Monday, April 21, 2014

Tool: PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylic Paint


PaperArtsy is a UK company with some very talented artists and designers. Their videos on YouTube are absolutely captivating. (Check out this video and this one.) So far SimonSaysStamp.com is the only USA company selling a good variety of the paint line (PaperArtsy also makes very cool stamps and craft materials).  I started with my two favorite colors, Inky Pool and Mermaid. It's not enough!

So what's cool about these paints? First, they are highly pigmented. The paints can be watered down, mixed, layered, made into sprays, and the color stays vibrant and gorgeous. Second, the finish is a chalky, fresco finish. Why is that cool? Because it has a matte finish, it takes stamping beautifully, as well as Distress Inks. Most acrylic paints have a plastic finish and will resist any thing but oil based inks. PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint will accept Water based inks, and the options just became endless!


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Project: PaperArtsy Fresco Paint Mixed Media Card



I love this card. Think she would give it back?

This was serious, therapeutic, playtime. I painted, misted, pasted, stenciled, stamped,...mixed media fun!

The paint on this tag is new to me, and I am in love with it. PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint is so much fun to play with. If it weren't really expensive ($5.25 for 1.69 oz!) I would have every color by now. PaperArtsy is a UK company with some very talented artists and designers. Their videos on YouTube are absolutely captivating. (Check out this video and this one.) So far SimonSaysStamp.com is the only USA company selling a good variety of the paint line (PaperArtsy also makes very cool stamps and craft materials).  I started with my two favorite colors, Inky Pool and Mermaid. It's not enough!

So what's cool about these paints? First, they are highly pigmented. The paints can be watered down, mixed, layered, made into sprays, and the color stays vibrant and gorgeous. Second, the finish is a chalky, fresco finish. Why is that cool? Because it has a matte finish, it takes stamping beautifully, as well as Distress Inks. Most acrylic paints have a plastic finish and will resist any thing but oil based inks. PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint will accept Water based inks, and the options just became endless!

The other very fun technique I used is applying embossing paste through a stencil. I had Tim Holtz's new Harlequin stencil and a brand new jar of Studio 490 embossing paste in silver. Match made in heaven! The paste starts out opaque and not very shiny, but as it dries it becomes very shiny...gorgeous! Add some painted butterflies, some Prima hearts, and a few Pink Paislee alphabet stickers...done!

This card went to one of my beautiful sisters...one who is as crazy about blue as I am. I think I am going to have to make myself one...maybe in canvas form, so I can enjoy it for an extended time! Do you find it hard to give away some of your creations? I do, but it is satisfying to give a loved one something handmade and beautiful.

I would love to hear about the craft products you are excited about. Have you found something new? Do tell!

Dixie

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