Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Winter Snowman Painting | Nicole Kerr

Hello Shimmerz Fans!

Nicole here and today I have a fun, wintry project share! Recently I was inspired by a water colored snowman I saw online and knew that I wanted to paint something similar! Here's a quick look at my final watercolor piece:

I wanted to challenge myself and use just one product for this piece.  One that was cool toned and reminded me of snow and winter.  This entire piece was painted with different shades of Spritz, Walkin' a tight Heliotrope.  I sprayed bits of this color into my palette and watered it down to get the varying shades, with the darkest being the color directly from the bottle. Overall, it took many layers of color, beginning with the lightest and layering darker shades on top, drying each layer in between.

Just look at those shimmery pine trees!!! Once all of my layers were exactly how I wanted them, I got out my brown Micron pen to draw on his arms, white Signo gel pen to add the snow flakes and North Star, orange colored pencil to add his carrot nose and a black glitter gel pen to add in his eyes, mouth and buttons.  Here is a close up of my final painting:

Thanks so much for joining me today!
I hope I've inspired you to try this technique! If you do, be sure to share it with us!
If you purchase this color (or any color!) in the Shimmerz shop, be sure to mention my name in the comment section during checkout to get a free mini product!! Who doesn't love a free-bee?!?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Markmaking with Shimmerz Watercolors | Zinia Amoiridou

Hello artsy friends! It's Zinia here and I'm back with my last project in the Shimmerz Education team. It's been such an amazing year and I am so honored to be part of the Shimmerz family but unfortunately I have to step down for 2018. I had a really great time creating with these gorgeous products and I really hope to return in the future. But for now let's take a look at the project I created for you :)

I decided to work with a mix of Inklingz and Creameez and just do some scribbles and doodles on my page. You can also see this as a creative way to swatch your colors as it lets you explore the different ways the paint reacts depending on how much water you add or what brush stroke you use to apply it.

I started with one color at a time and created all sorts of different marks and shapes to fill the page.

When the first layer was dry, I went back in to add more details on each shape. In some cases I layered different colors and in others I used the same color to create a glaze over the initial layer.

For every color and shape, I tried to do something different. The more variety on the shapes and marks, the more playful the page will look in the end.

I also picked a white pen marker to add even more doodles on top of some shapes. You can use any marker you want or even a fineliner pen to add scribble details on top of your shapes.

The colors I used on this page are: CREAMEEZ in Purple Peony, 1 Hot Mama, Lapis Dance and INKLINGS in Blue Lagoon, She Packs a Pack, Gosh Garnet, Old Yeller, I'm not Limon, Blue my Mind.

I really hope you enjoyed this project and also all the previous projects I shared with you during the past months.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Joy - Christmas Tag with Shona

Hello Shimmerz fans!! Today I have a beautiful Christmas BIG tag. This tag is at least ten inches tall and will adorn a large paper gift bag! I used lots of Creative Embellishments chippys, and created the beautiful water color background look with Shimmerz!

The chippy trees are finished with a coat of gesso and then it was time to start some fin Shimmerz texture on them. I first added a Salt of the Earth Paste-eez leaving it uneven and lots of texture. I decided to than add some Paste-eez Puttin on the Glitz and a few beads. Sparkly and FUN!

The background has a combo of Valentino Coloringz and Hot Fudge Vibez. Add some water spritz and let the colors swirl and mix on areas. The background also has some stencil work with Salt of the Earth Paste-eez.

I finished it all off with some splatters of Penny 4 Your Thoughts Inklingz.

Check out our Facebook page for lots of inspiration and share with us what you created with Shimmerz! Look for us on Instagram too! Merry Christmas and happy scrapping!  

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cute Cousins | Adrienne Alvis

Happy Thursday, Shimmerz fans! I'm here today with a layout that I created using some lovely paint products from Shimmerz! I was really inspired by the colors in the photos I used to mix up some metal colors!

To begin my design, I sprayed the musical note patterned paper with some Shimmeringz spray ink in "Heavy Metal" and Vibez spray ink in "Glorious Day". The shimmery sprays look so beautiful together with the contrasting mixed metal tones which are very on-trend right now!

After the ink dried, I used a stencil and some Texturez shimmering, dimensional paste in "Gold Mine" to create some dimension behind my photos. I love how the gold makes the red accents in my photos pop!

I also added a few ink splatters using some Coloringz in "Night Moves"'s the perfect black color that doesn't contain any shimmer and really helps draw the eye around my page.

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope I've inspired you to mix up those metals and create something amazing!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Card's - Traditional & Non-Traditional | Nicole Kerr

Hello Shimmerz Fans!

Nicole here and today I have not one, not two, but four different card projects to share with you! Today is officially December 1st and the Holidays are if full swing!  Time to not only check those lists twice, but to get out those holiday cards to family and friends! Shimmerz makes it super simple to make traditional and non traditional cards because the shimmer helps is sparkle for the season!
Today I used minimal colors on each card to show you just how easy it is no matter what colors you may have!  Here's a look at my final projects:

When I began each of these cards, I used a piece of water color paper, that I eventually cut down to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I wet each piece with water and misted and slopped color on with my #8 brush.  I found the bigger my brush, the more dramatic look I got.  Here's what my backgrounds looked like before I cut them down and embellished them.

Once they were dry, I trimmed them down and began my stamping. I picked large size images from my Holiday stamp collection to make a bigger impact.  I stamped them on my card fronts and heat embossed them with different embossing powders.  For the Cardinal card, I just stamped and embossed the image on the card, then used my watercolors to paint it.  Here are some close ups of my final projects:

The colors that I used on today's projects are:
Inklingz in She Packs a Punch, Greener Pastures, Can't Elope
Creameez in Ride the Tide and For Shore
Original Shimmerz paints in Winters Mist, Coal and Pixie Dust
Spritz in Walkin' a tight Heliotrope
Vibes in  Deep Blue Sea

Thanks so much for joining me today!
Have a great weekend!