I’ve had LOTS of people asking me to walk them through how to create something fun, bright, textural and exciting with all the different mediums and paints available from Viva Colour and LuminArte that I thought I’d start a little “journey” here on my blog of me enjoying some ME time in the studio, getting on my creative indulgences! There was no real rhyme or reason as to what I created- I just started out with a blank canvas and started to have some fun to see what I came up with at the end!
My blank canvas was quickly transformed when I added a couple of coats of LuminArte Silks acrylic glaze in Olive Vine and Emerald (LEFT) with a brush. If you haven’t used these glazes (think thin paints) before, the shimmer is incredible! And since it’s transparent you can really build up the colors. Now it was time to take the shimmer factor up a couple of notches by adding Viva Colour Inka Gold Metallic Rub in Steel Blue (MIDDLE) and Gold (RIGHT) on top of the Silks. I used an InkBlusher for applying the Inka Gold Metallic Rub onto the canvas- a little bit goes a very long way! Once I had the two colors applied I used a paper towel to buff out the finish a bit.
Now it’s time to have some fun with some stencils from Crafter’s Workshop and start adding some pattern and dimension to the canvas. I laid the stencil down onto the canvas (LEFT) and used a brush to apply Sapphire On Ice Silks acrylic glaze rather thickly for this great harlequin pattern effect (MIDDLE). I applied Viva Colour Ferro Special Effects Paste in Graphite using a palette knife for the raised script on the right half of the canvas (RIGHT) and then laid down a couple more stencils for adding Viva Colour Modeling Cream in Pearl (RIGHT) for contrast.
Alright, at this point I have to admit that I could’ve stopped and been absolutely happy with what I’d created… But when I’ve got all this great fun product around me, I’m like a kid in a candy store and can’t help myself from experimenting a bit! So I pulled out my LuminArte Primary Elements in Mulberry to add a bit of purple to the pallet.
Then I thought to myself “what would happen if I crackled this canvas- what would look like?” Crackling is a two step process- the base coat and then the actual crackle with drying time in between. Because I was so excited about crackling my canvas I have to give full disclosure and admit that I did not let all my previous work fully dry like I should have. The result was that when I applied the Viva Crackle Base Coat for Porous Surfaces there were a few areas that bled a little bit. A heat gun can help the drying process, but when working with acrylic paints and mediums air drying is the best and preferred method for the highest quality work. LESSON LEARNED- have patience grasshopper and let it dry completely (duh!).
Once the Crackle Base Coat was completely dry (yes I waited this time!) it was time to slather (as in putting it on THICK) the Viva Transparent Crackle Paint. The thicker you put on the Crackle Paint, the bigger the size of the crackle. I wanted to mix up the look of my crackle so you can see that on the right half of the canvas the Crackle Paint is applied thinner and on the left it’s applied very generously.
Here’s a close up of the Crackle Paint drying. You can see how on the left edge and top that the crackle pattern is much more concentrated, where towards the middle the pattern is much looser and larger.
After allowing to dry overnight, this was the result! This has a VERY cool mosaic effect to it and I love the vivid colors- and yes, it did keep it’s shimmer and shine. Now my only problem is figuring out where I’m going to hang up my canvas!
I hope that my Creative Indulgence answered some of your questions about using this amazing line of products. Feel free to leave comments or questions below if you’re ready to start playing with Viva Colour or LuminArte products!