Monday, 23 April 2018

Art Journal Thoughts

Hello Friends!
Among other reasons, I love art journaling for how simple it is to create a unique work of art to express yourself and have a lot of fun at the same time! Simply pick some pretty papers, your favorite colors of paints and stamps patterns and voila. :)

Tanyalee created a gorgeous new art journal spread and she proves you don't need tons of supplies to make something personal and utterly beautiful. Enjoy!

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Hi everyone, Tanyalee here and today I have a simple art journal spread designed to show you how versatile Finnabair products are and how you can use them in your journals.
I started with a layer of vintage papers as collage ephemera glued down with Soft Matte Gel Medium.
From there I added a layer of Heavy White Gesso to mute the background a little.

Next, I grabbed my gelli plate, Impasto Paints (which work beautifully with this technique) and some of Finnabair's stamps to colour the background and to create some texture.
If you like a bit of shimmer in your works, try playing with Opal Magic acrylic paints and/or Mica Powders - you'll love the result!
I added some illustrations and journaling using acrylic ink, a nib and a paint brush. I told you the page was simple!

And finished it off with an image transfer using Soft Matte Gel again. This is one of my favourite techniques for adding images, but not having them overpower the spread.
Please, enjoy my step by step video, I hope you'll feel inspired!

And that concludes my journal making tutorial.
Have you ever made your own journal?
If so, I’d love to see them, tag me on Instagram, I’m @tanyaleekahler, so I can see them.

Yours in messiness

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Friday, 20 April 2018

In My Dreams

Hello Lovely Friends!
Get ready for an amazing art feast prepared for you today by our talented Sanda Reynolds! Sanda's here today presenting absolutely luscious layers of crackle and paint...

There's a video tutorial and lots of helpful tips from the artist so we hope you'll feel tempted to create a special canvas of your own. Happy creating, everyone!

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Hi guys,
Today I’m back with a little project, very easy to make (great for beginners too ­čśŐ), yet, the effect is gorgeous.
Inspired by the beauty of nature and by Finn’s fabulous products, I created a mixed media painting on a crackle paste covered canvas board, a dreamy clump of trees that I hope youl’ll love.
After I gessoed an old canvas board and dried it with my heating tool, I spread a generous layer of White Crackle Paste with a silicone brush.
I applied the paste in different thicknesses to create a variety of crackle sizes (thin layer – fine crackles, thick layer – big crackles). In order to get the best result, I left the canvas to dry overnight.

TIP: You can apply a coat of Soft Gel after drying if you are worried they will chip off.
I started painting my canvas using Art Alchemy Impasto paints – for the first layer I chose light colours (Lemon Peel, Raspberry Pink and Jade).
I mixed the paint with glazing medium and a bit of water and covered the entire canvas.

I dried the canvas with my heat gun and then I applied a second layer, this time darker colours (Dark Chocolate and Cobalt) spread it on top of the first layer and covered the wet canvas with a plastic wrap – this will add a lovely effect to your project.
After about 10 minutes, I removed the plastic and, as the paint was still wet, I dabbed it with a baby wipe to reveal some of the brighter colours underneath. This way, I created three tree-like shapes.

For shading, I used Cobalt, Aubergine and Crimson and for the highlights: Lemon Peel and Snow White Impasto paints.
I painted the background with Jade Impasto and Green-Gold Opal Magic to add a subtle, yet wonderful shimmer to my canvas.
Next, I added some background stamping using Finnabair 'Dream On' set and the clear 'Messy' stamp.

As a finishing touch, I added more Jade Impasto paint to my trees, a bit of doodling with a white pen and the words.

I hope you’ve got inspired by this project and you are ready to try some of these techniques in your artwork.

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”
- Khalil Gibran

Have a lovely day, my friends,
Sanda xoxo

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mixed Media Minutes - Altered Brush

Hi my friends!
Have you heard about my Mixed Media Minutes - FB Live shows I've been doing lately? If you missed the previous one, here you can find the link to the blog post including the project and recorded tutorial!

Last week I was streaming live again - and this time I wanted to encourage you to play with some simple (but fun!) altering techniques. I picked an old 2'' flat brush as my victim - and here are the results!
The whole idea of altering is really close to my heart: I love collection old, forgotten or not used items and include them in my art as ingredients or repurposing them creating home decors, collages and many other projects which are hard to name! It is pure joy to see them shining again, attracting attention, asking to touch them and admire!
The whole process of altering was not long at all - and the main products I've used were Art Alchemy Impasto Paints, Metallique Waxes, Micro Beads and of course - some Art Basics 3D Gel as my adhesive for all the elements and embellishments.

Below you can see the recording of the FB Live show - I know it is getting blurry during the painting process, but I have to blame the bad internet connection! I hope you will forgive me this technical glitch we had... joys of living in the countryside!

Here are the products I've used linked for your convenience to Mixed Media Place Store:

Products you can see in the tutorial are available (except the wing mould and resins) in the craft stores all over the world. If you feel inspired just grab some stuff and create!
For US and Canada we have a great news though. this week only there is 40% discount on my products at Michaels Stores!!! Great chance to refill, build your stash or just try the products! And yes - it also applies to all online orders - so don't miss this chance!

If you like the idea of the Live Shows - please stay tuned and subscribe to my FB Page, so you will get the updates from me about next shows, blog posts, projects and more! You can also find this info on my Instagram accounts here and here if you prefer this social medium :)

See you very soon - and huge hugs
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