Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Terri Sproul Mixers ~ Sakura Crystal Lacquer ~ Easter Chicks!

Having fun with Terri Sproul Mixers, Sakura Crystal Lacquer and gears for Spring!!! Let your imagination run wild... have all the fun you want creating with Terri Sproul Mixers and Sakura Crystal Lacquer!!!  There is no end to what you can create!
Paint canvas with gesso, dry.  Add a thin layer of glue, lay napkin gently on glue. Paint glue over napkin and add a strip of music.  Lightly gesso over the canvas again. 
Lay bubble wrap over the canvas to remove a little more of the gesso and give it a little texture. Paint Citrine Pearl + Tanzanite Pearl for the grass and stems with leaves.  Set aside to dry.
Gesso over chipboard, dry, add Sakura Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul Mixers. Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Citirne Pearl on the large and small gears for the body and head of the chicks. Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Citrine Pearl + Shimmer Garnet mixed for orange on the keys for the legs/feet and a little for the beaks on smaller gear.
Strips of paper are rolled for the flowers and painted with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Purple Pearl.
  Adhere all the pieces with clear Sakura Crystal Lacquer!
Add feathers!!!

Here you have a couple of Steampunk CHICKS!
Sakura Crystal Lacquer
Terri Sproul Mixers:
Citrine Pearl + Tanzanite Pearl = Green (stems & leaves)
Citrine Pearl + Shimmer Garnet = Orange (beaks + feet)
Citrine Pearl = Yellow (chicks)
Purple Pearl (flowers)
10 x 8 Canvas
Chip board gears (ordered cut online ebay)
Chip board keys Maya Road
Floral napkin
Piece of music
Strips of paper rolled for flowers

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dragonfly Embellishment with Terri Sproul's Mixers

Dragonfly embellishment on Prima Flower to make a fun hair Accessory
Today I made an easy dragonfly embellishment that  can be added to any project using Creative Paper Clay, Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers! Since the Mixers and Sakura can be used to enhance any surface, they are the perfect colorant and adhesive for my beautiful dragonfly!

I began the body of the dragonfly by adding paint to the paper clay
to give the body a base color and to add a small bit of moisture
back into the clay. The clay was "worked" until the color was
evenly distributed into the paperclay.
The paper clay was then rolled into the body shape for the dragonfly.
I let the body dry overnight to give the paper clay ample time
to dry. I added a few coats of paper clay "slip" to the outside of
the dragonfly to make the body appear uniform.
The body of the dragonfly was painted with the TS Enhancer, turquoise,
citrine, green interference pearl and bronze. I love the sheen that the
mixers and lacquer leave on the dragonfly's body!
A simple pattern, the length of the dragonfly body was cut
out of notebook paper and placed under the clear transparency.
a base coat of bronze was layered to amply cover the heart.
Since the brush strokes would be seen, I worked with them
until I like the effect I was getting.
I added more pink into the bronze for the middles of the wings.
I layered on TS glitter an glitz to add extra sparkle to the wings.

When the wings were dry, I flipped over the transparency to
trace them out, capturing the exact part of the wing that I love.
I trim out the wings to the inside of the drawn line.
Crystal Lacquer is then used to attach the wings to the body.
rhinestones are added for the eyes and as added enhancements
on the back of the dragonfly. He is now ready to be added to
any accessory or project!
 Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoy my dragonfly embellishment!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Trying New Techniques with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers!

My post today is going to revolve around one Art medium that I love to work with. Oh now, you know what it is, why it’s gourds of course! I’ve had several classes recently that I’ve been using the Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul mixers on. Today I tried the Bronze mixer, Crystal Lacquer and the Extra fine glitter on a gourd with a student. We took an extra long dipper gourd and cut off most of the handle to make it look like a bud vase.

Can you see all of the mottling in the gourd? That is where the mold was, but once it was cleaned it left some beautiful mottling behind. I then mixed up the Bronze powder with the Crystal Lacquer and added a little of the fine glitter(pixie dust). We really didn’t want to lose the mottling on the gourd so we put two coats of the lacquer/powder/glitter on the outside of the gourd, allowing for the first layer to dry before adding the second. We also used a part of a gourd as the base and coated it the same way.

 Do you see the handle of the gourd next to it there? Can you tell the difference between the before (the handle) and the after (the bud vase)?

                                              I’m telling you that this bud vase really looked gorgeous when that lacquer dried! You can still see all of the mottling and yet the gourd itself has a shimmer and sheen to it that you just don’t normally see. Of course the inside of the gourd is not waterproof so the only flowers you can place inside of the gourd would have to be artificial. Both the student and myself said at the same time, “That would look good with an artificial orchid in it”. Wise minds think alike I think. wink Another wonderful bonus of using the Sakura Crystal Lacquer is that you don’t have to use a sealer on your gourd because the Lacquer itself is the sealer. Isn’t that neat? What do you think of the project today? I would love to hear from you, please leave me a comment.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Image Transfer with Crystal Lacquer

Happy Wednesday - Susan here with my second post for the Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team. Today is part two of the post I shared on March 7th {CLICK HERE}.

As promised, today's project is a step-by-step on making an image transfer!


I love making image transfers, yet the process of it is so dragged out unless you do a box tape transfer {with this you are limited to the width of your tape and you get a super high gloss sheen from the tape}. I will be doing this so much more now! So I made a couple image transfers one of me at about 2 1/2 and the other of a photo of my father and I. I will say - with Crystal Lacquer - this process is accelerated by not only hours...but days!

There are several ways to go about making an image transfer. I like the method of using an acrylic gel medium. But it is too time consuming! So since I couldn't find any info doing this using Crystal Lacquer, I followed the same process as you would if using an acrylic gel medium.

You take a color laser copy of image to transfer on plain white paper and paint an even coat of Crystal Lacquer in one direction {either horizontally or vertically - one or the other. Then let dry completely. Then paint a second coat in the opposite direction. If you made first layer horizontal - layer two will be vertical. Let this layer dry completely then repeat with three more layers alternating direction of applying Crystal Lacquer {horizontal, then vertical, then horizontal, then vertical, etc.}, letting each layer thoroughly dry before adding next layer.

After applying 5 coats on Crystal Lacquer in alternating directions.

If Crystal Lacquer looks cloudy, then it's not completely dry. Set aside completely lacquered image which should have a canvas striation texture from alternating layers for a couple hours to dry. Lacquered image should be completely clear.

Lacquered images after completely dry and ready to soak.

Now the fun begins - time to get messy! You will need a shallow disk to soak image in water. Place image face down into water with paper side up. If needed hold down under water until all paper is saturated.

Wait about 10-15 minutes then you can begin to gently rub away the paper fibers. This is best done by rubbing in small circular motion until all paper is removed.

Be careful not to rub too fast or too hard, this is easily torn when wet. If you like a softer appearance, you can leave some of the paper fiber on. After paper removal is complete - gently pick up image and let water drip off. 

 Image transfer being removed from water after paper is rubbed off.

Then set to dry on wax paper with lacquer side face up. I also gently patted excess water top with a paper towel. The image will look cloudy again. Let dry until it's no longer cloudy and it will probably curl up on you. I can't guesstimate time it will take to dry - but I promise this is so much faster than alternative methods.

When dry your image transfer is ready to use. It will have a nice canvas-like texture and is pretty durable. You can trim around it and adhere over patterned paper, metallic sheets or on acetate. Whatever your creative heart desires. Use Crystal Lacquer to glue the image transfer down. I have a couple small tears in my transfer, but when glued down they are barely noticeable and add to the altered charm of the piece.

I gathered some of my hand-painted papers {using Terri Sproul Mixers and Crystal Lacquer} and one of my completed image transfers to create a tag. I adhered everything down with Crystal Lacquer {you may want to wear gloves for this - its quite sticky}. 

On a base tag - I glued down three of the painted
papers with Crystal Lacquer.

The Crystal Lacquer dries relatively quickly. I added some white pastel in the area where the face of my image transfer will be placed to mute some of the text. I brushed over with Crystal Lacquer, then after misting lightly with water, I applied the image transfer and gently rubbed into place with Crystal Lacquer on top as well to seal. I mixed up some more Voilet Shimmer Mixers and painted in the background around my adorable self. I learned to paint at a very young age...my first paint being Chocolate Cake!

Completed tag after adding some stamped images
and Caran D'Ache Water Crayons.

I hope you enjoyed today's post. I encourage you to take a look around through the projects from the other Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team members for some great tips and ideas! See you next month with my next creation on April 3rd, 2012.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment, select receive e-mail follow ups on comments and I will respond. If you would like to see more of my creations, please visit my blog sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here.

Have a wonderful Wednesday : )

Friday, March 16, 2012

Terri Sproul Mixers Shelf

By Amanda Marks

My grandmother sent me this shelf over a year ago and I decided it needed a revamp in order to stay.  I decided to use my 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers over tissue paper to create this revamped look.

Tissue Paper
Old Shelf
Terri Sproul Mixers
3D Crystal Lacquer
Timber Brown Staz-on Ink Pad
Close To My Heart Daisy Stamps
Paint Brush

 Mix Citrine Pearl with 3d Crystal Lacquer

 Rip tissue paper and paint the mixture of lacquer and mixers on with a paint brush.

 Add some Shimmer Tanzanite to the Citrine Mixture to create the green.

 Once dry stamp the outside.
 Once completed mix up more colors to paint the daisies.

Add black paper to the center.  The top was created with adding Purple Vinetage Glass Particles to 3D Crystal Lacquer.  The Daisy were created by adding glue to a stamp and stamping the image, sprinkling Extra Fine Glitter over the top.  The bottom portion was created by cutting up dried pieces (skins) of Terri Sproul Mixers and 3D Lacquer, to create a mosaic look.

I love my shelf it fits my Terri Sproul Mixers perfectly and it is a nice addition to my desk!