Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Art Journal Backgrounds with Full Colors Pump Dye Sprays and Stencils (Pump Dye com Estencils)


Let me state right now...this is really a post for Brasilians since these sprays are only sold here but I hope everyone reads and enjoys this post.

Vou te contar uma coisa agora..... Isto é para os brasileiros porque estes sprays são vendidos aqui mas eu espero que todos que ler vão curtir este post.

A few weeks ago I went to the Mega Arts and Crafts show here in São Paulo. It is the largest arts and crafts show in Latin America.  I was very excited because I had seen an ad for a company called Full Colors.  They were promoting their new sprays called Pump Dye.  Now, the sprays I always grab for my journals and backgrounds are the Dylusions sprays by the ever fabulous and delicious Dyan Reaveley.  I love love love everything about these sprays.   I love the colors, I love the way they blend, I love how they react with water...the list is endless.  But, to purchase them in the states and have them sent here is just not cost effective.  I was as hoping that these Pump Dye sprays could work for me as an alternative here.

Ha algumas semanas atras Eu fui na Mega Artesanal aqui em São Paulo. É a maior feira de artesanato da America Latina. Eu estava muito ansioso porque eu tinha visto uma cia chamada Full Collors. Eles estavam promovendo um novo spray chamado Pump Dye. Os spray que eu geralmente uso para meu journals and backgrounds são da Dylusions Sprays da Maravilhosa Dyan Reaveley. Eu adoro tudo em relação a estes spray. Eu amos as cores, eu amo a forma que eles se misturam, eu amo a reação deles com agua, a lista eh interminavel., mas importar dos Estados Unidos não vale a pena devido ao preço. Eu esperava que estes Pump dye sprays fosse ser minha alternativa aqui.

At the show I spoke to folks at Full Colors.  I explained the type of spray I wanted...one that I could use on paper....one that might blend well with each or with water.  They showed me a spray called Pump Scrap but those dried as soon as they hit the paper.  I wanted a spray that would NOT dry immediately.  I asked a lot of questions about the Pump Dye.  It is a pigment dye that is really made to be used on fabric.  Not paper.   They mentioned many times that they were NOT made for paper. 

Na feira eu falei com um representante da Full Colors. Eu expliquei que tipo de spray eu procurava. Um que poderia ser usado no papel... que misturasse bem com outras cores e com agua. Eles me mostraram um spray chamado Pump Scrap mas estes secam muito rapido, tocam o papel e pronto ta seco. Eu procurava um spray que não secasse tão rapido assim. Eu fiz muitas perguntas sobre a Pump Dye. É um tinta de pigmento e realmente feito para ser usado com tecido. Não com papel. Eles comentaram muitas vezes que eles as tintas não eram proprias para papel. 

But, after being here for a while and understanding that Brasilians do not tend to experiment when it comes to art supplies, I was determined to show them that they would be able to be used on paper.  

Mas vivendo aqui ha algum tempo eu entendo que os brasileiros não ousam experimentar e tentar coisa diferentes em se tratando de materias para artesanato, Eu estava determinado em mostrar que as tintas poderiam ser usados em papel.

So I placed an order.  And then I played. And they worked!  Now, they do not do the same things that they Dylusions do.  They do not react with water. Although they blended nicely, I did need to spray some water on them to get them to blend better.  They worked nicely with my stencils, and I am beyond happy that I have an alternative here now!!  I also love how vibrant the colors are and how nice this double spread came out.

Eu fiz uma compra, ai comecei a testar os produtos, e os sprays podem sim ser usado em papel. Os spays não fazem o memo que da Dyan Reavely. Eles não tem a mesma reação com agua mas mistura muito bem. Eu precisei borrifar mais agua para que misturasse melhor. Os sprays funcionaram muito bem com meus stencyls, e Eu estou mais do que feliz porque eu tenho uma alternativa aqui1!!!! Eu tambem adorei as cores vibrantes e com o resulatdo.

Hopefully the folks at Full Colors will see this post and see that they have a whole new market for these sprays - the mixed media/scrapbooking/artist group.  

Espero que os Representantes da Full Colors vejam este post  e enxerguem que eles tem um novo mercado prar estes sprays. O da Mixesd Media/scrapbooking/artistas.

Step by Step (Passo a Passo) -

1.  I used the Dylusions Creative Journal by Dyan Reaveley.  I started by applying a layer of Gesso to both pages and dried them with a heat gun.

Eu Usei Dylusions Creative Jounal by Dyan Reaveley. I comecei aplicando uma camada de gesso em ambas paginas e sequei com a Heat Gun.


2.  Then I applied the sprays.  First the Yellow (Amarelo 54), then some of Metallic Blue (Metalizado Azul 34), Metallic Red (Metalizado Vermelho 21), Metallic Old Gold and Gold (Metalizado Ouro Velho 57 e Metalizado Dourado 58), Metallic Silver (Metalizado Prata 66), and White (Branco 10).   When I had a bit of all the colors on the paper, I gave a spritz or two of water to let them blend a bit.  Then dried with a heat gun. 

Apliquei os sprays. Primeiro o Amarelo, depois  azul metalico, vermelho metalico, ouro metalico, ouro velho e metalizado dourado, metalico prata, e branco. Com todas as cores no papel eu dei umas duas borrifadas de agua e deixei elas se misturarem por um tempinho. Depois sequei com a heat gun.



3.  Next I used the Black spray (Preto 60) with the Circle Explosion (TCW278) stencils by The Crafter's Workshop.  Dried with heat gun.  Then I used the White spray with the Circle Fun Stencil by Mary Beth Shaw for StencilGirl Products.  Dried that with a heat gun.

Apliquei o spray preto com o stencil Circle explosion (TCW278) da The Crafter’s Workshop. Sequei com a heat gun. Depois usei o spray branco com o Stencil Circle Fun by Mary Beth Shaw da Stencil Girl products. Sequei com a heat gun.


4.  After that I used the Broken Circles stencil (L099) by Terri Stegmiller with the Metallic Blue on the right and left sides.  Dried that with the heat gun and then used the same stencil over it with the white.

Depois disso EU usei o stencil  Broken Circles by Terri Stemiller com o Azul metalico nos lado direito e esquerdo. Sequei com a Heat gun e usei o mesmo stencil com o spray branco.  


That's it.  I love how it came out.  Hope you love it too.  So, if you are a Brasilian artist that loves mixed media or art journaling, I highly recommend that you check out the Pump Dye sprays by Full Colors!!

Pronto. Eu amei o resultado. Espero que vc tambem tenha gostado.Se vc eh um artista/artesão brasileiro e ama mixed media e journaling, Eu recomendo que vc experimente as Pump dye by full colors!!! 

Hugs from Brasil -
Abraços do Brasil -

~Michael

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

StencilGirl THE BOOK Blog Hop Day 2




I was so excited when I was asked to be part of this blog hop - a hop about the book by Stencil Girl herself, Mary Beth Shaw.  And, trust me, this is THE BOOK to have to learn mixed-media techniques to use with your stencils. I had to pick a technique from the book and put my take on it.  I kinda merged two techniques - Woulda Coulda Burn Wood page 18 in the book) and the Doodle Mania Bonus Project (page 77 in the book) - but I made mine into a Wood Burned StenDoodle!




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Before heading to the step by step - here is a list of the blogs to hit today!  

StencilGirl Talk

Janet Joehlin

Jennifer Priest

Michael A. Trent
You are already here!


The GIVEAWAY!! 

One lucky winner will receive Stencil Girl The Book with an exclusive bookmark stencil AND (3) 6" x 5" stencils designed by Mary Beth Shaw.

Giveaway will close on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 11:59PM Central Time.

All comments left on the hop are entered in the giveaway - so make sure you leave a comment on each blog the whole week.  The more comments you leave, the more chances you have of winning this amazing book and the stencils.

Good Luck Everyone!!

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If you cannot wait to get your hands on this book....you can purchase it 


When you order from StencilGirl, you will receive an EXCLUSIVE stencil book mark with your order.

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Step by Step:

1.  Place the Geomaze stencil over the wood frame and trace, with a pencil or pen, the sections you want to wood burn.  


2.  Using the wood burning tool, burn the trace marks.  If you are new to wood burning, follow the instructions that came with the tool and try each of the tips on a piece of scrap wood that come with the tool to see how each one works.  




3.  For some of the larger areas, I wanted to add parts of other stencils - in order to StenDoodle the frame.  I used the checkerboard section from the Borders 9J stencil and I used some of the Stars from the 6 Point Starry Night stencil (both by Jessica Sporn).  As you did above, trace with a pen or pencil and then wood burn where you traced.




4.  Now to paint.  I used various watercolor paints, which I thinned out with water and brushed onto the areas.  I did several coats but you can just do one if you want a lighter effect.  When all is dry, I sprayed it with a fixative to give a big of a glossy look.  



Insert a photo and you are done! 


Supplies Used:

Wood Burning Tool with various tips
Wood frame - I used those $1 frames from your local art store
Watercolor Paints and a brush
Spray fixative 
Pencil/Pen
Black Fine Tip Permanent Marker - Sharpie

Hope you liked this project.  Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered for the Giveaway.

Hugs from Brasil -
Michael

Saturday, September 6, 2014

StenDoodle/SparkleTart - StencilGirl Winner!!




WE HAVE A WINNER!!
After going through all the comments on both blogs, I then picked a random number through random.org and that winning number was 3.
Congrats to Helen Angel-Cullum who said this on Kate's blog - "Love the vibrancy of this project. I'm a new follower via Michael xx"
And on my blog, under the name Croms' Cubby Hole, "loving those stencils!  now following you both.  xx"
So, Helen...please send me your address to michaeltrent@gmail.com and I will make sure to get your stencils in the mail this week!  
Hope everyone continues to follow both Kate and myself.  I know we have lots of cool projects down the road!  
Hugs from Brasil -Michael

Whooo Hoooo - More Stencil Blog Candy!!!


It's time for some more StencilGirl Stencil Blog Candy!! Whooo Hooo!!  But this time it involves two blogs.  Kate Palmer, also known as Sparkle Tart, because she has "never met a sparkly product that she didn't love", has written a blog post today show how to use my StenDoodle technique with Copics!! Kate is an amazing mixed media artist and crafter and loves color as much as I do.  She also has an AMAZING blog!  You can see the StenDoodle post  -

HERE.  

What do you need to do to have a chance to win these amazing stencils?  It's very easy. 

1.  You need to either subscribe to our blogs or "Follow" our blogs.  


On the left side of my blog are options to either "Follow Me" or to "Subscribe" to my blog.  Just pick your fancy. 


On Kate's site - there is a bar across the top of her site that says "Follow By" - again, just pick your fancy.  


2.  You also need to leave a comment below on this blog post. AND you need to leave a comment on Kate's blog by clicking on the link above, or by clicking HERE When you leave the comments, please let us know how you are "Following" us! 



That's it.  
Easy Peasy.  
Contest is open to everyone.  
The whole world.  
Every country! 
Even the USA, Brasil, and Australia!
LOL!  

By the way, the amazing stencils in the photo above are all made by StencilGirl Products.  These are the rest of the stencils that were sent to me as doubles several months ago.   The Blog Candy includes...Fossil Fish and Mini Tower Stairs both by Mary Beth Shaw, Leaf Poetry and Valentine of Mine both by Margaret Applin, Waves by Terri Stegmiller, as well as some masks from the Swallow, Rabbit, and Leaf stencils.  

Contest ends on Friday, September 5, 2014.  Winner will announced on September 8th.  Kate and I need the two days since there is a 13 difference between us!

Good luck everyone!

Hugs from Brasil - 
~Michael

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Day 4 - StencilGirl/Viva Las Vegas Stamps Blog Hop


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Psst..before I start, there is a fantastic GIVEAWAY - 2 people will win a prize package worth $50!  $25 in StencilGirl stencils and a pound of rubber stamps from Viva Las Vegas Stamps.  Do you know how many stamps are in a pound?  Hint: about 100.  LOL.

Remember to leave a comment on each blog.  The more blogs you visit and leave a comment on, the more chances you have to win! Good luck everyone!





Here is today's list of blogs to visit!!

Michael Trent (You are already Here)

The Blog Hop runs all week!  The more blogs you visit and leave comments on, the more chances you have of winning the amazing GIVEAWAY!!  The GIVEAWAY ends on Sunday, August 31st at 11:59 PM Central Time!

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Hey everyone!!  

I am really thrilled to be part of this blog hop with two of my favorite companies (after Nestle, that is) - StencilGirl Products and Viva Las Vegas Stamps!!  Today's project is my take on a color wheel.  The first time I saw Pam Carriker's Complementary stencil, this is the project I had in mind.  And I am finally getting it out of my head here!  I used  the correct colors around the wheel but used stencils and rubber stamps in each section of the wheel to give it a mixed media - very cool - effect.  I hope you guys love it as much as I do.  



Step by Step:

1.  Place the piece of 5 3/4" square watercolor paper on your work surface, secure the Complementary stencil over it and trace the sections with a fine tip permanent black marker.


2.  Use watercolor pencils and a color wheel as a reference, if needed, color around the wheel. I started at the top with the color yellow.  Then worked my way around the wheel. Use a waterbrush to blend the watercolors. I used a mixture of watercolor pencils from Faber Castell, Prismacolor, and Crayola. You can also use Inktense Pencils or Inktense Blocks.  


You will end up with something like this -


Now to fill in each of the colors with a stencil or stamp.  For each of the colors, the first thing I do is mask off the sides with sticky notes.  I want the stencil or stamp to stay within each space.  

3.  I started with the color Blue.  Blue to me means the sea. The sea has fish in it.  Hence me using Aidan's School Stencil (one of my favs, by the way).  Place the stencil over the blue area and apply white pigment ink with a dauber over the fish you wish to use.   Allow to dry and then go back with the stencil and outline with the black permanent marker.  I also gave the fish an eye.  



4.  Place the Journal Texture 2 stencil in the Yellow area and trace with the black marker. Then do the same for the colors Red-Orange, Violet, and Blue-Green.  Basically N,S, E, and West.


5.  For the Yellow-Green and Red-Violet colors, I masked off each area and stamped the Brick Background image in Jet Black Archival.  


6.  For the Yellow-Orange and Blue-Violet colors, I masked off each area and stamped the Six Hexagon Background image in Jet Black Archival.



7.  For the Green and Red colors, I masked off each area and stamped the Washi Chevron Background image in Jet Black Archival.



8.  Finally, for Orange, I used the Net stencil.  I figure it is across from the fish and you catch fish in nets.  I know, my brain works in a very strange manner.  LOL.  Lay the Net stencil over the orange and outline with the black marker.


Your final piece, prior to layering, will look like this - 


9.  I then outlined the piece with a Silver Krylon Pen, stamped the "you color my world" saying in the center, layered it on a piece of 6" x 6" black cardstock, which I then layered on the front of my 6" card.


Hope you guys liked this take on a color wheel.  Scroll down more and you will see one more idea but this time using all StencilGirl stencils with the same Viva Las Vegas Stamp phrase in the center!

Supplies Used:

StencilGirl Stencils Used:
Complementary (S116) by Pam Carriker 
Journal Texture No. 2 (M027) by Pam Carriker
Net (S129) by Mary Beth Shaw 
Aidan's School Stencil (S001) by Aidan

Viva Las Vegas Stamps Used:
You Color My World
Washi Chevron Background
Brick Background
Six Hexagon Background
The Washi Chevron, Brick, and Six Hexagon Backgrounds can also all be found on - Plate 917

Other Supplies Used:
Watercolor Pencils
Waterbrush
Watercolor paper, 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"
Jet Black Archival Ink (or other waterproof ink)
Unicorn Pigment Ink by Hero Arts
Dauber
Fine tip permanent black marker
Sticky Note Pad
Silver Krylon Pen
Stamp Positioner (optional)


Here is another take on the mixed media color wheel - 



For the above piece, I used only stencils, listed below, with watercolor pencils for each of the same colors around the wheel. And the "you color my world" phrase from Viva Las Vegas Stamps -

Complementary (S116) by Pam Carriker 
Net (S129) by Mary Beth Shaw 
Journal Texture No. 2 (M027) by Pam Carriker
Slices 6 (S094) by Terri Stegmiller
Throwing Stars (S039) by Michelle Ward
Blades (S105) by Terri Stegmiller 


Hugs from Brasil!!

~Michael