Okay, it's official!! I'm in love with the new-to-me Magical Shakers from Lindy's Gang. They have some amazing colors with a hint of shimmer in them. I am thrilled that I got to sample them for this blog hop with the Lindy's Gang and StencilGirl Creative Team.
This is one of our biggest blog hops yet with LOTS of inspiration from both teams.
Keep reading to see how I used them to as watercolors to make minimalistic art with one of my favorite stencils, and to read how they are going to change the way I make art from now on. Read to the end so you can be entered to win an amazing giveaway (details at the end of this post).
What I Love About The Shakers
First of all, they nailed it on the bottles for this product. The shaker cap is exactly what it sounds like -- a salt and pepper shaker styled lid. Small holes for small sprinkles and a larger hole for big shakes. I love that!! It makes these much easier to use than the other brands with similar products that require you to poke a hole in the lid in order to shake.
Next -- they react differently if you add a little heat to them once they are on your paper/substrate. You have to try it. It's totally "magical".
And one more thing -- you can mix them into gesso, white paint, or other mediums to make wonderfully tinted materials.
Keeping it Beautifully Simple - How I Used Them
As I continue my journey as a traveling artist, it's really important that I use tools and supplies that are easy to transport and that can be used with very little muss-and-fuss. These magical shakers are PERFECT for traveling and keeping art-making simple.
I wanted to see how these lovelies would hold up if I used them like watercolors. Spoiler alert: they rocked it!!!!
I really wanted to use a resist technique with these shakers so I started by picking a stencil that I love for outlining -- Carolyn Dube's "Finding Your Tribe" mask.
STEP ONE: On a palette I sprinkled a little bit of each shaker color and mixed it with water to make my color.
STEP TWO: Using a Sakura White Gel Pen I outlined the mask. Then let the ink dry.
STEP THREE: While the ink was drying I swatched my colors onto watercolor paper so I could learn how the medium moves and see the color variations.
STEP FOUR: Using a lot of water, I painted the magical shakers onto the page and watched the gel pen resist the color. It was gorgeous.
STEP FIVE: To put the final touches on the page, I added a repeated pattern and three words, all created using the paint brush. I finished it with a few white lines inside the pattern.
That's it. Easy peasy in under 10 minutes. Who says there's no time to make art?
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4/19/2018 04:32:02 am
Simple piece but so nicely done... love the ladies!
Glenda Barber Hoagland
4/19/2018 05:16:45 am
I like the idea of shakers. The simplicity of your painting and how the colors work is amazing. thanks so much for sharing.
4/19/2018 06:36:29 am
I love these shakers and you explain really well how to use them. Thanks!
4/19/2018 07:18:20 am
Thanks for the tips about this product. Especially the tip about heat - neat!
4/19/2018 07:30:23 am
Ooooo love that the gel pens resists it! So cool
4/19/2018 07:38:15 am
Such a fun technique you have shared here! These shakers are indeed amazing for creating art when travelling! Personally, we love sprinkling them onto paper, misting them with water and watching magic happen. This makes for a fabulous background. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!
4/19/2018 08:15:18 am
This is so lovely and soft Kiala! I would love to try this and I have some! I just have never cared for the heavy colors and the way I have seen them used in other pieces.
4/19/2018 09:00:55 am
These are lovely, Kiala! Thank you for sharing and for the close-up photos!
4/19/2018 09:02:18 am
Wow its so informative... thanks for sharing with us this amazing tutorial !!! Love it 😍
4/19/2018 09:35:26 am
I really want to give those Magicals shakers a try! Thanks for sharing.
4/19/2018 09:50:51 am
WOW, so easy and transportable! I can make anywhere...headed to check out the Shakers now!
4/19/2018 10:23:44 am
I love the shakers! I can't wait to get my hands on a couple and try them out!
4/19/2018 10:28:34 am
Looks great Kiala! Love these quick ideas!
4/19/2018 01:56:14 pm
OMG these look like so much fun to play with! Amanda (at) meadowdance (dot org)
4/19/2018 03:02:43 pm
Great piece love the two colors you used. So pretty.
4/19/2018 03:24:28 pm
These are gorgeous
4/19/2018 03:40:05 pm
So much fun with the ladies silhouette.
4/19/2018 04:12:57 pm
Great explanation of the properties and uses of these products!@ Love the resist technique.
4/19/2018 05:17:14 pm
I really like this - simple but effective. I am happy when I find pages and ideas by people I admire that are not multiple layers (too hard for me to handle at this point). Your examples give me courage to continue on my journey in my way - little steps at a time!
4/19/2018 06:02:03 pm
These are lovely, Kiala! Thank you for sharing.
4/19/2018 06:13:39 pm
Great combo, SG & Lindy's.
4/19/2018 06:56:55 pm
I've got quite a few masks and never really knew what to do with them, gonna give this a crack with my magicals, thank you 💙
4/19/2018 09:00:07 pm
4/19/2018 10:01:18 pm
Such a simple idea but the result is stunning! Thanks for sharing!
4/19/2018 10:36:53 pm
Hey, Kiala! Love your beautiful pieces! You gave us great tips and ideas (the heat) so I need to get some Magicals and try these. Happy travels!!<3 ~Rachel Bell bellbrzs (at) cox (dot net)
4/20/2018 01:09:45 am
Such a fun project, thanks for sharing!
4/20/2018 06:17:20 am
4/20/2018 08:05:55 am
such a calming piece, beautiful. TFS
4/20/2018 09:03:42 am
Love your calm, cool, simple style!
4/20/2018 11:22:43 am
Thanks for showing the gelpen resist.
4/20/2018 12:45:49 pm
I love how you used them with a simple stencil! I would use them as a background first then a little as a finishing touch to bring the layers back together. Thanks!
4/20/2018 02:14:10 pm
I think I would definitely have to try them as watercolors! And then just see what else they’re capable of.
4/20/2018 04:23:02 pm
I love the gel pen resist idea. Great tips and a simply beautiful project. And YEAH, you prove that there IS always time for art. It takes a little longer to get organized...
4/20/2018 04:49:58 pm
I love learning about how to use products I haven't yet tried. Thanks!
4/20/2018 10:48:14 pm
This is a lovely piece. I really love that Black Forest color. And of course that is a great stencil.
4/21/2018 01:25:24 am
This looks great! Thanks for explaining the shaker bottles. I did not realize they had two different sized holes. Sounds like a great product.
4/21/2018 09:14:06 am
4/21/2018 10:20:53 am
Cute and quick- gotta love that!
4/22/2018 09:22:19 am
I make greeting cards so I'd use this
4/22/2018 10:13:17 am
Haven’t tried them yet, the swatches are a great idea.
4/22/2018 12:56:26 pm
Very creative. Thank you for the steps.
4/22/2018 06:49:47 pm
Your journal looks like soft watercolor. I love it!
4/23/2018 06:04:37 pm
These sound like a great addition to watercolor painting.
4/23/2018 06:35:06 pm
Loved your experimenting.
4/24/2018 08:46:28 am
Oh so amazing!
4/24/2018 03:12:02 pm
Yes please! Never used the shakers...may have to give them a try.
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I'm Kiala, a student of life first and foremost. And I'm also a published poet, book binder, fountain pen collector, Life Alchemist & Intuitive Soul Guide. I make things, paint things, and write things. I love teaching & empowering women to live with intention. Please, grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, a fountain pen, and your favorite journal. Let's connect!
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