May Product Pick of the Month

I recently purchased some Peerless Transparent Watercolors when I went to Adventures in Stamping last month.  I purchased the book of 15, which cost me $14.25, as well as the bonus pack, which contains an additional 40 colors and cost $19.00. The  color is on paper film that you can lift off with a wet brush.

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My goal was to create a book or folder that I could put all of the colors on to take with me on my trip to Florida earlier this month.  After watching several You Tube videos and combining several ideas, I came up with this book, which is, I believe, made out of 400 lb. watercolor paper.  I just cut the colors into small swatches, adhered them with dry adhesive, painted a sample below the swatch and then wrote the name of the color.  I have also placed a piece of acetate in between the pages to keep the wet colors from mixing.  It also works as a color mixing palette.

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I used my watercolors on the airplane, at the dinner table, and any other time that I could take the chance to use them.

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I’ve noticed that the colors are so vibrant and blend so well.  So far, I’m very happy with them and can’t wait to play with them again!

Have you ever used Peerless Watercolors and if so, what do you think of them?

Hope to hear from you and thanks for stopping by 🙂

Painted Zipper Pouch

I don’t know about you, but I am constantly looking for pouches and containers to store my art supplies in.  Especially when I am on the go.  I finally decided to make my own pouch.  What better way to get exactly the size that you want and the exact design that you want.  I began by deciding my size, which measures 15″x15″, when it is sewn together.  Then I cut two pieces of cotton canvas slightly larger than my desired size that I want after it is sewn together, which was approximately 1/4″ larger on all sides.  Once my two pieces were cut, I painted gesso on one side of each piece.

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After the gesso dried, I sketched my design on one of the sides of canvas that had gesso on it with a Stabilo All pencil and began painting in my design with acrylic paint.

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As you can see, I chose to paint what I usually love to draw and paint…a face 🙂  I then added my background behind my girlie.  I created the background with found objects and just dipped them in acrylic paint before stamping them on to my canvas panel.

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I think the first found object is a small clear lid from a container and the second is from a roll of tape.  It’s amazing how many found objects can become great tools to create texture in your artwork!

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I then used the same background stamping technique on the other canvas panel, on the side that was painted with the gesso.  The only extra technique that I added on the back panel was adding white paint spatters.  I just added water to my paintbrush and dipped it in white acrylic paint before smacking the brush against my finger to make the paint splatter on to the canvas.

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After both canvas panels were dry, I stitched them together, then added a liner and a zipper.  Here is the finished product.

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Gelli Plate Journal Workshop

I had such a great time co-facilitating the Gelli Plate Journal Workshop with Sandy Laipply.  The ladies in the workshop were amazing and created beautiful journals with their gelli plates.

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I can’t wait to teach another gelli plate workshop!  Have you ever used a gelli plate?  What are some of your favorite techniques to use on the gelli plate?