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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Winsor & Newton Galleria Acrylic paint in the metallic colours.

Winsor & Newton, Galeria Metallic colours

Winsor & Newton, Galeria Metallic colours

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Winsor & Newton: Galeria
  • Item number
  • RRP at time of writing: £3.50 for 60 ml tubes

Reason For Buying

I love metallic colours for adding highlight to projects.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Galeria is a flow formula acrylic paint, which I find very versatile.
  • Easy to mix
  • Affordable price
  • Great quality
  • Each metallic colour more than doubles your existing palette by mixing and turning original colours metallic.
  • Well fitting lids

Cons

  • Haven’t got any.

Build Quality

Excellent. The tubes are durable, metal in the case of the 60 ml size. The lids fit well and the shape means there’s more to get hold of, when you want to remove them. Don’t be put off by the price, these are superb paints and perform well.

Value for Money

Excellent. A great price to try new colours without breaking the bank

Would I buy it Again?

Totally, I bought all the metallic colours currently in the range; Gold, Silver and Copper.

Summing up

If you haven’t tried metallic paint before, these are fantastic. The flow formula acrylic means they dry fast and are easy to clean off tools. They mix well with Galleria colours to turn your existing palette metallic. BARGAIN! I’ll be sharing how to do that in a later tutorial.

Links

  • Winsor & Newton Manufacturers site
  • Galeria. Manufacturers product page also links to colour chart

Available from all good art stores, check out my art supplies tab at the top of the blog for listings.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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I was looking at Surface Treatment workshop book by Darlene Mc Elroy and Sandra Duran Wilson and they had a technique called pulled paper. In their technique, they were leaving traces of paper behind on a surface to make it look aged, but it gave me an idea for creating dimensional texture with texture paste.

This is a really simple technique but gives a pretty result that is random and interesting, I think it looks a little like that feathered kind of pattern you used to see on marbled paper. Perfect if you are new to texture paste.

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney Texture Paste
  • Acrylic colour of your choice I’m using Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic paint as it has a flow formula
  • Plain Paper  or plastic food bag (like you put sandwiches in)
  • Mount board
  • Flat Palette knife; I’m using Langnickel K4

Method

I’m including written instructions so that if you struggle with English, do use the Translate this site to have the instructions in your chosen language :)

  • Apply a thick layer of texture paste to the mount board, using the palette knife
  • Allow the paste to sit for a moment or two, just till the first sheen goes off it.
  • Lay a piece of paper over the texture paste and smooth over GENTLY just to make sure the paper is in full contact with the whole surface of the board.
  • Carefully peel the paper off the board, in one direction and preferably in a single take.
  • Tis will leave a feather like texture in the paste
  • Allow this to dry fully and then paint over with your chosen colours.

Options/Added Extras

  • As an alternative to pressing paper into the paste, try using a plastic bag. Smooth it on and peel it back, this one can be used repeatedly.
  • Try scrunching up your paper before you apply it to the paste for a different effect
  • Vary how long you leave the paste before you apply the paper.
  • Try scrunching the bag up while it’s on the paste before you remove it for another look again
  • For a coloured background, mix your chosen colour of paint into the paste before you apply it to the board. This will lighten your colours as the texture paste is opaque.

Have fun and experiment, it’s often through ‘happy accidents’ that you find new techniques :) Here’s a few that I found while experimenting with texture paste for the first time.

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Links

Where to buy materials list

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Royal Langnickel K4 Palette Knife.

Royal Langnickel; K4 Paletter Knife

Royal Langnickel; K4 palette Knife

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Royal Langnickel/ Artists Palette Knife
  • Item number; #LK-4P
  • RRP at time of writing: £4.50

Reason For Buying

I have been very happy with the plastic set of palette knives I’ve been using so thought it was time I upgraded to the metal version, now I’m using them so much more.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Lightweight in the hand
  • Comfortable wooden handle
  • Flexible blade
  • Easy to clean blade
  • Perfect shape for applying and blending paint and mediums.

Cons

  • Not a deal breaker, just a niggle, but the lettering on the handle comes off. This is only a niggle if you were wanting to replace the knife in the future and couldn’t remember it was a K4 or the brand. The text is also slightly embossed into the wood, so hopefully that will survive the life of the blade.

Build Quality

Great.  The handle is super smooth and very comfortable in use. The blade is quite flexible and not scratchy like some metal knives I’ve had in the past.

Value for Money

Great. a reasonable price for a great little knife.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes. In fact I already have bought a spare as its become a favorite tool and I’d hate to be without it.

Summing up

Love the versatility of the shape of this knife. If you have a pot of paint/medium its great to dig out material that hides under the edges of the pot. I love the option of a broad or narrow areas on the blade too. The flexibility of the blade makes all kinds of marks possible.

I highly recommend you try one.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Texture paste is a fantastic way to add texture and dimension to art projects. Today’s tutorial will combine a variety of textures and colours in a simple but effective way to create a stone like effect. A great way to try texture paste for the first time.

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney: Texture Paste
  • Embossed cardstock (I used 300 gsm card embossed in a Cuttlebug with my favorite folder)
  • Jar of water
  • Rag
  • Sponge
  • Royal Langnickel: K4 Palette knife
  • Heavy weight cardstock
  • Mount board or chip board
  • Palette
  • Winsor & Newton: Galleria Acrylic Paint; Paynes Grey, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber

Method

  • You will need a piece of dark embossed cardstock. I used a piece of 300 gsm card, which I embossed using a Cuttlebug die cutting machine and my favorite embossing folder. You could also use textured wall paper if you wish. (see my other videos for how to emboss cardstock. I’ll add link at the end).
  • Apply a layer of texture paste over the whole of the embossed surface of the card. You don’t need too heavy an application, you still want to be able to see the embossing through it.
  • While the paste is still wet, apply bubble wrap over the card stock and pull it up off the piece, this adds light texture. For a less uniform pattern, you could also use plastic bag to dab on to the surface.
  • Allow the paste to dry overnight. Drying time may be faster if you have a thin application or are in a warm climate. Do not force the paste dry with a heat gun. (Oh ok, just a little but only if you have a gentle one and DON’T over heat it.)
  • Apply paynes grey gently over the high areas of the embossing, this will bring out the pattern and also the texture.
  • Allow each colour to dry before you add the next or they will blend rather than layer
  • In a few places add some Burnt Sienna
  • In a few places add some Raw umber, this is also useful to tone down any overly bright areas.

When you are happy with the look, allow all the layers to dry fully and then glue the finished piece onto sturdy card such as mount board or chip board.

Options/Added Extras

For a more distressed darker look, add extra Raw Umber around the edges of the board.

If you find it gets out of control and you have heavier applications of colours that you don’t like (yes this happened to me! when I tried this on a larger piece). Water down your Paynes Grey on the palette and apply a light colour wash over the piece. Dab into it using the rag, to vary the depth of tone.

Here’s what that does to your piece.

Grunged version of embossed stone

Grunged version of embossed stone

Experiment with different tools to apply your texture paste and different mark making items to vary the textures you get. It’s so much fun to put a layer down and see what you can do with it. The texture paste is quite forgiving as long as you put it onto a sturdy surface. Use it on mountboard to have more ‘fiddle’ time, without the tearing the card apart. I do sometimes experiment till a card gives up (not always intentionally) but that’s a great way to learn.

Here’s the book I made with my panel to store my sketches in.

Embossed stone book

Embossed stone book

Have fun experimenting and I’d love to see what you create with texture paste, do leave me a comment and show me what you have made.

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Daler Rowney Texture Paste.

Daler Rowney; Texture Paste

Daler Rowney; Texture Paste

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney/ Cryla
  • Item number: 128250017
  • RRP at time of writing: £7.50 from SAA

Purpose

‘Quote from Daler Rowney Packaging’

  • Builds heavy layers of texture in fine art and craft work
  • Directions: Apply with a knife, stick or stout brush to any grease free rigid surface. Including wood stone unglazed ceramic, MDF and cardboard or shape with modelling tools. On flexible surfaces eg stretched canvas, use up to 1/1 with Daler Rowney Impasto gel matt medium.
  • Drying times vary according to conditions. Fill any cracks in very thick applications with more texture paste or Daler Rowney Impasto Matt medium. Sand, carve  and over paint with acrylic colours as required.
  • Suitable for acrylic painting.

Reason For Buying

I had ideas for dimensional projects using modeling paste-but that dries slightly soft. When I saw this demonstrated on Creat and Craft, I pounced on it, as this does the kinds of things I wanted to do. It also looked like it dried much harder.

Pros/Cons

  • Can be used alone for a white finish
  • Builds textures and dimension. Great for faux stone like finishes
  • Mixes with colours for a coloured ground
  • Dries overnight
  • From the jar it is white, so ideal to paint over
  • Stamp into it while it’s still damp for debossed effects
  • Easy to clean tools in water, clean immediately so the paste doesn’t dry on your tools
  • No smell, other dimensional products have had harsh ammonia smell, but there is no smell with this product YEY!!!!
  • Use with stencils and over textured paper for effects

Cons

Haven’t got any, its done all I asked of it and more

Build Quality

Excellent, It really holds shapes you press into it or create with it and mixed with colour or over painted performs superbly.

Value for Money

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Texture paste is excellent value for money, it is such a versatile exciting product. These are samples from just two afternoons playing with texture paste for the first time. Tutorials are planned  ;)

Would I buy it Again?

Totally! LOVE love this product, every time I use it I find a new technique.

Summing up

Lovely stone like texture, created with texture paste

Lovely stone like texture, created with texture paste

Very versatile product. Alters how paint behaves when mixed with colour. Great for adding textures and dimension to your creative projects. If you haven’t tried it yet but like dimensional effects and textures, get some, its fantastic. Because of the weight the product adds to the surface, it is best to use it on a firm support. I’ve used it mainly on Mount board, but have got away with using it on something lighter; 300 gsm, but I’m still going to mount that onto mount board for better support.

I adore textures and look forward to experimenting with a variety of tools with this paste to see if I can recreate my favorite textures in paint. If you have masks and embossing folders experiment with cardstock and paste combinations. I have now been able to use my collection of brass stencils that I haven’t had the dexterity to use before.

Really enjoying this product, its exciting and so much fun. Hope you get some soon and will share how you use this excellent product. I’ll experiment and see if painting over it will give me a good enough black, otherwise I’ll beg D.R  to make a black version of the product, as this is going to be FANTASTIC with those interference/shimmering colours they make.

Short version: Joy in a Jar! :) :) :)

Links

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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If you love the texture of crackle but would like a fuss free way to create it, check out this video tutorial for creating texture with gesso. This is a dimensional paint effect so not one to stamp or journal over, but it makes a fantastic tactile finish.

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney Gesso; White
  • Broad Palette knife. I’m using Langnickel K4
  • Rag
  • Jar of water
  • Non stick craft sheet
  • Palette
  • Paint colours of your choice

Method

I’ve included a written version of the instructions so those who need to can use the translate this site, to have the instruction in your chosen language.

  • Apply a generous layer of gesso to your mount board using the palette knife.
  • Using the flat face of the knife pat/dab into the gesso, this will leave a texture in the surface. Vary the pressure for different sizes of texture.
  • Continue until you have an effect you like and allow to dry.
  • For a coloured background add a light wash, then use a rag or sponge to apply colour just to the raised areas of the texture.

Options/Added Extras

  • For a coloured background texture, mix your colour into the gesso, bear in mind the colour will appear lighter as gesso is opaque.
  • Put a small amount of gesso in a separate container and add particles of sand or glass beads for a different more textured result.

Links

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, would love to see what you create using the techniques shown.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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Today I’d like to share a picture of a folder I created to store my sketches in. The cover features an embossed stone texture panel, which I’ll be sharing a video tutorial for, very soon.

Embossed stone book

Embossed stone book

The cover is made from mount board and has a book-cloth covered spine. This project has been quite a journey, which you will hear more about in the coming posts. I’m really pleased with how this piece turned out though.

Hope you like it too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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