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April 18, 2014

Project Art – April

Hello! It’s time for this month’s Project Art post! I’ve had so much fun playing with the wonderful Silks! Silks are shimmering paints suitable for most surfaces. The paint is an acrylic glaze, meaning that it’s translucent, but it’s still thick and creamy. You can mix the different colours if you wish, or you can apply them in layers, letting the layers dry before adding the next colour.

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The Project Art kit contains 4 jars of Silks in the colours Golden Monarch, Fire Opal, Bolivian Blue and Moss Green. The kit also includes wood veneer frames, book pages, journaling cards and a 6×6 stencil that I LOVE.

Since I have been practicing drawing portraits in an online class with Misty Mawn, I couldn’t resist playing with drawn portraits also in my journal. My first page started out with a pencil drawing. I’ve been using a photo of one of my daughters as a reference for several drawings lately, but the goal in this case wasn’t to achieve perfect likeness. On the contrary, I used the photo as a starting point, but then stopped looking at the photo and let the drawing take it’s own direction.

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I then started experimenting with adding the Silks. You can dilute them with water to create thin washes and I started out a bit carefully with Moss Green diluted with water.

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I then added more of the green and also Bolivian Blue. I used Fire Opal for the lips. At this stage I thought she was looking a little too freaky.

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I added more paint and I also went in with my pencil again to add some definition.

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I added some white gesso to bring forward the lightest part of the face. I used Fire Opal around the edges of my page and I added some of the fantastic gold glitter from the main kit, using matte medium. I also used the chipboard letters from the main kit and the wooden star from the DITL kit.

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Trying to capture the look of the glitter…

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For my next page I started out using the gold glitter again. I used the stencil from the Project Art kit and applied matte medium to my page. I added the glitter and then brushed some more matte medium on top, to seal the glitter. The glitter spread some during this second application of medium, but I don’t really mind.

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I then tore a piece of one of the book pages that came with the Project Art kit. I just adore the pink flower. I glued down my paper, not adding glue all the way to the edges, and I then splattered some of the Bolivian Blue (diluted with some water) on top of it all.

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I used the stencil to trace “leaves” onto a piece of patterned paper from the patterned paper add on. I cut the leaves out and then used my sewing machine to attach them to another piece of one of the book pages.

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To finish my page I added one of the cute wooden frames, painted with Silks and backed with a small piece of patterned paper.

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My third page started out with some stamping, using an older Cocoa Daisy stamp, and I then covered the entire page with the Moss Green Silks paint. I used the April printables and cut out the arrows with numbers.

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I then added some paint splatters onto the page, diluting the paint on my craft sheet and using a pipette.

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Some of the paint was added with a brush and I then added splatters on top.

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I did this with three of the colours, Bolivian Blue, Moss Green and Golden Monarch.

I then used some cut out vellum leaves (using the stencil as a template) and stapeled three of them together.

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I also cut out a cute cloud from one of the patterned papers and I added white thread and some journaling. I painted the frame and the wooden dots with Silks.

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My final page this month is another face. I started out using the same photo as a reference. On top of my pencil drawing I added some shapes, using the stencil.

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I then coloured the shapes using a brush. A brush with an angle is perfect for this. I could have applied the paint directly through the stencil, but I wanted to be a bit more controlled this time.

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I then added some pink to the background, using an Inktense pencil. This is where I discovered that it’s true that the Silks aren’t fully cured until after 48 hours. Even if the paint felt dry, the water I used to dissolve the Inktense pigment also dissolved some of the Silks. I stopped and waited and tried again a couple of days later and this time the Silks were completely dry and permanent.

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On top of the Inktense, I added diluted Bolivian Blue. I also used a pen to outline the shapes.

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I added some black mist by unscrewing the bottle and applying the mist using the tube. I also did some scribbling with the tube.

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To finish my page, I glued down some sequins and added the chipboard letters. It’s really difficult to capture the fabulous shimmer of the paints in a photo. You need to see it in person!

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Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you enjoy playing with the Silks and please let me know if you have any questions!

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March 21, 2014

Project Art – March

Hello! It’s Anna here with some ideas for this month’s Project Art kit!

The March Project Art kit contains a set of five PanPastels in the colours Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Blue Extra Dark, Permanent Green and Neutral Grey, blending tools and a set of tags and wood veneer butterflies. If you are new to PanPastels, they are wonderful and fun to work with. They are artist’s pastel colours, manufactured in a pan instead of in the more typical stick format. They function as a dry paint and you can mix and blend them. Although they are pastels, they is very little dust. The colours are to be used directly from the pan and they are compatible with many different materials such as acrylics, inks, pencils, watercolours and more. They are also erasable using a regular eraser, and they can be applied in semi-transparent layers, achieving a darker and darker tone the more pastel you apply. It’s a good idea to seal the finished work with some kind of fixative, for example a spray fixative for charcoal and pastels.

To apply the pastels I used cheap make up sponges.

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For my first page I started out with adding a thin layer of the Phtlao blue pastel. I then used a stencil and applied some clear VersaMark embossing ink, through the stencil.


I then added some PanPastel (the same colour, Phthalo Blue) to the ink and as you can see below it immediately stuck to the VersaMark.


I wanted to add more layers and the next thing I did was to add more of the Phthalo blue and also the Permanent Green. On top of this I then added some gesso, using a stencil and a palette knife.


I also added some more gesso around the page, using the palette knife.


When the gesso was dry I added Permanent Green to the gessoed leaves and more of the Phthalo Blue to the rest of my page. I then used the Fishbone background stamp with some black ink.

On top of this, I added even more gesso, again using the same stencil.


I wanted to use the tags that came with the Project Art kit and here’s an example of two different ways to give the smooth tags some tooth. The pastels need some tooth to be able to grab onto the surface and the left tag was primed with white gesso (different gessos give different surfaces – you need to try to see what you like), and the right tag was painted with clear gesso, before applying the PanPastel using a stencil and a sponge (no Versamark ink this time). I then used a spray fixative on top of the tags.


I’m not sure what happened next, but I played around with gesso, some patterned paper, a watersoluble Stabilo pencil, a little acrylic paint, letter stickers, a piece of fabric, one of the butterflies, more PanPastel, mist and a white Sharpie pen… I added some crazy drawing… and this is what I ended up with.


For my next page I took out a mask that I made some time ago, using my hand as a template. I scanned it and printed it out in a smaller version, before cutting it out. I then used it to apply pastel around the hand.



I outlined the hand with a pen and used a stencil + gesso to create some texture above the hand.

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I used the yellow pan pastel + a yellow Gelato crayon from one of the previous Project Art kits, to colour the beams.


I then wrote my journaling inside the hand.


I coverd my writing again, to be able to splatter some mist around the hand.


I added more pastel around the hand and used one of the blending tortillions to soften and blend the colour. I also added letter stickers and some white details using a white Sharpie.


I coloured the butterfly with PanPastels and then sealed it with Glossy Accents from last month’s Project Art kit.

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For my last page this month, I started out with stamping using the Fishbone background stamp and versamark ink and then applied Neutral Grey pastel on top.

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I covered my entire page.

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I then painted over the top with a thin layer of gesso. It does smear the pastel a tiny bit, but it didn’t bother me in this case and it does create a fixating layer. I also added some extra gesso on top, using a palette knife and then I took some papers from the March kit and stiched them together and glued them down.

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I added some gesso on top of the papers and the loose threads too.

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When the gesso was dry I added even more pastel, using a stencil.

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I layered some items from the March kits on top. A bit of one of the acetate sheets is stapled behind the kraft frame. I added some Glossy Accents to the pink star.

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To finish my page I added some mist and let it drip down the page.

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Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you feel inspired to play and please let me know if you have any questions!

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March 13, 2014

February Designer’s Challenge – Winner

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Thank you all for playing along with the February Designer’s Challenge! I loved seeing all the different takes on the challenge, and the stories that were told!

The winner of the challenge is Marti Richards! I really love how you used that piece of jeans fabric as a border! You won a $10 gift coupon to the Boutique – please contact Lisa for the details!




February 21, 2014

Project Art – February

The February Project Art kit contains a set of Luminarte’s Twinkling H2Os, a bottle of Glossy Accents (a 3D clear gloss medium), 2 white doilies, 3 vintage cards and 2 sheets of German fairy tale book paper.

The Twinklings are a set of sparkling and shimmering pearlescent watercolours in pearl violet, pearl green, pearl gold, pearl blue, pearl red and oyster. They are activated by spritzing them with water and letting it soak in for about 10-15 minutes. This really makes a huge difference, compared to if you just try to wet your brush and paint right away. The cake starts dissolving and the result is a really creamy and shimmering paint.

The colours of this set can be used alone or mixed with other colours to lighten them and to give them the iridescent pearl shimmer.

Here they are on white watercolour paper…

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…and on black cardstock, applied through a stencil…


…or just painted onto the cardstock…


For my first page this month, I started out with a background painted with acrylics. I covered my page with gesso and made some marks in the gesso while it was wet. I then used two different colours of acrylic paint. I had to cover up a hole in the middle of my page (made when creating the opposite side in the journal) so that’s why you see a patch of paper in the background.

I decided to hide my journaling behind the doily. I painted one of the book pages from the kit with gesso and then used the Tree of Hearts stamp set on top – such a cute stamp! I then stitched the piece of the book page onto the doily and added the letters (the “you” are from the Mood Board add on).

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The white dots are watercolour paper that I painted with Twinklings in the colour Oyster. After glueing them onto my page, I covered them with Glossy Accents. It’s a bit tricky to capture the pearlescent shimmer in the photo, but it’s there, I promise! :)

For my next page I started out with covering a messy page that I used for cleaning my water brush when painting with the watercolours from the December kit, with gesso. This is why you see some other colours in the background. I then used one of the Inktense pencils (availabe in the June kit) to colour my background and on top I added some of the Twinkling H2Os, to add shimmer. I also added a pattern using a stencil and white gesso.


Next I added mist in two different colours, one darker and one lighter pink.


I cut some of the cute frames out from one of the patterned papers of the February kit and coloured the edges with the Twinkling H2Os.

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I added gesso to one of the playing cards and stamped and stitched onto the card. I added the Evalicious die cut from the main kit and some sequins from the Paint Chip add on.

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I’ve also been playing with some doodling. I used a black pen and then coloured the pattern in with Twinklings.


I then used my Cuttlebug to die cut some circles out of the doodled paper. I added them to a page painted with green acrylic paint at the edges and black gesso in the middle.


I then covered them with Glossy Accents to make them shiny and to add some dimension.


I wrote my journaling around the circles and I also made some messy marks around the edges of my page.


To finish my page I added a torn piece of patterned paper with some stamping on top.


I also tried writing with the Glossy Accents and it worked really well! I wrote the Swedish word for “happiness” on watercolour paper.


When the Glossy Accents was dry, I sprayed the paper with water and added blue watercolour (from the set in the December kit).


On top of the blue paint, I added the Pearl Blue Twinkling H2Os.


Glossy Accents is also fab to use to use as a glue, for heavier embellishments. I love that the tip is so thin, making the writing above so easy. Another idea is to add the Glossy Accents to details of a patterned paper that you want to highlight or to create other patterns than writing (dots, lines, doodles), to use in the same resist technique as above.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and I wish you a very happy Friday!

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February 18, 2014

February Designer’s Challenge

Welcome to this month’s designer’s challenge! The challenge this month is in 2 parts – a theme and a product. The theme is clothes – your clothes, someone else’s  clothes, an outfit that you love or an outfit that you hate… anything goes as long as it’s related to clothes! The product is fabric – I want you to add some fabric to your layout!

My layout is about the dress Alva wore for New Year’s Eve. I used strips of fabric behind my photo and also tied some to the tag.


Sharmaine created this fantastic layout combining fabric, paint and stamping in the most fabulous way!

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Lisa also used lots of yummy paint! I love all these details and the fab drips and splatters!


I hope you feel inspired to join us!

Please upload your layout and then post the link in the comments on this blog post. You have until Tuesday March 4th, 10 pm EST to play along! The lucky winner will recieve a $10 gift coupon to spend in the Daisy Boutique!

Have fun!

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