Friday, 15 November 2019

Vintage compass by Aleksandra Mihelic

I love searching for antiques, old vintage objects that hold so much history, so many secrets and have so much soul in them. A few months back on a sunny warm Sunday I visited this antiques fair in the center of Ljubljana. I enjoyed my walk by the riverside admiring all the beautiful vintage things that people brought along. There were a few pieces that I just couldn’t resist and so they’ve found their new home in my apartment. One of the special ones was this old, vintage compass, which was stored in an old wooden box. Box itself was already gorgeous but since I wanted to give the compass to someone special, I decided to alter the box, to make the gift even more special and personal. The “message” that I wanted to give to this special person was to always be guided by heart.

I added several metal pieces and some chipboard pieces to the box. I used 3D gel to adhere all the embellishments to the box. It’s the most perfect glue for such a thing, since it holds really well and it dries transparent, so I always use it for such projects.  I had this beautiful composition in my mind and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. I let the composition dry completely before coloring it, so that the box was sturdy enough and nothing was falling off. I then started adding colors. I decided to go with a rusty finish, so I used gorgeous Rust paste set to color my box. I first added a coat of brown rust paste. When the first coat was completely dry, I went on top of it with a red rust paste and after that with the yellow shade of a rust paste. I wanted to dry-gesso it a bit, but then decided to use Cream rust paste from the Old Walls set to highlight some parts of my altered box.

There is also a video tutorial for you on Finnabair studio youtube channel. I hope you’ll enjoy watching it.

Thank you for taking time and stopping by. I hope you were inspired by my making today.
Enjoy your day and see you soon!
Hugs, Aleksandra

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

Monday, 11 November 2019

Liquid Acrylic Paint in my Art Journal Page

This time I have made an Art Journal spread for you. Lot of stamping with the Art Daily stamps, to create texture in the background and also to create some focal points.

In my art journal spread I have have used Liquid Acrylic Paint in four different ways. Yes, the same paint to create different effects. I have been playing with my gelli plate and the Liquid Acrylic Paint to create my background. I have made my own paste that I have used with a stencil. Then I have been painting the stamped birds and also made some splashes with the Liquid Acrylic Paint. Just so much fun to use the same paints in different ways.

I have a video where you can follow my process with my Liquid Acrylic Paint. You are welcome to watch!

Xoxo Katja

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

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Art Recipe - November 2019

Hello friends,

It's November already and we are here today to inspire you with our new Art Recipe. This month we are happy to show also a project by one of the winners of our previous Art Recipe challenges - Ksenia Vesnina. We hope you will feel your creative juices are flowing.

Just to make sure, you are all well informed, we would like to let you know, that challenges will be going live usually each second Sunday of the month. So please do not be surprised, that Inlinkz is closed the day before. Please keep that in mind planning your entering the challenge :) because we love your projects so much and we do not want to lose any of them!

The rules are very simple. Each challenge consists of colour palette and products. You need to stick to the colour pallete and use at least 2 of the products listed in a challenge.

Colours of September Art Recipe:
Violet, Jade, Pink

 Art Basics: Gesso
 Art Alchemy: MetalliqueWax
 Art Ingredients: Mica Powder
 Finnabair’s Stamps

If the products on your project are not easy to recognize, please add in description information, where exactly we can see them.

Challenge is open till December, 14th. The winner will be invited to be Guest Designer on our blog.

This month Guest Designer is Ksenia Vesnina with below project.

When I start to work with the palette, I dig for a long time in a box of paints and finally I put them on my table.  Then I left it for a few days and looked at it from time to time... I got inspired.  Then I need edto choose what I will create.  Canvas?  Postcard?  This time I made mini cards or maxi ATCs. Houses.  As a base, I covered my billets with black gesso.  Then I played a lot with different paints: metallique, impasto and sparks.  In the end, I decorated everything with flowers, stampings and lace. 

Inspiration from our Design Team:

I altered a paint brush. I love doing this type of project because the possibilities are endless. I had so much fun playing with the colors. I Started by adding white gesso to the whole paint brush. I added some texture with some paper texture paste and the tapestry stencil. I used some mica powder and some Impasto paint for color. I finished the brush with a sentiment sticker.

Hi creative friends! A new art recipe inspired me to create a series of cards. Stamps from Finnabair perfectly created the main elements. I covered the background of cards with Black Gesso and added textures with Crackle Paste and Art Stones. When everything was dry I added color with Mica Powder and finished with a gentle Wax. I decorated it with my favorite flowers from Prima and decor elements, added a bit of chipboard and mechanical elements.

I hope you are inspired by a bright palette and favorite materials and we look forward to your projects!

For the challenge this month I have made for you a colorful and dynamic composition.
I wanted to show you how beautiful the background can be made with liquid acrylic paints, how beautiful and intense the colors are. By adding water immediately after applying the paint, we get a great watercolor effect, the colors intertwine. Remember, however, to act quickly, because when the paints dry, they become permanent.

My composition is slightly messy, with lots of layers and details. To add to the whole interesting texture, I mixed glitter, beads and microbeads with soft gloss gel. I put the mixture here and there. After drying, the gel becomes transparent and we see only beautifully shimmering beads.

The colors in this challenge are one of my favorites, I hope they will encourage you to have fun with us.

How To Enter?

1. Create a project with our colour scheme and all obligatory products listed at the beginning of this blog post
2. If any products are not well visible on the project, please leave an information where to find them on your project in description on your blog
3. Enter using Inlinkz below.

Challenge will be closed on December 14th. Lucky winner will be announced by the end of December.

We hope you feel inspired and we can't wait to see your projects :)
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
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