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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Scrappy Angie's: Prima Paintables

Hey, it's Angeline and I am back with another Tips & Tutorials.. this time with Prima Paintables! They come in 4x6 and 3x4 sheets and they are so pretty by itself.

Today, I will teach you how to turn them from plain (but still pretty) vintage sheets to beautifully colored sheets.

We will be exploring two techniques here: Tinted Gel Medium + Watercolor effect.


1. Get  your Golden gel medium (soft or hard gel will work) and some paints. Here I am using Distress Paints. Mix them well together.

Tip: If you are using a heavier bodied paint like the Distress Paints, remember to add water. This will ensure that the paint is not too thick/opaque and cover the Paintables beautiful motifs. Our idea is to make it as transparent as we can. Mist (water paints) would be good for this too. 

2. First, I painted some Distress Paint with my  Tim Holtz waterbrush and adding lots of water. No gel medium was added for this.

3. Then I used a plastic spatula and painted the rose in with the red tinted gel medium mixture.  Noticed the texture and gloss? That's the gel medium in action.

4. Next, I used my fingers to paint the leaves with the green tinted gel medium mixture.

When it is dry, this is how it will look like.


I've also tried the watercolor technique using the same Distress Paints with some added yellow. It has a more muted and soft look to it, with no textures.

Prima Paintables are so fun to color in and I hope the technique today will help you turn any colored paint you have into a gel medium texture :)

Supplies used:
Distress Paints {Barn Door / Peeled Paint / Broken China / Mustard Seed}
Plastic spatula

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