Thursday, December 7, 2017

How to: Dip, Dab, and Drag Technique for Glass Ornaments

Hi everyone.  I have a fun idea to share today, using what I call my "dip, dab, and drag" technique to imitate an acrylic pour without the hassle.  You might even say it looks more like a marbled effect, but whatever you see, the result is pretty amazing.  I have prepared a video tutorial to show you the process, and I am using ColourArte's Primary Elements artist pigments with pouring medium.


Imagine the possibilities for all sorts of surfaces, but especially for such non-flat surfaces as these ornaments.  Change up the colors and you have beautiful ornaments for any holiday.  Traditional reds and greens would be perfect for Christmas, or pastels for Easter eggs, and so on.

I hope you enjoyed my project, and as always, thanks so much for stopping by.

Have a wonderful holiday season.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

How to Make Molded Embellishments Continued: Reveal Molded Pieces

Hi everyone.  Barbara  here again with a quick continuation of my previous video about making molded pieces with ColourArte Vivid Ultra Metallics and Radiant Gels.  

I left off with this mold containing Pink Azalea Vivid, but it wasn't dry enough for me to remove it to show you how pretty it is and all the details it captures.  So, it is a few days later now and, as I promised, here is a quick reveal of it and how it looks coming out of the mold.

A couple of still photo close-ups for you.  As you can see, all of the detail is captured in the paint.  And the really cool thing about these are that they are very flexible, unlike some paper and polymer clays that become very stiff when dry.  Then there is plaster, which will not bend at all.  These have the flexibility to wrap around jars, ornaments, bowls, glasses, tin cans, you name it.  

And this is one of the three that I first dusted inside the mold with Primary Elements Gold Nugget before pouring the Vivid paint into it.  It left this beautiful highlight and even better, the Primary Elements pigment will not rub off.  Another plus, I think.

ColourArt Supplies Used:
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Pink Azalea
  Olive Vine
  Emperor's Gold
  Coral Berry
Primary Elements
  Golden Nugget

Other Products Used:

Silicone Molds

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fall Inspired Cards with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.  Can you feel the chill in the air yet?  I love this weather, and Fall is very much on my mind.  So, I made a couple of cards with Fall in mind, but these cards can be used for any occasion.  Who would you give them to?  

For the Be Thankful card, cut piece of print paper from 8x8 paper pad to just slightly smaller than card front.  I am using a 5"x7" kraft card with the fold along the top, so I cut the paper to 4-3/4" x 6-3/4".  Then I distressed the edges with a paper distressing tool and inked with brown distress ink. 

Cut a border strip from 8x8 paper pad, ink edges with distress ink, and use an awl or a pencil to roll the edges, as shown. 

Adhere both paper layers to card front, as shown. 

Glue Heart Dangle along top edge, as shown.

Lay heart frame over 8x8 paper and cut out heart shape.

Glue paper to back of frame.  Fill frame with crackle accents, set aside to dry.  (TIP:  Sit frame onto a small piece of card board so that you can pick it up easily and set it aside, off your desk area, so you don't accidentally set paper on top of it or stick your finger in it before it is dry.  TRUST me on this!!)

Fussy cut a pumpkin and two butterflies from the 12x12 paper pad.  Distress cut edges with brown distress ink. 

Lay the two butterflies on a scrap of card board and apply a coat of glossy accents to the wings only.  Set these aside to dry.

Shape pumpkin with fingers and adhere to bottom right of card with foam dots.

Adhere tiny amber gems to each bead on the dangle chippie.  I used my paper piercer tool to pick up the tiny gems.

Add a thin coat of Buttercup glitter paste over pumpkin, and a thicker coat of Copper glitter paste over the two dangle hearts and the heart frame.  Adhere heart frame to base heart.  

Use finger to add shape to butterfly wings.   Glue just the butterfly bodies to the front so the wings will lift off of  the card.

And here is the finished card.

For the Pumpkin Love card, I am using a 5"x7" kraft card, and so I cut a piece of print paper  from the 12x12 paper pad to measure 4"x 6-3/4" and adhered to bottom of card.  

Trim leaf border from the 8x8 paper pad and adhere to top of card.  Cut "Pumpkin Love" journaling card from one of the 12x12 papers and adhere to card front, as shown.

Cut a small piece of the checkerboard from the texture sheet to fit over the small pumpkin.  Draw a pencil line to coordinate with the shape of  the pumpkin.

Cut excess chipboard around pencil line and glue the checkerboard down to the pumpkin.

Glue remaining chipboard pieces to the base layer.

Spread light molding paste through stripes stencil and let paste dry.

Prime chipboard with a coat of white gesso and let dry.

Paint pumpkins with Pyrole Orange.

Highlight center of pumpkins with Hansa Yellow Light.

Dry brush Green Gold along top and bottom edges of pumpkins.  Paint leaves and stems with Sap Green.  Highlight center of leaves with a dry brushing of Green Gold.

Paint stems and curly bit from bottom leaf with Burnt Umber.  Dry brush Burnt Umber over both pumpkins.  Wipe away any excess, if needed.

Add pop dots to the back of the pumpkins chippie.

Adhere to card front.  Wrap organza ribbon around card along top fold and tie in a bow.

Supplies Used:

GSL Bead Strand Heart Dangle
GSL Pumpkins
GSL Texture Sheet Checkerboard
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics
  Pyrole Orange
  Hansa Yellow Light
  Green Gold
  Sap Green
  Burnt Umber
BoBunny Glitter Paste
Prima Amber Moon paper (12x12 and 8x8)
Two 5"x7" Kraft cards
Distress ink - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Stripes stencil
Blending Tool
Ranger Crackle Accents
Ranger Glossy Accents
Yellow gemstones
1-1/2" wide ribbon
Pop dots

I hope you have been inspired by my Fall cards today, and be sure to check out the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts shop to see all the fun chippies available.  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!!!


Friday, November 17, 2017

How to Mold ColourArte Radiant Gels and Vivid Ultra Metallics

Hi everyone!  Today I want to share with you a really fun project using ColourArte's Radiant Gels 3D Dimensional Paints and Vivid Ultra Metallics.  I am going to show you how to use these products in silicone molds for making your own dimensional embellishments to use in your art.

I've prepared a video tutorial of the complete process, just click on the video below.


ColourArte Supplies Used:
Vivid Ultra Metallics
  Pink Azalea
  Olive Vine
Radiant Gels
  Emperor's Gold
  Yellow Rose
  Olive  Vine
Primary Elements
  Golden Nugget
Soft bristle brush
Silicone Molds 
 purple mold (Wow)
 pink mold (eBay)

I hope you enjoyed this project and video tutorial today.  This is really fun to do and the rewards are fabulous.  I think these molded items turn out awesome,  and I hope you will give them a try with your paints, or even your clay products.  

Thanks so much for watching and have a wonderful week!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mixed Media Fall Inspired Canvas with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  Barbara here today on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog.  I am sharing my mixed media canvas inspired by the phrase "You Make Me Smile" chippie and this  little girl image.  I used Fall colors, as well, in keeping with the season.

Cut piece of wood planks paper from the 12x12 pad, use distress tool along edges.  Adhere to 8x10 canvas, and brush a coat of fluid matte medium over top of canvas.

Randomly spread light molding paste through stencil with spatula and let dry.

Mist canvas with Peony and Gilded Color Bloom (CB) spray mists.  Let dry.

Mist canvas with Tattered Angels (TA) Cork.  Let dry.

Next, brush on a wash of white gesso + water to blend colors and let dry.

Lay piece of chainlink chippie over canvas and mist with ColourArte Radiant Rain Autumn Leaves Mist, let dry.

Rub small amounts of Galaxy Gelato around the edge of the canvas, and on one side of the larger circles.  Use finger to blend gelato.  You can also wet your finger or use a damp baby wipe for easier blending.

Spray a clear acrylic sealer over canvas to keep water-based mediums, like the gelato and mists, from running.  Let sealer dry.  Dip paint brush into Peony CB spray mist bottle and color top half of circles.  While mist is still wet, add Odyssey gelato to center and blend with finger.  Let dry.

Draw around circles with a black watercolor pencil.  I used a Stabilio All black pencil, but use whatever you have.  Wet finger and blend pencil to add shading around circle.

Center and trace rectangular inner edge of filigree frame over collage sheet image and cut excess away. 

Use flesh colored pencils to add a bit of pink to girl's face and cheeks.

Paint "You Make Me Smile" and large rectangular Filigree Frame with rich espresso paint and flat edge of makeup sponge.

Glue frame over collage image.  

Glue inner piece of chipboard from the frame to the back for added dimension when adhered to canvas.

Brush a coat of clear crackle glaze over image; let dry.

I added random patches of the Silver Spark metallic lustre over the phrase and frame to help it stand out a bit from the background.

Adhere chipboard frame, phrase, and embellishments of your choice around frame, as shown in final photo at top of post.

Here are a few close ups of the canvas.

silver spark metallic lustre added to chipboard frame and phrase

crackle glaze over image

shading around circles with black pencil
Supplies Used:
GSL Filigree Frames Shape Set
GSL Words and Phrases 2
GSL Chainlink 8 by 8 Inch Panel
8x10 canvas panel
Chubby Cheeks Collage Sheet (Altered Pages)
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics - Rich Espresso
DecoArt Media Clear Crackle Glaze
DecoArt Metallic Lustre - Silver Spark
Altered Pages AP-302 Chubby Cheeks collage sheet
Golden Light Modeling Paste
Prima Orbs Stencil (Finnabair)
Prima Color Bloom Spray Mists
ColourArte Radiant Rain Autumn Leaves Mist
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Faber-Castell Gelatos Iridescent Set
Krylon clear acrylic sealer
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Various floral and beaded embellishments

I hope you enjoyed today's mixed media canvas and that you may be inspired to make one for your own home decor or even as a gift.  Use colors to match the season or your home.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful Fall filled day!!!