Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rainy Day Watercoloring with Ken Oliver Color Burst

Ken Oliver Color Burst watercolor powders seem to be the "new thing" among the craft crowd, so of course I had to try them!  They come in a small "eye drop" container and the colors can be purchased separately or in sets, like the Bright Assortment set below.

So when my local scrapbook store got them about 3 months ago, I purchased a few, brought them home and they sat on my desk for a while.  Then I put them into my watercolor storage box because I had deadlines to meet and other creative endeavors to explore.  Until the other day when I got an idea.  

First, I need to explain that in South Carolina, where I live, it is sunny, warm and humid most of the time, with a thunderstorm here and there during the summer months.  We rarely have a whole day where it just rains and rains.  But for the last 4 days it has rained all day and night, with no sun in sight!  So here is where my idea comes in........what if I put some of those Ken Oliver Color Burst powders on watercolor paper and just set it out in the rain?  This is either the most brilliant idea I've ever had, or or the laziest one! Imagine, having the rain do the painting for me while I get other things done!!!  

Let me share with you the inspiration for this idea, other than laziness or creative desperation.  The most brilliant moment on my favorite television show, Project Runway, came during Season 13, Episode 8. The challenge was that the runway show would be a first ever "rainway" show, and they would spray water onto the runway as the models strutted wearing the contestants' creations.  Sean Kelly had the ingenious idea to create a white dress with different colors of Rit Dye (powdered color dye) sewn inside the dress, so that when the water hit it, the dye would react and color would burst out onto the white fabric.  It was a big risk because he had no idea if it would work.  But the payoff was big and he ended up winning the challenge. 

You can watch the video here: 

So I set out two pieces of 12" x 12" Strathmore 400 Series watercolor paper and sprinkled Alizarin Crimson, Orange, Violet, and Blue on one, and Pthalo Green, Blue and Violet on the other, and let serendipity do it's thing!   

It wasn't pouring down rain, just a constant misty sprinkle so it took a bit of time for all the colors to appear.

Well, I had to run out for about 40 minutes and when I came back it was raining harder. The color had pretty much pooled up and I removed the paper and let it dry completely. This resulted is beautiful soft blended colors. 

I wondered what kind of designs I would get if I watched the process more closely and removed it from the rain before the colors were completely diluted.  So I put one more piece of watercolor paper out and added Green, Blue, Violet and Alizarin Crimson.  Then I set my iPhone timer for 15 minutes so wouldn't forget to check it.

After 15 minutes:

I kept checking it every 15 minutes and it took about 45 minutes to get to this point.  I carefully brought the paper in and let it dry completely.  

After completely dry:

I love the bold, bursts of color that was created with the raindrops splattering onto the paper. Now to figure out what to make with them.......

Thank you for visiting my blog and stay tuned for my next post featuring projects using these cool papers.  Now go make something creative!

Kathy :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Creating Patina

I have a tutorial for you today using Ten Second Studio VerDay Paints.  I'm not a member of their design team and I gain nothing from promoting them, I just I LOVE the paints and wanted to share with you what they can do. I'm using the 2 oz.Verday Paint Kit that includes four metallic paints, (copper, iron, brass and bronze) and a patina spray solution (click on the name above to order).

The paints actually contain real bits of metal so adding the patina solution results in real rust, and aging. I first started using them last year for Scrap n' Art  Magazine and was giddy with the results!  And it is so easy to create real patina finishes.

Here is an overview of the different patina's that result from each metal:

Sorry for the bad lighting!

I first painted each tag with each of the four metal paints and let them dry.  Then I painted them again and while they are wet, I sprayed the patina solution on them.  The fun part is watching the patina form.  It happens fast, even though the directions say it takes a few hours.

Patina Planter
So today I will share with you how I created the worn, patina on this cool planter that I've been killing plants in for the last few years. I'm going to deviate from the Ten Second Studio directions a bit.

First I started with a light coat of gesso because there are some places where the first layer of gray paint was chipping off and I felt that it needed a surface for future paint to stick to.  I left some of the gray showing in the cracks and crevices. Look, she's smiling because I'm making her beautiful!

I used Basics (cheap) Liquitex Copper paint as a basecoat because I have lots of surface to cover and VerDay paints are expensive and I will still get a great result. Yea, the real reason is I'm cheap!!! Note: The patina will only appear on the areas where I use the VerDay paints, not the Liquitex copper base coat.

Planter with Copper Basecoat
Now to add the Verday paints in copper and iron.  The copper will produce a blue/green patina and the iron will create a rust patina. The iron paint has a foul smell!!!  But it is worth the results, so I carried on! I let them dry completely.
Painting on Iron Paint
I add another coat and while the paint is still wet, I sprayed the Patina solution onto the wet paint and waited for the magic to happen. I did this step in sections so that the paint didn't dry.  I also did the iron separate from the copper.

Adding Patina Solution
 I left it for the night and when I came back the next morning, here is what I found:

I think she is much happier now!

Isn't this the coolest photo!!

And here is where she will live:

I  hope I don't kill that plant! It's partially not my fault since the planter has no drainage and it's a shallow and not much room for dirt and roots! So we will see what happens.  

Here are some other projects using the VerDay Paint Kit:

Patina Leaves Canvas Detail

Patina Leaves Canvas

Patina Leaves Canvas

In the Patina Leaves Canvas, I die-cut aluminum can material using the Tim Holtz Bigz Tattered Leaves Die and embossed them using different designs.  I painted them with green and orange acrylic paints so that I would have some bright colors peaking through the patina finish.  Then I painted them with VerDay paints and sprayed them with the solution and let the magic happen! I then sanded the raised embossed areas to let some of the aluminum show. The little upholstry tacks were treated with the VerDay paints also.

I recently posted a project on Art Anthology's blog featuring a canvas using their paints.  I wanted to add some Tim Holtz gear embellishments to the canvas so to create rust on them, I used iron VerDay paint and patina solution. The metal gears took the paint beautifully and created genuine rust!

So if you are interested in creating a great patina finish on almost any surface, consider the Ten Second Studio VerDay Patina Paints.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Please leave me your thoughts, questions, comments below.  I'd love to hear from you!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Butterfly Tag

I follow Tim Holz 12 Tags of 2015 and love to see what he comes up with every month. His March tag is one of my favorites because I LOVE bright colors and I LOVE butterflies.  Check out his tutorial on his blog.


Beautiful, right?

I happen to have a large butterfly stamp from Stampin' Up! that is perfect for this project so I figured I would make my own March tag. I used a different stencil for the gold and added the 3 for the third month, March. Here is my butterfly tag:


Here are some closeups where you can see the colors better:


Ranger #10 Manila Tags
Distress Paints:  Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers
Crackle Stencil by Stencil Girl
Ranger Texture Paste:  Transparent Matte
Gold Embossing Powder
VersaFine Black Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Swallowtail Stamp
Background Script Stamp

I love the technique that Tim Holtz uses to create many of his backgrounds, including this month's tag. Here's a quick description of the technique:  Place about a nickle size of each paint color on a craft sheet and spritz with water. Drag your tag through it once or twice, careful to not repeat to many times or you will get mud!  Spritz the tag with paint to blend the colors then dry with a heat gun. 

I had such fun with this technique that I grabbed a bunch of smaller tags and kept going!  Here they are:


I think that last one is my favorite!  Have you made a March tag this month? Or tried a new technique lately?  I'd love to hear about it so leave me comments below!  


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Art Anthology Dream Team!

I am proud to announce that I was chosen to join the Art Anthology Design Team! Click here to see the announcement on their blog: Art Anthology Blog. Out of the three companies I've applied to, I am so glad that I got this one because they make the most incredible paints and sprays. I've been using a limited supply of their products for the past few months and they are really cool and different. I throw paint on almost everything I make these days and many scrapbook companies haven't embraced mixed media yet.  I think I fit in really well with the style that Art Anthology is projecting.  My first post on their blog is scheduled for March 9th.  I will be receiving an obscene amount of product soon and can't wait to start playing!

Thanks for visiting!