Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Taste of Silks

Well, it seems my world is an ocean of shimmer right now. Have you tried Luminarte's new line of Silks Acrylic Glaze yet?  Some of you may have seen me use them in my work before, and if you're doing 21 Secrets, you would have seen me use them in one of my videos in Wisdom Circles

Seriously, these stunning, silky acrylic paints have to be seen to be believed.  They are brand new on the market and are a translucent, acrylic glaze version of Twinkling H2O'sCreated by the ever talented Leslie Ohnstad, senior designer for Luminarte, who responded to a need in the market for a versatile, light-fast, waterproof iteration of her hugely successful line of twinkling watercolor paints.

No, I'm not on the payroll for Luminarte, and no I've never met Leslie face to face, but I've spoken to her on the phone, and I must say, she is one of the kindest, most positive people I have ever met.  I admire her talent, her generosity, and her passion, and when I came across her beautiful products by accident, I knew I had found my niche.  I simply LOVE these products, and more importantly, the feedback I get on my work when I use them is amazing. The colors are vibrant, the quality is excellent, and the shimmer and sparkle is breathtaking (even if they are not always easy to photograph).

I wrote Mastering Twinks as a kind of love letter to Luminarte, and because I would get asked ALL the time about how to use them. Now I'm following it up with a brand new class called A Taste of Silks.  So many artists don't know how to use acrylic glaze's, let alone how versatile they can be, so I wanted to share some of my Silky tricks and techniques.  In fact, as I wrote these classes, I learnt so many new tricks along the way, and I'm still discovering new ways to use them.

In A Taste of Silks, you'll learn about the basic principles of acrylic paints and glazes, I'll talk about the principles of luminescence and the dance of light and color, and I'll take you through some fabulous step-by-step projects that are simply gorgeous.  I use Silks mostly on paper and canvas, but the amazing thing about them is that they can be used on just about any surface.

This 2-week class comes to you in video and PDFs and starts on May 18th.  The cost is $30 for the class plus a $10 materials fee, and to celebrate the launch, Luminarte are giving every person who registers a $40 Luminarte Gift Card for the cost of the $10 material fee.  That is amazing anybody's language.

So, as I said, right now I'm swimming in an ocean of shimmer, so I thought it would be fun to share this journal page I did in Australia recently.  These colorful tropical fish were done using Neocolor II water soluble crayons, Angora watercolor paints, and Silks Acrylic GlazeThe detail was done in black ink and white get pen.

For more information on A Taste of Silks, or to register, please click here. And don't forget, I'm giving away 2 places on my Mastering Twinks class, along with 2 sets of 6-mini pots of Twinkling H2O's. For details, and to enter please click here.

Thanks for checking in xx