Friday, 15 June 2018

The Keeper of Inspirations

Hello Friends!
This Friday we meet with our wonderful talented Juliya who invited a certain Steampunk Gentleman to her brand new mixed media canvas... You'll fall head over heels for this one! :)

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Hello there, lovely creative friends!
Today I'd like to share with you my new inspiration - a mixed media canvas.
Recently, I've been creating a series of fantasy themed canvases and here's one of them.
This time I used the reverse side of a canvas and created a special imaginary character I called the Keeper of Inspirations. I hope you'll find this gentleman inspiring... :)
I had this thought that al my inspirations must live in an amazing world and such place certainly needs its Keeper. :)
My canvas is filled with all sorts of my favorite elements - nature and mechanics intertwined.
My first step was to wrap the canvas with crumpled kraft paper. And to fix all the lovely folds, I used Soft Gloss Gel.

Then I covered everything with Heavy Black Gesso. In general, I use this gesso in different stages of my projects. I cover all the subsequent layers as it's more convenient for me to create layers and add colors in stages. But of course you can do it differently and after creating yourr composition, cover it with gesso just once
and then play with adding the colors.
To add some gorgeous textured layers, I used one of my favorite tricks: 
I mixed different sizes of beads with Modeling Paste. I applied this mixture on my canvas, combining it with natural sisal fibres.

While it's all still wet, you can keep adding more beads or other embellishments you fancy. And when everything dries, you can cover it with gesso to get your surface ready for color media and paints.
When it came to choosing the colors, I used my favorite combination of Art Alchemy acrylic paints. You will find all the links in the product list below.

Spraying parts of the canvas with a little bit of water, I also added beautiful shimmering Mica Powders. They are just perfect to emphasize the texture, add delicate shine and soften the color transitions..

The final touches with Art Ingredients Micro BeadsGlass Glitter and Art Alchemy Vintage Gold Wax and my work was ready!
Please enjoy my video tutorial!

And where do your inspirations live...? :)

It's so interesting to come up with different fantasy projects, weave different materials and styles.

I feel that within me there lives a little girl who loves to invent fairy tales... :)

I hope that I inspired you to create your own mixed media fairy tale and share it with us!
xx Juliya

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Flaming Heart in Pink

Hi, how was your week?
I was so happy to see so many of you on my FB Page during the FB Live yesterday - I so appreciate your support and encouragement! I hope you got inspired to create for the next days...and if you didn't see the recording yet, you can easily find it here. I will, of course, try to edit it and add to my YT channel and to this blog as well so it will be easy to find it in the future - just give me some time to go through it, ok?

In the meantime I wanted you to see one of the projects I've made during my classes. What I love in this take on the "Flaming Heart" triptych is organic, very intriguing beauty caused by the placement details and my selection of the colours... just have a look!

Don't you think this heart, surrounded by Art Pebbles and Mechanicals looks somehow, very real? There is something haunting about how the shades of pink underline the mesmerising, yet a bit unsettling texture of the Art Stones. If you will have a closer look you may get what I mean...
I'm absolutely in love with the clusters as a way of organizing my elements on the project. Quite naturally all my found treasures and embellishments tend to get placed in tight, multilayered groups - and so far the best way to make them stay there forever is using Art Basics Heavy Body Gel - or any of its cousins: Modeling Paste or 3D Gel. They all dry flexible and have a great hold, however, the Heavy Body Gel has the strongest grip and the thickest consistency so it is my favourite. Please note Modeling Paste is not drying transparent as the gels - but white instead!
Finally, it is crucial to make sure after painting that your details are easily visible, even from a distance - the canvas will go on the wall or shelf, so it's important to see all your treasures even there! The solution may be adding highlights with metallic paints (for example - Art Alchemy Metallique range from my line of products) or just like you can see here - Metallique Waxes, which are just delicious in colours and so easy to apply with your fingers or dabbing brush!

I'm planning to leave this treasure in my private collection - I like it so much it has to go on a wall somewhere in my Studio or in the house... I hope you like it too and some of my tips will be helpful in your future mixed-media projects!
Sending huge hugs to you all - happy creating!

Monday, 11 June 2018

Altered Hanger

Hi there my Friends!
It's Bipasha's turn on the blog today and you will quickly see she's my altering soul mate! ;)
Just like me she appreciates the beauty and endless possibilities of seemingly ordinary objects around us... You will also find a video tutorial so don't hesitate and create some altered art with us!

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I have a special love for recycling and altering household items.
For today's inspiration, I altered a metal hanger into a rusted timeless decor.
I started with adhering all the Mechanicals metals embellishments from Finnabair along with other bits and pieces (from my stash) on my hanger to create the composition.
The base and support for all the embellishments were little pieces of wood hot glued to the hanger.
Once I was happy with it, I added some Pumice Stone Paste for texture and Melange Art Pebbles and Art Stones (mixed with liquid glue) randomly to blend in the look and create some connectivity in the design.
I love the way how the addition of these mediums in any project creates magical dimensions and textures.

I also printed out some vintage photos from Pinterest, fussy cut them out and added to my composition for an extra added charm...
Next, I coloured everything with Black Gesso. Once dry, I started adding the brown hues of Art Extravagance Camouflage Rust Effect Paste to create an aged and grunged effect.

Occassionally, I added some Metallique acrylic paint in Royal Blue to create some colourful interest.

Finally, I added some highlights and contouring to my project using Metallique Wax in White Gold and dry brush strokes of White Gesso for highlighting.
Please enjoy my step by step video tutorial I made especially for you!

I hope this inspires you to alter your unused household items and delve into the ocean of endless creative possibilities with Finnabair's products!

Happy creating!

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