10 października 2016

Folk Birds and Journal Giveaway - Finnabair Creative Team

It is time for my last project for the Creative Team. It was a wonderful time and a splendid experience for me. I’m so glad to have spend this magical era at Finanbair’s court with such merry and bright companions, sitting around a well set mixed media table...
We shared our art secrets, inspirations and a pure joy of creating. How lucky I’m to have such beautiful memories to be cherished!
As my farewell post I'd like to present Folk Birds - my alteration of an ordinary metal tin turned into a folky style container.

I started with taking off a label from a tin and cleaning it thoroughly.
Then I glued pages from vintage dictonaries around the tin using Soft Gloss Gel. Don't try to do it too precisely, a bit of imperfection here and there may only add some artistic value to your work.
When the papers dried, I put a transparent and uneven coat of White Gesso mixed with the blue Metallique Art Alchemy paint. Again - not worrying about doing it too perfectly.
I decorated the lid with similar vintage papers and attached a Mechanical cog.

I cut out and painted two birdy silhouettes and painted them with Art Alchemy acrylics.
The birds were glued down along with a metal Tin Heart to the center of the tin.
I doodled a bit and traced their shapes with a black pen and acrylics.

A round Art Pebble with a piece of vintage paper glued down underneath, was attached to the Mechanical centerpiece on the lid.
To make my tin more textural, I added a pinch of Mini Art Stones onto chosen areas.

I stamped a few vintage patterns around the focal element. Then I added highlights with delicate brush strokes of Mica Powders. They stuck perfectly to the previously painted elements.

Before I say goodbye, I'd like to celebrate my great time spent with Finnabair Creative Team with a gift for you, dear readers. :) I'm giving away a small part of my creative journey that I’m so grateful for.

If you would like to grab this Denim Journal of mine, please leave your comment below this post from 10th to 20th of October.

Have a cosy and relaxing evening!
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6 października 2016

Dryopteris filix-mas

I found this dried fern between stained pages of a herb book. Even though it had been crushed and folded, it definitely deserved to be released out of its hiding. To seal its delicate foliage the fern was coated with a layer of beeswax. Nature with its autumnal bounty is an endless source of wonderment and inspiration.
I would like to announce that the winner of the giveaway is Cindy Catania! Congratulations! Please provide me with your address and I will be glad to send you the prize.

28 września 2016

Autumn Pleasures - 7 Dots Studio Giveaway

Autumn with its all cosy pleasures is just around the corner and October is the month when new collections by 7 Dots Studio will be released. So, to celebrate these two upcoming inspirational fests, I would like to share with you a small treat based on 7 Dots Studio products. If you would like to win these goodies, please leave your comment below until Sunday, 2nd of October.
May autumn bounty fill you with joy and fulfillment!

12 września 2016

Eccentric Journal - Finnabair Creative Team

There is something very appealing in the classic denim texture. It is perfect on its own, without any transformations, but looks more sophisticated being painted and embellished.
This versatility of the wonderful Denim Journal, which can be taken with you anywhere you go, makes it a perfect canvas for your imagination – both outside and inside. So let’s give it a bit of a personal touch.

First I prepared the denim background by applying a thick coat of Black Gesso with a flat silicone brush creating rough effects. Be generous as gesso provides a waterproof resist surface for all the media to follow.
I cut a pile of collage elements (Ephemera Collectibles can serve as a great image source!) with coordinating patterned papers and arranged them on the cover glueing them firmly. I left some blank space underneath to have the denim background see through.

Then I added some colours with messy sweeping strokes. My paints of choice were Art Alchemy acrylics in blue and gold tints (see links below). They are just perfect to match the wonderful jeans shade of the journal's cover.
To add some dimensional feeling, I glued down a few Art Pebbles, a trio of flair buttons and Mechanicals Stars and Rustic Washers. I think incorporating such elements let me achieve a more vibrant and structural effect.
I had fun altering the facial features in my collage elements transforming cute faces into a bit wicked ones. I used both white and black fineliners along with watered down acrylic paints.

I finished with stamping with Vintage 'Stamps and Adverts' and handwritten ('Messy') patterns.
I also attached some black thread and sprinkled the whole composition with a pinch of Copper Glass Glitter.

I hope that you will like my version of this wonderfully versatile Denim Journal.
You can see a whole bunch of its incarnations in the hands of our Creative Team clicking on this {link}. I'm sure you will feel inspired to join us and play with Denim too!
Have a creative weekend!

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23 sierpnia 2016

Art Journaling on Sunny Meadows

Golden rays are playing on glossy pages of amazing spring issue of Art Journaling. Yes, this is the best companion for a picnic among high grass and wild flowers, where colours from the magazine are mingling into pastels of nature. Once again, thank you dear Stampington for an opportunity of being published in a such splendid magazine.

12 sierpnia 2016

Pastel Herbarium - Finnabair Creative Team

This time of year, when meadows and forests are filled with numerous species of herbs and wild flowers, I collect these treasures and keep them dried and pressed in thematical herbariums for winter days. This time I would like you to join me in a bit more creative way.
I started with sealing the page with a generous coat of Clear Gesso which is a perfect starter and doesn’t let any media soak through. This step also allows to keep visible the background underneath.
When the coat of Gesso was dry, I put a few blue Alchemy Paints in a horizontal manner.

Then I covered the blue background with White Gesso in a rather messy way, leaving some colours lurking under the white coat.
To increase the contrast, I added a drop of Black Gesso and pink acrylic paints. After such preparations I stamped horizontal patterns with black ink.

Then I glued down a poppy head chipboard and a vintage label below the plant.
To add a bit of dimension, I used 3D Gel which was put with a palette knife through a stencil.
To highlight the poppy head, I scribbled some circles and filled the plant with seeds in the shape of Black Micro Beads. Then to obtain a vintage effect, I added some tea stain drops and then covered the composition with Blue Mica Powders.

I hope that you will also find your inspiration among summer fauna and flora. Enjoy your holidays!

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