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Exploring Twinkling H2O's - Mastering Twinks E Course Part 1

Dion Dior's Twinkling Discoveries E-Course 

Please note that, I am not an affiliate of Dion Dior or Twinkling H20's by Lumin Arte.
I share my simple notes and my experience (a snapshot) from the course and medium used.

I have just completed "Part 1 - Mastering Twinks" by Dion Dior and am happy to say the course was such great value
 (I paid $75 Sep 2013).

In summary:
- Delivered over 5 weeks, accessible for 1 year
- Jam packed with clear and concise video instructions on painting & drawing techniques.
- Supplied PDF documents.
- Numerous projects 
- An online community, in which Dion interacts during the 5 week course and an on going Facebook Group.

Twinkling H20's are shimmery water based paints made from mica (a shiny silicate material derived from granite, crystals and rocks) that activates with water.
Their behaviour is pretty much same as water colour paints, the main difference is that they have a shimmery finish and the colours are just so vibrant and beautiful.
They are very reasonably priced and can be purchased from Lumin Arte at:  http://www.dreamingcolor.com/twinkling-h2os/

 Here are some of the projects that I managed to complete (there were more projects available in the course) :

Twinkling H20
Twinkling H20
By Lumin Arte http://www.dreamingcolor.com/twinkling-h2os/ . They come in little pans, all dry and are activated with water. Technique applied is very much the same as a watercolour application.
Pear Study
Dion, provided clear drawing and painting instructions for pear study using gesso paper. In my pear study I decided to also incorporate inks - another water based medium. Inks and Twinkling H2O's work really well together.
Pear Study
Mandala Exercise
Mandala Exercise
There are so many available colours that it is a good idea to have a colour study or chart on hand. Sometimes it's handy to note the colours you use with the project/ exercise .
"an apple a day" - the fruit exercise
Twinkling H20's are so vibrant, that you can use them for illustration or almost photo realistic paintings.
"an apple a day" - the fruit exercise
Butterfly sketches
Butterfly sketches
Dion demonstrated many drawing exercises, the one I was particularly drawn to was how to draw butterflies. Using Stillman & Birn (Dion's preferred choice of paper) Sample Papers - I practiced some of the butterfly drawings.
Daisy Exercise
Painting a Daisy, using watercolour technique - the Twinklings H20's just give the painting that added drama and intensity with a shimmery finish.
Daisy Exercise

Note: if you are interested in sampling some of Stillman and Birns paper,  just email samples@stillmanandbirn.com, they will send out a sample pack (for a limited time).

More information about Dion Dior and other Twinkling H20 classes are available on : www.diondior.com

I now look forward to experimenting more with Twinkling H20's and look forward to other courses provided from Dion.

Happy Painting,
Teresa xo

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