Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Carte Blanche to Color Burst!

Ohlalaaaaa and thrice!  Firsty, goodly morning!!!  Secondly, I am SOOOO excited... can you tell?  Practically fizzing with excitement I am!   Remember a few weeks ago I told you about the new Creative Carte Blanche blog?  And remember I said that our theme for this month is so try something new?  Well, how about that eh?  Try something new!  There I was, scratching my head thinking "I have done it all.. been crafting several yonks now and I have really tried it all" until I began to think properly and stopped being all old and daft and realised that actually, I have tried hardly anything really and there was a tonne of stuff to chose from.



Guess what I chose to be my "try something new"?  Go on, have a little guess?  If you follow me on Facebook you might have noticed that the past few days have been sooo good because I finally got to do a class with Ken Oliver at Daisy's Jewels in Coventry and finally got to play with his fabulous Color Burst Powders.. which are absolutely brilliant!  WOW!  What a fab teacher Ken is but not only that, he also made me sit back, relax and realise that I do have freedom in what I make and his Color Bursts are just so easy to use, so colourful and also extremely addictive!



Dotted through this post are a few of the things I made in class and a very special thank you to Ken for allowing me to use these samples to show you my "something new" and also a few bits and bobs I made just fiddling and playing and letting the relaxation of Color Bursts wash over me.  I got to play with the new Caribbean colours which are absolutely gorgeous... you know me... I loves a bit of blue and green but mix in a smidge of purple.. cor.... I am in lurves!!!!




Color Burst Powders aren't just for sprinkling onto card and spritzing with water though... oh ho no!  Guess what I also learnt to do!   Watercolour!!!  Yes, armed with a paintbrush and an expert tutor guiding me through the process, I managed to create this beautiful card... just look at the colours of that poppy!!  Wow!   *I know, I keep saying WOW... and I also keep saying gorgeous... but that is cos it is true!*


Now... have you seen what my Creative Cohorts have also been up to this month?  Please do pop over to the Creative Carte Blanche blog HERE and have a scroll down to see all the delightful creations they have made.   Also, have you joined in yet?  Have you tried something new and want to share it and join in with the Carte Blanche fun?   CLICK HERE and you can upload your creation and we can all come and visit and see what you have been up to.



I shall away now... it is the Stitches Trade Show here in the UK and I have some serious stalking ahem, walking, to do because Ken is demo-ing there... and of course, it would be very rude of me not to go and stare um, watch him making delicious magic with his Color Bursts!


It is no secret that I have been pretty unwell for a long time now and only just very recently  have started to feel a smidge better.  Alas, during those long unwell months, my Mojo had upped and left... run off with a much healthier model I do believe.    The Creative Carte Blanche ethos is to have freedom in your art and creativity... and you know what?  I have had my Mojo re-awakened... my creative sparkle is returning... and all because I tried something new!  Thank you Ken for relighting the old creative fire in me... I shall be sure to keep it burning now!     Thanks for looking everyone... have fun!  TTFN

Hels x

19 comments:

Rita said...

Hello Hels. I loved seeing your pictures at the NEC etc. I just love Kens work and the Colour bursts are so amazing. I have not used them for painting though, so that would be really interesting. Hope you have been revitalised after the busy three days you enjoyed. Hugs Rita xx

Jane Castle said...

Sounds like you had a fab time Hels. Love the piece with the poppies, I've used Brushos are they similar to Colour bursts? X

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Hels your samples are stunning the poppy is amazing. I do have the colour bursts in fact a set of 12 I have not used them to do water colour I must give this a try. Take care. Hugs Jackie

rachel said...

Hiya Hels - glad to hear you're feeling positive - love what you have done with the colourburst - fantastic!! Hugs Rachel x

Theresa Pace said...

and whata day it was! lucky you, you got to 'stalk' Ken some more, hugs xx

Buttons said...

Brilliant to see you at Stitches and watch you light up in front of those wonderful Color Bursts Hels. Loving the whole ethos of the new challenge and to see these gorgeous creations from you. Jenny xxx

Candy C said...

Oh Hels....your color burst piece is just scrumptious! Now that you have taken classes from the master himself, you need to come have a play with your creative Carte Blanche cohorts! Haha I adore your poppy! I also love your background not only of this project but your other pieces you made with Ken. I love them all!!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Helsie, your Color Burst art is blowing my mind, girl! In-FREAKING-credibly gorgeous art. Just... WOW!!!

Helen said...

These are FABulous! I have a few of these colour bursts and I have had a play, but nothing like yours - WOW! I think I should have a look at youtube or something to get more ideas.

Astrid Maclean said...

Fab creations all of them!! And great to hear you are starting to feel better!! Ken is such a lovely and talented guy!!

Gerrina said...

Strange that Brusho's (works quit the same as colorburst) is allmost gone and no "trend/new" thing here in the Netherlands, while the rest of the world is diving in it...
Worked a lot with it last year and liked it verry much, so your post is a good reminder to dust them of again...the results are mostly so great and lovely unpredictable as you show here!

Jenny Shepherd said...

Sooo Good to hear that you are feeling better and great to see a new blog post and ooohhhhhhh exiting products which obviously I need lol. Gorgeous pictures Hels xx

Annette Green said...

I'm so glad you're starting to feel better Hels. Color bursts are so much fun and you clearly had a great time with them. These samples are gorgeous!! I love that learning something new has had such a positive impact on you. An inspiring message for all of us!

steffi said...

Absolutely beautiful :o) I have not tried these but they look fabbo so I may just need to find myself some!!

Carolyn said...

Well done, Hels. I love your poppy card and was happy you could attend Oliver's class. You also made some terrific backgrounds.

Redanne said...

So pleased to hear that you are feeling a smidge better Hels, it has been a long time coming and hopefully this is just the start of better things for you - fingers crossed! Love your beautiful colourful makes, especially the fabulous poppies!! Hugs, Anne xx

Cheryl Grigsby said...

"letting the relaxation of Color Burst wash over me...." I can get into that! Beautifully descriptive of what happens when the water hit the color and the magic begins. I absolutely love your watercolored blooms. Very Georgia O'Keefe!

Kaz said...

I'm still Trying to get back into this blogging lark.....( thanks for your lovely welcome back comment mwah)
Wow! Loving your work Hels! Stunning colours and so bright!
G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!
Kaz xx

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Gorgeous colours! Think I need to give those Color Bursts a try too, thank you for the inspiration Hels! Deb xo

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