You're so special greetings cards

Following on from my colouring tutorial yesterday I thought it would be fun to show some finished cards in a variety of colours made with that cute Secret Garden You're so special stamp set from Hunkydory.
This first one is the one I coloured for the tutorial.

These cards are currently available in my Facebook group (March 17) www.facebook.com/groups/JoleneWolfe but some may make their way across to Etsy in a couple of weeks www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KitzbitzArtGlass

Jolene x

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ZIG art and graphic twin colouring tutorial

I've been playing around with some ZIG art and graphic twin pens by Kuretake for a few months now and have been trying out different techniques and styles with them. I've found them most fun to use when treated like water colour paints. I scribble a little ink from the brush end of the pen on to an acrylic block (the kind used for stamping with clear stamps) and then apply the colour from the block to good quality card stock with a Pentel aquash water brush pen.

This cute girl image stamp is from a set called "You're so special" which is part of the Secret Garden range from Hunkydory. I've stamped her on 350gsm hammered texture cream coloured card with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and set the card aside to dry fro a few minutes. Here is a step by step picture showing how I have coloured her in.
 434 Apricot for face, arms and legs with a the tiniest touch of touch of 230 Pale Rose Blush on the her cheek.
10 Lemon Yellow for highlights on skirt, main colour for the flower and butterfly
 4 Orange for the top and bottom of skirt petals, vest, shoes, detail on butterfly and outer edges of the flower petals
 24 Scarlet red for the toadstool tops
 2 red for depth of colour on toadstool. little details on flower petals and the butterfly
73 sand for highlight on her hair and toadstool stalks
73 Sand to built up detail in her hair
77 Deep Brown for hair tips and crown area and 56 Mid Green for the grass and ground

It takes a bit of practise to work out how much water you want to add to the pen ink on your block but it is possible to create interesting details with just 1 colour depending on how many layers you paint and how much you dilute the ink. Also it is worth noting that you need to wait before painting adjacent sections as the new ink will bleed in to damp areas of your image.

Happy colouring, Jolene x


Messy Testing Refresh, Peridot, Peat Moss and Eel Grass ltd run

My last post on the spring 2017 collection of colours from Creation is Messy is on their comprehensive range of transparent green rods. I am showing each colour as solids bead wrapped with black stringer and also as encased tumble etched beads (made with a core of colour encased with Effetre 006 clear).

First up is Refresh ltd run which is so pretty and spring like. It's a very pale minty shade which looks particularly lovely encased and tumbled etched.

Peat Moss ltd run is a deep amber toned green, a very classy, a unique and welcome addition to the 104 palette. I can imagine this glass adding some earthiness to raised floral designs when layered up with other shades to make canes for leaves and vines.
Peridot ltd is a super pale yellow green. My tumbled hearts where Peridot has been used as the core colour under clear show just a whisper of palest green, it's a beautiful effect.
Eel Grass ltd run is a lush summer time foliage feel to it, not quite emerald green but something just a shade off towards grey green in some lights. Another unique, pretty and welcome addition.

Jolene x

Messy Testing Prussian Blue and Troll ltd run

One of my favourites from the upcoming CiM glass collection is Prussian Blue ltd run. It is a rich blue colour that develops deep green striations and patches when worked. It is similar to Class M Planet ltd run from the September collection (shown below) but in a darker and more intense blue shade.

Troll ltd run is a another pretty one. It's a grey toned opaque green that looks wonderful teamed up with light pastel shades. It puts me in mind of a glass called Kermit (SPL1000) which was a one off  CoE 104 colour run from Reichenbach that was available in 2014 and is now near impossible to find. It is really nice to be able to make these pastel/green two toned hearts again with Troll. It's a welcome addition to the green palette for me.

Jolene xx


Messy testing Pachyderm, Koala and Hemoglobin ltd run

Koala ltd run is a cool opaque grey glass. It is one of two opaque grey colours coming out in the next release of new colours from CiM. The other is called Pachyderm ltd run.

I like the bright crisp tone to this pretty grey, it does not appear to have striations when worked. The heart here is made with a base of Koala decorated with Peace, Hemoglobin ltd run (a new red coming out in this release also) and Reichenbach dense black.

Here is a side by side comparison of Pachyderm ltd run (left pair) with Koala ltd run (right pair). Both sets have been decorated with flowers made with Hemoglobin ltd run.
Pachyderm is a warm brown toned grey which has lots of striations and will strike to even warmer tones in the flame. This set has been made with a base of Pachyderm ltd run with Elphaba and Smurfy decoration.

 And because it was it was an irresistible temptation to make one, here is an Ellie bead made with Pachyderm! This bead is a much better example of the colour variation you can see within Pachyderm. I think this will be a fun glass for sculptural designs.

Jolene xx


Messy Testing Sea Mist, Yangtze and Cornsilk ltd run

Three more gorgeous colour from CiM coming out soon. From left to right these hearts are made with Sea Mist ltd run, Yangtze ltd run and lastly Cornsilk ltd run.
Sea Mist ltd run is a pretty exciting glass, looking up the end of the rod you cans see concentric circles of alternate layers of clear and pale blue, like veiled cane. When worked you get a lovely soft pastel misty blue.

I found that Sea Mist can bubble easily when the tip of it placed directly in the flame or when flame cutting the rod away from the bead. I found that moving the rod in a small circle when flame cutting sped up the cutting process and cut down any scumming at the tip.
Turning the heat down helped a lot as I tend to work on the hot side (two oxycons on a Carlisle Mini CC). I also increased the oxygen content of the flame and worked a little higher in the flame than my usual spot to slow the melting speed down. Lastly I didn't place the tip of the rod directly in the flame but instead heated the part of the rod just behind the tip in the flame instead. These adjustments practically eliminated any micro bubbles formed by boiled glass. Working a little slower and cooler is no bad thing, especially for results as pretty as this!

Yangtze ltd run is also a veiled cane, this time the layers are alternate clear and pale pastel yellow. I worked this glass in the same way as I did the Sea Mist, as cool as possible and it came out looking lovely. It makes me think of traditional barley sugar boiled sweets, yum!

I popped the Sea Mist and Yangtze nugget beads in a rock tumbler for and hour and half with some glass shot and silicon carbide grit and water to give them a soft velvety matt finish.
Cornsilk ltd run is a very pretty cream opal colour with a gorgeous putrescent lustre. It is very well behaved in the flame, melts easily and on the slightly stiffer side to work with.

Cornisilk looks pretty with silvered ivory stringer. The nugget set has been tumble etched to give them a soft velvety finish.

Jolene x

Messy Testing Safari and Van Dyke Brown ltd run

These beads have been made with Safari ltd run, one of the new colours available soon from CiM. It's a pretty brown that gives several shades within the same bead ranging from french mustard to warm chocolate brown. The darkest areas show where I have formed facets by pressing the hot glass with a graphite paddle. The stripes pair are made with silvered ivory stringer. Safari has not reacted with the silvered ivory in any noticeable way. It looks lovely when tumble etched.

This next collection of nugget beads are made with Van Dyke Brown ltd run. There is less of a range of colour variation within this glass than with Safari. It can give visible striations where later wraps have been melted down over the original base bead. I would describe the colour as dark brown tending towards grey. There is no noticeable reaction between Van Dyke Brown and silvered Ivory stringer (used for the dot beads) and it looks like stone when tumble etched.

Jolene xx


Messy Testing Inchworm and Chartreuse ltd run

There are two gloriously happy shades of  green opal glass coming in the next release of  new colours from Creation is Messy.

First up is a fabulously bright opal lemon green called Chartreuse ltd run. These hearts are Chartreuse with Reichenbach deep black spots.
Chartreuse seems to have a kind of inner glow of its own. The leaves here show the subtle misty opal effect you get when this glass is pressed thin.
This yummy bright opal green is called Inchworm ltd run. I love the misty semi translucence that this glass has. The colour just looks juicy and delicious like sour apple boiled sweeties.
Inchworm ltd run leaves, so pretty. I'm absolutely loving both of these colours!

Jolene x


Messy Testing Denim, Aloha, Pixie and Splash ltd run

This post looks at a few more of the new colours coming out from CiM very soon (check out the artists preview page here). First up today is a chic steel grey blue transparent called Denim ltd run. The first pair shown are made with Frost ltd run wrapped with a 1mm Denim stringer. The second pair are made with a core of denim encased with Effetre 006 and finished with a silvered ivory wrap. The last pair show what Denim looks like as different sized dots over Frost. Denim is such a pretty and unique addition to the 104 palette. It is definitely on my wish list.

I have teamed up two of the new pretty cool toned opaques with Frost. The first two pairs of hearts are made with Pixie ltd run on the top half and Frost on the bottom half separated with a band of silvered ivory.

The two pairs on the right hand side are made with Aloha ltd run on the top half and Frost on the bottom half. Pixie is such a pretty shade of green, slightly pastel and minty looking. Aloha is a pretty mid turquoise shade similar to Smurfy.

Last but not least is Splash ltd run which is a lush bright light sapphire blue transparent. The nuggets here are simply made with Splash on its own and a ribbon of silvered ivory stringer. They seem to have a lovely glow to them.

The trio of heart pairs here are also made with Splash on its own. I have tumbled them with some silicon carbide grit in a rock tumbler to give them a velvety matt finish. Splash etches beautifully.

Jolene x


Messy testing, Yellow Brick Road, Painted Hills, and Bashful ltd run

Two new earthy shades of glass coming out soon from CiM side by side. On the left is Painted Hills ltd run decorated with Emperor over Peace. Painted Hills is a pretty pale faun colour which tends towards grey. It can give subtle pretty striations between melted in wraps.

On the right is Yellow Brick Road ltd run decorated with either dots of Emperor ltd run or Denim ltd run (also coming out soon) over Peace.
I have teamed up Yellow brick Road and Painted Hills with Bashful ltd run in these pretty hearts. Yellow brick road is a fascinating colour, warm caramel brown tones with a blush of warmer and darker milk chocolate brown in places. It is easily going to become one of my favourite glasses to play with.

Bashful ltd run looks like a soft and pretty warm toned grey in combination with these earthy brown and faun colours and silvered ivory stringer wraps.

These classic nugget shapes are made with Bashful ltd run which has been decorated with silvered ivory stringer.

Jolene x


Messy Testing Prairie Grass, Blue Arrow frog, Spearmint and Envy ltd run

This deliciously bright new opaque green is called Prairie Grass ltd run. I have decorated it with dots of bright orange Butternut ltd run (that came out a while back) and fine stringer lines made with a lush new dense opaque mid blue called Blue Arrow Frog ltd run. I will write more about Blue Arrow Frog in my next blog post.

Next I want to show you this pretty opal pastel green called Spearmint ltd run. I have decorated these hearts with stringer made for another new green glass, a mid green transparent called Envy ltd run.The red petals are made with Maroon ltd run.

Envy sits about halfway between Oz and Emerald City in shade. The beads below are made over a base of Primavera ltd run. They have been decorated with vines made from fine stringers of all three shades of transparent green for direct comparison.

The beads on the left with yellow flowers have Oz stringer, middle with red flowers have Envy stringer and on the right hand side with orange flowers the vines are made with Emerald City stringer.

Jolene x