Friday, April 18, 2014

Aluminum:New Colors and New Size!!

We have added new colors to our selection of 9" x 12" aluminum
Yellow, Grey, Purple, Gold, Pastel Blue and Christmas Green.

We also have now a great variety of 5" x 7" colors:
Grey, Navy Blue, Peach, Lilac, Dark Green, Red, Orange and Cream.
Navy Blue, Sky Blue and Pastel Blue

Red, Orange and Peach

Christmas Green and Dark Green

Purple and Lilac

Cream, Gold and Yellow

Black and Grey

We also carry colors not shown here such as: Bronze, Teal and Fuchsia.

The "swirls" on each sample were done using Dreamweaver's Mosaic Swirls LJ901 Stencil 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Stencil Girl Products and MercArt

Visit Stencil Girl Products Blog  and see my tutorial using two of the new designs from Stencil Girl Products: Tribal Hand and Segments.
Follow some simple steps to make easy metal embossing projects using Colored Aluminum, stencils and the new Gilder's Paste patinas.
You will have a beautiful project in just a few minutes.
Products used on the tutorial:
Stencil Girl Products: Tribal Hand S180
Stencil Girl Products: Segments S189
MercArt's BasicMetal Embsossing Kit with 4 tools
MercArt's green colored aluminum
MercArt's Big Wheel, paper stump, suede, Fiber Glass tool and Filling Paste
Sanding Block
Gilder's Paste colors: African Bronze, German Silver, Verdigris and Copper.

See the complete and easy to follow steps here too:

Step 1

step 5


1) Place the aluminum (color side down) over the Tribal Hand S180 stencil and rub against it with the Paper Stump until you clearly see the design.
2)With the Teflon Tool D-01, outline every part of the stencil design to get a crisp definition
3)Place the metal color side up over the background stencil, Segments S189,  and rub with the paper stump until you can see the design clearly. Outline the design with Teflon D-01
4)Place the metal on the back and over the suede and roll the Big Wheel (or any of MercArt's Decorative Wheels) on the edge  of the aluminum to create a border.
5)Remove the color of the embossed areas with a sanding block.
6)With your finger add any Gilder's Paste colors you choose (we have 12 new colors to choose from!). They can be applied on layers to create new tones and interesting patinas.
7)Add dimension and make the metal "puff" by placing the metal on the back over the suede and embossing certain areas with the round sphere of the Cup and Ball #4 and the paper stump.
8)Fill the back of  the embossed or raised areas of your project with MercArt's Filling Paste. As it's liquid, it levels itself and once it dries, it gets really hard, so the shapes remain embossed.
                           I hope this has inspired you  to use stencils and color aluminum in a new way!

Ready in just minutes!

Other projects using Stencil Girl Products Stencils with MercArt color aluminum and Gilder's Paste:
Stencil Girl Products Birds S110, Copper and Gilder's Paste

Stencil Girl Products Circle tiles stencil, Blue Aluminum and Gilder's Pastes

ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art)
I added Gilder's Paste to both the Navy Blue aluminum and the Wooden Frame
For  the template I used Stencil Girl  Ripples  Stencil S188
All tangles were done free hand with the Teflon D-01