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Interview with Serena Barton

2 May

I’m super excited about bringing in Serena Barton to teach this summer. While I’ve never been able to fit one of her classes into my schedule (perhaps I’ll take a class when she visits), I have visited her classes and observed her working with students and the art produced was stunning. I have gotten to know her personally while attending art retreats and she is a wonderful person and I know you will learn lots from taking her classes. Here is a little information about her personally.

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, etc.

I live in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Eugene, OR. Even though I’ve mostly lived in Oregon, I love to travel in the U.S. and overseas.

2. Have you always made art? Or when did you start? What made you start?

I made a lot of art as a small child and continued through elementary school. I also took acting classes and started acting in local plays. This took over from visual art for many years. I started seriously making art again 20 years ago, after my first life-changing trip to Italy.

3. What is the earliest memory you have of anything art related?

I remember making art with a friend when I was about 2 ½. She was a few years older and she told me I scribbled. I hotly denied it and then looked at my paper. I saw that I did scribble and felt bad. Of course now scribbling is an important element of my abstract work!

4. Is your family artistic?

My father was what was then called a commercial artist. He made exacting designs for collages, companies, etc. He left behind a whole lot of little tiny tools for precise and literal cutting and pasting. One of my maternal great grandmothers painted some and hooked beautiful rugs from rags. My daughter is a photographer, jeweler and collage artist.

5. Do you have an art degree or other art credentials?

I am a self-taught artist. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s in Counseling.

6. How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching about 16 years and leading creativity groups for about 20 years.

7. How did you get started teaching?

I started with adding some creativity groups to my counseling practice and then went on to teach studio classes.

8. What is your favorite class to teach?

I really don’t have a favorite. I love to teach techniques and even more, I love to encourage and inspire my students in any medium.

9. What is your favorite art medium? And why?

Currently my obsession is with oil and cold wax on wood panels or paper. I love the way the oil/wax mixture can be manipulated, textured, incised, and yes, scribbled on. I love working intuitively, not knowing where I’m going. The paint and I work together until things come together in a way that speaks to me.

10. What is the most unusual venue you have taught at?

Our local public libraries offer free art classes to the community and I’ve taught two of them. One was encaustic assemblage and one was “Layers of Memory” that I”ll teach at Blue Twig. The students were a blast and made some greats work.

11. What is your favorite artist? Why?

I have many favorites. At the time I got really intense about learning to paint I learned a lot from the French 19th century painter, Edouard Manet. His brushwork brings me to tears at times.

12. Do you have a favorite art quote to share? Or some words of advice?

My advice is, “Just Keep Going.” Sometimes our work looks awful when it is partly finished. Leave it for a bit and then come back to it. It may turn out to be your favorite in the end.

13. Where can people find you? Facebook, blog, website, Instagram, etc.

I’m on Facebook, at www.serenabarton.com, and I have two blogs, serenabartonsblog.blogspot.com, and wabisabiartworkshop.blogspot.com. I’m also on Pinterest. Next project will be Instagram.

I’ve also  written two books, published by North Light. You can find Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop and Wabi-Sabi Painting with Cold Wax on Amazon or purchase from me at our classes at Blue Twig. (I’ll bet she would sign the books for you if you ask nicely!)

14. Anything else you want to share?

I’m excited about my first class at Blue Twig! I know Deb from art retreats and I can’t wait to see her store and meet my students! I love to teach and provide lots of individual attention.

 

Serena will be teaching 2 different classes at Blue Twig Studio. Please be sure to get registered early if you are interested. The links are included below.

 

 

Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax – July 15th & 16th (2-day workshop)

 

 

Layers of Memory and Imagination – July 17th

 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Artist Interview with Ingrid Dijkers

10 Apr

 

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Ingrid Dijkers will be visiting Blue Twig Studio and teaching some absolutely fun classes in June. These are just a few interview questions to help you get to know her better. Of course, you can visit her website and get to know her better. I’m sure you will agree that her style is most amazing.

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, etc.

 

I was born in Breda, the Netherlands and immigrated with my parents at a young age to Canada, later immigrating to the United States.

 

Currently I live in Plymouth, Michigan.  It’s a small historical town of 10,000, outside of Ann Arbor.  We have lived in the city for about 35 years.  When we first moved here it was just a small quiet town on the edge of nowhere, which really appealed to us.  Over the years the outskirts have grown and developed, resulting in a lot of change.  The whole mentality of the small town has all but disappeared now and now we are in the midst of getting our house ready to sell and plan to move to a new small town to recapture what we miss so much.

 

Have you always made art? Or when did you start? What made you start?

 

Both my parents have their Masters in the Fine Arts, so I had exposure my entire life.  My real interest started developing when I was in college though.

 

What is the earliest memory you have of anything art related?

 

I must have been around 3 or 4 years old at the time and my Mother let me help her paint a little bit of the sky of a painting she was working on.  It was larger than me ,which I was most impressed with.  The painting was of a cathedral in the town that I was born in, in the Netherlands

 

Is your family artistic?

 

My parents, as I mentioned above.

I have 2 daughters that really have no interest at all … my husband either, yet they are all so incredibly supportive of what I do.

 

Do you have an art degree or other art credentials?

 

I dropped out on my way to a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree.  While in college I realized that the degree was of little significance to me and I was more interested in pursuing a direction of my own.  In all this time, I have had no interest in going back to school.

 

How long have you been teaching?

 

About 9 years now.

 

What is your favorite class to teach?

 

Anything related to Journaling, but I am interested in expanding … perhaps doll making.

 

What is your favorite art medium? And why?

 

I have dabbled in so many mediums throughout the years, honestly I can’t pick a favorite.

 

Where can people find you? Facebook, blog, website, Instagram, etc.

 

WWW.IngridDijkers.com

WWW.IngridDijkers.blogspot.com

Ingrid Dijkers on Facebook

 

 

These are the classes Ingrid will be teaching and the links to the website for more information. I hope you will be able to find one or more that appeal to you and get registered for them. They are filling up quickly. All 3 classes are all-day classes, so be sure to bring a lunch/snacks with you. 

I absolutely adore her art and creative spirit. I hope I will be able to sit in on one or more of these upcoming classes.

 

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Over the Edge – June 3rd

 

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Mandala Journal – June 4th

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Through the Rabbit Hole – June 5th

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

PanPastels

2 Apr

Guest blog post by Design Team member Terri Ayers

Comments in italics by Deb

Pan Pastel projects

 

PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). To me they are like applying eyeshadow to your desired canvas.  PanPastels are easy-to-use, blendable, paintable, quick-to-use, erasable, versatile (works well with other media), easy to control, low dust, portable, stackable, and very addictive!  They come in 80 colors plus a handful of pearlescent and metallic colors, as well as a blender and some mixatives.

PanPastel Colors recommended uses are:

  • Block-in color – quickly & cleanly for underpaintings, washes & toning paper
  • Layering – build up thin layers & glazes of color multiple times without overfilling the paper’s “tooth”
  • Apply controlled marks – from intense strokes to delicate marks, for painterly effects
  • Mixed Media – combine with other artist’s media & experiment with a variety of surfaces for new creative effects

I experimented with the 5 shade set that also contains few of their Sofft tools for application and blending.  I can never stop at just a few and have added more colors to my collection as well as more tools and applicators.

There are numerous videos on the Internet about how to use PanPastels and many that amaze me at what can be accomplished with this fairly new art medium.  There are many fine artists that use them for portrait and landscape artwork.  I focused on the mixed media arena as that is one of the many areas where I like to play.

Here are 3 techniques that I experimented with.

 

 

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First I  embossed a piece of cardstock with a texture folder (Tim Holtz), then I applied Versamark to the entire front surface. Then I  applied 3 different colors of  PanPastel as a background wash.  I sprayed a fixative over the top (outdoors for good ventilation) to seal the work.

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 I used a stencil (Wendy Vecchi) on cardstock to apply PanPastel then kept the stencil in place and applied Ranger Transparent Texture Paste over the top of the PanPastel. (Stencils are a great way to use PanPastels.)  Just to add a little flair, I spritzed some water and added a sprinkle of ColorBursts powder.  The paste did not resist the Colorburst, so be careful where you sprinkle!  The nice part of the texture paste is that it will hold the PanPastel color firm and there is no need to use a spray fixative.

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I did a light background wash on card stock and then applied modeling paste through a poppy stencil.  After allowing the paste to dry, I painted on the PanPastel to the top of the paste and inside the image and then sprayed with a fixative.  After drying, I then applied more color for shading and enhancement and followed with a final fixative spray.

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I am working on a mixed media piece on a canvas board using the PanPastels, stencils, tissue, embossing paste, stamping and maybe a few other art tools.  This project will be offered in one of our Exploring Mixed Media classes that take place on the first Wednesday of the month.

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The PanPastels can be used over canvas, paper, cardstock, gesso, matte gel medium, and with encaustics.  It can be used to distress, add shadows, stamped with and incorporated into other forms of mixed media.  It can be used in coloring books and is great for card-making and scrapbooking.

I really enjoyed this product and now have added more colors to my stash.  The Sofft tools are very helpful and durable and hold up better than cosmetic sponges (even though they look like they are cosmetic tools).  Mistakes are easy to remove with an eraser.  If multiple layers are used, or the surface will be touched; it is recommended to use a Spray Workable Fixative.  I think it would be really awesome if they came out with a mini pack like an eye shadow case so that I could have all of the colors at once and take it on my travels! (That would be awesome to have!)

~Terri

Thanks for another great demo Terri. I’ve always loved how easy the PanPastels are to work with. Even though they are a chalk product, they don’t have that gritty feel that most chalks do. They are super soft and a little bit goes a long way. They blend nicely and you can create depth with layers. You will love them!

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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719-266-1866

 

 

 

 

Using Ice Resin

20 Feb

Guest Blog Post by Design Team member Terri Ayers

Comments in italics by Deb

 

Ice Resin®, according to their website,  “is a Jeweler’s Grade, naturally doming, self-leveling & healing, crystal clear resin. ICE Resin® is a 2-part epoxy resin: Part A is the Resin. It has a slightly blue tint. Part B is the hardener. It has a very slight yellow tint. Part A and Part B must be poured with a one-to-one ratio and mixed gently but thoroughly for ICE Resin® to dry and cure properly. You may wear your jewelry as soon as ICE Resin® is dry to the touch.”

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I have been curious to try this product and was delighted to find it in my monthly mystery package to try out from Blue Twig Studio.

 

ICE Resin® was designed by a jeweler, so it’s primary use is for creating jewelry, but there are many other things that it can be used for. It can by used to paint over paper or tissue paper to give it gloss and strength.  Butterfly or angel wings could be fun to try this with.  There are special molds that the resin can be pored into and little trinkets, found objects and embellishments can be layered into the resin. (there are also new color tints for the resin, so you can add a layer of colored resin if you want)

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I first did a trial of the product in a few bottle caps.  The first one I glued a piece of scrapbook paper into the bottle cap and then poured in a bit of resin.  The paper was a bit thin and I think the gray inside the cap showed through.  The next cap I filled halfway with resin and poured in some Ranger Distress Glitter Dust (that sounds fun).  It sort of sank in and a smooth sparkly top was the result.

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I kept the main project simple.  I used an alcohol ink paper sample that I had made in one of Blue Twig’s classes and cut it with a 1” circle punch.  I glued it into a jewelry pendant bezel with matte medium and let it dry.  I took a risk and did not use any fixative over my ink project and it was ok.  The resin didn’t interfere with marring or blurring the image.  I mixed the two parts of the resin together and let it rest 5 minutes and dripped it into the bezel letting it dome over.  There were more bubbles initially and most of them disappeared, but a few remained.  Slower mixing or research to reduce air bubbles may yield perfect results.  I don’t mind the bubbles!

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I had a few words stamped on a piece of tissue paper and I painted the mixed leftover resin on both sides of the tissue.  It dried and I cut them out.  They could be fun with a mini-eyelet and used to add to jewelry or embellish artwork. (you can use the leftover resin on any painted papers – perfect for gelli prints – and create a nice heavy paper that you can then use with punches or a die cut and create a variety of shapes)

 

Final notes.  1.  Take care with ventilation, the product has some fumes and is a bit smelly.  2. Slowly mix Part A & B of the resin components to avoid excess air bubbles.  I had fun with this and already have a request for a purple alcohol ink and resin pendant.

~Terri

Thanks for a great review Terri. I’ve only done a couple things with the Ice Resin, but I found it easy to work with. And now I am inspired to go work with it again. 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Painter’s Pixies

28 Jan

Guest blog post by Design Team member Venisa Gallegos

Comments in italics by Deb

 

Blue Twig Assignment for January

This month, Deb gave me a package of Painter’s Thread Collection called Painter’s Pixie Embellishment Pack made by Tentakulum.  This is a great little package that contains all kinds of fun fiber to play with including, textile cards, Threads, Crocheted beads, silk rod and silk trim material. (Each Tentakulum packet is different, with different fibers or trims or ribbons or buttons, etc)

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Figure 1 – Painter’s Pixie Embellishment Pack

What I love about products from Tentakulum are how all the fibers are hand dyed in wonderful colors that go perfectly together.  In this picture you’ll see that I already started pulling layers of silk off the Silk rod.  You should be able to pull off three or four layers from the rod.
Now, what kind of design was I going to create using the kit?  One criteria I gave myself was to somehow find a use for all the different embellishments in the kit.  With that in mind I decided to look through my collection of stencils for design ideas.  The silk from the silk rod reminded me of feathers.  Luckily I had a small feather stencil that I had bought from Blue Twig Studio (we do have LOTS of stencils).  I also thought that somewhere along the line I might have to needle felt the feathers to the fabric so I chose a section of felted wool as my backing.  This will allow me to stitch easily into the wool with whatever threads I’m using. (great recommendation)

First step was to transfer the design onto my background fabric.  I have discovered that the best way to transfer the stencil design onto whatever fabric I’m stitching on is to use the PanPastels Chalk pads (love the PanPastels).  I simply load up a cotton applicator with the chalk from the pad and rub it into the fabric.  Figure 2 below shows the images of two feathers that I transferred to the wool felt piece.

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Figure 2 – Stencil image transferred with chalk

Next, I used the cotton thread from the kit to stitch along the outline of the feathers so that if I lose some of the chalk while stitching I’ll still have the design to work with.  I used a simple back stitch for the outline.  Next, I pulled some of the silk from the rod and basted it down onto the wool felt with the cotton thread.  Once I covered the image, I took my piece over to my needle felting machine and felted down the silk.  You don’t have to have a needle felting machine to felt you can also use a hand needle felting tool to felt the silk down.

After the silk was transferred down I decided it needed some color so I took some of the silk trim and cut off some fuzzy threads.  I then felted these threads into my feathers.  Then, I took some of the cotton thread fiber and did a satin stitch around the top of the feather.  To create the vein of the feathers and to add some feathery details, I used the brown six stand silk floss using simple straight stitches.  Once again I felted down the thread to mesh everything together.  Finally, I decided to attach the crocheted balls to the feathers and the design was complete.  Unfortunately I didn’t find a use for the textile cards but I’m sure I’ll use that in some other creation.  Deb has all sorts of fun fiber products to play with to make simple but fun designs. (There is a 4-session class starting the end of Feb called Stitch Play to teach you lots of fun stitches and how to use different types of threads and fibers in your work)

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Figure 3 – Tentakulum feathers

~Venisa

Thanks Venisa for showing us a cute project to do with the Tentakulum packs.  I can’t wait to see it in person. It looks yummy.

Tentakulum has lots of different types of hand-dyed kits (inluding these Painter’s Pixies). They also have individual fibers, threads, trims, silk hankies, etc. All are hand-dyed with a Painter’s color palette (like Klimt, VanGogh, O’Keefe, Picasso, etc), thus the reason they are called Painter’s colors. All the products from a particular artist can all be blended together easily, but because they are hand-dyed with a variety of colors they don’t look all matchy-matchy.

There are a few Tentakulum products on the website, however it is best to call the shop if you are looking for them so I can find exactly what you are looking for. 

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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719-266-1866

Weeks 45, 46, 47 of 365 days of art

15 Dec

Weeks 45, 46 and 47 are here for you to enjoy. At least I think those are the weeks we are on. Maybe it’s 46, 47 and 48????  LOL

 

 

Are you keeping up with your own 365 days of art challenge? Share how your progress has been going.

Will you be doing the challenge again in 2016?

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Weeks 39, 40, 41 of 365 days of Art

15 Nov

As you know, I have lost 2 weeks worth of postcards along with my camera. I have searched high and low for them and cannot find them anywhere. Sigh. So I bought a new camera and I am skipping 2 weeks worth of postcards and sharing the next 3 weeks (39, 40, 41). When and if I ever find those missing 2 weeks, I will post them as well.

I feel like I wasted a lot of time and energy trying to find the missing postcards and camera, so now it is time to just move on.

So, here are 3 weeks worth of postcards to try to catch you up. Enjoy!

#bts365days

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio – 5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, Co 80918

719-266-1866

 

Tim Holtz holiday goodies

8 Nov

Guest Blog Post by Design Team Member Terri Ayers

Comments in italics by Deb

What a treat to get some Tim Holtz holiday goodies (everybody seems to like the Tim Holtz holiday items as they have come into the shop and are already mostly all gone!)  to experiment with for the first month of being on the design team.  I spent quite a few days trying to decide what to do with the holiday Yuletide embellishments.  I received Alpha Parts  – Frozen, a Christmas stencil (one can never have too many stencils), Festive Ephemera , and boxwood twine.  An idea to make a burlap tree and decorate it with the supplied items came to mind.  I did follow through with that idea, and we will be offering a class Dec 4 for that (see link at end of post).  I will definitely be making some Christmas cards, but for fun I thought I would try a tag.  Tags are a great way to try out a new technique and the tag can be placed in an envelope and used as a card, added to a package as lovely gift tag, placed in a holiday centerpiece or floral arrangement or many other creative uses.

 

I will give my personal thoughts on the various items I received.  I loved the stencil – I know I can use it for many other occasions in addition to Christmas.  Distress sprays, inks and paints, modeling/texture paste, acrylic paints, Gelatos and various other media can be used with the stencils to impart their image onto paper, fabric, burlap, canvas, glass, wood and many other surfaces.  The Boxwood Twine is flexible and can be used to decorate a card, make a wreath or decorate a small tree.  I really liked it and could also use this for other holidays.  The  Ephemera pack contained many vintage images on cardstock.  These are so much fun!  They can be layered into collages, used in cards and scrapbooks and many other applications.

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Lastly, the Alpha Parts clear embellishments were in my stash of goodies.  They are a hard clear plastic and can be colored with alcohol inks or markers or covered with glue and glitter (the photo shows where Terri had started inking it).  The Frozen set is comprised of snowflakes and icicles.  Personally, I did not find these to be my favorite.  They were a little difficult to cut out and they are only lightly adhesive-backed. (good information to know)

 

 

 

Here is how I made this sample holiday tag.  I used the Tim Holtz distress paints in rusty hinge, antiqued bronze, and wild honey.  I applied the paints with their dauber directly onto a tag in random spots and rubbed in with my fingers.

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Initially I used distress ink to stencil in Peace and Joy.  I later went over the words with Versamark stamping the pad directly onto the stencil and used gold embossing powder. I was much happier with the gold!

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I made a wreath with the twine and later found some red berries to wrap into it.

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I selected a few pieces of Ephemera and secured them to the tag with matte medium.  I stamped sheet music onto the top with Archival Ink and then tied the wreath onto the tag with some gold ribbon.  I added a few other embellishments and a couple of metal brads. I outlined around the Ephemera with a black Faber Castell Pitt pen to give a little depth to the overall look and then finished the edges of the tag with a little sponging of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

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Thank you deb and Blue Twig Studio for all of the supplies used in this tag. (you can find these products and more at Blue Twig Studio)

~Terri

Thanks Terri for a fabulous review of products. And the tag is really cute. I hardly ever make tags myself, but have seen so many created that are absolutely beautiful. You are right, they are a great way to experiment and play with products and techniques before moving on to your final project.

You can register for the Rustic Chic Tree class by clicking this link.

~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

 

Gelatos Tutorial

23 Oct

Guest Blog Post from Design Team Member Pat Mathes

Comments in italics by Deb

 

I am so excited to be a part of the Design Team at Blue Twig Studio.  That means I get to play with “STUFF”.

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My first bag of goodies had a set of gelatos (Manhattan set) – Gold Champagne, Silver Ice, Iced Rose, Metallic Icing, a dot dauber and stippler brush.  My only experience before this with gelatos (we have lots of gelatos available in many colors at Blue Twig Studio – Deb) was to use them on stencils with a stencil brush.    So I had to do some research, and some playing and experimenting.

 

One of the other items in the bag was an Artist Pad.   This is a pad perfect for Artist Soft Pastels and Oil Pastels.  The awesome thing about this pad is that there is a sheet of tissue separating the pages so the pastels don’t smear.  It is a nice weight of paper.  I decided to try it using gelatos with a stencil brush.  It performed well – no buckling, even with the baby wipes – and kept its stability.

 

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I also used this Artist Pad with pastel pencils on a different piece and it is a great paper!  I am able to keep the drawing in the pad until I am ready for it and it won’t smear.

 

Back to the gelatos.  There are numerous ways you can use gelatos – (1) directly on paper with stencils, (2) a reverse stencil where you put the gelato on the paper and use a baby wipe with the stencil to remove the gelato (the bottom left one above), (3) smear some on your craft mat, and using a water brush, mix it to add as paint [you can also water it down to a consistency to put in a mini mister and use as a spray], (4) put it directly on paper or fabric or canvas, and blend either with water or baby wipes, (5) do a smear of gelatos and blend along the top of a journal page, mist it and let it drip down the page creating a great background for a journal page.  These are just a few – it is really a versatile tool.

 

The first thing I did was blend the gold, silver and rose on a piece of watercolor paper.  I then used the poinsettia stencil and did a reverse stencil , removing the gelato with a baby wipe, and then painted with a red gelato (#3 above)  to give some color back to the poinsettias.  Nice overall effect.  The second sheet was basically blending the rose, silver and gold gelatos on black artgain paper, and doing a total reverse stencil.  Made a beautiful background piece. (I like the black paper)

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I decided to do a mixed media Christmas canvas with the items given.  Besides the gelatos, I had a length of green cord, a package of Tim Holtz wreath adornments, and a poinsettia stencil.  So I got out a canvas – 6” square and 1 ½” deep.  I started with the gold, silver and rose gelatos and blended across the canvas.  I spritzed with water and used a glove to finger blend.  (I don’t usually like using daubers, I would rather use my fingers. I have more control and I can give it some dimension).

 

Then I did a reverse stencil, using a baby wipe to remove the gelato along the left side.  I then used a red to add some color back in, but not much.  So I had my background set.  I then decided  to make two poinsettias out of scrapbook Christmas paper.  I don’t use a die cutter, so found a picture of the die set to make the poinsettias and made a medium and small poinsettia – 4 layers of petals.  I trimmed with gold metallic gelly roll. When I placed it on the canvas – it needed something, so I had some red feathers and made a background embellishment with them, and then attached the poinsettias using a brad which I dipped in pink glitter.  I drilled a hole through the canvas to put the brad through so they didn’t need glued and could have a bit of mobility and looseness.  I printed a Happy Holiday greeting on tissue paper, and  used matte medium to place on the canvas.  I then highlighted the lettering with a red metallic ink pen.   I ran a walnut distress ink pad around the edge of the collaged piece to give it some character.  Once it dried, I used the Metallic Icing gelato and rubbed it over the collage, blending it with a spritz of water.

 

 

I took one of the Tim Holtz wreaths and colored it using green and red alcohol inks to give it some character.  I attached the green cord, tied on the wreath and added some small silver jingle bells for more “bling”.

Here is the finished piece.  As you can see in the second picture, I also did the same technique on the sides as I did on the front of the panel.

~Pat

Thanks for a great tutorial Pat. It is fun to see how other people use the same products. I love how you added some feathers to the flowers.

Most of these products are available at Blue Twig Studio. ~Deb

Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

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5039 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-266-1866

Golden High Flow Acrylics review

20 Oct

Guest Blog Post by Design Team member Venisa Gallegos

Comments in italics by Deb 

So, this month, Deb gave me some Golden High Flow Acrylic paints to play with.  Included were the colors red and green and an iridescent silver. My first thought was, this will be an easy assignment and then reality set in.  What do I do with these High Flow paints? I decided to google how to use these paints and found that they have an ink-like consistency that can be used in painting, drawing, staining, glazing, inking, hand-lettering, spraying, and more. You can use them in an airbrush, dip pen or refillable marker (I loved using them in the markers).  What really caught my eye was that they come in Fluorescent colors.  Woo Hoo!  So, three colors was just not enough to play with so I went back and bought Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Green and Pthalo Green (Blue Shade).  Armed with knowledge and supplies I set about my task.  (gotta love the florescent colors!)

  1. Application with Lutradur

But first I thought, why can’t I just use my regular Golden acrylics with water?  Won’t those be the same?  As it turns out, no they won’t.  Regular Golden Acrylics mixed with water get diluted.  So, that’s the big selling point with the High Flow Acrylics.  They give you concentrated color (which is extremely fluid).   I love working with Lutradur which is a non-woven, polyester fabric.  It’s basically a cross between paper and fabric.  So, I first sprayed the Lutradur with water and then started to splash the High Flow Acrylic paints onto a sheet of Lutradur.  I was immediately able to mix the colors around like finger paints to get an intense background of colors.  I was also able to easily drip and roll the paint around on the Lutradur.  The High Flow Acrylic did indeed brighten up certain areas on my sheet.  Once I had a good background I let the paint dry and once dry I stenciled on an image of a fern leaf (you know I have lots of stencils).  Since the Lutradur is polyester I used my wood burning tool with a sharp point and burned out the stenciled image.  Next, I bonded together several strips of Textiva (or Angelina film) and then put some shimmery Angelina fiber between the sheets.  I placed this between my cut out image and another piece of Lutradur that I colored.  The result is shown below.  I love how the intense colors on the Lutradur help highlight the fern leaf.

 

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  1. Application with Canvas

For another application of the paints I took a sheet of canvas paper and sprayed it with water before again adding the High Flow Acrylic paints.  To see how the color compared with regular watered down acrylics I used some of my regular Golden paints to lay down a layer of blue.  Then, using the High Flow Acrylics I brightened up different areas of the canvas sheet.  I wanted to create highlighted colors that resembled water.  My thoughts on how to finish it was that once dry, I will be able to go back in and stitch around the more intense color areas and see what I get. OK, so I tried to sew through this and broke the needle.  Oh well.  But I still love how the Golden High Flow Acrylics gave me intense areas of color. (I’m sure you will find some use for this beautiful piece!)

 

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  1. Application with Brusho Water Colors

Since the paints flowed like water I decided to use them with my set of Brusho Crystal Inks.  These are basically water colors.   I took some vellum paper and sprayed it with water and then added the Brusho Water Colors.  Next I dripped on some of the Iridescent Silver paint on the paper.  I really liked how the paint mixed with the water color and gave everything a shimmery look.

 

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Conclusion

So, I found that what I liked best about the paints was that they produced intense colors and I could play with them like water colors.  Also, since they are acrylic, the paint can be painted over and not bleed or move around.  I’d definitely recommend trying some and seeing what you can do with them.  Now I have to go back and get some more of those magnificent fluorescent colors.

~Venisa

Thanks Venisa for a fun tutorial and review of products. Blue Twig Studio does carry the Golden High Flow Acrylics and the Brusho Crystals – however they are not currently listed on the website, so if you are interested let me know. The Lutradur and the Angelina are listed on the website. Or you can always stop by the shop to see what is available. ~Deb

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