The Road Less Traveled


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Somerset Digital Fall 2010

I was happy to participate in Angi Sullin's Digital Collage Challenge and all three of my works were recently published in Somerset Digital.  I am a semi-beginner with digital art and would love to learn more!  Here is one piece of art:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My First Award

I received my First Award!!!  Thanks to Penny Duncan of Penny Duncan Creations for giving me the Trendy award.  Yahoo, nice award!
Penny is a consumate artist!  Not onlyl does she design cut files (SVG's), she is one heck of a mixed-media artist!!!
See her work at Penny Duncan Creations

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Vintage Palette Antiques Your Art - USAQ Tutorial # 6

BLOG HOP!  After reading my blog, you will see a link to Lori's blog below.  Click on it and see some more WONDERFUL Vintage Art!!!



Folio Cardstock (USAQ) (The palette shows wonderfully on both light and dark cardstock)
Paper Towels

Simple Painted Background with paint sponged on stamps and stamped over dried background.

Using USAQ's Vintage Mica Color Palettes, brilliant backgrounds can be created easily to enhance any type art you create.   The Vintage Palette is a new, unique color mix that adds rich, shimmery hues.  If you look at the palette below, you might think there is a silver color, but actually it is a shimmery taupe hue called Aged Champagne (What a perfect name!).  The blue is Shabby Blue, and the Purple is Stormy Sky.  The color descriptions match the shades so eloquently!

There is a touch of sepia color infused with all shades to give it that vintage "POW" of antiqued color. 

OH, I ADORE this palette and will use it alone or with my other Mica Color Palettes!  Shimmer is rich with all the little particles of mica, without looking too gaudy.  It reminds me of old vintage items found in an antique store.

The backgrounds in these photos do not show the shimmer of the mica color paint, but be asured, you get such richness with little glimmers and shimmers of color that even create a metalic look.

This is using the Vintage Palette to enhance a collage.  I took a collage and enhanced the background, sign and part of Anthony Bourdain's chef jacket with various colors in the palette.  The result was so cool!  I did some straight painting and some dry brushing (taking your brush with barely any paint on it - almost dry - and then pulling the brush over the area you wish to paint.  The result will be soft, textured lines of color).  I didnt' use the paint on Anthony's face, I left it as is.  I sealed this project with PPA.

Below, I used a Perfect Brush (3/4" size) and did broad strokes with the bristles saturated with water and color from the Vintage Palette.

Again, this photo does not show the shimmer, the shimmer will be muted just slightly as it is watered down but still enough to enhance and create such a wonderfullly antiqued look.

I did use another Mica Color Palette to get a more yellow-gold tone and then lightly went over the gold hue from the Vintage Palette.  The blue from the palette and Seagreen Blue as well as Vintage Red mixed with the Sepia Veil added custom colors I wanted for the look.  Don't be afraid to mix colors and play!  The well in the middle of the palette is made just for that reason.  The words are a rub on that can be applied after the piece dries. 

Anything is possible if you think outside the box!!!  For this piece, a tribute to my artist/carpenter father who passed in 2005, I created a background on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock using USAQ's Texture Sponge.   After creating the background, I cut and then scanned in the paper on my computer and did a digital collage!!  This was so fun to do!  And best of all, I still have the original paper to use for another project!

You can almost see the shimmer and glimmer on the top of this canister in this photo, but in real life it is magnificent!  Did I paint over metal??  No!  I painted on cardboard container that I received a sample of Crystal Light's new Power Drink!!  If you saw this in person, you would swear that this is metal not cardboard.  It has hues mostly of Copper Pipe but then Sepia Veil and the Moss Green to give a patina look.  See how these palettes transform your art?!  Look at the gold and the Sepia Veil in the palette, how cool is that?  The paper to the left is where I wiped off my brush and when you look at that, you could use it for art too.  It has little flecks of mica dancing on the surface.

Backgrounds are just one way to use these palettes, there are tons and tons of other ways to paint, enhance, and explore the expression that is your art.

Now join the blog hop and follow this link to Lori's page.  Keep clicking the links to see the wonderfully beautiful Vintage Art from all the USAQ DT!!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

USAQ Tutorial #5: Creative Color with Perfect Pigment

"More color, unspoiled by meaning and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways."  - Oscar Wilde

Playful Post It Note Holder

Color makes me sing, makes me happy.  If we all lived in a world like the movie Pleasantville, no color; I would be so sad.  Of course in the movie, color came alive and so did the people!  I'm one of those who walks into a beauty store and wants to buy all the shades of eye shadows because they are pretty!!  Color is rich and beautiful and makes any work of art come alive.

This tutorial is using a fun, easy technique to use color overlay.  We will use the Perfect Pigment kit, sponging colors and then over stamping on top. The Studio Canvas surface is ideal for this project and many others. 


Perfect Pigment Kit (USAQ)
 Perfect Pigments in a variety of colors
  Mixing Cups
Studio Canvas (USAQ)
Pefect Brushes (USAQ)
Rubber Stamps
Velcro self-adhesive circle hook and loop
Pattern of Post It holder (Donovan Templates has a lot)
Paper Towels
Computer - opptional

1.  Cut canvas to size.  I cut my canvas to 8 1/2 x 11 and printed the outline of the Post It holder on the back.  The front side of the canvas is a beautiful, pre-primed white so there is no prep involved before painting.

2.  Using the sponges in the kit, sponge various colors of Perfect Pigment onto the canvas.  Don't worry about placement, the pattern is on the back.  Remember your color theory where red + blue = purple, red + yellow = orange, and so on.  As you sponge and overlap colors, you will create new colors!  I use Metallic Gold Light as an accent on top of all the colors, randomly sponged here and there. 

3.  Using a wood or unmounted rubber stamp, use Purple Mist and sponge some color onto the stamp and then stamp it onto the canvas where you just painted.  Repeat the process and fill the area.  Once the paint is dried, turn the canvas over and fill in open, white areas with Metallic Gold Light and a few other colors so the inside is as pretty as the outside.

4.  Once the whole piece of canvas is dried, cut out the pattern.  PPA is a great adhesive to mount the Post It notes on the inside middle of the holder.  Fold up the bottom and top.  Remove the first backing exposing sticky material from one Velcro hook and loop (keep them stuck together for placement) and stick to the top of the Post It holder where the little circular curve is.  Remove the second backing, leaving the hook and loop together and close the Post It holder in place.  This will ensure you have the hook and loop in a place where they will line up again when you open and close the holder. 

5.  Add a bead or two and fibers to the front.  This idea can be used for a bigger size, to create a purse or even a vest.  I could also add magnets to the back so it would stick to the fridge or even fibers on the inside top to create a Post It necklace - or create a photo brag book necklace! 

Here is the backside and the inside of the Post It Holder.  The inside gives you a glimpse of what the canvas looked like before I stamped it.  The backside shows how the piece looked after I stamped it.  Perfect Pigments are PURE liquid acrylics.  They flow, and are made without fillers so you get the brightest, cleanest pigments possible.  Because they flow so smoothly, every brushstroke is consistent and uniform.

Save all your scraps because they can be used for other projects!


We have a Guest Designer  in the house!!!  Lori describes her style as grungy/shabby chic!  You can visit Lori's blog here:
A wonderful artist you must stop and see, along with the other outstanding creative forces behind USAQ DT!!!  - Find their links to the right under USAQ DT!

More Fab Art from Lori on her blog!

Do not let these paints fool you!  You can go as heavy or as light handed with painting as you would like to.  The paint stays flexible (perfect for working on t-shirts), and on the canvas surface any project is pliable so one can use it to make home decor' items.  Here is a tole painted flower.

Here are a couple more samples of art done with Perfect Pigments.  I did a technique that I used with preschoolers and tempera, just replaced the tempera with Perfect Pigments.  Using a rubber band to cover cardboard and squirting out the PP colors, makes a cool effect. 

Lastly, a painted the canvas, stamped on it, printed on the canvas and painted on the printed pic.

Monday, August 2, 2010

USAQ DT Tutorial # 4 - Totally Organic With Mica Flakes Kit

Texture and color drives my love of these highly pigmented mica flakes.  Very organic in look and nature, mosaic in shape and feel.  The Mica Flakes Collection Kit takes mica tiles to another level!!  Wow, I am in love!!

Here is a look at this rockin' (literally) kit!  Look at all the jars of highly pigmented mica flakes to choose from, 16 in all.  In addition you will receive PPA Gloss, 2 scoops, a high grade artist brush, and the tin to hold it all in.
To me, the brush itself is the price of admission.  Good grade brushes make all the difference, not having the right tools can make creating a chore, designing difficult.  USAQ carries several sizes of Perfect Brushes and the quality is phenomenal! 

Get an early start to Christmas present making. Completing gifts now lets you enjoy a worry-free holiday to enjoy entertaining, pageants, Caroling, and other fun holiday activities.

My project for this tutorial is a votive decorated with Pinata inks and mica flakes.  Flowers or other accents are fun to create, if you want to keep it holiday related, a poinsettia can be done instead of the flower.  The flower is made with mica flakes on Folio cardstock, and then die cut with a hand cutter like the Cuttlebug.  The center of the flower is added after cutting to define the floral look.  The combination of Mica Flakes and Pinata Inks add shimmer and glow to create an amazing gift!


Mica Flakes Kit (USAQ)
  Mica Flakes
  PPA Gloss
  Litte Dipper Scoops
  Fine Detail Brush
Folio Cardstock, any color you choose (USAQ)
Pinata Inks - 2 colors (USAQ) - Saphire Blue, and Senorita Magenta used
Krylon Gold Pen
Glass Votive Holder with Votive Candle
Small Block of Wood
A scrap piece of White Felt
Hook from Velcro Hook and Loop
Die Cut Machine and Die (I used a flower shaped)
Craft Glue Dots

1.  Create an applicator to apply your Pinata inks.  What I do is glue a strip of the "hook" (the grabbing part of of Velcro) part from a strip of Velcro Hook and Loop onto a thin side of wood.  I think it is something like 1-2" by 3-4".  The Hook from the Velcro will hold a thin strip of white felt. 

Here is a picture of my applicator, the scrap of felt already has alcohol ink on it.  You would place a clean piece of felt on the wood block.  You can see the little "hook" teeth on the Velcro strip. 

Image shows adding alcohol ink to felt.  Bring tip to felt and lightly squeeze.

2.  Take the first color of Pinata ink, adding 2-3 drops on the right side of the felt that is attached to the wood.  Add the other color of Pinata ink to the left side of the felt so that each color is next to each other side by side.
3.  Alcohol ink dries quickly so you will be able to work each side without smearing what you have done.  To design the votive with the ink, start with the Krylon pen - shake it well, remove the cap and run free-form lines and small dashes on the votive.
4.  Next take your wood applicator and apply ink in random patterns that overlap on the votive.  Turn the wood applicator to the left and to the right so that one color overlaps another color.  I used magenta and blue and formed purple where the colors overlap.  The more you tap over an area, the more pattern you will get.  As you play you will get the feel for how this works.  (There is a chapter in my book that shows how to apply alcohol inks to shrink plastic)   Apply ink to all four sides of the votive and even on the bottom.
5.  Starting with one side of the votive at a time, place the votive on its side.  Squeeze PPA onto the bottom part of the votive in a wavy line.  Scoop one or more colors of mica flakes and pour over the area.  Let dry and tap off excess flakes back into their jar.  If you have several colors mixed up, I store them in a separate container with a lid.
6.  Repeat #4 only do another wavy line just above the first area of flakes that have dried.  Find a contrasting color to accent the first color(s).  Follow the same directions using the scoop (or your fingers) to sprinkle the flakes on the area.  Let it dry.
7.  Keep turning the votive and do the same pattern on all four sides.  On the Folio Cardstock, brush PPA all over the surface and sprinkle colors of flakes all over the cardstock.  Add a little more PPA and sprinkle more.  Let dry and run the Folio Cardstock through your Cuttlebug to cut out a flower.  Attach the flower with a Craft Glue Dot.  Put the votive candle inside and light!

Make an assembly line and design several votives at a time.  A small amount of Pinata Ink goes a long way as well as the Mica Flakes.  With the Mica Flakes Kit, you have so many colors to make many gifts.

Below is a nature piece.  I love how the flakes look like sky, earth, or even water.  I first applied Duo Glue to black Folio cardstock.  I used both Jewelz Mica Pigmented Powders to decorate the background before adding the mica flakes.  There are a couple jars of finely crushed flakes that give a soft but textured finish (Not as fine as glitter) but like sawdust.  I adore the gold that is finely crushed. 

Another Christmas idea is cards or decorative art.  Here I took a paper mache' star which can be made into a removable ornament.  The ornament is done in cinnamon flakes and a chipboard star is added with the finely crushed gold to accent the star.  The background is finished like above with Duo Glue and mica pigmented powders and also Gildenglitz to give that shimmery, festive look.  A gold cording and a chipboard sentiment is added.  The gold swirls on the chipboard was added as well.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

More Mica Magic

Mica Magic Continues!  Stamping on mica and using it over a collage image adds dimension and texture to a collage.  Mica Flakes around or underneath peek through.

Enhance any collage with mica tiles.  This is a wonderful image from June's wonderful collage images  - .   I used mica tiles in different sizes to accentuate the wings and to paint on them.  I used paint to accent the hair and make the lilac eyes stand out.

Mica Transfer is done pretty much like any type of transfer.  A color copy or laser copy is needed for this to work.  Spread PPA on the mica tile and lay the image face down onto the PPA.  Burnish and let dry.  Once dried, use your finger and water and slowly remove the back white paper layer of the copy.  Going slow prevents areas to totally remove - unless that is the look you are going for. 

The image shows through like a ghost.  Pre-coloring the background with mica powders or foil will help the image stand out even more.  Collage under or over the transfer.

Painting on top of the image as well can add some pop to the finished collage. 

Sometimes I like grungy art, and to express something I am feeling at the time.  Other times I feel whimsical and my art reflects that.  I do love nature the most, hence the design in the post from the 18th.  Experiment and express all sides of your personality!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Through The Looking Glass - USAQ DT Project #3

 Mica Rocks it says!!  And it does!  This may seem like an unusual product, but read on and see a wondrous project for using this remarkable product.

My age is showing because I've been playing with Mica Tiles from USAQ at least 15 years!  Versatility is Mica Tile's middle name.  Let your imagination go wild with ideas galore!!!

Did you know that mica is a rock??  You may be familiar with mica as it is used in makeup to make your eyeshadow or blush sparkle.  There are many colors and types of mica, many sizes, densities as well.  Mica is safe for the environment, virtually un-destroyable so it makes a perfect surface for art.  USAQ sells many types of mica from different shape sizes, home Decor shape (a beautiful rusted hue), Mica D'lights, Mica Flakes, and Mica Pigments.  Check out each type, you'll find you will need them all!

Fossil on the Forest Floor

Mica Tiles (USAQ)
PPA Gloss (USAQ)
Perfect Pigments (USAQ) or (Jewelz colors of your choice, PPA and Clear Perfect Glaze)
Perfect Brush (USAQ)
Leaf Stamp (Hero Arts)
Black pigment Ink (LSS)
Clear Embossing Powder (LSS)
Heat Tool (LSS)

Making your own Acrylics - Take 2 parts PPA, and 1 part Jewelz and mix together.  Add more Jewelz if you want the color deeper.  The consistency should be like cream.  If not, add a little clear Perfect Glaze.  Store in an airtight container. 

1.  Delaminate (splitting the mica tile), by using your fingernail or a pointed tool, and wiggle your nail into the edge of the mica tile.  Slowly you will find that the more you wiggle, the more you will be able to start to split the mica tile.  Try to split the mica tile so that the pieces you get are rigid enough that they don't bend easily.  You will need 2 pieces for this project.
2.  Take one mica tile and on the top, stamp the leaf image, sprinkle embossing powder on, tap excess off, and heat with heat tool.  Put this tile aside and make sure you have it design up!
3.  Take 3 colors of Pefect Pigments (or see above to make your own acrylics) and plop a small amount of each on the other mica tile.  Just a small amount of Pefect Pigments is enough, they will spread out when you put the two pieces together.
4.  Now make a sandwich and smoosh!  You do this by holding the mica tile with the Perfect Pigments on it (face up) and lay the first mica tile you stamped on top of the second - Remember you want the stamped and embossed image face up!!  PPA is an adhesive as well as a medium so when dried the two mica tiles will stay together.  Excess paint will come out of the edges, just wipe the extra off with a paper towel.
5.  Once dried, you have an element or embellishment to add to a card, art piece, or scrapbook page.

The larger tiles (with various rusted shading) are perfect for many projects including frames. 

More ideas to be posted in the next week so come back and take a look! Remember, more ideas from the USAQ DT are just a click away - see the links to the right and follow all the other DT's fabulous art. Also watch Sue's video on "Mica It Rocks" at the USAQ website.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Melissa from Oregon you have WON!!!  Congrats and have fun with the Lila stamp.  Melissa is inspired by many in the industry right now, but the one I really related to is - Harold and His Purple Crayon!!!  I read this book as a child, have the book as an adult and my sister even sent me the DVD.  He went out of the box, totally off the wall with his purple crayon imagining all sorts of wonderful adventures! 

I'm waiting for all Melissa's information, but as soon as I get it, her prize will be out to her.
Thank you everyone for your great comments, I really appreciate the input especially since my blog is so new. 

Stay tuned, on July 18th will be the next USAQ tutorial and I have 1 really fun and unique embellishment idea that uses something you may not have thought about or have been aware is available for creating with.  As always, be sure to check all the USAQ DT's blogs for different artistic ideas using the same products!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Let's Do Lunch - Decorative Napkin Collage/USAQ DT Project #2

(Leave a post for a chance to win a Lila image - post by July 9th)

I get strange looks whenever I go to a restaurant and see a cool coaster, or tea wrapper and I take it with me for my collage art!  Of course it was a part of my meal, ha ha. 

There are so many GoRgEoUs decorative napkins on the market, but I Never want to use them to wipe off food.   They are perfect for collage!!

I totally fell in love with USAQ's European Napkin Collection, a complete kit with napkins, PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive), and Crystal Effectz.   While the napkin has a patterned design on it, the sky's the limit in the way you can create!  I find myself playing with color, glitz, and textures, ways to make my art heart soar!

Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) is a staple medium I use almost every time I create.  I even bring it for adhesive when I teach.  Every art form can use PPA because it is archival safe, and acid free.  I always mention the fact that PPA is UV Resistant - I can hang art up on the wall and the colors won't fade or yellow.  PPA is a full-body adhesive yet light weight, the right consistency, and easy to use.  There is both a matte and gloss PPA so the finish can reflect your personal preference.  Although I will talk about PPA as an adhesive for napkin collage, I've used it for years to make paint from mica powders.  Check out the specifics on this product here.  

A Birdie Told Me Trading Card Project -  
European Napkin Collection (USAQ)
Draw and Guild Kit (USAQ)
Flat 1/2" Snap Brush (USAQ)
Water and Water Container
Painter's Tape or Masking Tape
Perfect Pigments: Blue Pearl, Green Pearl, Magenta, and Metallic Lt. Gold (USAQ)
Mica Flakes (USAQ)
Excel  board White (USAQ)
Wax Paper or Palette/Palette Paper

1.  Squeeze out small amounts of Perfect Pigments on wax paper or palette.  Start with the gold and paint  the mat board.  While still wet, blend in the blue pearl and green pearl around various areas.  Let dry.

2. Separate the napkin (there are usually 3 plys, 2  of the 3 are white).  Sue's TipTake 2 small tape pieces (tap on clothes to make less tacky), put one on the front of the napkin and one on the back.  Pull the tape pieces in opposite directions and the patterned napkin will pull away from the white backings. Rip the napkin so that the bird and word "imagine" will fit on the mat board ATC.  Pour a bit of PPA on your palette and brush PPA on the mat board, then take the napkin piece and lightly dip into the water (YES another Sue Tip), and then place down on the mat board, smoothing from the center out.  The water helps so there isn't texture or lines on the finished piece (unless you want the texture).  Brush more PPA over the top to seal the image.  Add another coat of PPA.  While still wet, add some Crystal Effectz to the birds breast, and background as well as a couple colors of Mica Flakes.  The PPA will not only seal the project but work as an adhesive to hold the Crystal Effectz and Mica Flakes in place.  Let dry.

3.  In the well of the fine line pen (Draw and Gild Kit) and fill with lt. metallic gold Perfect Pigment.  Go over the word "imagine" a couple times and also highlight areas on the bird.  Color the top of the head and breast with a little gold and then with your brush add a tiny bit of magenta so you get a red-gold hue. 

Napkin collage lends itself to many surfaces!  Once I started designing, I went CrAzY finding surfaces and coming up with ideas!!!  Napkins make it easy for beginners or those who do not draw, because the napkin has the art work on it.  Add Crystal Effectz, Mica Flakes and other USAQ embellishments and you have created a beautiful work of ART! 

In the photo I have designed not only the ATC, but a bracelet, a matchbox trinket holder, and even an necklace!  USAQ has gold Sty'line stickers which are great to add to these projects and even on their own with mica watercolor palettes.

A wood bracelet is fun and easy to create with.  Rip the napkin to fit the front and a little over the edges.  The inside of the bracelet I collaged bits of the floral motif with the words.  Add flowers and string beads on wire for a finished decorative touch. Accent with Pefect Pigment acrylic as well.

If you look at the pears and leaves, I have gilded the pears and areas.  Also used the fine line pen for some outlining as well.  The box has a flap that opens up and I put a button to look like a drawer knob.

I loved creating lots of texture with this piece to create an antiqued piece of jewelry.  Using a mix of painting under and over with Perfect Pigment, not wetting the napkin before collaging with PPA, and adding Sty'lines stickers, and a wire circle just adds to the aged look.  The paint can be added sort of blotchy to build up texture and depth.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sneak Peak for July 5th Project

Here is a sneak peek of one of my projects for July 5th!  Yes, there are several of them with a nature birdie as the highlight!!  Here is a peak of a pear but you'll have to come back on the 5th to see what I did.  Hmmmm lots of yummy USAQ products there!  Do you know which ones??? :-)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Win A Lila Stamp Image with the Next USAQ DT Tutorial

This is one of my stamp images from Lila's Divine Play!  Leave a comment on July 5th when I post the next USAQ DT Tutorial and you will have a chance to WIN a Lila image.
If you do not have a blog or email, please post a way to get a hold of you along with your comment.

Have Fun, learn new things and WIN a Stamp Image!!!
This prize not affiliated with USArtQuest - just a way to share ideas. 

Comment July 5th - July 9th, prize awarded July 12th!

Below is some art my friend Purnima created with Lila Divine Play Stamps.      

Purnima is a phenominal artist and I treasure her works!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Draw and Gild in More Ways

Now that we have the blog hop in full swing (see below to win a Draw and Gild kit worth $29.99), I wanted to add a few more ideas of art I've done with gilding.

I belong on many groups where artists use a die cut machine of their choice; and many use the 2 major softwares out there SCAL2 or MTC so they can create their own files.

I made a Chinese Take Out Box and cut it out on my machine.  Then I drew some Asian motifs with the Chinese symbol for "peace," and gilded it with the fine line pen.  For a more finished look you can add a bead or two to the wire handle or hang fibers or even an Asian tassle.  Great little box for Gifts.  Easy to do. 

I am very much into wax/encaustics with the added elements of texture with mixed-media design.  Here is a Hot Wax background with a gilded design on top.  I adore laminate chips (perfect ATC size) and have a drawer filled with them.

When you use the fine line pen on wax, you only have to go lightly over the surface.  The pen glides over the wax! 

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer is Flowering All Over! USArtQuest Design Team Project #1

Blog Hop PRIZE!
To help celebrate our first design team project, we are so excited to have you participate in the USAQ Blog Hop! To be eligible to win the fabulous prize being offered, you will need to start at the beginning, which is Sarah's blog, and visit each blog on the hop  (leave a comment on my blog as well). You must Leave a Comment On Each Designer's Blog by 11:59 EST, Sunday, June 27th.  This wonderful prize is a tin filled with the very materials used in these projects! The drawing will take place on Monday, June 28th. Here is a complete list of our design teams blogs (just in case you get lost).
Sarah Anderson
Suzi Blu
Jessica Griffin
Jan Hennings
Terri Sproul
Julie Ranae
Connie Vogt

Looking outside my window, I noticed all the beautiful flowers blooming.  Flowers of all types with stunning colors! 

My first project for the USArtQuest Design Team reflects my feelings about these picturesque flowers.

Draw and Gild is a wonderful kit that includes almost all the materials you will need for this project.  The kit even comes in a tin that you can use to design on!  While I love to draw, no drawing experience is necessary!  Use your computer to print patterns to work with (The kit instructions give details on how to do this.).  Not only can you use Duo Adhesive in the pen, but Mica Color Watercolors as well.

Draw and Gild Kit (USArtQuest):
Great Tape (USArtQuest)
Red Metallic Paper (LSS)
Image of Iris (Digi stamp, illustration, or hand drawn)
Container with Water
Covered Work Area

1.  Following instructions in kit package, print a pattern of your choice using your computer.  I drew an iris outline lightly with pencil and added the extra elements for my picture.

2.  Paint the iris, background, and leaves, first with various colors with the Stargazer Mica Color Palette.  To get the paint ready, dip your brush into water, and add to the color you are using.  I either do this a couple times or use a water spritzer and spritz the color I want to use.  Let the water absorb for at least 30-60 seconds, and then swirl your brush into the color.  The consistency of the paint will be creamy and not watery.  At that point the paint is ready to use.  Optional:  I like to mix colors to create new shades.  While it is not necessary, it is fun to experiment.  The center, empty well of the palette is made for this use.

3.  Fill the reservoir of the Fine Line Pen with Duo Embellishing Adhesive.  If you get a bubble, refer to the simple kit instructions that tell you how to remedy this. To get the flow of the adhesive started, tap the pen lightly on a scrap piece of paper.  Follow your pattern and trace over your image.  The Duo Adhesive is white when it is wet but when it is dried and ready, the adhesive is clear.  As Sue says, " If it's white it's not right, if it's clear it adheres."  Make sure all the areas are clear before you go to the next step.

4.  Now to gild with Gildenglitz!  I like to put my Gildenglitz into a plastic container so that it is easy to use and the container catches all the extra little bits and pieces (Called gilding fines.).  Each kit contains a color of Sparkling Mica Powder Pigment.  If you'd like to add a bit of the color before gilding, pick up some on a dry brush and tap onto the area you want.  Pick out the colors of gilding you would like to use and apply to the surface.  You will notice how it sticks to the clear, tacky areas where you drew adhesive with the liner pen.  Take your texture sponge and start to brush off the mica powder, then pick up the card and tilt it into the container brushing and burnishing the surface.  Like magic you see your image come to life with metallic shimmer that further accents the pearlized glimmer of the mica watercolors.  Remove all the excess bits and polish your card using the Appliquate.   

5.  Cut out the flower image.  Apply Great Tape to the back and mount it to the black Folia cardstock.  Trim the black Folia cardstock.  Mount the metallic paper to the back of the black Folia cardstock.  Trim the paper if necessary.


Plant the seeds of creativity and watch them grow!  Blossom as you try new techniques.