Friday, 23 March 2018

Tell The Story

Hello Friends!
It's another inspiring Friday with my Creative Team!
Sanda is here with her brand new stunning artwork and today she's telling a beautiful visual story (something I love doing myself!).
There's a video tutorial and lots of tips from Sanda so I'm sure you'll feel inspired to join her and create something special this weekend!

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“Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds' eggs
and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things”
― Neil Gaiman

Hello, dear friends,
I am sharing with you today a mixed media collage/assemblage titled “Tell the story”.
My inspiration was sparked by some lovely old photos from Finnabair and three small tea light holders I had laying around on my table. I just love old photos and the stories they tell…
So I created a kind of vintage with a twist look project to compliment these wonderful Ephemera pieces.
After I gessoed a piece of MDF and dried it with my heating tool, I pulled out one of my favourite Finnabair stencils (the 'Harlequin' one) and I drew and shaded with a 2B mechanical pencil.

Next, I spread through a different stencil a generous layer of Paper Texture Paste (this is one of the most gorgeous texture paste ever to work with!!!), using a silicone brush. I dried this layer thoroughly with the heat tool.
For my first layer of colour, I chose two Art Alchemy Impasto paints (Cobalt and Black) and mixed them until I got a wonderful, rich and deep turquoise-blue.

After spritzing some water, I applied my paint with a brush, spritzed more water and tilted my board, to help the paint move and drip. With some baby wipes, I removed the excess.
I dried everything again and then, I glued down three recycled tea light holders using Heavy Body Gel and left it dry for a couple of hours.
For my next step, I sponged some Heavy White Gesso – this is one of my favourite techniques when I apply gesso. I simply love watching how the gesso catches the texture underneath, helping it to reveal itself in all its glory. 😊
I worked the gesso more towards the edges, as I wanted to keep the concentrated colour in the middle of my panel.
I created another layer of texture using Art Stones that I adhered with 3D Gloss Gel.
I left the panel dry completely and then I added more texture and colour using Rust and Patina Pastes. Do I need to tell you how much I love them? :)
I applied the pastes going from dark to light, using the new dabbing brushes (they are fantastic!).

TIP: To ensure you never have problems with your Rust and Patina Paste, like drying in the jar, when you work with them, try scooping out of the jar the amount you need and close the lid back immediately. You can always go back and scoop some more.
Sshhh, don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I forget my own advice too! LOL
To bring everything together, I sponged another coat of gesso.

Next, I added some subtle background stamping, using the 'Old Town' and 'Dirty Walls' sets and a few embellishments (wire, two air dry clay birds, rub-on transfers, a word sticker, two Finnabair Ephemera pieces and a few Mechanicals).
As a finishing touch, I painted all the sides with the same mixture of Cobalt and Black Impasto paints and with the leftovers, I did some splatters.
Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!

I hope you’ll get inspired by this project and try some of the techniques in your artwork.

Have a lovely day, my friends,


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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Rusted and Painted - collage (and classes reminder!)

Hi again!
Can you believe I'm on the road again? This time to visit -first time ever - beautiful Sankt Petersburg, Russia! I've heard a lot about this magnificent city and I'm sure I will love every minute - especially having a great creative weekend coming ahead! If you'd like to be more up-to-date with all my adventures, ideas and simply - everyday life, you may be considering following my private IG account @finnabair. All the beautiful projects and inspirations from me, the Teams and featured followers - are as always on @finnabair_studio account. Hint, hint!

I din't have a chance to create anything new as I was only able to stay 4 days at home now - and we had a lot of things to do after our unforgettable visit in South Africa... I hope you will forgive me and to cheer you up a bit I've got this "Rust Painted" collage here today!
Will that work?
When I create in the classroom I always change things in my projects to keep myself entertained and enjoy the process of creating as much as my students do... this time I was trying to adopt more "vintage" colour palette - and I think I love the result!
 I simply can't help it - anything rusty and textured makes me happy these days. I hope you can forgive me this little obsession!

So, would you like to make a project like this? 
There is a chance! I've updated the schedule of my Classes in 2018 adding details for classes in Moscow, Russia and in Australia and NZ! Check them out and book your seat!

23-25 March 2018 - Classes for Творчесике люди, ST. Petersburg, Russia - bookings here! 
7-8 April 2018 - Texture and Colour - Art Workshops event, Coventry, UK info here bookings: (last seats availible!)

Spring USA Tour:
28-29 April 2018 - Lazy LucyLafayette, LA, USA - info and bookings here
1-3 May 2018 Donna Downey Studios, Huntersville, NC, USA - bookings here!
5-6 May 2018 - Cafe Crop, Merrillville, IN, USA - bookings here!
10-12 May 2018 - Mojito Creek Retreat House, Black Hawk, CO, USA - bookings and info here

2-3 June 2018 - Classes at AFTH, Harrogate, UK - more info soon!
16-17 June 2018 - classes for СКРАПБУСИНКА in Moscow, Russia bookings here

July-August 2018 - classes in the USA- schedule in progress

8-9 September 2018 - Classes at the Skaparlusten, Sjobo, Sweden 
21-23 September 2018 - Classes at De Scrapheap, The Netherlands
29-30 September 2018 - Classes in Valencia, Spain 

12-15 October 2018 - Classes in Colombia 
27-28 October 2018 - Classes at The Mad Scrapper, Edinburgh, Scotland 

Australia and NZ:
2-4 November 2018 - Art and Soul Studio, Harvey Bay, QLD, AU - bookings here
7-8 November 2018 Pages 2 Scrap, Tuggerah/Sydney, NSW, AU - bookings here
10-11 November 2018 - Artified, Melbourne, VIC, AU - bookings here
13-14 November 2018 - Scrap 2 RelaxDrouin, VIC, AU - bookings here
17-18 November 2018 - Zyneri Event in Auckland, NZ - bookings here!
20-21 November 2018 - The Scrapbooker's Confetti Box, Swansea, NSW, AU - bookings here or phone: 02 49721339

huge hugs!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Loving Memories

Hi there Friends!
I'm sure many of you will feel touched by our lovely Juliya's beautiful new artwork...
Juliya's also sharing a video tutorial in which you will see her super clever and creative idea how to turn an ordinary frame into a special 'window' to your memories. :) Enjoy!

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Today I'd like to present another one piece of home decor I've created recently. This time it's a decorative frame filled with all kinds of pretty embellishments and some precious memories...

My grandmother was very fond of flowers. The backyard of her house was always brimming with beautiful blooming flowers. I remember from my childhood that all my grandma's plants were planted in the zinc buckets just like the ones you can see in the picture that is the focal point of my piece. This one little photo made me travel in time...
I started by priming the wooden frame with Heavy White Gesso to make sure the wood wouldn't soak in all the paints and mediums.

Then I added some beautiful textures with the help of the new Plaster Paste - the effect is exactly what I wanted - a gorgeous shabby and time worn look!

To paint my frame, I reached for the lovely Blue tone from the Patina Effect Paste set. I just diluted the paste with a little water as I didn't want the color to be too bright and distract the viewer from all the charming elements I wanted to add.
I took my sturdy square acrylic sheet and gave it a beautiful transparent texture with 3D Gloss Gel and one of Prima's stencils.

When the gel was dry, I arranged my composition and all the adorable embellishments I wanted to include in my piece. I think the Mechanicals Hardware 'screws' worked especially lovely in the corners of my frame.

When I was happy with the arrangement, I glued the sheet onto my wooden frame and had a blast playing with alcohol inks that work brilliantly on plastic! They also beautifully emphasized the pattern of the stenciled 3D Gel.
The Rust Effect Paste from the Patina set helped me to give my decor and its elements a great rusty vintage look.
I really love all the Rust Pastes and sometimes I feel like covering the whole project with rust. ;)

The final accent was the sentiment sticker from the "Lost And Found" line from 7 Dots Studio.
Here is my video so you can watch my creative process and see the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!


And that's how a pretty photo found on Pinterest has awakened some precious forgotten memories from my early childhood...

The magical pastes, their textures and colors helped to translate all these wonderful emotions to art that now decorates my house and makes me smile whenever I look at it.

I hope I have inspired you to capture your memories and make a wonderful artin this unique form!

Lots of love,
Juliya Tirskaya

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