Neon Pico Embellisher

This article was written by Melanie Statnick

textured artwork using the irresistibleNeon Pico Embellisher.

Imagine Craft has done it again with their irresistible Neon Pico Embellisher.

I like to paint on different types of surfaces and recently I have in position some wood feathers that have been cut for me. I painted them with black gesso with the intent on painting them with acrylic.

I knew that the Pico embellisher gave some great texture and I thought the 3D effect and the neon on black would look amazing. And it turned out perfect.

Neon Pico Embellisher Product review

I also found that the clear Pico embellisher was great for creating boarders so I drew an abstract rose with it, dried it and painted in the negative space with watercolor.  You can create thicker lines and thinner lines with the pressure you use while operating. The Pico tip is great for outlining and adding dots like I did in the canvas project. Happy creating.

Neon Pico Embellisher Product review

Neon Pico Embellisher Product review

Neon Pico Embellisher Product review

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Artist Melanie Statnick is a Published Artist/Writer out of North Carolina who writes and creates art daily from her private studio. Melanie is also the host of her own program via video and local PBS named The Brush & Pen  a Nash Community College production. . Statnick’s artwork can be found in art galleries extensively in NC with international private collections.Visit her website to see more art and inspiration www.melaniestatnickart.com

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UmWow Studios and their Chipboard Confetti

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This article is written by Anjuli Johnson

UmWow Studios main banner

As an art supply junkie, I have to confess that walking into an art supply store or surfing the internet can be pretty dangerous.  I usually try to keep my browsing and searching to a minimum for the sake of my bank account.  However, every once in a while something new comes along that is not just hard to resist, it’s the perfect supply I’ve been missing and just what I need to finish multiple projects.

I recently had such a moment when I discovered UmWow Studios.  They sell a variety of scrapbooking supplies, but their main product is laser cut chipboard.

This year’s Christmas card I designed

I’ve been working on a variety of things lately- Christmas cards, altering some small wooden boxes, and of course my mixed media canvases and scrapbook layouts.  UmWow’s chipboard embellishments are perfect for any and all of these projects, and really anything else you could think of.  I began with an order of their confetti , which comes in several shapes and sizes, and I love that they can cut so neatly and still have extremely tiny pieces.  All of the edges are finished and it’s rare to find any rough paper on the edge from an unfinished cut.

Flower box with hexagon confetti

With my first order they included a piece of their flair; I’ll be adding a few of those to my next order as well.  Maybe it’s my desire to keep my spending to a minimum, but I’ve never seen the type of flair they have anywhere else.

UmWow Studio’s flair banner

Give UmWow Studios a shot and follow their blog.  I am so happy I stumbled upon them and can’t wait for my newest order to arrive.  My husband will have to do all the dishes for next couple weeks since I’m already brainstorming more ways I can use all my new chipboard.

You can find their Star Conffetti here

And their Hexagon Confetti here

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Anjuli Johnson is a Mixed Media Artist form Raleigh, NC.  She began her art career as a scrapbooker, and it’s been an evolutionary process ever since.  She loves all things mixed media- paper, paint, pens, wire, gears, clay… the list goes on and on.  She is constantly trying to push through her fears to discover and develop her talents, meet new people, and learn from those around her.  To see more of Anjuli’s art and techniques, check out her website at www.thefarpavilion.com  and like her Facebook page. Don’t forget to follow her blog! www.thefarpavilion.blogspot.com

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