Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Joys of DayDreaming - collage

Hi again my dear ones, I hope you are having a great week!
Your submissions for our Creative Team Call made us very busy - emails flooded the mailbox and we were trying hard to catch up with confirming we got them from you - so please be patient if you didn't get confirmation yet... we are trying hard! Thank you so much for this huge, overwhelming response - this makes me feel so proud and humbled at the same time. Thank you so much for your amazing support, my friends!

Today I'm back with one of the projects I'm doing during my classes - Daydreamer Collage. I have to admit this is one of my favourites classes ever, this kind of project, which always makes my heart sing, bringing joy and creative excitement!

20x20 cm (8x8'') collage on canvas

I just love the concept of building all the layers and textures using Gel Mediums, which give beautiful shine and depth and then constructing the crazy floral-industrial head decor, which puts me somewhere between Art Nouveau, Steampunk, and portraits of women of Renaissance...Or somewhere else? Just name it - I'm waiting  to see what you think!

I could be using this profile image over and over and I'm always able to  get inspired and create something a bit different. I'm so glad I asked my husband to take this shot!
With all the elements used, all the colour added - I'm able to feel like an actress in some sort of crazy theatre, being able to try all the costumes I could dream of... isn't that great? At the same time, a portrait like that is a chance to tell a unique, personal story, experience or concept... or it's a way of expressing feelings I love the most!

In fact - this set of techniques works miracles on big scale projects - it is, of course, the matter of longer process, larger number of layers and elements and more patience while painting... and here I'm coming to the point I keep trying to tell my students every time when I can notice they start to stress out while working in the classroom: try the process and techniques, take them home, then think about it all and then use again or repeat on a larger scale!
Trying to create elaborate, dimensional, fully painted project during 1 short class is simply impossible. It's much better to think about the classroom project as an exercise, experiment, even "trial version" and then take it to the next level in the familiar space of your own home studio... Does it make any sense?

I was just thrilled all the projects done by my students in Tours, France this weekend. They certainly were able to let go, create and enjoy - just look at this mind-blowing mini-gallery! Every single one is different, special, personal - yet we all used the same products and techniques!

If you'd like to join me during one of my classes - check my schedule here, in "Live Classes" section of the blog. You can always find the updates on my travels and new class projects there!
More photos from the classroom - as well as creations by me, my super-talented Creative Team and amazing followers - are all together on my Finnabair Instagram account. Enjoy!

Sending you all huge, warm hugs

Monday, 26 September 2016

Circles And Butterflies

Hello Friends!
Mondays are always such a great moment of the week with my Creative Team sharing their artworks and inspiring us all.
But before we show a new stunning creation, I'd like to tell you about a pretty great giveaway on prima_mixedmedia instagram (which by the way, is filled to the brim with mixed media amazingness!).
So take a look at what you can win and don't hesitate - head right on to this post, follow the instructions and I hope you will be the lucky one to play with these goodies soon! ;) No time to wait, the giveaway's open till Wednesday September 28th. Good luck you all!
And now let me present Athanasia and her beautiful art journal page with two of her favorites: Circles and Butteflies - I know you'll love it!
Hello dear friends!
Today I'm sharing a new page I created for my Denim Journal. I really love that I can add more and more pages in there and they can be worked out of the journal - it makes my job easier!
For my page I used watercolor paper which I cut to Denim's size. I incorporated the two things I enjoy most having on my journal pages: butterflies and circles.
The circles are the leftovers from a chipboard board I had in my stash and I used my favorite shades of Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints to color them.
In order to create a mixed media background I used Heavy White Gesso with stamps to create texture (you will see this technique in my video below) and Modeling Paste with the Honeycomb Stencil. I also used some clear stamps with black Archival Ink.

The butterfly is handmade and I love this tiny Star Brad I used to decorate it, it's so cute!

For my quote I used a die cut element from the 7Dots Studio Verano Azul collection, as well a sticker with a big star to embellish my page with some black thread.
Last thing to do was to glue three Melange Art Pebbles to add more interest to my page. Luckily I found in the jar the perfect size of pebble to fit the chipboard circles. I love how they look in there!
In the video I made especially for you, you can watch how I put together this journal page.

I hope you got some inspiration from today's project and create your own page in your own Denim Journal!
Thank you for visiting
Have a lovely crafty day!

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Look After Your Memories

Dear Friends,
many of you Creative Souls, probably know the feeling when you realize you've been making art and craft pieces for everyone around but... you... :)
Kasia created the most stunning reminder that sometimes it's really worth to make something beautiful just for yourself. This piece will take your breath away! (and there's a step-by-step video too!)
Sometimes I make albums for my friends, but would you believe that I have never made one for myself?
I decided to change that and to start with the cover and later slowly fill the pages.
Of course, right from the start I knew it had to be full of mediums and textures. So here it is - finally an album just for myself.
I used Sculpture Medium and fabric stripes to make a sort of a nest that adds this extra dimension to the whole piece.
I really like this effect and the fact that after drying, the shape is very hard and durable even though it might look quite soft. This means you don't have to worry that this kind of embellishment will get damaged when using the album. You can watch the whole process in the video below.
To create a rich and varied composition, I used Mechanicals, clear Art Pebbles and my favorites: Art Stones and Mini Art Stones.
As you can see, I used a lot of different embellishements and I didn't want my cover to look too heavy. That's why I used White Gesso to highlight all the details and make the whole piece look more delicate.
I hope that I will be able to show you the inside of my album soon. :)
And for now, I invite you to watch my video and please - be inspired!

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