Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Jumping Off Cliffs * Developing Our Wings

Hello my dear Friends!
I'm waving to you from a plane returning from my dream India adventure, and today I'd like to share a special journal spread I made a while ago.
This piece was made in a round robin art journal of a Polish friend of mine.
Our starting point was this beautiful quote by Kurt Vonnegut:

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs
and developing our wings on the way down.”

You must admit these words are very inspiring. Here's what happened on my desk: :)
I decided to start creating the mood with the atmospheric Cold Country papers from 7 Dots Studio.
Then, a little bit of base texture action with Modeling Paste + stencil, beautiful Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and - as usual -> some home made tea stains I simply can't do without. :)

Then it was time to create the focal points of my piece - clusters of all kinds of delicious bits and pieces. I looked around my desk and collected bits of chipboards, lace, scraps of different papers and fabric, thread, buttons etc. I believe that these little things can magically carry all kinds of stories.

The main photo comes from 'Flow', one of my favorite magazines, I also added some of my Mechanicals here and there.
The final touches are splatters with white and red Art Alchemy acrylic paints and a pinch of Mini Art Stones and Glitter.
Here you can see the products I used - all available in our Mixed Media Place store:

I really like how these pages turned out, it was a huge joy to create them - expressive without too much of technological fuss - a great way to put some feelings on paper -
- I hope you experience the same joy during your creative process and I hope I inspired you to do some journaling as well!


Monday, 26 June 2017

Between The Pages

Hello everybody!

I hope you had a creative weekend and that you are ready for some more art making! :)
We have so  much beauty waiting for you here today as we meet with John and his stunning book art talents!
I'm sure once you see the gorgeous patinas in this project, you will want to join us creating your own special artwork - and John explains how. :) Enjoy!

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I’ve seen so many different book art projects lately and it inspired me to grab one of my old books and have some fun!
I started my artist adventures long ago in the 'altered book' days and I thought that I would put my spin on how I like to transform old books. For this project I used an old French text book that I picked up at a library sale to get creative!
I’m not going to go into a huge amount of detail in how to create the finished book block because that would be a very long blog post in itself!
Basically to create the book block (all of the pages of the book adhered together) I used Soft Matte Gel to glue all of the pages, applied around the edges of all of the pages.
You can then use clamps or even painters tape to hold the block together until it has dried completely. 
Once the block has dried, you can begin carving out the windows into the book block. For this project I cut a larger window to begin with, and then a smaller window part way down into the pages.
Once I was done carving out my windows, I again used Soft Matte Gel to hold them in place.
I wanted the entire background of the book (pages and covers) to have a more subtle look to them, so I decided to create washes of color using the new Impasto Paints.
I’m in love with all of the colors, and although they are great to apply texture right out of the bottle, I simply added water to them to give a more antiqued tea stain look.
I used Jade Impasto as my base color, then layered with a wash of Azure followed with Dark Chocolate. I absolutely LOVE the end result!

There were some great images found inside of the book and I couldn’t resist incorporating them into this project!
On the inside cover of the book, I used an image of a chateau that I crumpled up to give it some texture. I then adhered it to the inside cover using Soft Matte Gel, then applied a thin, even coat of Metallique White Pearl across the entire image.
This is a great technique to use when working with black and white images because it adds an iridescent quality to the image!
Next I placed down the Elementals 'Weaving' stencil and with a palette knife used Jade and Azure Impasto paints to create color and texture.
Once dried, I used a palette knife to add more color and texture first with Mint Green Patina Effects Paste followed by Blue Patina Effects Pastes.
While the pastes were still wet, I added Frosted Mica Flakes along with a touch of Grass and Splash Micro Beads. To add a little more color, I dry brushed Metallique Soft Satin for highlights.

For my embellishments used in this project, I used Heavy White Gesso as my primer for all of my pieces and then used the same color wash technique for coloring the embellishments with the Impasto Paints as with the background.
To adhere the embellishments to the background, with a palette knife apply a generous amount of Mint Green Patina Effects Paste to the backside of the embellishment and then put into place, spreading the excess paste around to add texture and then heat set.
Highlight the Mint Green with Blue Patina Effects Paste followed with Metallique Soft Satin. If you’d like to add some inclusions, add those while the paste is still wet.
The front cover of the book actually lifts off to reveal an inside image on top of a sculpted material background created with muslin that was shaped using Clear Sculpture Medium.

To give this image used inside of the box a little more stability, I mounted it onto a piece of mat board before placing it over the fabric background.

The possibilities of creating your own artwork from old books are endless!
There are many different variations to this project – you can adhere the entire book together to create a single block (with the covers adhered to all of the pages) and then carve a window/shrine through the front cover of the book.
Another variation that I like to create is to create two book blocks, each one adhered to each book cover and then carving windows into each of them.

I hope this project inspires you to get creative with those old books laying around the house!


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Friday, 23 June 2017

Memory - Junk Album

Hi all!
Are you ready to start the weekend with brand new inspiration from my Creative Team? :)
It's Athanasia's turn today and I'm more than certain that she will make you quickly invite an art buddy and have loads of fun splashing paints around. :) Happy creating!

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Hello dear friends!
Last week my good friend Helen visited me to hang around and play with the new products Finnabair released a few weeks ago.
We ended up making a junk journal each and painting the cover with the new Impasto Paints.
I really love their heavy creamy consistency and the rich colors that make them the perfect choice for any kind of project!
And...psssst.... they are matte!!! The main reason for me to put them in the first place of my Favorite  Paints list. :)
The base of my cover was a simple paper bag so I had to seal it and protect it from the paints.
I used the Clear Gesso because I wanted to keep the natural colors of the envelope.
Then I used a roller to paint with the Impasto Paints. I painted here and there with Dark Chocolate, Jade, Bottle Green, Crimpson and Lemon Peel - you will find all the links below.
Then I used the Snow White paint to blend the colors with the white background.
Next step was to create texture to the background.
I used the 3D Gloss Gel with the Bubbles stencil. I used a heat gun to dry it all and as I wanted even more texture, I didn't stop heating it until I saw some real bubbles which were created by the high temperature. :)
To embellish the cover I used a photo from the Ephemera Vintage Collectibles collection which I cut out with my scissors and glued it down with the Soft Matte Gel.
Then I used the new Mega Art Stones. I glued with the 3D Gloss Gel only a few of them because they are really mega! I abolutely adore them!
I also used some thread and a chipboard word 'Memory' which I painted white with the Snow White Impasto Paint.
As some final touches, I used a graphite pencil to doodle around and the Pitch Black Impasto Paint to make some splashes like I usually do. :)
You will see in my video below how me and my craft buddy played with the Impasto paints and had lots of fun.

I hope you felt inspired to make your own junk album with your friends!

It is always so nice and fun to spend time with good friends and create together, don't you think?

Until next time -

have fun and create in good company!


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