Yes, I am indeed OBSESSED with the new Plaster Paste!!! I fully admit that since this product was introduced in January, I’ve been using it on almost every single project that I’ve been working on. If you follow me on Instagram (artnewwave) or have been following along with my Pandemonium posts, you’ve already seen some of the amazing textures that I’ve been creating for mixed media backgrounds on a variety of different projects.
Why do I love this product so much? It’s an easy way to add texture to almost any surface, and it dries very quickly with a heat tool. And more importantly, you can add an insane (no exaggeration!) amount of water and other liquids layered on top and it won’t loose it’s form or shape like some other texture pastes. I’ve been experimenting with washes lately, involving a lot of water as the base for mixing with acrylic paints and mica powders to create multiple layers of lighter density colors and the Plaster Paste is the PERFECT medium as a base for projects.
For this project I created the textured base with the Plaster Paste, then added my embellishments that were base painted with Heavy White Gesso. Once everything was dried and set, I added a diluted color wash consisting of water and Impasto Dark Chocolate – if you haven’t tried this combination before, it gives an awesome base coat color that resembles walnut ink or tea dye.
Once dried, I began adding color washes with some of the new Metallique colors – Golden Moss, Gold Amber, and Rustic Brown. This is a little bit of a different color palette for me, but I absolutely LOVE the results. I then went back in and highlighted with these same colors at ‘full strength’ to give a more intense metallic look. And what project wouldn’t be complete without a touch of our favorite waxes!?! I couldn’t resist adding Antique Brilliance Fire Ruby to highlight some of the embellishments, and Antique Brilliance Lucky Emerald on the background texture.
Looking for more inspiration? Be sure to check out the Finnabair Blog where my fellow Finnabair Brand Ambassadors share their favorite projects and products that they’ve used so far this year.
Want to learn how to create your own mixed media masterpieces? Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem OR will be hosting me this April for a weekend full of creativity! If you’re in the Western Oregon area, this is hands down your place to get inspired and find all of the latest products. You can view more details about the workshops including pricing here. This weekend will be my only scheduled classes on the West Coast for this Spring.
At the end of April, I will be returning to Tokyo Japan for the 42nd Annual Hobby Show being held from 26 thru 28 April. While at the show, I will once again demonstrating for Tsukineko and their extensive line of stamping and ink products.
For the first time, I will be teaching workshops after the Hobby Show this year in Tokyo as well! On 1 May, I will be teaching two workshops at Tsukineko – Mixed Media Layers (above left) and The Vintage Canvas (above right). Because I won’t be holding workshops at the Hobby Show as in previous years, this will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to use Tsukineko products to create mixed media projects without the chaos and distraction that happens while on the show floor. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops at the Tsukineko headquarters please send me a message and I can provide details of how to register.
On 30 April, I will be joining my dear friend and uber talented Japanese mixed media artist Phoebe Tonosaki for an all day workshop to be held at Eastside Tokyo. The two of us have been working on this exciting project for a few months and I can’t wait for the opportunity to teach along side Phoebe! During the first session of the class, Phoebe will guide students through the process of decorating the outside of the Treasure Box, and in the second session of the class I will show how to create the inside of the box with Sculpture Medium and adorning the Relics heart pendant.