Card and Matching Canvas feat August 2018 LaLa Land Hedgehog Hollow Box

Hello fellow Alchemists,

For this months LaLa Land Hedgehog Hollow Box I went all out! This week making a total of three projects and matching them to last weeks box project. You can get your own Hedgehog Hollow box here.

Using the Marvy Uchida watercolour pencils that were sent to regular subscribers, I coloured three hedgehogs. I used mostly the brown and black pencils, using the black to darken the brown tone . To carry through the British theme through to the hedgehogs I added some red and the darker blue to the hedgehogs accessories.

I worked on my card and canvas at the same time, I applied Distress Oxide inks the same way I had for the box. I used Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and Black Soot. Wide washi tape was added to the bottom of both pieces to I could tie them in with the box too.

Next I used the LDRS Raven hybrid ink to stamp the images and sentiments.  The stamps I used were Hedgehog Hollows Global Love and Sending Hedgehugs and Looking Sharp from LaLa Land Crafts. Again I used the same images of Big Ben, the bus and taxi to tie back to the box.

For the card and canvas I used foam tape behind the hedgehogs and sentiments. I turned the sentiments into banners by cutting a fish tail at one end. Under the hedgehogs little feet  I used Kool Tak clear foam tape.

The envelope was the easiest piece to make as all I did was add the washi at the bottom and the third hedgehog with glue. I really hope you enjoyed this months projects using the LaLa Land Hedgehog Hollow Box. Go create some arty crafty alchemy yourselves and I’ll see you all later!

The Arty Crafty Alchemist

 

Make Your Own Metallic and Pearl Paints Like Finetec/Coliro

Hello fellow Alchemists,

Today I am showing you how to make your own Metallic and Pearl paints like the Finetec Coliro and the Gansai Tambi gem and starry colour palettes. They are super easy to make with liquid Gum Arabic and any type of fine Mica Powder.

These turned out far better than I expected. I used a range of different mica powders to show that maybe you have something similar in your stash or your house that you can use too. I used Pearl Ex, Perfect Pearls, Colorworks gold powder and even a powdered eye shadow. You could even break up any of your sparkly eyeshadows and grind them down to a powder to make paint.  Gum Arabic is a type of glue/binder that is often used to make watercolours so once the paint is dried and won’t wipe off your surface.

I have given a quick demo on some painted flowers, though I didn’t use the best brushes they still turned out pretty well. I am not a hand letterer yet, though I did do some calligraphy in my younger years, so will mostly use this paint to add shimmer highlights to flowers and butterflies and well anything else I think needs some added sparkle!

I have only mixed up five colours so far but I am sure I will add more. I have the whole collection of Pearl Ex and about eight Perfect Pearls. I also have a few bottles of those eye shadows that I bought to make paint. So I will be able to add a lot of variety to my colours when I make more 🙂

Have you made your own Fintec Coliro ot Gansai Tambi type paints? They remind me a lot of H20s, though I never had them either :(. I used to love watching people make things with them. I have mixed pearl paint as I needed it before. That was with the powdered Gum Arabic though. I have read to get that to disperse properly you need to use warm water.

Hope you are making some arty crafty alchemy magic of your own. See you next time.

The Arty Crafty Alchemist