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 :)



57 comments:

  1. Wow.. This looks like it was so much fun to make. I love the layers youdid and all the designs.. so amazing. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  2. thanks for sharing you are all so talented

    ReplyDelete
  3. Gorgeous artwork! These color bursts are just amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love your ideas using Color Burst with Stencils. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  5. This piece is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Those look like a lot of fun to play with.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The vase and flowers just fly off the canvas. So beautiful.
    This is a fun technique and I'm anxious to try some of them.
    thanks for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  8. Kirsten, thanks for the inspiration. I really, really like the layered composition.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful Kirsten! These Bursts are so fun to play with. Love your outcome!

    ReplyDelete
  10. love what you did with the color bursts!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Very inspiring.... love what you did.

    ReplyDelete
  12. LOVE the softness you achieved. Looks dreamy.

    ReplyDelete
  13. I love how you brought out what you saw. Great painting.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Enjoyed the steps on how you achieved this wonderful project - thanks for the inspiration :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. LOVE this! The great colors you got and using it with the Layered Circles stencil - love how you turned it into a vase of flowers. Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  16. So bright and colorful! I love your stenciled vase of flowers. Thanks for showing us how you did it!
    deardeniseh@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Need those color burst products, they are so wild!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I KNEW you'd be in this blog hop! I love your art and this piece is no exception. The intense color of the Color Bursts is so amazing. I'd love the chance to try them....and, of course, I love Stencil Girl stencils...woohoo!

    ReplyDelete
  19. These new Color Bursts are the most versatile medium I've seen in a long time. Seems we must have them, right? ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Love how the colors 'bleed' and then transform into such beauty!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Beautiful, vibrant colors! Interesting with the stencils.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I love this use of the new color bursts.

    ReplyDelete
  23. You combine colors so well...bea

    ReplyDelete
  24. Gorgeous!!!! Love your use of the stencils with the Color Bursts!
    ...Raine

    ReplyDelete
  25. so pretty! sltresso (at) hotmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'd love to try these colour bursts--they look like such fun!!

    ReplyDelete
  27. So beautiful. Love the rich colors.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing the step-out pics... so cool to see the color spreading out!

    ReplyDelete
  29. the water color-y bursts of color are just gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  30. I love what you did! I can't wait to try these paints!
    Sueknoll@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. Love how you showed the color layer and dried, then found your picture to finish it. Thanks for sharing.
    jowerslh@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. I love how these work with the senticls! And I've had my eye on the Tornado Flower for a while..needed to see it "in action"..now I can't wait to get it home! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Great piece! And I love the products used - can't wait to try some Color Burst, and the inkers, too!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Awe, SO purdy... love the colors and washout in the background to make the flowers and vase pop.
    textilerecycler (at) yahoo (dot com)

    ReplyDelete
  35. I love how you used the colors. Thanks for the inspiration

    ReplyDelete
  36. Hi and wow I love how you used the color burst I have been trying but mine never turn out like that so I will keep on trying. Thanks for the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  37. What a great idea - and it worked perfectly! Lindart (at) bellnet (dot ca)

    ReplyDelete
  38. Love this work! Nice bold colors. thanks

    ReplyDelete
  39. Love your work, Kirsten. Great supplies to work with and you've made a beautiful blend of the colors.
    janicebond*at*gmail*dot*com

    ReplyDelete
  40. Thanks for the cool tutorials this week using Color Bursts! I love the bright colors of this product!

    ReplyDelete
  41. the shiny overlay texture-is great!

    ReplyDelete
  42. love seeing the many uses of the color burst product!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love watching your work come alive in steps. On a personal note...I am honored you used my stencils :) :)

    ReplyDelete