Friday, 9 October 2015


My Friends...
Our super talented Gayle prepared a stunning art journal spread inspired by a difficult situation I am sure all of us have faced.
These pages truly took my breath away...

Hello lovely Finnabair friends.
It is so good to be back here in Finn Team again for another year. I am very excited to be working alongside some wonderful new “creatives” and very thankful to Anna for inviting me back.
I would also like to thank all of you who have left me some of the most amazing, kind and inspiring comments over the past months (some made me cry, but they all made me feel very humble and I am so very, very appreciative.) Thank you.
I have tried to get back to some of you to answer questions you have for me, but can not always find a link, so I have left a comment on the blog instead.

This month I have kept things simple and done a journal page.
Do you ever suffer from saying the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person?
In Australia we call this “Foot in mouth disease”.
My journal page is a reflection of this - when, being a little excited, you have said something in good faith to someone and you do not get a reply. You look at them out the corner of your eye, and, at that point you realise you have said the wrong thing. Words are the source of misunderstanding. You are embarrassed and straight away apologies start forming in your head.

I have used all my favourite things: Finnabair ArtBasics mediums, stamps and stencils along with collage.
The colour this time comes from mediums I do not usually work with - Magical Powders from Lindy’s Stamp Gang and regular old colour pencils. These two things have created a muted, soft colour palette.

And here's how it all happened:

No.1 Sketch in the face. If you don’t feel you can draw a face, copy one. If you don’t feel you can copy one, trace one. If you don’t feel you can trace one, use an image transfer, or a photo or a magazine picture. That is the beauty of art journals - there are no rules; you can do whatever you want in it.
No.2 Gesso over the pages, including the sketch. (It will still be visible)

No.3 I’ve used images from Finnabair’s beautiful new Ephemera pack “Melange”. These were pasted down with 3D Matte Gel.
Sadly, they have been “lost” on the page because I forgot to do one very important thing - to give them a coat of Clear Gesso to protect them from the next layers of gesso, paint and ink. If I had done this, then, by using a baby-wipe, I could have wiped away the gesso, paint and coloured ink and revealed the beautiful writing and images on the ephemera and have it shine through.
No4 Stamping using waterproof ink and stamps from Finnabair’s “Rust and Dust” set.

No5 Add Art Extravagance White Crackle Texture Paste around the edges of the page.
No6 Mist the pages with water and sprinkle on the Magical powders.

No7 I love how these Magical powders stay in little dots and blobs and also how the colour seeps into and shows up the Crackle Texture paste.
No8 I had to intensify the colour a little, so added some Distress Spray Stain dribbles.

No9 Coloured pencils to colour the eyes, nose and lips.
No10 Collage on some tissue flowers using Art Basics Soft Matte Gel.

No.11 More stamping with Finnabair Clear Stamps.
No.12 Lastly, some more surface pattern using ink dabbed on through a Finnabair stencil and stamping (in pink, you can just see it) with a stamp from “Old Town” set.
I’ve used 3 different colours of ink through the stencil: a light honey colour, a darker Sienna and a deep blue.

White Crackle Paste… my favourite medium.

Layers of stamping, collage, stencilling and texture paste along with the softness of coloured pencils.

Thank you for looking today. I hope you will feel inspired to go and play and experiment in an art journal.
And remember: if you make mistakes it doesn’t matter!


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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Balancing Act

My Friends...
You know how much I love sharing my passion for Art.
It's always a treat to be sharing my knowledge and to see other people feeling inspired by all my instructions, tips and tricks.
But you know what... there are times when my art pieces (especially art journal pages) just... happen. And it gets tricky when I need to explain how and why I created a certain work.

You know this quote?
"Writing about painting is like dancing about architecture."
Exactly. ;)

So here it is - a new journal spread that really doesn't need explaining. Created on the spur of the moment. Raw emotions and reflecting on precious art of finding balance.

I hope that - even without too much "talking" - you enjoyed my journal for today. :)
Sending you the warmest hugs

Monday, 5 October 2015

Rusty Memories

Hello, dear Friends!
We can always count on Olga to charm up some unique poetic atmosphere with her art pieces.
Today's no different. Enjoy all the mixed media textures and meanings!

Autumn is the most reflective and melancholic season. It is filled with rusty colours, misty shades and soft sunlight which warm muses seated on golden branches. Just a perfect time for a little mixed media adventure.

I started with covering a canvas panel with vintage book pages which I glued down with Soft Gel. After drying I stamped some crotchet patterns and painted the whole with a thin coat of white Heavy Gesso.
To add some blue and brown smears I used water-soluble pencils and tea stain. Then I put a bit of clear Crackling Paste here and there.

 When everything was dry I applied a thick coat of 3D Gloss Gel using a pallete knife and a dotty stencil. A pinch of shimmering Mica Powder was then applied on the dump medium to highlight the pattern.
To prepare dimensional additions I glued down a few portraits of vintage ladies onto bottle caps and then altered their features with a black fineliner and watercolour pencils.

I used clear Heavy Gesso to paint both ruffled edges of the bottle caps, and the numeral embellishments, both from Mechanical collection. Their tones became more even and well prepared for covering them with Mica Powders.
I fixed the mentioned additions to the canvas with 3D Gel and sealed dried seeds along with Micro Beads in a glazing medium to obtain glossy round portraits.

To frame the canvas I fixed four brads in all corners and threaded wires underneath. I also attached some fibres around the numbers.
The last step was painting the metal elements with Soft Gel mixed with Mica Powders in rusty and green colours. Voilà! The canvas is ready.

Have a great week, Olga

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Wanderlust 2016 Giveaway!

Hello, my Friends!
I hope you have heard by now about new super inspiring online classes called Wanderlust 2016!
I'm so happy to be among 26 teachers there and I simply can't wait for this art adventure to begin...

This whole beautiful venture is organized by two wonderful people who made their dream come true - Kasia & Jamie. I'm so happy they followed the dream and made this creative journey, Wanderlust 2016 happen!

And now it's time for the first Wanderlust giveaway!
Fancy winning almost £150 (US$225 €200) of fabulous mixed media and art goodies?

Everything Art are giving away a chance to win this one amazing prize for anyone who buys a place on their new fabulous year long mixed media and art journaling online class called Wanderlust from 1st of September until 15th of December 2015. (Everyone who has already bought is already included in the draw!!!)
The price of Wanderlust 2016 until 15th of December is £65 (approx $100 / €89), after this date it will go up to £99, so save money by booking it now and be in for the chance to win this fabulous prize.

Dive into the world of creativity and get a head start with these fabulous prizes:

Prima Finnabair -Brush Set
Daler Rowney Aquafine Watercolour Travel Set
Sennelier Abstract Satin Finish Acrylic - Primary Blue
Sennelier Abstract Satin Finish Acrylic - Carmine Red
1500 Koh-I-Noh Graphite Pencil Set
Daler Rowney Murano Pastel Pencil Travel Set
Daler Rowney Simply Pastel A4 Art Set
Pocket Colour Wheel
Paint Pallete
Prima Finnabair Art Basics - 3d Matte Gel 236ml
Catalyst Mini Blade - No 1 White
Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients Glass Beads - Plum
Dr P.H. Martins Bombay Inks - Aqua - 30ml Bottle
Sakura Pigma Brush Pen - Black
Prima Finnabair Art Ingredients - Glass Glitter - Sterling
Ranger Sunshine Yellow Re-Inker
Sharpie Water Based White Extra Fine Point
Catalyst Contour No 61 Mint
Prima - Chalk Egders By Ingvild Bolme - Lime Pie
Prima - Chalk Egders By Ingvild Bolme - Summer Field
Scrapbook Diaries stamp designed by Kasia
The Crafters Workshop TCW459s Mini Harlequin Circles 6x6 Stencil
Prima Finnabair Elementals Stencil Netting

The lucky winner will be announced 1st of January 2016 on Everything Art Facebook page and online community.

Doesn't it sound like an amazing giveaway?! :)

That's not all. I really need to show you this inspiring video if you're still hesitating (I sure hope you're not! ;) ):

Wanderlust 2016 a year long class by Everything Art from Everything Art on Vimeo.

Don't you just love it?!
I so hope I will see you there!

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Friday, 2 October 2015

'Within heart beat' Assemblage Art by Marta Lapkowska

Marta's project for today makes my heart sing.. It has all the elements that I love so much - most of all, some wonderful creative recycling and finding beauty in the ordinary. You will absolutely love it too!

Hi mixed media friends!
Firstly I must say how happy, honoured and grateful I am for continuing my journey with Finnabair Creative Finn. This is a dream team and being here is such a privilage for me.
I am absolutely over the moon that I can meet you all here in the next months and share my love for mixed media.

Do you know what Assemblage is ?
Today I would like to show you my mixed media assemblage piece.

Assemblage is an artistic form or medium usually created on a defined substrate that consists of three-dimensional elements projecting out of or from the substrate. It is similar to collage, a two-dimensional medium. It is part of the visual arts, it typically uses found objects, but is not limited to these materials.

This piece was in my head for a long time. I had kept this old broken telly part and waited for an inspiration to come.
I could see my finished project right away but... it kept on changing while I was creating.

It's special piece... two hearts... connected by wire like myself and my daughter Emily... (you can see her small hand on the video for split second :)

As you can see main telly part was left uncoloured. In my first vision I hoped to blend in all the elements and cover it with some colour. At the end I left the original green and decided to find some coordinating shades and match small findings to my main green colour.

I added many found objects and craft embellishments like metal pieces, chipboards and resin elements.

To colour my make I used new colours of Mica Powders from Finnabair and gel medium.
By mixing gel medium and mica powders you will get a great shiny paint.
As you can see all coloured elements are having this fantastic shimmery shine.
I hope you will enjoy the video!

Love, Marta xx

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