Sunday, March 28, 2010


Altering Paper with Shimmerz Paints

I love layering paints and then removing some of the layers in spots just to see what sort of textures that you can create with multiple paints. For this project I started with a sheet of Webster's papers and white washed over the design with watered down white gesso. I then painted a very light design of flowers, leaves and vines in the left corners. The combination of Shimmerz colors I used are ( Hottie Pink, Coffee, and Mossy Stone) the colors were all painted directly from the jars. paints

The photo was matted on a piece of cardboard that had been spritzed with Shimmerz Ruby.
The matted photo was then placed on top of a piece of water color paper.
The get the color combination on the water color paper I first spritzed the paper with Shimmerz Spritz- Ruby and Caribbean Sunset. Let the paper dry completely before you start layering the Shimmerz paints. Determine your photo placement on the paper and pencil in a line, so that you will know where to add the paints. There is really no need to paint the entire paper is you photo will be covering the paper. I used a combination of Shimmerz Jilted Jade, Mossy Stone, Silver Bells as my second paint step. Basically just use a light touch and randomly brush the colors over the paper. Do not worry too much about the placement because the next step will change all of the design.
Once you have the Shimmerz paint on the paper your will spritz the entire painted area with Shimmerz Baby's Breath and Concrete you want the paper to be wet. The next step is to sprinkle regular Morton salt on top of the painted area and leave it over night to dry. Apply the salt heavy in some areas and light in other for a mottled effect. When the entire piece is completely you can brush the salt off of the paper with a dry paint brush.

The fabric roses were a very light baby pink so I spritzed them with Ruby to darken the pink color. I used wired ribbon for the orange flowers on the page.
Thanks for looking and have fun with you paints!- Gayle

The Fun things in LIFE!

Lately I have been feeling like my age is catching up with me. I am tired and it is difficult to find a body part that is not sore or achy. I decided it was time to waste some money on a doctor and see it any thing is going to fall off in the near future. My first stop was the yearly Mammogram.

My mom and I went  for our annual Mammograms a couple of weeks ago. We had a 3:15 appointment in Gainesville which is about 45 minutes form her house. I told her I would be at her house around 12 and I arrived just as she was getting home from an errand.  She of course had to have lunch and get read ( which means coordinating her Michaels and Joann's coupons).  We decided to drive her car and as we are getting off the interstate in Gainesville I look at her clock. I rarely wear my watch on days that I am not working.  Oh my gosh.... it is 2:45 so we decide we may as well head to the dr for our 3:15 appointment.

 You will love this...
When we get in the office the receptionist comment to me.
" Wow you ladies are really early, but we love early patients."
I look at the clock on the wall in the office and it is 2:00.... that is when I realized the clock in her car had never been adjusted in the fall for day light saving time.

We do our usual shopping, lunch etc. and head home.
When we walk in My dad says did you girls have Fun?

I decided to give him a full blow by blow of the procedured for a mammogram. I equate the machines to  his wood working tools so that he can have a full visual picture of the procedure. You should know that my dad is 79 years old. As I am giving him this visual, I am being my usual sarcastic self and laughing.
My mom chimes in with

OK, Lean in to the machine,,, place your right hand here... as the two plates are clamping down ( I compared it to a plexiglass wood press in his garage). Ok now relax so that we can get all of the tissue under your arm. Ok ready ,,, I am taking the shot so don't breath or move. Like we are going to go deep breathing exercises or run away with the machine attached.

Everything was fine they will see us in another year!

My mom  with my brothers jacket on and her energetic granddaughters at Christmas.
Have a good week

Friday, March 5, 2010

Jeni Boisvert: Pop Quiz | Shimmerz Paints

Shimmerz Paints PoP Quiz

....this is not a contest....but it won't be graded either, ;) I just love how Shimmerz Paint Products blend so beautifully together so I used each of their 5 products on a different flower....{Vibez, Pearlz, Spritz, Shimmerz, and Blingz}....can you put them in the right order? It's a little tricky, (click on the photo to enlarge) but if you are addicted to Shimmerz like I am, you can see it.....;) I'll post the answers in a couple days."

Go to the Shimmerz web site and post your answers.