Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Angelica - why BIGGER is better (sometimes)! - by Finnabair

Hi again my friends!
I'm slowly going into my usual "teaching mode" which will start in September and I'm going through my spreadsheets, orders and class samples... and look what I've found! It's a class-made sample, so it is full of imperfections, but  this also will give t you the idea what are we REALLY doing during the workshop.
I don't think I was showing you this project on the blog before, and it is really one of my favourite ones to teach! Why?
Angellica Collage is a big canvas which is also a full-day class.
This means we can focus on one project for longer than just four hours! It's great to go deeper in details, techniques and options working at a bit slower pace. In my classes I'm doing my best to use the time to maximum, trying to guide the students through the whole process smoothly and as fast as possible, so they can take home a finished project as a future reference... its also true that if you won't finish in the class, most probably you will never come back to this project again, and this would be such a shame, right? I have to add from myself that most of my mixed-media artworks without the final touches look much worse than you could expect... so adding last bits and pieces is crucial!
Angelica is full of textures, details and metallic colours - it is a real mixed-media collage in my signature style and with the size reaching 60 cm it really is a statement piece you can put on display - but it needs a bit of time and love! 
At first, I was a bit unsure if such a long class will be well seen by my students, but after talking to many of you I felt encouraged to try longer, full-day projects as well and now I'm happy I did!
The benefit of working on one project longer is not only making something bigger in size but also getting more time to think on the placement of the elements, choosing colours, adding those" perfect touches". Just imagine putting every layer with love, adding next elements and seeing it all coming together in the end - it is really rewarding, empowering process! 
If you are one of those independent and artistic souls you won't be disappointed - during the class you can also add your personal elements if you wish and there is always a choice of patterns and colours, so each and every project is really unique.

 "Angelica" is based on techniques which are easily adaptable and transferable to other surfaces - and this is, in fact, the case with all of my classes. during the creating process, you can try a range of art mediums, starting with Art Basics: gels, gessos and then moving to various embellishments and Art Ingredients to finally work on the colour palette using my Art Alchemy range of products: paints and waxes. Sounds fun? It is!
For me longer class means more time to share not only product and technique information but also some more personal tips and tricks or just get in touch with my students, making this class a bit more special for both sides. Teaching is truly my element and as much as I don't like the paperwork and the time I have to spend on all the preparations the moment I'm stepping into the room is just turning into pure magic... so double treat for me!

If you were wondering if this kind of class is for you - I hope I could help!
You can check the schedule of my classes for the next months here, in "In-person classes" section of the blog.
I hope to see you in the classroom!

Monday, 19 August 2019

Vintage baloon by Olga Bielska

Hello friends :)
Olga Bielska here with new August project that includes amazing and my favorite launched Finnabair products.
This time I created for you a mixed media canvas on a balloon-shaped base.

I used White Gesso for my background .
When everything was dry, I added more texture with Paper Paste.

I got a colorful background thanks to mica, which I mixed with water.

I painted MDF elements with Liquid Acrylic and resin castings with Texture Fantasy paste.
After arranging the composition of resin elements, MDF, sisal, metal accessories and flowers from foamiran, it's time to add art stones mixed in a white gesso.

You can see my video tutorial below:

Enjoy your day and I can't wait to be with you again next time!
Hugs, Olga <3

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

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Art Recipe - August 2019

Hello friends
It's almost the end of holiday in Europe, but the weather is still great - warm days and not much rain. With this month colour palette we would like to bring some holiday memories and extend the holiday mood a bit :) Azure blue - sky. Fuchsia - flowers. Sand beige - beach. Are you in?

We are also happy to have with us today our Guest Designer - the winner of May Art Recipe - Svetlana Sanochkina.

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 August Art Recipe:
azure blue, fuchsia, sand beige

Art Alchemy: Impasto Paints
Art Extravagance: Golden Nugget Paste
Art Ingredients: Art Pebbles
Art Basics: gesso

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 September, 14th. The winner will  be invited to be Guest Designer on our blog.

Inspiration from our Guest Designer - Svetlana Sanochkina

Hello, everyone! I'm very glad to be a Guest designer today.

I loved so much a new August moodboard and created a new project using some parts of the photo-frame. I decided to make a background with two different pieces of frame with different textures.

I covered both with the Black Gesso, than added some texture using a stencil. I covered the upper part with acrylic sparkle paints and then with azure blue acrylic paint, mixing it with black and white gesso.

I like to combine paper, flowers and mixed-media textures. So I made some fussy cuts and made a multi-layered composition.

To finish my project I added glitter and art stones using 3d gel.

I hope you like it!

Inspiration from our team:

Hello everyone,
Here I am showing you my new project that I've created for August art recipe.

I wanted this canvas to show the feelings of an artist, who always creates from the heart space to make their art connected with soul. They see the world from eyes tied with  "Belt of Art", that gives peace and self courage to try and explore more possibilities. Not to give up and keep trying for growth. So, on basis of this feelings I made this canvas using also plenty of art supplies by Finnabair and Prima Marketing.

Hello dear friends!
I am incredibly glad to take part in this amazing Art Recipe!
I used all 4 products from the list. I painted the frame using Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints.
To imitate sand, I applied Impasto Paint with a sponge. I added a few strokes with Golden Nugget Paste and colored Art Pebbles. And at the end, I refreshed everything with the help of Heavy Gesso White. Mmm, how I love these final touches!

The wonderful bright palette of this Art Recipe is perfect for my frame in a marine style!
I hope you liked our recipe, and you will also try to do something new and interesting for yourself!

For today's inspiration, I have made for you this big wing. It might seem otherwise, but black gesso plays the main role here. The whole project would not have such a beautiful contrast without it. Black conquers other colors wonderfully, giving them depth.

I covered all the resin elements from Finnabair moulds with black gesso, put them in the composition, and began to add colors. I used waxes, liquid acrylics and impasto paints. As you can see, impasto paint works great to bring out small details and structures. Works a little bit like the white gesso.

I hope you will feel inspired and join our challenge.

Hy my dear sweet Finnabair friends,
I’m so happy to finally be back with you creating and inspiring with our all-time favourite Finnabair products. This month’s Art Recipe is absolutely amazing, so much fun products to work with and a beautiful color palet, which screamed summer to me. So I decided to make a summer creation. When thinking about soft white and sand pastels in combination with bold Blue and Fuchsia, my mind always wanders to a beautiful greek Santorini villages , bathing in the hot summer sun. So this is what I tried to capture here.

I used three different Impasto paints, Golden Nugget Paste, gesso and Art Pebbles, so all four of challenged products, along with lots of additional ones. I wanted to achieve soft whiteish look with few bold accents. I hope you’ll like my inspiration. I can’t wait to see what you’ll create for this gorgeous Art Recipe Challenge!

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 September14th. Lucky winner will be announced by the end of September.

We hope you feel inspired and we can't wait to see your projects :)

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
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