Monday, September 15, 2014

Friends Who Love Art

Hello, Friends!
Let's say a warm welcome to another member of my Creative Team!
I've been a fan of Linda's art for a while now - admiring her endless creativity and positive energy she shares with the world...
And she's a girl after my own heart - altered objects? vintage photos? a sense of humor? Yes, yes and yes! I really had to have her join my Team! :)

Hi, everyone!
I started out as a watercolor artist years ago, but when I found stamp, inks, and altered arts, I thought I'd died and gone to Heaven!
Vintage photos and found objects get my pulse racing. Three dimensional altered art is probably where I get totally lost in the design, but journaling has become another love I share with this fantastic Creative Team.
My blog header says it all: "There is nothing more fun than having Friends who love ART."

Today, I’m thrilled to be sharing my Altered Clock from Finnabair with all of you.

If you'd like to create your own altered frame - here's my tutorial - hope you'll feel inspired!

I started with the back. Since these are all new products to me, I thought that was a safer place to begin. After removing the back, I painted parts with Heavy White Gesso. Then, I added a swath of Copper CrackleTexture Paste with a palette knife.

(All the new products are explained in great detail on these links to Finnabairs’s blog: Art Basics, Art Ingredients, Art ExtraVagance.)

When the crackle was dry, I used Fresco Paints to add various blues to the white gessoed areas. I also added some Distress Inks in the cracks of the crackle and the edges of the blue paint.

Then I stamped the Fishnet Clear Stamp randomly with black Archival Ink. Heatset.

Finally, I added stenciling with the Prima Flourish stencil using a foam square and black Archival Ink.

Now, onto the outside of the clock, I painted Heavy White Gesso in a splotchy pattern around the clock. Then, I added more Fresco Paints in the turquoise family. When dry, I used a sponge brush to add Copper Crackle Paste blending the edges with the blue paint. Let it dry or use a heat tool.

Next, add the Threading stamp around the clock with both black and coffee Archival ink. Don’t put the stamp on a block, just roll it here and there stamping a small portion of the stamp.

Using the back of your clock, trace it onto the White Resist Canvas-Scales and cut out. Glue to the back with Soft Matte Gel. Add Distress inks in orange and yellow to the canvas area. Note the “resist” area will not take the color. This is so cool!

Stamp a background using Stamps and Adverts and Adverts with black archival ink.

I added a bit of Heavy Black Gesso to the Large Clockface and the edges of 2 wooden blocks. The blocks will be your base for the picture of the children. Then, I spread some Soft Gel around the circle and sprinkled a bit of Luminousand Ebony and Ivory Glitter into it.

The next step is to put together the collage inside your clock. I used the picture of the children from Found Relatives by Tim Holtz and edged it with a pen. The medium size Bottlecap is filled with Soft Matte Gel and filled with Plum, Licorice and Zinc Glass Beads. These are so gorgeous!!! I used Mini Flowers, a Washer #1, and a Numeral 5 as well that I glued on with 3D MatteGel. This stuff REALLY is great for gluing heavier pieces.

I picked out some Prima flowers and leaves to add to the outside. They seemed to want to be sprinkled with something….so I broke out the Art Sugar! I used a small brush to add some Soft MatteGel and then dipped them into the jar. Shake them off a bit and you’re done!

The outside is decorated with Mechanicals and some small Junkyard Findings and a Lady Bird Butterfly.  I also added a bit of Black Sand Texture Paste just to see how it worked.

Add your collection of little flowers to the front with 3D Matte Gel, tie a tattered and torn piece of black tulle around the top, and you are DONE!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. I’ll see you back here again next month….big hugs!


If you feel inspired by today's tutorial and feel like getting to know Linda better, you can visit her blog to see more of her amazing Art, say a friendly hello on facebook or follow her on instagram.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Muscle of the Soul

Hello, Friends!
A couple of days ago I came across this great quote by Vladimir Nabokov:

"Imagination is the muscle of the soul."

My thoughts exactly. :)
And also one of the reasons why I love teaching art classes so much - not only do I teach, but I also learn A LOT from my students.
And it never gets boring - seeing how people express my themes and ideas in their own personal way gives me a lot of inspiration and totally makes my "soul muscle"grow. :)

Today I'd like to show you a couple of samples from my Imagine class.
I love the limited palette we are using and all the layers and small embellishments that create a sort of a fairytale atmosphere...

And one more canvas - I just love playing with light & shadow:

And here are some of my favorite supplies that we use during my Imagine classes:

If you'd like to experience the atmosphere of my classes, here is the list of the upcoming events.
You can read more about them by clicking on each of the pictures.
                                                                                                                       {more info soon}

I hope I'll see you there and we'll create some great art together!
Have a great weekend

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Dream Come True by Carole

Hello, Friends!
Today, I have the pleasure to introduce another member of my Creative Team...

Carole a.k.a. Carol and Co. is a sweet creative lady from the South of France. I was immediately attracted to her genuine passion for art - whether it's scrapbooking, art journaling, mixed media or photography (for three years now Carole has been taking one photo a day capturing little moments of her life).
Apart from the passion for art, there's one more thing that Carole and I have in common - we're both total tea addicts rinsing the paintbrushes in our mugs. ;)

Carole's creativity is limitless and today she proves it one more time. Are you ready to be amazed? :)

Today I would like to share with you my first project for Finnabair Creative Team !!! 
On this occasion I wanted to pay a tribute to Finnabair and my new DT. :)
I have made a layout where you can find some new mixed media products from Finn and I also prepared a step-by-step tutorial that I hope will inspire you to create with us!

First of all, I took watercolor paper which is my favorite base to add texture and inks. I glued my postal stamps on it with soft matte gel.

I also played with another product from Art Basics line - Heavy White Gesso.
I covered my page background with a thin layer of gesso to melt in all the glued elements.

Then, I added some yellow and pink using Dylusions inks:

I also added some stamping with these wonderful Checkered and Simstress background stamps. I fell in love with them immediately (I'm just a little bit of stamp addict!).

I added some cut outs made by hand and some images of the moth from our logo, inked and stapled...

And of course the photos of all the lovely Artists. :)
I'm so grateful to be among these Ladies - it's a real dream come true for me...
We keep inspiring each other and having some really good fun as the Team. :)

Finally, I finished my project adding some square shapes drawn through the Checker stencil and by aging the paper on the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink.

Hope you like my project and that you will feel inspired to play and try something new!
Lots of love


Say a friendly welcome to Carole on her fb, follow her on instagram and make sure you check out the incredible creations on her blog!