Saturday, 20 January 2018

Joy In The Ordinary

Hello everyone!
It's time to reach into your special little boxes and drawers and make use of all your favorite collections!
Everything might come in handy: pretty vintage buttons, feathers picked up on a walk, seashells brought home from holidays - anything that makes your heart sing - Juliya has just a perfect inspiration to turn these treasures into beautiful mixed media art! Enjoy!

PS. I hope you didn't miss the news about my brand new products! Make sure you keep an eye on this place and Prima blog for more of my new "art babies" to come! :)

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Hello friends! I'm here today to share my latest artwork. I made a very special canvas inspired by little joys that we can find on the seashore or by a river.
I love collecting all kinds of nature's treasures like twigs or seashells and I'm sure many of you will know the feeling of great joy when you find just the perfect piece for you! :)
Some people might call it trash but for others these little found objects can be a source of happiness and inspiration to make art.

I hope I'll tempt you with this project of mine to use your collections and create some great mixed media pieces!
First, on my canvas base I glued a piece of fabric using opaque matte Modeling Paste. It was very easy to arrange all the folds while the paste was still wet.
Then I added a shell that is my focal point here and all the pretty embellishments like Mechanicals, little pieces of wood, buttons and other pretty little trinkets.

Heavy Body Gel is an ideal tool for this job - glueing heavier elements is super easy with this thick gel that holds everything in place very firmly and becomes transparent when dry.
When I was happy with my composition of embellishments, I decided to make it even more interesting and wrapped the whole canvas with some white string. You will see how I did it in my video tutorial below.

Then I took a palette knife and added Art Extravagance Black Sand Texture Paste. It created a gorgeous texture imitating sand and foam.
I wanted to achieve an illusion of water running over the objects thrown ashore, an impression of foam and bubbles, the ebb and flow...
When the Black Sand Paste was dry, I whitewashed all the decorations and the paste with Heavy White Gesso and then added some White Crackle Paste.

When the Paste is dried and cracked, you can start adding delicious colors. I reached for Summer Sky Mica Powder - my favorite tone among all the Finnabair's Mica Powders that create such gorgeous sparkle and shine!
You know what happens when water plays with things for a long time? Objects lose their gloss and get covered with rust, right? Well, we do have just perfect products to create a super easy and very believable rust effect! :)
I painted the 'star' of my project - the beautiful shell with Cobalt Impasto paint and Deep Waters Metallique one. Then I decorated it with sparkly Art Ingredients Glass Glitter and Micro Beads. 
Then I added Red and Yellow Rust Pastes, tinted with Metallique and Sparks acrylic paints (see all the links below).

Finally, some accents with drybrushed White Gesso, the sentiments, a little bit of freehand stamping and my canvas was ready!
I love how everything beautifully glitters and shimmers and I'm happy with this illusion of flowing water and all the organic effects.

And now, please enjoy my step by step video!


I really like this reminder from my canvas:
Find joy in the ordinary and be curious.
After all, sometimes, for complete happiness, you just need to find this special little thing that other people might consider rubbish, but for you it's a real treasure.
A simple little joy hidden in ordinary objects...


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Friday, 19 January 2018

New Finnabair Products! - {Reveal Part 1}

My Dear Friends...
This is the time in the year when my heart starts beating really fast...
I can finally share with you the results of my long time planning, designing, testing, creative thinking and... making another of my dreams come true.
I'm incredibly proud to see how much beauty you create with all my products and it only makes me want to work even harder and provide you with even more exciting supplies and inspiring 'art babies' of mine. :)

So, please join me on this big day and as always -
please, let me know which goodies are calling your name first. :)
The second reveal is coming up on Monday so keep an eye on this place and on Prima blog!

First of all, let me introduce the new Pastes enriching my Art Extravagance line -

Rust Texture Pastes now are available in three new sets:
Metal Rust Set, Camouflage Set, and Military Set.
Each set comes with three rich colors, so you can blend and build your perfect color and texture on each project!

The Metal Rust Paste Set here includes Dark Brown, Green, and Rusty:

The Camouflage Set includes Dark Olive, Brown, and Dusty:

The Military Set includes Yellow Rust, Green-Grey and Grey:

 I hope you're getting your paintbrushes ready, are you? :)
'Cause yes, there's more!

The next product I'm introducing in 2018 is a super special Paper Texture Paste.
 Paper Paste is opaque and comes with a matte finish that creates an illusion of hand-crafted paper!
It's just perfect for creating natural looking texture and adding dimension.
It's very easy to use, simply apply with a palette knife, texture tool, or silicone brush.
You can also customize it mixing the Paste with acrylic paints, inks, mica powders and other color media.

Another new special Texture Paste to get your creativity going is the new Plaster Paste.
 All you texture lovers will jump for joy! :)
It is a buildable and sandable paste, so you can create a whole new world of textures!

Here's my new birdy canvas I created having a lot of fun with all my new goodies. :) 
A little bit of Rust Pastes for a vintage, time-worn effect and Plaster Paste to create beautiful depth and texture.
I absolutely love the super smooth finish of the Plaster Paste... When you apply it on a pregessoed surface and then treat with sand paper when dry, you will get an amazing velvety surface.
As for the new Rust Pastes, I'm the most excited about the way they can imitate the effect of old stones, moss and organically worn surfaces - so perfect for all kinds of rustic and industrial projects!
Your imagination's the limit! :)

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Don't forget to check this post on Prima blog where you will find my talented Teamies' brilliant projects in which they present the possibilities of these brand new goodies! I'm in love with each of their creations...

And yes, there's more to come! :)
See you soon

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Choose to Shine

Hi, how was your week?
I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed with your loving response to my latest paper layout... and words of support and understanding coming my way. I would never expect that, I feel so humbled and so blessed at the same time, thank you!

I take the full advantage of the fact I'm staying home in the last weeks - not only I'm able to do some more "normal everyday" stuff but I'm able to fit some pleasures between the responsibilities too! For the first time in months I was able to watch a movie in the evening for few days in a row... and go through the supplies which were waiting on my desk for far too long.
I know that I will only use the elements I can see on my table, so I get it cluttered completely in a very short time. Quite often I use the same supplies over and over again until I will clean up and "redecorate" my desk. I haven't decided yet is it a bad thing or a good thing. But it is a THING for sure!
What may be a surprise - this project has started as a very different paper layout. During the process though many things transformed, change their places - even the photo changed to the one you can see now! I think the reason is I was trying to follow an "old" idea when, in fact, the new one came and took over! I decided not to fight too much and here is the result...
I remember I've always loved this photo of my Mum.
I think it was taken in the mid-seventies, somewhere in Warsaw I guess. It's one of many she had taken in that time, but this one is a bit cheeky, it has the playful attitude I like (and let's not forget: it jumped on me when I was working on this project!). I followed the light, careless mood of it and played a lot with layers, embellishments and colours - and the effect is really soft, feminine, dynamic and a bit edgy at the same time.
I think you can see everything I had on my table that evening: there is lace, masking tape, chipboards,  metal embellishments, paper flowers, pebbles, some cut-outs... My table is one huge mess so my choice was quite wide! It was the first time I was working on the layout with "Dreamscapes" collection from 7 Dots Studio and choosing my paints and mediums I was trying to follow the beautiful colours of the background paper.
I've used the stencil and my brand new Art Extravagance Paper Texture Paste on the top of layers of tape and paints. I know I shouldn't be using yet (still a secret!) but I couldn't resist - it is so beautiful, with the delicate texture of handmade paper after drying... Anyway - I worked on my colour palette using Art Alchemy Impasto Paints, some Lindy's Sprays and finally - Sparks Paint (amazing, shiny pink tone - Butterfly Spells). To spice it up - I splattered a bit of the Red Rust Paste and sprinkled Silver Microbeads.
Transformation of the elements used on this layout was pretty spectacular - I love how random, not matching elements fit perfectly into composition if you will use a few art mediums and paint on the top of them! What is more - the whole project meant to be something very different... I decided not to stress about it at all, enjoy the ride and see where it is going to take me! I don't regret at all...
I hope you like it too!

Here is the list of the supplies I was using - linked to our Mixed Media Place Store:

One more thing - have your eyes wide open on the 19th and 22nd January - the BIG DAY of the full product reveal at Prima is coming! I can't wait!
Sending love and hugs
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