Take the Second Floor Challenge – Golden Acrylic Paint

If you missed yesterday’s post about What the Second Floor Challenge is – here you go :

  • Julie & I have made a one-year commitment to each other and our “Second Floor” project.
  • Every few weeks we will issue a challenge (just something to spark some creativity – sometimes starting without a prompt can be very intimidating).
  • Your assignment is to take that challenge and make some art.
  • Here’s the most important part: at some point you need to “take it to the second floor.”  What does that mean?  It means trying something vastly out of your comfort zone.  Doing something that might not work.  Experimenting with a crazy idea.  It’s all about pushing yourself.  If it works, awesome.  If it doesn’t work, awesome!
  • If you want to participate publicly, we’ll have a linky list for each challenge. If you don’t want to participate publicly, that’s cool too.  It takes a lot of courage to put yourself – not necessarily at your best – out there.
  • We have a private flickr group set up for those of you who want to share sort of publicly but within the safe confines of a private group.  If you want to join the group, you will need to e-mail to secondfloorchallenge(at)googlemail(dot)com we’ll send you an invitation.
So let’s start :)

For our first challenge we decided to go with the Challenge to

“Use Golden Acrylic Paint”

I usually only use golden Acrylic Paint as accents. I use them through a stencil to tie elements together or to paint a frame or the edges, or just a tiny embellishment. So this challenge let me think of actually painting the whole background of my paper golden in order to do something differently.

I gave it some texture by cooking the acrylic paint and also using rub ons before applying the paint. As I had watered down the golden acrylic paint a bit in order to reveal the Rest-Print on the paper and also the rub ons – the paper got a bit wrapped- and to tell you the truth – I do not like that – I do like the cooking though :)

So it could have been done as it was like this- but then decided to take it to the 2nd Floor.

I used twine and rolled it also in golden acrylic paint. I was a bit afraid that the golden acrylic paint would harden the twine too much in order to be still able to twirl it in the forms I want it. But no problems – after it dried I easily applied it in loops to my layout.

And here is the end result:

For me it looks more finished now and I liked using some of the extra golden paint on my twine. The Layout is a bit more shiny as you see it here.

What did I learn from this challenge:

  1. Golden or I would assume any metallic paints painted on big areas are hard to apply because you can see the direction of how the paint was applied and it makes it look messy and uneven. So next time I would definitely use a different tool and try to only paint in one direction.
  2. I like how the Resist Print and Rub-Ons are peaking through and in generell I like the golden color.
  3. Next time I would not water down the paint too much as to avoid the paper to wrap and adding a messy feeling to it.
  4. Although the twine rolled in golden paint was still workable, I do not like the look of it…it looks dirty – I would not do this again…

I used the following supplies for my Remember This Layout:

Not linked: Tattered Angels Paper, Package Twine

Check out Julie’s blog with her result here

If you want to play along with us show us your project here on InLinkz or on the  Second Floor Flickr Group:



Nat

Comments (31)

  • Michelle Hernandez (@willieburgscrap)

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    I’m going to try this today- it’s probably too late but I LOVE gold paint and glitter and anything that smacks of gauche fabulousness.
    The final page might not be what you envisioned but I LOVE that second detail shot with the texture and the “Remember” word! I also like the gilded twine- it does look “dirty” but in a fantastically intentional and interesting way. I think the twine, the minimalist photos and the paint should be all that’s on the page- they look analogous and meaningful. What did you mean by cooking- heating up parts of the page while drying or sticking the page in the oven? That probably sounds like the stupidest question ever but I’m dying to try new things and scared of fumes. :) Ok, I will avoid the actual baking of projects. I will be part of this group as well- it’s such a fantastic idea- pushing yourself to the next level with fellow creative types I respect? Yes, please!
    Aha- I just saw an answer to my cooking question- thank you!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Michelle, so fun you are joining us! The cooking refers just to heating the acrylic paint until it starts to bubble. It works actually best with the metallic paints and the fuming is low- as I am pretty sensitive to that too :)

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  • Michelle Hernandez (@willieburgscrap)

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    I’m going to try this today- it’s probably too late but I LOVE gold paint and glitter and anything that smacks of gauche fabulousness.
    The final page might not be what you envisioned but I LOVE that second detail shot with the texture and the “Remember” word! I also like the gilded twine- it does look “dirty” but in a fantastically intentional and interesting way. I think the twine, the minimalist photos and the paint should be all that’s on the page- they look analogous and meaningful. What did you mean by cooking- heating up parts of the page while drying or sticking the page in the oven? That probably sounds like the stupidest question ever but I’m dying to try new things and scared of fumes. :) Ok, I will avoid the actual baking of projects. I will be part of this group as well- it’s such a fantastic idea- pushing yourself to the next level with fellow creative types I respect? Yes, please!

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  • Andrea Gomoll

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    Great challenge – FINALLY used my gold Acrylic Paint which I had in my stash like forever *lol* … can’t wait for the next challenge you come up with :) Hugs …

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  • Bethany Kolbaba Kartchner

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    Love this idea Nat! So playing along. I’ve got some Golden’s at home, but have been too afraid to try them. I’m gonna gather my courage.

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  • Eliza

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    while waiting for my paints to dry I can feel my head spinning.
    I keep thinking about this project and making a mental list of all the things I’m afraid of in my art, of all the limitations I’ve been dreaming to deal with, of all the nasty things my inner critic’s been saying.
    it’s scary. it’s exhilirating.
    I keep repeating the words I saw on Julie’s blog today – “When you discover what you fear most, run towards it.” I think it’s time for me.
    thanks for making me dizzy. ;)
    and perhaps a tiny bit braver.

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  • Irene

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    Nat, that came out wonderfully! I love the idea of these Second Floor challenges! This gold one was just the thing to get me to try something different!
    Thanks to both of you!

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  • Hilary Frye

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    Metallic Gold always make me think of Klimt. He’s one of my favorite artists. The metallic gold has me thinking of making a gilded frame…I recently bought a laser cut wood frame. Gold mixed with some other color or techniques…hmmm..have to see where this goes!

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  • LindaBrun

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    I have some great looking gold acrylic paint tubes, after good advice from you girl ;-)
    Looking forward to play. Does it have to be a layout ?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Not at all, linda, can be a book,altered item, cancas, whatever comes to your mind and you want to play with, Looking forward seeing what you play with Nat

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  • Terrie -Creative Explorer

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    Thanks so much for sharing your experimenting and results – I never use metallics so that would be something new for me to try….

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