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Why I love it when Dylusions paints get thick!

The colors I use most often of the Dylusions paints have become thicker right in the jar.  We can talk about all the possible reasons the water evaporates but the biggest one is I leave the lids off for extended periods of time.  I’m working on getting better about it…but if I never get better about it…my life will still feel complete.

Some of the water evaporating turned out to be an OOPS…an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.  I love the creamy feel of the paint when it is brand new but I like it thicker even more!  Why?  Because it makes my life much easier.

Thicker paint is easier to stencil with if you are in a hurry or just impatient like me.  I can get crisp lines on highly detailed stencils without having to be careful.  That’s a big plus to me!

Watch Why I love it when dylusions paints getting thick on YouTube.

With those wide mouth jars, it is easy to reach in with a cosmetic sponge or brush and use up every last drop of paint so not a drop of pigment gets wasted like in the more traditional skinny tubes and jars.

It is just water evaporating so that means if I don’t want it quite as thick, all I need to do is add water.  Even that is easy with the Dylusions.  All I do is hit it with a few squirts of water and screw on the lid when I am done to replace any water that has evaporated.  I don’t even bother to mix it in because magically by the next day it is all absorbed.

Thanks Dyan for creating such a fun paint that works for all sorts of artful play!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!


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Video showing how to use a stencil to make word pebbles with Gelli printed® papers for the Let's Play link party

Let's Play, a link party where you can be inspired and be inspiring!What’s the theme for this month’s Let’s Play videos?  It’s all about giving neglected supplies some love.  I’ve bought things, enjoyed them, and then somehow they just end up in the bottom of a drawer for a very long time.

But before we get to the play…A great big congratulations to Clemencia who won January’s giveaway -a $50 Dick Blick gift certificate!  What’s February’s giveaway?  $50 to Amazon!  You can play along each and every week and get entered to win by sharing your play in the link party and/or leaving a comment! Now back to today’s play!

The glass floral marbles that I used to make these colorful word pebbles have been collecting dust for almost 10 years.  But not any longer!  I am pulling them out (and cleaning them up) for today’s play!

Video showing how to use a stencil to make word pebbles with Gelli printed® papers for the Let's Play link party

In the video, I’m sharing how I used tape to become my third hand, how easy it is to use Staz On reinkers for stenciling, and how to easily fix any stenciling Oopsies.

Watch How to make colorful word pebbles on YouTube.

Wonder how I created all those colorful Gelli Printed® papers I used with the marbles?  You can find out more about the Gelli Plate® here.

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!

Let's Play February all about showing neglected art supplies some love and weekly link party!This month’s giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!  Link up what you’re creating (and you get a bonus entry into the giveaway for sharing your play) or leave a comment telling something that you liked about one of the photos shared. One comment per person.  Giveaway closes Monday, Feb 28th at 8am EST and will be announced the following Tuesday.

New to Let’s Play?  You can find out all about it, what you can share (and it is almost anything), why your play (yes YOURs!) helps others to play, plus other info here.

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Link up etiquette  

  • If you see something you like, leave a comment on their photo or blog post and show some love – let them know they inspired you! 
  • Share your recent play (any form of creativity is welcome) that hasn’t been linked up to a Let’s Play before ( limit 3 per week please)
  • Add a link back to to this post so that others can find it, be sparked, and join the fun!
  • New link party begins each Tuesday..sometimes even late Monday night… 
  • Enter the giveaway for the $50 gift certificate by linking up (and you get a bonus chance for sharing your fun) or by leaving a comment telling something you liked about one of the photos shared in the link party. One comment per person on this week’s blog post.  The winner will be announced on the first Tuesday of the following month. You can find all the details about Let’s Play here.

You can upload a photo or use a URL or Instagram.  Not sure how to find a URL or link up? Check out this page of Let’s Play FAQs.

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The most horrible looking start to an art journal page didn't matter at all thanks to being able to add layers!

While flipping through my art journals to find a page to play with today, I landed on one that was horrifically ugly in my eyes.  I could have cringed in horror when I saw the page.  I could have ripped it out and thrown it away.  I could have hidden the journal and never looked at it again like some kind of shaming secret.

Instead, I said Oops!  The Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly was I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it.  There was freedom in that because I didn’t care if I ruined it!

The most horrible looking start to an art journal page didn't matter at all thanks to being able to add layers!

What didn’t I like?  It’s easier to say what I did like.  I liked the shapes of star and the number 7.  That’s it.  The brown and mustard had to go!  So I updated the colors to ones that made me happier using bright yellow, teal, and orange.

The most horrible looking start to an art journal page didn't matter at all thanks to being able to add layers!

The green at the bottom was applied with the very fancy and professional tool, the baby wipe!

The most horrible looking start to an art journal page didn't matter at all thanks to being able to add layers!

That star was a bit plain, so along came a stencil, Damask Waves by Michelle Ward.

The most horrible looking start to an art journal page didn't matter at all thanks to being able to add layers!

For the journaling, I grabbed a fineliner.  If you’re new to fineliners, I have a video showing how they work here.

Very predictably, that 7 had me thinking about luck as I started writing.   I wrote about how lucky I am that I love mixed media.  Why lucky?  Because every mistake is not really a mistake in my art play is just an Oops, an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly.

The most horrible looking start to an art journal page didn't matter at all thanks to being able to add layers!

Here are the supplies I used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and you are helping me keep this blog and my videos ad free! Thank you- I don’t like ads any more than you do!


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