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It’s nice to be posting pictures of projects again :) This book features a purple distressed panel that I’ll show you how to create in friday’s video tutorial.

Distressed Purple book, check out the gold.

Distressed Purple book, check out the gold.

Delicious isn’t it? You only need two paints to achieve this effect, come back on friday to see how to create this effect.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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After my review in the last post, today I’d like to share a video with you as part of the online workshop series Adventures In Acrylics. In the film I’ll show you around the interference colour palette and some of the amazing results that you can achieve with it.

You Will Need

  • Daler Rowney; Shimmering Colours. Interference colour of your choice
  • Jar of water
  • Cotton Rag
  • Dark and Light card stock

Here’s a few examples of items that feature Daler Rowney Interference Colours

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Interference Colours; So many possibilities

Links

Quote: Daler Rowney Site: EFFECTS

Shimmering Colours (Interference Mediums) Available in six colours: Shimmering Gold, Copper, Violet, Red, Blue and Green. Used straight from the tube and applied to a black surface they produce a magical shimmering, metallic, transparent lustre. The most dramatic effects are on black, where colour shows with electric intensity. – Gold  Code 128 075 709 – Violet  Code 128 075 710 – Blue  Code 128 075 711 – Copper  Code 128 075 712 – Red  Code 128 075 713 – Green  Code 128 075 714

Shimmering Colours Set  Gives a shimmering pearlescent metallic lustre when mixed with pure acrylic colour. – Code 128 900 125

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Hope you will give these Shimmering Colours a try, they are stunning on dark surfaces. In the coming weeks I’ll share some techniques using them, and I’ve got plans for a Christmas project with them later in the year. As I mentioned in the film, if you can only get one colour, I’d go for the Shimmering Gold, its the one I use the most and I find the most versatile.

If you already have these paints, I’d love to hear how you use them and see your projects with them too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Daler Rowney Shimmering Colours set. Shimmering colours are Daler Rowney’s interference colour acrylic paints.

Daler Rowney; Simmering Colours. INterferenc colour acrylic paint

Daler Rowney; Simmering Colours. Interference colour acrylic paint

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Daler Rowney: Cryla
  • Item number: 128 900 125
  • RRP at time of writing: Individual Colours £6.95 for 75 ml tube. Shimmering colour set

Reason For Buying

I have interference colours from another brand, but they aren’t easy to source, the Daler Rowney ones however are much more widely available. I have enjoyed using interference colours so much, I was interested in trying more colours.

Pros/Cons

Pros

Super smooth although the packaging lists them as being heavy bodied they are more fluid than Cryla, had I know this, I’d have bought them AGES ago.

Easy to mix with other acrylic paint for interesting results

Subtle ‘mother of pearl’ like effect when used over light colours or on white card

On dark card the interference colour REALLY pops.

Translucent so you can see some of the earlier layers through it.

No granulation from the mica

Cons

I haven’t got any. There is some smell, but nothing too fierce (and I’m REALLY sensitive to smells). If you have used Daler Rowney Cryla, they smell similar to that.

Build Quality

Fantastic. Really impressive colour flip on dark surfaces, no granular particles visible. As I mentioned before the packaging lists this as heavy bodied acrylic paint, but it is more fluid than Cryla. The texture is more like that of room temperature butter, super smooth and velvety.

Value for Money

Good. Not the cheapes-but well worth it for the quality and versatility of the product.

Would I buy it Again?

YES! I bought a couple of individual tubes to try (careful not to pick the ones that were in the pack) and loved them so much I immediately bought this Shimmering Colours set. I wanted something more fluid than they Cryla paint and these were just that.

Summing up

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Buy them, they are better than chocolate! Simple as that :) If you see the colours on the card and went WOW, then this paint is for you. If you are still on the fence (why?) but check out friday’s video tutorial where I’ll show you all the colours on camera. If you are unsure buy a single colour to see if it works for you. My advice would be to buy a colour that isn’t in the set though, as once you try one, you are bound to love them and want them all.

You will see a selection of videos using these paints in the next few weeks.

Links

Quote: Daler Rowney Site: EFFECTS

Shimmering Colours (Interference Mediums) Available in six colours: Shimmering Gold, Copper, Violet, Red, Blue and Green. Used straight from the tube and applied to a black surface they produce a magical shimmering, metallic, transparent lustre. The most dramatic effects are on black, where colour shows with electric intensity. – Gold  Code 128 075 709 – Violet  Code 128 075 710 – Blue  Code 128 075 711 – Copper  Code 128 075 712 – Red  Code 128 075 713 – Green  Code 128 075 714

Shimmering Colours Set  Gives a shimmering pearlescent metallic lustre when mixed with pure acrylic colour. – Code 128 900 125

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As part of the online workshop series Adventures in Acrylics, I’d like to share a tutorial to help you get the most from your choice of colours, whether you have been collecting them for years or have a shiny new box of gleaming tubes in front of you. After this you will know just what colours you have and be able to find just the one you want from a huge pile, every time.

Do you know what colours you have? Make a colour chart and discover your full palette

Do you know what colours you have? Make a colour chart and discover your full palette

You Will Need

  • Acrylic paper or piece of white mount board
  • All the acrylic paints you have
  • Brush
  • Water pot with water
  • Rag
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Pen

Method

Do have a new box of paints? Then if the tubes are still in the box they are lined up ready to go. Perhaps though you have been collecting your acrylic paints for some time. If that’s the case, go rummage, find every tube/pot/jar of acrylic paint you have. If they are all in one place together you are more likely to use more of them ;)

Some acrylic paints are flow formula (ie more fluid) others are heavy bodied (more like toothpaste in consistency). Separate your acrylic collection into two boxes so you can easily home in on the different kinds when you want to.

  • Separate your chosen paints into colour families, reds/yellows/greens/ blues etc. Lightest to darkest within those groups works well.
  • Because paints often dry to a slightly different colour than they look on the tube/packaging, you are going to paint samples of each. In the interests of only doing this once ;) Try to paint your samples on to something sturdy like white mount board as it will last longer.
  • Next to each patch of colour that you paint, write the details from the pot/tube. That’s the colour name and number and if you have a selection of brands the brand name too. You can shorten the brands to initials as long as you write yourself a key ;)

Make sure you wash out your brush well between colours and keep changing your water so the colours stay true.

Now you have a beautiful chart that can live in the box with the paints, when you are creating a project you can use the card to choose just the colour you want, and know which one it was. Drawing a pretty grid to paint inside is optional, but it can make it easier to scan across later on.

Here is a picture of my paint chart, the quick one I made when I first got my paint (on the mount board, shown above) and the detailed one on the acrylic paper. You could also glue this sheet onto mount board, if you want it to last longer.

Detailed Paint Chart

Detailed Paint Chart

Options/Added Extras

If you prefer a more mobile colour chart.

  • Cut a piece of mount board for each paint you have.
  • Write the brand, colour name and number on the back of each tile, before you paint your swatch on the front.
  • Punch a hole in the cards and string them together so you can keep them in colour families, but still have the options of adding to the collection as you buy new paints.

This version will also allow you to pull colour schemes together from the cards and encourage you to experiment with more than just your favourites.

Links

Check out the Art Supplies tab at the top of the blog, you will find links to the main manufacturers there. At the paint manufacturers sites you will often find downloadable colour charts, although these are only guides as the printed colours will vary depending on how your printer is set up (and how much ink is left in it ;) )

The manufacturers charts are very helpful for identifying the colour names/numbers and for newbies which paints are opaque, transparent or semi opaque or semi transparent. This is very helpful when you are just starting out and haven’t yet worked out which colours will  have which opacity. It makes a huge difference to the success of your experiments, when you know the opacity of your paint colours ;)

Hope this tutorial helps you discover just how many colours you have, and now you know what you will have, perhaps it will tempt you to use more of them, rather than just sticking to your favorites. I’d love to see your finished results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, as part of the Adventures in Acrylics workshop, I’ll be sharing a tutorial on how to create a wonderful dark wood paint effect. It looks something like rosewood, or perhaps mahogany, but whatever you want to call it, this gives a beautiful effect. Like the previous tutorial, this is super simple to create and waiting for the paint to dry between layers, is the most time-consuming part.

Here’s what a finished piece looks like

Dark Wood paint effect for Adventures in Acrylics

Dark Wood paint effect for Adventures in Acrylics

You Will Need

  • Winsor & Newton: Galeria Acrylic paint; Buff Titanium, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber.
  • White mount board
  • Jar of water
  • Scrap of rag for cleaning.

Method

I’ll include a written description of the process, for those who don’t speak English, there’s always the trusty translator, check out the TRANSLATE THIS SITE link, in the side bar.

  • Put some Buff Titanium on the palette, than use the palette knife to apply a layer paint over the white surface of the mount board. Apply the paint generously, as if you were buttering bread ;) Change direction with your knife and leave a few white areas here and there. Allow this layer to dry fully, before you move on.
  • Clean your knife in the water, while you wait for the paint to dry.
  • Next, put out some Burnt Sienna onto your palette, pick up some paint on the knife and apply the Burnt Sienna in patches, here and there over the Titanium Buff. Change direction when applying the paint to create textures. Leave some of the white areas and some areas of the buff titanium visible. Allow this layer to dry fully, before you move on.
  • Clean your knife in the water, while you wait for the paint to dry.
  • Put some Burnt Umber onto your palette, this is a semi transparent colour and will allow the other layers to be seen through it. Pick up a generous amount of Burnt Umber onto your knife. You only need a thin-film of the paint over the card, but the knife will move better over the card if it has a layer of paint across it. Apply a thin layer of the Burnt Umber over the whole piece and allow this to dry. Try not to go over this layer too many times as it tends to get sticky as its drying and if you want a smooth result you don’t want to over work it. Allow this layer to fully dry before you move on.
  • Clean your knife in the water, while you wait for the paint to dry.
  • If you feel your piece is looking too bright apply a second layer of the Burnt Umber over the card, either just in places or over the whole thing, depending on the look you are going for.
Dark Wood paint effect for Adventures in Acrylics

Dark Wood paint effect for Adventures in Acrylics

The earlier layers glow through the semi transparent Burnt Umber, and add lots of visual interest and texture to the piece. Like the weathered wood, you can make this more textured by using heavy bodied acrylic paint like Daler Rowney Cryla if you prefer or use mediums to change how your Galeria paint behaves. This original version is reasonably smooth so if you wanted to stamp or write over the surface you could do so. It would also take  image transfers if you wanted to add some.

Options/Added Extras

In the coming weeks/months I’ll be introducing you to some acrylic mediums. As well as mixing the mediums to your paints, you can also use some of them as a glazing layer. If you already have some, you could paint over the finished piece with matt or gloss medium.

  • The matt medium will not change the appearance of the finished piece, but it will seal in and protect the layers of paint.
  • The gloss medium will dry to a high shine, and make the piece look as if it has been polished.

Experiment with what you have and see which you prefer. You don’t have to add the glaze layer, but it will help seal the paint in.

Links

Check out the Art tab at the top of the blog for details of suppliers where you can find a local stockist and also colour charts for the paints I’m using.

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and will give the technique a try, it is simple to do and by varying your colours or how you apply the paint, there are plenty of opportunities for further experiment with this idea. I’d love to see your results and how you incorporate this technique into your own projects. Do leave me comment with a link to what you create.

For more in this Adventures in Acrylics series check out the dedicated class page.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, as part of the Adventures in Acrylics workshop, I will be reviewing; Royal Langnickel Palette Knives for Painting set.

Royal Langnickel Knife set #LP71

Royal Langnickel Knife set #LP71

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Royal Langnickel
  • Item number: LP71
  • RRP at time of writing: £9.18

Reason For Buying

I had already bought a Royal Langnickel K4 painting knife and loved it, this set included the K4  and also P10 and P2. So by getting these I can try these out and see what they will do for me. Looks like I got a bargain, I paid £3.75 for mine, but when I checked he manufacturers site they are listed at £9.18.

Pros/Cons

  • Nice and light in the hand
  • Flexible not at all scratchy
  • Beautifully made wooden handles

Cons

Haven’t really got any.

Build Quality

One of the knives in my set had some surface marking on it, but at this price point, you can’t complain, I’m happy to try these out for experiment and if the marking becomes an issue I’ll re-buy this individual knife. The handles are very comfortable and although light are solid. The blades are flexible and not at all rough as some more expensive knives I’ve had, have been.

Value for Money

Excellent, these are good-looking knives and great quality for the price point. Well worth trying a set.

Would I buy it Again?

Totally

Summing up

Royal Langnickel Knife set #LP71

Royal Langnickel Knife set #LP71

Palette knives are great for colour mixing without gunking up your brushes. The knives in this set are superb for applying paint to your chosen surface and great for larger areas too. Palette knives come in a huge variety of shapes and kits like these are fantastic for trying different shapes and seeing which ones you like. The knives give an amazing array of options for applying the paint and creating texture. It took me a long time to try knives, but now I have I love them, I’m using these more than I do my brushes :)

This is an affordable set, I highly recommend you try them. If you have been wanting to try knives for a while, this is an excellent place to start. There are different kinds for different purposes, and when you start out its tough to know which to choose, these sets are an ideal place to start.

Links

The links below will take you to the manufacturers site, from here you can find more information about the product and locate a store near you.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, as part of the Adventurs in Acrylics workshop, I’d like to share a book I recently made. I decorated the cover using a painting technique that I’ll show you how to create, in a video tutorial on friday. This book features Coptic stitch binding, one of my favorites as the book lies flat when its open, handy for taking notes.  I can’t believe its been so long since I made a book. Between crocked back and whiplash, it seems to have been forever!

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Hope you like the book, I’m pleased with how it turned out. There’s a bookbinding tab at the top of the blog, if you want to learn more about bookbinding or find out where to get bookbinding supplies from. Check out the tutorials tab, or the grab button in the sidebar for more information about the online workshop series, Adventures in Acrylics.

The closure on the book features Billie’s Book ties that I shared a video for recently. I added bead spacers in place of actual beads, as they were such a nice brass colour, they went well will the books colouring. If you would like to see how to make the ties, check out the video Billie’s Book Ties.

Its been  very tricky to get a photo of this book, in real life there are so many beautiful tones of colour in it, but the weather has been so dark, getting them to show up on camera, hasn’t been easy. Check out the video tutorial on friday, as that was recorded on a brighter day ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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