I like to pull out my watercolor paints every once and a while to play in my art journal. I did a lot of watercolor and pencil illustrations before I discovered acrylic paints. I had been using Windsor Newton watercolors and just thought that all watercolors needing building up with more layers to make them bright and vibrant. Or maybe, I didn’t have the right colors or brand. But, I never felt compelled to try any other paints.
Until recently, I had this crazy urge to get better paints, feeling a little unhappy with the dullness of my colors. I read a few reviews on this brand, Dr.PhMartin’s Hydrus, and decided to give them a try. They are a bit expensive, almost $50 for a 12 color set (0.5 oz each), which is actually a little over $4 each. So, really not that bad, considering that they should last a really long time. I spend a lot more of some of my acrylic paint colors.
Boy! Am I ever blown away by these watercolor pigments. They are so fabulously bright and vibrant and just plain gorgeous! Full on color, exactly the way I like it.
I’ve had so much playing with all of the luscious colors and can’t wait to play more.
Look Towards the Sun
11×14 Arylic on hardboard panel
I have been such a bad blogger. I want to post more, I really do. So, I am going to make a bigger effort. I promise!
My Birds, Blooms & Butterflies E-course ended on Sunday and life has returned to normal. I love making the videos and could do that all day & night, but the editing….. eeesh! And my kids are happy that no longer have to try to be quiet. Poor guys. Note to self: do future e-courses while they are in school, not during summer break. (duh!)
I did have a lot of fun making my journal and playing in it almost everyday. Even better is seeing all the beautiful student work. That is the best.
Above are just a few of the fun lessons we did. The “live” version of the course is over, but the class is still open for self-pace. If you are interested in joining in the fun, go here, and use coupon code BLOOMER for $15 off the regular price.
I am feeling like a big giveaway is in order. I had meant to do this earlier–but…well.. you know… Better late than never, right?
So here is how it is gonna go down.
There are 3 ways to win and there are 8 spots open (8 is my favorite number).
p.s. Those who have already purchased this class are still eligible.
#1 – NONIMATE A FRIEND (3 Winners)
Have a special friend, significant other, family member who could really use a boost and a bit of creative fun. I want to hear about it. Share why this person is so special to you. Leave a comment in the comments section below.
#1 – INSTAGRAM (3 Winners)
Instagram is quickly becoming my favorite social media site. It’s where I share the most tidbits of my life and my art. If you love IG too and have an account, then follow me @regina_creativekismet and look for the giveaway photo. Repost the photo and use hashtag #bbbecoursegiveaway
Having a little summer sale. From now until July 4th @midnight, everythingin my etsy shop is 20% off! Use coupon code SUMMERFUN.
Also, I have finally fixed the bugs in my computer and everything is running happily and smoothly in the e-course department. Yay! The new date to start is July 12th! Only 6 days behind schedule. I will be continuing the early bird special for another week!
Four beautiful weeks of happy, bright and colorful painting projects, tips, techniques and fun crafty videos to bring the birds, blooms and butterflies out of your art journal and into your home.
The very kind folks at ArtResin sent me a sample kit a while back to test and review. Although I had a few issues with this product, overall I was still quite pleased and will need to work with it a bit more to get the issues worked out.
I had previously been using IceResin for my art pendant jewelry. These pendants are fairly popular at my art shows and I like making little wearable tokens of my art. I have tried Diamond Glaze and glass inserts, and they always ended up yellowing and bubbling and are not permanent. Not good! I felt a resin technique would make them more durable and more significant.
I was excited to try ArtResin because of having issues with Ice Resin bleeding into the paper, making it look stained in spots and sometimes around the edges. Unfortunately, this one does the same. I have tried many methods too. I have used tape ( I don’t like how it makes the image look grainy), several different sealers (Mod Podge, Collage Pauge, pva glue) and I even bought the special SLK Paper Sealer. I sealed the front and back and plus a couple more coats just for fun. Some would turn out and some didn’t — a total crap shoot. And let me tell you, a wasted pendant is wasted money. Not good for the business finances.
With the ArtResin, I was able to, at least, save these pendant trays. I scraped out the resin, wiped them with alcohol pads and soaked them in water to soften the paper image and scrape it out. Then I cleaned them again with alcohol and the pendants are good to go for another attempt. I hadn’t been able to do this before without ruining the pendant and it remaining sticky to the touch. So, there is hope.
Pros and cons of this product:
* Very clear, glossy and hard finish
* 30 minute work window and 8 hour drying time.
* Bubbles pop easily enough, but still felt compelled to use a heat gun for safe measure.
* Easy mixing
* Safe, non-toxic formula, no vocs
* Cost effective – only $1.54 per ounce plus free US shipping. Cons-
* Paper images bleed if not properly sealed.
* Only available in 16oz bottles, which is great for large projects, but 8oz would be nice for smaller projects.
I will definitely be buying ArtResin for future projects. I know there is a way to stop the paper images from bleeding, I just need to figure it out! Please help if you know of a great, magical secret! I would LOVE to hear it!