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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shimmerz Paints Design Team Project



Hello my friend’s, glad you followed my Shimmerz siren call to bring you here  today, because I am going to show you how to add some simple techniques to add interest to your art journal pages.   I look for elements in photo that I can try and artfully replicate like gowns that have patterns in the material, or some architectural element.  In this photo, I found the colors and the lovely lace work in the bodice of the gown creatively inspiring.  The following is how I tried to replicate the texture of the lacy bodice onto my book pages.
 
Art Journal Background Pages:

·         Apply gesso on both pages randomly, and do not fill in the entire pages with gesso.  Leave some of the book page edges in their natural state.  The page will absorb the Shimmerz Paint differently and the same paint will adopt a different hue and texture. How cool is that?

·         Emboss with a stamp, embossing ink, and white embossing powder randomly around the pages.

·         Lightly spray Vibez Deep Blue Sea around the edges of the book pages and quickly use a dampened sea sponge to absorb excess color and soften the edges.  If you can see the hard spray on the paper, add a spritz of water to soften the color and make the sprayed marks disappear.  Let dry completely.  I prefer to let the paint dry naturally and not try to move the paint around with a heat gun…did I mention I have control issues? LOL.  Plus, leaving the paint to dry naturally adds more depth.

·         Repeat the above application to add more depth of color.

·         If your embossing images become saturate with color, you can use a damp sea sponge to clean it up.

·         Some Paste-eez was used over a stencil randomly over the page leaving an ethereal patterned image.




Chipboard Element:  Chipboard remnants are my newfound interest…they look like puzzle pieces and are easy to tuck into clusters.

·         Apply gesso to the chipboard.

·         Use a very small paint brush and paint near the edge of the chipboard and leave some of the white gesso exposed. Here I used Inklingz Penny 4 Your Thoughts

·         Apply another coat of paint, or a different color randomly on the chipboard making sure you don’t cover the white edged gesso. Here I used Shimmerz Blue Grass

·         Lightly use a very fine black marker and pen around the edges next to the white gesso.




I hope I have inspired you to work in  your art journal this week using some Shimmerz goodness.

Follow us on the Shimmerz Paint Blog to stay abreast of all the new happenings.





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Mail


Happy Mail! 

Hello my fellow Shimmerz Siren’s!.  
I'm up on the Shimmerz Paints Blog 
sharing some Happy Mail for a dear mixed media mistress.
 Pssst… I hope her package makes it to her mailbox
 before this post is published. 



 You can find the finished fabric/junk journal here
and all the Shimmerz Paint colors
and techniques.




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sweet Magic Tea

 I'm up on the Shimmerz Paint Blog today
sharing my Sweet Magic Tea canvas project.

I'll show you how to create a faux encaustic photo 
that renders an ethereal, milky image
using Shimmerz Pasteez without the hassle
of melting max and cleaning it up afterwards.
And, I'll show you how to create some magic
tea bag art too.
You can find it all here.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shimmerz Paint Sale!

Shimmerz Paint Sale is going on right now! 
Stock up on some yummy Spring colors.

Hop over to the Store is here.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

22% Irish!


Hello Friends!
I am up on the Shimmerz Blog today
sharing my 22% Irish Art Journal entry.
Follow me here
and I'll share with you
the Shimmerz Paint products used
and some techniques too!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Gypsy Soul


Did you hear that gypsy Shimmerz Siren?
Yep, that was me, Joyce. 
I’m going to show you how to apply some gypsy/bohemian
style to your art today using Shimmerz Paints. 
I have been enthralled by Gypsy genre and bohemian art styles lately, 
 so I thought I’d take those  feelings and put them on paper.
 I adored the movement in the girls dance!
And, I thought I could create such movement with some Shimmer Paint products.
And what’s a gypsy girl without her baubles and chains? 
Visit Shimmerz Paints Blog and find out some of the details that created the movement in this 9 x 12 watercolor layout. 

Shimmerz Products found in their store:
Spritz – Chance of Rain, 4 Leaf Clover, Plum Pudding
Vibez – Plum Tuckered Out, Blushing Bride
Shimmerz – Celery, Berry-licious, Orchid-stra, Key lime
Inkglingz- Brass Knuckles
Texturez – Tidy Widy







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!