Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics
We have 22 colour families of 6, plus we have 3 glazes, Pearlescent and Metallic sparkle glazes, Frosting Glaze for on acetate or glass, Drying retarder, Crackle Effect 4 metallic paints and then of course the Tracy Scott (bright colours x 20) and Seth Apter (subdued colours x 24) Series too! Toot Toot!
That's 132 colours in the Core collection + 44 from Seth and Tracy = 176, plus the 12 extras is 188 all together. I never thought when we released the first 12 we would end up with this many.
These minty greens are fresh and crisp. They are perfect with the purple blues we announced in October 2020, but also look marvellous with Corals, which is the main direction I have taken for this post!
I've created a few projects to share with you, and as some new stamps also dropped this week (you might have noticed) I thought I would pull a few of those out too! It would be rude not to!
1. Collecting Shells
I loved Raquel's new stamp set which is a journaling background, which sat perfectly on this 8x8" card. I smooshed it into watery puddle of Verdigris on my Craft Sheet, and stamped it 4 times around the edge of the card.IT can be used as one big block, or trimmed or stamps and then trimmed to use the words/ numbers as you wish.
Then the leftover paint was blended in the middle and Peppermint stencilled through Raquel's new square stencil.
Grunge Paste was scraped down one side quite thin, and the Sara Naumann stamp, was gently tapped onto thinly smeared splat of Forest Paint on the craft sheet, then pressed into the GP. You need to set that aside to dry for some time before sanding it back, and then the words become clearer and sharper.
The shell was stamped onto Frosty Painted card, which also had the script above stamped in snowflake on it.
It's nice to have a bit of stamping in the background too. I have to keep things vertical and horizontal..it's just how I like it to be! The dots are from the new Sara Naumann stencil. I applied them Sara's way, rubbing GP through the stencil with my finger!
Here's a close up of that GP detail. Love it!
With this being Raquel's first release in a year I had to paly with her stamps. I only intended to make one sample, but by the end of a relaxed afternoon of playing I had 4! Not bad for me!
Again, from my same Verdigris puddle I made another background directly onto Heavy Smooothy, this time with Sara's stamp from ESN49 (shown above). I kind of wanted some structure, so I kept printing it until I had the look I wanted. And yes I had some left over GP from the sample above, so that go used up too! It's a pretty cool effect...
I painted up some green and coral card scraps, and stamped the flowers and leaves a bunch of times. I could have done it again and layered the flowers again in side these -that is what they are designed to do after all! But I didn't ! No clue why!
The little butterfly on the green frame looks so cute as an embellishment. A little bit of gentle card bending adds a bit of life.
I just love the texture that Grunge Paste gives, smooth, rough, tinted, or not. Perfect.
3. Tweet Tweet
Again, that watery puddle made quite a few backgrounds! It is interesting how crisp the stamped image turned out too! I find it is abut how you loosen the paint, not too wet, not too thin, and you want the paint to look right on the rubber too. Shiny not sloppy!
There is a knack, but once you find the right consistency it is easy. I stamped the word block in Verdigris, and the flowers at the edges in Forest.
Then used the same colours to edge the card the same way you would with Distress Ink. (using up the dregs again) This was another 8x8" sample.
For the birds I stamped them on Frosty painted card in Verdigris, then added colour with the various shades. It was a bit of a hit and miss approach, but chose to ink up in black and stamped over again once dry to add the details. If you look closely you can see that it didn't line up perfectly, but I really wasn't bothered. Cut out and stuck down.
Added the Little bird words onto one of the frames, and the butterflies at the top to finish.
4. Butterfly Belly
I was using washi tape for a repeat stencilling thing, and so rather than throw it away, I kept tearing it and arranging it onto a piece of card. I painted over it with Mouse Ears, and the block stamp fitted 3 times perfectly from top to bottom.
To make the washi pop a bit, I dry brushed Frosty sand then Peppermint over the texture and it just caught it nicely. A few splatters in the mouse ears too
Sometimes it nice to just play with a few stamps and kind of do the same thing slightly differently each time. These cards were all super simple just watery painty play, using up every last drop, and having the lovely focal points to go on top made finishing off so easy. I could sit and make simple backgrounds like this all day every day!!
So now that we have the last family done, we can see the entire Fresco Chalk Range like a rainbow!
Let me remind you ...
1. Bright Turquoise Blues
2. Grey Turquoise Blues
New: Waterfall, Calypso
3. Grey-Green Blues
New: Blue Moon, Marbles, Paua Shell - Jan 2020
Tweaked: Lake Wanaka (barely)
4. Grey Blues
New: Ice Berg, Wolf Eye, Blue Smoke, Blue Jeans
Tweaked: Surf's Up
5. Bright Clean Blues
New: Summer Sky
Tweaked: Blue Oyster, Smurf, China (Barely), Twilight (noticeably)
6. Purple Blues
New: Cloudy, Crispy Blue, Pool, Azure, Electric - Oct 2020
Tweaked: Blueberry (not much)
7. Blue Purples
New: Periwinkle, Forget-me-Not
Tweaked: Wisteria, Purple Rain (not much)
New: Mauve, Globe Thistle, Grape - Jan 2020
Tweaked: Moonlight (barely)
New: Taro Milk Tea, Byzantium
Tweaked: Sugar Plum, Sour Grapes
10. Bright Pinks
New: Professor Plum (returned colour)
11. Soft Pinks
Tweaked: Blush, Cherry Blossom, Rose (barely)
12. Coral Pinks
New: Peachy Keen, Scottish Salmon, Blood Orange (returned colour)
13. Bright Warms
New: Cayenne, Red Lipstick
14. Rustic Warms
New: Cloud 9, Sand
New: Elephant (returned colour)
18. Khaki Greens
New: Lichen, Khaki - Jan 2020
19. Mint Greens
New: Peppermint, Frosty, Verdigris, Front Door, Mouse Ears, Forest - Jan 2021
20. Clean Greens
21. Fresh Greens
Tweaked: Teresa Green, Hyde Park (barely), Guacamole, Granny Smith (a bit)
22. Yellow Greens
Tweaked: Chartreuse, Hey Pesto (noticeably), Tinned Peas (barely)