Thursday, September 29

How do you #Cre8time to "Make it Artsy"??!

Hello Amazing Crafters!! Have you heard about Make It Artsy?? Today is the day!! We have a brand new TV show for makers and crafters – featuring tips, techniques and projects for makers, crafters and artists.


Make It Artsy is a new series that celebrates that maker spirit in everyone. From mixed-media to metalsmithing, using tools from saws to sewing machines, today's most creative "makers" join host Julie Fei Fan Balzer to unleash a new look for crafting with a touch of industrial style.


Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite Corp. is proud to be one of these fabulous group of companies partnering with Make it Artsy. Stay tuned for episodes with projects featuring some of our AMAZING products!

Make It Artsy goes live today... September 29th on Public Television stations across the country! If it's not on your local programming you can view it online for one week only – from September 30 - October 7 {AN UPDATE 10/6/2016... this episode will now be available until Oct 17th}.

CLICK HERE to view this week's episode
Series 100, Episode 101 - Books


Books are not just for reading! Tool expert Joe Rotella cuts a niche in a book to create a planter. Craft metal book hinges with designer Mary Hettmansperger and Mou Saha makes vintage books into colorful art journals. Host Julie Fei Fan Balzer has a tip for creating a charming little book necklace.
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Tuesday, September 27

#Cre8time "To the Moon and Back" by Lyn Gill


Hi everyone! Lyn Gill here again to bring you a small pendant I created using Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Casting Resin combined with metal paints and patinas.


I first started with an original of mine... the Moon Face – 
molded using Amazing Mold Putty... 


as well as the gear that my Husband found in the parking lot... LOL.


I cast both of these in the Amazing Casting Resin and a little Alumilite Dye in Black. Then using a few more smaller gears, I put this piece together. This time I used some metal paints and patinas on the Amazing Casting Resin... I really love the results!

What rusty goodness can you find
around to make a mold out of

Well thanks so much for stopping by today... 
Till Next Time! ~ Lyn

You can also find me on my Blog LynzCraftz
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or on my YouTube channel LynzCraftz.

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Monday, September 26

Going #Cre8time Crazy... #MixedMedia Monoprints Art with Susan M. Brown {sbartist}


Hello everyone! Susan here with a quick and easy project featuring monoprinted creations using the Gel Press® reusable gel printing plate along with texture plates and molds made using Amazing Mold Rubber


For this project I gathered some old book pages, letter and pattern stencils, punchinella, some texture plates made from Amazing Mold Rubber, a prepared cast resin embroidery hoop, Speedball brayer, Mod Podge, a few Ranger Distress Paints, Golden Green Gold fluid acrylic paint, and a Gel Press® plate. I also need a pencil, scissors, Diamond Glaze, and a couple markers. I am a pumpkin baby and the resin pumpkins are a for a separate project... I will be collaging them in the same color scheme and I need to make extra painted papers for them.


I set out the Gel Press® plate onto a cutting mat from the Dollar Tree {these work great for a protective work surface}. The Gel Press® plate sticks itself to the surface and stays put while you are moving your paint around with a brayer. I apply some Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint to the plate. I like using the Distress Paints for monoprinting as they are a little bit wetter than regular acrylics which allows me a little more time to work with while creating patterns in the wet paint.


I spread out the color evenly with my brayer then pressed my mold rubber texture plate into the wet paint. I pressed evenly across the plate then peeled back to reveal this beautiful circular pattern taken from a vintage decorative plate. I pressed the paper onto the Gel Plate® to transfer my first painted layer. I repeated this several times to make five sheets of paper that will all be similar when I'm done.


The second layer from the Gel Press® will be Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint with this awesome punchinella design that I got from Gauche Alchemy. It gives a pattern that is a cross between a floral and an animal print. I am really loving how easy this is and how this is coming along! 

  

Of course you know I have to have purple... the third layer is Wilted Violet Distress Paint combined with a Tim Holtz mini Damask Stencil {THMST004 mini stencil set 4}. 

With the smaller size of this stencil, I needed to work quickly. I pressed the stencil onto the painted Gel Press® then rubbed a scrap section of paper to remove paint in the negative areas. I removed the stencil, then repeated two more times to completely cover the plate with the damask pattern.


This is the result of the third pull. The colors and variations of layers and texture are so interesting... and my recycled book pages are totally transformed into beautiful art. In about a half an hour, I have 5 finished matching patterns and a whole bunch of starters as a result of cleaning off brayer and leftover paint on the plate and stencils.


I select one of the finished Gel Press® printed papers and prepared my resin frame for mounting to this custom word art. FIRST I need to add some stenciled and hand written words... it's much easier to do this before mounting the frame.


I place the frame over the section of paper I want to use and I trace around the inside and outside edges of the frame with a pencil. This is so I can see where I need to center the lettering going forward.


Since I'm combining my hand writing with stencils - I go ahead and plan it out in pencil on a scrap of paper first. This is just for my piece of mind. For "embrace" I used a Tim Holtz THS011 Schoolhouse layering stencil and for "your" a generic lettering stencil from the art supply aisle at Michaels.


I traced the letters with a Black Sakura Pigma™ FB pen. The nib is a small size brush tip and it fit perfectly through the voids of the stencils. I added my freehand "crazy" then went back building up and filling in the letters with the pen. I also added a little doodling and flourishes. I blended out a bit of Seedless Preserves Distress marker in from the edges to add interest. I cut the circle out following the traced line of the outer edge of the frame.


I wouldn't have normally painted the backside of this resin piece - though I had a paint spill that resulted with paint all over my hands – I rubbed some off on the frame, some paper and to my resin pumpkins. I ran a line of Diamond Glaze around the edge to adhere to my lovely word art.


I press down gently to adhere edges and let dry for a few minutes. Then I go and back trim any excess with scissors. I think I will add a sheet of self-adhesive magnet to the backside to finish this off so I can also hang it on my fridge.


I tied off a section of hand-dyed sari ribbon.
BEA-U-TIFUL!!!


I love how the Amazing Mold Rubber picked up every tiny detail of woodgrain from the vintage embroidery hoop casting... and I can't wait to hang this in my studio reminding me to "Embrace my Crazy"!


I have created a five matching book page backgrounds, and starter backgrounds for future use cleaning paints off my brayer, texture plates and stencils. Monoprinting is quite addictive and so much fun for creatives of all ages! Stay tuned to see what comes of the resin pumpkins...

What would you mold
to create texture plates
to use for monoprinting?

Thanks for visiting! If you would like to see more of my creations,
please visit my blog sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here. ~ Susan

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Thursday, September 15

#Cre8time Seaside Dreams... an AMAZING Remelt tutorial by Tracy Alden


Hello! Tracy here with another Amazing Casting Products tutorial! I recently started to change the decor in one of my bathrooms, going with sea life, drift wood and glass themes in shades of blue, white, gray and brown. I noticed that one of the walls was missing a little something. With the help of Amazing Remelt it was easy to mold some of the sea shells and glass bobbles I already had as decorations in the room to create that final decoration!

Supplies: 


Using a plastic lunch tray as my mold box, I carefully placed sea shells and glass marbles on the bottom layer of the tray, making sure none of the pieces reached the top lip of the tray.


I heated the Amazing Remelt in the microwave, in the container it comes in. I poured the heated Remelt into the plastic lunch tray with the shells and glass pieces from a 12 -15 inch distance – the distance gives the Remelt a chance to release more bubbles before cooling. A few of the shells floated, because of trapped air bubbles, all I had to do was push the shells back down with a stir stick and the air bubbles rose to the surface of the still-liquid Remelt.


I let the Amazing Remelt cool until no longer tacky or warm – putting the tray in a refrigerator can speed up this process. Once the mold was cool and no longer tacky, I carefully removed the Remelt from the tray and flexed the mold until the glass pieces popped out.

Some of the Remelt had gone between the glass pieces and shells – requiring me to cut and remove the excess Remelt with sharp crafting scissors. I trimmed the uneven edges and made sure there was no loose or over hanging Remelt.


Using a small cosmetic brush I dusted the inside of the mold with Bright Blue, Ocean Blue, Interferance Blue and Pearl Alumidust


I mixed up a small portion of Amazing Clear Cast Resin, making sure to slowly stir to reduce air bubbles and let it sit for 5 minutes. Using a toothpick, I put a tiny drop of Blue Alumilite Dye into a small mixing cup and poured a portion of the pre-mixed resin in it. I poured un-tinted Amazing Clear Cast Resin in the mold and used a toothpick to drop in small portions of blue tinted resin in different areas to create visual contrast.


Once Amazing Clear Cast Resin was cured I carefully removed it from the Amazing Remelt mold and trimmed any uneven edges.


Using a plain gesso covered canvas I applied Viva Decor Inka Gold Metalic Rub, Silver and StazOn Blue Hawaii Ink with a Cosmetic Sponge.


I glued on the casted resin piece to the canvas with Beacon Gem-Tac Adhesive and let dry. I added some Liquitex Gloss Varnish over and around the edges of the resin and sprinkled on Stampendous Crystal Snow White Glitter.


With as easy as I found this to do I am now looking at what other decor items I can create with Amazing Remelt!

What AMAZING arts and crafts can you create?

Please share them on the user GALLERY on the Amazing Crafting Products Website!

Visit my blog Art Resurrected for more craft tutorials!

Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy

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Friday, September 9

Make a #Cre8time Date to Make It Artsy...
September 29, 2016!!!


Make It Artsy is a brand new TV show for makers and crafters – featuring tips, techniques and projects for makers, crafters and artists. Stay tuned for more details and sneak peeks of episodes featuring Amazing Casting Products... YAY!!!


The premiere of this new show is scheduled for September 29th on Public Television stations across the country! Make sure to mark your planner and Save the date! See you there!!!

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Thursday, September 8

Tis the Season for #Cre8time... Christmas Tree Ornament REDUX by Lyn Gill


Hi All! Lyn Gill here again with an Amazing Mold Rubber project for you. First of all I know it's not quite time to start Christmas projects, but I always wait till the last minute to think about how I'm going to decorate my tree. This year I decided to start early... LOL! 

I started with an old hollow decoration from a wreath I had dismantled. He's cute but I wasn't too wild about the color. I needed to make many of them so Amazing Mold Rubber was the answer. 


In a disposable plastic cup I molded the little cherub with the Amazing Mold Rubber and let it set up. CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation.


As you can see I sliced the side of the mold to aid in release. Before pouring resin, I wrapped a rubber band around outside of mold to keep mold closed tight. I filled the mold with Amazing Casting Resin and let it set up. He turned out so cute! I was actually shocked when I de-molded him!


Original...


Amazing!

Now he's adorable isn't he?! I painted him a lovely Turquoise color then added some crackle glaze and a bit of clear glitter on the wings. 

What will you mold with
The possibilities are endless!

Well thanks so much for stopping by today... 
Till Next Time! ~ Lyn

You can also find me on my Blog LynzCraftz
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Wednesday, September 7

Beneath the Waves are #Cre8time Jewels...
by Cindi McGee


Hello Amazing Crafters! Are you still daydreaming about summer days on the shore? "Beneath the waves", mixed-media artist Cindi McGee reveals a lovely coral pendant that features an amazing way to transform your beach treasures into fashionable jewelry.

Cindi McGee shares two techniques for molding Makin's Clay® to create this quick and easy pendant using Amazing Mold Putty, JudiKins Diamond Glaze™ and an Octopus mold from CreateAlong.com.



If you are having trouble viewing video, please click HERE.

Want to learn more from Cindi McGee?

To see more of Cindi's work please visit her blog
and see what other amazing things she is up to. 
ALSO... don't forget to leave her a comment!

Cindi is also one of the Creative minds at When Creativity Knocks


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Friday, September 2

#Cre8time Explorations... Amazing Resin Painted Galaxies by Lara Hjorthoy


Hi Friends! Lara here with a "How-To" project this week – something a wee bit different! I decided with all these great frames I've been collecting... I needed to put some of them to use!

I love skies, and galaxies and stars! I often paint these scenes and they're beautiful when I do. To my delight Amazing Casting Products has all these beautiful colored dyes and one of my favourite products, the Alumilite Pearlescent Powder. So, I decided this week to try CASTING my own galaxies!


I first started out with a small 5" x 7" frame that I spray painted in a lovely semi-flat black. Then attached the piece of glass to the inside of the frame with superglue. That I allowed to set overnight just to make sure there would be no weird reaction with the resin.


I added to 6 different cups a tiny amount of black, blue, violet, yellow, green and white dyes as well as a tiny amount of the pearlescent powder to each cup.

I mixed up a batch of Amazing Clear Cast Resin and after allowing the bubbles to settle for a bit, I poured a small amount of the resin to each cup – mixing each again, very thoroughly! The Pearlescent is so-o-o-o-o beautiful in all the colors! It adds just the right amount of sparkle, or in this case, STARS!!!


Upside down, right after pouring!

I poured each color separately into the frame, allowing them to mix together a bit. I used a popsicle stick to push around the resin colors that I wanted to shape a bit more. Then sat back and allowed this to cure! Here in Vancouver, the curing time wasn't long, and I was able to see the results within 4 hours.

I flipped the piece over and boy was I surprised! The pearlescent powder had settled ever so on the glass that the resin was poured onto, and I ended up achieving a crazy sparkly effect! It's gorgeous!

video

Since this was so reflective and hard to capture in a photo, here's a little video capturing the full sparkly effect! If you have trouble viewing video, please CLICK HERE.

Now to do larger galaxies!!!! I can't wait to make more of these... as it was so easy to make. What a dramatic piece of art to add to your wall!


Hope you enjoyed this little How-To this week!

What out of this world resin
paintings would you create???

Stay Inspired ~ Lara

Check out my website at www.larahjorthoy.com and YourToyCreation.etsy.com. You can follow my day to day creations at Facebook and Instagram, look for YourToy Creations!

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