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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.

Product: 
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







"Brave Intuitive You" - E-Course Experience

Flora Bowley's "Bloom True: The E-Course" Experience 

I had bought the book by Flora Bowley called "Brave Intuitive Painting", and was immediately attracted to the idea of the intuitive painting process - it so happened that there was also an online E-Course (based upon the book) being offered around the time of when I completed reading the book.

The course was delivered over a five week period, and this is my "painting" experience from the course.

I am forever grateful to Flora Bowley for reigniting the passion within me to paint.
Within the twelve months of completing this course, I have managed to produce 30 paintings! Of which most are sold.
Be warned that this course may transform you as it did for me, also an added bonus to the course is a wonderful class that you can interact with!

Note, that I am now part of the Alumni of "Bloom True" graduates, and am part of the Bloom True affiliate program.
So, if you feel inspired and decide to enrol in this course after reading my post - I would be grateful if you enrolled via my link:


Feel free to leave any comments or questions if you have any.

Happy Painting,
Teresa xo


First Layer - Cover the canvas!
First Layer - Cover the canvas!
The first layer was really to just have fun and to cover the entire canvas with reds and yellows. You can spray water, splatter paint and start connecting with your intuition by painting blind folded. Try painting with your hands and fingers. Just get the canvas covered.
2nd layer - Creating Marks
The second layer is all about experimenting and playing with the materials you have. Basically making marks on your canvas. Marks can be made with your fingers, stencils, back of old pencils, toys, toothbrush anything you would like to use.
2nd layer - Creating Marks
3rd layer - More Marks
3rd layer - More Marks
I was just having soo much fun experimenting with mark making, and spraying with water that I kept going.
4th layer - Adding Blacks and White
I don't usually use, blacks or whites, so I found this layer to be really challenging. I somehow couldn't resist using teal (blue), to counter balance the blacks.
4th layer - Adding Blacks and White
5th layer - Using the full colour pallet
5th layer - Using the full colour pallet
I loved using the full colour pallet! I continued making random marks, splattering and spraying water -making loads of drip marks this was just way too fun. However...once this layer was over, we had to commit to certain area's of the painting, and to start seeing images from the painting..hmmm.. I was stuck on this layer for almost 3 weeks! (yikes!) I could not see any images from my painting. So, to get myself unstuck, I loaded up on imagery - I bought books of birds, plants and did loads of sketching and meditation to try and reconnect to my intuition .
6th layer, adding symbols and a "Ahaaa" moment.
I started to add symbols, circles and dots - then, all of a sudden I had an "AHa" moment. A break through!! I saw a birds tail! Yay! Then I saw two birds emerging from my painting. I was very excited!
6th layer, adding symbols and a "Ahaaa" moment.
Final layer and completed painting
Final layer and completed painting
Once I saw the two birds, the scene was set, it was just a matter of filling in the details, the waterfall, trees and fruit. Voila! a completed intuitive painting: "Birds in Paradise".