Saturday, July 28, 2012

bling on the paste...

Hello my wonderful friends!

I don't know about you, but summer seems to be full of crazy, and wonderful distractions that seem to pull me away from my studio.... Gotta love family, friends, BBQs, hikes and fresh picked berries!

For anyone who has been around here long, you may have noticed that I LOVE texture and dimension in my projects. I was actually working on a LO yesterday, and felt something was missing. When I looked at it again today, I realized it was flat... no texture. No wonder I didn't feel like it was complete. LOL!

A wonderful medium for adding texture and dimension without becoming bulky is modeling paste (also known as texture paste).  This is a fabulous paste you can find in the fine art supply section of stores. It is white, which makes it ideal for painting over or tinting before you apply. Now, what is even better than adding texture, dimension, and color all in one to your project? How about throwing in some bling at the same time!

What you need:
Modeling paste
Small jar with lid
Stirring stick (toothpick works!)
Stencil *optional*
Palette knife *optional*

 Step 1: put the desired amount of modeling paste into a jar with a lid.

 Step 2: mix in the desired color(s) of Creative Inspirations paint. The more paint you add, the more intense the color will be. 

 Step 3: if you want to use a stencil, place it where you want it on you project. I made this stencil using my Cricut and a plastic sheet (the clam shell packaging is great for this!)

 Step 4: apply the colored modeling paste to your project. I like using a palette knife for this, but if you want more texture, try using a paint brush, paper towel, or your fingers!

 Step 5: allow to dry. If you let it dry naturally, it will stay how it is... for more texture, dry it with a heat gun. The heat will make the paste bubble... great fun!

 The thing that amazes me about this is that even though the paste is opaque, you can still see the shimmer from the paint we mixed in. Isn't that awesome!!!

 I love using the bricks as backgrounds. I love how it has this fabulous texture that makes it look so realistic!

 For the leaves, I heat embossed them using "Metallic Copper" Deliquesce powder (from CI), then colored the leaves in with Distress markers.... I decided to add some shimmer to the leaves, so I added a little CI paint over the top.  

The ribbon is a sheer white ribbon that I painted with a mixture of "Winter Frost" CI paint and some Distress reinker. Custom colors are so much fun!


Supplies Used:
Paper: Watercolor paper
Ink: VersaMark, Distress
Stamps: Inspired by Stamping "Fancy Labels 18", Fiskars "Aged to Perfection"
Dies: Spellbinders "Labels 18"
Creative Inspirations: Paint (Burnt Sienna, Antique Copper, Winter Frost), Deliquesce powder (Metallic Copper, Clear)
Other: Modeling paste, ribbon, Inspired by Stamping flower

Friday, July 27, 2012

tutorial sneak peek...

Sorry for the absence... family has been in town, so time in my studio has been limited!

here's a sneak peek at tomorrow's tutorial...

See you tomorrow!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

crack your shimmer...

Hello all my wonderful friends!

for those of you who stopped by earlier, sorry the page was weird... blogger is odd sometimes. I think I have it figured out now....

A few months ago, I took a class taught by Tim Holtz. A fabulous class full of great information! One of the products we used for that class was Ranger Crackle paint... who ever figured out how to make one step crackle paint is a genius!

So, how does this relate to Creative Inspirations Paint?  Well, I'll let you in on a little secret... Ranger makes a one step crackle paint that is CLEAR...

I am SOOO in love!  I admit, one of my first thoughts I had when I picked up my jar of this stuff is... "I wonder if I can tint it with CI paints????"  (ummmm... is there a 12 step program for CI addiction? LOL!)

Guess what....


I love it when products play well together for fabulously amazing results!

So, let me walk you through this so you can start cracking your shimmer!

What you need:
Ranger Distress Rock Candy Crackle paint
Creative Inspirations Paint
Small jar with lid
Palette knife
Dark ink (Optional)

Step 1: mix some Rock Candy clear crackle paint with your choice of Creative Inspirations paint in your small jar. (I like to reuse my empty CI jars.)  Ratios are up to you depending on the intensity of the color you want.

Check out that shimmer! YUMMY!!!

Step 2: Use a palette knife to spread a layer of tinted crackle paint over the area you want crackled. This part kinda reminds me of frosting a cake.... you want a nice layer, not too thin, not too thick.

Step 3: Set it aside to dry. Depending on how thick your layer is, as well as temp and humidity, drying time will vary. Be patient, and don't rush it. 

Now you can stop here if you want.... It has a beautiful stained glass look that is packed with shimmer! Love it!!

I like to take it a step farther to enhance the cracks...

Step 4: apply a dark color of ink or CI paint and work it into the cracks.

Step 5: Use a damp rag to wipe off the extra ink/paint. The crackle paint will act as a resist, so the only dark ink/paint you should have left is what has been worked into the cracks.

Check out that fabulous color, shimmer, and texture! I love doing this!

Since we mixed this up in a jar, just screw on the lid to store the extra.. no waste! (gotta love that!)  Don't forget to label it so you know what you have. I have tons of mixes stored this way.


Friday, July 13, 2012

serious texture...

Hello everyone!

I have been super busy this week trying to get prepared to have my house invaded by family.... I'm super excited, but man, it's lots of work! 

So, today I have a sneak peek for you...

This is my sample project for tomorrows Creative Inspirations tutorial... 

In the details, I used Distress ink to color the background. I then flicked some water on it. I love how Distress inks react with water! It gives it such a great effect that looks hard to create, but is so simple!!!

The chipboard flower is all kinds of fabulous shimmer and texture!  Honestly, how could I have a project without some serious texture?  LOL!

Well, I hope to see you back here or on the CI blog  tomorrow for a fun tutorial that also looks complex but is beautifully simple!


Friday, July 6, 2012

black and white...

Hello all my wonderful friends!

Sorry it has been a while since my last post... between the normal craziness of summer and certain health problems, I haven't been getting much done in my studio. =(

However, it is a beautiful sunny evening, and I spent some great time outside taking pictures. Oh, that makes my heart happy!

My first photography class in college was with black and white film. Yes, there were digital cameras, but using film forced you to learn the concepts. I couldn't just keep changing random settings until I got the right look. I couldn't pop a card in my computer and run it through a fancy program and end up with a master piece. I had to understand aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, and how they all worked together. I had get the shot right in the camera. And, honestly, there is something magical about standing in the dark room surrounded by an amber glow and a strong smell of chemicals while you watch an image develop. 

That being said, I haven't shot film in a long time. I have, however, held on to my love of b/w photography. (which is kinda strange considering that in all of my other crafts, color totally inspires me!!!) 

One of the things I love about b/w is that it allows you to see things differently. When you look at a flower in b/w, it looks a lot different then it does in color. It can also allow mundane things to look amazing!

For example... here is a shot of a dead rose.  

Not really a photo that most people would take.

 However, take that same shot in b/w, and suddenly, it looks artistic and beautiful. 

Just something to keep in mind next time you are taking photos...