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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13 lipca 2016

Birds of a Feather - Finnabair Creative Team

Eggs, birds and nests are nature lover’s best friends. Rust pastes, acrylics paints and tiny beads are mixed media lover’s best friends. Let’s see what we get when we join them in one place...


The base of the focal nest composition is a small old baking tin. It was a bit time-worn already but together with my companions called Rust Pastes, I covered the whole tin with a chunky coat making it even more distressed.
When the tin was drying I started working on something which could be put underneath the nest. I glued down a piece of tree bark together with a chipboard ornament, then I painted the whole with Rust Pastes.
When the media were not completely dry and still sticky, I sprinkled the composition with a pinch of bronze Micro Beads to add some rough feel.


I glued down the tree bark, the rusty tin and the nest filled with eggs, feathers and strips of vintage papers. I used Heavy Body Gel which is a really strong adhesive and then I painted the whole with blue Art Alchemy Paints.
I needed something which could hold the mentioned composition in its place and  I chose a frame which was painted with White Crackle Paste and immediately sprinkled with Art Stones in different sizes.
When it dried, I used watered-down Art Alchemy paints to even particular elements of the assemblage.


A chipboard bird turned out to be a perfect addition to the nest gathering. It was painted with paints, then stamped with black ink and finally covered with crackling medium. After such preparations I fixed the bird along with trio of cones to the frame.
To finish the whole I started with staining chosen areas with strong coffee. I also added a few pieces of golden foil which went together nicely with copper Micro Beads and long feathers.


I hope that my work will inspire you to fly away with your creative spirit.


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PS. Hope you haven't missed the news about our Denim Journal challenge! Join in the creative fun! (there's still time till July 20th)

3 lipca 2016

Tower of Wisdom

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau
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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau
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'It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.' 
Henry David Thoreau

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau
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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau
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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau
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Fortune-teller collection is truly versatile and lets creative juices flow. Its outstanding graphics offer so many artistic and messy outcomes in journaling. Together with Homegrown elements they are a couple which is second to none.

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20 czerwca 2016

Summer Solstice - Finnabair Creative Team

The upcoming time of solstice is a celebration of the Sun – the force that is now taking control over the whole nature. In ancient times it was believed that this day marked the marriage of the Earth and heavens and was thus celebrated with dances and bonfires.
Why not celebrate the Midsummer evening with paints and brushes? The solstice itself was my inspiration while working on my canvas.


I started with gluing down a vintage page on the lower part of a regular canvas panel. The upper part was painted with White Gesso with an aim to create a tooth for other media to follow.
Using a stencil along with copper and brass colors of Art Alchemy acrylic paints, I created the background for a lunar composition. I hightlightened chosen areas (mainly the edges) with blue and turquoise paints from the Alchemy line.


Creating the heart of the lunar composition meant stamping a bold fortune teller pattern with black ink in the upper part of the canvas. Then I used a walnut ink when stamping with handwritten motifs from Messy stamp on the vintage paper’s borderline.
When it came to the solar part, I decided to use one of Art Pebbles. I glued down a depiction of the Sun together with a dried fern using 3D Gel which holds firmly all the collage pieces and dries transparent.


To add some interest to the composition, I fixed the moon’s silhouette with Mechanicals Stars above and dried peas below.
Then my desire was to obtain both lunar beams and golden sunny rays effects. The shimmering Mica Flakes with their delicate pearly structure turned out to be the best solution.
All these dimentional elements were painted with either Rust Pastes or patina like acrylic paints. Dripping a few tea stain drops helped create a more even and aged overall look.


Here are some details of my collage:


Happy - and Creative - Summer Solstice!

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