Friday, 20 April 2018

In My Dreams

Hello Lovely Friends!
Get ready for an amazing art feast prepared for you today by our talented Sanda Reynolds! Sanda's here today presenting absolutely luscious layers of crackle and paint...

There's a video tutorial and lots of helpful tips from the artist so we hope you'll feel tempted to create a special canvas of your own. Happy creating, everyone!

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Hi guys,
Today I’m back with a little project, very easy to make (great for beginners too ­čśŐ), yet, the effect is gorgeous.
Inspired by the beauty of nature and by Finn’s fabulous products, I created a mixed media painting on a crackle paste covered canvas board, a dreamy clump of trees that I hope youl’ll love.
After I gessoed an old canvas board and dried it with my heating tool, I spread a generous layer of White Crackle Paste with a silicone brush.
I applied the paste in different thicknesses to create a variety of crackle sizes (thin layer – fine crackles, thick layer – big crackles). In order to get the best result, I left the canvas to dry overnight.

TIP: You can apply a coat of Soft Gel after drying if you are worried they will chip off.
I started painting my canvas using Art Alchemy Impasto paints – for the first layer I chose light colours (Lemon Peel, Raspberry Pink and Jade).
I mixed the paint with glazing medium and a bit of water and covered the entire canvas.

I dried the canvas with my heat gun and then I applied a second layer, this time darker colours (Dark Chocolate and Cobalt) spread it on top of the first layer and covered the wet canvas with a plastic wrap – this will add a lovely effect to your project.
After about 10 minutes, I removed the plastic and, as the paint was still wet, I dabbed it with a baby wipe to reveal some of the brighter colours underneath. This way, I created three tree-like shapes.

For shading, I used Cobalt, Aubergine and Crimson and for the highlights: Lemon Peel and Snow White Impasto paints.
I painted the background with Jade Impasto and Green-Gold Opal Magic to add a subtle, yet wonderful shimmer to my canvas.
Next, I added some background stamping using Finnabair 'Dream On' set and the clear 'Messy' stamp.

As a finishing touch, I added more Jade Impasto paint to my trees, a bit of doodling with a white pen and the words.

I hope you’ve got inspired by this project and you are ready to try some of these techniques in your artwork.

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”
- Khalil Gibran

Have a lovely day, my friends,
Sanda xoxo

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mixed Media Minutes - Altered Brush

Hi my friends!
Have you heard about my Mixed Media Minutes - FB Live shows I've been doing lately? If you missed the previous one, here you can find the link to the blog post including the project and recorded tutorial!

Last week I was streaming live again - and this time I wanted to encourage you to play with some simple (but fun!) altering techniques. I picked an old 2'' flat brush as my victim - and here are the results!
The whole idea of altering is really close to my heart: I love collection old, forgotten or not used items and include them in my art as ingredients or repurposing them creating home decors, collages and many other projects which are hard to name! It is pure joy to see them shining again, attracting attention, asking to touch them and admire!
The whole process of altering was not long at all - and the main products I've used were Art Alchemy Impasto Paints, Metallique Waxes, Micro Beads and of course - some Art Basics 3D Gel as my adhesive for all the elements and embellishments.

Below you can see the recording of the FB Live show - I know it is getting blurry during the painting process, but I have to blame the bad internet connection! I hope you will forgive me this technical glitch we had... joys of living in the countryside!

Here are the products I've used linked for your convenience to Mixed Media Place Store:

Products you can see in the tutorial are available (except the wing mould and resins) in the craft stores all over the world. If you feel inspired just grab some stuff and create!
For US and Canada we have a great news though. this week only there is 40% discount on my products at Michaels Stores!!! Great chance to refill, build your stash or just try the products! And yes - it also applies to all online orders - so don't miss this chance!

If you like the idea of the Live Shows - please stay tuned and subscribe to my FB Page, so you will get the updates from me about next shows, blog posts, projects and more! You can also find this info on my Instagram accounts here and here if you prefer this social medium :)

See you very soon - and huge hugs

Monday, 16 April 2018

Dreaming of Seaside

Hello Dear Readers!
Let's start the week with gorgeous new art from Juliya who will make you dream about taking a trip to the seaside - that's where she found her inspiration for today's piece.
You will love her tutorial and you will totally want to create a beautiful mixed media landscape on canvas! :)

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Hello friends! 
Today and I'd like to inspire you with a new mixed media on canvas piece of mine with the sea theme.
I've always dreamed of living by the seaside and I hope that someday my dream will come true.
In the meantime, I collect different inspirational photos and I decided to reach for one of them and create a canvas to hang on my wall and be a reminder of this dream of mine...

I just love all kinds of blues and I'm always fascinated by the shades of blue by the sea and of the sky above it. 
I wanted to create its vision on my canvas and to make it more interesting, I started by layering pieces of lace for texture. Soft Gloss Gel worked perfectly as my adhesive.
I covered the lace with Heavy White Gesso to prime my surface and get it ready for the paints and other color media that I wanted to use next.
As for my seashore beach, Paper Texture Paste worked just amazing to create my first layer of rough, uneven texture. You will see in my video below how exactly I applied it and how easy it was.

Then, I reached for Rust Texture Pastes which are brilliant to imitate sand!
I used the Camouflage set and one of the pastes from the Metal Rust set. You can mix and match all the pastes from different sets until you achieve just the tone you have in mind.
When it comes to my beloved blues, I mainly used the gorgeous blue Patina Paste, Royal Blue Metallique acrylic paint and Mica Powders in Summer Sky and Deep Water.

Then, it was time for my focal point embellishments - always a wonderful moment in the creative process! :)
I gathered all kinds of bits and pieces, reminding me of lovely little things you can find and collect during a walk by the sea... A feather, beads, bits of paper and lace, delicate cut out paper plants plus some Mica Flakes making marks on the sand and the magicals Art Stones that are just perfect to bring this project to life.
If just like me, you also dream of the sea, then I hope my work and video tutorial will inspire you to transport your dream onto paper or canvas. :)
Please, enjoy!

I love mixing different Rust Texture Pastes. And when you add to them some acrylic paint, a little bit of Mica Powder in your favorite tones, you will get real magic!
I hope that I inspired you to get these Pastes and create your own magic "potion" that will fulfill your dreams.

I'm already planning to see the sea during my holidays this year. I'm counting the days until this moment and in the meantime, I'm dreaming on canvas. :)


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