Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bursts of color with Ken Oliver and StencilGirl!

Have you ever heard of Color Burst before?  I hadn't until I was introduced to these bottles of powdery pigmented color fun by Ken Oliver.  Once you activate with water, they turn into beautiful BURSTS of color!

I began by playing around with watercolor paper  and a wash of plain water.  I then began experiment and "squirting" powder on to the paper.

Gorgeous, luscious color ~ or what??!!

I then began laying down stencils - the Doodle It FlowerTornado stencil and the Doodle It Layered Circles stencils by Maria McGuire from StencilGirl and squirting different colors into the stencils.

After I got some beautiful designs and color and let everything dry, I drew out some flowers in vase and painted a bit with my brush to "bring out" what I saw.

I used Ken Oliver ink in this nifty little container to rub the edge of my painting.

I finished it off with writing the word "be" in cursive.

Want to know more about Color Bursts?  Carolyn Dube has done a short video showing you a little more about the product here. Want to buy some Color Bursts?  Click here.

I am not the only artist playing with Color Bursts... It's a week long blog hop of Color Bursts!  Prizes and inspiration await.  Each team has fantastic giveaways.  Leave a comment to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from StencilGirl!  Head over to Ken's blog to find out about team's prizes!

Giveaway will end March 29th at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Keep on hopping along and check out these great posts to see other ideas and have more chances to win the giveaway!

Kirsten Reed - you are here now :)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Feeling a little Loose

Been painting visions of spring lately and that usually includes some florals.  I usually love my florals that are loose in nature and just come together very organically. Here is progression of one recent piece.

I created a background of vintage ledger sheets, maps, wallpaper and molding paste using StencilGirl's Art Nouveau stencil by Lizzy Mayne.

I then drew out my floral and began loosely painting in and around, adding in more charcoal and pen as I went until I was finished.

Here are some close ups.

Here is the final piece.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Have a Heart

Come join me today on StencilGirl Talk where I will show you how I made this non-traditional heart art!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Matisse & Me

Come visit me today on StencilGirl Talk where I will show you how I took inspiration from this Matisse painting!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Learn From Others

The capacity to learn 
is a gift.
The ability to learn 
is a skill
The willingness to learn
is a choice. 

-- Brian Herbert

In 2013, when I really worked hard to take my paintings to a new level, I signed up for renown artist Flora Bowley's Bloom True painting class online.  I was a little hesitant at first because I have had "hit or miss" luck with the content of some online classes, but I was so drawn to her free style and bright colors.

So I took the plunge and signed up.  I have never once regretted it!

If you really want to expand your painting repertoire, it is worth every penny.  Her classes really help you "let go" and just paint from within yourself.

Here were my final results of the two paintings I started in my Bloom True class.

If you are interested in signing up click here.

Tackle "learn something new" on your resolution list for 2015!  Can't wait to hear your experiences!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Craft Attitude & StencilGirl Help Decorate my Supplies

Welcome back everyone! I am joining StencilGirl and Craft Attitude today and marrying their products to spruce up my studio with some fun color!

Don't we all kind of want to re-vamp and re-organize a bit at the beginning of the year? I know I do! So I decided to use the StencilGirl stencils and Craft Attitude Printable Craft film to decorate a jar to hold my mega brushes (the really tall ones).  I am both organizing and crafting! :)

First thing I did was take two pieces of watercolor paper and PLAY! Uh, I mean I painted one with warm colors and stencils and the other with cool colors and stencils.  See the links at the bottom of my post for all the stencils I used.

After I had two luscious painted papers, I scanned them into my computer and printed them out onto the Craft Attitude Printable Craft Film.  It was super easy!

I then decided to cut the film into wavy strips.

I placed the film onto the jar ~ it sort of fit together like a puzzle.  I finished off the edges with a bit of bright orange ribbon.

Such an easy and quick way to add a splash of color to my jar of brushes! You could add it to almost anything you wanted.  It's very easy to use.

Hope you are inspired to get your supplies organized and have fun in the process!

Here are StencilGirl stencils I used in this project:


Here is a link to the Craft Attitude Film

Leave a comment to win! All comments on each post during the hop will be entered into the giveaway! One comment per post please.  Comments are eligible through Monday, January 25, 2015 at 11:59pm CST.  Winners will be posted on the StencilGirl Talk blog on Tuesday, January 27th.

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Today (Wednesday)
Kirsten Reed (where you are now!)