Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Back on the Track and some Classes Updates!

Hi again!
Would you like to create a project like the one below? Learn techniques and have some serious mixed-media fun, making your fingers dirty? Well, you can as it is one of the classes I'm teaching this year - Art Celebration! 
This sample was made by me during the classes I was teaching this February in Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Yes - I do make a new sample every time, it is true! Real step-by-step process in front of your eyes!

After the break I had I'm back on the track and I'm working on finalising the schedule of my classes for 2018! My schedule for Europe has closed already, now I'm adding details to my visits overseas! Check it out!

6-11 March 2018 - Art Venture SA - Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa - booking closed
23-25 March 2018 - Classes for Творчесике люди, ST. Petersburg, Russia - bookings here! 

7-8 April 2018 - Texture and Colour - Art Workshops event, Coventry, UK - info here bookings:

1-3 May 2018 - Donna Downey Studios, Huntersville, NC, USA - bookings here!
5-6 May 2018 - Cafe Crop, Merrillville, IN, USA - more info soon
USA - schedule in progress

24-26 May 2018 - Classes at Mims Studio and Shop, Israel - more info soon!

2-3 June 2018 - Classes at AFTH, Harrogate, UK - more info soon!
16-17 June 2018 - classes for СКРАПБУСИНКА in Moscow, Russia - more info soon!

August 2018 - classes in the USA- schedule in progress

8-9 September 2018 - Classes at the Skaparlusten, Sjobo, Sweden 
21-23 September 2018 - Classes at De Scrapheap, The Netherlands
29-30 September 2018 - Classes in Valencia, Spain 

12-15 October 2018 - Classes in Colombia 

27-28 October 2018 - Classes at The Mad Scrapper, Edinburgh, Scotland 

November 2018 - classes in Australia and NZ - schedule in progress
3-4 November 2018 - Art and Soul Studio, AU
10-11 November 2018 - Artified, Melourne, AU

Will any of these places work for you?
I hope to see you in the classroom - stay tuned to see more details!
huge hugs!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Shabby Kitchen Memories

Hello Friends!
Say hello Monday and hello wonderful Juliya whose creativity never stops inspiring us all!
This project is original on many levels - you will see for yourselves when Juliya transfers you to your grandma's kitchen filled with a smell of a warm homemade cake... :)
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For today's inspiration I created a piece of home decor destined for the kitchen.
It's a decorative mixed media panel to which I attached a towel hook to make it not just pretty but also functional.
This piece was so much fun for my to make and you will be able to follow my whole process step by step in the video below.

First I primed a wood slice with Heavy White Gesso. Then, I applied the first layer of wonderful new Finnabair Plaster Paste and used 3D Gloss Gel to securely adhere an irregular pattern of little pieces of ceramic mosaic.
Apart from being an excellent adhesive, this gel medium also creates another layer on the Plaster Paste and this way adds another interesting texture.
When I was done, I rubbed some Plaster Texture Paste in between and around my mosaic tiles.
I must tell you these pastes are my new love! They are so easy to use and create really amazing textures.

I arranged my composition of a cute photo, small pieces of wood and lovely metal Mechanicals.
When I was happy with it, I could start painting and adding colors with Art Alchemy Metallique paints.
I also added some freehand stamping, some shadows with alcohol inks and rubbed in the beautiful Art Alchemy Waxes that are just perfect to create a subtle shabby, time-worn look.

I also reached for some Art Ingredients - Mica Flakes added a delicate gold glow and Splash Micro Beads make me think of pretty sugar spilled on a kitchen table. When I'm in the kitchen, it usually turns into a mess and that is left to say is "oh la la"... ;)
And now, please enjoy my short video tutorial!


I have to say I really like creating textures and making them look vintage and time-worn. 

In this piece I wanted to create a mood of an old kitchen - just think about beautiful shabby tiles which fell off in several places. 

Think traditional old kitchen equipment, shabby wallpapers, yet sunny and filled with warmth and love... A scent of a fresh pie. A small piece of childhood... :)
I hope you're feeling inspired!

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Door Tags Using Rust Pastes

Hi there Dear Readers!
I'm so happy to present Bipasha's latest art pieces and I just can't wait for you to see this... coffee scented texture magic!
Bipasha's also sharing a short video tutorial so you can follow her steps and feel inspired to make some art with us!

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Hello wonderful creatives,
Today, I decided to share with you two door tags "LOVE" and "BLISS", comparing the effects of two of the Finnabair's new Rust Pastes: Camouflage and Metal.
These tags are plywood based, so to make the surface suitable for mediums and colours, I prepped them with Black and White Gesso.
Black base tag:

Initially I adhered some stained tea bags with 3D Matte Gel onto the tag base. This Gel acts as an excellent adhesive.
Once stuck, I added some coffee stains and Art Stones for detailing. Adding coffee powder to Art Stones and 3D Matte Gel lets you achieve wonderful 'aged' textures.

Then, I stuck some metal embellishments with Heavy Body Gel. Because of its extremely thick, extra heavy body this gel medium is the perfect choice for sticking metal pieces to any mixed media project.
I used the Camouflage Rust set for the black base tag. It is so easy to create a unique steampunk, grunge or masculine project with the Rust Pastes from the Art Extravagance collection by Finnabair for Prima.

These pastes are opaque and thick with a matte, rust-like finish and they're fantastic for giving your projects a rusty texture and adding dimension.
White base tag:

For the white door tag, I used a 'Doily' stencil and created some beautiful textures with Art Extravagance White Crackle Paste mixed with some coffee powder!

I added some coffee stains with diluted coffee to reveal the cracks of the design and toned it down to match the rust colour theme.
The Metal Rust Pastes set is comparatively darker than the Camouflage one, so I used a white base to show its beautiful effect.
The best part about the newly released rust pastes is that they belong to the same colour family and if you are a Finnabair Rust Paste addict like me, there are umpteen possibilities to mix and match them.

Then, some Art Stones and embellisment were stuck to finish the composition and finally, the tag was finished with more Metal Rust Paste.
In the last step, I added some diluted White Gesso splatters on both the door tags followed by some highlights with Metallique Paints.
I have also adhered some random paper strips to add some dimension and interest.
Please, enjoy my video tutorial and see how I created these two mixed media tags step by step.


I had a blast using the new Rust Pastes and Metallique acrylic paints and I think only sky is the limit to the countless possibilities of combining these goodness or using them as a stand-alone ingredient to cook your art creations!

I hope I gave you some ideas and your creative fluids would be flowing now! :)

Sending warm hugs,

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