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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.


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!)


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!


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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.”


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.


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. 


Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO 80918



Stazon Studio Glaze review

12 Jan
Guest Blog Post by Design Team Member Terri Ayers
Comments in italics by Deb

I think this is the first time I’ve received my surprise pack of goodies from Blue Twig Studio that I didn’t add more colors to the collection! It is very hard to resist the temptation of adding more! Review items this week were: Stazon Studio Glaze in Blue Hawaii and Cactus Green, Stazon Cloudy Sky solvent ink pad, and an Artist’s Cellar stencil. (all the Stazon products come in a variety of colors and you know we have a gazillion different stencils to use)



The Stazon Studio Glaze is a thick glossy paint in a narrow-tipped tube that is created primarily to work on non-porous surfaces such as glass, ceramic, resin or metal but it also works on porous paper and modeling paste. There are techniques to use a layer of gold on glass and then apply color for a tumbled glass effect and also of using the black color as an outline and filling in with color similar to stained glass. I just focused on the colors I had on hand. I first used them on a ceramic tile applying with a brush. I also colored some glass beads. I used the glazes on a glass container painting stripes on another project. I did two layers of this and it was still fairly transparent. I alternated application methods using a brush and a blending sponge. I experimented with the glaze on various surfaces: paper, plastic buttons, glass beads, a ceramic bisque turtle and Tim Holtz resin roses. I used the glaze on a mixed media art piece by applying the glaze to modeling paste birds, this really made the birds pop as they had a glossier look than the acrylic paint. I also applied little dots all over the piece with a toothpick. I finished the art canvas with a few dabs of the Stazon ink over the stencil. The gray color is perfect for shading and adding a subtle hint of distress.

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More about the studio glaze… The paint is in a squeeze bottle and comes out easily to cover in paint stroke movements. It can be applied this way somewhat thickly and dries very glossy. It is not self-leveling and sometimes can come out of the tube in a quick blob! I preferred squeezing a small amount out onto my craft mat and applying with a brush (good to know). I found the best surfaces to reflect the vibrant colors of the glazes was either the white tile, the non-porous surface pieces or the modeling paste. It wipes up with water or a baby wipe as you work, but when it dries, it is permanent. Working on the ceramic tile, it was similar to working with alcohol inks, but it dries permanent with out needing a sealant, if you apply straight from the tube onto paper, it will also provide a nice effect.

These products would make a great addition to your art stash. I would like to add a white and black glaze to my collection. Hope you are able to try these out and have fun with these products.


Thanks Terri for another great review and samples. I enjoy seeing how the different products can be used. It makes it easier to decide if I would like the product or not for myself.

Products can be purchased at Blue Twig Studio.

Note that Terri is teaching a monthly mixed media technique class at Blue Twig Studio on the 1st Wed of the month. This is a great way to try out new products and techniques while creating something fun! The birds shown above are a sneak peak of a bit of the canvas she is doing in Feb. You can register at the shop or by visiting this link


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




Fun with Foils!

4 Dec

Guest Blog Post from Design Team Member Terri Ayers

Comments in italics by Deb

Fun with Foils!

Foil adds such a shiny and glamorous touch to your art projects and come in a wide range of colors. I recall visiting a home in the Parade of Homes this year and seeing a fun wall piece that used a quote that was foiled. Certainly classy home décor pieces can be acquired with the foiling process as well as adding a lovely touch of bling without the mess of glitter. (glitter is fun but not always practical)


I have been intrigued by what can be done with foils and have seen a few how-to videos and been curious to try my hand at experimenting with them. Opening up the treat bag for November was a fun surprise to see 3 different brands of foil and some adhesive to experiment with. I also had some supplies on hand to try things with as well as making a $20 purchase of a budget laminator.


Foils are a thin film that can be adhered to paper or objects by adhesive, pressure or heat pressure application. I used most of my applications on Neenah white cardstock and tried to apply the Pavelka foil to a slab of Sculpey clay, (which did not work for me at this trial.) I will credit YouTube videos of Lisa McGuire Ink for some of the application methods. Other methods were my trials of various adhesives on hand.




The 3 brands of foil used were Deco Foil, Lisa Pavelka and ClearSnap Designer Foil and I received Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller. For all techniques please put the pretty shiny side up (where you can still see it) when doing your project (yep – this is the #1 mistake people make, putting the shiny side down instead of up).




The additional products in my personal stash used were: Zig 2 way adhesive glue pen, VersaMark stamp pad, Stampendous clear embossing powder, Stampin Up Heat & Stick Powder (Ranger has one also) and some Framelit dies.

Cold adhesive techniques

An easy method was to use the adhesive dot roller on paper. Then simply press the foil over the top and rub with your finger and quickly lift the tape off pulling away from you. It’s just like ripping off a band-aid, only painless! This leaves a dotted decorative strip of bling. Another similar method was to use a strip adhesive. This gives a slightly raised look and feel to the project. I also found the glue pen very easy to use. I could draw a swirl or leaf and stem and let it dry about 30 seconds. Then I placed, pressed, rubbed and lifted the foil. I did try this with regular liquid glue. It worked but was a longer and messier process. You have to wait until the glue is nearly dry yet still tacky and use a small amount of glue (not my fave method).




Heat adhesive

The glue activated powders work for foiling. First use Versamark to stamp an image then apply the heat powder to the stamped area. Shake off the extra powder and use a heat tool to just melt the glue powder (just a very short time). Then quickly apply the foil while it is still warm and press, rub and peel. Voila!

Embossing powder technique using the laminator. Note on the laminator: I let it heat up about 10 minutes to get it nice and warm.

Stamping and embossing powder.

First use Versamark to stamp an image then apply the embossing powder to the stamped area. Shake off the extra powder and use a heat tool to melt the powder completely. Then put the item on a piece of tracing or parchment paper with the foil on top of the image and the top of the parchment folded over the top of the foil piece. Let it run through the laminator and it will come out of the back in a few seconds. Wave it for a few seconds and remove the foil.

Die cutting and embossing powder.

I took a 3×5 or so area of white cardstock and applied the Versamark and then embossing powder to the whole area of the paper. I heat set it and then ran it through a BigShot die cutting machine to cut the word “merry” and ornaments out. I then ran the word and ornament cut outs through the laminator with the foil covering the cut-outs and enclosed in the tracing paper. They came out very nice!




Laser jet printer techniques.

I did not explore this technique as much as I would have liked, but will share a fun demo in the store when I get my new laser printer up and running. For a quick trial I used a laser printed image (darkest is best). Please note: an inkjet printed item will not work. I heated up my regular iron and applied the foil over my logo (below) and the word “merry” (above photo).




I used a medium setting and placed the foil over the printed area and used the tip of the iron to rub over the foil. It worked to a degree. There were some areas where the foil did not adhere and I felt it did not have a finished look. Using the laminator in place of the iron will give a more uniform and professional look to the project. Foil is placed over the image and it is sent through the laminator. The possibilities are endless! There is a new product on the market that has great reviews, the Heidi Swapp Minc machine (hmmm – sounds interesting). It is very much like the laminator and very specific to foiling projects. Alas, it is much more money! I did find my laminator to be quite sufficient.

My favorite uses and products.

All of the foils worked for the projects and methods. I found that I liked the Deco foil the best. It adhered well and the price is great! The adhesive dot roller was quick and easy and provided a fun texture. The glue pen was so easy for free-hand images as well as drawing a quick line. I prefer using the embossing powder to the heat-n-stick powder; I felt the embossing gave better adherence than the heat-n-stick product.





There are many more ways to explore foils and hope you get the opportunity to give them a try! Thanks for providing the foils for me to try, Deb and Blue Twig Studio!


Thank you Terri for another great review of products. Knowing which products are easiest to use and the results that you get is always helpful. And who doesn’t love adding a little shine and sparkle to their projects? Blue Twig Studio has fun foils and adhesives and embossing powders – all so you can add a little bling to your project. 


Let Your Inner Artist out to Play

Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd

Colorado Springs, CO 80918



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.


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)


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.


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5039 N Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs, CO 80918



Introducing my new Design Team

29 Sep

I’m excited to introduce my new Design Team to you. It’s kind of fun to have a Design Team (for me and them). They get to play with a variety of products, using them in different ways, experimenting and playing. Then they get to share what they learn with you! So much Fun!

All 3 of these women come from different backgrounds and different artistic and creative pursuits. I know that the diversity of their talents will help you learn more about various products and how to use them. I will let them introduce themselves so you can get to know them better.


Pat Mathes

Pat Mathes

Hi, my name is Pat Mathes and I live in Broomfield, Colorado. After I retired, I was finally able to delve into the wonderful world of art and learn all those things I never had time for. I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher and belong to a wonderful group of CZTs that get together often and share new information and techniques. My passion is learning and playing with new techniques and products, and a great deal of my inspiration comes from nature. I love black and white art, but I also love color, so much of my work is Zentangle Inspired Art, combining the two. I also love the symmetry of zendalas and do my own layouts. My dream is to create more whimsical pieces. I was originally inspired and brought to Zentangle by the works of Norma Burnell, who does wonderful fairy and fantasy pieces.



Terri Ayers

Terri Ayers

I am Terri Ayers. Where did my art start? I am not sure of the exact moment, but it has been a special interest to me from middle school onward.  I am a potter at present and have a home studio and 3 shops/galleries carry my creations.  For fun and income, I teach pottery classes and offer canvas painting parties on location and at a local yogurt shop.  I also love watercolor and just recently discovered art and bible journaling.  Oh the wonders of mixed media!  Denver Botanic Gardens offers some wonderful art classes which have diverted some of my attention from the pottery wheel, but I just can’t resist learning new things. I’ve dabbled in card-making, quilting, calligraphy and beading and many other interests.  I feel very blessed to have the freedom to be creative on most days and look forward to future trips to see and capture the sights!

Venisa Gallegos

Venisa Gallegos

I am Venisa Gallegos and I love all things Zentangle, no, no, I mean all things Hand stitching, no, no, I mean all things Beading, no, no, I mean all things Micro-Macramé.  I think you get the picture.  I love playing will all different craft mediums, however the one constant is always my use of Color.  I love Color.  In fact, my motto is “You have to use ALL THE COLORS”.  This can be for gel pens, thread, fabric, beads, and anything else you can imagine.  I strive to use all the colors which is the best way for me to express myself creatively.


See how much fun these women are? I look forward to seeing what they will contribute over the next 6 months.


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Blue Twig Studio

5039 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918



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