I was fortunate enough to be asked to design as a guest for Shimmerz Paint this month, and it has been an absolute joy to work with their kit and create new pieces. Today, I will share my experience using these water-based paints to create a beautiful stencil background with floral patterns and water-washed images.
The June Colorz Kit includes nine double-sided heavy-weight pattern cardstock sheets, letter stickers, flair, and a coordinating paint collection. Earlier this month, I shared a video tutorial demonstrating how to use each of these paints. Today, I’m excited to share a few more ideas with you.
One of the simplest ways to add color to your design is with a Shimmerz color wash. I typically add this after placing my layers on the page, but if you have pre-planned your page, you can add it beforehand.
Using a watercolor brush, I applied Pipe Cream Spritz to create a soft, watercolor effect. The paint was applied at full strength to produce a dramatic, colorful background.
This cream spritz is a highly pigmented water-based paint that can be diluted to reduce the intensity of the added color. To achieve a gentler color variation and smaller splatters, I first diluted my paint with some water before applying it.
To create beautiful floating background images, use the stencil from my collection with two of the paints. Following the same pouncing method in this video, I applied Rip Van Winkle and Don’t Be Suede through the floral images to create this design.
I have discovered that using the Vibez paint spray can create intense and vibrant colors, filled with shimmer. If you wish to tone down the brightness of these floral designs, as I did, I recommend adding a small amount of water to soften the overall effect.
To coordinate with the paints, there are eighteen pattern papers, two of which are cut-apart pages. For this layout, I chose a few of those images to create a lovely cluster of elements at the base of the page.
My title, however, did not turn out as expected. These stickers have a lovely greyish-white color, but the coating does not allow for an addition of paint. It does have a very soft subtle feel that I like, but I may replace it at a later date.
I hope this project has sparked some inspiration and provided you with fresh ideas for using Shimmerz paints. Today, I will be conducting a tutorial in my Facebook group, where I will demonstrate how this particular background was created. I hope you can join me for this session.
I hope this inspired you to try something new. If you have any questions about this project or the supplies listed above, feel free to leave me a comment.
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