Monday, August 20, 2012

Shimmering Silks

The thing I love most about being an artist is the freedom to try a whole swag of materials.  Like many of my fellow artists, I'm obsessed with art supplies, and I have been since I was a child.  There's something about opening a brand new jar of paint, or discovering a beautiful new surface on which to explore.

In recent years, thanks to starting a family and having young children running around, I have been forced to withdraw a little from large surface canvasses, into my sketchbooks and journals.  But it doesn't stop me sneaking away every now and again to engage in my love affair with acrylics...Silks in particular.

Acrylics to me, are one of the most versatile and under-estimated mediums in art.  So many people tell me they have simply never tried them, really don't understand much about them, or don't know where to begin with them.  And to be honest, none of that surprises me. Great acrylic artists are generally very secretive with their techniques. I think it's because their finished work is usually so amazing that they don't dare share the fact that the processes are remarkably easy, otherwise they fear that no one will value their art.

I, on the other hand, are neither great to secretive.  In fact, once Luminarte released their new line of Silks Acrylic Glaze, I was gone...head over heals in love.  I simply couldn't help myself, I had to share all my years of acrylic learning in the form of a class.

Creating my online class A Taste of Silks, was my love letter to Luminarte.  Their shimmering products are so amazing that I simply had to share them with everyone, and in the process, encourage the rest of the art world to embrace these amazing paints.

Sadly, a lot of artists shy away from luminescent medium for fear of the shimmer overwhelming the painting, or because the effects are so amazing, they convince themselves that they can't do it.  But I think it's because most of them don't know how to use luminescent acrylics, and in the case of shimmer in fine art...they forget that less is more! But NOT none.

I'm saying this because I don't know how many emails I get each day asking me about some of my work that is done in acrylics.  Well, in answer to all of those emails about how I approach my acrylic work, and what I use, here's your chance.

A Taste of Silks is back by popular demand (I've always wanted to say that). Take a look at this video and you'll be amazed at what you'll learn in this class.

This  online class is  generously being hosted by Luminarte, and to celebrate, Luminarte are giving each participant a $30 product coupon when they sign up for the class.  This coupon can be used to buy any Luminarte products you like, no restrictions.

So, if you have a curiosity about acrylics,  and you've been wanting to try Luminarte's new Silks Acrylic Glaze, then now is your chance.  Class starts this coming Friday, August 24th (which also happens to be my birthday).  Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to spread your wings into the shimmering world of luminescent acrylics.  For more information about this class, or to register, please click here.

By the way, in this class I'll be teaching you about the very simple technique I used to create this shimmering art journal page.  And don't forget to check out my new shop and art giveaway.  You have until Friday to enter, so click here for more information.

Thanks for checking in.  xx