Be Creative!

Posted by: adrienne on July 8, 2013 | No comment

It was finally Wednesday and I was heading  to another art class with Adrienne from Brush and Trowel in Portland.  I had been looking forward to this all week!  She was going to demonstrate a technique using a product that contains glass beads.  This was the demo board that she showed us and while it’s not evident from this photo, the dandelions have a raised, crystal appearance.  Very pretty.











My neighbor was able to go with me and we were meeting another friend there, so I knew it was going to be a fun evening.

If you ever get an opportunity to spend an evening like this with friends, I encourage you to give it a try.  Not only will you have a great time, but you will come out of there with a beautiful art project for your home!






















Adrienne is the perfect teacher because she lets your creativity determine the end result.   Each person is free to think through the process and alter the design so that the end product is something that is totally unique.  If you find that you  need help, Adrienne is there with suggestions.   How great is that?

Here is how my creation came together –




















We started by troweling on a tinted base coat.  She had us apply two coats to get some nice texture because this would be the backdrop for our stencil.  My friend used dark gray for the first coat and then troweled on a lighter gray for the second coat to give it even more dimension.  I did two coats of dark gray.

Next we applied a glass bead mixture over our chosen stencil to get the frosty-looking design.



















This is the acrylic texture medium that we used to create our designs.




















Adrienne added a small amount of glaze to the glass bead mixture to loosen it up a bit and make it easier to spread onto the stencil.



















The mixture goes on white and when it dries, the white turns clear leaving just the shimmering glass beads.  It’s important to get enough of the product on the stencil so that the design is recognizable when you lift the stencil.






























































Look at how beautiful they are!  They won’t be dry until tomorrow, but I think they look amazing already!


And like I said, we had a great time!  😉
























Here is what mine looked like the next day after it dried.  Love.

































Now imagine using this technique on an entire wall like you see here…




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