a little blog hop action today (and a giveaway…)

I have been blessed to be able to not only be friends with the fabulous Ken Oliver, but I also have gotten to work with him and help him launch his new products.

This week we are partnering up with The Stencil Girl for a little blog hop action to help spread the love of Ken’s Color Burst products and The Stencil Girl stencils.

This is the project I put together… I hope you like it.

Oh, and  be sure to leave a comment – I have 6 prize packs of products to give away…  SIX!!!!!  I will pick the winners on Sunday, 3/29/15 at noon CST.

So this might seem like a lot steps, but really it is just adding different layers of color – the technique for mixing and applying is always the same.  The layers are the thing…

Here are the supplies you will need:


How to put it all together:

1.  Put white gesso onto your mixing surface, add in your first color burst color.  Mix until color is evenly distributed and the shade that you want.


2.  Using your first stencil, add your gesso to the canvas.  Pick it up and move it several times for added thickness and textures.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.



3.  Let this layer dry.


4.  This time mix your color into clear gesso.  This will give you a translucent result rather than an opaque result which is what you get from the white gesso.  You can even mix colors to create a custom shade!


5.  Let this layer dry as well.

6.  Do another color and layer…  I chose yellow.



7.  Dry.


8.  Mix a contracting color and then dab it on using a wine cork.  Simple, but it adds a different shape and texture to the piece.




9.  Dry.

10.  Add gesso straight to the board now.  Then sprinkle in a color and swirl it until you like it.


11.  Next reduce this with a paper towel and some water…  you will wipe part of it away, leaving it as more of a shadow than a bold statement…


12.  Dry.

13.  Using your ink and your stamps, add your sentiment.


14.  All that is left is to add some bright swirls using your liquid acrylic ink and you are all set and done!


Here are some final images…


final for blog hop

Now, for more inspiration, be sure to visit our other blog hoppers:

Stencil Girl Talk

Kirsten Reed


Maria McGuire


a little blog hop action today (and a giveaway…) — 72 Comments

  1. This is so pretty. I love all the texture and stencil designs. Great job.

  2. Oh boy – what a treat – your instructions are great. Winning this giveaway would be a perfect welcome home gift for me since I’ll be rolling in from a retreat. Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. I love this piece and all the processes you used. I am learning a lot about the different mediums you can use with Kens products, as well as all the cool stencils available to use with it!

  4. Very pretty! Thank you for the tutorial! So many ways to use the Color Burst colors! Now to find them and try them!!

  5. Love the layering and the unlimited possibilities of using color burst and this technique!

  6. I’ve been wanting to try the Color Bursts! They look so fun!

  7. Your step by step directions were great….seeing how you created all the layers gives me all sorts of ideas. And I love seeing the color burst mixed with the white and clear mediums…

  8. It might seem like a lot of work and a lot of steps but the end result is well-worth the effort.
    I can’t wait to get the Color Burst and start playing with it.
    I love your canvas. The colors are wonderful.
    thanks for sharing

  9. Hi Stephenie, Love your project. Love that you mixed the powder with gesso! Fun!

  10. What a great project and I love the cork screw technique – fun!

  11. Great tutorial–I love the variety that the different mediums gave. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow… Wish I had the color burst now… love the layers and the techniques. Just amazing.

  13. Such a COOL project and fabulous layers of wonderful colors. Great tips on how to achieve your steps 🙂

  14. This is so fun! Love the idea of mixing the Color Bursts with gesso, and I love all your layers! So many great tips here… thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Such a cool layering idea, and, the result is so intense and stunning! Thanks for the directions, pretty simple. I have got to get my hands on those Color Bursts! They’re bright and wonderful. I can’t wait to play 🙂

  16. Love the way you used the color bursts to color your gesso. Saved the step of painting after the gesso dries.

  17. Love the Layers! Love the ColorBursts & LOVE the stencils you used! Scrumptious all over.

  18. This product looks amazing! Love the color and texture in your canvas!!

  19. Love your work. Can’t wait to try this fantastic product.

  20. This is just wonderful! love seeing all the steps! I need to remember to use my corks!

  21. This is really beautiful when all is said and done. I don’t have gesso so not sure I can do this one though.

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