Welcome to Swirlydoos' December Kit Reveal
Blog Hop Block Party!!
If you came here from Paulien's
blog (http://paulienvandenbosch.blogspot.com/), then you are on the right track. If not, go back to Swirlydoos' blog (http://www.swirlydoos.blogspot.com/) and start from there. We have some amazing projects for you to see today !!
We have 3 manufacturers hopping and 3 designers from Webster's pages!!! Also, as an extra special twist, 2 Swirlydoos designers are hiding secret prize on their blog!!!!! Make sure to leave a comment on all of the blogs for a chance to win!!!
Let's make a Christmas canvas!
Hi everyone! Marti Wills here! I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial for all of you using the Primary Elements Artist Pigments sine we have been doing so much with the Silks-acrylic glaze. So today we are going to make this Christmas decor piece:
I LOVE blingy shimmering sparkle all year long but Christmas just BEGS for it!
And Luminarte products deliver it EVERY SINGLE TIME!
So let's get started!
I don't actually work on real canvases. Instead I work on wood - MDF to be exact but any wood or hard surface will work. I like the wood because it is sturdier with no "give" in the center like a traditional artist canvas. You can purchase pre-cut wood surfaces in craft stores OR if you have a handy hubby (or are handy yourself) that can wield a table saw you can do what I do and buy large pieces of MDF at Home Depot or Lowe's and then cut it to the sizes you want.
Find some white or nearly white papers with very subtle patterns. Cut them in various squares and glue them to your board surface using Mod Podge or Matte Medium. Mine do not overlap but there are no gaps.. It's ok if some hangs over the edge. Once it is dry you can use sand paper to get the excess off cleanly, quickly and easily!
Choose 2-3 Luminarte Primary Elements Artist Pigment in shades of blue so there is some contrast. You will also need to add a binder because we will be mixing them with water - put out equal piles of Primary Elements and Primary Elements Bind & Resist .
Add a small amount of water to the piles of Artist Pigments and binder to form a watery wash paint and paint over your papers. Let dry completely!
Next take a darker color Blue Primary Elements powder and mix it with an equal amount of Primary Elements Clear Glaze. Place a stencil over your piece and sponge on the Primary Elements Glaze. I used Bon Soir and I did not stencil the entire surface. Work quickly and don't over-saturate the piece. At this point the shimmer on your background is truly breath-taking!
We want to add some "snowy night" feel to our piece. Put a small amount of white craft paint on your carft mat (or other surface.) Take a piece of Saran Wrap and crumple it very loosely into a ball and pounce it lightly into the white paint and then VERY lightly across your background. Turn the saran wrap as you continue the process - be careful not to overdo it but put as much or as little as you like!
Now let's work on our tree. For ornaments I simply used some fairly inexpensive buttons from Michaels along with a couple word charms. You can use charms, regular buttons, rhinestones, whatever you come up with. If your buttons have shanks on the back like mine did be sure to cut them off. The tree is also easy to create. Simply take a piece of plain paper, measure it against your background so you know how tall your tree needs to be. Now fold it in half and draw half of the tree, cut it out, unfold it and your tree is nice and even on both sides! Arrange your "ornaments" on your template so you know how you will place them on your piece.
Trace your template onto green patterned paper, cut it out and adhere it to the front of your board - place it to the side and sand off any overhang.
Now we will texture-ize our tree and embed our ornaments. Choose 2-3 Shades of green Primary Elements and Extra Heavy Gel Medium. Again mix equal parts gel medium and Primary Elements using a plastic palette knife and begin adding it to your tree smoothing and pouncing with your palette knife. Do a small section at a time and push your ornaments into the thick gel.
Choose a saying or sentiment to add. Type it up on your computer, print it and cut it out. In this case I cut it out using a nestibility die. Ink the edges using a foam blending sponge to further enhance it.
Our last step is to create some snow drifts. Be sure your tree is completely dry before doing this step! Gather up all of your sparkly white crystal items -glitter, Gala Glitz, microbeads, tinsel glitter, snowflake sequins, etc. The snow drifts will be made with more extra heavy gel medium and Heavenly White Primary Elements. Mix and apply the same way as the tree sprinkling on the
glitter and other sparkly elements as you work.
Primary Elements are a fantastic product to work with because they are as versatile asyou have seen here. You can mix everything from gorgeous shimmering watercolorto a shimmering glaze to heaping globs of shimmering pastes with varying consistencies and uses depending on the medium you mix them with.
I hope you all have fun creating a Christmas piece! Thanks so much for stopping by!
You have until midnight, eastern time, on Friday, 12/14 to complete the hop. Winners will be announced on the Swirlydoos Blog on Saturday 12/15.
In order to qualify to win here is what you need to do:
1: Visit all of the blogs and leave a comment on each. This way we know you were there. Become a follower if you're not already. Take your time. There are REALLY beautiful things to see along the way.
2: Before you leave each blog, look for the “special” words and write it down. Once you have visited all the blogs and collected all the special words, they will create a sentence.
3: Finally, go back to the Swirlydoos blog and leave a comment letting us know how much fun you had, tell us the sentence that was created with all of the special words you collected. Can't wait to hear from you.
My special word is :
Lisa G - CLICK HERE
Miranda - Click Here
Faber-Castell - CLICK HERE
Lynne - CLICK HERE
Educators - CLICK HERE
Heidi - CLICK HERE
Uy (Webster's Pages) - CLICK HERE
Pollacco (Webster's Pages) - CLICK HERE
(Webster's Pages) - CLICK HERE
Lisa V - CLICK HERE
Moses - Click Here
Angelica - CLICK HERE
Paulien - CLICK HERE
LuminArte - CLICK HERE
Vicky - CLICK HERE
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