"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Light Seeker

I am a Light Seeker which is a student of Laly Mille’s Art. 
In a short time, I have learned many new techniques in her class
and about some amazing art products too.
My class mates are seasoned artist and so very inspiring,
I feel so humble being amongst them and learning from them too.

I am sharing my version of the Winter’s Tale canvas.
This exercise was all about light, contrasts and shadows
I used an old 1920 photo of my grandmother as a child. 
I didn’t expect the color in the black and white photo
to take on a green hue when I applied
the faux encaustic.
  Once the green hue revealed itself,
I then chose to add the color in my canvas.

Thanks for letting me share this journey with you.
  I hope to share more exercises with you as I continue my art classes with Laly.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

We're All A Little Broken....and That's Okay

You wouldn’t think that pages this size would include so many Shimmerz products….but they did.
And, I was only too happy to work and include them in my art journal entry entitled, “We’re all a Little Broken.”  One of my favorite things to do when working in old thrift shop books is to create my own backgrounds.  The following Shimmerz products were used to age the book pages and work with the colors in the photo:

Shimmeringz- Heavy Metal
Vibez – Blushing Bride
Spritz – Treasured Hymm

The broken heart chipboard was created with the new Acritonez self-priming acrylic paint. After applying gesso on top of the chipboard, add light molding paste over a small pattern stencil and allow the product to dry. Then apply the Acritonez – Roses are Red paint on top of the chipboard and molding paste.  Then spritz on some Vibex- Blushing Bride to add some depth in the color. Using a small paint brush add Inklingz- Brass Knuckles, and Inklingz- I Love You Onyxly around the raised molding paste patterns to make the molding paste pattern stand out. Some rich Blingz – Gold Glimmer was lightly added around the circumference of the broken heart.

And finally, I used another new product, Paste-eez dimensional paint. This paint was spread over a small heart stencil. When the product dried, I shaded the three little dimensional hearts with Inklingz- I Love You Onyxly and a very small paint brush to make them stand out gloriously.

I hope I have inspired you to visit your local thrift shop and re-purpose an old book using the gorgeous Shimmerz paint line.

Acritonez – Roses are Red
Paste-eez –The “Cream” Team
Shimmeringz- Heavy Metal
Vibez – Blushing Bride
Spritz – Treasured Hymm
Blingz – Gold Glimmer
Inklingz- I Love You Onyxly
Inklingz – Brass Knuckles
Inklingz – Miner, Miner 49er

Monday, January 30, 2017

Shimmerz Paints Valentine Set on Sale

Shimmerz Paints Valentine Sale is going on now!
For just $19.95 you can have this pretty set of shimmering colors
in time for your Valentine creations.
Head on over to the store here.

And watch for my
Valentine post on the Shimmerz Blog
and on my blog
on February 15th for some hearty inspiration.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Messy Threads

Did you hear that Shimmerz Siren Call?  Yep, that was me, Joyce, calling out to you to share in my art design team journey with the luscious Shimmerz Paint products. Let me share my newest Exquisite Gown page with you on the Shimmerz Paint Blog.

The cooler weather and cool color palette inspires me.  This is quite a simply page, but using monotone colors sometimes can pack a punch of textures and delight.

This photo of a lovely lady in her soft billowing dress in a winter forest is surrounded by Shimmerz cool color palette of the following products and colors found at Shimmerz Paint Store:

Spritz: Rocka Fella Blue
Spritz: See Ya Latte
Vibez: Deep Sea Blue
Vibez: Cold As Ice
Paste-eez: Salt of the Sea
Creameez: Marshmellow

Paper Techniques: 9 x 12 Watercolor paper was moistened with a spritz of water; then a spritz of spray of Rocka Fella Blue and lightly dabbed off with a moistened sea sponge to leave a mottled effect; let product dry completely;   repeat the same process to add more depth; add a spritz of spray of both Deep Sea Blue and Cold As Ice and lightly dab off with a moistened sea sponge and let products dry completely.  After all the above, I embossed some white stamp work for texture. After all the spray work, some separated splatters of Marshmellow, Rocka Fella Blue and watered down gesso were applied to the paper.

 White snowflakes: These were created with a stencil and the dimensional paint Pastee-eez  Salt of the Sea.  Some diamond dust was added on top of the dimensional paint to make them shimmer.

Snowflake Chipboard:  Some Gum Arabic was added to some Rocka Fella Blue Spritz to add some stability to paint with on top of the snowflake chipboard pieces on both sides of the photo.

Textured elements:  And finally, Rocka Fella Blue and See Ya Latte were added to some white mulberry fiber paper for a little texture.

And, if you’re wondering if I really sew that badly, well no…not really, but sometimes a happy accident can add so much interest.  

Come back and visit me on February 15th for more Shimmerz Paint inspiration!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

When it Hurts...Observe. Life if Trying to Teach You Something

Hello Friends! 
Here's a little sneak peak of my latest work
created as a Design Team Member
for Shimmerz Paints.

Join me here as I am up on the Shimmerz Paints Blog
sharing close-ups, some techniques, and Shimmerz Products used
to create this art journal entry.
See  you there.

Products used on this Project are found in the Shimmerz Paint Store: 
Vibes- Plum Tuckered Out
Vibes- Blushing Bride
Spritz- Plum Pudding
Spritz- Rocka-Fella Blue
Shimmerz- Berry-Licious
Inglingz – Ruby Lost Her Slipper
Inglingz –Precious Posey
Paste-eez –The “Cream” Team

For more inspiration from my fellow arty friends at Shimmerz, check them out here on Facebook.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Big Plans for 2017 at Shimmerz Paints!

Happy 2017, friendz! 
We have something exciting up our sleeves here at Shimmerz Paints! We can't "spill" quite yet, but make sure you're following us on Instagram and "Like" us on Facebook to get all the details for JANUARY 5th! It's gonna be a BIG one!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

More Than Words December Challege

"Traditions" is the word at More Than Words this month.

Do you have a holiday tradition that means a lot to you or your family? 
I hope so, and I hope you
share it with us this month at
More Than Words.

I did not realize how important the Tradition of
popping English Crackers was to my nephews and
nieces until I saw the look of disappointment
on their faces when they learned
that I had forgotten to purchase them for the holiday.

Who would have thought popping English Crackers,
reading corny jokes out loud, getting a silly prize,
and wearing a tissue paper-hat would mean so much.

My homemade feature for the challenge is the English Cracker.

Thank you for visiting.

Come here to find out more about the Challenge for December 2016.