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As part of the Adventures in Acrylics online workshop series, I’d like to share a way to spice up your existing colour palette, with the help of Interference colours. If you are a colour magpie like me, and would love all your favourite colours as metallic or interference colours, there is an affordable way to do this. In today’s tutorial I’ll share just one way to achieve this.

This is just one way to make your palette metallic and later in the series I’ll share another option.

Interference Colours; So many possibilites

Interference Colours; So many possibilities

You Will Need

Method

Options/Added Extras

  • Experiment with different coloured base surfaces
  • Experiment with the difference between mixing the interference colours with your palette and using it over the top of colours.
  • Get dimensional. Try it over embossed and textured surfaces for some stunning results.

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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As part of the online workshop

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

Vintage Purple Distressed Panel

You Will Need

  • Winsor & Newton Galeria Flow formula Acrylic paint: Winsor Violet
  • Daler Rowney; Shimmering Colours: Shimmering Gold
  • Cotton Rag
  • Jar of Water
  • Palette Knife
  • White Mount board
  • Plate to mix colours on

Method

  • Apply a layer of Winsor Violet to the mount board using the palette knife. Allow this layer to dry before you move on.
  • For a darker finish apply a second layer of Winsor Violet to the mount-board. If you apply the paint generously, you can also dab the flat of the knife into the paint to create additional texture. Allow this layer to dry fully before you move on.
  • Put some Gold Interference colour onto the plate. Pick up some of this colour using the rag. Dab off the excess paint on to a clean area of the paint. You only want a small amount on the cloth.
  • Swipe the rag over the board, just catching the top surface. The colour will catch on areas of texture and highlight them. While you get used to the technique, start on the sides of the board and work inwards, if you have too much paint on the cloth you will get a different effect! By starting at the edges of the board and working inwards, the excess paint will be worked off a little on the sides of the board.

Options/Added Extras

Vary how you apply the paint, for different effects. Use varying amounts of paint at each stage and experiment to discover an effect that you like. Try applying the Shimmering gold over other dark colours of card or paint to find more colour combinations you like.

Links

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, do let me know what you think and I’d love to see your experiments with this technique.

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, 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 a great little tutorial for making Book ties. I’ve been making these for years and they are really handy. You can use them for book marks, for holding your pages down while you sketch outdoors and make them as functional or fancy as you like. Great for last-minute gifts too.

Billie's Book Ties

Billie's Book Ties

You Will Need

  • Sketch book or whatever style and size of book you want to use your book tie with
  • Cotton cord or flat shoe lace. I found UN Waxed cord or lace gave a better hold. The waxed ones seem to slip to easily.
  • Beads if you wish to add decoration for a more elaborate design
  • PVA glue if using cord instead of shoe laces
  • Scissors

Method

This is definitely one of those tutorials best done on film! Trust me these are super easy to do, and really quick to make as well.

Options/Added Extras

Depending on the cord style you use, how about adding some more decorative beads to use the book ties as book marks and page holders.

Try them using flat shoe laces for your art journals, they are great for keeping your place, or keeping your book closed too.

Links

Shoe laces are widely available on the high street

Cotton cord I bought from Sanctuary Beads on Ebay 

This tutorial was meant to go up last week, but You Tube put the original soundtrack back on after I dumped it. All you could hear were the budgies and DH clucnking around :( Have to re upload it and then it takes 36 hours to ‘settle’ to quality in You Tube :( Hope I can resolve this or the online class is in jeopordy!

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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It’s very near the gift giving time of year again isn’t it. Here’s a quick selection of gift box tutorials to use for your own projects.

Exploding Box with Template

Exploding Box with Template

  • Origami Box Featuring Clarity Stamps, includes video. As demonstrated by Barbara from Clarity Stamps on Create and Craft.

My Origami Gift Box. Decorated using Clarity Stamps

Dig out your favorite cardstock or make your own with rubber stamps or printed paper from CDs. Some of these projects are also suitable for children to try too.  Hand made gift boxes don’t have to be time-consuming and are simple to make. Have fun, and I’d love to see your results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you have lots of craft CDs or photographs on your computer? Would you like to make hand-made gifts for the special people in your life? Read on for Tutorials and tips for making your own handmade calendars. They are quick and simple to make and if you have youngsters at home they can help to make them too.

You will Need

  • 12 x 12″ Cardstock Patterned or plain if you wish to stamp your own designs on.
  • Decorative papers, main images I used Joanna Sheen’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD
  • Calendar, see downloads in the links section

Desktop Calendar Gift Set

Desktop Calendar

Greeting Card & Gift Tag - Desktop calendar Gift Set

Use your favorite crafting CDs to modify the styles to your own taste, and download the calandars from the links  below.

Links

Calendar Templates

Basic Calendar – Original. This is a modern yet classic font, which will compliment most styles of project.

Basic Calendar – Oriental Style This is an oriental style font which will compliment Eastern projects.

Basic Calendar – Elegant Style Font. This is a classic style font, it suits the Edwardian Lady themes and would work well with Anna Griffin styles too.

Why not ‘collect’ all three. These templates are for personal use, you are welcome to create projects using them for gifts or as completed projects to sell. If you use these templates for projects you publish in print or online, please link back to me here.

Would love to hear what you think of these, and to see your finished calendars :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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