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!

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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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