Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lucky Enough to be Different

Hello to all my visitors!  It's so nice to have you here.  It's been very quiet around the blog lately.  Slowly spring is coming to our world and I've been trying to get my garden cleaned up.  I haven't done much inside creating but my mind is full of garden ideas.  I did manage to spend a little time trying out a new-to-me product though. 

I stopped into my favorite paper arts store, The Queen's Ink, a couple of weeks ago and Patti had just gotten in a new water color product.  It's called Color Burst from Ken Oliver Crafts.  I've never seen this before.  It comes in a small bottle that looks like the kind of bottle eye drops come in at the local pharmacy.  There are 6 small bottles in a package.  It's a powdered form of watercolors and  has very intense colors.  I'll show you what I made and then explain what I did.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper that was leftover from another project.  I spritzed it with water and squeezed the bottle of dry powder which puffed out onto the paper.  Some areas had more powder than others which is what formed the darker spots on the paper.  I spritzed it with more water and brushed the color around to cover all the paper.  I was just playing at this point with no intention of turning it into a finished project.  But I liked the intensity of the color and how easy it was to use.  I put the paper aside to dry.  A few days later I was in my work room and saw it sitting there and got an idea for how I could use it.  I have been spraying papers using paper towels under them to catch the over spray.  Some of the paper towels are kind of cool with different spray patterns and colors left on them.  I keep those with the idea of using them someday!  Some day!!  Well, I got the idea to spray some towels with green and yellow Dylusions sprays to match the intensity of the watercolors and tear them into strips and roll them into paper beads using a skewer to roll them on.  I've been wanting to use paper and fabric beads in some mixed media but never did.  I guess all the stars aligned and I jumped in and did it. Sometimes that's the best way to do something, don't overthink it! I then tore some strips of paper, glued them down and put the paper beads on top.  I found a phrase in Tim Holtz's new collection of chat phrases, cut it up and glued it down.  I love this phrase, "If you're lucky enough to be different, never change".  To finish the card off I sprayed it with some Perfect Pearls Pearl Mist to tone it down a little and give it some shine and  used black embossing powder to line the edges. 
Here are some close ups.

I really like this watercolor powder.  It can be used the way I used it, lightly spraying the paper with water and squeezing the bottle to apply it, or dissolving it in water and making a spray, or applying it with a wet brush.  Anyway, you use it you'll get wonderful color because the pigment is so intense. 
I'm entering this project in Mixed Media World current challenge "Bright Colours".  Check out their blog if you love mixed media!  It's a great source of inspiration.
That's it for me today.  I hope you have a wonderful day, thank you for taking some time to visit and I hope you have time to do something you love!


  1. Glorious colors you achieved - paint in a dry form...I am intrigued! I gotta say - I love how you "hung" this wonderful work of art! I would see a lonely wall lined with artwork hung this way - changing with the seasons!

    GORGEOUS day today, isn't it!!! Have fun planning and working in your garden!!

  2. This is so beautiful - so vivid and strong - and I love the beads and papers! Oh and I love the hanger, and the words, and actually everything about it!! The powders sound very much like Brusho pigments, but I have to use the end of a teaspoon handle and sprinkle them on with that - it sounds much less controlled than the way you do it. I shall look out for Ken Oliver Crafts - that's a new name to me. Enjoy your time in the garden, isn't it wonderful to be able to get out in it at long last!

  3. Paper Towel Beads ~ You are Genius, Maryanne! What an interesting and beautiful work of art! The beads add just the right amount of dimension and the overall colors are bright and uplifting. And the simple way you display it is perfect ~ all eyes on the art and not on a frame, no glass between the art and the admirer. This is wonderful!

  4. WOW, Maryanne! This is spectacular! I absolutely LOVE how you used your paper towels that had been used for other projects. They look amazing here. And the new product that you tried on your water color paper - I love, LOVE the intense colors and beautiful design your created. And your sentiment is perfect here, too. Thank you, my friend, for sharing your talents with all of us! I hope you are having a good week. Spring is finally here, but we have had lots of rain lately, too! I guess we will have lots of May flowers!!!! HUGS!

  5. Oh I missed this post! Life's been a little hectic lately. This is a fun piece and just love those luscious spring colors! The saying is perfect ... embrace the mosaic that is humanity. yes, it makes life interesting

  6. Awesome! Really love the pop of colour here! I must check out the new product you mention.. Thank you for joint us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid x


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