Friday, 5 February 2016

Out Of The Woods

Hello, dear Friends!
I'm so thrilled to be seeing my Creative Team inspired by my newly released products!
Today we meet with Denisa who (just like Marta last Monday) created an art journal spread having art fun with my new Art Alchemy acrylic paints. Just take a look at this beauty...

Hello dear crafters, it´s Denisa here today.
Do you love colours as much as I do? I´m sure you do. Never knowing what  colour to choose for your project? If that´s your case, here´s my suggestion.

First, I have to say I´m absolutely blown away by Finnabair´s brand new Art Alchemy acrylic paints (available soon).
They come in two types: opal magic and metallique ones. Besides the super shine and shades you achieve, there´s one more thing I totally love about them. They´re semi opaque when applied in a thin layer. That means you can use one on another to get a super layered multi colour glaze. Kind of a mysterious look. Just the right thing for my vintage journaling.

Here´s what I did to get the desired background:
First I applied an even coat of White Gesso using the awesome silicone brush. Love the smooth look you get. No doubt this tool´s gonna be my superstar! If you'd like to know more about Finnabair's new brushes - watch this video!
When dry, I did some random stamping with black Archival ink.
Then I started playing with the new acrylics. I applied various shades using my palette knife. First I add Metallique Light Patina. When dry I went on with Copper Texture Paste. The next layer was Metallique Steampunk Copper. I let it dry. Then Opal Magic Blue Pink and just a bit of Metallique Dark Velvet. When dry I added Opal Magic Violet Gold and as the last one Metallique Light Patina again.

When I was applying the coats, I was also wiping out a bit of acrylics with a wet baby wipe. Just here and there. Then I did some random stamping again.

I built the cluster consisting of a vintage pic, old clock parts and new Mechanicals (a video to give you the idea :) ) Tin Hearts and Rustic Washers.
I did some more shading with Black Cherry and Snow Cone Gelato crayon. This way I minimized the shine a bit and achieved a kind of powdery look.

I glued on the printed sentiment: She was out of the woods. She knew the answer. 
For me the worst thing ever is to live in uncertainty. Knowing the way things are makes me feel safe.

You may notice that my art journal is so packed with my creative ideas that it´s very difficult to open  it wide. So my working space was pretty limited. But I managed. However, I can´t imagine my next art journaling in it. ;)

Hoping to get your creative juices going! Happy creating!

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Finnabair Full Time Demo from Creativeworld 2016 in Frankfurt!

Hi there creative people!
I've just came back from the show - Creativeworld in Frankfurt, where during the last days we had a chance to see many of you in person! I have to admit it is one of the best parts of attending shows like that: meeting friends you didn't see for a long time, students, wonderful shop owners, designers, manufacturers... and making new friends too! Shows are not only fun and inspirational but also intense - meetings, make-and-takes, demos... yes, all that happens during 4 days and if you are like me you'd like to see a bit of the show, so try to picture me running like crazy from one booth to another in the short breaks I had during my demo times ;)
Did I mention already I love my job? I really do - meeting so many people, having a chance to spread a word about Prima mixed-media line, my projects, website... this all is truly priceless!
Huge thanks to all of you who came to our Prima booth to see us, say hi, watch demo or simply take a photo or two. I appreciate it so much :)

Below you can see recording we made on Monday during live Periscope session which I did with huge help of lovely Riikka who was my mobile smooth operator :)
It is a full version of my demo - so you can see everything starting with Art Ingredients Texture Powder and Art Stones, then Art Basics - Heavy Body Gel and Brushes and finally - Art Alchemy Metallique and Opal Magic Acrylic Paints. I hope you will enjoy - I have to warn you though - this video is 50 minutes long, so maybe a cup of tea or coffee will be a good idea?

If you have any questions - please feel free to ask in the comments, I'll do my best to answer :)
Now I'm off to unpack and crash on my bed - believe me or not, these travels do suck a lot of energy out of people!
Sending warm hugs

Monday, 1 February 2016

Just Keep Going

Happy Friday, Everyone!
If you're following my blog, you must know that this time is very exciting for me as I can finally introduce all my latest products and see what my Creative Team comes up with using my new art babies. :)
Today we meet with Marta who created art journal wonders with my line of acrylic paints {available soon!}...

Hi guys,
It's Marta Lapkowska here.
Every month I am super excited to be back to you to share my new project, today is no different.
This month is super fun for the team as we are having a chance to experiment and try out brand new Finnabair products from Prima winter release.
I have to say I was super excited and curious when I saw Finnabair's new Art Alchemy acrylic paints! I knew I would be using them as my first choice.

Today I am back to my true love, back to journaling.

Visual journaling, art journaling... any sort of expression in a book or a journal is by far my most favourite way of creating. It was such a pleasure playing with texture and colour this time.
I made a short photo tutorial for you in which you can see how easy it was to create this page.

To create your background simply add some Modeling Paste through a chosen stencil, stick some lace while wet and colour it after drying. 

All you need is some journal or an old book where you can build your texture. Once this is done, get your hands on the paints and colour your pages.
It takes time with new products to get to know them well and to understand how they work. I must say I am in love with Finn's new acrylic paints, amazing colours, so vibrant and juicy... wonderful to blend in! I am pretty sure that those paints are gonna be in my top 10 used products this year.

I hope that my spread will encourage you to grab your book and do some journaling.
Remember, there is no good or bad in art journaling, no rules and no limits! Just CREATE & Enjoy!

Have fun. Love, Marta xx

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Friday, 29 January 2016

Deep Water

Happy Friday everyone!
Today we're presenting my metal phone frame altered by Irina. We hope this most magical project will make you want to create your own little world too.

Hello dear friends! Irina Honcharyk with you today!
I'd like to introduce to you a new project of mine. It is Finnabair's metal phone frame which I altered and turned into a marine inspired object. I love the sea, don't you?
The frame has this stunning vintage vibe that made me fall in love with it right away and I wanted to transform it into something truly magical...

Below you will find a video (in 2 parts) that I made for you so that you can see how I created my underwater piece. :)
Let me just say that I used lots of Art Basics products like Clear and White Gesso, Gel medium and also different kinds of Art Extravagance Pastes to add this special textured touch to my vintage frame. You will find the full list of products below.

Art Ingredients like Mica Powders, Glass Beads and Micro Beads helped me add these special delicate touches of magical texture. 
All the magical creatures come from 7Dots Studio Destination Unknown collection.
Here are some more details of my project:

Thank you for your attention! Stay creative and enjoy the video! :)

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Just before we say goodbye and wish you all a beautiful creative weekend, we have the winner of my New Release Giveaway.
Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and kind words and for all the pinning of course! ;)

And the winner is..... drumroll.....

Congrats, Maja! Please email us at with your shipping address!
Thank you all my friends for joining the fun!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Angel of Music - Mixed-media Collage on canvas

Hi there my dear friends. I hope you had a great creative week!
I'm on the point of going to Frankfurt now - and those of you who are coming to Paperworld and Creativeworld Show can meet me at 2 booths: Prima (4.2/G-15) and Notions Marketing :) 
I hope to see you there - just in case, here is the schedule of my Prima demos :)

In the meantime I'd like to share one of my latest projects with you - "Angel of Music" collage which I've made a few weeks ago. Some of you could see it displayed at Prima booth during Winter CHA in Anaheim - but I think it is high time to share it here on the blog too!

"Angel of Music" - 20x50 cm collage/assemblage on canvas

I think it is not hard to guess it was inspired by my husband's passion for music - from all the arts and crafts this one is the closes to his heart and I have to admit it is pure pleasure to see his joy when he gets new CD of his favourite band or musician or when he takes his guitar out to play and practice a bit.
Working on this composition I wanted to show as much as possible of his personality, interests... and  let me tell you, putting this all together was pure fun!

There are tons of meaningful objects used - cords, jacks, mini speakers, music box and electronic parts just to name few of them. As always I used my Art Basics to glue it all together - this time I used my new Heavy Body Gel and I have to say I'm delighted with the result - works faster and gets more solid than the other mediums from the range, just as I planned!

The whole concept started with the background of course - I used some of his old CDs to create first layer of texture on the stretched canvas. I was hoping this idea will work well... and it is better than I expected. I love the dimension and beautiful round pattern... just perfect! I spicied it up a bit adding diamond shapes - I used Art Basics Modeling Paste and one of my stencils.

Painting process was one of the most exciting ones: I was finally able to use some of my new Art Alchemy paints in combination with Pixie Dust Sprays and Art Basics White and Black Heavy Gesso. Can I tell you I just can't wait when they will show up on the market and people will start playing with them ? Just look at this beautiful glow of the drips - Opal Magics made their trick, don't you think? With a sprinkle of Mica Powders and a bit of patience my collage was ready and I have to tell you - my husband is happy with the results too :)

Check your shelves, drawers, boxes, garage, kitchen and attics - you may find the most surprising and inspiring bits and pieces... why not using them for your next project?
I hope I sent you some inspiration today - stay tuned for the next beautiful project with tutorial from my Creative Team - coming this Friday!
Sending hugs and love

p.s. As far as I know Prima is going to start shipping of my Mechanicals, paints and Art Ingredients in the last days of January - so make sure you will check with your favourite shop and maybe give them some hints what is on your wishlist?