If you have been following my technique over the years you know that I use a medium to make the light coloured paints the correct consistency for use with a filbert grainer. FFM is what I used to call it….Fabulous Fur Medium! It was made with DecoArt Easy Float and water in a 1:1 ratio. DecoArt discontinued the product last year and I have been on the hunt for a replacement. And here are my findings.
At the time of publishing my last book Pause for Painting Volume 7, I found that fini was the best replacement. It is a non-toxic, fast drying acrylic glazing solution. It’s primary use is to create fine faux finishes. It is a Canadian product and it can be purchased at Stockade. For those of you in the US, try Painter’s Paradise. It only comes in an 8 oz bottle, however, which perhaps is too large. While at HOOT this summer, I found another product which Margot Clark uses with her mudding. It’s a Unique Glass Colors product called Medium and comes in a convenient 2 oz. bottle. You can order it on Margot’s website.
This weekend at ArtWaves Toronto, many people asked about the varnish I am using on my pieces. I have recently discovered a great DecoArt varnish called Soft-Touch Varnish. It is part of their Media series. I am absolutely IN LOVE with it!!
It’s for interior or exterior use. Waterbased of course, and although it looks milky it dries clear. It’s quite thick and it’s fast drying.
I put it on with a sponge brush. The wide mouth jar is great for that. I usually put on 2-3 coats letting it dry in between. No wet sanding or anything like that.
I am loving that it brings out the best of the paint like all varnishes do, but has a gorgeous and luxurious finish that is completely matte. It invites you in to touch it……and it is so soft and smooth when you do. It’s extremely durable so I wasn’t worried when people touched it but because it’s so soft and smooth we naturally seem to stroke it lightly……like a kitten! 🙂
Stop the presses! I have recently realized I actually have been a “multi media” artist for a quite a while!! I have often mixed two medias like acrylics and oil, watercolour or pastels and coloured pencil. I’ve used scrapbook papers, stamps, embellishments and stencils! And I have used the texture medias and metallic paints and lustres quite a bit as well!! What I tend to do, however, is keep it in a supporting role.
DecoArt has a full line of multi media products and I’ve gone full ahead combining the products with my favourite painting theme “Bad Cats at Christmas”. This piece is called “Charlie’s Angels” after my last litter of orphan babies who spent Christmas 2015 with us……and yes, we had to pluck them out of the tree constantly.
My project for Colored Pencil Play Date 2015 was Snowy Owl in the Arctic Sky. The question I posed was how do you paint a white animal or bird. We can’t just paint it white! How do we make it interesting? Pan pastels were used in the background to set the scene and Prismacolor Premiere pencils used to render the Snowy Owl.
Now we come to Colored Pencil Play Date 2016 and the question for me (and hopefully YOU), is how to paint an black animal or bird. We can’t just paint it black!! This time I used Creative Imaginations Radiant Rains for the background, feeling that my crow might prefer a shimmering backdrop! My project is called I Love Crows.
Colored Pencil Play Date is open for registrations now. Go straight to the website http://www.coloredpencilplaydate.com to check out the other projects and to sign up! Seventeen creative projects for $99.00…plus a bonus one by KellyHoernig
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Two Thanksgiving Specials for the acrylic painters. Acrylic Painting Club Session 3 is offering many give aways to those who sign up before December 1. And Purely Acrylic is offering $20.00 off registration. Type the code THANKYOU at the check out. Expires 11/29/15 midnight.
Purely Acrylics Spring Session is having a pre sale! $79.00 instead of $99.00 if you sign up before November 1, 2015. Buncha Bunnies is my design for this group. Super fun background with glazing and stencils…..and five cute white bunnies. Hope you’ll join us. Happy Spring!