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Today I’d like to share a past post with you as part of an online art collaboration with Seth Apter’s blog The Altered Page.

As Colour Wash inks are back in fashion here is a video tutorial featuring; Tiger Paper. Tiger paper is my name for the background papers I produce using particular distressed inking techniques.

You Will Need

  • Ranger Color Wash inks, in three colours. I use Stream, Denim and Eggplant in the video
  • A larger spray bottle of water
  • Gloves, this is a messy technique ;)
  • A plastic box to spray into
  • Blank newsprint or copier paper
  • Cardstock
  • Mini Mister bottles (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Plastic mat or similar to protect surrounding areas

***It is important that you protect the area, around your spray box. These inks do tend to spread and any unprotected surface may be inked if you do not protect it ;) ***

Method

Use a variety of different card stocks, each kind will give a different effect. Suggestions for cardstock to try:

  • Water Color Paper with a texture
  • Mat Board
  • Coated card (laser printer paper could work)
  • Glossy Card. Works very well.

Project Links

To find stockists of the products used in the film, here are links to their manufacturers.

Tiger Paper is great fun to make. I hope you give it a try, do show me the results if you do. If it isn’t working for you, try different cardstock. This is one of those techniques where results vary, depending on the card you use.

Do Check out Seth Apter’s amazing blog; The Altered Page for lots of mixed media inspiration.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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This is a technique that I discovered by accident when playing experimenting with my new Interference acrylic colours. This paint works best over dark colours so I created a dark background and was layering the interference colour and really liked the effect. With a little practice you can make it look like brushed metal.

Brushed Metal Paint effect, perfect for art journalling and surface decoration

Brushed Metal Paint effect, perfect for art journaling and surface decoration

You Will Need

  • Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Paint: Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
  • Daler Rowney Interference acrylic colour; Shimmering Gold
  • White Mount board
  • Plate to mix colours on
  • Two scraps of rag
  • Palette knife
  • Jar of water

Method

  • Use the palette knife to apply a layer of Burnt Umber over the whole mount board panel, allow this layer to dry.
  • With a rag apply interference gold in ‘grain direction’ as seen in the video and previously in the weathered wood tutorial. Allow this layer to dry.
  • With a rag, apply some Burnt Sienna in ‘grain direction’ like you did with the gold. Burnt sienna is semi transparent and will let earlier layers show through but this will warm the colours up and tone down any areas that are looking too bright. Allow this layer to dry.
  • Continue to build your layer till you have an effect that you like, if you like a darker tone go back in with some Burnt Umber with the rag to deepen some areas or perhaps create a frame to the piece.

Like with the other techniques, to get the best results it’s all about the blending. Build up the layers gradually for the best results and allow each layer to dry before you apply the next.

Options/Added Extras

Winsor & Newton Galeria is a flow formula acrylic paint, so the finished result will be flat. This makes it ideal for art journals, ATC and pieces you wish to write or stamp over. If you want a more dimensional effect use a heavy bodied acrylic paint such as Daler Rowney Cryla which will add more dimension to the piece.

Experiment with different base colours and mixes for other effects.

Links

Hope you have enjoyed the video and will give the technique a try, do let me know how you get on. I’d love to see what you create using this technique.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

Adventures in Acrylics: Online workshop

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Earlier this month I introduced you to Daler Rowney’s Interference colour acrylic paint. I’m still in love with this and wanted to share a few more pictures of projects I’ve created using the paint.

A selection of handmade books with Shimmering colours on the covers

A selection of handmade books with Shimmering colours on the covers

The interference colours are most impressive when used over dark colours, so these books feature black card that I embossed and then used a selection of the shimmering colours over the top. They are tricky to photograph and really pop when you see them in real life, the colours reflect the light so are even more dramatic than metallic colours. Do try some if you can, they are amazing.

Here is a close up on the textile book;

Embossed book with multi colours of interference acrylic paint

Embossed book with multi colours of interference acrylic paint

So glad I learnt some bookbinding skills, I couldn’t bear to cover up these backgrounds so used them for covers for my hand-made note books. Will be making some more of these as little Christmas gifts for friends later in the year.

Hope you like them and get to try some interference colours soon.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of some books I created using an embossed panel that I decorated with Daler Rowney Interference colours. This first one features, Shimmering Blue and shimmering gold interference colours.

Blue & Gold embossed book

Blue & Gold embossed book

This one features Shimmering copper and Shimmering Gold; interference colours and the Swirls; Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Embossed book with interference colours

Embossed book with interference colours

Aren’t the colours just lush! I ‘m looking forward to experimenting more with these paints, I love how they work so well with each other and over a variety of surfaces. Hope you get to try some of this paint soon, its amazing. More pics next week.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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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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In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist, for October 2011

Seth Apter

The Altered Page, Seth Apters amazing blog

The Altered Page, Seth Apters amazing blog

I discovered his work thanks to Julie Prichard but for those of you who haven’t yet found Seth, here is a little more about him and his work.

Who you are: 

Seth; Seth Apter from The Altered Page.

Where you are (which country you are based in)?

 Seth: I live in New York City in the USA.

What you do:

Seth: I am a mixed media artist, blogger, soon-to-be published author, and collector of too many doohickeys, thingamajigs, and whatchamacallits to count.

An-Object-Found; by Seth Apter

An-Object-Found; by Seth Apter

What got you started in your creative journey?

Seth: A serendipitous meeting with an artist named Patricia Larsen in Vancouver, Canada. She owned a gallery at that time and although it sounds somewhat dramatic, my life was forever changed after I walked through her door. I was creative in many ways before that moment but never in the visual arts. I met her at a very transitional time in my life when I was completely open to discovering new options for myself. Patricia unlocked the artist in me and has fully supported my creative journey ever since.

What inspires you? 

Seth: Like many artists, I can find inspiration in almost anything. I think my biggest inspiration though is New York City. Everywhere I turn, I am surrounded by creative fuel. Of course there are an endless number of museums and galleries where I can experience the work of both emerging artists and famous masters. But more than that, I am inspired by the people, the architecture, the window displays, the graffiti, the design, the food, the style, and the never-ending energy of NYC.

Catori; by Seth Apter

Catori; by Seth Apter

If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

Seth: I would travel all over the world, set up a temporary studio in every country, absorb the local culture, and create. 

What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

Seth: Art for me is like a pendulum, swinging from completely isolated to socially stimulated. At one end I can get so lost in the process of creating that I lose complete track of time and become unaware of everything going on around me. At the other end, I am deeply connected to other artists through my blog and social media sites.

Blending both these extremes has brought a sense of balance to me. And that balance is what I enjoy most about my creative life.

Soar by Seth Apter

Soar by Seth Apter

Links

To find out more about Seth and his work, please visit his blog and website, details below. 

Thanks to Seth Apter for being our Featured Artist of the Month for October 2011.

Check out my dedicated page to the Featured Artist of the Month, to find out more about other artists who have been involved in earlier interviews.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

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Yesterday I got the news that some of my words of wisdom are to be published in a new book by Seth Apter from The Altered Page. What a surprise! Seth’s book is being published by North Light Books next year and incorporates questions and answers from a wide variety of artists alongside artwork prepared especially for the book. I did not submit art but I did submit answers to the questions and those answers have been chosen for inclusion in the book. It is very exciting and such an honour to be included alongside so many other talented artists. No doubt more information will be forthcoming in the future and I will let you all know as I find out more.

Thank you so much to Seth Apter for the opportunity of being involved with your first book. Its has been amazing, I can’t wait to see the book and all the other artists work in there.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

PS: Thanks to Gillian for letting me ‘lift’ most of this post from her website. Mine was the same story but I’m in Tigger mode and i didn’t want to gush all over you all!!!!

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