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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11 czerwca 2016

Night Garden

There is something appealing in wild gardens where nature sets its own rules in this haven for omnipresent wildlife. There is something mysterious in secret paths leading through cascades of grass, flowers and leaves. There is something delightful in herbal oils which waft in the air filled with bees and butterflies. Maybe everything is made out of magic which we are often not able to see?

I feel so honoured to be asked to represent 7 Dots Studio as its ambassador. This fact makes my hearts sings. I belive that the whole new team will bring you a lot of inspiration. 
Have a magical weekend my dear readers!

2 czerwca 2016

Celestial Rust - Finnabair Creative Team

The base of this small assemblage is a wooden tray that actually used to be a cheese packaging... 
You can find quite unusual art materials being an upcycling lover, don’t you think?

I started with applying a thick coat of Modeling Paste onto the tray’s surface. Its sticky consistency perfectly grabbed a spoonful of both sorts of Art Stones – these tiny and bigger ones. Modeling Paste may also serve as a great adhesive – a trio of washers from the Mechanicals collection was firmly attached to its place. Then I fixed two rusty stars to the tray’s edges.

When the composition was dry, it was painted with Brass and Copper Art Alchemy Paints. I also enhanced the dimensional effect with light hand brush strokes in Blueberry and Navy shades.

In the meantime I boosted the textural effect by adding a pinch of Micro Beads around the washers. I glued down some astrology related graphics underneath Art Pebbles and attached them to the Mechanicals thanks to Heavy Body Gel. My celestial work was ready!
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Products used: Art Basics: Heavy Body Gel 963040, Modeling Paste 961411; Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints: Eggplant 963149, Deep Waters 963118, Brass Hardware 963095, Steampunk Copper 963064; Mechanicals Rustic Washers 963422; Micro Beads – Copper 962579 and Bronze 962586; Art Stones 963705, Mini Art Stones 963712, Art Pebbles 963323