Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Authentic - Vintage, Rust and my Creative Gear...

Hi again my dear ones!
It's been a while since I was showing my project on the blog - those of you who follow me on social media could notice I've had some health issues I had to take care of in the last weeks and I'm not only far away from home but also simply not able to be up-to-date with everything. I'm sorry for this, but I'm sure you can understand!

This project I've made a few weeks ago, just when I got new 7 Dots Studio collection - "Nothern Lights" in my hands. I loved everything about it: colour palette, design, details. When I took a closer look at one of the papers I noticed that the pattern on it resembled the background of one of my family photos... that was it: perfect inspiration for a heavy, grungy and masculine project - with a touch of creative madness!
If you will take a closer look at the details here you may notice I didn't really use many "branded" embellishments here. All the layers are made with broken or torn leftovers, strips, found elements and      "junk" I could find on my table. There are rusty nails, Christmas tree candle-holder, an old watch, wire, broken frame, some metal mesh and many many more... can you see scraps of lace and cotton thread too?
I found a tiny piece of ephemera - mini-calendar page dated 1937 - and I had to use it of course! It is another great "personal touch" on this project. It goes perfectly with my rusty paper clip, pieces of old paper, strips of canvas and cotton band-aid. Seriously - I had so much fun putting it all toghether!
My colour palette is not very rich this time - I focused mostly on following the tones of background paper and shades of rust. I used my favourite brown stain - very strong tea infuse I make at home myself and added a bit of Lindy's Moon Shadow Mists in corresponding colours. There is a coat of Art Basics Clear Gesso on the entire background paper - it was important to "impregnate" it a bit when I was planning to pour so much te and spray on it, right?
I've also added some Art Basics White Heavy Gesso to lighten up the pattern of the paper in the place I was planning to put my composition - that helped me work on the rich and dimensional composition without losing the focal point.
The final look is heavily inspired by the rusty elements of my project - and I used Art Extravagance Rust Effect Paste to add the final touches. I simply love how beautifully it is diluted by water, creating natural, vintage-industrial look! Perfect match!
My point here is you DON'T NEED tons of expensive supplies and materials to create art. Just look at my choice here - only 2 elements here are "branded embellishments" (well 2 and a bit - a small piece of resin frame had to be an embellishment too - sometime in the past). What really counts is the design, idea, imagination - and finding a way to make it all work. This is my creative drive, my biggest joy - using elements and pieces which are usually thrown away and putting them together, painting, decorating - until I'm happy with the result. With proper adhesives, a bit of primers (Gesso), good paints and special effects you can create amazing, beautiful work - on a budget. Let yourself be inspired by the things around you - and create!

Here are the supplies I was using for my project - all linked to Mixed Media Place Store:

Sending you hugs and all my love

Monday, 11 December 2017

Magic Rust and Patina

Hi there Friends!
Get ready to be amazed! This Monday the inspiration comes from our talented Olya who's sharing her brand new project reviewing and having mixed media fun with my Rust and Patina Effect Pastes.
I just love Olya's creations and I'm sure you'll feel inspired to make some special effects art. :)

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Hello Dear Friends!
Today I'd like to remind you of some of the best products from Finnabair - Rust and Patina Effect Pastes. They are very versatile so perhaps you will use them to create some wonderful decorations for Christmas!
Today I'd like to show you my project in which I combined both kinds of Pastes - I know many people love using these two effects of Rust and Patina together.
I must say that I fell in love with these products the very first time I used them. 
Each jar has a different paste texture and it's so much fun to work with! You get three different Pastes in each set so you can combine different colors and textures to suit your preferences and I think it's really awesome and offers endless possibilities!
I also really like the volume you can add to your projects with these pastes. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating my little tags.
I used fabric as the base for my background - it looks really interesting when covered with different media.
I glued the fabric to the base, covered it with Heavy Black Gesso and dried it well.
Then I used Graphite Texture Paste with "Honeycomb" and "Bubbles" stencils to create a beautiful texture. I really like these stencils, they are so universal! I love it that when the texture paste dries, it becomes black and shimmering.
I also covered the decorations for the tags with Black Gesso - I used IOD moulds, Mechanicals metal embellishments and a few cut out letters. I created my composition making layers of different materials and going a little bit over the edges of the tag.

To make the textures even more beautiful I like to use stunning Art Stones. It's another super versatile product - they come in 3 sizes so you can mix and match and use them for all kinds of projects.
I mix them with Soft Matte Gel as its fine texture doesn't block the stones and firmly holds them in place. Also the gel becomes completely transparent when it dries.
My next step was adding some color and I used the incredibly beautiful colors of Mica Powders. From the Mica Powder Set I chose two colors - Gold and Rust. They shine amazingly on the black background created with gesso - I love this effect!

When all the preparations were done, I could start the most pleasant part - applying the Pastes! :)
One tag has the Patina ones as the main theme, the other one emphasizes the Rust effect, but I also mixed the two sets with each other to make the overall look even more varied and interesting.

Some pastes are thicker, the other are smoother, they are shiny and matte and all this together creates an incredibly beautiful effect.
You can also use each jar separately if you feel like it and work on practically any kind of project. Believe me, you will not remain indifferent once you try playing with these fantastic Pastes!
In the end, I added a bit of White Gesso to the patina tag to highlight the textures. Then I fixed the tags on black cardboard. Now, they decorate my desk. :)

In order for you to see the magic of these pastes, I created a step by step video. I hope you will fall in love with these products just like me! Enjoy!


I hope I inspired you to play with this amazing pastes and you are ready to create new masterpieces! :)

Let your day be filled with new ideas and inspiration.
Be creative and have fun with your art!

With love, Olya

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Altered Toolbox

Hi there Dear Friends!
This December my Creative Team is here to inspire you to find some time in your busy December schedule to make some art with us. Karolina came up with this gorgeous new mixed media project that proves that cleaning and organizing your studio can be creative fun too! ;) You'll love it!

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Welcome to the mad pre-Christmas period. I'm crazy busy and one of the things on my to do list is to finally finish organizing my studio.
One of my ideas to get it done and have some creative fun along the way was to make this December project for Finnabair Team - it's an altered toolbox that is just a perfect solution to store all kinds of brushes, pens, scissors and other necessary art tools.
I started by adhering some pretty decorative paper from 7 Dots Studio on the sides of my box. I did it with 3D Matte Gel which is great not only to glue things but it also secures the paper and I really love its matte finish.

Then I prepared all the surfaces for all the paints to come painting the box with White Gesso. When you do that, remember to check if your gel medium is well dried.

I also distressed the surface a little and you will be able to see how I did it in the video below.

In this project I had so much art fun painting with beautiful matte Art Alchemy Impasto Paints. These paints come in rich colors and have lovely thick and creamy consistency. They are so easy to work with, it's just enough to add a little bit of water to easily spread them over the surface. You will find which paints I used in the product list below.
As I can't resist adding a little bit of sparkle and texture, I added accents of Sparks Unicorn's Hair paint through the Checker stencil and Modeling Paste through the Cut & Paste one.

I also mixed some Vintage Pink Mica Powder with Heavy Body Gel to use through another stencil. The gel is thick so it's very easy to apply it and you can of course choose any color of the powder to suit your project. You can see all the amazing possibilites of Mica Powders in this video that Anna made.
Then I added all kinds of embellishments I glued with Soft Gloss Gel that is great especially for all the heavier elements like Mechanicals. I also used it to glue different sizes of Art Stones here and there - a little touch that creates beautiful details and interesting textures.

My final touches were a little bit of White Gesso here and there, sprinkling accents of color with Mica Powders and spraying them with water and finally, some Clear Crackle Texture Paste on the corners.

Please enjoy my short video and see step by step how I created my special mixed media toolbox.

I really love my new organizer but I must admit that I'm also wondering how long it will take me to make some huge mess on my desk again... ;)

I hope I inspired you to play with paints and other media and find some time to make art in December!

Happy creating!

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