Monday, July 11, 2011

Claudine Hellmuth Strikes Again!

As some of you may know, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend Ranger U. While there, we got to play with lots of Ranger products, and on one of the days, Claudine Hellmuth taught us a thing or two.

A while ago for one of my birthdays, I received canvases from my mom. Finally, I have done something with them!

I began by priming them with Claudine Hellmuth's Multi Medium Matte and Gesso. My goal: to add some texture to the canvas. I applied using Artist Brushes.

This needed some time to dry, so I stashed the two canvasses on a shelf I have in my house. I'm sad to say that there they stayed for a month or two!
The other night, I was feeling inspired and decided to break out some Ranger U. goodies. I've always loved painting and Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Paints are amazing! I've heard them described as creamy, which is absolutely true. I knew I wanted to use these.

Then I came across some Paint Dabbers and thought those might be fun to use too. I used the Terra Cotta, Juniper, Bottle, and Pool Dabbers on the canvasses. The colors are gorgeous, but the effect wasn't exactly what I was looking for in this case so I reached for the Studio Paints.

I chose:

I took the largest Artist Brush in the pack and swabbed some of each color randomly on each canvas (this could also be done with Craft Sticks if you don't want to be bothered with cleaning your brush in between paints). Next I blended the colors with a paint brush.
It took a few applications before I got the color combinations I wanted. Then I used Charcoal Black paint and brushed it lightly over the canvasses with a mostly dry brush to pick up the texture. I let them dry for a few minutes on the Craft Sheet. Then I looked around me for what to play with next and saw the Paint Dabbers!
I don't have a dots stamp, but I love the look of the dots in Claudine Hellmuth's Dwelling stamp set. I wanted to use black paint to contrast the bright yellows and greens, so I chose the Pitch Black Paint Dabber. I primed the dabber by dabbing my finger first (there's a little button you can push down to get the paint flowing if you haven't used it in a while).
I wanted the edges of the canvas to be black so I started using the Pitch Black Dabber there too. It wasn't quite the coverage I wanted so I switched to Charcoal Black Studio Paint and a good old paint brush. The coverage was a little bit thicker and I'm more used to controlling a paint brush. I do love dabbers though for cards and stamping on paper.

I love the Bloom Stamps that Claudine designed. I have the clear Bloom set as well as the foam Bloom set and picked stamps from both.
I used a leaf from the clear Bloom set and painted it with Charcoal Black paint to create flowers.
I stamped the circles to add some extra interest. I was going for the look of the circles in the Spills & Splatters stamp set by Tim Holtz. Simple, but interesting.
I used the grass-like clear stamp with Jet Black Archival Ink for the other canvas so they would coordinate but be different.

I painted over the leaf petals on one canvas with a super thick layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint. The more you put on, the bigger the cracks.
I applied some Ranger Rock Candy Crackle to the centers of the flowers on the other canvas.

Next I freed my Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders and sprinkled some of the Mandarin pigment powder over the centers of the flowers.

I randomly brushed some blue and green Perfect Pearl Pigment Powders over some spots on the canvas.

I drew in branches with a permanent black marker and highlighted some of the branches with Modern Red studio paint.
Then I went to bed and let them dry overnight. Crackle Paint takes some time, especially if you lay it on thick.
When I woke up, I loved the look of the crackle on the petals, but wasn't too crazy about the look of the crackle paint with the pigment powder in the centers of the other. SO...I used a pick and tapped at the crackle paint centers. Because it's crackle paint, some pieces came off in cool shattered chunks. I liked this look better - a little more imperfect. : )

I cleaned up with a Craft Scrubbie (my hands and finger nails went from painted to clean easily and painlessly!!) and cleaned my stamps with a Rub It Scrub It pad. Tip: work on a Craft Sheet and use a Craft Scraper to easily remove the paint.

When I came into work today, I hung them on my wall to decorate. Voila!

Never limit yourself to the same old techniques - combine products and create your own. Play!

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  1. This weekend was spent working on new card ideas and doing loads of quilling...!!

  2. This weekend was a family birthday, so we celebrated.

  3. I had to work all weekend, so no play time for me. But I'm going to the Scrapbook Expo this coming weekend so that should be a blast! =)

  4. What a great inspiration - thanks for share it! This weekend I was at home ... relaxing, reading, eating :)

  5. I went to my granddaughter's first birthday party and boy did she love her cake!

  6. Great project.
    This past weekend I went to a 5 mile + road sale, mowed the lawn, pulled weeds, & made a card.

  7. My weekend was spent at home with family and friends as well as time in my scraproom

  8. I went shopping!!!! Nothing exciting just some card to stamp on & ink for the printer, I normally spend it with my folks but they went on holiday on Saturday so I saw them on Thursday - we went to the seaside & had fish & chips mmmmmm very British eh?!?!?! LOL xxx

  9. Interesting project!

    Last weekend I designed some bead jewelry, but mostly just relaxed and enjoyed the sweet day :)

  10. What a gorgeous project!
    Saturday was spent on cardmaking and in the evening we went to a restaurant with my mother....Sunday was beautiful weather, so we went for a ride on the bike, enjoyed a nice icecream and the evening I spent on blogging.
    xxx Margreet

  11. fun canvas! this weekend we went to the toledo zoo to say hi to the new baby elephant!

  12. This weekend I've made my second notebook. First one was nice but I also use it in Art Journal project. So I wanted to make something to write down every single day of holidays. And i love the result So MUCH!))

  13. It is my first two days of vacation, so I swam, sunbathed, walked and swam again.

  14. Inspiring & beautiful wall art! We had company this weekend but I was able to get a card made!

  15. This weekend I spent organizing my craft room! Now I cant wait to get in there Tonight!

  16. Spent some time with my boys walking around a car show. But mostly stayed inside stamping and trying to avoid the heat!

  17. We were busy with houseguests this weekend: lots of movies, card games, eating, and mini golf!

  18. Wow what a stunning creation! Thanks for sharing how you did it.

    This weekend I worked night shift. Tired now .. but it won't keep me away from crafting.

    I have 3 loves in my life ... my 2 year old daughter, my Husband and crafting.

  19. I spent the weekend sitting on my deck, colouring images for a card commission!

  20. This weekend I went to the beach. That was a sunny and wonderful day! Love the how to. Thanks

  21. This is so wonderful! I love how you used the leaves as flowers!!

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  25. Hi Sarah... on the weekend I went to my grandfather's cottage. I love horses.

  26. Like the imperfections stamp, some yummy products there.

    It was childrens dancing exams this weekend so spent most of it locked in a hot studio choking on hairspray.

    ** Kate **

  27. Spent the weekend having a garage sale, and I also sold two completed scrapbooks I had made - YEAH! Made some money doing what I love.
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  28. wowzers this is awesome i have never used gesso or these paints looks like my wish list just grew another arms length tfs xx

  29. This weekend we went swimming and ate lots of watermelon. I love summer!

  30. I went with my family swimming. It was so hot here. Hugs,moni

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