Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Spark Journal & Big Reveal!

Hi there and hugs from Phoenix!
We are having an absolute treat during Prima Art Venture, an amazing event full of inspirational projects and fabulous new products introduced to you by super talented Prima teachers!
I'm here with Josie and Sally from Iron Orchid Designs, Miranda, Cari, Sharon and Frank and believe me - this house is buzzing with excitement!
Especially for this event I've created a brand new project which I want to share with you in full - I called it "Spark Journal".
I'm sure you can recognise my Denim Folder... but this time it went through a really glamorous transformation and shines in the all possible shades of blue and silver.
If you have a closer look, you will see I used not only my brand new Art Alchemy Waxes but also Sparks - a new line of acrylic paints which shine more than ever.
They are simply to die for and I can't wait to see how you will use them on your projects!
I've mentioned some of my new products on the blog already and if you're following my Instagram account you will find there loads of fantastic projects created by my super talented Teamies and Ambassadors with my brand new products.
You can also follow there all my updates from Art Venture and CHA that is now Creativation.

And you know what... Actually, today is a Huge day! :)
If you go to this Prima post, you will finally be able to see the official full reveal of my brand new line January 2017!!
There are Waxes, and Sparks Paints, new Mechanicals, Patina Effect Pastes, Stone Effect Pastes and... an Apron and Art Sleeves! Are you as excited as I am?! ;)

I can't even express how overwhelming and heartwarming is your response to my new release..
I've got so many sweet messages, emails and comments on Art Alchemy Waxes and Sparks - I feel I need to send a special huge thank you in your direction...
You make it all possible to happen. You keep giving me wings and encourage to try harder and come up with new ideas.

I can't wait to see you use my brand new art babies... :) They're shipping at end of January so get ready to make some new art!
I'm sure you will blow my mind away and your creativity will leave me speechless - as always.

Monday, 16 January 2017

The Promise of Spring

Hi my wonderful Readers!
I just love it when Sanda invites us to her magical worlds on paper... You will absolutely love today's art journal spread - so organic and so beautifully hihlighting my new Art Alchemy Waxes and Sparks paints... I'm sure this dreamy collage will inspire you to create!
Hello, you, dear friends and a very Happy New Year to each and everyone!
In the depths of a dark Winter’s day, a seed is planted, not more than a grain, but it grows fearlessly, having faith in the promise of the coming Spring…  

Thus, our dreams and aspirations are blossoming from tiny whispered thoughts that soar until they become perfect and beautiful blooms. This is what I wish for all of you this year, my friends, pursue your creative dreams and follow your path, not with fear, but hope in your hearts!

My word for 2017 is HOPE so I decided to create a journal page that encapsulates this feeling, with the green leaves’ symbolism meaning exactly hope and renewal and revival…
I started the page by applying a generous coat of Heavy White Gesso and while wet I added some texture using a sponge. After drying the page I applied more gesso and using a palette knife I added more texture.
Dried everything again and then I spread some Light Paste and when it was just dry to the touch I stamped into it with a background stamp from the Old Town stamp set. I absolutely love this stamp set!
Separately I stamped and heat embossed a real leaf (I gelli printed with a while ago) using “Read to me” clear stamp.
Going back to my page, I glued down bits of hand-painted cheese cloth and a few skeleton leaves with 3D Matte Gel and then covered the whole page with Heavy White Gesso.
When dry, I added some background stamping with clear stamps ("Read to Me" and "Bubbles").

Next, I added clusters of Art Stones and Mini Art Stones (it seems I can’t live without them! LOL) using 3D Matte Gel to adhere them. This gel is just perfect for the job, once dry, the Art Stones will stay in place forever and you can paint them to your heart’s content. :)
Ready for painting? First I sprinkled some strong black tea all over my page and dried everything with a heating tool.
Then I added Art Alchemy Light Patina spraying it with water to help it move. Next, I added some dark navy blue spray tilting the page in all directions to encourage some nice movement.

When my page was dry, using a sponge and heavy white gesso I highlighted all the texture, keeping the sponge as flat as possible, parallel with the paper, to catch only the raised bits.
I glued down the leaf with 3D Matte Gel cleaning the excess with a paper towel.
And now, my friends, prepare to be amazed by the Finnabair’s new art babies!!! Truly spectacular!
To enhance the skeleton leaves and the texture on the page I started applying the NEW Art Alchemy Waxes (I used here some of the Antique Brilliance and Opal Magic ones) as well as the Art Alchemy Sparks. Just let me tell you, they are FABULOUS!!! As I was telling some of my friends the other day, I just can’t keep my hands out of the jars! LOL
They dry permanent, very easy to work with and the colours are luscious! And, on top of that, the waxes are deliciously scented! :) What can a mixed media girl wish for more?
I know all Finn’s products are gorgeous but wait till you see these ones! Very, very special indeed!
When I finished with all the painting, I covered the big leaf with a layer of Clear Crackle Paste and left it to dry overnight.
Next morning, off camera I enhanced the crackles with Art Alchemy Metallique Wax – Rich Copper and added few tiny Mechanicals Star Brads and the words.
And there you have it! Done!

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process. Enjoy and have fun!

I hope you enjoyed and got inspired by my new project.

Have a wonderful day and a fantastic and creative 2017

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Dreaming in Rust

Hello Friends!
Our superbly talented Marta created a new art project that will take your breath away - yet again. :)
This is just a perfect combination of delicate color accents and rough Rust Paste textures.
And there's a video as well so you too can try out Martha's inspiring ideas - we hope you will!
Hello there! For my first Creative Team project in 2017, I've prepared for you a mixed media journal cover - a new year, a new journal just waiting to be filled. :)

My cover is a combination of romantic, vintage and a bit messy as I just love to mix different styles, textures and colors!
When I got Finnabair Mixed Media Journal into my hands, I had thousands of ideas running in my mind... How to decorate the cover to make it really mine?
I've decided to use some nice metal embellishments - and I decided I wanted them all to be rusty. That's why I chose some rusty Mechanicals Gears and Washers, they have such beautiful colors and texture...

To top the whole look and make it even more of a rusty heaven, I decided to add some Rust Effect Paste to make my journal look like a really old, rusty junkyard finding.
Does it look convincing to you? ;)
To add a touch of elegance and to break the rusty look a little, I decided to incorporate some blue and gold accents.
To do that, I used blue Lindy's Stamp Gang spray and some gold Art Alchemy paint.
I also used the gold paint to stamp some patterns and blue embossing powder to create some interesting accents in the background.

When you watch my video tutorial below, you will quickly spot that part of my cover creations are... Finnabair's stamps packages.
I simply can't help it - I just love their colors, rounded corners, and thin black frame.  :)

Enjoy my step by step video tutorial!

I hope you like rusty elements as much as I do - thanks to Rust Effect Paste we can add some rust in a clean and fast way. :)

Happy creating!

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