27 Sep 2015


The topic this time over on the paper artsy blog is pigments. There are some fantastic samples and videos right here

As most of you know Ally Pally was on last weekend and what a great time we had...not only is it a chance to spend all your pennies on crafty bits but a good catch up with crafty friends.

I was keen to have a look at the bistre pigmants that I knew Leandra would have on her stand as I tried to get some of these some time ago before I bought my brushos but couldn't find any in this country...but now they are here lol. I like my brushos but love the grungy...vintagy look of the bistres..they all have a brown undertone!! So I wanted to have a play today..this has been my first chance to spend any length of time in my shed.Soooo

I roughly painted a canvas with gesso and sprinkled on some yellow and red bistre powder. I had mixed some gum arabic in a spray bottle with water so that they would be a bit less water soluble...and they were..

When that was dry I scraped a thick layer of dreamweaver translucent embossing paste all over...this really makes the colours pop.

While that was drying I stamped and cut out a heart and quote and coloured them using aged mahogony distress ink. I edged the canvas with little black dress and added a touch of ruby treasure gold. Once everything was dry I stuck in onto the canvas with foam tape..voila

I really do like these bistres...if you are at port sunny pop over to the paper artsy stand and have a look

Thanks for stopping by........


  1. Fab canvas, will have to wait for Donny to see the new Bistres in action xx

  2. Very nice little canvas! I need to try the Brushos/Bistres on canvas I like how they settle in the weave.

  3. Definitely need to get my hands on some bistres (meant to at Ally Pally and completely forgot!) - I love the earthy colour tones. This is fab.
    Alison xx

  4. What an interesting idea to add the gum Arabic! Great result!

    Lucy x

  5. Oh my goodness, these colours are stunning! What a brilliant idea to mix the Gum Arabic. Now, you know very well you have just done a perfect 'enabling' job in time for me going to Port Sunny! Fab little canvas!

    Lesley Xx


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