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The practice sheets that come with Sheena’s Paint Fusion stamps are great, but sometimes you want a few more images to practice on. Repeats of shapes you struggle with or just more of an image that’s new to you. Had a think and came up with a quick and simple way to create your own practice sheet, to your own choice of image.

Make your own Paint Fusion Practice sheets

Make your own Paint Fusion Practice sheets

You Will Need

Make your own Paint Fusion Practice sheets

Make your own Paint Fusion Practice sheets

  • Mat board or other stiff cardboard
  • Piece of acetate
  • Piece of card to stamp onto
  • Clips
  • Paint Fusion stamps of your choice
  • Versafine Onyx black ink or other pigment or permanent ink pad

Method

  1.  Cut your piece of paper to the size you wish to stamp onto.
  2. Stamp your Paint Fusion or other stamp images on to the sheet
  3. Cut your piece of acetate to the same size as your stamped piece of card or a little larger
  4. Cut your mat board or strong card to slightly larger than the acetate

Assembly

  1. Place your acetate over your stamped sheet
  2. Place your stamped sheet onto the mat board
  3. Place your clips at the top of the page to hold the pages in place

To Use

Simply paint over your designs. Acrylic paint will not permanently attach to plastic, so even after it has dried (don’t leave it for weeks though). It will still be possible to wipe or scrub the paint from the acetate to reuse your practice sheets time and again.

You can now choose the images you want to practice and have pages of them to work with, it’s also a great way to practice painting layouts. Stamp your design onto a sheet of card/paper, place it under the acetate and you can now work out what to paint in what order :)

Options/Added Extras

If you have a lamination machine at home, stamp your designs onto a sheet of thin card (220 gsm) and then run that through a laminator. Trim your card before laminating to ensure you have a generous clear border, this will give the plastic more room to adhere to itself and make it more robust. If you want to store your laminated sheets in a ring-binder, look out for the sheets that have pre-punched holes in the edges. This will stop any paint leaking into the card, that may happen if you just hole punch plain laminated sheets.

If you don’t have your own laminator, often the photo shops have a laminating service, where for a small charge they will laminate card you take in.

Once you have your laminated sheet, simply paint over as you did with the original design.

Links

Paint Fusion stamps are available from Sheena Douglass.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Paint Fusion Christmas DVD by Sheena Douglass

Paint Fusion Christmas DVD by Sheena Douglass

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Sheena by Sheena Douglass/ Paint Fusion
  • Item number; 192729-000-000
  • RRP at time of writing:

Reason For Buying

Having enjoyed the first Paint Fusion DVD with the floral stamps, when this Christmas one came out, I jumped on it.

Pros/Cons

  • Stamp sheets covered; Holly, Ivy, Christmas Rose, Poinsettia, Garland, Christmas Tree
  • Painting  onto; glass, fabric, candles as well as card and boxes.
  • You don’t need to have watched the first DVD to use this, but it will help for how to prep the card surfaces to paint onto

Cons

Packaging; the DVD case itself is very flimsy. Not a patch on the quality of the first one.

Build Quality

Excellent production quality; great sound, lighting and camera work as well as superb content. The flimsy DVD case was the only let down, a shame for what is a quality product.

Value for Money

Excellent, I bought this as part of a bundle on C&C, including three of the stamp sheets. A great way to get the best from the stamp sheets as its much easier to review how to create the techniques when you watch someone doing it.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! It’s a new technique for me and I’m a visual learner. The practice sheets that come with the stamps are great but its a very useful reference for the techniques,

Summing up

I love Paint Fusion –  even though I haven’t done much, it’s really boosted my confidence with painting. You can get amazing results when you use the stamps and paint over them using these techniques. If you are keen to paint but haven’t had success in the past, I highly recommend Paint Fusion. It’s for all ages and all abilities.

Links

For more information about the products and to find Sheena on the web, please check out the links below.

  • This is Sheena’s website and blog. You can buy the DVD and related products from here too.
  • This is Sheena’s  You Tube channel
  • Sheena Douglass on Twitter

Thanks Sheena for another excellent video, I’ll be collecting your stamps and any videos that you  make to accompany them, great concept and really well put together. For this and the confidence in painting you have given me, many thanks.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a project I created over the weekend.

Paint Fusion techniques meet Ceramic painting

Paint Fusion techniques meet Ceramic painting

After emailing Create and craft and the wonderful Sheena Douglass advising me what ink would work on the ceramic tile. I stamped the tile using Ranger Archival ink, the tile is pre glazed so it’s a slippery surface. I didn’t over ink the stamp and stamped gently as I would if I were stamping on to acetate.

The I went over the stamped image with a heat gun to set the Archival ink. I had to hold the tile up, so it didn’t get too hot, and let it rest a while and then heated again, so the tile didn’t store the heat. Once cooled I used Sheena’s Paint Fusion techniques with Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paint. I’d love some of the proper acrylic paints Sheena uses but just haven’t had the budget yet. The Pebeo paint I have is YEARS old, and I mean  years I bought it from Create and Craft back in Alan & Barry’s time!!!

The Porcelaine paint is a lot more transparent than the acrylic paint usually used for Paint Fusion on card etc. To build up darker or thicker more opaque colours in the Porcelaine paint, you have to build up the design in layers. Since my tile was white and I didn’t have white paint, I went for an orange one and I’m calling my daisy’s marigolds ;)

Bring a kid up on Blue Peter and this is what happens, never mind you haven’t got quite the right thing, just go with what you have and see what you can create ;) I really love Paint Fusion and as soon as I saw the first series of stamps I bought them all and the DVD. Being a visual learner the DVD is essential for me and makes learning the techniques so much easier. The stamps also come with a laminated sheet for you to practice your brush strokes. This is so worth doing, even though its tempting to dive right in.

Sheena has just brought out a new series of three stamps to the Paint Fusion range, Pansies (my favorite!), Tulips and Sunflowers. The range is due to expand over the coming years and I’d love to see; holly, Daffodils and snowdrops too. The great thing about the stamp range is that rather than being a pre formed image, the stamps are individual elements. This makes them so versatile, you can put the flower heads, and leaves where ever you like. Which is great as you can alter the composition on the pieces you create.

Just had a mad thought, bet it would work as a mat for my desk if I put felt on the back so it didn’t scratch and painted over the baked surface with an acrylic glaze to prevent mugs base scratching the tile ;) Looks like the ‘What if’ mode, is on full tilt at the mo.

Links

For more information about the Paint Fusion range, check out my earlier reviews and Sheena Douglass website.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Sheena Douglass; Paint Fusion Stamps

Sheena Douglass; Paint Fusion Stamps

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Sheena by Sheena Douglass. Paint Fusion
  • Item number; Assorted
  • RRP at time of writing: Approx £7 each

Reason For Buying

I saw these stamps demonstrated on Create and Craft by Sheena, after two days of sitting on my hands I caved bought the DVD to learn the painting techniques and all 6 coordinating stamp sets too.

Pros/Cons

Pros

  • Unmounted stamps, these are really easy to store and more affordable than wood mounted stamps too.
  • The packaging includes tutorial sheet for how to paint the flowers on a wipe clean sheet, allowing you to practice brush strokes right on the sheet.
  • The A5 Packaging sheets that come in booklet form, are just the right size to slip into a clear plastic wallet. Really useful and stops you loosing the instruction sheets too.
Easy storage for Sheena's Paint Fusion stamps

Easy storage for Sheena's Paint Fusion stamps

  • Love the sketchy nature of the designs
  • Quality grey rubber
  • The images are of different component parts of the flowers, this allows you to construct your own composition.
  • The stamps are a good size and would work on many different surfaces to decorate.

Cons

Haven’t really got any.

Build Quality

Excellent, being unmounted means they take up minimal storage space and the rubber is a good quality. The stamps are deeply etched which produces an excellent clear image, even on the fine detailed areas of the stamps.

Value for Money

Excellent, if you are on a tight budget you can just buy a single set and collect the range a bit at a time. Each stamp sheet is self-contained and will give you many options for different compositions.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes! I like the versatility of this kind of stamp.

Summing up

If you have seen Sheena’s Paint Fusion DVD, you are going to want to get these stamps. If you haven’t seen the DVD the designs will work well as stand alone images, for all kinds of creative works.   I love the versatility of the designs and their sketchy nature. I like that they are realistic rather than cutsie images. There is also text on the stamp plates which will work well in a variety of projects and some gorgeous swirls that will become firm favorites.

I have stored my stamp sheets in plastic wallets so I don’t loose the instructions but have to admit I stamped out all the images and store the stamps themselves in a box, so I don’t loose any smaller stamps

More storage ideas for Sheena's Paint Fusion stamp sets

More storage ideas for Sheena's Paint Fusion stamp sets

I love this new concept that Sheena has come up with, by using the stamps as the basis of the design you can practice the paint fusion techniques without all the difficulties that painting from nowhere on a blank sheet would put you off. This gets you up and running right away.

If you want to try the Paint Fusion techniques but haven’t got the DVD the instrucion sheet will help you get started and is useful to have next to you as you start painting. To get the most from the Paint Fusion concept I would recommend you get the DVD too ;)

These stamps are perfect for altered art projects as well as art journals, card making and just about any creative project. You can still use them with your favorite mediums, even if the Paint Fusion painting style itself isn’t your thing. They will look very different on different backgrounds and coloured with different mediums. Their sketchy nature makes them look good with pencils and watercolour paint too.

Go on treat yourself ;)

Links

For more information about the products and to find Sheena on the web, please check out the links below.

  • This is Sheena’s website and blog. You can buy the DVD and related products from here too.
  • This is Sheena’s  You Tube channel
  • Sheena Douglass on Twitter

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing;

Sheena Douglass; Paint Fusion DVD

Sheena Douglass; Paint Fusion DVD

Product Details

  • Manufacturer/Brand; Sheena by Sheena Douglass. Paint Fusion
  • Item number 179783.000.000
  • RRP at time of writing: Around £15

Reason For Buying

I saw this demonstrated on Create and Craft and after sitting on my hands for a couple of days could resist no longer. Although it’s not my usual style I’ve always wanted to paint but gave up as I found it too difficult, which was how I came to stamping. Sheena made everything look simple and achievable and I really wanted to give the techniques a try.

Contents

  • Getting Started; Things you Need, Creating Backgrounds, Paint Fusion Techniques
  • Projects; Simply Sweet, Berries, Daisies, Rosebud, Sweet Pea, Poppies
  • Inspiration; Get Inspiration, Card Gallery, Home Decor.

Pros/Cons

Pros

The quality of filming, lighting and sound are fantastic.

The DVD is divided into sections which allow you to easily get to a particular chapter, if you only have ten minutes to spare, or you can watch the whole thing.

Sheena shows you the entire process, from choosing suitable paints, brushes and surfaces. Through the techniques and how to apply the techniques on each of the separately available 6 stamp sets.

Very clear instructions. Sheena explains things really well and you could easily paint along with her once you have the other items.

I really like how using rubber stamps means you can get started really quickly and simply to achieve impressive results and also that once you have practiced the techniques, in time you can move on to painting with out the stamps too.

Cons

I don’t really have any, there were a few occasions when the camera cut away from techniques a little early, but they were techniques that had been shown previously. I’m sure this was just to keep the DVD to a practical length and when you watch through the whole DVD you don’t miss anything. Its only if you are watching a particular section in isolation that you notice it. All the techniques you need are shown in full.

Build Quality

The quality of filming, lighting and sound are all fantastic. Wonderful close-ups of what is being shown, no distracting backgrounds, well-lit.  This DVD is top class on all fronts, from content to production quality.

Value for Money

Excellent! Even if you only buy the DVD (without the stamps) You will still learn so many wonderful techniques that will take your painting to the next level.

Would I buy it Again?

Yes and I highly recommend it to everyone looking to improve their painting skills and try out some new techniques.

Summing up

This DVD is fantastic, as I say it was something completely different to my usual style, but I’ve really enjoyed it. I will be watching it again and again to learn the skills shown.

Sheena is a brilliant teacher, she explains everything so clearly and in a way that makes you feel like you could do it too. I especially like the fact that things are so well explained that you can stretch yourself beyond using the stamps as your skills evolve.

This DVD is like a workshop with Sheena, she has such an encouraging presentation style that you feel like you really are in a class with her. The great thing is, you can rewind and replay any thing as many times as you want to. An excellent DVD and an excellent concept too, Sheena says this is just the beginning and I’m very excited to see where she will take us in the future with this technique.

I’m converted, put me down as a Sheena Fusioneer, are you?

Links

Here is Sheena’s You Tube trailer about her Paint Fusion DVD

For more information about the products and to find Sheena on the web, please check out the links below.

  • This is Sheena’s website and blog. You can buy the DVD and related products from here too.
  • This is Sheena’s  You Tube channel
  • Sheena Douglass on Twitter

Thank you Sheena for an Excellent tutorial DVD. As well as buying the DVD, I did buy all the stamps as well. :)  Just saving up for the brushes next, I’m going to try the techniques with Golden Fluid Acrylics. I’ll post again to let you all know how that goes.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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