Hi there! Do you want to learn how to create a really cool watercolor resist technique? Then hop on over to my latest blog post at The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team blog page.
For those of us who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, or who don’t have time to make a card between now and then, you can use this same technique to create a really cool background for almost any other work like an art journal page or artwork. Here’s a variation of the same technique using different stamps and colors:
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The end of the old year and the beginning of a new year always makes me want to turn inward and spend some quiet, quality time in introspection. I don’t believe in resolutions, yet every year I focus on creating an intention or two to focus on throughout the year. This intention helps me maintain my motivation, inspiration, and to keep on track towards my true north star of following my heart and dreams (goals).
Still in the midst of a global pandemic, I’ve really been feeling the need for more peace, calm, and stillness in my life. Inspired by a generous free art class offering from StudioWorks, I completed a class in painting stones, which was the jumping off point for the meditative process of stenciling each stone with intentions, goals, and focus.
Mother Earth is my greatest inspiration, and so I created these two artworks to pay homage to both earth and sea, with mindfulness, gratitude and great intention for the coming year.
Hi there! Have you seen my latest post over on The Crafter’s Workshop blog today? It’s all about this gorgeous fall wreath assemblage artwork and how I created it using turkey feathers and watercolors paired with faux botanicals and wooden beads.
Hello! Check out my newest post over on The Crafter’s Workshop Blog today, featuring my latest creation: A double-sided, midori-style traveler’s notebook. I just love the flexible functionality of these journals, which allow you to switch and change the content out whenever you like!
I’ve got a bold ask to make. I’m really trying to grow my following on my social media accounts, but I can’t do that alone. Would you be willing to help me by sharing some of my posts or telling your friends to follow me? If you are, thanks ever so much! Here’s the list of all my accounts to make it easy for you!
Hello! How are you doing? I’ve been crazy busy lately with many happenings in my art world. All good, of course.
Today, I have a new post up over at The Crafter’s Workshop blog. It features a grungy steampunk lightbulb on a 6″ x 6″ mixed media board.
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Hello! Recently, we had a TCW Design Team meeting where our wonderful leader, Jaime, showed us a painting she did using stencil butters with her fingers. I wanted to use the same technique using stencils to see if it would work, and it sure does! Just be sure to go slow so that you don’t accidentally nip yourself on a stencil edge (like a paper cut, owie!).
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
I started out using our Colorsparx powders in my favorite cool colors of turquoise, cerulean blue, lime green, and chartreuse, with the TCW932 Peruvian Lily stencil and our water spritz bottle. I lay the stencil down first, sprinkle a tiny bit of the powders over the stencil, then spritz with the water bottle. It’s great to leave it dry naturally if you can, because you get an amazing stenciled effect on the paper! You’ll notice I left a towel under the page to catch the run off and to protect my work surface. Be aware that it may also splash as you spritz, so cover anything around your work that you don’t want to get color on. For this project, I’m working on watercolor paper (300 gsm/140 lbs) hot pressed, smooth paper.
Next come the stencil butters and finger painting. These butters are creamy, brightly colored, and so easy to use (but not edible, so please do not eat them!). I used the TCW924 Lush Petals stencil with the cool colored stencil butters in turquoise, ocean blue, terre verte green, and lime green. I love using stencil butters over ColorSparx powders because the stencil butters reactivate the ColorSparx powders in places, and create an even greater range of color variation in the background. I also love to layer different stencils to build up layers of pattern and depth for greater visual contrast and more interest.
I don’t know about you, but for me, finger painting is messy fun that reminds me of my childhood art days. I love to spread the stencil butters around with my fingers because they blend so easily together to make wonderful shades of the colors I’m using! Please, try it for yourself and play. Of course, if you don’t like getting your hands dirty, please feel free to use our plastic palette knife to apply the stencil butters instead of your fingers.
Now, I wanted to add some additional patterns and colors on top of the background to add pops of color for contrast and also to add some more shapes to the composition and break it up visually a little. First, I applied Crimson stencil butter through the TCW922 Ethereal stencil randomly over the background. I had some stencil butter left on my fingers, so I smeared it onto the page too!
I like to add yellow to my projects, because I think yellow always makes the other colors sing. In this case, I added the TCW9067 Gamboge Stencil butter through the TCW2303 Rock Wall slimline stencil randomly in places around the work. Again, after stenciling, I smeared the excess stencil butter from my fingers randomly onto the page.
I used a heat gun to dry the stencil butters until they became bubbly and three dimensional. I love this effect!