sobota, 7 października 2017

Vintage Beauty - mixed media canvas for Finnabair CT

I think that many of you have on your desk a box (or several :) ) into which you throw all the trinkets, bits and pieces and odd things that may come in handy one day... Does it sound familiar? :)

When I'm working on my projects, I often throw into my 'leftovers' box stuff that doesn't match that particular piece, things I'm too lazy to properly put away when I change my mind and all kinds of different odds and ends… :)

Today I have for you a project that was created using exactly such "unnecessary" things.

As you will see in my short video tutorial below, my background was made with leftovers from die cutting. Once I had to cut out a lot of circles and stars and I thought that perhaps one day I could use these papers in some way.

I simply glued them on my base, not caring too much how and then I covered the papers with a layer of Heavy White Gesso. This gave me great base texture and a fantastic dimensional effect.

Priming the papers with gesso made it resistant to paint and water. I knew that thanks to that, my papers wouldn't get deformed under a large amount of water and different media.

Gesso also helps to distribute the colors which would otherwise simply soak into paper. This way they beautifully highlighted the irregular surface.

The photo that is the focal point of my composition was painted with Clear Gesso. When it dries, it turns glossy photos into matte ones and I really love this effect, I think it adds to the vintage look.

Art Alchemy Waxes are always the perfect medium I reach for to add eye-catching final touches. You can use them to create the shading or highlight all the elements you'd like to accentuate (paper, metal, resin - any kind of surface really).

I usually end working on a piece with splashing some white ink and adding a touch of white gesso here and there, I feel it makes the whole work more cohesive.

Here's my step-by-step video - I hope you'll enjoy!

So open up your junk boxes, pick some items and act! 
I'm sure you'll quickly find some treasures in your 'trash'. ;) 

I hope that my project and the video will inspire you to use and re-use some pretty bits and pieces.

Happy creating!

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poniedziałek, 25 września 2017

Journey - Scrapki-wyzwaniowo September challenge

this mont our them at Scrapki-wyzwaniowo blog is JOURNEY.
You can create any project you want inspired by the theme - we accept layouts, cards, off-the-page projects, altered art, ATC, albums, collages, and more.


European manufacturer, that create scrapbooking lines consist of papers, stickers, die-cut elements, stamps, stencils and chipboard. Creative and passionate crew works to bring you inspiring products, that will make your creativity blooming. 

UmWowStudio is a family owned business out of Las Vegas, NV. The production is specialized in laser cut chipboard embellishments and masks for the paper crafting and mixed media community.

First Prize
sponsored by 7 Dots Studio

Second Prize
sponsored by UmWowStudio

Random Prize
sponsored by 7 Dots Studio

 Good luck to all of you!

Please check our rules here. The most important rules:
1. You can create any project you want, unless it is specified in challenge rules. 
2. Each person can enter with one project per month
3. To enter the challenge please: 
create a project
publish it on your blog together with a link to our challenge and a visual reminder for our challenge 
- add a link to your blogpost (not a whole blog) using Inlinkz tool - you will find it below each challenge and in right column of our blog.

You have time till September, 30th, 23:55 CET.
Please link directly to a blog post with your project. Thank You.

sobota, 23 września 2017

Sisterly Love - mixed media butterfly - Finnabair CT

today I have for you a very joyful flowery project that I created to capture a special moment and a very important relationship in my life.

I used a photo that was taken at my sister's wedding last August. It was such a happy day for my family so I really wanted to capture this joy.
I still have a lot of photos from the ceremony, so be ready for more art!

As the base for this project I used a flat wooden butterfly.
I covered it with White Gesso and added the colors using new Art Alchemy Impasto Paints.
They are awesome for they come in strong, saturated colors and even after you add water, they remain vibrant. What I really love about these paints is that using them with water you can create beautifully delicate watercolor-like effects with a permanent finish when dry!

The main decoration for this project are Mechanicals elements, paper flowers and chipboards plus pieces of gauze and string to add even more interest and variety.
I covered the embellishments with gesso which made it easier to paint them the way I wanted. Gesso is ideal to prepare any kind of surface to accept all kinds of color media.

The final touches were made with Art Alchemy Aged Brass Wax.
I simply added it here and there, emphasizing not only the details of the fine elements, but also the whole butterfly.

Here's a video I made especially for you so you can follow the whole creative process.
Enjoy and feel inspired!

As you can see, capturing special moments in your life doesn't have to be limited to a traditional square scrapbooking layout...

Use your imagination and have fun translating your memories onto different shapes of bases.
A little bit of paint and some of your favorite pretty trinkets and voila, you end up with a unique piece of art!

Happy creating!

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czwartek, 21 września 2017

Watercolor memories - scrapbooking layout

Hello friends!

Today I have for you a new layout.
Very colorful, cheerful, rich, with many layers.
I used one of my favorite 7 Dots Studio collection - Lost&Found.
The watercolor effect I got with amazing Twinkling H2O's paints from ColourArte.

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środa, 13 września 2017