Sunday, January 22, 2017

Review Jane Davenport Watercolor Palette Sets

Jane Davenport Petite Watercolor Palettes and Aqua Brushes
Jane Davenport and American Crafts partnered to create this beautiful line of "Petite Watercolor Pallets" in Brights and Neutrals, as well as her new aqua brushes.   Each of the Jane Davenport watercolors pallets come with 12 half pans of watercolors in two different colored metal watercolor tin boxes that can hold more than just the 12 half pans.  If you put a piece of magnet down the center, you can six more half pans to the box, which is a nice feature in these sets.

The Jane Davenport Watercolor Tin
The packaging on these sets is rather simple compared to the acrylic paints, which offer a mini tutorial on the back.
Jane Davenport Watercolor Packaging
Back of the Jane Davenport Watercolor  Box
However, she does have the fabulous video (below) showing how she uses these new paints on her YouTube page, as well as other pieces of her new collection (like the aqua brushes). Additionally, you can sign up for some free tutorials on her website. It is a fairly easy process, just add the free tutorial to your shopping cart and check out.  There is no charge to the user but you do have to go through the whole cart process so that the website is able to track who wants to be emailed when each tutorial is posted.  For those who do not have time to look around her whole website for the free product related workshops, click on this link to go a page that explains the process.


I also purchased the Jane Davenport Aqua Brushes that work beautifully with the watercolors. They are really easy to use and fill with water.  I have had them for two weeks and have not had a single leak yet.

There are two different tips on the brushes and they are marked "A" and "B".

I found that the metal watercolor tins are not very well made, I broke my neutrals one the first time I opened it.  However, I plan on putting them into a larger Meeden Empty Watercolor tin that can hold all 24 colors and a aqua brush.  I thought I would warn you so that you use care when using them and they don't break for you.

Anyway, the tins are lovely and have ring on the bottom to make them easy to hold in your hand when on the road.


The Brights Petite Watercolor Palette comes with 12 colors.
Jane Davenport Watercolor Palette - Brights
I swatched them on the card that came with the watercolor tins. These are bright beautiful colors.
Jane Davenport Brights Watercolor Swatches  on watercolor paper.
Since the swatch paper included in the tin was not a watercolor paper, it really did not give me a good idea of what the colors would look like on watercolor paper. Thus, I swatched them onto a hot press watercolor paper to see what type of results I could get on them. I made the sheet big enough to fit into the travelers notebook so I have it on hand when I need it.
Jane Davenport Petite Watercolor Pallet in Neutral
The Jane Davenport Petite Neutrals Watercolor Palette comes also features 12 colors. These are great for mixing and creating your own skin shades. Again, I swatched the colors onto watercolor paper so I could get a better idea of how the paints will look on various watercolor papers.


Here are both of the cards that were included in the Jane Davenport Watercolor Tins so you can get an idea of how they look on non-watercolored paper.


She does include more information on the colors (like pigments and Light fastness) on her website. Jane Davenport truly understands that many of us what more information and happily provides it on her website.  She has really put a lot of thought into this product line.


NOTE: I do not work for Michaels, American Crafts or Jane Davenport.  I purchased all the above items with my own money at Michaels.  I am not affiliated with any of the above companies, either.
My opinions are my own, and may vary from others who use and review the same products. Also the colors of the paints will vary in accordance to the equipment the viewer is using.  I personally love the product line and hope they add more colors to both the acrylic paint line and watercolors.













Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review Jane Davenport Acrylic Paint Sets



Jane Davenport and American Crafts partnered to create this beautiful line of acrylic paints which are currently offered in two collections of four paint colors which are the "Portrait Paints" kit and the "Matte Acrylics" paint set.  Each set comes with four 1.35 ounce tubes of paint, a paint brush and a stencil.  The packaging on these kits is fabulous.  The back has almost a mini tutorial of how to use the paint.

Additionally, Jane Davenport invites the user to go to her website to sign up for some free tutorials on how to use her product line.



She also has a blog connected to website that is great to read.  Jane Davenport also has videos on her YouTube Channel that introduce the various bits of her new line.  Below is one of her videos on the matte acrylic paint set.



The Portrait Paints Kit comes with:
  • 2 Flesh colored (light and medium tones) Acrylic Paints
  • 1 Pink colored acrylic paint
  • 1 Peach colored acrylic paint
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 face stencil
The colors in the Portrait Paints are less opaque than the Matte Colors, and that is perfect.  They can be layered to create a more opaque coverage.  I personally like it when my paints offer me that flexibility. It saves me from having to add a gel medium to get a less opaque coverage.
Jane Davenport Portrait Paint Set

The stencil is so fabulous. I do not draw faces very well, so this is so helpful to me.  Below is how easy it was to lay over a water color page I did to test the water colors.

Jane Davenport Stencil and Watercolor Paints
It is also flexible since you can reverse the direction that the face is facing by flipping the stencil over like I did below.  I was testing out the matte paints to see how well they covered. I just used the page to clean off the small amounts of paints on the brush and then used the stencil to draw a face over the paints wipes.

Jane Davenport Stencil and Matte Paints
The "Matte Acrylics" Paint Set comes with:

  • 1 Pink Colored Acrylic Paint
  • 1 Teal or Light Blue Colored Acrylic Paint
  • 1 Purple Colored Acrylic Paint
  • 1 Dark Blue Colored Acrylic Paint

The color in the Matte Acrylics Paint set are very opaque.  I had to use a very light hand to get a less intensive result with these.  However, I did mix them with a gel medium that allowed me to have a less opaque coverage.
The Jane Davenport Matte Acrylic Set

Below is a test swatch that I did in the my canvas journal (hot press watercolor paper).  I apologize for the lighting, the weather when I took this was bad and my lighting was affected by that.  However, you can see how opaque the paints are.



The Jane Davenport Acrylic Paint Sets by American Crafts are beautiful.  They paints are creamy and really glide across the watercolor paper and the other papers that I tested them out on.  Because the paints are thicker than the usual craft store acrylics, I found I could get some of the same fun results that I achieve with the artist quality acrylic paints.  They also mix well with my gel medium, my sand medium and few others that I had on hand.  At the price point of $19.99 these are a really good deal.  A little of this paint goes a long way.


NOTE: I do not work for Michaels, American Crafts or Jane Davenport.  I purchased all the above items with my own money at Michaels.  I am not affiliated with any of the above companies, either.
My opinions are my own, and may vary from others who use and review the same products. However, I personally love the product line and hope they add more colors to the acrylic paint line.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Terial Magic Liquid Stabilizer Spray by Terial Arts | Product Review



Trial Magic Liquid Stabilizer spray is great for fabric DIY Crafting Projects and will help the fabric maintain the shape you cut out.  You can use this spray to prepare fabric for a variety of projects which include fabric flowers like the ones below.

I recently got to spend a bit of time at their booth at the Winter 2016 CHA Mega Show and see the variety of fabric projects that can be made with this stabilizer spray.




This product is special because it stabilizes the fabric so it can be used in Ink Jet Printers, Electronic Cutters, Sizzix Big Shots, and for Machine Embroidery.  The video below shows how to use the spray on fabric to prepare it for the electronic cutter machine.



Note: to use the fabric in the electronic cutters such as the Cricut, you need to make sure your piece of fabric is cut to fit the cricut mat.  Below is a photo that has some great hints for using the treated fabrics in your crafting designs.



Terial Magic also works great for quilting and keeping those delicate shapes in tack while making the quilt.

Terial Arts also has some cute mini quilt patterns on their web site.  My favorite is this 3D Floral Fabric Quilt called the "Joy" quilt.


They also have patterns for Fairy Wings which is an easy beginner project for those wanting a soft alternative to the traditional wire wings for their costuming needs. There are wires in this project but they are safely enclosed in the fabric which make them easy to shape and use.

  Another fun project they had on display is this beautiful fabric flower hand mirror.  The fabric flowers are all made using the Terial Magic Liquid Stabilizer spray to support the fabric during construction.  They have some flower patterns and instructions on their website for purchase.

I recommend reading the reviews of this product on Amazon, because some of the user have found some interesting applications for this product.  Also, the Terial Arts website has some other great products and kits that you may find interesting.

NOTE:  This is not a sponsored review or video.  I saw the product at a trade show and love it.








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