Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sweet Magic Tea

Did you hear that Shimmerz Siren calling out to you? Yep, that was me, Joyce, calling out to you to share some Sweet Magic Tea today. 

I made this canvas for my young niece to hang in her bedroom.  She adores the color of pink and pink tea too.  Ok now, grab a cuppa tea, make yourself comfortable, because I have a long post to share with you today.

·         A pink-a-licious 8 x 10 canvas background with pretty Shimmerz Paint colors of neutrals, pink, and similar colors found in magazine collage work.
·         A faux encaustic look created with Pasteez, Salt of the Earth, dimensional paint on the photograph of the child which rendered this cool milky transparency with an ethereal effect.  This faux encaustic technique is so exciting, and I can’t wait for you to try it too.
·         A Magic Tea Bag

Canvas Background:

1.    After torn collage work was affixed to the canvas using various magazine and textured papers, I mixed up a concoction of Shimmerz Paints Acritonez red and gesso to achieve the desired pink color.
2.    I randomly applied the pink paint softly around the edges of the torn pieces of papers.  Doing this melds the collage papers together so that it almost appears as if all those torn pieces become one.
3.    I repeated the melding process randomly using, Aqua Huez, Cuppa Joe (no longer available at the store), and Inklingz, Penny 4 Your Thoughts.
4.    Both the pink and brown paints were randomly applied to the edge of the canvas along with some Inklingz, Brass Knuckles.
5.    A watered down gesso application was applied all over the canvas to unify the patterns of the papers and paint applications.
6.    When the watered down gesso was dried, I applied thick coats of gesso and white crackle with a spatula to small areas on the canvas.  After those products dried, I lighted sanded the thick coats of gesso and white crackle to smooth the finish.

Faux Encaustic:

The photo of the child reveals an ethereal and milky transparency effect without using the traditional encaustic technique of hot melted wax.  I have to admit that I prefer the results from Pasteez on a photo better than the real encaustic technique, because I can control how much of the milky appearance I want by limiting the number of applications of Pasteez without the hassle of melting the was…not to mention the time and clean up entailed using hot melted wax.  The faux encaustic technique was achieved by using Shimmerz  Pasteez Salt of the Earth.

1.     Using an ink jet printer, print photo on regular printer paper and let the ink dry thoroughly.

2.    Apply a few thin coats of Shimmerz  Pasteez on top of the ink-jet printed photo.  Let each coat dry naturally before applying the next coat of product.  Do not use a heat gun as it will render a bumpy appearance.

3.    The ink printed on regular printer paper does not bleed with this Shimmerz product.  How cool is that?!  Think of the possibilities using this technique on some vintage pictures in your art work too!

4.    After the product dried, I cut and glued the photo on top of cardstock and placed it on my canvas so that I could tuck in some layered embellishments.

Magic Tea:

1.    Remove staple from tea bag and empty the contents of a tea bag (I have used Yogi tea bags because they have some sweet affirmations printed on their tea tags).  Note:  I have cut the tea bag down to my desired size to fit in with the scale of the composition.

2.    Insert some micro beads, glitter at the bottom of the tea bag and insert ethereal milky image as instructed under Faux Encaustic above.

3.    Lightly apply a mat gel medium over the tea bag with the inserted photo and micro beads.  This binds everything together.

Bottle of Potion: Some Bed of Roses Spritz, clear glue, and beads were poured into the potion bottle.

Tea Spoon: Gesso a small plastic cocktail spoon, mix Acritonez Red and Tuttie Fruitti Dimensional paint (to look like frosting in the bed of the spoon), add micro beads for sprinkles.

I hope I have inspired you to use Shimmerz Paint products outside of the norm and create your own Sweet Magic.

Listen for my Shimmerz Siren to bring you back here on April 15th!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Happy Heart | Adrienne Alvis

Hello Shimmerz fans! I'm here today sharing a layout I created using some Texturez paste, Coloringz ink, and Shimmerz shimmering paint...

To begin, I started by layering a piece of patterned paper on top of a light pink piece of card stock for my background and then decided where I wanted my photos and cut file to go. After I was satisfied with the placement of the main elements of my layout, I chose one of my stencils and some Tidy Widy Texture paste and used a small spatula to create the dimensional dots. 

After the Texturez paste dried, I took the black and white cut file and sprayed and splattered some Well Blue Me Down Coloringz spray ink on top of it to help bring out the aqua blue color in my photos. I also added a few ink splatters using the Night Moves Coloringz around the edges of my layout for some added contrast and to coordinate with the black elements on my page. 

Next up, I took a watercolor brush and dipped it in some Tickle Me Turquoise Shimmerz paint and dripped it onto a piece of tissue paper so I could blot some areas around my page in the pretty, shimmery blue color. 

I used items from the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection to embellish my layout and layered a few sequins around for even more shimmer and shine!

I rarely use a colored card stock for a background, but I really love the effect of the white Texturez paste on top of the pink, don't you? Thanks so much for joining me and I hope you have lovely day!

Monday, March 27, 2017

You Rock

Hi Friends,

It's Renee Aslette here, to share with you a layout video tutorial
I created using all sorts of Shimmerz Paints yummies!

There is nothing like creating in the midst of a cyclone,
which is happening where I live in Australia.
It has given me the opportunity to take my mind off
all that is going on and just get creative.

So here goes!

I just love how grungy it turned out!

The Shimmerz Products I used are:

Shimmerz Vibez - Sunset Strip & Snow Storm.
Shimmerz Coloringz - Peachy Keen, Oh Say Can You Sea & Night Moves.
Shimmerz Inklingz - Tarnished Treasure.
Shimmerz Paste-eez - Lava Flow.
Shimmerz Acri Tonez - Shimmerz Tar, Tar.

Here are some close-ups:

You can see all the layers.

Loads of color.

I have created a video tutorial for this layout,
so you can see how I created the layers using Shimmerz Paints and the
Fancy Pants Designs - True Friends Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by. xx

And don't forget!!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Underwater layout with Anna Komenda

Hello Shimmer fans. It's Anna here with my next project created with fabulous paints and mists. To be honest - when I started creating this page, I didn't know how it will end. I had this cute picture of y daughter in the swimming pool and I had this cute mermaid from Crate Paper collection. All I knew is that I want them together on one page.

For my mermaid layout I needed to create whole sea of water. I used watercolor paper and sprayed it with mists. I used wet brush to blend them together.

I wanted bubbles so I added this fun bubble foil. I sew it with sewing machine but it can be tricky. Foil is stopping the step from moving. But there is a solution - put a piece of vellum on top of your foil, sew through it and after sewing is done - just tear off the vellum. I also made some bubbles on my background using Dazzlers and stencil.

To get more whimsical effect I painted seaweed using all sorts of green paints. All my underwater layout needed right now was a little of embellishing.

Thanks to paints and mists I created colorful and busy design with almost no patterned papers. This is what I love the most while working with paints. You can make any kind of design using any color scheme in just a minutes. 

I have a process video for this page for You.

Shimmer products:
Aqua Huez - Leapin' lizard
Inklingz - Honey do list

Remember to mention my name while shopping at the store. You will get free mini product :)

XO Anna

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Art Journaling With Irit

Hi! Irit here and I'm so excited to share with you my latest project for Shimmerz. Today I'm showing you how to create a simple and lovely art journal spread using Shimmerz goodies. Here's my finished project-

I started by simply spreading Acritonez in 3 sheets to the wind and pinkadelic. These paints dry super fast, so I could move on to the next step almost immediately.

I added some messy circle lines and lots of splatters with Coloringz in Well Blue Me Down, Glorious Days and Jeni B Blue Vibez.

I love how the ink sprays behave differently on Acritonez. It's almost like a bokeh effect.  Next I added some photos and patterned paper from Maggie Holmes Bloom collection.  To make it feel more like a part of the art journal I colored some of the edges in Sky's the Limit and Refresh mint Creameez. 

There's also a video tutorial-

 Don't forget to mention my name when placing an order, you'll receive a freebie to try!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!