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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Prills Frills Blog Hop - UsArtQuest

BLOG HOP CANDY Alert!!!!!!  Follow all the blogs on this hop starting with USAQ's Blog.  Comment on each blog, and have a chance to win 6 fantastic bottles of Prills.  Take the ideas you've seen and create your own.  Winner will be announced Sunday March, 18th on USAQ's blog.

I am soooo excited about Prills!  I have been creating with them the last few months and am in love with them.  If you read my USArtQuest blog post - see the blog here - I did a simple project for children.  Now I get to jump into the meat and bones and talk a bit of why I LOVE Prills.

When I was a child growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, the schools were close enough to take us on field trips to many amazing museums.  I frequented the Art Institute many times.  The Art Institute was a magical place that inspired my love of art - even at a young age.

In the early 60's, I could get up close and see the brush strokes on paintings, many had no glass, and there were no buzzer alarms if you got too close to a painting. 

One painting that fascinated me was by the Post Impressionist artist, George Seurat.  George painted in what is known as "pointillism."  He used his brush to make dots of colors.  It was magic to me... I'd look closely at all the dots and then walk far back from the painting and there would be the whole picture, perfectly rendered, with shading and all!

Here is my favorite:  Study for A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,

Here is another painting where you can see the pointillism close up:

So what does this have to do with Prills?  I opened the package with the colors I ordered and immediately was transported to that time as a child when I thought Seurat's paintings were magic.  Then I thought, I'd like to make some magic!!

USAQ Supplies:

Optional :

1.  Set up a workspace with paper to catch extra Prills - a teflon sheet is great if you are working in a way where your work might stick.  I use a Little Dipper Scoop to pick up the Prills with, I do not fill the whole scoop; a little less than half gives you more control. 
2.  For this project I found an image that I could paint on and shaded it first with MicaColor watercolors.  The front pathway in purple has little shimmers that are oh so pretty!  The door, flowerbox, and cat shimmer too.
3.  To start applying the Prills, I pick the colors I want to start with.  I normally keep my Prill jars upside down to view the colors- I am very visual that way.  I gently and slowly squeeze some PPA onto the areas I want to add Prills. I also squeeze some PPA onto the paper and use my awl to pick up tiny amounts of PPA for fine detail work. 
4.  Using the Little Dipper, I scoop up a small amount of Prills and drop them in place.  If you follow the above way of only filling the Little Dipper partially full, then you can get most of the Prills where you want.  I pick up Prills that roll away and drop them with my fingers too.  Use the awl and tweezers to move and nudge Prills exactly where you want them and to define the shapes better.
5.  While for me I am not a fine motor skill girl, I found this process so relaxing, going one portion at a time and dropping Prills where I wanted them to go.  I like to play music in the background as I create.  If there were mixed colors for shading or just two colors together, I put 1 color down first, let it dry and went back to do the next color. 

Here is how the piece looks as I just start.  Much like Seurat, I am planning what colors I put down, where, and how for shading and color effects.  Because it is painted first, I have all the shadows and highlights down as a guide. 

It is not necessary to follow as detailed as I did, you might want to find an outline stamp like Sandi Miller's, and just fill in each color without shading.  That his how I did the project for the USAQ blog.

As you see in this close up, much like Seurat, you see the "dots" of colors.  They really do not make rhyme or reason until you move back a bit and see all the glorious colors blended together.  Prills add beautiful dimension to the art as well!  Now you can see why I thought of George Seurat when I started this art piece.

Here is the Prills color chart.  Look at all the yummy colors!  If you notice, several shades have more than one color mixed in for contrast.  There is even a color Prill Spills, which I suggest you have because once I finish a project, I have lots of mixed colors of Prills - just pour them into the Prill Spills jar to save for another project!  Some shades are light, some dark so you can shade to your hearts content.

Prills not only add dimension and texture to art work pieces, but great for jewelry, adding to melted and casted art, so many ways to create with Prills!

The next person on the blog hop is Kristi.  Click the link and follow to see Kristi's fabulous art.  The start of the blog hop is at USAQ blog.

Here is the list of everyone's blog:
And of course you are at my blog
See Sue on HSN, March 20th!!!!