Saturday, 17 February 2018

2018 #2 Seth's NEW Fresco paints: 'EXPERIMENT' with ESA {by Corrie Herriman}

2018 Topic 2: Seth's NEW Fresco Paints


There's nothing wrong with a bit of experimentation, and if you are new to paints, from the get-go Corrie shares 4 simple starting points with paints - what a cool idea! Then she pulls all those together to make some great compositions with Seth's new stamps! So after 2 weeks of Seth's paints, what camp are you in: Summer yellow-greens and blues or the wintery grey-blue-pink combo??? Can you choose?? It's like picking a favourite child... 
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Corrie from MadeByChook here with you today, and I'd like to share with you an experiment where I have used Seth's fabulous new Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics in different ways ! I had so much fun trying these different techniques because the results are so different. So read on and see what I have made...

All these yummy new paint colours and the stamps I used will be available from your local stockist. There is a list of stockists in Seth's original blogpost that was published in January during the Creativation Trade Show in Arizona. Click HERE if you want to go and have a look. 



In this first sample I used all four colours of Seth's new Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paints ie. {Glacier Ice}, {Steel Grey}, {Venice Blue} and {Spanish Mulberry} with a brayer. Starting with the lightest colour and building up the layers. I have been using this technique since I saw Leandra do this on YouTube because I love the result ! 


This second sample was made also with all four colours and a Gel Press plate. I really enjoy using the Gel Press Plate and have been known to spend days just making prints. The texture you see in this print was made with Seth's new Eclectica stamps {ESA07} and {ESA08}.



The third sample, again using all four colours, was finger painted. There really are no better tools than your fingers and it is really satisfying ! 




Of course I had to try Seth's method of making a background. I painted the paper first with {Steel Grey} and then used another piece of paper on which I painted the other colours one by one and then used it to monoprint on this piece. I think this gives a great effect and I probably will use this technique a lot more in the future.


Additionally I printed two more sheets of paper with the paints on the Gel Press Plate to use later for making the stamped embellishments to go on my backgrounds. 


I used Seth's new stamp sets Eclectica {ESA07} and {ESA08} to add some more interest to my four background papers. I tried to match the paint colours and used Distress Oxide Inks {Faded Jeans}, {Iced Spruce} and {Seedless Preserves} to achieve this. I also used a Ranger Archival {Jet Black} stamp pad to add some black. 


I did think that after all that the two darkest pages were getting too dark, so by adding a little heat embossing with some of the stamps and white embossing powder I added in some white areas which worked better. 


I love adding stitching to my work so that is what I did to the two lightest papers. It is hard to see here but I stitched around the edges of the left piece and across on the piece on the right. 


The two extra sheets of Gel printed papers were used to stamp the images of both of Seth's new stamp sets {ESA07} and {ESA08} on; I used Ranger Archival Ink in {Jet Black} for this because it is a fabulous ink to stamp over paints. After I stamped everything I then cut the images out and arranged them on my papers, creating 4 art journal pages.


 


The brayered page. Here you can see the stitching around the page. I think it adds a nice detail. I also matted most of the stamped images on black card stock to make them stand out more. 



The Gel printed page. This one was stitched across; you can just see it on the left along the checkered texture. I used a white pen to both splatter on the page and to highlight some areas. I also layered small images from the stamp sets over the big images just to create a different focal point. This works really well with these big stamped images. 



The finger painted page. I used some sewing thread on this page, again to give it some more interest and detail. I love using different elements on my art journal pages. 


And finally the page that was made with the 'Seth' method. Again I have layered stamped images over the focal point to create an interesting cluster. 


I thoroughly enjoyed making these four pages that are the same but different.  Seth's new paint colours are fantastic and work so well together. As always I enjoyed making the backgrounds the most; Seth's method and the Gel Plate method being my favourites. Assembling the pages takes the most time because I keep moving stuff around until I am totally happy with it, which could take....well hours ! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my (very long) post and have a go at making different but the same backgrounds yourself. You can use them for cards, ATC's and lots of other stuff too. 

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Friday, 16 February 2018

2018 #2 Seth's NEW Fresco paints: What is it? with JoFY {by Keren Baker}

2018 Topic 2: Seth's NEW Fresco Paints


Is it a bird?......is it a plane? ......is it a bird feeder?......is it a key rack?..... submit answers on the back of a postcard please? or in the comments below as a 2018 option!  Keren doesn't know either...so whatever it is she did some stuff to it and it looks fab! ~ Leandra


Hi everyone, it's Keren Baker with you today and I'd like to share with you a project (that I have no idea what it actually is!!) using a wonderful blend of Seth Apter's new paints-Set 4.and some of the brand new JoFY stamps and stencils.


This was a fun project .... although I did wonder quite what it what end up like! 
I love Crackle Glaze 


... and it was perfect to show the contrast of the colours in the set; Venice Blue and Glacier Ice. I did have a problem with some of whatever was originally on the surface of the wood coming through, so if you are doing something similar and you have a wood with treatment on it, it might be worth doing a proper sand and clean before using Fresco layers.


This was it before; I would love to know what it's supposed to be. Please let me know in the comments if you know!. I wondered at a key holder or jewellery holder but they'd obscure the mirror. I really am none the wiser!

I decided to add some stencilling over the crackle glaze effect using Grunge Paste. The stencil I chose to use has such a useful negative (PS086) which means it protects the area around the stencilled image too.




I did love the contrast in textures between the crackle glaze and the Grunge paste. I didn't paint over it, but added some dry brushing with the Spanish Mulberry.


I decided to use the new stamp set JOFY61 and just cut out the images onto Smoothy. I didn't want to stamp over the paste and crackle as I wouldn't have got a clear enough impression.


JoFY's signature handwriting and lovely quotes are in evidence throughout her sets, and despite the colour combo at first glance seemingly quite masculine, I ended up loving the subtlety. I did sneak in some Green Patina as I did want a little green and the bluish tones just coordinated wonderfully with the other 4 colours. The uncharacteristically messy edges on the grunge paste were an afterthought, as the stencilling seemed to stop too abruptly and needed a softer edge. 


It certainly was a challenge to avoid bright rainbow colours, but I loved being taken out of my comfort zone and indeed having to have so little 'white' although arguably there's still plenty of 'white space'! I can't wait to combine Seth Apter's other paint set, as they will work so perfectly together. All his new paints are available from PaperArtsy stockists: see here for a list)


I really would encourage you to challenge yourself to a restricted palette. It's not something I do very often, and certainly not for fun; but there's something so easy about not having to think about whether colours go together as the paint set is pre-designed. JoFY's new stamps are wonderful as they're so versatile; I love that these flowers in the Spanish Mulberry suddenly became berries! Do have a scout around your local antique and charity shops to see what items you can breathe new life into!

In the meanwhile, I have to work out what I am actually going to do with this!! See you soon,
Keren xx

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

2018 #2 Seth's NEW Fresco paints: Coaster Stack with I&D {by Helen Chilton}

2018 Topic 2: Seth's NEW Fresco Paints



Ohhh these look just like those lovely tiles you buy in gift shops! Another fun idea from Helen Chilton with Seth's set 4 in gorgeous blues and a splash of pink paints! I love how the Ink and the Dog images look on them! I hope this inspires you to have a go !  ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Helen with you today, and I'd like to share with you some coasters that I made using Seth's new Fresco paints. (a list of PaperArtsy Stockists can be found here) I already had the tiles in my stash - they were a sort of matte creamy colour, but matte or glossy, it doesn't matter as the Frescos will create a great surface for stamping on. These new colours are lovely and soft, kind of vintage looking, which work well with the Ink and the Dog stamps I chose: Ancestors 1, Wings plate 2, Wings Plate 4,






I've gone for a sort of family theme, mother, father, sisters, brother. These stamps come into their own here: the focal images are just the right size and then there are lots of extras to make up the backgrounds.


It's easier to paint the whole tile first and then just block out in white where the main image is going to go. 



The background was pretty random and very easy. I matched my ink colours to the paints but you could just as easily stamp in the paint. Look at your main images and see if there's any edge bits you can use.


Stamping the main image doesn't always work first time round as the tiles aren't always completely flat, but it doesn't matter: rub off as much as you can and slap on the white paint again!


Here's a close up so you can see the detail. Note that I added a heart stamp on there - after all, it is Valentine's Day!

I do like stamping on different things - these are relatively quick to make and make a great 
gift. You could try larger tiles - you can buy the bisque 6" x 6" ones but, as I said before, if you pick up a glossy one at a DIY store, just gesso and Fresco it, and you're ready to go. Just imagine some of Tracy Scott's flowers on there in bold, beautiful colours, or a Scrapcosy 'under the sea' one. 

Whatever you make, I would recommend varnishing them when you've finished - I used a glossy spray varnish which is quick and easy to apply. I would also back them with felt or cork so that if you drop them they are less likely to break (I speak from experience!)

Helen

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Monday, 12 February 2018

2018 #2 Seth's NEW Fresco paints:Journal Page with EKC {by Carol Fox}

2018 Topic 2: Seth's NEW Fresco Paints

 
Carol has created a beautiful journal spread here - even it it didn't all fall into place as easily as it looks in the photos! You wouldn't know she faced a few challenges along the way until she fesses up at the end! Isn't it reassuring you are not the only one who sometimes pulls out your hair getting to the end point! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Carol with you today, and I'd like to share with you a journal page today using the new set of  Limited Edition paints by Seth Apter. I used Seth's mono technique on my page to apply the paint where you paint onto an additional sheet and then mono print onto your surface with the colour, I love the randomness this gives with the colour and how easy it is to build up a one of a kind background each time. Added to this you get two backgrounds for the price of one, it's a win, win really.


I went into this page without much of a plan apart from the paint colours and choice of stamps, using Seth's technique is was very easy to build up the colour slowly and to find my way with my page as I went.


Once I had built up some colour on my page Using Seth Apters Limited Edition paint set FFSA4 I added interest with stencils, Here I used PaperArtsy Stencil 001 (PS001) by applying the paint to the stencil and then pressing onto my background, this gave a reverse image and only a very light paint covering, which let all the colours underneath still show through.




As I wanted to stamp directly onto my page I now took it all a bit lighter adding the colour with the stencil so my page had lots of detail. I thought the Glacier Ice colour from FFSA4 (available from PaperArtsy Stockists - see here) would give a nice background to stamp onto.



I chopped up the sheet of deli paper that I had used to paint onto the apply the paint to my page and arranged this onto my page to extra detail to the background, messing around with the layout before I glued them in place.



I stamped a selection of flowers from one of Kay Carley's latest releases EKC15 (stockists list here). It always amaze me how well you can stamp directly onto Fresco finish chalk paints. With lots of masking of my images I build up quite a nice bouquet on my page.

 

I rifled through my pencil box and found some which were a good match for the paints and coloured my flowers and I started to add little dots with a white gel pen to lift them off the page a little bit. The pencils coloured over the fresco paints like a dream.











 
I stamped a quote from Alison Bombers EAB01 set onto the border of a book page and cut it up to balance the page a little better getting the position just right before I glued it all down 




I also added detail with a stencil PS036...



... and Fresco Finish Chalk Paint Venice Blue, from the Seth Apter Paint set FFSA4, and used Glass Blue Fresco Finish Chalk paint with stencil PA001 to add a bit of a pop of brighter blue to my page as this pulled the brighter blue of one of my pencils into my page a little better. I mixed my Glass Blue paint with Fresco Finish Satin Glaze this made it ultra translucent so the elements beneath it showed through.



 

I finished with a bit of paint marking with an old bank card and Little Black Dress Fresco Finish Chalk paint. I used the curly leaf from Kay Carley's stamp set EKC15 to add little wing dings around the edge of page as filler to balance the page, adding a bit of darkness and depth to the edges.


I found this technique very relaxing and surprising unmessy!! I liked the way I could incorporate the sheet I had used to apply my paint into my project and I was glad I had decided to used Deli paper as this was really thin and did not cause a ridge when stamping as a thicker sheet might have done. But that was just luck as I did not plan to incorporate into my page it when I started, I just felt my page needed something but I wanted it to be tone on tone so this was perfect. I must admit there was a point when I absolutely hated this page and it felt "lost". But I remembered  when I teach and I look around and everyone is staring at their page in despair, I wave mine in the air and say "yes it looks awful now, but give it time and layers and it will suddenly lift it" So I gave myself a good talking too, and yes I do like it now and I am glad I did not throw it in the bin.


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