Friday, April 5, 2013

Playing With Silks

  Hi! Since the weather has taken an unseasonably cold and windy turn I was "forced" into staying inside...and got some play time with the Silks Acrylic Glazes I mentioned in my last post.

  First I went to the LuminArte website Dreaming In Color to get some tips on using their paints. Then I began creating.




  These are just simple backgrounds on dictionary pages. This photo just doesn't do justice to the wonderful shimmer on these pages so you'll have to take my word for it. The one on the left was painted with Pink Azalea, Sunflower and Ocean Wave twinkling  H2Os. I then applied Emerald Silks glaze thru a Crafter's Workshop words stencil. On the right page I stippled Apricot Nectar Silks glaze thru the Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil. Once dry I applied Sky Blue Twinkling H2O,blotting off the excess. The Silks acts as a resist.

  I had several emails and a commenter mention that I should try them over gesso-thank you! And looky what I got after I painted a tag with black gesso then used Silks:


  This time the camera was able to catch some of the shimmer-LOVE IT!! I placed the Paris Cathedral stencil (Artists Cellar) over the dried tag and stippled with Sunburst and Plumeria Silks glazes.

  One word of caution- since these paints are highly pigmented they will really stain your hands!! My hands looked like dyed Easter eggs for awhile :).

  Now of course I had to create some finished projects too. Here is a simple prayer flag I made:


  I def. need much more photography practice! I had this scrap of muslin on my table which was perfect for a flag. I painted on African Jade and French Lilac and allowed it to cure 48 hrs. as suggested at Lumin Arte then heat set it for permanency. I stamped the Chinese image (an old stamp by Ducks in a Row) with Jet Black Staz-On ink. It needed a little something so I grabbed a scrap of gelli printed cardstock, cut it up and then stitched the pieces on. I think you can click on it to get a better view and see the beautiful shimmer.

  Since I had my box of Asian stamps and supplies out I decided to continue with the Asian theme for my next project, a canvas triptych:



 For each 3" x 3" canvas I painted on Sunburst and French Lilac Silks glazes.Once dry I stencilled a few spots using the Plumeria glaze. Images used are from Hero Arts Poetic Prints set-Chinese Wishes. I stamped them onto tissue paper with Jet Black Staz-On ink,carefully trimmed around them then adhered them to the canvases with Perfect Paper Adhesive. This was the really tricky part because you have to place it on right the first time and ever so gently smooth it with your finger. You can see a few areas where the Plumeria bled a bit from the PPA so  next time I''ll seal the canvas first. I finished the canvases by adding stencilled circles with black acrylic paint.

  Well, I hope you've enjoyed my Silks play, and if anyone has product they'd like to send my way-I'd be most happy to play with them too! Just sayin' :)

 Linking up to Art Journal Every Day, Paint Party Friday, Show and Tell Saturday.

  " Dreams are the seeds of change. Nothing ever grows without a seed, and nothing ever changes without a dream."   Debby Boone

 

46 comments:

  1. The tag painted over gesso is really striking, and I was planning to say it was just like a stained glass window when you mentioned the cathedral stencil! Although I like all the artwork here, the little triptych of eastern canvases is lovely.

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  2. Linda

    I had some happy mail today!!! My beautiful atc's from you arrived in their sweet envelope!!!

    Thank you so much :)

    I love them!!! They are even more lovely in 'real life!' I am a big fan of the stitching too.

    Great post here today as well - before I forget to comment!!!

    The Asian triptych is amazing.

    Thank you again!!!

    Karen xxx

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  3. Great color combo. I love purple! :)

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  4. Wow! Love the silk painting ~ especially like the oriental small paintings ~ All Wonderful! ~ ^_^

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  5. Here is a direct link to my blog in case you don't know G+ ~ Wonderfully creative art work all of it ~ ^_^

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  6. Beautiful work Linda! Love the backgrounds but the tag is my favorite. The purple and gold is fabulous!

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  7. Dear Lind, love your works and this wonderful Colors. Hope the sun will be back soon!
    Happy PPF and hugs
    Erika

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  8. Love your dictionary pages Linda, This is someting I'm going to experiment with!! :)

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  9. Love the canvases and prayer flag, and the silks painted over black gesso - wowowowow! Enjoy playing with those gorgeous paints! Valerie

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  10. Beautiful! I have got to try mine with the black gesso. I have some black tags and brown kraft tags which might be interesting to try. Now to find some playtime.

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  11. Beautiful! I've got to try mine with the black gesso.

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  12. Your colors are so pretty. I really love that prayer flag. It's just gorgeous!

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  13. lots of lovely work! I can really see the shimmer through the black gesso! Wow.

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  14. Yes, beautiful designs, exquisite combination of colors and textures, I like for its fine delicacy.

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  15. These are fantastic Linda! You really make me want to get some paints,watercolors, and stamps out and PLAY!!!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. Haven't tried the silks but you sure make them look awful pretty. Happy PPF. xox

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  17. Lots of wonderful work here today Linda, thank you for sharing. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. Linda there is such style to your work, happy PPF to you!

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  19. LOVE what you did with the Luminartes Linda! Spring is almost here! HPPF!

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  20. Love all the color! Great effect on that tag with the gesso and color.

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  21. Your blog and your art look so vivid, beautiful, cheerful and creative. Beautiful and Thank you so much for sharing with us. Fantastic dictionary pages, magical prayer flag and beautiful canvas. Have a lovely weekend Linda. Big, big hugs!!!!

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  22. Love all of your projects using the silks, Linda! Your work always amazes me!!!

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  23. So much beauty here today...It makes me soooo happy! I love how the tag turned out....wow...and the prayer flag is awesome too...but those three little canvases.....well I am loving the purple and yellow together anyway and these are just spectacular....Excellent pieces today....as always!

    Hugs Giggles

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  24. Love the purple and yellow in the triptych!!

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  25. I'm really fond of Asian themed work and your is lovely. Those Silks look great on black!

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  26. You take me out of my watercolour world when I pop over here. Thanks for showing me another side to creativity. All great pieces.

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  27. I love the triptych! The colors compliment each other so well and purple happens to be my favorite color!

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  28. Just beautiful! Love the bright happy colours!!!

    Happy PPF!

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  29. Beautiful pieces, love the canvases and the prayer flag is so unique! <3

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  30. I love what you have done with these beautiful paints, Linda. I must check out if they are available here in the U.K. Even the names sound wonderful. You did catch the glimmer too which makes them even more attractive to me. The triptych is amazing.

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  31. The dictionary pages are so awesome!! A funny side effect of the digital era is how neat and artistic books are as a medium. Love the flag as well!

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  32. I loved all that you have done, especially the prayer flag as I was thinking of making one too. I loved the triptych too! Thank you Linda!

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  33. some lovely pieces here happy ppf

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  34. linda, your work with the silks paints is so beautiful. Each one is a special piece. The tag is my favorite photo in your post. I can only imagine how wonderful it glistens.

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  35. Ooh, what gorgeous paints - I love what you've done here! The intense colour is gorgeous. I particularly like the tag with the colours over black gesso - WOW!

    x

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  36. All pretty intriguing. Never seen this done before, love it. Happy PPF.

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  37. You had a lot of fun playing with paints this last week, Linda. I especially like that tag with the striking black, gold and purple pattern. Have a blessed week!

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  38. Love those last ones a lot.. very striking colors. I had a friend whose since pass away, but she used to love anything Asian themed. She would have loved those. HPPF

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  39. Lovely work Linda; I must get some black gesso! The pots of silk paint below look wonderful. Love your April pages.
    Anne x

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  40. Looks like this new paint really got the artistic juices flowing great makes HPPF Dxx

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  41. I totally love the flag, but all your pieces are gorgeous...so and now I am way behind all the workshops ;) as life goes ♥ Conny
    http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  42. You had me at Twinkling and shimmer. And dictionary pages :) LOVELY prayer flag too - you've been so busy! I love your results, xoxo

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  43. The prayer flag looks beautiful Linda.Do keep on experimenting with Silks and sharing them here. Maybe oneday I too will buy them:)
    Susan

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  44. Dear Linda you are such a talent with all those paint mediums and finishes and it is wonderful that so many appreciate your works of art!
    I LOVE your prayer flag and the colours are so softly superb!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment on my latest post with laces etc. I do love to connect with you!
    Hugs,
    Suzy

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  45. Love your beautiful prayer flag (along with the special and gorgeous one I have from you dear Linda!)
    You are always busy creating beautiful things
    and hasn't the weather been up and down lately!
    oxo

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