We are excited to welcome Ken Oliver to Palette & Paper a little later this month. He will be teaching three workshops focusing on using Color Bursts and other products in the Ken Oliver Crafts family.
Color Bursts are “an amazing powder watercolor medium that lets you create beautiful watercolor techniques like you’ve never created before”. They come in 20 colors (including the newly released “Caribbean Brights Collection”), and are great for watercolor painting, fine art and mixed media. You can make artwork suitable for framing quickly and easily with Color Bursts (take Ken’s Stencil Magic Class and walk away with a framed 12x12” piece of artwork!). It’s easy to “sprinkle and spritz” to create watercolor backgrounds like an expert also. Palette & Paper has an assortment of colors in the Shoppe that can be purchased for $6 each or in 6-packs.
Color Bursts also come in Liquid Metals (12 colors). The Liquid Metals add an eye-catching metallic luster to your artwork and can be mixed with other Color Bursts colors. Finely granulated metallic powder along with colorant is suspended in a dispensing liquid in a handy dropper bottle to make this unique product.
It is so awesome to see the colorants react to water and spread over your artwork. Once you “sprinkle and spritz” you will be hooked!
Just look at the Gallery below showcasing items made with Color Bursts and Liquid Metals by Ken and his Creative Team. As you can see, you can add Color Bursts and Liquid Metals to almost every kind of craft type and project.
Another great product that is hot on the market are Ken’s Cut n’ Color stamp and die sets. Ken says they were designed with versatility in mind. Cut n’ Color lets you “color” stamped images, then cut them out with matching die sets making it quick and easy to cut multiple images. You can use these sets for a multitude of projects including: card making, party décor, mixed media artwork and art journaling.
Attendees of Ken’s Watercolor Cards class on Friday, July 29 will have the chance to use these great new Cut n’ Color stamp and die sets (there are still a few spots left so register today!).
If you haven’t signed up for one (or all three) of Ken’s classes yet we know you will want to. His products are so fun to use and can be used in a multitude of ways with various crafts and projects. This is a great opportunity to learn from the King of Color Bursts himself!
Last Wednesday evening during Open Studio, Creative Team Member Jill Metz offered a demonstration of Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Distress Crayons. The participants were in for a real treat - - not only did Jill offer a demonstration of the products, but a complete project walk-thru using the markers and crayons! Just look at some of the gorgeous creations made during the demonstration below.
Want to learn more about the steps taken to create these fun oversized puzzle piece creations? Keep reading!
Step 1: Make vertical lines using a black Distress Crayon on the lower portion of the puzzle piece. The creaminess of the Distress Crayons is really nice and you can get bold lines with the crayon.
Step 2: Using four Distress Markers (Jill recommends a palette of 2 warm and 1 cool colors + 1 green) draw flowers and leaves/vines using the black lines as stems.
Step 3: "Activate" your flowers by adding water with a paintbrush. In the picture below no additional pigment/marker was added. The lighter pink that fills in the flower blossom is from the water activating the Distress Marker used to draw the petals.
Step 4: Continue to activate your flowers, leaves and stems with water. Play with it and have fun. Add pigment with markers as desired.
Step 5: Add highlights to your flowers and leaves with a white Distress Crayon.
Step 6: Add pattern to the bottom section of your creation and activate with water. Keep repeating this step until you have a look you enjoy.
Step 7: Outline the flowers and leaves using a black permanent marker. This step, despite being a little scary to complete, definitely makes your artwork POP! Tip: hold your marker with the side of the nib touching the surface and sort of roll it. This will help achieve more of a scribble effect and lighter lines.
Step 8: Add additional white highlights with white Distress Crayon or acrylic paint for a bolder look.
Step 9: Add a message or typography element to your artwork. Tim Holtz's Chitchat stickers are great for this.
Easy, right? Now grab some Distress Markers and Crayons and get to creating! Be sure to share your creations on our Facebook page or on Instagram with #paletteandpapercreation because we would love to see!
Keep an eye on our Calendar and Events page for notifications of future demonstrations and classes.
A phrase you will see often on Palette & Paper’s website and social media channels along with being heard in the shoppe is “mixed media”.
But what is “mixed media”? According to Wikipedia, mixed media refers to “an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. For example, a work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a 'mixed media' work" (source).
At Palette & Paper, we carry a variety of mediums to be used in various mixed media work (think about it, almost everything you create could be considered mixed media!). A few of our favorite mediums/products that we carry are (we’ll be sharing more in the coming weeks):
Mica Powder by Finnabair Art Ingredients
Mica Powders are great additions to any base mediums – gesso, gel medium (use it this way when doing photo transfers and you will love the shimmery result) and even water to create your own custom mists. The Mica Powder will add sparkle and shimmer to all of your mixed media projects.
Dylusions Paint by Ranger
These paints are easily blendable but yet waterproof and dry quickly (an important feature in mixed media projects when you are working with lots of layers) to a matte finish. These paints accept all types of writing inks without clogging up the tips and unlike other paints, they come in a jar with a wide opening perfect for art tools, brushes, fingers and baby wipes (have you painted with a baby wipe before? Do it! You can cover a large area with just a little paint and it makes it so easy to blend multiple colors together.)
Heavy Gesso by Finnabair Art Basics
Gesso is a quick-drying paint and primer. It comes in white, black and even clear! It works well for a variety of color products providing a permanent, smooth, chalky background. Gesso will work mixed with pigments or acrylic paints to create a range of customized, colored layers. Gesso is also great watered down for “lightening” a background in your art journal (see examples of this below by Palette & Paper friend, Celeste).
Uni-ball Signo Broad Pen in White
White ink isn’t just for writing on black paper. It is perfect for adding details and text to backgrounds and patterned paper. This pen is adored by many with its smooth writing and nice bold tip.
What are some of your favorite mediums? Do you use any of these four regularly in your artwork?
Bible Journaling is a great way to engage with scripture and celebrate your walk in faith while utilizing your artistic abilities. Bible Journaling can take many forms – from simple notes and highlighted passages (like this page here) to creating pages of creative artwork to celebrate His word.
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What do I need to Bible Journal?
In the simplest form all you need to get started is a bible and a pen. However, you will probably want to gather some additional supplies to spark your creativity and create artwork more similar to what you are seeing on Instagram and Pinterest. Below is a list of supplies that we found to be most helpful – feel free to add and subtract supplies as your style of Bible Journaling evolves.
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How do I start?
Looking at a pristine Bible can be intimidating. But remember, there is no right or wrong way to Journal in your Bible. The activity of Bible Journaling is all about taking time to read, discover and connect with His word.
Start with your favorite verse, one that reminds you of a certain in your life, or a randomly selected one (check out this Bible Journaling Guide we found on Pinterest). What feelings does the verse evoke? Sketch out a picture that relates to the verse or use a combination of stamps and stickers to add a visual message to your page. Then pick out key words of the verse to focus on. Write the words in various fonts – block caps, cursive, a mixture of fonts or use letter stamps! Once you have a basic design mapped out, add color! There are many ways and supplies to use when adding color. Keep in mind, it is always a good idea to put an extra piece of paper or a handy Illustrated Faith Bible Mat (pictured below) underneath to eliminate bleed.
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If you want to get more artistic with your Bible Journaling pages but don’t consider yourself an artist there are some “tricks” you can use. A mixture of tracing and graphite paper will allow you to “copy” images into your bible that you can fill-in with watercolors, colored pencils and other mediums. Jann Gray will be here tomorrow and Saturday sharing a lot of those tricks with you (space still available! Click here to read a description of the workshop and here to register). Check out our Pinterest Board for more inspiration.
Please remember that Bible Journaling can take many forms. There is no right or wrong way to do it and there is no such thing as a page being "good enough". This is all our YOUR faith journey and reflection of His Word. Have fun and enjoy the process!
If you have any questions about Bible Journaling feel free to leave a comment!
Originally emailed via the newsletter distribution list on 4/19/16.
A class or workshop for everyone!!
So many amazing instructors are popping in to teach at P&P in the next several months and we also look forward to our upcoming local classes and weekend crops, National Scrapbook Day and two weeks of Kids Craft Camp!! Whew!!
Jen Starr is up first beginning on Saturdaywith 5 different classes, all listed below.
Check out our calendar and register for these special classes here.
Vintage Photo Transfer Canvas
This one of a kind family keepsake would make a great personalized gift! While creating this 8x8” canvas (in your choice of paint colors) you will learn how to effectively achieve a photo transfer with that rich vintage tintype photo look. If you have had problems with photo transfers in the past, Jen will walk you through all of her best tips and tricks for getting a perfect transfer almost every time! In addition, you will learn some fun techniques using acrylic paints. metal and a variety of mediums.
Artistic Layers-Art Journaling Pages
Using the beautiful and vibrant Dylusions Paints you will create 4 unique pages in your art journal. We will focus on painting techniques for layering color and images, color theory and blending (without getting mud!), washes and glazes, a variety of ways to use stencils and masks, working with gesso and so much more… These pages will be a stunning addition to your art journal and you will learn some great techniques that you will be able to translate in to all of your future projects!
Inka Gold Card Bonanza Saturday 6pm
Inka Gold is one of those unique products that lends itself to ANY style you want it to...all you need to do is learn how to unlock its potential! This TECHNIQUE BONANZA workshop is heavily focused on over a dozen different ways to use Inka Gold while working on a variety if cards. Whether your personal tastes are elegant, distressed, artistic or cutesy and bright, we will be covering it during the class while we work with new stamps and stencils as well. You will have the opportunity to work with ALL of the beautiful colors that Inka Gold has to offer to create cards that compliment your style.
Artistic Layers Mini Book Sunday 10 am
Using the beautiful and vibrant Dylusions line you will create this colorful and artistic chunky 6x6 mini-book which can be used as a scrapbook or mini art journal. We will focus on mixed media techniques for layering color and images, color theory and blending (without getting mud!), washes and glazes, a variety of ways to use stencils, stamps and masks, working with gesso and so much more… This class is all about technique while we create this book from scratch using watercolor paper and chipboard with a fun and sturdy binding method. You will be able to translate everything you learn in to future projects whether you are a scrapbooker or art journaler. I will also show you some bonus techniques for adding additional pages and some fun ideas for photos and images within the book.
The Beauty of Inka Gold Canvas
Using a combination of some of Viva Décor’s most popular product lines you will create this 6x12 canvas in your choice of colors. We will focus on multiple techniques using Inka Gold, 3D Stamp Paint, Modeling Cream and Glitter Pens and incorporate some of the brand new Layered Dies from Tim Holtz (these are embossed and beyond fabulous!!) as well as some of the newest stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop.
Bible Journaling with Jann Gray
Registration is now open for the Illuminated Journaling Workshop weekend with Jann Gray. This 3 Session workshop begins on Friday, May 13 at 6:30 and ends at4pm on Saturday, May 14.
Jann will be teaching how to incorporate creative journaling into your personal Bible Study, devotional or quiet time.
She will be leading 3 sessions – with each session including creative techniques, Bible Study, time for reflection and practical instruction that will equip you begin your own Illuminated Journaling journey.
Jann has assured us that everyone can participate, regardless of skill level – all that she asks is that you bring your heart for God and a little bit of trust that she can help you with the rest!
Lunch on Saturday is included in the registration fee.
The Gesso'd Journal with Carolyn Dube
Carolyn Dube will be here June 4 with two different classes.
Master gesso and all that it can do for you as you create a stand up cardboard art journal! After this technique packed workshop you’ll wonder how you ever survived without gesso before now!
Registration is open!
The Playful Collage
We’re making collages from the ground up. We’ll start by playing with stencils to create papers for the base of the collage. I’ll share techniques covering how to use a stencil as a tool, how to let the stencil do the hard work, how to get any stencil to fill any size paper, how to layer stencils, how to use the rainbow without making mud, and more!
Sandy Allnock June 16-19
6 Different Colorful Classes! Read all about Sandy's classes and secure your spot here!
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