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Pigmentology Studio Tour Winter 2017 – Hot Mess Craft Room Realness

While I was tidying my craft space I decided it might be fun to say hello and show you around really quick! I am planning to move my studio to the spare room next door and am going about it very slowly as I figure out organizational tactics and shelving plans.

For now, my creative space is not very pretty but it is somewhat thought out and well used, so I did minimal tidying before I started filming in an attempt to show you what it looks like most of the time.

If you’re wondering: the drafting table is from Amazon and has a glass top. I could do a whole separate post/video on that table, but for time’s sake I went through everything in the room quite generally.

Other bigger items featured:

Printer is Canon Pro-100 – Amazon

Typewriter is Smith Corona Classic 12 – ebay

Die cutting machines: Silhouette Portrait and Cricut Cuttlebug mint

iMac

Samsung NX30 (product photo camera)

OttLite for lighting photo area – Amazon

LED drafting table lights – Amazon

Lazy Arm Camera Mount – Amazon

Plastic organizers – Michaels, Dollar Tree

Cube shelves – Amazon

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CutCardStock Design Team – Project 17 – Faux Wood Reverse Canvas Holiday Decor

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

For our seventeenth project today we’re making a mixed media reverse canvas using red, white, and green card stock for holiday themed decor. We create a faux wood effect with collage paper and wood grain stamps as well as add silhouette portrait digital die cut letters/design elements.

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CutCardStock Design Team – Project 16 – Thank You Card with Distress Oxides and Halftone Stencil Technique

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

Our sixteenth project is another thank you card, created while playing with new Distress Oxide inks.

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Traveler’s Notebook Art Journal Process/Tutorial – Spread 2 – It’s Okay

Continuing on with my traveler’s notebook insert dedicated to art journaling, next is a spread using up a ton of paper scraps I have been hoarding. Most of them are left over from the coffee card set that was recently finished.

(I hope to record my process every time I open this insert, so be on the look out for more videos in this series in the coming months.)

Continuing on with the collage style, I started off-camera by throwing down a bunch of graphic washi tape and gesso with a palette knife. The rest sort of just built from there. Various paper scraps and a fluid acrylic “planet” created a mountain landscape and fantasy land. I love using my typewriter to create original titles for mixed media work. I had a lot of fun using watercolor pastels, too.

Please enjoy the process video below. Materials are listed in the tags on this post, as well as on-screen as they are being used.

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CutCardStock Design Team Update – Projects 14 + 15

We’ve been so busy, we’ve neglected our design team updates! So we’re including two in one here, but as usual, everything is always over at the CutCardStock blog.

We are so pleased to be working with the CutCardStock team! Each month, using their products in order to make two themed projects, and hosting step-by-step DIY instructions on their blog.

On our blog, we will have full YouTube videos showing the process as well. So be sure to check both places to get the full story!

Our fourteenth project is a set of fall themed coffee cards. I made them as a personal thank you to some coffee nerds, using lots of fun patterned paper and hand lettering techniques.

Our fifteenth project features thank you cards using origami patterned paper as a design element. We have two sentiments, one a basic “thank you” and a “cheers!” option for a more celebratory occasion.

#PigmentologyPour – Pastel Pink, Sea Foam Green, Violet – Acrylic Pour Painting Process Video

If there’s one thing I’ve discovered about acrylic pour painting, it’s that there never seems to be enough time in the day to do all the painting I’d like. Nor is there enough paint in the world to feed this obsession.

I tried acrylic pouring for the first time because I had a lot of acrylic paint I wasn’t using and I thought it would be fabulous to play with when I came across the technique.

As a graphic designer and general mixed media artist (I’ve started to refer to myself as such because my hands are literally in ALL THE MEDIA all the time) it is sometimes hard to focus on one thing at a time when excitement is overflowing.

I go through phases where I can’t stop with one thing or another but no matter what I do, I generally like to hit all the same areas of interest: lots of color, room for design interest/problem solving, and I especially love working with mediums that encourage a level of spontaneity in the process.

So, that explains why I love making these painting so much. Like calligraphy, I find it incredibly therapeutic. There is a science to it, a groove to fit into once you feel it. And I’m so happy I found it.

If you check out #pigmentologypour on Instagram you will find pretty much all the process videos and photos we’ve taken when it comes to acrylic pouring. I try to make it a point to record process every time I do a painting, because it’s just so much fun to see the play back.

Pink, Teal, and Black Galaxy Fluid Orb Cabochon Pendant Necklaces

Pigmentology Pendants – “Orb” Line Added to Etsy

Time for yet another Etsy update! You may be seeing a few consecutive updates to the store as we’ve been developing lots of new products that are finally coming to fruition.

We’ve been working on lots of new pendants especially, so keep an eye on this space (or “favorite” us on Etsy!) for updates.

Each Pigmentology Orb pendant is unique, utilizing the abstract art found in pouring a fluid acrylic skin. We adhere the artwork to a flat-glass cabochon  “water bead” which magnifies/frames the artwork.

The bails are hand-coiled, made with a thin galvanized steel wire. A jump ring attaches the piece to an adjustable black 30 inch satin cord. The back of each pendant is secured/covered with epoxy.

Orb 3 from this pink, black, and teal collection has already been sold. At this point, 4 variations remain under one listing. Take a look!

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Pigmentology Pendants – “Crystal” Line Added to Etsy

Etsy update time!

We’ve been working on lots of new pendants and finally got everything we need to finish them, so keep an eye on this space (or “favorite” us on Etsy!) for updates.

Pigmentology crystal resin pendants are each unique, using mica powders and fluid art embedded in the epoxy, and formed using silicone molds.

Two options feature glittery pigments in pink, purple, and silver .. which are hand-mixed to fill up the crystal shape and create an ombre effect.

One option has a fluid acrylic skin embedded into the resin, creating a psychedelic/bubble effect.

Cabochons are coming up next!

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Let It Grow – Products added to Redbubble

Trying to get into the habit of adding our artwork to Redbubble whenever possible! There are so many great products available to put our artwork on.

Below are a few favorite items, but there are many more to choose from. Just go to our shop here or select one of the items we feature here to be brought to the shop.