I am Teaching at Artwaves

I am Teaching at Artwaves May 5

Artwaves 3D Mixed Media Canvas

3D Mixed Media Canvas Class – Perfect gift for Mothers Day

Come to London May 3-6 for Artwaves and Pin-It Canada. Artwaves is in London Ontario this year at the sprawling Fanshawe College!

I will be teaching a beautiful 3-D mixed media canvas using resin, ink, pigments, and more! FastCast™ Resin and Colorique™ by Lisa Marie Jimenez ink come together to create a beautiful piece of art. 

Look through the Artwaves Catalogue for ALL THE DETAILS! Check out all the great classes that are being offered and sign up!

4 spaces left in class Resin Mixed Media

Come to London for this HUGE event and take a class with me! 

Painting Metal with Colorique

Painting Metal with Colorique is my new favourite pastime. The ink really grabs onto the metal and it makes painting, colouring, and staining a total pleasure.colorique tropical holiday beauty

This month I am participating in a special ‘Hop’ with the Designers Craft Connection where we are featuring Colorique by Lisa Marie Jimenez and U-paint Crafts.  The theme is ‘holidays’, but to be honest, my holidays were always celebrated down south ( in Florida usually). So for me ‘holiday time’ is literally holiday time’ 🙂 Colorique inks beauty

I used every single colour of Colorique, I believe — including the Sealant. For a complete list of all the gorgeous Colorique colours please click here.

I painted the canvas with resin coloured with Colorique. It blended beautifully.  The canvas has 3 layers of resin in total helping to create some dimension to the piece. 

The first layer covers the canvas where I painted with Colorique like watercolour. I used very little Colorique and added it to a little water. I only painted some of the dark blues of the water and a little where the water meets the sky. The second layer was blended resin and the third layer was a flood coat. olorique tropical holiday zoom water

The Tree (U-Paint Crafts):  I used Moss Landing, Verdigris, Avocado, Honey Bee for the leaves. I added shading by mixing Grape Vine with a little Black Diamond. For the trunk I wanted a tinge of orange, but for it not to look orange. I mixed Moss Landing, Poppy and Verdigris. colorique tropical holiday tree zoom

The compass was a happy find in my stash. I used Verdigris, Snow Summit, and Black Diamond to enhance the metal. 

I used Loc-Tite glue to adhere all the pieces to the resin. It works great!

The only resin I use is from ETI – Environmental Technology, Inc. I used Envirotex Lite for this painting.

Make sure you check out all the other designers who are participating in this month’s hop.

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Favourite New Product – FastCast™

I have several favourite new products, but the one I want to share with you today is ETI’s FastCast™ 

ETI FastCast

Imagine being able to create a beautiful cast in 7-15 minutes ( depending on temperature and humidity)!

ETI (Environmental Technology, Inc) introduced and demonstrated FastCast™ at the January 2016 CHA Show in Anaheim, California. I have been experimenting with it for a few months and I’m happy to report that it will be on store shelves by the end of June!

ETI FastCast

I made molds from the metal pieces (i.e. watch, button, and dress form) using ANOTHER new ETI product – EasyMold Silicone Paste.

It is a simple 2 cup process of mixing equal parts of the two liquids (this is not necessarily what the bottles will look like). Mix for 30 seconds in first cup, transfer to second cup and mix for another 30 seconds, and pour immediately into your mold.

You will witness the liquid turning from an amber colour, to creamy white, to bright white. When it’s bright white, it’s ready. You can paint it or leave it as is. FastCast

Check out designer Tracy Moreau and how delighted she is with her results. Tracy couldn’t believe how quickly it cured, and how beautifully her flower turned out.

ETI FastCast

ETI FastCast

Which one is the original? The onion on the right or the one on the left? Again, I created the mold using EasyMold Silicone Paste.

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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.


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 

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

Resin Butterfly Paperweight

Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight

I created this beautiful resin butterfly paperweight with ETI resin and paint and absolutely LOVE the results!

Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight
Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight
Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight

Supplies used:

ETI Envirotex Lite
ETI opaque pigment in blue
Mica flakes
Heidi Swapp paper butterfly
Deco Art decoupage medium
ColorBox Surfacez™ brown ink

This cast involved 4 pourings to allow for the suspended effect of the items inside.I love how the blue paint is billowing inside the paperweight. This was achieved by blending opaque pigment with resin mix inside a mixing cup so it became ‘goopy’. About 1 1/2 hours after I poured the clear resin into the mold I gently introduced the goopy concoction and gave it a quick swirl.

TIP: Always seal all paper with a decoupage medium or spray sealer like ETI spray sealer.

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