Monday 21 August 2017

Colour Shimmer Cube Storage & Watercolour Wonder by Selena Stevens

I have noticed a lot of talk about how to store the Colour Shimmer Cubes, so today I will show you how I store mine.  And at the end I will show you an art journal page I did with them.

This is a link to a time lapse video of when I put the Colour Shimmer Cube Storage together.  Or click below

Lets begin...

I had a tin that contained tissues that was the perfect size for the storage of my Colour Shimmer Cubes.

I placed sticky velcro dots on the underside of the Colour Shimmer Cubes (SunshineBlush, Apple of My EyeRose Petal, Lovely LilacSiennaDusty Charcoal and Blush).  These were then stuck to the tin.

Watercolour paper was cut to size and a grid drawn onto it corresponding with the number of colour Shimmer Cubes.  The colour was painted onto the watercolour so that at a quick glance it is easy to see and sometimes colours dry lighter.  This was also stuck on to the underside of the lid with sticky velcro dots.

Don't forget that the Colour Shimmer Cubes are best stored with their lids off so that they can dry out.

Now onto my art journal page...

Here is a link to a time-lapse video of this page. Or click below

I am going to predominantly be using the Colour Shimmer Cubes to create an art journal page today.

To begin remove the top layer of the tissue with the design.  These tissues were gifted to me from a friend, the brand is Santoro.  It is glued onto my Strathmore Mixed Media Soft Cover Art Journal page with Matte Medium, ensuring that all of the air bubbles are removed with an old credit card.


Aqua Primer is applied over the dried tissue paper in a thin layer.  As the photo shows above, the tissue can still be seen through the medium and it has become textured in places.  Not only does this primer add texture but it also helps with priming the page for watercolour use.


I extended the dress to the bottom of the page and using a paintbrush I wet the area with a brush.  Colour Shimmer Cubes (Sunshine, Blush, Rose Petal and Lovely Lilac) were added randomly to the dress by using a paintbrush and flicks, allow the colour to spread into each other to cover the white area.   While this area is wet a stencil (Brand unknown) was applied until the area is dried.  Lift it off to have the pattern of the stencil left.


Colour Shimmer Cubes were used to add colour in the flower, the same colours as the dress were used and Sienna was used to colour her hair.  I do love the Colour Shimmer Cube Sienna colour – it’s so deep and rich!  While the Colour Shimmer Cubes are drying, Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Santa’s Flesh) was added to the girls face and hand.  Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Dark Victorian Teal) was painted onto the background.


The girls eye colour was added with Colour Shimmer Cubes (Apple of My eye).  I painted a heart above her hand with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint (Hydrangea Pink).  Shading was added to the girl with Prismacolour coloured pencils (Dark Purple, Chestnut, Scarlet Lake, Cream).  Details and highlights were added with a Uniball Insight black pen and a Posca white paint pen.  


I also went back to the dress and added another layer of Colour shimmer Cube in the same colours as previously and a stencil to get the effect that was described above.


I hope you enjoyed this and I would love to see what you create with these ideas.

Happy creating

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