Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Beautifully Rust Painted

Hi there, creative people!
I'm back home for a short moment after teaching 4 classes during a fabulous event organised by The Mad Scrapper in Edinburgh... yes, September is a very busy month for me for sure! After the Summer break I'm back on the track with my classes - and the whole Autumn us now open for bookings as well as the beginning of the next maybe it's a good idea to check what I am up to? Here you can find the updated schedule for the coming months - I hope you will be able to find something for yourself!

Today I have a project which is quite special for me - this weekend it was the first time I was able to teach my brand new "Rust Painted" collage class... I love the process and I have to say I love the results too - all the projects of my students looked just FABULOUS - so I can take a deep breath now and wait for the next time!
Here you can see the sample I've done this weekend in the classroom - it is full of textures, layers and elements - just as I love. I made sure I picked the colour palette which was different from the original project I'd made at home getting ready for this class - I adore the blue and purple tones with the accents of rust - it is just perfect combination, I think!
Looking closer at the details you can see how all the embellishments I've used - mostly my Prima Mechanicals and Art Pebbles come beautifully together under the coats of Art Basics Heavy Gesso, Art Alchemy Paints (Metallique and Opal Magic Range) and finally - splatters and drips of Art Extravagance Rust Effect Pastes
It is elegant and feminine yet harsh and grungy - eclectic and inspiring mix, great to try techniques which will be easy to transfer to many, very different in mood projects!
On the bottom of the long canvas, you can see the details of the background techniques - some strips of paper, lace pieces and finally intriguing, dimensional drips. All of that combined with a bunch of embellishments of all sorts and sizes gave the project my "signature" baroque look. It was a great experiment to break this design with a bit of unkempt, edgy look of the rust - the feeling of the collage changed dramatically. A refreshing, inspiring and cool concept, I think - surely I have to come back to this idea!

If you feeling inspired after "looking over my shoulder" and - maybe - you'd like to create this project with me you can check where my travels in the next months are going to take me... or if you prefer to learn in the comfort of your own home - you can try one of my 2 online classes - "Imagine" collage or "Book of Possibilities" - altered book. They are almost like sitting in your own private classroom!
I hope to see you soon - in person or virtually - don't be shy and try!

Sending warmest possible hugs and wishing you all a great, creative week.

P.S. Do you remember about my Crative Team Call? 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Secret Garden

Hi there Friends!
First of all, have you heard about my open Creative Team call? :)
For more details, please check this post!
I'd like to send a super warm thank you to all of you whose applications are already in our mailbox -
- I'm really touched by such a lively response and I will take a close look at every single email. :)

Feel brave and don't think twice! Write your email - maybe YOU are the hidden gem I'm looking for this term?! :)

And now - get ready for a super special art treat from my Creative Team!
Uber talented Kassa created a fairytale project that will absolutely tempt you to grab some brushes this week! Enjoy...

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Hi there lovelies, I'm so happy to be back over here again and share a little bit of my imagination with you all - a little eerie secret garden...
I've been wanting to create a mini garden for little people for sometime now. When I was young I longed for the Borrowers to live in my house and be my secret friends and then there was the book/tv adaptation of the Secret Garden that I loved too and now I have merged the two together.
I finally found what I had been waiting to find for this creation to get started - 3 lovely corroded rusty objects found in our back garden. And here's how they ended up after adding some mixed media magic:
This is how it all happened:

Step 1
I gathered a few rusty found objects that I have horded away: the curly ring binder, bent old nails, and along with the Finnabair Mechanicals Lotus Flowers & Grungy Butterflies I gave them a coat of Clear Gesso.
The Clear Gesso seals the rusty particles that are dropping from the found objects and provides the perfect flat matte base ready for the Waxes in the following steps.

Step 2
Once the gesso was clear and dry, I started to adhere the Lotus Flowers to the nails.
I used a tiny amount of hot glue along with the 3D Matte Gel. The hot glue dries fast and secures the flower to the nail whilst the 3D Gel will have the secure lasting glue effect. If I only used the hot glue, the flower would fall away from the nail pertty quick, 3D Gel is like super glue!
Step 3
Next I assembled all the found objects in place with the hot glue, carefully holding them in place until the glue dried solid.
I placed flowers in between and around the curly wire which looks kinda cool. The butterflies I sit grouped together like a little cosy family and perched lonesome for a more stark effect too.

Step 4
To make sure everything stays in place I added the 3D Matte Gel in and around where I have paced the hot glue. I didn't worry that I applied a touch too much gel because the next couple of steps took care of that, quickly I moved on to the next steps before the Gel dried.
Step 5
I placed Mega Art Stones in the 3D Gel that has spilled over and I also placed 2 or 3 stones into the flower cups.
I took a few steps back to see where more Stones were required to add balance & harmony to my growing garden.

Step 6
Again moving quickly before the gel set, I sprinkled Mini Art Stones over the Mega Art Stones and as the 3D Gel wasn't dry yet, the mini stones adhered perfectly in and around the larger stones making for a perfect combo!

I added more Mini Art Stones by placing a blob of the Soft Matte Gel onto my work surface and a heap of Mini Stones next to the gel. I kept dabbing my brush into both and basically painted and dabbed the Stones onto the surfaces. This way the stones adhere quickly, make less mess and catch in tiny crevices.
Step 7
I waited over night for everything to dry. I couldn't use my heat gun because of the heat, metal and hot glue combo would mean everything would collapse in a heap, I needed the 3D Matte Gel to work it's magic.
Once dry, I applied the Aged Brass Wax with an old paint brush to everything, blending the Fire Ruby Wax for shots of strong color, White Gold for highlights and Mystic Turquoise to create depth and shadow. I don't rub the wax in too much as I want it tacky for the next step...

Step 8
Quickly before the wax set, I dusted in the Mica Powders here and there with a paint brush which added a magical sparkle to the high shine of the waxes, a stunning combination and a vibrant color effect! Such a quick and easy technique giving results that look like they took longer to achieve. ;)
Step 9
So I can't resist a little paint and the perfect pot was the one with a magical twinkle of Dragon's Eye Art Alchemy Sparks. Just a dribble here and there but for sure a drop inside the Lotus Flower cups. 
The Blue Patina Paste and the Gold Rust Effect Rust Paste added the Va Va Voom whilst still maintaining the grungy appeal - I used sparingly as makes for a greater pop!

Step 10
Whilst everything dried, I chose my little people from the Ephemera pack, cut them out, scribbled them with a little color using the Oil Pastels and Gelatos before adhereing in place.
The pastels and Gelatos are ideal to scribble extra highlights, depth and color.
Finally, using a paintbrush I splattered with watered down Black and White Impasto Paints.
Welcome to my magical garden! :)

I do hope I've managed to pique your childlike imagination.

Going back and exploring childhood memories has made for a very happy Kassa, it's took me back a fair few years and brought big smiles to my face.

I've layered so much of my favourite media and that always brings joy to my heart when the results sing and dance with color.
Have a beautiful, color filled journey my friends! I'd love to see your creations up over in the Finnabair & Friends FB group sometime soon...
xoxo Kassa

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Finnabair Is Looking For Artists!

My dear Friends... the time has come! :)
Yes indeed, it's that time of year when I send out an open Creative Team call!
I know you've heard me say it before, but honestly, ever since I started my life as a designer, I've been truly blessed to be surrounded and supported by amazing people...
All of my Creative Team members so far have been exceptional artists with talent, vision and passion to share mixed media inspirations with the world. I couldn't be prouder to have these brilliant people promoting my products and create all those art wonders we have all been admiring regularly...

So this is exactly who I am looking for this new term:
* people with passion for mixed media ready to share their love for art
* people with strong social media presence
(most of all: blog, facebook, instagram, you tube, pinterest)
* those with good photography/video making skills
* fluent English
* creative individuals willing to share their ideas with the world

Being part of Finnabair Creative Team means:
- You will get the chance to work with the most supportive and friendly Team of artists and share your art with the worldwide audience.
- You will have the possibility to present your creations on my blog and all the related social media + take part in all the publications and events co-hosted with Prima
- You will enjoy complete artistic freedom and the possibility to make art using a wide range of my products.

If you feel this Team is the place for you:
* Please send your application to:

* Attach 4-5 photos of your most representative works + links to all your social media.

We'll be waiting for the submissions till the end of September.
Then you have to be patient as there are always loooads of letters to read and we want to be thorough.
The new Team will be revealed beginning of October.

You may also want to point to anything you'd like us to see on your Instagram using these hashtags:
We'll be keeping a watchful eye! ;)

So are you ready to spread your wings with us? :)
Can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Struggling - mini collage (altered chopper)

Hi, my dear ones.
I'm back with a small collage on a bit unusual surface - I picked one of my flea market findings off my wall and decided to work directly on the old kitchen tool! I'm not 100% sure what kind of knife or chopper is it but when I saw it waiting for someone to adopt it on one of the car boot sales I knew I had to take it home... so here it is!
It's not easy to explain the inspiration behind it - if I can I always try to create following my moods and feelings, and this time was no different. I've picked the first elements that were calling my name, I added the text I've found in my little tin box - I think the closest translation of these Polish words will be "she is struggling/swaying" - and that would describe me in the last days or weeks perfectly. It was meant to be, I believe!
I didn't use many supplies to decorate it, to be honest. I loved the look of it anyway and I didn't want to cover it too much. I didn't even touch the old wooden handle - I've just picked the photo and focused on creating a small composition on the old, rusty and dirty blade.
I've used mostly only layers of old lace, metal embellishments (Mechanicals from Prima) and delicate touches of Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel, to add extra texture to the blade of the rustic tool. I'm really happy with the choice of the stencil with some text - I think it is adding a lot to the whole look, it's intriguing, a bit mysterious.
All the colours you can see are a mix of my favourite, home-made tea stain (very strong black tea infusion), Art Extravagance Patina Effect Paste and Rust Effect Paste diluted with some water. I love the look I achieved on the lotus flowers - aren't they amazing?
Extra metallic touches are done with Art Alchemy Wax- in Rich Copper Colour. I added just a tiny bit, to match the natural colours of the nails in the wooden handle.

Have you got any items which are waiting to be used or decorated for ages? Maybe it is time to take the dust off them and put them on your table, so they will finally have a chance to shine, to go to full glory? Looking through your hoarded supplies, findings and "I'lluseits" may be a great source of inspiration and surprises... how many times you re-discover the things which you completely forgot you have? It's the story of my life!

Here is the short list of the supplies I've used for this project - all linked to Mixed Media Place Store of course!

Wishing you all a great, creative week... btw, make sure you will check this space this Friday, something BIG is coming!
huge hugs
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