Thursday, June 26, 2014

Getting Whimsical with NEW Shimmerz Inklingz! {VIDEO TUTORIAL}

 
Hi everyone!  Gabrielle here with you today to share with you my first project as a Shimmerz Educator!  I was so excited to get my happy little hands on some of the NEW Inklingz and was just amazed by the beautiful effect you can get with them. 
 
 
As soon as I saw the color 'Blue My Mind' from the Inklingz, I knew I had to do something whimsical with it.  I pulled out some polymer baking clay (Sculpey or Fimo) and made a mermaid tail to act as a center-piece to my canvas design. I also made a few little accent pieces (Starfish designs) to add to the canvas as well.  The mermaid was made by sculpting the clay by hand (basically rolling the clay in the palm of my hands and forming a tail) and the 'scales' were added by using the tip of a pen (with the pen retracted so that the ink tip doesn't touch the clay).  I used the pen tip on the starfish as well to create a little textural pattern.  I baked it for 15 minutes (275 degree oven) and gave the piece a coat of Gesso....now it is ready to paint!  I gathered together a bunch of my gorgeous Shimmerz products and an 8"x10" canvas and got started.  Here is a list of the Shimmerz products I used for this canvas.....
 
 
Shimmerz Products: 
Inklingz (Blue My Mind, Miner Miner 49er), Texturez (Patina), Spritz (Treasured Hymn), Vibez (Egg Noggin', Jenni B Blue), Dazzlerz (Tutti-Frutti), Shimmerz (Key Lime, Olive Green).

Dusty Attic Chipboard: (NEW) Sea Grass, Grass Clusters, Mini Grass clusters #2, Mini Corner #2, Title Alphas

And to make it easy to follow along, I created a video tutorial to show, step by step how I created this canvas.  Enjoy!



Here are a few close-ups of my project....

 
The Inklingz create such a wonderful two toned, shimmering effect, I think my favorites are in the 'Gold' collection, I know I'll be using these again and again!

 
As you can see in the video, Shimmerz products are easy to use.  The Inklingz are a little different because they are a dry cake, much like a watercolor pigment cake.  You just add a little sprtiz of water let it sit for a moment and do a little stirring with your paint brush.  The more you stir, the thicker and more luxurious the paint becomes.

 
For my chipboard piece I used some Shimmerz paint, they have wonderful little flecks of mica in them that not only add glitter to your design but even a tiny bit of texture as well.

 
And finally here is a photo of the corner cluster of embellishments I added to my project.  I hope you enjoyed my project and that I've inspired you to give a mixed media canvas a try. 
 
If  you would like to purchase some of the NEW Inklingz or any other Shimmerz products, just head on over to the SHIMMERZ STORE .....and remember if you would like a FREE bonus Shimmerz product, when you put your order in just put my name 'Gabrielle' into the 'INTRUCTIONS TO MERCHANT' area and you will recieve a FREE full sized bottle of Dimensionz or Shimmerz or a sample sized jar of Dazzlers or Textures in the color of your choice!
Note: right now you can get extra savings on your Inklingz by purchasing full sets of the Pearl, Gold or Metal color groups!
 
Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking out my project! xo
 

24 comments:

Scrapthat said...

Awesomely beautiful Gabrielle!!
Congratulations!!
Dolly

Patty O'Malley said...

Truly amazing and breathtaking, Gabi! I loved watching it all come together. Love the shimmer of the paints.

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow your talent is boundless hun, love this and I'm not surprised your on the DT, congrats, hugs Liz xx

Анна Немирович said...

Удивительный, сказочный, красивый мир получился!!! очень нравится! :)

luv46kdz said...

Good God woman, you are just amazing! Love the whole piece, your tute is fantastic. That mermaid is splendid right down to her hair flowing. Out of the park <3

Paula xoxo

Litzy said...

Your working is amazing... by any chance to you sell the mermaid tail...???

Romy said...

Gosh, this is amazing, gorgeous, super pretty and so much more...you really rocked these products!

Francine Perri said...

Hi Gabrielle did you use a mold for the mermaid? Thanks

Tracee said...

One word - Wow Amamzing Stunning. Ok so that's 3! I am in awe Gabby Tx

Sandra said...

Enchanting, I love the two tones shimmery paint.

suzieq23 said...

What a gorgeous piece of art! I love everything about it....the colors, the mermaid, the ocean scene and embellies. When you made the mermaid from the sculptey, did you have a mold or did you do it from scratch, meaning your own design? I would love to know and make something similar for my BFF who loves mmaids. Thanks.
suzschultz72352@gmail.com

Lizzyc said...

This looks wonderful.. I love that you made your own mermaid and star fish, love the texture from the hessian and cheesecloth.. really pretty colors.. love this, thanks for sharing the video.loved watching it..

Val Thorpe said...

Just gorgeous Gabrielle, I loved the video too... at a pace that you could really see what you were doing. I love the softness of these mists and paints that you used. OMG I have going to have try and get some @@ more stuff :)

zandra said...

I love mermaids and this is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the step by step.
Hugz, Zandra

SUE REARDON said...

Is there no end to your talents?? Very creative and beautiful project! Thanks for sharing with the video!

mckcampbell said...

Wow this was amazing to watch as well as the finished product being just amazing and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Brenda Gordon said...

Gabrielle, such a beautiful piece! I would so buy a mold from you for the mermaid! Have you ever considered this?

Amlai said...

Wow! This is gorgeous! Thank you for Tutorial :)

Tracy Welham said...

Those paints look fabulouz and your project is stunning, I love mermaids. x

Полина Муравлик said...

Wooow! It's amazing!

cathylynn said...

Outstanding and loved your tutorial. Hopefully you can do tutorial on making the mermaid. She's gorgeous!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Jenny James said...

I absolutely love your mermaid art... its so inspiring and gorgeous!!! So I got a tad excited and went from my comment on your YouTube video for the clay to my blog today. Enough to say that you jolted my passion for creating and teaching art into action!!! Can I leave a link so you can see? www.ArtbyJennyDesign.blogspot.com.au I'm just sooooo excited and its all thanks to your gorgeous mermaid :D Thank you so much!!!!

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Thanks so much Jenny, I'm off to have a peek at your blog...I'd love to see! xo

sue said...

I just love this,you are such a talented lady, it has inspired me to have a go. please take a look at my mixed media mermaid canvas here http://sue-mycraftycorner.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/mixed-media-canvas-and-new-family-member.html
and tell me what you think.
Hugs Sue x

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