Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gatherings Journal Guest Post at Stencil Girl!

I am so honored and thrilled to be a featured guest on the Stencil Girl blog today! I created a nature journal featuring Color Burst and several gorgeous stencils from the Stencil Girl collections. You can see the complete tutorial and details about the stencils I used here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Waves of the Sea Trifold Book

One of my favorite things about Color Burst watercolors is how vibrant they are! The rich, saturated pigments are perfect for tinting a variety of materials. Recently I experimented with a few different types of papers and even some cheesecloth to create a trifold book and a large layered flower. I made quite mess in the process, but I was so pleased with the results!

To create the book I started with a piece of 400 lb. watercolor paper folded into thirds to make an 8 x 8 square trifold book. I tinted several different types of papers including pages from a vintage dictionary, sewing pattern tissue, deli paper, sheet music, as well as some cheesecloth with Turquoise, Ultramarine Blue, and Yellow Ochre Color Burst, and Iron Oxide Liquid Metals. I found the sailboat image in a magazine and lightly sanded it with an emery board to add a bit of character. I adhered all the papers and a vintage cabinet card frame with a glue stick and the cheesecloth with gel medium. 

The large bloom was created with flowers made with the Poppy Mandala Cut "n Color dies and coordinating stamp and water media paper. I simply spritzed each flower with water and sprinkled on the same hues of Color Burst listed above. I spritzed the flowers with more water to spread the color and gently scrunched them to add texture and dimension. The stamped image was colored with Ultramarine Blue Color Burst and Iron Oxide Liquid Metals. I stitched the blooms together and topped with a rhinestone button adhered with double-sided tape. So cute for a gift topper or even to wear as a brooch!

I love to add a vintage, distressed vibe to my artwork, so the new Burnt Umber Color Burst quickly became my favorite hue! I sprinkled some into a palette, added water, and used a water brush to tint my dictionary pages, the vintage cabinet card, and the edges of the book. Such a deep rich color! A white Posca Paint Pen and a circles stencil finished off the collaged pages. Some of the products I used for these projects were just recently released, so be sure to ask your local store to get them in stock! For more ideas and inspiration using these products be sure check out Ken Oliver's blog here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Bling Floral Garland

Spring has finally arrived in my corner of the world and I am so happy to see all the trees blooming and flowers popping up everywhere! I was thrilled to learn that the March challenge for the Ken Oliver Creative Team is Spring and Florals! I love to have twinkling lights in my studio all year long, so I decided to create a lighted floral garland using an inexpensive battery-powered garland and some colorful paper posies. This is such a fun project and would look great in any room of the house!

To create the blooms all you need are 5 flower shapes and a circle for the center. I used a flower punch and a 1 1/4" circle punch, but you can use templates or cut the shapes out freehand if you prefer. The blooms can made in any size that you like. Gorgeous Color Splash double-sided paper from Ken Oliver Crafts makes this project so fun and easy!

For the next step lightly mist the petals and circle with a bit of water to make them pliable. Gently scrunch the paper shapes to add texture and dimension. Allow them to dry for a minute or so and then use the Tool-It-All or other hole punch to create an opening in the centers. Make sure the hole isn't too large so the petals will fit snuggly on the bulbs of the garland you are using.

Layer the petals one at a time over the bulb and then add the center as the final touch. You can use a bit of adhesive or double-sided tape on either side of the center openings to secure the petals and center together. Turn on the switch and you have a sparkling floral garland for Spring!

Be sure to check out Ken Oliver Crafts for amazing Spring and Floral inspiration all week long! My fellow team member have already posted some gorgeous projects and there are more to come. Visit Ken's Facebook page here for a fun giveaway and your chance to win your very own set of Color Burst!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Impression Obsession + Ken Oliver Crafts Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Ken Oliver Crafts/Impression Obsession Blog Hop!

You may have joined me from Anna Wight's blog, but please be sure to check out all the inspiring bloggers participating in the hop. You'll find a complete list including links at the bottom of this post. 

I was so excited to work with a charming set of stamps and matching dies from Impression Obsession! I created a sweet card featuring the No Place Like Home Clear Stamps, Bird Dies, and the Fence Die.

I absolutely adore the new Stitched Water Media Greeting Cards from Ken Oliver Crafts and of course the always amazing Color Burst! I used a mix of Lime Green and Terre Verte for grass, Ultramarine Blue for the sky, and Orange for the sweet little chickadees. A tiny drop of the new Platinum Liquid Metals added a lovely bit of shimmer to the birds.

 I was a bit puzzled as to how I could align the stamped images with the matching dies. I found a wonderful tutorial on the Impression Obsession site here. But it suddenly occurred to me that I could simply stack a clear stamp block on top of the dies and then position the clear stamps right over them. I stamped the chickadee images onto a piece of Ken Oliver Water-Media Paper and used a bit of tape to hold the dies in place as I ran the stack through my cutting machine.

Of course no project is complete for me without a bit of vintage book text! I found the definition for "nest" in an old dictionary and glued it to the bottom of the card. I found a lovely scrap of handmade paper and stamped the nest image onto it and then cut it out with some sharp detail scissors. I love the texture that the handmade paper adds! A brown kraft label from my stash stamped with the "There's no place like home" stamp added the finishing touch to my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and joining me for the hop! If you want to win some prizes here's all the details:

The hop will run for 2 days (3/4/16 - 3/5/16) with a list of participants on the Ken Oliver Crafts and Impression Obsession Blogs each day at 8am EST. Visit the fabulous designers from both team’s blogs and leave a comment (please only one comment per person/ per blog) for a chance to win! Winners will randomly be chosen and announced on Monday March 7th
The more blogs you visit … the better chance you will have to win!!! 
Ken Oliver Crafts will be giving away a set of Color Burst AND
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificates to two lucky winners!
Making the prize package a retail value of $60 a day!!!

Comment entries will be open until 9pm EST on Sunday March 6th and all winners will be announced Monday March 7th on the Ken Oliver Crafts and Impression Obsession Blogs. 

 Kimberly Jones (You are here!)

Saturday - March 5th 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pretty in Pink Color Burst Tinted Postcards

On a recent excursion to one of my favorite antique stores I was thrilled to find several vintage postcards with ladies in white dresses. This bevy of beauties look gorgeous just as they are, but I couldn't resist adding a blush of pink to their pretty dresses!

I've been wondering how Color Burst would work for hand-tinting photos, so this was the perfect opportunity to experiment. I can't wait to get my hands on the new Fuchsia Color Burst, but in the meantime I was pretty sure that a tiny sprinkle of Alizarin Crimson in a generous amount of water would do the trick. And it did! 
I decided to scan and copy the postcards onto 90 lb. Fabriano Artistico hot press watercolor paper so that I could have several copies to play with and preserve the originals. I used a tiny brush since many of the details were very small. I quickly discovered that the Color Burst flowed more easily if I wet the areas I wanted to tint with a bit of clear water before adding the wash of pink. 

I love how fresh and spring-like the images look with just a bit of pink here and there! This project was so fun and relaxing. I have some plans for these tinted images, so be sure to tune in soon for part 2 of Pretty in Pink with Color Burst

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Color Burst + Gold Resist Canvas

I spotted these gold resist canvases at Joann's last week and I immediately knew they they would be a perfect match for Color Burst!

I spritzed the larger canvas with water, sprinkled on Merlot and Violet Color Burst Powders, and then spritzed again with water. Look at those gorgeous pools of color! To reveal the gold blossoms, simply wipe away the excess watercolor with a soft cloth or paper towel.

For the two smaller canvases I created a wash with a generous sprinkle of Ultramarine Blue Color Burst and some water. I like to mix the wash in a porcelain dish because I can set it aside and reactivate the watercolor later even if it has dried.

Here are the finished canvases! I love the saturated bits of color that result from sprinkling the Color Burst directly onto the canvas. Once again I'm amazed at the versatility and rich pigmentation of these beautiful watercolors. Several new colors are on the horizon so be sure to visit Ken Oliver's blog for updates and lots of inspiring ideas and projects.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Shattered Galaxies {Color Burst + Gelli Printing}

Color Burst and Gelli Printing Plates are the perfect pair! I had so much fun experimenting with monoprints using a variety of Color Burst hues and the adorable 3" Circle Mini Gelli Plate. I used coordinating ribbon to bind the printed pages into a colorful mini art journal that made me think of exploding stars and planets. 

To begin the journal, I used Indigo, Ultramarine Blue, and Violet Color Burst watercolors to create a rich, saturated background on 4 3/4" square Fabriano Medioevalis Cards

When the pages were dry, I sprinkled a bit of Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, and Orange Color Burst on to the Mini Circle Gelli Plate and spritzed it with water. I carefully turned the plate over and stamped it randomly onto the pages.

For the next layers I spread an even coat of Golden Titanium White Heavy Body Paint on to the Gelli Plate, sprinkled with the same trio of Color Burst powders and stamped on to the pages until all the paint was gone. I reloaded the plate with paint and Color Burst and added more layers to the pages until I felt they were complete.

Finishing details included gold dots created with metallic gold Faber-Castell Texture Gems and white dots made with a Uni-ball Signo white pen. To create the title, I stamped the word "Shattered" with Pegz Uppercase Clickable Letterz and Lamp Black Ink. The word "Galaxies" came from an old book. When the pages were dry, I nestled all three together and punched two holes about 3/4" from the top and bottom. I used white seam binding dyed with Color Burst to bind the pages together.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit Ken Oliver's blog for more inspiration and ideas from the Creative Team!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Color Burst Winter Birds ATCs

ATCs or Artist Trading Cards are a fun way to make little pieces of art! These pint-size beauties are just 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 so they don't require a lot of time or materials for great results. I created a set of four winter bird themed ATCs using just two types of Color Burst and a few other simple elements.

These cards incorporate several of my favorite elements for collage including watercolor paper, magazine images, pretty patterned papers, tea bags, a white Uni-Ball Signo pen, a Stabilo pencil, and Color Burst watercolors. The elements you gather will be unique to you, but I would love to share some of the details in my ATCs.
I started by cutting 3 pieces of watercolor paper to 2 1/2 by 3 1/2, the standard size for ATCs. ATC #3 was cut from Ken Oliver's Hometown Cottage - Garden Cottage 12 x 12 patterned paper. Each card includes cut out images and text from one of my favorite magazines, Birds & Blooms. Finishing details include white dots made with the Uni-Ball pen, and shadows and edging made with a Sepia Stabilo pencil and a water brush.
ATC #1 background features handmade papers and a scrap of vintage piano roll that were colored with a sprinkle of Sepia Color Burst and a spritz of water.
ATC #2 has a piece of paper torn from Ken Oliver's Hometown Cottage - Garden Cottage 12 x 12 patterned paper and watercolored with Merlot Color Burst. The bird image is layered on a torn piece of a tea bag that was stained with Sepia Color Burst mixed with water in a bowl.
ATC #3 was cut from Ken Oliver's Hometown Cottage - Garden Cottage 12 x 12 patterned paper   and layered with a snippet of handmade paper.
ATC #4 is a piece of watercolor paper that was painted with a mixture of Titanium Buff paint tinted with a sprinkle of Sepia Color Burst. A piece of handmade paper completes the card.

Making these little cards is so enjoyable and relaxing! I hope you will have fun making some Artist Trading Cards of your own!