Happy (almost) New Year, everyone!

I hope you have had a relaxing holiday week!

Today, I have something much less abstract for you, in fact, it likely is as classic as you can get when it comes to the painting world. I picked up a couple of smaller canvases from Love is in the details and attempted to “paint” a mountain landscape with texture paste and watercolour.

Big disclaimer though, I am most certainly a newbie when it comes to texture paste, but am definitely LOVING it! Now my only question is, “why did I wait so long?!” Also, disclaimer number two: this likely won’t count as mixed media..but rather as more of an experimentation of one, of many, ways of using texture paste with watercolour (sorry, that’s a lot of “of’s,” but I didn’t know how else to say it!).


I don’t know if this is how it is normally done, but I tried applying the texture paste to the canvas first, and then dripping the watercolor onto the canvas after. Unfortunately, I have to admit I couldn’t find my water colours because my crafting supplies are in one of three rooms used for storage (bad idea, right?). While cleaning up the other day though, I found them, but had my project completed…and soo I used distress ink and food colouring (shame, I know). I had this project in my head for a little while though and thought I’d try the food colouring. I most definitely recommend Prima’s water colours though! They are much much easier to control and give you way more options. And of course are actually made to watercolour.


After applying the colour, I then moved the texture paste into the shapes/directions to create clouds, mountains, water, etc. I love seeing the colour mix in so naturally and uniquely with the texture paste with every stroke. This creates more organic looking depth and texture.


I wish the landscape had ended up looking more realistic, but the process was definitely a good learning experience. The trees were a little more tricky, but I used a toothpick to create a forest-like texture. The process was a little more detailed than the clouds ore mountains, but I still allowed for some randomness. While etching in the trees, I dropped a few droplets of colour onto the more white areas and loved watching the paint flow into the etched in lines.


I loved using Prima’s mica flakes and glass glitter to add some snowy accents, a bit of rocky texture to the mountain tops and the shore line along the lake. I used Tiny Beads on pretty much the entire piece, to again, try to create a slight ’snow fall’ effect (which you might be able to see in  the photo below taken in more direct sun light).

0a3969b9-2850-4914-8c43-082d8b9b39eaOh, and I used nuvo to define the mountain tops and to add a few nuvo ’stones’ on the lake side. The colours in the paste bled into the nuvo by the ‘lake’ though, so I would just need to have more patience next time and wait until everything had dried before applying the nuvo.


Thanks for stopping by and watching me learn! I’m thinking I may layer up this little project yet and certainly am planning on using texture paste to create backgrounds and layering them up with paper and embellishments, etc. as so many of you do so incredibly well.

How do you usually use texture paste? For layouts? or for paintings or little projects like I did today? Let me know if you ‘mix’ your watercolour with texture paste  directly on your project or if you prefer mixing together all your colours before hand? I definitely have so much to learn!

Thanks again! I hope you have a great start to the New Year this weekend!


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This post was written by Natalja on December 31, 2017

Finding the Glitter

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

First things first, I hope you all enjoyed Norine’s packaging as much as I did. Sooo much inspiration! Today I have something quite different though, and rather abstract. This week my crafting became intense art therapy. I picked up a bunch of mixed media supplies from Love is in the Details and couldn’t wait to get started. I began creating some texture on a canvas with texture paste and Tim Holtz’ “hickory smoke” distress ink.


Unfortunately I didn’t take any step by step photos, but will make sure to do that for Sunday! I didn’t plan too much for this piece, but rather let my hand swirl the texture paste and distress ink in a soul soothing way. This last week we had a death in my husband’s extended family (and the extended family is very close) so the news hit hard. Death never asks when the time is right and we got to feel how immensely people’s lives get disrupted, especially around Christmas (sending love to all of you who have and are experiencing this!). Sitting down, mixing, swirling product, and  sprinkling glitter and mica flakes has been extremely therapeutic.


I ended up adding more black after we heard the news of our cousins death (the family had lost their 16 year old son, less than two years earlier, and now their second, and last son passed away at 15), but still added more glitter and flakes. I don’t have the entire ‘interpretation’ of the final piece, but came to the conclusion that perhaps this is what our hearts may look like, opened up.


The black may be fear, confusion, anger or even despair. But amongst the black, if we look hard enough, we will find glimmers of hope—glitter and pearly mica flakes. We’ve spend a lot of time with family the last several days and to see this family grow closer and closer, cousins are more like siblings, the words ‘in-law’ don’t exist, and instead, everyone becomes like immediate family. If you knew this family, you would understand how brilliant those sparkles shine in the midst of utter despair. This family is far from perfect…families are torn apart, children pass before parents, all the ugly stuff you can imagine, and yet they always pull together. On our way home from the Christmas gathering yesterday, I mentioned how insanely close this family is, and the response I got was that we are this close because of everything we have been through together (most of which has happened in less than two years).


The darker the ink splotches, the brighter the glitter.

To all those who have suffered a loss this Christmas, my heart goes out to you. I hope that in this dark and utterly confusing season, that you may find even the slightest glimmer of hope. May peace and love fill all of your homes!

Thanks for letting me share a more personal side of a project. I’ll make sure to have photos of the products I used and more step by step photos next time.

Lots of love,


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This post was written by Natalja on December 27, 2017

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