Saturday, 25 January 2014

Altered Wooden Horse Tutorial - It's a Kind of Magic...

I' sure you already know - I love wooden horses. (And birds. Deer. Maybe just animals in general? But certaily - horses are on the top of the list!).
Maybe it is because they bring back the best memories from childhood when I wanted to have my own pony (no matter we lived in a small apartment in downtown) or maybe because they are so great, inspiring shapes to alter? Or both?
Certainly there is some strange magic in them - I can't resist and when I see one I'm ready to get it... and change their appearance completely!
 Below you can see a small wooden horse my friend bought for me on the folk market which was turned into steampunk-like, dark Pegasus. This is the project I've created for  Luminarte blog - not so long ago! In general - it reflects everything I love about using gels, paints and found objects...

 I have to admit I'm very happy about the final effect - I just love the colors and aged look together with a bit industrial feeling of the wings and sides of the horse. Here you can see it from different angles:

Supplies for this project (links to my store - Mixed Media Place): 

- Silks - Acrylic Glaze from Luminarte: Teal Zircon, African Jade, Stargazer, Bolivian Blue, Solar Gold, Ginger Peach (or others)
- A bunch of found objects you'd like to use (buttons, pebbles, clock parts, trinkets, etc)
- A Prima Mechanicals - metal embellishments from my collection
- Black Gesso or good quality black acrylic paint
- Heavy Gel Medium - gloss or matt
- paintbrushes

And now the best part -
a Video Tutorial for you where you can see this project made step-by -step.
I hope you will enjoy and get inspired!
(you can watch it in bigger size here, on my YouTube :))

I wish you all happy creating and I'd love to know what you think about projects like that. Do you like altering and artistic recycling? What are your favorite objects to recycle/alter?
Sending warm hugs!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Let's be brave and blog hop together!

Today is a very special day as Mixed Media Place and Scrap 365 decided to join forces in a fantastic adventure!
We would like to welcome you all to the Back to Basics Blog Hop!

The idea behind it is to encourage all those of you who are maybe new to the world of scrapbooking and perhaps feel overwhelmed with all the products and concepts.
So we are here to help! :)

Our January Blog Hop is all about layout composition principles. Ali found this fabulous prompt on Pinterest, courtesy of SuzyQ Scraps. It really sums up the beginning of every layout.

My part is the principle #2 i.e. the Rule of Thirds. I think it's the friendliest one of all. ;)
The concept is very simple really - there is this theory that the human eye naturally gravitates to intersection points that you can imagine when you split an image into thirds.
So all you have to do is to divide your area into thirds with two imaginary lines vertically and two lines horizontally making three columns, three rows, and nine sections. A sort of a grid to put it more simply. ;)
And then you take the elements you want to use and place them on or near the imaginary lines and where the lines intersect.
This composition will surely make your layout more dynamic and interesting.
But enough talking, here's my take on the idea:

If you look closer, you will be able to decipher my writing: "Yes, I'll be brave".
And these are exactly my wishes for you! :)
It doesn't matter if you have been scrapbooking for ten years or ten days...there's always something new to learn and for me, experimenting is one of the best parts of the whole creative adventure!
So don't hesitate! Simply try, you might actually surprise yourself! :)

Now, all you need to do be in with a shot of the prize is follow Scrap365 and Mixed Media Place blogs. Like us both on Facebook and leave a message on the Scrap365 blog telling us which layout principle you are going to try!
We would love to see your take on the principles so be sure to upload them to Scrap365 fb page!

So come with is and see how our fantastic DT members solved their composition.
Get ready for a lot of breathtaking inspirations!

Here is the list of super talented ladies who share their thoughts on the rest of the principles:


And yes, of course - there are delicious mixed media prizes to either add to your stash or to get you started. :)

The blog hop runs till midnight on Monday and the winners will be announced on Wednesday the 15th.

We are so looking forward to seeing your works created with our help.
Have fun and remember - Be Brave! :)

Monday, 6 January 2014

1964 - a sketch

Those of you who know me better, would be surprised to see me using a sketch... Indeed, I don't do it - partly because I learned to trust my intuition - and the second reason is that I simply can't follow them: at some point of my creative process I forget there was a sketch somewhere on the way...
Skissedilla Sketches are a different story though - they are simple enough to make me feel comfortable and let my creativity flow.
That's why I was happy to be invited as a Selected Scrapper for January 2014 and you can join in the fun, too! There's a delicious prize sponsored by Mixed Media Place - my favourite project kit. :) But the best part of this challenge is the creative freedom so don't hesitate and come play with us!

I used one of my family photos (this is one of my uncles) for this layout. For more details and technique you can visit Sizzix blog. I had huge fun incorporating all sorts of ephemera and metal elements like some wire for example.
I also used a lot of Archival Inks, some tea (obviously ;) ), a little bit of Primary Elements Artist Pigments, pencil, my Mechanicals embellishments and 9th Wave papers.

and some details:

I hope you like my uncle. :)
Don't forget to join in our fun on Skissedilla sketch challenge and wish me bon voyage - I'm off to my CHA adventure again! :)

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Let me take you to my "Cold Country" - new 7 Dots Studio Collection

Hi again friends!
I can finally share one of the super important projects I was working on secretly... it's time for the new release at 7 Dots Studio and there are 3 new collections coming - and I can't even express how much I love them. Yesterday you could see beautiful, delicate "Illumination" by Anai and tomorrow you will see breathtaking "Nature Walk" by our new designer - talented DeeDee Catron!
Today is my day - and my new "baby". Please, let me introduce you to:

Some of you might already notice that my paper collections are my way of sharing "stories". "Cold Country" is not different. It's emotional, nostalgic, reflecting a bit darker side of our life - but there's place for warm feelings, hope and reunion. You can find there cold mornings and lonely evenings, short notes we leave on the back of the photos, long letters written to those we love. It is about remembering the good times and longing, missing the ones you love or loved and places close to our heart. There is a place for sharing your secrets, thinking about the past and expressing the deepest feelings... you can say it is hopelessly romantic - it is - in a very "Slavic" way  - so the way as I understand and cherish "vintage romantic" atmosphere.
Collection is a mixture of cold patina colors and vintage browns, books, diaries, old photos and treasures of the past... for me personally it is something more: it was inspired by stories told me by my grandma when I was a kid - her life, her family... old photos I found only triggered my creativity. I couldn't take off my eyes of then and I knew one they they will be used for something special.
I guess it is the right time. Please let me take you to my "Cold Country".

There are 6 double-sided papers of mixed-media quality

1 set of Stamps

12×12 Die-cut Elements

6×12 Die-cut Elements

6×12 Stickers

6×12 “Word” Stickers

 And if you like smaller designs – there will be also 6×6 papers pad
 – with 24 double-sided sheets of paper

Finally - the Collection Kit:

I'd like to thank from the bottom of my heart to those of people who made this project real. Without help and support of my friends and husband, I wouldn't finish this project. The biggest thank you goes to my friend (and editor) Tusia, who believed in me again, giving me all the good energy and support I needed, standing by my side when I needed motivation and support. She is the best friend you ca have, really. Huge thanks to Anai who as always - helped with graphic issues, Dee Dee for her last minute help and to Eliza and my husband who were the first to "review" the full collection. Thank you all. 

And I have great news for you!
You can win the collection going to 7 Dots Studio Blog HERE and leaving the comment telling what do you think about "Cold Country". What can be easier? 

Thank you so much for visiting!
Sending hugs
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