Painting with Thermoweb Foil and DecoArt

Painting with Therm-o-web DecoFoil™ and DecoArt® acrylics takes your artwork to a whole new level!

Painting with Thermoweb Foil and DecoArt

“All Around Me” Mixed Media foil and acrylic on canvas board.

Painting with Thermoweb Foil and DecoArt

I love the media fluid acrylics from DecoArt® and the Dazzling Metallics™ really add oomph!

Painting with Thermoweb Foil and DecoArt

A fresh canvas board, acrylic paints, a palette knife and good brushes

Painting with Thermoweb Foil and DecoArt

It’s amazing how versatile a palette knife is. 90% of this painting was done with only the knife.

Painting with Thermoweb Foil and DecoArt

Using DecoFoil™ transfer sheets and adhesive glue I was able to add foil highlights.

Please note: This is a sponsored post. Therm-o-web and DecoArt have provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. 

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Thermoweb Art

I am enjoying working with Therm-o-web’s DecoFoil™ as a wonderful enhancement to my artwork.

I am sharing some examples of what I have done with DecoFoil™ Transfer Sheets since my first experience creating my ballerina sculpture. The following pieces were created for Therm-o-web to display at a recent Trade Show. Therm-o-web provided me with the product to use in my work.

Thermoweb art

Thermoweb art

This 4-panel creation was painted with acrylics on canvas. I was at the point that I needed to add the finishing enhancements of shading and contrast and was about to complete the painting when I decided to use the DecoFoil™ Transfer Sheets instead. I’m ESPECIALLY thrilled with the shadow effect in front of the vase. It definitely makes more of a statement than if I had just used acrylic paint. What do you think?

Thermoweb art

“All Around Me” Mixed Media foil and acrylic on canvas board.

This impressionist Therm-o-web art is one of my favourite. I used DecoArt® acrylics on a canvas board.

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I wish this painting showed better. It looks like enamel and it took me many hours to complete. I had to work on it, dividing it into many sections, allowing each section to become tacky so I could apply the foil.

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Put Circuits in Your Crafts

Put Circuits in Your Crafts using Chibitronics!

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

The canvas in natural light

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

Beautiful Mixed Media Canvas with LED Adjusting my camera settings to allow me to show the lights.

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

Using this Starter Kit from Chibitronics is the best way to begin your new adventure in circuitry AND Art!
With it one can:
  • Make almost any surface glow, sense, or interact with Chibitronics circuit stickers
  • Stickers are super lightweight, thin, and flexible
  • Perfect for educators, artists, and novices
  • Create electronic projects without coding and soldering
  • Put circuits in your crafts and artwork!

Thank you Chibitronics for sending me this great kit!Chibitronics Chibi Lights

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

When Science and Art Collides: it actually happens all the time!

I created this great canvas in a few hours. So what did I use?

  • Chibitronics Starter Kit
  • DecoArt® media™ Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt® media™Shimmer Mist, White
  • DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics®, Iceblue and Amethyst
  • DecoArt® Glamour Dust™: Crystal, Gold
  • Americana DECOR® MAXX GLOSS™, Patent Leather
  • Americana multi-surface SATIN™; chartreuse, flamingo
  • white canvas
  • Testors yellow enamel spray paint
  • Karen Ellis stencil

How did I do it?

Paint canvas with Patent Leather Maxx Gloss. It glides on so beautifully and a little goes a long way.

While wet, splash various colours of paint on surface. I had fun with the chartreuse and Amethyst. I scooped up some paint on the end of a stir stick and just let them fly!Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

While wet, sprinkle Gold and Crystal Glamour Dust.

I used painters tape to secure my stencil, and then using a spatula, I applied paste over the stencil.

Block off the area and spray paint the words stencil in yellow. I did this immediately after I spread the paste. The Testors spray paint dries almost immediately and the paste needs an hour or so.

Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

I love my little moon lit up in the night sky!

Create a circuit, following the instruction booklet, on the canvas.  I first tried to run a circuit behind but ran into a little difficulty so I revised the plan to put the circuit on the front and add a ‘moon’ ( the ‘moon’ was an accidental over-pouring of mold paste over a plastic cup. It dried in the bottom of the cup and I thought it looked like a moon. I’m glad I saved it!) Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

I painted over the copper wire with Patent leather, then attached the moon with some tape. You can barely see the copper foil!Put circuits in your crafts Chibitronics

I think it looks pretty cool! I wonder what I should add lights to next? Any ideas?

Be sure to check out what the other designers have created on the Designer Crafts blog

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Oly*Fun Mixed Media Made Easy

Oly*Fun Mixed Media Made Easy

Yes! Today I am showing you how easy it is to work with products and materials in a way different than they are intended. This is the first time I have worked with Fairfield and their wonderful Oly*fun material! olyfun mixed mediaThe new metallics are gorgeous and I received very generous samples of gold, bronze, and silver. The non-metallic colours are beautiful and there are so many to choose from.

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Before I forget: You could win one bolt of Oly-Fun Metallic of your color choice. (US and Canada only). Find out how to win at the end of this post!

Oly*fun mixed media I enjoyed working with the Oly*fun so much, I made two projects today.

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Canvas #1. Isn’t this bright and fun!? The colours are so beautiful and I love how vibrant the blue and purple are against the bright yellow canvas.

olyfun mixed media

I used Testors Spray Enamel (yellow) to paint my Styrofoam canvas — it was so easy!

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I was able to use scraps from the flowers I made to ‘poke’ the fabric into the Styrofoam™ and NOT use ANY glue!

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It was so easy to gently push the Oly*fun into the canvas. Notice how beautifully the metallic Oly*fun embosses.

I did use Fabri-tac to glue the fabric flowers and strips to the canvas.

olyfun mixed media

Canvas #2. Gelli Print and Metallics.

My first idea was to create a very large canvas and this was my first planning session: I created a beautiful print using a gelli-plate and acrylic paints.

olyfun mixed media

I was going to use a large canvas and use the quilted metallic Oly*fun as a mat. I played around with the placement of shapes. I decided I didn’t want to ‘waste’ the large piece of quilted fabric. It would make a pretty tea cosy or thermal coffee holder!

I used a fancy pair of scissors to create a border because it was uneven. I then used ETI (Environmental Technology, Inc) Ultra-Seal™ Multi-Purpose Sealer/Glue to seal and protect the print.

olyfun mixed media

It looks so thick and goopy but WOW does it dry clear and shiny. The colours look so vibrant afterwards.

I applied one coat with my brush going vertically, and allowed it to dry. I then did another coat brushing horizontally, and allowed it to dry. Then I used the Ultra-Seal™ to adhere the print to the canvas, carefully sealing the edges. The metallic Oly*fun was cut into shapes, embossed with my Cuttlebug, and glued with the Ultra-Seal™ and then finished with another 2 coats over the entire project to seal it.olyfun mixed media

Wasn’t that fun and easy?

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Salvaged Mixed Media Canvas

This month I am sharing a Salvaged Recycled mixed media canvas. Recycled? Yes, because it is from a class that I taught.

salvaged mixed media canvasWhen I teach certain technique classes, I make samples: I use one canvas to demonstrate different techniques. I am not creating a canvas, just using the canvas to demonstrate different things. I come home with a canvas, covered in whatever, and put it in a box in the hopes that SOMEDAY I will do something with it. TODAY IS THE DAY for this sad little canvas!

salvaged mixed media canvasAs you can see, it started out with many layers of paint, tissue paper, cardboard, texture paste, and it’s primarily yellow and red. Ick.

Supplies:

Pre-layered canvas
Earth Safe Finishes Chalk It Up, Milk Chocolate
Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents by Ann Butler, Orchid
Earth Safe Finishes Texture Paste
Earth Safe Finishes Gesso
Envirotex Lite pour-on High Gloss Finish resin
Clearsnap Ann Butler Art Screen, Lattice
DecoArt Media Mister, Yellow Green
Thermo web glue runner
Maya Road embellishments
Ranger embellishments

How did I do it?

I want to tone down the colour and add some tooth to surfaces that might be shiny. So first, cover the surface with Milk Chocolate paint and let dry. Chalk It Up paint dries VERY quickly ( yay), so you don’t have to wait long.salvaged mixed media canvas 

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Cover most of the surface with gesso, including the sides of the canvas. Let it dry. salvaged mixed media canvas
Place the art screen down and spray with Yellow Green Mister. Let it dry.salvaged mixed media canvas
Mix up a small amount of texture paste and orchid Iridescents and apply over a small portion of the Art Screen. Also paint the wood button with the Orchid. salvaged mixed media canvas
Once everything is completely dry, mix up 20 cc of the Envirotex Lite ( 10 + 10) and spread it over the canvas. I then placed the pink resin flower and ruler piece right into the wet resin. Let dry.
To finish, I added the remaining embellishments with the glue runner. I LOVE how you can see through the crystal petals 🙂

What is lurking in your closet/cupboard/on a shelf that you can breathe new life into?salvaged mixed media canvas
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