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. the colors are just awesome! I shared your blog on my FB art page.

  2. Wow you did such an awesome job showing all the details that you did! Great job!

  3. Lover the color combinations. Cannot wait to try. Thank you for the step by step on layering.

  4. This looks like it was lots of fun to make! I love the idea of mixing the clear gesso with the Color Burst. My first thought was to use to the white gesso and Color Bursts (not totally mixed) and spread thru the stencil. It looked so yummy in the picture in your tutorial!

  5. Hi, I love what you did with the colors and the texture. I will try it for sure I love using stencils for different effects.Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Love the way you layered this with lots of colors and lots of different shapes and stencils. I like the idea of mixing the gesso with color…right on the artist board. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!

  7. Cant wait to try these techniques! Thanks for the inspiration!

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