Monday, 16 July 2018

“The Traveller” Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Sanda Reynolds

Hi there, Friends!

I am so excited with my newly released products!!! Today Sanda shows you wonderful colour effects and textures created with my new Opal Magic Paints and Texture Fantasy pastes. Emerge yourself into the depth of the ocean watching great video tutorial by Sanda and see my new products being used to create this beautiful sea scene.

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“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths, it has its pearls too” ― Vincent van Gogh, The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

Hello, my friends,
I am back today with a new project for the Team – a mixed media canvas with a very summery feel, filled with all the goodness of Finn’s NEW paints and texture pastes.
So, grab a cuppa, relax and let me show you what I prepared for you…
I began by applying a coat of White Heavy Gesso on a wooden, 8 x 8 inches. canvas. When the gesso was dry, I spread a generous layer of Modeling Paste with a palette knife. I also cut several pieces of Finnabair Resist Canvas and pressed them down, into the wet Modeling Paste. Then I added another layer the paste on the bottom part of my canvas.

To create my composition, I embedded into the Modeling Paste two pieces of handspun yarn I made a while ago, seashells and Finnabair Art Stones. I left everything to dry overnight.
Next morning, I covered the collage with white heavy gesso and dried it with my heating tool.
For painting the upper part of the panel, I chose Finn’s NEW Opal Magic paints in Teal-Blue, Blue-Violet and Teal-Pink together with Art Alchemy Metallique Lime Peel.
I can’t tell you how beautiful, creamy and vibrant these new paints are… They are indeed magical!
I spread the paints into the resist canvas and spritzed them with water to encourage them to move and create drips.

For the bottom part of the panel, I picked Finnabair’s NEW Texture Fantasy paste sets (Anemone and Coral, Junkyard Treasures, Old Walls and Northern Lights).
These new sets are simply fabulous – the same rust paste texture in new, brilliant, gorgeous colours! If you like texture, you’ll just love them!

Going back to my project, I spread the pastes using Finn’s dabbing brush, working in layers, from dark to light. When I was pleased with the result, I added some highlights with Art Alchemy Opal magic Green-Gold.

To unify my painting, I used Art Alchemy Metallique Emerald Green and sponged some white Heavy Gesso to suggest the foam of the waves.

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

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

Have a lovely day, my friends,
Sanda xoxo

Products I have used - all the images linked to Mixed Media Place online store

New products:
966126 - Art Alchemy - Opal Magic Acrylic Paint - Blue-Violet
966096 - Art Alchemy - Opal Magic Acrylic Paint - Teal-Pink
966102 - Art Alchemy - Opal Magic Acrylic Paint - Teal-Blue
966010- Art Extravagance Rust Paste – Texture Fantasy – Junkyard Treasures
966027 - Art Extravagance Rust Paste – Texture Fantasy – Northern Lights
966034 - Art Extravagance Rust Paste – Texture Fantasy – Old Walls
966041 - Art Extravagance Rust Paste – Texture Fantasy – Anemone and Coral

Monday, 9 July 2018

Canvas Owl's Spirit

Hi my lovelies,
Nature is the best we have on this planet. It gives us everything - air, food, shelter, but also relax, beauty and inspiration. Still more and more of us are aware of the importance of taking care of the whole planet. But inspiration coming from the nature was something, that was known even in caveman times. It is still absolutely alive and today you can see wonderful example of being inspired by nature. Watch Olya's video tutorial, read her thoughts and enjoy the inspiration coming from nature.

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Hello there lovely creative friends! 
Today I'd like to share with you my brand new inspiration - a mixed media canvas

Nature is the best inspiration for me! And I love using natural elements in my projects! This time I was fascinated by the bark of the tree, its texture and uniqueness. Therefore, I devoted my project to the forest theme.

I created a canvas with a black background. This is my favorite kind of base. The colors and waxes shine here best and such background gives so many possibilities. Since in a forest you can find lots of different textures, I also tried to convey its atmosphere. So at first I created a texture layer. I used Texture Paste - Black Sand with very large and beautiful particles. I put it through the Stencil -  Harlequin. It is very convenient to use paste with large particles and thanks to them my background has become unusual!

Then I cover all chipboard pieces with Heavy Gesso - Black. I applied paste to the canvas and let everything dry well.

In order to add a bit of texture to the background I used stunning Rust Effect Paste. In each jar there are sand sized particles. And the paste is just fantastic when used at the background. So I added a little of gray colored paste to the background to make its shades more natural. Then I changed the colors. I used two colors:  Acrylic Paint Metallique - Rustic brown and Sparks - Raven Black. You can mix them to get a more interesting shade and put them on the canvas.

Next, I added incredibly beautiful and unusual pieces of wood. Oh, this is an unmatched texture! Nothing can compare with this. I just stick it on the canvas and also glued a few chipboard pieces.
I covered several Mechanicals with Gray Rust Effect Paste -  Military and made a composition of all elements. To get contrasting effect. I used another very beautiful Rust Effect Paste - Camouflage. Here I took two sets of different light colors to bring out more interesting shades. Have a look, what fantastic transitions are the final effest! Then I wanted to work out my textures and add some shiny look. I used Waxes - Aged Brass and Vintage Gold, that I really love! Thanks to them each particle comes to life and became really visible! And what a velvety texture of waxes and that amazing smell! Waxes are undoubtedly my favorite!

I added some depth to some places using Gray Rust Effect Paste. This creates a more voluminous effect. And of course here you will see my other favorites - Art Stones! This is truly a universal and magical material - it connects all the elements and adds texture. A little bit of shine coming from Glass Glitter Gold Rush and Glitter Set - Luminous and the project is ready!
As you can see, you do not need much to create a beautiful canvas. The main thing is high-quality and best materials and Finnabair brand offers only the best!

I invite you to watch my video tutorial and to see the whole process of creating my project. Enjoy!

I really hope that I was able to inspire you!

Get inspired by nature. It is the most beautiful thing on our planet and of course please take care of it!

Remember that you are beautiful and everything that you create will be beautiful! This is creativity and the main thing is that you feel pleasure coming from the process! And the best and high-quality materials from Finnabair will help you create a real masterpiece!

With love, Olya. 

Products I have used - all the images linked to Mixed Media Place online store

Friday, 6 July 2018

Inspired by colours

Hi my friends,
Don't we all love new products, new colours, new textures? Most of us are happy like a kid, when we receive our boxes with "magical scrapbooking stuff". Have you ever waited till everybody went to  bed and enjoyed your time at night with newly opened papers or paints or flowers delivered by mailman that day? This is what Karolina did :) And here is gorgeous result!

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Today, I want to show you brand new Art Alchemy Opal Magic paints. Their colours are just stunning! I feel incredibly inspired by them, and the first and only thing I wanted to do when I received them was to create, try and test! That’s the result of one of the sleepless nights.

I truly enjoy the moments, when creativity absorbs me entirely. Do you sometimes feel the same way?

I made a big tag. This time I decided to do a simple composition with an abundant background.

I had a single pieces of 7Dots Studio's Stickers and paper – the workshops leftovers, and I finally found the way to use them! Look how easy it is to make an interesting background. Stickers, paper and compositions are glued with my favourite 3D Glass Gel – absolute basic in my works.
Recently I was thinking that if I was supposed to choose three mixed media products to bring them with me to a desert island, it definitely would be 3D Glass Gel, HeavyGesso White and some Glitter. 
It would be extremely tough experience, but I already came up with an idea how to make colours, paints and structure paste using the gifts of nature. And you? Do you have your three essential mixed media products you couldn't live without?

My project is full of texture made with Modeling Paste and Graphite Texture Paste. I applied them on the background through some stencils, and also added a bit of them on the tag's edges. I really wanted to use then iridescent/opal paints, so since the beginning I was creating background with both black and white.

 I applied the paint onto the background - I have added a dash of water to dilute it a bit, so it would be like watercolors.

I subtly altered the frame with Black Gesso and added a bit of opal magic paints. 
Then I put the Art Alchemy Metallique Paint on the whole composition. At the very least I added a few metal ornaments – they look incredible in every work. You can se the whole making process in my tutorial.

There are so many possibilities, when you use such amazing iridescent Opal paints. One paint but in two colours – you don't need much more to be happy!

And my tip for you is: using the same colour in a few places makes the work smoother and more consistent. 

Hope you'll get inspired!

Products I have used - all the images linked to Mixed Media Place online store

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