I am so sorry for neglecting my blog the past few weeks. I feel terrible about it, but I do have an excuse. I've been very busy setting up my new business venture! My husband and I are the new owners of Artistcellar.com !!!! The past month was filled with emails, talks, contracts, anxiety, number crunching, ordering, stocking, anxiety, organizing, and playing with the inventory. My husband, I don't know how he did it, redesigned the entire website in about two weeks. I've got shelves and shelves of gorgeous Stewart Gill paints, imported from Scotland. Including that yummy line called Byzantia, used by Suzi Blu in her Goddess and the Poet class. (That's when I first heard about it!) The jewel toned metallics are amazing! and I am highly impressed with the Meta-mica and Pearlise lines too. Such gorgeous shimmer and shine and color. The Alchemy line is iridescent like dragonfly wings, Colourise is like a transparent glaze, and the True Colour is opaque and solid. All the paint lines are super high quality. I wanted to order every single color in every single line, but alas, my bank account wouldn't allow it. Over time I will add more colors. I'm also stocking some very cool stencils and a few neat rubber stamps, some additives like extenders and glue/adhesive but you have to check out the Special effects page. Some cool things I've never seen before in the USA... Fresco Flakes, are actual paint peelings that simulate distressed walls and surfaces, shiny glitzy Gilding Chips will add super shine to anything, Bijoux Blends are crushed glass and stone glitter (when these are gone, they're gone! They are not being manufactured anymore!) and some pretty fusible fibers and film that will add iridescent sparkle to your projects.
And check out the gallery page. I've got some beautiful work up there by some awesome artists. I want to add more; I want people to send their creations to me when they've made something using Stewart Gill paints - or anything from the store. My pocket scroll at the top of the page was made with my new paints. The Fleur de Lis were stamped with Pearlise paint and the inside pages were painted with the Pearlise and Metamica paints, some with a shimmer of Alchemy glaze over the top. Below are the inside pages and the front page flattened out.
The Scroll project is based on the article in the most recent Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine by Leilani Pierson of Studio Gypsy. Over at the CPS forums she posed a challenge for us to make our own pocket scrolls. It was so much fun and it was a great excuse to use some of the samples of paints I got. And in case you're wondering, no, I'm not using all the paints in my store. I wish, hehe. I have a few colors in each paint line for my own stash, to play with, experiment with, be tempted by... like a kid in a candy store!
Well, enough ramblings... I hope you'll stop by my new website and say hi, tell me what you think. If you're on Facebook, I set up an artistcellar "page" where I hope to get people chatting about art. The website has links to everything too, including a newletter that goes out every once in awhile. I have big plans for it in the near future!
Welcome to my new adventure!!