette you should be able to reactivate it with water just like you do in the pan). I added the blue zircon for the sea, with highlights of sweet alfalfa. Painting plum crazy on a dolphin stamp, I was able to stamp two dolphins leaping out of the sea. This is my daughter’s favorite tag. (Painted by my daughter.)

008 Music Tag Lynnita Knoch

Music Tag, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/5″, Twinkling H2Os and black Sakura micron pen on watercolor paper. I created an abstract background by brushing swirls of colors onto the tag. I used plum crazy, blue zircon, sweet alfalfa, and persimmon paints.Some of the paints I left opaque and others I thinned with water for more transparency (can’t see this well in photo). I sprinkled salt on the wet paint. However, once dry, the salt didn’t come off easily, so some was left in place. The salt created some texture in the plum crazy and persimmon colors, but not as much as I had hoped for. I used a 0.02 black Sakura micron pen to draw in music staffs and notes, as well as a saying by Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Most of us go to the grave with our music still inside us.”. I found this in the book Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh, which I am reading for book club for April, May and June. This saying really struck a chord with me, so I had to put it on a tag. (Painted by Lynnita.)

009 Blooming Tag Lynnita Knoch

Blooming Tag, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/5″, Twinkling H2Os and Pico Embellisher on watercolor paper. I wanted to see how well the Twinkling H2Os did with a stencil, so I painted persimmon, rose gold, black cherry and mango mamba through a pod stencil. Unlike the peacock feather where I used a small brush to apply paint, I used a stencil brush this time. In the smallest pod at the bottom, the mango mamba mixed with rose gold paint was too thin and bled under the stencil. I used a blue Pico Embellisher to add the saying, “Life is an empty square unless one fills it up with matter!” by Robin Antar. This was another saying in the book, Creative is a Verb. (Painted by Lynnita.)

010 Pondering Tag Lynnita Knoch

Pondering Tag, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/5″, Twinkling H2Os, Sakura micron pen, and Derwent watercolor pencils on watercolor paper. I freehand painted the face first with pearl red, using blue zircon for the eyes and poppy for the lips. Her hair is cedar wood with autumn butternut highlights, while her top is rose gold with salt for texture. Using a flexible rubber stamp, I painted sweet alfalfa and blue zircon to create a background. The sweet alfalfa worked fairly well, but the blue zircon just bled everywhere. Once it was dry, I stamped over the blue zircon area with another stamp using the sweet alfalfa paint. I used Derwent watercolor pencils to add shading to the face and a 0.005 black Sakura micron pen to add the details. (Painted by Lynnita.)

011 Luggage Tag front Lynnita Knoch

Luggage Tag, 2 3/4″ x 5 1/5″, Twinkling H2Os on fabric. Using pieces of Tim Holtz’s Electric Elements fabrics leftover from the Nov 2014 Fabric club kit reviewed Dec 1, 2014,I cut small pieces of the fabric and enhanced the print with the Twinkling H2O paints in several of the colors. Once the paint dried, I heat set it. I stitched a collage of the fabric for the front of the luggage tag. I finished the edge with a piece of fuzzy, multicolor, eyelash yarn. The hand of the fabric stayed soft for the luggage tag front. (Painted by Lynnita.)

012 Fabric Tag back Lynnita Knoch

Luggage Tag back. I scribbled with several colors of the Twinkling H2Os on the back of the luggage tag just to test the hand of the fabric. I used a substantial amount of the mango mamba in the center, but smaller amounts of several other colors. Once it was dry, I heat set the paint. Where I used the larger amount of the mango mamba, the fabric was stiff, but in the other areas, the fabric still has a soft hand. The twinkling H2Os work well on fabric, but use a small amount to keep a soft hand. I didn’t realize I was out of the clear vinyl to create a pocket on the back of the luggage tag for the address. So this will be added later. (Painted by Lynnita.)

Product Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed working with the paints – they are bright, luminescent and easy to use. I was able to reactivate the paints that dried on the freezer paper palette even after 30 minutes. This was awesome to find out! This ability to reactivate allowed my daughter to fix mistakes in a couple of her tags that she thought were lost causes. This also allows mixing the paints to create new colors, knowing that I won’t waste paint from it drying out too fast. The paints work well with both stencils and stamps, although you want to use stamps that are deeply etched, have thick, wide lines, bold graphics, and/or large surface areas. Avoid stamps with shallow tiny detail lines. These do not work very well. When using stencils, be sure the paints are not extremely wet, so they do not bleed under the stencil. Also a small brush can be used to paint in small stencil openings. I have one negative comment. It was stated that the paint needs to be dry before closing the jars. Even in the ‘dry’ Arizona heat, the paints were still wet after 2 1/2 hours. I closed them, anyway, as I was ready to sleep by 1:00 am. When I checked them the next day, all the paints were still wet, paint had gotten on the lids making it difficult to open a couple of them, and two of them had actually leaked. So I left them open again.It still took another 2-3 hours before they were fully dry and I could close them. This will create a challenge for me to use them, as I do not have a dedicated work space at the moment and cannot leave opened jars of paint out where grandchildren could get a hold of them (it is best to let them dry completely before closing the lids, but the amount of time it takes to dry is dependent on how much water you add to the pans to start with). I hope you enjoyed this review and will consider using these wonderful, sparkling watercolors! They are worth buying, even if you have many other paints!

Keep creating! Lynnita

Thanks Lynnita for another great review. I personally love the Twinks and always have fun using them. 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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Weeks 17 & 18 postcards

9 May

I think we are on weeks 17 & 18 for the 365 days of art challenge. Sorry I didn’t get these posted sooner, but traveling (and then catching up on stuff when I get back) makes it more difficult to do the blog posts.

Here are 2 weeks worth of postcards – a little bit of everything for you. :)

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~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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Architecture ATCs

9 May

Apparently Architecture was not a popular theme, as I only have mine and Lynnita’s ATCs. It was a more challenging topic, but sometimes those are good for us to stretch what we typically do. I certainly hope the next theme is more popular so we get a few more entries.

Here are the 4 Architecture ATCs, plus a bonus Fairies ATC from last month that arrived too late to be included in the challenge.

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And now our winner……..Lynnita. :)

The June theme is Tea Party, and I think this will be a fun theme and hopefully there will be more entries to share with you.

~Deb

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May ATC Challenge – Tea Party

4 May

Oops! I have been so busy this past month that I completely forgot to get the May 1st blog challenge post ready. But better late than never!

For May the ATC theme is Tea Party. Who doesn’t love a good tea party? This time of year seems perfect for tea parties. It is Mother’s Day and Spring is in the air and everyone is getting their outdoor patios ready and finding pretty spring dresses and sandals to wear. Yes – it is a Tea Party kind of month.  (The April ATCs will be shared in a few days – so if you didn’t get yours sent in yet, there is still a few days left to do so.)

 

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Tea Parties are full of fun stuff. With Tea pots, tea cups and saucers, pretty table cloths and fancy napkins. Maybe some tiny sandwiches and little tea cakes and cookies and cupcakes. Of course you might need a pretty tea party dress and hat and shoes. There seems to be an attention to detail with tea parties that I am impressed with.

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Tea Parties are reminders of by-gone days, when women regularly got together and had tea parties and it was an event and it was important (because women getting together is valuable).

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My sister Teresa often hosts Tea Parties for her friends. They have little tables and fancy food and pretty tea cups and lots of laughter and fun! I wish I had some photos of her tea parties to share with you, but I don’t. :(

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And what little girl doesn’t have a tea party, probably with a princess tiara and tutu, or maybe some fairy wings, on little tiny chairs at a little tiny table, drinking tea out of little tiny cups. I’m pretty sure every little girl has hosted a tiny tea party.

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Of course I’m reminded of Alice and the Mad Hatter tea party too. Which is more my style. A little bit out of control and crazy. And nobody knows what is going on. :)

 

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The idea with doing the monthly ATC challenge is that you can interpret the theme any way you like and explore the various ways the theme can be used. It’s a great way to try out something new and play with new ideas. I find it very exciting to see how people choose to portray the theme.

I’d love to see what you create for this theme. Remember, you only need to send in one ATC (of course you can send in as many as you like), but you can’t win if you don’t enter.

Artist Trading Cards: A little bitty piece of art created by you. Here are the rules guidelines for the challenge.

  • your ATC needs to be 2.5″ x 3.5″
  • you can use any medium you like (paper, fabric, metal, clay, etc)
  • you can use any technique you like (a great way to try something new)
  • art work is on the front
  • your personal info is on the back (name, location, contact info, date, title)
  • all skill levels welcome
  • this is a WTA – winner take all – so one person will ‘win’ all of the ATCs submitted (if we get more than 20 entries, there will be 2 winners – if we get more than 30 entries, there will be 3 winners, and so on)
  • submit one ATC (you get one chance to win with each ATC submitted – if you submit more than one you get extra chances – but make them different since one person might win all of them)
  • you can’t win if you don’t enter :)
  • deadline is May 31st – you can drop it off if you are local or mail it to the address below

I’d like it if you could include your city, state and country on the back side of your ATC.  We have several Int’l participants as well as people from all over the USA, and I know they would love it if they knew where you were from. We don’t all know each other personally, so the info you provide is greatly appreciated. Another idea is to include your email or blog address as well. It’s not necessary, but nice for the winner to have in case they would like to contact you.

 

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I look forward to seeing what you create for the Tea Party theme.  Turn your ATCs in by the end of the month to be included. Thanks to everyone who participates and sends in your ATCs each month. Feel free to invite your friends to join the fun. This is definitely the type of challenge that is better with more entries.

I’ll be posting the April winner in a few days.

For those of you wanting to plan ahead, the June theme is Summer Fun.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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Book Club – Creative is a Verb

24 Apr
Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh

Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh

We had our book club today to start our discussion of the book Creative is a Verb by Patti Digh. We are just starting with the first 3 chapters this month and then will continue on with 3 chapters next month and then the final 4 chapters the month after that. This way we can work through the book and do the exercises and spend some time on the creativity aspect of the book, instead of just reading it. :)

It was an interesting discussion today as there were several teachers here and we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the education system and how it has changed over the years. One of the issues seems to be a lack of art and creativity in the schools, which we are all opposed to. As creative people, we would like to see more encouragement of creativity across all subjects. But we also want to see more art classes and music classes and dance classes! Studies show that the arts help with learning other subjects, as well as making us more well-rounded people! Plus people are just happier when they have some creative outlet in their lives.

Patti Digh starts out the book by stating “if you are alive, you are creative”. We tend to dismiss our own creative adventures, or pretend that we aren’t good enough, or that what we are doing isn’t ‘real’ art. Blah blah blah!  We are all creative. We are all artistic. We are all inspiring to others. Every one of us has a story. Every one of us has a passion. Every one of us has a creative urge.

This book is about recognizing how creative we are and fully embracing that idea. At whatever level we are and at whatever creative endeavor we might pursue.

Don’t apologize for who you are or the art you create. ~ CJ Rider

Chapter 1 talks about who the book is for. She lists these 3 categories:

  • I don’t have a creative bone in my body.
  • I’m just a dabbler.
  • I’m an artist.

I think that covers just about everybody! So go get your copy of the book and read along with us!

Chapter 2 talks about using the book. There is no right way to read it. Skim it. Skip around. Read the last chapter first. Write in the margins. Take notes. Keep a journal. Whatever works for you – do it!!!!!!  She suggest using index cards (cheap and small) and black pens in different sizes, some scissors and glue stick and magazines to cut up, and maybe a couple of crayons to do the exercises. Her intention is to keep it simple and basic so it is easy to do, easy to carry with you, and easy to complete. However, there are no rules – so go all crazy with markers and glitter and paint and whatever else makes you happy to use. If you are not happy with what you are using, you probably won’t do much of it – and this book is all about actually doing something creative.

Chapter 3 talks about embracing the creativity killers. There are 6 of them. How many of these ‘excuses’ have you used as to why you aren’t being creative or doing more of what you love?

  • I work full time.
  • I don’t have a good space in which to work.
  • I don’t have the right materials.
  • I have no ideas.
  • I don’t have any skill.
  • They won’t like it.

These are just stories we tell ourselves. The world is full of creative and artistic people who live with each of these excuses and still manage to embrace their creativity. If you look at your life as being an either/or proposition (I can be a good mother or I can be a painter), you will constantly be placing your creative life on hold. Patti says you can choose both/and instead. I like that!

Stop making excuses and start flinging words on a page or paint on a canvas. Don’t separate “real” life from “creative” life. Pay attention to your excuses. You are always in choice.

The book is full of stories that she then uses as inspiration. You are encouraged to do the same. Use your index cards for the 10-minutes prompts after each story. It’s just a short exercise in reflection and observation and creativity. Surely you can find 10 minutes to spare! Then there is also a longer 37-day commitment to more fully explore the lessons from the story. This is a chance for you to connect on a deeper and more permanent level with what has inspired you from the stories, and make it part of your every day life.

I encourage you to join the discussion and to follow along with the exercises over the next couple of months. I know it will change your perception of your own creative self. And have fun with it!!!! Having fun is an important component of being creative, and sometimes we forget that it is OK to enjoy ourselves.

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the sooner we will be able to treat life as art. ~ Maya Angelou

Our next book club meeting is May 22nd. See you then!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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week 16 – 365 days of art

23 Apr

I love all my postcards that I’ve been making. So much fun. I hope you enjoy seeing them too.

Here is week 16 of my postcard a day challenge.

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Are you participating in the 365 days of art challenge? What are you creating? I love to hear about everyone else’s projects.

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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Weeks 14 & 15 – 365 days of Art

17 Apr

Due to my crazy schedule, I am posting 2 weeks worth of postcards today. I’m still doing them every day, I just didn’t get the blog post done last week. I’m sure you don’t mind. :)

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Lots of variety again – paper mostly, but some fabric and cardboard and lots of paint and layers. It’s all fun for me. Are you participating? Are you staying on task and getting your daily dose of art done? It’s OK if you don’t, just start again now.

#bts365days

~deb

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Using DecoArt products

16 Apr

Guest Blog Post by Design Team member Lynnita Knoch

Comments in italics from Deb

 

Blue Twig Studio – March Product Review and Projects

 

I had fun with the products from Blue Twig Studio for March. As a design team member, I review various products and create a project(s) with them.  The products I’m reviewing this month are:

 

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  •  Deco Art Media 
    • Black Gesso
    • Transparent Crackle Glaze
    • White Crackle Paste
    • White Modeling Paste

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  • Other products added to create projects (these additional products can all be found at Blue Twig Studio too)
    • Matte medium
    • Acrylic paint
    • Dylusions Ink Sprays
    • Paper ephemera (magazines, music)
    • Tim Holtz Distress Paints
    • Luninarte Silks Acrylic Glazes
    • Palette knife
    • Stencil brush

Projects:  I created two pieces of art using these products. I started both on 8″ x 10″ canvas boards.

 

Collage Project:

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I layered various pictures from magazines, music, and words in a pleasing arrangement and glued them down using matte medium.

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Next, I spritzed the board with yellows, pinks and purple Dylusion Ink sprays. (I love the Dylusions Inks and they come in lots of colors)

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I spread the white modeling paste through the tread stencil with a palette knife to various areas of the collage. (I love using modeling paste with stencils – it adds lots of texture and dimension)

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I painted the dried white modeling paste with blue, maroon, and gold Luminarte Silk Acrylic Glazes.  I chose the Silk glazes, as they have a sparkle to them when dry. I added a light purple acrylic paint to the white crackle paste and spread that with the palette knife through the alphabet stencil.

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Finally, after the paint and crackle paste had dried, I added the transparent crackle glaze over the eye, flowers in the vase, and cheetah heads. Unfortunately, in the photo, the crackle effect from both the purple crackle paste and the transparent crackle glaze do not show up. However, the transparent crackle glaze adds a wonderful sparkle to the collage.

 

 

Stenciled ZIA Project:

 

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Initially, I covered the canvas board with the black gesso and let it dry. Next I spritzed copper, gold, blue, and lime green Dylusion Ink sprays using papers to mark off broad lines to spray.

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Next, I painted various metallic acrylic paints and a few Tim Holtz distress paints in blue, copper, pink and purple through the Tread Carefully stencil with a stencil brush diagonally across the stripes. I painted a 2nd Tread Carefully diagonal in light blue, fern green, and pinks in the opposite direction.

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Next, I spread the white modeling paste with a palette knife through various 6″ x 6″ stencils that reminded me of Zentangle tangle patterns. Note: the lime green Dylusions ink bled through the white modeling paste even though it had cured for 24 hours.

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Finally, I painted the modeling paste with white acrylic paint where the lime green Dylusion ink had bled through.  Unfortunately, in the photo, the Dylusion ink stripes do not show up very well through the modeling paste like they actually appear. I decided this project was complete, as it reminded me of a Zentangle, but done with stencils, paint, and modeling paste!

 

Product Review:

I enjoyed working with this month’s products. The stencils are fun and will be used frequently. I can see the Tread Carefully, not only as a tread, but as animal skin, dragon skin, stones, landscape, and so on. The Alphabet stencil will come in handy for many mixed-media projects.

Black gesso will be wonderful for making colors pop or to just do something different than using white gesso for a base. (we forget that starting with a black gesso gives us a completely different look)

The modeling paste spreads very easily with a palette knife through the stencils – even in small openings. It dries semi-transparent, as I could read some of the letters and music after it had dried in the collage project. However, I did find that the lime green Dylusions ink bled completely through the modeling paste in the ZIA project. A bit of the yellow Dylusion ink bled through the modeling paste in the collage paste, but not as dramatically as the lime green bled. None of the other Dylusions ink colors bled at all.

The white crackle paste worked wonderfully. It mixed easily with paint, so color can be added to the paste. It spread easily with the palette knife through the stencil. Although, once I added paint, it bled a bit under some of the thinner lines in the stencil. I was able to remove the paste with a small paintbrush or toothpick where it had bled under the stencil in many cases.

The transparent crackle glaze adds a nice sparkle. It is self-leveling, so it does not work under stencils. I tried it with the Tread Carefully stencil and it spread terribly, so I scraped it off with the palette knife before it dried. Therefore, only use the transparent crackle glaze on open areas. Also, I used a toothpick to pop any bubbles. One comment: it was hard to see if I had the areas I wanted covered coated evenly. I wasn’t able to tell until it had dried. I did not try to add another layer in thinner areas.

 

Thank you for joining me this month. The projects can be seen at Blue Twig Studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I hope you will consider trying some of these products.

 

Keep creating.

Lynnita

 

Thanks so much for another great tutorial and product review Lynnita. It is always fun to see how products can be used in different ways. It inspires us to try something new. 

~Deb

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How to use Ice Resin

12 Apr

Guest Blog Post from Design Team Member Deborah Pace

Comments in italics from Deb 

Supplies:  Ice Resin Kit

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Additional Supplies:  Collage Sheets, Paper Napkins, Charms, Tiles, Tracing Paper, Glue, Scissors

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Optional Supplies:  1″ round punch, Brads, Copy Paper, Craft Felt, Toothpick or orange stick

This month I received the “Ice Resin” Kit from Blue Twig Studio.  The kit comes with the Ice Resin, Ice Resin Hardner, two pour tips for each bottle, measuring cups, stir sticks, and directions.
How to use the Ice Resin:
1.  Choose a variety of different items for your projects or just use one to start with.  I chose some collage papers, paper napkins, bezels, ceramic tiles, and copies of photos.  I wanted to experiment with different items.
2.  Once you have chosen what you want to use, mix the Resin according to the directions.  You have about a 30-45 minute window before the Resin starts to cure.
3.  For my first project, I worked with the Bezels.
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4.  I covered my images with packing tape and punched them out using a 1″ circle punch.  You could also cut them out with scissors..  I glued my images to the Bezels using glue stick. You don’t need very much, just a bit so they don’t move around.
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5.  I used the stir stick to help pour some of he Resin onto each of the Bezels, very carefully and set aside to dry on a flat surface.  Once dried, I added key rings to my Bezels.  You could also use cording or a chain to make a charm to wear.
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Paper Napkins:

I used two different techniques using the paper napkins.
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1.  For the first napkin, I used the little square ones and used the whole napkin.  I glued the layers together so the layers would not move when using the Resin.
2.  Pour some of the Resin onto the napkin and smooth it out using a sponge.  Once that side is coated, turn it over and do the same thing to the back side.  Set aside to dry.  When finished, you have a paper coaster.  I wanted to see if doing this would work on the napkin  to make a paper coaster and it did.  The picture for this one did not come out very good. Using the Resin on paper makes it translucent and so everything underneath shows through.
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Paper Napkin 2
For the second Napkin I wanted to try making book covers.
1.  Open up your napkin and decide how large you want to make your covers and cut them to size.  DO NOT separate any of the layers.  You will be using all of the layers on the napkin.
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2.  As with first napkin, pour your Resin onto the first cover and smooth it out with a sponge.  Once it is completely coated turn it over and do the same for the back side.  Repeat for the second half.  Set aside and let dry.
3.  Once your covers are dry, punch holes on both of the covers.  Cut paper to the size of your covers and matching up the holes, punch through the papers as well.  I used brads for my binding, but you could use any method you want to bind your book together.  This is what the inside cover looks like.  The Resin gives the paper a translucent quality and the paper comes out feeling like plastic.
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4.  Here is the back of the book.
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At this point, you may be running out of Resin or your Resin might be starting to cure.  If you run out or the Resin is starting to cure, throw everything out and start over with a new batch. DO NOT mix a new batch with any leftover Resin.  You will contaminate your new batch.  Use a another cup and stirrers.
Ceramic Coasters

1. I bought two white ceramic tiles from the hardware store.  You don’t need anything fancy, just the smooth cheap ones.  Choose images you want to use on your tiles.  You can use several different images or a single image for all your tiles.  When you print your image, reverse the image before you print it, especially if there are words.  You are going to flip the image over and glue the printed side onto the tile.
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2.  Cut your images slightly smaller than your tile.  Using a glue stick, apply the glue to one of the tiles, making sure you go all the way to the edge.  Carefully place your image printed side down onto the tile and smooth it out using either your hands or a bone folder.  Repeat for your other tile(s).
3.  Carefully pour the Resin over one of the tiles and smooth the Resin with a sponge.  The Resin is self leveling, so you can also use the stir stick to help move the Resin to the edges, being careful not to drip over the side.  Repeat for the other tile(s).  You can see how shiny the tiles came out.  I did not get the Resin as smooth as it could have been, but it still works. Depending on how many tiles you have, you may need to make up another batch of the Resin.
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4. Glue a square piece of craft felt the size of your tile(s), and you are done.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  The Ice Resin can be used on almost anything.  I hope you will try it out, experiment and find other uses to use with the Resin.
Deborah A. Pace, CZT 11
Multi/Mixed Media & Fiber Artist

 

You really can use it on anything! Just start experimenting with it to see what you like! And now I need to find my Ice Resin and start playing – I know I have some somewhere! :)

Thanks Deborah for another great tutorial. You always come up with lots of good ideas. The Ice Resin is really pretty easy to use!  

Deborah’s samples are at the shop if you want to see them up close. 

~Deb

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Fun ideas for projects!

9 Apr

Guest Blog Post from Design Team member Kristin Peterson

comments in italics by Deb

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I really liked the new stamp pad and stamps. The stamps are from Finnabair and are wonderful background stamps to really be used on any project that you may want to add some details to. (the stamps are the perfect size for ATCs)
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The stamp pad is a Staz-On ink in black and is very nice true black. I found that I wanted to soften the image and not have the image draw so much attention, so I stamped it off once on scrap paper and used the next image on my work. (StazOn comes in lots of yummy colors)
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The other product I tried was the Viva gold stamp-paint which at first I was not totally sure how to incorporate and use in my work; however, it only took one swipe with a finger-full of the gold to realize its’ potential! I loved adding the gold to my art journal page. The gold added a nice glitz to the page without being too overwhelming. (you can use it as a paint or as a rub)
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I have made several mixed media projects that included bookmarks and art journal pages with the products and loved how the products lent themselves to each piece and how I work.
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~Kristin
Thanks for some fun ideas again Kristin. I always enjoy your style!
~Deb
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5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918
719-266-1866
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