Monday, August 31, 2015

"Midnight Blue" and some "Layering" .

Hello. Time for a catch up. Time seems to be whizzing by and I have two projects that I would love to share. The first is a little canvas where I've tried to channel Finnabair with her wonderful textured backgrounds and beautifully and creatively layered "junk"and metal elements......I have a long way to go ( just as well I'm taking one of her classes when she is here in Australia in November ), but it is so much fun to work in her style. Details of this project can be found HERE at Mixed Media Place.
My second project is an art journal page, created for Finnabair's Spread Your Wings Academy. Each month some of the Creative Team work on some simple tutorials showing a specific technique. This month it was "Layers" and I chose to show how you can create layers with "wet mediums". More details of this project with the step by step tutorial can be found HERE on Finnabair's blog.

"Midnight Blue"
The colour of this was achieved by firstly coating everything in black Gesso, then a coat of Silks Acrylic Glaze in "Boysenberry", touched up next with some Pink Mica Powder and lastly dry brushed with Inka Gold in "Silver"

"Everything Changes"
Art journal page working with layers of wet medium. Including art basics gesso both white and clear, waterproof ink, acrylic paint, Copic markers, art extravagance Texture Paste, art basics Modeling Paste, Distress Spray Stains, Izink pigment ink, Gelatos, waterproof black marker pen and Color Bloom Spray Mists.

All the materials used for these projects can be sourced from HERE at Mixed Media Place Store.

Thank you for visiting ! Have a fun and creative week.
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Finnabair Art Recipe....For Mixed Media Place Creative Gym

If you are a follower of Finnabair, you will know that she regularly makes a post using a "recipe" that she has devised using all her wonderful mixed media products.
The Creative Gym Challenge at Mixed Media Place this month is to make a piece of work using one of Finnabair's Art Recipes. Her recipes have very clear, step by step instructions, so it's not difficult to follow and I found it so much fun and very relaxing because I didn't actually have to think about what to do......Finn had already done it for me.
If you are new to mixed media, then following one of Finnabair's recipes is a great place to start.
Details of this month's challenge can be found HERE at Mixed Media Place
This is my art journal page using Finnabair's "recipe"
Here is the link to Finn's recipe

I started with 2 old book pages. Added washi tape, cotton tape and "lace" tape. Then gave it all a coat of art basics White Gesso.

Next, just like Finn's recipe, I used art basics Modling Paste through the Harlequin Stencil, let it dry then used a second stencil, "Alpha" over the top.
Finn added lace to the bottom of her page, I have added more washi tape and some stamping instead. I added colour using Distress Spray Stains.
I cut out my photo, stuck it down then high lighted around it with white gesso. Next I added some more depth of colour with Gelatos. Applying it and then rubbing it into the textures with my finger.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great creative weekend.....maybe give one of Finnabair's art recipes a go.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

"Tick-Tock"........for Finnabair Creative Team

Time.....such an intangible force in our lives.
Steve Jobs said, "My favourite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time"
Finnabair's large metal watch from her Mechanicals Collection inspired my thoughts on time and led to the creation of this little 15x15cm piece.

I've worked on a cradled timber panel; it's perfect for collaging onto because it's hard, solid and smooth as opposed to canvas which has a bit too much "give" in it.
I've used Finnabair art basics black Gesso, Soft Matte Gel and 3D Matte Gel, Mica Powders and Metal Mechanicals.

There is a step by step tutorial of my process HERE on Finnabair's blog.

A list of products and materials used is also on the Finnabair blog and they can be purchased HERE, from Mixed Media Place.

"How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?"
                     Dr. Seuss

Thanks for taking the time to visit.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Just "Be" journal

I'm still playing with patterns and's a little peek into an art journal where texture paste and dry embossing are the focus.

I adore colour but it got a bit away from me, especially the pink through the middle. It's not meant to be there, it bled through from another page....a reminder to run a piece of masking tape down the centre of every page you're working on to stop "spinal bleed". 
No problem really, art journals are meant for happy accidents.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope your week has been full of fun, full of colour and happy accidents.
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