Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Poetry of Patina

Hi guys!
I'm right in the middle of my July-August US Tour - crazy busy and so thrilled to be meeting fantastic creative people during my live classes making lots of mixed media art together.
I'm sharing my adventures (and some great art) on my Instagram and facebook accounts so you can always take a peek there to see what I'm up to. :)

Today I'd like to share one of the canvases that I made for my brand new Poetry of Patina class that had its debut during this beautiful retreat in India a couple of months ago.
This piece is so much fun to make and you can still join me and create a canvas like this in one of the places I visit during my tour! Simply check the dates & venues {here}.
Curious fact: there is not a single touch of paint on this project!
So now you're probably wondering how did it all come about, right? :)
The answer is: the magic of my two sets of media from the Art Extravagance line: Rust and Patina Pastes. The whole look is completed by Art Alchemy Metallique Waxes.
This large collage on canvas is all about the rust, paint and metallic look! It's a great chance to try out a variety of techniques at once while building this dimensional, intriguing composition.

If you feel like making a bold Rust & Patina statement on a canvas and play with a range of great products and fun mixed media techniques - Poetry of Patina is the place to be! ;)
You can then use the same ways in all kinds of art projects you make - paper based creations like art journals, altered art, home decor, the possibilities are endless...
Check out the magical Pastes (and the whole Art Extravagance line) in our Mixed Media Place online store where you will also find the Pastes in jars that come in two sizes so you don't have to worry you will run out too quickly. ;)

When you follow this 'classes' thread on my blog, you will see all my posts presenting the artworks I created for my different live classes. All of these works came straight from my heart and I can't tell you enough how gratifying it is to be sharing my passion with others...

I'm wondering which of the classes I offer looks the most tempting for you? Or maybe you have already taken some - which one particularly moved your creativity?
Don't feel shy and leave a comment - I'd love to hear from you! :)


Monday, 24 July 2017

Go Off The Grid

Hi and Happy Creative Monday, everyone!
Our lovely Athanasia is here today to share some art journal summer joy. ;)
Her expressive textural new spread will surely inspire you to make more art this summer!
Hello dear friends!
Here in Greece we are in the middle of the Summertime and I'm really in a relaxed summery 'fishy' bluish mood! ;) You can tell from all my last art journal pages... :)
Today I want to share with you my last art journal page I created with lots of textures, blue shades and doodling.
I had so much fun creating this page, I hope you will enjoy the process in my video below :)
To create an interesting background I glued with the Soft Matte Gel some pieces from the Ephemera Melange package and other scraps I had in my stash.
Then I painted the whole surface with a thin coat of Heavy White Gesso as I didn't want to cover the patterns completely.
I used the 3D Gloss Gel to glue the embellishments I wanted to use, like the chipboard pieces, thread and Art Stones.
I also used the Mechanicals Screws and Stars Brads to secure the chipboard gear and the tag with the quote I wrote by hand.
I think they look so cute, especially the tag as thanks to the brad, you can turn it upwords every time you want to read the quote and then you can turn it downwards to store the mini journal.
To create more texture I used the blue shades of the Impasto Paints with the 'Cobblestone' Stencil and one of the Double Sided Texture Brushes.
I simply applied the Impasto Paints with the Silicone Brush and then with the silicone texture tool from the other side of the brush, I created the waves.
You will see how easy and fun this technique is in my video below.

To add some more color and interest, I spread some Mica Powders here and there; I used Rust, Gold and Blue from the Mica Powder Set.

Here is my video, I hope you will feel inspired and get into a summer mood just like I did!

I hope you got inspired by my art journal page and got the summery feeling and my little message written on the tag...

'Sometimes you just need to go off the grid and get your soul right'... Right? ;)


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Friday, 21 July 2017

Magical Mixed Media Drawers

Hi everyone!
Let me tell you this - Karolina's latest project will simply blow you away!
I think all altered art has a sort of a magical quality to it, don't you think?
You take ordinary/boring/ugly objects and with some paint and embellishments you can easily turn these things into completely new gorgeous creatures - pure magic! :)
Leave some love for Karolina whose artwork is not only stunning but also very easy to create - and she shares how. Enjoy!

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Hello lovely Finnabair friends!
I'm finally on my holidays and have some free time on my hands. But instead of lying on a beach, I got down to organizing my house, especially my own favorite place, the heart of the house - my studio.

I had this really ordinary plastic piece of office furniture - perfect for storage but you have to admit, plain and boring. So I decided to give it a new life and turn this ugly duckling into a mixed media beauty. ;)
I'll bet you're curious what it looked like 'before'. :) There you go:
Not very excting, is it? :) The magic trick in this case were mainly the Patina Pastes. They are so very easy to work with and you can create truly spectacular effects with them.
Here's how I did it:

No. 1
First, I gave my drawers a layer of another favorite supply of mine - Clear Gesso. It creates a clear workable surface for all kinds of products and provides a “tooth” to slick, glossy surfaces.

No. 2
When everything was dry, I glued a lot of different kinds of chipboards and Art Stones in between, all using 3D Gloss Gel as my adhesive.
No. 3  
Once everything was totally dry, I added the Blue and Mint-Green Patina Pastes and I mixed these two pastes on the background. You can decide which tone will play the main role in your project, I went for more of the Mint Green.

No. 4
The colors of the Pastes seemed a little too vibrant for me here, so I decided to add a little bit of Snow White Impasto Paint to make the tones more delicate.
A little bit of paint mixed with water is enough to make the whole piece look more harmonious.
Art Alchemy Impasto Paints are very efficient and creamy. Because the colors are so pigmented and opaque you can safely add water and paint will not lose on its quality.
For more depth, I added some Brown Rust Paste from the same set. I love this paste because it's very efficient and it gives really amazing effects when you highlight chosen details with it.

No 6
All the pretty metal Mechanicals embellishments were glued with 3D Gloss Gel and also accented with the Brown Rust Paste.
Here are some details of the final effect:

I must admit I'm really happy about the transformation of this ugly duckling into a unique decoration of my studio.

I think such drawers are a perfect solution for small studios and spaces and it's really worth making them look unique.

It's so important to add your own style to your environment and make it inspire you to feel comfortable and creative.

Be brave, you don't need too many supplies to create some magical altered art around you.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Tetiana and the Wild Sea

Hi Dear Friends!
A new art treat from my Creative Team - get ready! :)
Wild and delicate at the same time? Subtle and rough on one layout? Of course it's possible and incredibly inspiring when you follow Marta's advice and her video tutorial.
Another scrapbooking beauty for you to enjoy!

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Hello friends! It's Marta here today. 
The day I sat down to create the layout I'd like to share today was cloudy and rainy here in Poland. What a cruel and cold summer... but hey! It's the best time to create and do some artistic experiments! 
It's always better to stay at home when the weather is bad, right? So I decided to use this time creatively and here's my new scrapbooking piece.
What inspired me to create this project, was the picture of Tetiana Komarova that I've found on her Instagram account. You can see there my beautiful friend, Tetiana, and the super cool view of the beach and the stormy, wild sea in the background.

The picture really inspired me to create something wild and messy but also with an addition of some delicate accents and elements.
First of all, I've used Gesso, Light Paste (applied with a palette knife) and Impasto paints to create delicate texture and a watercolor effect on my project.
I used some water to create drips and stains of color.

Later on I've used Patina Pastes (without the Brass one this time) and applied them with a dry brush by lighty tapping the surface of my layout. It created a lovely sandy texture and added beautiful tones to my project.
I've added some adhesive canvas, tissue tape, gauze and paper elements from 7 Dots Studio Hazy Days collection to create the composition around the picture.

I've created checkered pattern applying Impasto paint through the 'Checker' stencil with a sponge.
It's such a cool way to apply color, it creates beautiful shading and it's very easy to control the placing and the amount of color you want to add.
The best part was painting the Melange Art Pebbles with Soft Satin Metallique Art Alchemy paint.
You just paint the flat part of every single pebble, let it dry - and voila! You have beautiful colorful cabochons, shining like opals!
I've adhered them to my project with 3D Matte Gel, just like the starfish and Art Stones.
I love to use White Gold Metallique Wax to make subtle accents on paper elements and the Art Stones - this trick adds an amazing shine to many of my projects.
In the video you will be able to take a closer look at how I apply Art Stones - I cover the empty spaces with 3D Matte Gel and fill them with Art Stones using a spoon - it's the easiest way! :)
Using this trick you'll be able to control the amount of Art Stones you want to add and not apply too many of them.
Enjoy the video!

There are so many creative ways to spend rainy days!

For example - why not taking a closer look at your friends' Instagram or Facebook feeds and photos, maybe you will find something that inspires you to create (and touch your friend's heart)? :)

Happy creating to you all!

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