Monday, 24 April 2017

Hearts (Hurts) To Remember

Hello my Friends!
I love Athanasia's creativity and the new piece she is showing today is a real treat - on more than just one level! :)
I'm sure many of you know the feeling (I surely do!) when the piece you're creating is making you feel frustrated and disappointed right in the middle of the process.
That's when the crucial moment happens - the point when you should not let yourself give up and get discouraged.
Athanasia's sharing her own story and a very simple hint how to save a 'ruined' page. :)
Enjoy and happy creating!

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Hello dear friends!
I love making pages in my black journal and today I want to share my newest one.
I think this is my first page themed with hearts in this journal. I usually enjoy making and painting butterflies and dragonflies...
I'm not really a 'hearts' or 'flowers' person and that's why I think I didn't like this page at first.
But I really wanted to try to save the page, so my good friend Heavy Black Gesso helped me to fix everything and turned this page to be one of my favorites.
I started by covering the page with Black Gesso as I always do in my black journal.
I used a plastic sheet to cut some hearts and glued them on the page as masks. Then I started working on my page.

I picked the Cobblestone stencil and one of the Stone Effect Pastes to create texture on the background. I love that it dries very quickly and you can work on it immediately after that.
You can still see the amazing texture these pastes give to the project, even that now they are covered with Black Gesso!

My idea was to paint inside the pattern of the stencil with different colors of the Sparks acrylic paints. I took my favorite shades and used a heatgun to dry them.
When the page was dry, I removed the mask hearts and... then was the point I started to not like the page so much... I tried to work a little bit more with white pens but nothing happened. I still didn't like it.
So, without a second thought I grabbed the Black Gesso and painted everything black.
I had nothing on my page but the texture of the Stone Effect Pastes and that was good enough to start creating a new page.
I also had aside the hearts I had removed off the page before. Thank God I didn't put them in the trash. ;)
They had on them all the beautiful colors of the Sparks I used before, so I glued them down and voila! The half of the work was done!
To decorate the page a little more, I added Art Stones and Mini Art Stones with the 3D Gloss Gel, some thread and made splashes with the Sparks here and there. 
I also used two chipboard words I had in my stash to title the project.

You can see in my video below how I built two pages into one. :)

I really love how this page turned out even if I had to make it twice.

I think the most important thing is to trust yourself and not to give up even when you think that you have reached a very dissapointing point.
There is always a way to fix things in life, especially a page in your journal - this is the easy part, right? :)
I wish you all a happy crafty day!

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Friday, 21 April 2017

Shining Star

Hello and Happy Creative Friday!
Karolina's presenting her charming new project that we hope will inspire you to do something creative this weekend!
There's a video too so you will see ste by step how Karolina created all these luscious layers. Enjoy!

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Hi everyone!
Like every proud mom I love framing the photos of my sweet little girl.
My daughter loves singing and dancing and so I wanted to create a special piece that would correspond with the lively creative personality of my little Star. :)
I decided to make a traditional scrapbooking layout with a joyful summer holiday atmosphere.
I think this amazing Cotton Candy Dreams collection from 7 Dots Studio goes here just perfectly, don't you think? All the lovely shades of turquoise and green remind me of our family holiday photos and instantly make me smile when I think of those moments.

I wanted to highlight the beautiful paper pattern and after adding a bit of light with Heavy White Gesso, I had a lot of fun playing with textures created with 2 different stencils and Art Extravagance Graphite Texture Paste.
My projects are always heavy in layers because I'm a bit of a magpie and I love tucking in a lot of pretty trinkets and embellishments that make every project so unique. And it's even better when they sparkle and shine - that's when my heart starts beating faster! ;)

In this project I used Glitter together with Art Pebbles.
I used Heavy Body Gel as my adhesive but to make my process cleaner and faster, I poured some of it into a small plastic bottle. The gel dries quite quickly and then becomes completely transparent which means it won't dull the sparkle of glitter.
Of course I couldn't do without the amazing Art Alchemy acrylic paints! I really love the fact that no matter which Opal Magic shades you pick, they perfectly complement each other which makes the whole process truly enjoyable.
I chose the colors corresponding with the papers and used them to highlight my embellishments.
I also painted some touches of pink to add some energy and contrast.
Here's my video tutorial so you can watch step by step how I created this piece.
Don't hesitate to leave any questions you might have in the comments below, I'll be happy to answer.

I just love creating scrapbooking layouts - 

the idea of showcasing a photo and capturing special personal memories really speaks to my heart and is my constant source of inspirations.

I hope my little Star inspires you too to grab some pretty papers and paints and express yourself.
Don't forget to share your art in our friendly Finnabair & Friends Open Studio facebook group!
See you there and happy creating!

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Art Celebration - Altered Brush Collage

Hi my dear ones.
Yes, I'm still away, still traveling - and I'm very happy to see some more of you this week in Minneapolis during Art Is You! Woo hoo - this is just a magical time for me and I can't wait to make my fingers dirty again!
In the meantime I'm working on the Summer 2017 USA Tour schedule - I have some of the dates for classes nailed down already... Can't wait to have it all done and let you know where you can meet me this time!

Speaking about classes - this is my next class proposal for 2017 - Art Celebration Collage, featuring a quite cool altered brush, with beautiful, rich metallic finish and my signature baroque composition!

I'm so happy to be able to share my favorite techniques during my classes with you all.
It is not only great to see you create amazing, breathtaking projects in my classroom, but I have to say that the very the process of teaching is simply priceless for me and I thoroughly love it...
I hope you can see how all these feelings translate into my works. :)
Every time when I'm working with found objects I get really excited and sooner or later I admit to myself: minimalistic compositions are not my cup of tea! ;)

In this collage/assemblage on canvas I had so much joy working with colored mediums and I hope you will have the opportunity to do it with me one day. :)

Just imagine how much fun it is to be creating layers of colors using different combinations and shades of my Art Alchemy Metallique Paints together with Metallique Waxes - the results are just magical...
Another thing that I truly love making and teaching are different kinds of textures.
In this case, I created some really great effects thanks to 3D Gloss Gel (quite heavy layers) and playing with silicone brushes, various texture tools and... a heating gun. :)
All the add-ons and pretty embellishments that always help to create the whole story are found objects and interesting little trinkets like sea shells or lost buttons + my Mechanicals and Art Pebbles - all safely glued with the infallible Heavy Body Gel.
Why I called this class Art Celebration?
Well, it's designed to ignite your imagination and help you find and enjoy the moments you forget about the world outside and simply immerse yourself in the pure joy of artmaking.

I know and cherish this feeing first hand and I'd love to share it with you all.
Will I see you there? ;)

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