piątek, 11 sierpnia 2017

Sisterhood - mixed media canvas for Finnabair Creative Team

Hello friends!

It's time for my new post for Finnabair Creative Team! :)

I'll bet each of you have been in such a situation at least once - you are starting a new project and from the beginning something keeps going wrong… Your initial plans were completely different and nothing seems to be working. Well, I know this feeling, too :) 

The base of this project is a canvas that I started a few weeks ago. Nothing special, right? The colors went wrong and nothing made sense in general... I just threw it under the desk.


However, because I hate to waste materials and don't like giving up, I took this canvas out and decided to give it another chance.

It was definitely a better day and after choosing the photo, it all went swimmingly. These two sweet girls are my friend's daughters and I think they will like this canvas very much.



I started by painting everything with Heavy White Gesso - it's every mixed media artist's best friend and always comes to the rescue when you want to cover or hide any unwanted parts.

Here and there the original color was showing but this time it went with my new vision.

My next step was playing with the Mica Powders and pigments. I chose some colors and created a new background. You will be able to see how I did it in the video below.


This project is very rich. I used a lot of chipboards that I painted with watercolors to make them match the project.

And of course - I couldn't do without flowers that I love so much! Not only are they pretty, but also work just perfectly to fill in all the empty places and to create layers and dimension. I covered all my flowers here with the gesso to make them blend in more with this project.

The last step was to sprinkle them with Glass Glitter which created an amazing effect.



I also made my own embellishments with the beautiful metal Mechanicals Lotus flowers. In the middle of each flower I put the clear Art Pebbles, their bottom painted with Art Alchemy Sparks paints. They look unbelievable, you should really try this trick!

These paints are also perfect for splashing, leaving beautiful delicate and shiny dots.




And now, please enjoy my video and if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer in the comments below.


So remember - if you have any projects that you think went wrong for some reason, don't give up on them and don't throw them away!

Simply grab a paintbrush plus some white or black gesso and give them a new life. :)

Happy creating!


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sobota, 22 lipca 2017

Make a wish - Sizzix Creative Team

Hello friends, 
it's time for my new project for Sizzix.


Today I have for you a very classic scrapbook page. I didn't use many "media" products, only watercolor paints and distress inks. 

For the first time I made a layout with downloaded papers I printed  at home. On the Sizzix site you will find many designs, I used a new collection - School's Out and something form the archive - Nautical and Rustic Wedding collections.


I also made for you quick and easy video tutorial, how to make a lovely watercolor effect on your dies cutouts. You'll find it below.







Photo credits: Oleg Baliuk

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niedziela, 16 lipca 2017

Tick tock… - mixed media clock with Art Alchemy Waxes

Hello,

I'm in love with this 3D clocks from EgoCraft and decided to make another one - this time a big one.
Few days ago I showed you a small & rusty --> click!

I used a lot of Finnabair products to achieve this look - mainly Art Alchemy Paints and of course - waxes! I remind you that this clock is made of cardboard, but thanks to paints and waxes we have the end result like this :)

It was really difficult to take a pictures, but here are the best ones.








poniedziałek, 10 lipca 2017

Summer Vibes - mixed media layout, Finnabair Creative Team

Hello friends,

in my today's post on Finnabair blog I'd like to share a new layout of mine - I felt like creating something with a fresh, energetic summer mood. The picture I used is a photo taken in my hometown. This is one of my favorite themes and I think it works really great in both - modern and vintage styles.




Some time ago I got a gelli plate. If you don't know it, it's a piece of something resembling gelatin and it is used for monoprinting. You can get some really spectacular effects using this tool.

I've had it for quite a while but somehow all this time I was afraid to use it... ;) But when new Impasto Paints fell into my hands, I knew it was THAT moment!

I mixed three colors - Azure, Cobalt and Snow White - and created the background for my composition. Thick Impast Paints seem perfect for this technique.

You will be able to watch how I did it in my video below - you will see that it is very easy and the effect is very interesting, although slightly unpredictable. The white dots were added at the very end with acrylic ink.




In this project I also wanted to show you how I create depth in my artworks on paper. My works are always very dimensional, with built-up layers of chipboards, piece of papers etc.

Basically, all you have to do is to separate each layer with small pieces of cardboard and then your work will immediately gain this unique 3D quality that makes it look so much more interesting.



I hope you will feel encouraged by my art adventure today and in your next project feel brave to try to use something that scares you. Dare to experiment, try out a new tool or technique - if you have fun and learn to enjoy the process, I'm sure the effects will be wonderful :)

Here's my step by step video, I hope you will enjoy it and feel the Summer Vibe ;) If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below - I will be happy to help.