Check Out My Take on Tim Holtz’s House Dies

Everyone has seen Tim’s new house dies.

Here is a version of the house I created for a December class at Cafe Crop located in Merrillville, Indiana. WinterHouse2

For the siding, I used the Notebook Texture Fade embossing folder.  I cut 2 sets of sides out.  On one set I cut off the tabs and cut the sides from the front/back.  I put the pieces in one at a time and lined the bottom up with the same line on the embossing folder. Then I added some ink highlights.  I used a similar procedure for the roof and the chimney with the Bricked Texture Fade embossing folder.

In February, I taught a class on building a church to add to our village.

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What Do I Use for Bible Journaling? Part 4

A Review of Products for Use in Bible Journaling

This is the fourth in a series of product comparisons.  In this review, I looked at Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Dylusions Fluid Acrylic Paints.

I used Prima’s Art Ingredients Clear Gesso, Ranger’s Clear Gesso, and Liquitex Clear Gesso to prepare my pages.  Click here to check out my review of these products.

On these pages I used the foam blending tool to apply the Distress Inks.  I used my finger to apply the Dylusions Paint.

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Prima (1): The Distress Ink went on smoothly.  The colors remained bright.  The Dylusions Paint went on smooth, blended well and dried quickly.

Ranger (2): The Distress Ink went on smoothly.  The colors remained bright.  The Dylusions Paint went on smooth, blended well and dried quickly.

Liquitex  (3): The Distress Ink was a little rough to apply. The blending foam seemed to catch on the rougher gesso.  The colors were not as bright.  The Dylusions Paint went did not go on as smoothly. The colors did blend well and dried quickly.

Naked (4): The Distress Ink went on smoothly.  The colors remained bright.  The Dylusions Paint went on smooth, blended well and dried quickly.

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Prima (1): The Distress Inks did not bleed through and there is no ghosting. The ink that shows was accidentally applied while inking the front.  The Dylusions Paint did not bleed through, but the rich colors did show through a little.

Ranger (2): The Distress Inks did not bleed through and there is no ghosting.   The Dylusions Paint did not bleed through, but the rich colors did show through a little.

Liquitex  (3): The Distress Inks did not bleed through and there is no ghosting.   The Dylusions Paint did not bleed through, but the rich colors did show through a little more. The paint that shows was accidentally applied while applying the paint to the front.

Naked (4): The Distress Inks did bleed through a little.  The Dylusions Paint did not bleed through, but the rich colors did show through.

FINE PRINT: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own opinion. I did not receive any compensation (product or money) for my reviews. I was not asked by any company to create this post.

What Do I Use for Bible Journaling? Part 1

A Review of Products for Use in Bible Journaling

After reading questions about what art mediums will or won’t work on thin Bible pages for Bible Journaling, I decided I would work on a product comparison.  I made a list of the supplies I want to try.  As the list grew, I realized that it would either take a very long post or I would need to several posts.  I will be posting a review each week.

First, I wanted to try the different brands of clear gesso I had available.  Prima’s Art Ingredients Clear Gesso, Ranger’s Clear Gesso and Liquitex Clear Gesso.

I marked each with a pencil before using the gesso, so I would know which brand I used.  Then I painted a thin coat on each.  I did 2 columns of each.  Left to right: Prima, Ranger and Liquitex.  I also felt each brand to compare the texture right out of the jar.

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Prima: was very smooth to the touch, brushed on evenly, was a little more opaque – the pages seemed to have a slight white cast, the pages dried with very little curling and the pages felt smooth.

Ranger: was smooth to the touch, brushed on evenly, was transparent, the pages curled a little and felt smooth when dry.

Liquitex: was gritty to the touch, I could feel the grit when brushing it on, the pages dried with little curling, and the pages felt like sandpaper.

Next, I began experimenting with different inks and pens.  I used 4 pages, one with each of the gessos and one naked page.

I tried Ranger’s ArchivaI Ink (top butterfly)and Tsukineko Memento Ink (bottom butterfly).  I colored with Copic Markers (blue wings), Faber-Castell water color pencils (purple wings), and Marvy LePume Markers (yellow wings).  I wrote with the Copic Multiliner, Zig Millennium and Micron pens.

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Prima (1):  no ghosting or bleed through with the inks;  Copic Markers colored okay with no ghosting or bleed through, but didn’t blend well;  Faber-Castell watercolor pencils very easy to color and blend with no ghosting or bleed through;  the Marvy LePlume Markers colored fine with no ghosting or bleed through;  all three pens wrote well with no ghosting or bleed through

Ranger (2):  no ghosting or bleed through with the inks:  Copic Markers colored okay with a little ghosting but no bleed through, and seemed to blend well;  Faber-Castell watercolor pencils very easy to color and blend with no ghosting or bleed through;  the Marvy LePlume Markers colored fine with a little ghosting but no bleed through;  all three pens wrote well with no ghosting or bleed through

Liquitex  (3):  was hard to work on due to the rough texture;  no ghosting or bleed through with the inks;  Copic Markers were hard to color with and had a little ghosting but no bleed through;  Faber-Castell watercolor pencils very easy to color with (I did prefer it for the watercolor pencils, it grabbed the color and had more color when blending) with no ghosting or bleed through;  the Marvy LePlume Markers were rough to color with and had a little ghosting but no bleed through; the rough texture made it hard to write, but the there was no ghosting or bleed through

Naked (4):  there was some ghosting with the Archival Ink and bleed through with the Memento Ink;  Copic Markers colored okay but bled through; Faber-Castell watercolor pencils very easy to color and blend with a little ghosting but no bleed through;  the Marvy LePlume Markers colored fine with a little bleed through;   all three pens wrote well, but the Copic Multiliner and Micron pen had some ghosting but no bleed through; the Millennium no ghosting or bleed through

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The Prima and Ranger clear gessos had consistent results.  I would use the Liquitex if I were using my watercolor pencils.

Check back next week for more reviews.  I will be looking at Faber-Castell Gelaltos and Pitt Pens.

FINE PRINT: The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely my own opinion. I did not receive any compensation (product or money) for my reviews. I was not asked by any company to create this post.