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I was fortunate enough to be sent some of the brand new goodies that Art-C is debuting at Winter CHA this weekend. They're releasing paints! COOL paints! And some texture mediums as well.

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint ReleaseWhoever packed my box, I think they knew how much I love gold and turquoise :D I got a few metallic paints, some cool chalk paint, some gel stains, their new Luxe paints (in the tubs) and some texture pastes. Before getting started with my project, I got out a piece of cardstock and tested how each one of them worked - opacity, draw-down color, how it worked on paper, etc...

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint Testing - Gwen LafleurIt's hard to see the texture and shine in a photo, but I was very pleased with all of them! I decided that I was going to use as many of them as I could on an art journal page. So here's the page I made with my goodies, and below is a little mini-tutorial to show you some of the steps on how it came together. (I just wish that I could capture the true color and the shimmer and shine and texture on this page... I really love it!)

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page - Gwen Lafleur

I started by using the pearl colored texture paste with a Momenta self-stick stencil and just spread it randomly in the background. Then when that was dry, I painted the entire background with brown gel stain. I knew that the texture paste and the paper would take the color differently giving me some nice variation. I used the gorgeous, deep brown Luxe paint with my Groove tool to start adding variations, then I did the same with the turquoise Luxe paint.

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Step 1 - Gwen LafleurWhile the paint was drying (which it does extremely quickly here in Utah right now!) I pulled out various sheets of paper - some patterned paper from Art-C ephemera packs, some old maps and book text, some cardstock I'd stamped on to test handcarved stamps... I took different paints and stains and painted over them - most were transparent enough that I could still see words or patterns, some were quite opaque (like the chalk paint or the copper metallic paint.) That's totally cool too! I wanted lots of different looks.

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Step 2 - Gwen LafleurOnce those were dry, I started cutting them into circles, then distressed the edges of each circle with Luxe paint. I layered them up, then I took some wooden buttons from an Art-C ephemera kit and stained them with the gel stain and glued some cute little Art-C charms on top.

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Step 3 - Gwen LafleurI glued all the layers together and then adhered them on the background. Next it was time to add some details! You all know how I love my dots, so one of my favorite things about the metallic paints is that they came in tubes with fine tips! Not ultra fine, but enough to do dots and add some writing. I used the copper metallic paint to put dots around each circle, then I used the gold metallic paint to add some illegible journaling down the page in a few places. Those are actually words!

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Step 4 - Gwen LafleurSo there you go! My finished art journal page with the fabulous new Art-C paints. They have them in lots of colors, and I can't wait to get my hands on more of them!

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Close-up 1 - Gwen LafleurLook at all the wonderful sparkly grungy texture I got in these layers! I'm in love...

Art-C Winter 2016 CHA Paint - Art Journal Page Close-up 2 - Gwen LafleurA huge thanks to the team at Art-C / Momenta for letting me work with more of their products! This was a lot of fun, and I absolutely LOVE the new paints!