Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Exploring Gels and Mediums

Hi everyone, hope alls well with you. Today I'm going to share with you my first time of using Golden Heavy Gel Gloss and also Studio Multi-Medium Gloss. I have have a small pot of each for several months but didn't really know much about their qualities or uses, so when PaperArtsy introduced their fortnightly challenge titled 'Gels and Mediums' my ears pricked up.
To view some great videos and samples click on the link to take you straight to their blog here.

I was really inspired by Lin Browns makes using the gels and pastes through stencils so it was off for an inky, painty session.

First  I started with spreading the heavy gel-gloss through Imagination Crafts Wisteria stencil and grunge paste through Clarity's Poppy stencil. Once dry I started the spraying process using watered down Fresco Chalk Spanish Mulberry in a spritzer bottle and Cosmic Shimmer Mist in Antique Green and Twilight black.

This I did in 3 layers gradually building up the colour and texture.

On the final layer I also sprayed Perfect Pearls Mist in Blue Patina.

Areas were hi-lighted with Treasure Gold in Sapphire and Renaissance.

Not easy to photograph but I love the smooth glossy texture of this gel.

Now back to the poppies. I started by giving them a spray with C.S.M. in Plum Twist.

I was surprised at how this absorbed the colour compared to the gel. Then I replaced the cleaned stencil and added some Studio Multi-med gloss to some of the petals. Once dry continued building up the layers with Plum Twist, Lava Red and Marigold.

The slightly darker petals are where the multi-med gloss is.

On the top of the tag I added a little Americana Staining and Antiquing Medium with my finger to smudge the micas together. Artful Blooms was stamped and white embossed.

Treasure Gold in Olive Bronze was added to the stems and leaves.

Ok now I'm hooked so I went onto making a 3rd tag!

This time I used Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste through Tim Holtz Holiday Knits stencil. This took the longest to dry. I added colour with a brush and my finger with the staining medium mixed with Fresco Chalk paints in Tikka, Chutney, Pea Coat and Evergreen.

I love how the paints blend in when mixed with a medium.

To finish I made a mix of 50/50 of Satin Glaze and Metallic Glaze but only added this to small areas as I wanted some parts to still be matt.

Well I've had great fun and also learnt loads about these products so a massive thanks to Leandra and all at PaperArtsy for this great topic.
Thanks as always for stopping by and I hope you all have a great week. Take Care Jane x