Friday, 21 July 2017

Magical Mixed Media Drawers

Hi everyone!
Let me tell you this - Karolina's latest project will simply blow you away!
I think all altered art has a sort of a magical quality to it, don't you think?
You take ordinary/boring/ugly objects and with some paint and embellishments you can easily turn these things into completely new gorgeous creatures - pure magic! :)
Leave some love for Karolina whose artwork is not only stunning but also very easy to create - and she shares how. Enjoy!

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Hello lovely Finnabair friends!
I'm finally on my holidays and have some free time on my hands. But instead of lying on a beach, I got down to organizing my house, especially my own favorite place, the heart of the house - my studio.

I had this really ordinary plastic piece of office furniture - perfect for storage but you have to admit, plain and boring. So I decided to give it a new life and turn this ugly duckling into a mixed media beauty. ;)
I'll bet you're curious what it looked like 'before'. :) There you go:
Not very excting, is it? :) The magic trick in this case were mainly the Patina Pastes. They are so very easy to work with and you can create truly spectacular effects with them.
Here's how I did it:

No. 1
First, I gave my drawers a layer of another favorite supply of mine - Clear Gesso. It creates a clear workable surface for all kinds of products and provides a “tooth” to slick, glossy surfaces.

No. 2
When everything was dry, I glued a lot of different kinds of chipboards and Art Stones in between, all using 3D Gloss Gel as my adhesive.
No. 3  
Once everything was totally dry, I added the Blue and Mint-Green Patina Pastes and I mixed these two pastes on the background. You can decide which tone will play the main role in your project, I went for more of the Mint Green.

No. 4
The colors of the Pastes seemed a little too vibrant for me here, so I decided to add a little bit of Snow White Impasto Paint to make the tones more delicate.
A little bit of paint mixed with water is enough to make the whole piece look more harmonious.
Art Alchemy Impasto Paints are very efficient and creamy. Because the colors are so pigmented and opaque you can safely add water and paint will not lose on its quality.
For more depth, I added some Brown Rust Paste from the same set. I love this paste because it's very efficient and it gives really amazing effects when you highlight chosen details with it.

No 6
All the pretty metal Mechanicals embellishments were glued with 3D Gloss Gel and also accented with the Brown Rust Paste.
Here are some details of the final effect:

I must admit I'm really happy about the transformation of this ugly duckling into a unique decoration of my studio.

I think such drawers are a perfect solution for small studios and spaces and it's really worth making them look unique.

It's so important to add your own style to your environment and make it inspire you to feel comfortable and creative.

Be brave, you don't need too many supplies to create some magical altered art around you.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Tetiana and the Wild Sea

Hi Dear Friends!
A new art treat from my Creative Team - get ready! :)
Wild and delicate at the same time? Subtle and rough on one layout? Of course it's possible and incredibly inspiring when you follow Marta's advice and her video tutorial.
Another scrapbooking beauty for you to enjoy!

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Hello friends! It's Marta here today. 
The day I sat down to create the layout I'd like to share today was cloudy and rainy here in Poland. What a cruel and cold summer... but hey! It's the best time to create and do some artistic experiments! 
It's always better to stay at home when the weather is bad, right? So I decided to use this time creatively and here's my new scrapbooking piece.
What inspired me to create this project, was the picture of Tetiana Komarova that I've found on her Instagram account. You can see there my beautiful friend, Tetiana, and the super cool view of the beach and the stormy, wild sea in the background.

The picture really inspired me to create something wild and messy but also with an addition of some delicate accents and elements.
First of all, I've used Gesso, Light Paste (applied with a palette knife) and Impasto paints to create delicate texture and a watercolor effect on my project.
I used some water to create drips and stains of color.

Later on I've used Patina Pastes (without the Brass one this time) and applied them with a dry brush by lighty tapping the surface of my layout. It created a lovely sandy texture and added beautiful tones to my project.
I've added some adhesive canvas, tissue tape, gauze and paper elements from 7 Dots Studio Hazy Days collection to create the composition around the picture.

I've created checkered pattern applying Impasto paint through the 'Checker' stencil with a sponge.
It's such a cool way to apply color, it creates beautiful shading and it's very easy to control the placing and the amount of color you want to add.
The best part was painting the Melange Art Pebbles with Soft Satin Metallique Art Alchemy paint.
You just paint the flat part of every single pebble, let it dry - and voila! You have beautiful colorful cabochons, shining like opals!
I've adhered them to my project with 3D Matte Gel, just like the starfish and Art Stones.
I love to use White Gold Metallique Wax to make subtle accents on paper elements and the Art Stones - this trick adds an amazing shine to many of my projects.
In the video you will be able to take a closer look at how I apply Art Stones - I cover the empty spaces with 3D Matte Gel and fill them with Art Stones using a spoon - it's the easiest way! :)
Using this trick you'll be able to control the amount of Art Stones you want to add and not apply too many of them.
Enjoy the video!

There are so many creative ways to spend rainy days!

For example - why not taking a closer look at your friends' Instagram or Facebook feeds and photos, maybe you will find something that inspires you to create (and touch your friend's heart)? :)

Happy creating to you all!

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Home Is Not a Place ~ It's a Feeling

Hello Friends!
Together with my Creative Team, we are hoping to inspire you to grab some paints and papers and have a creative artsy weekend!
Today it's Sanda's turn who's here with her brand new altered art project. Multiple layers of paints, papers, colors, happy stamping and stenciling - it's all there, altered art filled with so much beautiful creative energy - I'm sure you'll all love it!

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Hello lovely people,
I’m back on the blog today with a project I hope you will love with its bright and colourful layers of Finn’s Impasto paints.
I really can’t have enough of them and like so, my Muse is kept happy and creative! 😊

So for today, I have for you an altered wooden key hanger I bought a good while ago and for some reason, it stayed forgotten on a shelf… until now! 😊
I started by covering up my wooden key hanger with a generous layer of Heavy White Gesso.

When it was dry, I took out my beloved Art Alchemy Impasto paints and started to paint the little cute houses, adding some texture to them by using a selection of stencils.
I didn’t paint the roofs, as for them I had another plan 😊
You can see all the products I used in the list below and my creative process in the video I made.
While the houses were drying, I began painting two mixed media papers with Impasto paints and different ink sprays.
To embellish them further, create more layers and to add more interest and depth, I used a selection of stencils and cling rubber stamps.

Now, going back to my houses, I cut and collaged pieces of my handmade pattern papers on the roofs of the houses using 3D Matte Gel.
Using a fine grade sanding paper I sanded all the edges and then inked them up.
Next, I did a bit of background stamping using Finnabair's 'Read To Me' text clear stamp and black Archival ink.
When the ink was completely dry, I added a few circles using White Gesso and the 'Bubbles' stencil.

Then I stamped and cut out the same amount of circles (and roughly the same sizes) and collaged them with 3D Matte Gel.
I continued embellishing my tiny houses by collaging different shapes I cut out from the painted papers, shading around them with a black charcoal pencil and adding a bit of doodling with white and black pens.

As a finishing touch, I added two pieces of fussy cut Ephemera, a cute butterfly, three Mechanicals numbers and two stamped words.
Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see all the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!

I hope you enjoyed and got inspired by my new project and you are ready to create some magic of your own. 😊

Have a wonderful day, my friends, xoxo

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