Monday, 18 December 2017

Mixed Media Moth

Hi there everyone!
Juliya's artwork for today absolutely blew me away - and you will very quickly guess why! :)
I love this project on so many levels and I'm definitely feeling inspired - I hope you will want to try something new today.

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Hello friends!
How are your preparations for the holidays going?
I've already played with the theme of the New Year but waiting for Christmas celebrations, I wanted to make something magical and unusual...
I really love the idea of textile moths but I cannot use a sewing machine and I had no suitable fabrics at home. 
And then I thought: here are the paints, here is the texture paste and so many of my favorite mixed media products, why not creating a mixed media moth?! :)
Please, meet my special new little friend. :) 

I drew the wings and the body on paper and used as templates to cut the shapes out of canvas - for the wings and faux fur for the moth's body. 

To create the beautiful texture for the wings, I applied Modeling Paste through the 'Flourish' stencil, then I added two layers of Impasto paints - Jade and Aubergine, one on top of the other. The trick is to use a wet wipe later on - it allows the textural pattern from the stencil to reveal its shape and you can create some really gorgeous shading with your chosen colors.

I really love this effect, I think it looks a bit like a vintage shabby shic fabric with embroidered patterns.
Then I glued the wings and quickly made a decorative stitch. It's best to do it fast because when the wings are well dried, it is very difficult to sew by hand through the hard paste, paints and canvas.
I also sewed the wings onto the furry body.
For me, the most delicious part of the creative process always comes at the end - when it's time decorate! :)

It was such a pleasure to arrange all the embellishments on my little moth - Micro Beads, Glass Glitter and Glitter added a beautiful magical shine and shimmer! 
Mechanicals Tin Heart and a filigree, a couple of transparent drops, stickers from 7Dots Studio - that's all the decor. 
In the end, it is necessary to swipe everything with a dry brush and some White Heavy Gesso, giving the toy a more shabby appearance.
I also dry brushed White Gesso on the reverse side and added another color of Impasto Paint - Heather on the body and a little on the wings.
The final touch was made with Art Alchemy Waxes - it's a perfect finish for all kinds of projects.
 Please watch my short video in which you will see how my little mixed media creature came about.

I had a lot of fun making my mixed media moth and I hope that you will like my idea. 

Is there a project you've always wanted to make?
Don't wait any longer and don't be afraid to try new things.
Just grab some mixed media and let creativity bring you joy!  

Merry Christmas to everyone!


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Friday, 15 December 2017

An Old Book of Alchemy

Hi Friends!
You know how much I love vintage books and turning them into unique pieces of book art. There are so many creative possibilities to do that...
So imagine my delight when I saw Bipasha's breathtaking creation for today's post! I'm sure you'll instantly fall in love with this project too!

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Hello wonderful creatives! 
I know many people - even artists - balk at cutting up a book. To them, books are sacred. But as a person who haunts yard sales, flea markets, old book stores, library sales, and the like, I can tell you: there are a lot of old books out there looking for homes, and the majority are going nowhere fast.
I feel it is better to keep a book forever on the shelf (or in a box), unread and unnoticed, or give it new life by using its components to make a book that's a work of art.
At the very outset, its a good idea to prep your hard book cover with gesso.
If you have a cloth bound book like the one I've used here, you will probably not want to prep your book cover using gesso or paint. Also, if you want to use the title of your book, you may not want to gesso it - it's all up to your creative intuition. I have embellished across it to create an altered look.
I started with putting the metal embellishments, Art Pebbles, some findings & lace trims that seemed to match the composition in my mind. I created some mould designs using air dry clay.
Once I was happy with the composition, I decided to colour all the metal bits and pieces using White Heavy Gesso. I really like its consistency and the way it gave a full coverage on the metals and added a bit of texture with just 1/2 coatings.
Once done, I glued down the entire composition using Heavy Body Gel as an adhesive.
Also, I mixed some glue with the Art Stones in different sizes and generously added in all the creases of my design to blend it. The Heavy Body Gel helps create dimensional texture holding very high peaks.
Once it was dried completely, the next step was to add colours! My idea was to produce a rich rust patina look that would give it a weathered & aged appearance.
I added coffee stains at varying concentration as my first layer, followed by some Red Rust Paste and Fire Ruby Art Alchemy Metallique Wax.
There's no wrong way to use it! Beautiful, metallic, beeswax-based paste which will turn your artwork into a real treasure while adding amazing, rich, metal-like finish to most surfaces.

I wanted to highlight the details of the mould designs so I wipe off quickly all the excess of the waxes with a baby wipe. It stays permanent once dried completely.

Finally, I added some Blue Patina Paste in the creases and details, following by some splatters.

I also tied the book using coffee stained and stamped fabric piece.
I have prepared a video for you demonstrating the entire process to show you how spectacular effect can be achieved in no-time with the fabulous Finnabair products!

I hope I inspired you feel adventurous with some book art. Don't feel too shy to give old forgotten books a brand new art life!

Keep creating!
Warm hugs,

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Authentic - Vintage, Rust and my Creative Gear...

Hi again my dear ones!
It's been a while since I was showing my project on the blog - those of you who follow me on social media could notice I've had some health issues I had to take care of in the last weeks and I'm not only far away from home but also simply not able to be up-to-date with everything. I'm sorry for this, but I'm sure you can understand!

This project I've made a few weeks ago, just when I got new 7 Dots Studio collection - "Nothern Lights" in my hands. I loved everything about it: colour palette, design, details. When I took a closer look at one of the papers I noticed that the pattern on it resembled the background of one of my family photos... that was it: perfect inspiration for a heavy, grungy and masculine project - with a touch of creative madness!
If you will take a closer look at the details here you may notice I didn't really use many "branded" embellishments here. All the layers are made with broken or torn leftovers, strips, found elements and      "junk" I could find on my table. There are rusty nails, Christmas tree candle-holder, an old watch, wire, broken frame, some metal mesh and many many more... can you see scraps of lace and cotton thread too?
I found a tiny piece of ephemera - mini-calendar page dated 1937 - and I had to use it of course! It is another great "personal touch" on this project. It goes perfectly with my rusty paper clip, pieces of old paper, strips of canvas and cotton band-aid. Seriously - I had so much fun putting it all toghether!
My colour palette is not very rich this time - I focused mostly on following the tones of background paper and shades of rust. I used my favourite brown stain - very strong tea infuse I make at home myself and added a bit of Lindy's Moon Shadow Mists in corresponding colours. There is a coat of Art Basics Clear Gesso on the entire background paper - it was important to "impregnate" it a bit when I was planning to pour so much te and spray on it, right?
I've also added some Art Basics White Heavy Gesso to lighten up the pattern of the paper in the place I was planning to put my composition - that helped me work on the rich and dimensional composition without losing the focal point.
The final look is heavily inspired by the rusty elements of my project - and I used Art Extravagance Rust Effect Paste to add the final touches. I simply love how beautifully it is diluted by water, creating natural, vintage-industrial look! Perfect match!
My point here is you DON'T NEED tons of expensive supplies and materials to create art. Just look at my choice here - only 2 elements here are "branded embellishments" (well 2 and a bit - a small piece of resin frame had to be an embellishment too - sometime in the past). What really counts is the design, idea, imagination - and finding a way to make it all work. This is my creative drive, my biggest joy - using elements and pieces which are usually thrown away and putting them together, painting, decorating - until I'm happy with the result. With proper adhesives, a bit of primers (Gesso), good paints and special effects you can create amazing, beautiful work - on a budget. Let yourself be inspired by the things around you - and create!

Here are the supplies I was using for my project - all linked to Mixed Media Place Store:

Sending you hugs and all my love
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