Wednesday, 13 March 2013

WOYWW 197 and a Cool Technique

Hello again all you wonderful WOYWWers.

Confused? Head over to Julia's place to get the head's up!

I'm actually typing this on Tuesday night and scheduling the post as I've got a busy day on Wednesday and probably won't get to any WOYWW business until late on - hope you don't mind too much!
I know I'm not going to get any crafting done tomorrow so I'll post pics of how my desk looks now - there won't be any changes - unless the Craft Fairy comes out to play during the night...

I'm currently working on a page in my Art Journal, trying to finish the page I started in class. I really had no idea where was going with this page - but it has begun to evolve - just a little more time and I'll have it!

This is a closer view of the end of the desk where all the "overflow" from my working area seems to gather. At the moment the back corner has work related stuff on it - my box of templates, a box of Cuttlebug dies and my trusty Sidekick (a freebie with a mag subscription - it is brilliant for those quick mini die cutting moments when you don't want to bring out the BIG GUNS.)

You can also see my collection of stencils/masks (I'm art journaling - it would be weird not to!), the plastic wallet contains digi image printouts which I'm collecting to use in my AJ.

The CD at the back is one of my Mother's Day presents - it is Laura Mvula's new album Sing to the Moon - I LOVE IT (it was playing whilst I was taking these pics.) and my new Copics are in the green bucket with my growing collection - Thank you to my lovely boys for my gifts and my UNIQUE card!

At my AJ class we discovered the joys of combining Dylusions ink sprays with Perfect Pearls mica powders to add great shimmer effects to backgrounds. I've tried to get some close ups but you know how it is with shimmery stuff it never looks as good on "film" as it does in real life - but hopefully these will give you an idea...

This one is the background of my journal page. The inks are Dylusions Bubblegum Pink and Squeezed Orange and the Perfect Pearls (PP) is Perfect Gold.

(Having just looked at the post preview I really recommend you click on these pics to view them full screen - you can really see that shimmer!)

The technique is simple
  1. Spritz your chosen inks next to each other on  your craft mat
  2. Using a dry brush sprinkle your chosen PPs over the inks, "puddles" of PP will give vibrant shimmer patches, "dusted" PP will give an all over shimmer
  3. Lightly mist with water to activate PP
  4. Smoosh your tag, ATC or whatever through the inks and PP until desired effect achieved, dry with a heat gun
  5. You can stamp, stencil or ghost these backgrounds as normal, although the shimmer will still show through and ghosting doesn't seem to be quite as intense (? is a ghosted image intense? I don't know and I'm too tired to think of a better word!)
Below is the tag I made in class to try out the technique, again using Bubblegum Pink and Squeezed Orange Dylusions and Perfect Gold PPs.

Additional technique for colouring stamped images
  1. Stamp image in Archival ink onto dried background (as above)
  2. Using any ink remaining on craft mat sprinkle chosen PPs on top of ink
  3. With paint brush mix PPs in to the ink to create a paste (do not add water) use this paste to paint in details as required

I loved this effect, which works particularly well with this Dyan Reaveley Further Around the Edge stamp.

Well that's all from me folks, I'm plum tuckered! Good night...


  1. very nice Maizie! I tried perfect pearls mixed in distress ink and sprayed it it came off. Does this stay where you put it or do you have to fix it with something? Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Vickie #1

    1. Hi Vickie - the PPs stay on with this technique but you must mist water over the powder to activate the fixative before you smoosh your paper through it. I then heat set with a heat gun. MMx

  2. Love the pages, I love the colours. Have a good week. Helen 11

  3. Looks Great, you can really see the shimmer and the colour mix is Gorgeous too x
    Happy WOYWW Heather #46

  4. Looks like you are having some serious fun here! Hugs, Jenny x

  5. Happy WOYWW... what a great post, lovely artwork and photos - that shimmer close up looks fabulous. Love the colour combination you have used too.
    have a good day... Gill x #50

  6. Loved taking a look at your creative space and the effects with the PPs. The tag looks amazing.
    Happy WOYWW.
    hugs {brenda} x0x #99

  7. pretty PRETTY pretty! love the shimmer and technique! Where did you find a class at? I would love to take an Art class! have no idea where to sort! Well I have my lace purchased. Of course I bought it in a cream antique looking shade, then worked on my weave project which is white! Of course, right! HA!

    Hugs, Robin

  8. Oh that's just gorgeous! Such rich colours. Thank you for the tutorial, too. Happy Wednesday. :o)
    Sue x (MiniOwner@109)

  9. your journal pages are looking fantastic I love the colours.
    Thank you for sharing the spraHappy WOYWW
    Ria 60ys and PP technique I will be playing with those as the results you have shown are fabby

  10. Love what you have started in your journal. That tag is breathtakingly beautiful
    Krisha #97

  11. Love all that shimmer and the journal pages are looking great. I had a sidekick as a free gift many moons ago too and still use it regularly. It's handy to have on the table isn't it.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisax #59

  12. The sprays are beautiful! Love the leaves.

  13. Lovely colours on your page
    Happy WOYWW

  14. I love those colors! Thanks for sharing the technique with us, it looks like a lot of fun. :-)
    HeatherM #134

  15. Yep, you can definitely see that shimmer! How cool is that! Hugs, Keren

  16. I got my roses done thanks! Love the pearls you added to the page. They really do shimmer beautifully and your photo shows it nicely. Love the overflow desk...mine should be a temporary one,but spends more of the week up than down...

  17. INSPIRED!! What a grand idea to mix Perfect pearls with Dylusions. You've gotten some amazing colors and effects. It's just beautiful. One week someone wrote about their "dump desk" and I literally laughed outloud. We all have one - even if we call it overflow and/or the floor!! Have a great week.

  18. Wow...what a fun technique. Your journal is really turning out wonderfully. Thanks for stopping by my work desk. #114

  19. oh that technique is so pretty, love the stamps you have used on the page it really works with the ink technique you have used. Tracy #69

  20. Hi Maisie fab workspace but thanks for the how to in relation to your fab make. I must try a journalling page. Have add the sprays and really must go for it.....once I finish projects currently on the go.

    Thanks for sharing and happy WOYWW

    Annie x

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  21. Those are great techniques, and we do love all Dylusions products. Thanks for visiting the bears today.

  22. Beautiful pages and inspiring space, so cheerful right down to the table cloth! Happy WOYWW Lindsay #117

  23. I've tried something very similar to the Perfect Pearls technique you showed but using PearlEx powders - have to add some gum arabic as a binder,though. Funny how popular the pink and orange Dylusion Inks are as a combination. They look great!

    Joel #127

  24. I love your journal pages and thanks so much for sharing the techniques, I look forward to trying that! Thanks for sharing and for visiting too. Happy Woyww. Liz 72

  25. Aaahhhh, the desk of a true art journaler! There is nothing better then that! Happy, belated, woyww. Marit #79

  26. Beautiful! Thanks for the walk-through on the technique. I love the color combo you used. Creative Blessings! Kelly #124

  27. Apart from creating such lovely work in the first place, you have done incredibly well in being able to "show" the shimmer - a very difficult thing to get right. Beautiful work. xx Maggie #9

  28. Hi Marie - thanks for popping over. I adore your craft space! Love the big desk in the center of the room. And your journal pages look great!! Brigita #116

  29. It's so shiny! I like that technique.
    April #108


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