Sunday, 24 March 2019

Colours of the Past - new collage class by Finnabair

Hi my dear friends - I'm sending you the warmest wishes from beautiful South Africa!
I was waiting for a long time keeping this project secret, but now, after the class is done, I can finally share it here... Please have a look at one of my newest classes proposals - "The Colours of the Past" This large canvas is full of all mixed-media goodness!
Negative space, texture, patterns and colours – all that can fit in one project which is the journey into the world of dimensional collage.“Colours of the Past" is a great chance to clean your head and keep your hands busy… simply follow your intuition and enjoy the process of building layers, glueing and painting.
This class is focusing on a bit different way of composing and organising your project but also finding a way of using the supplies we all have somewhere close in our reach: in our studios, kitchens, garages, gardens… with the presented techniques and your favourite choice of colours you can create a truly unique artwork which will be a statement piece on your wall or shelf!
During this full day class, we will build the project together from the bottom to the top, building layers of the project and trying different techniques.
I will do my best to break the process into easy to follow steps. We will try different art mediums from all of my lines including White Heavy Gesso, Icing Pastes or Heavy Body Gel, new Art Alchemy Liquid Acrylics Paints, Art Stones and more! You will have a wide choice of finishing possibilities and colours to choose – and we will use such materials as Tissue Papers, embellishments created with the moulds and HDF bases and elements.
All the techniques can be easily used on many other projects such as home decor and altered objects or journal pages. The project is suitable both for advanced and beginning students - so you don't need to feel intimidated by the size or the complex look of the finished project!
If you think this is something for you - check where you can join my classes - here! This class is already conferment for Norway and the UK... but more locations is coming soon!
Sending you love and hugs from the very tip of the African continent!

Friday, 22 March 2019

Your story matters by Aleksandra Mihelic

Hi my dear Finnabair friends. It's been such a long long time since I last altered a brush., that I realy wanted to play with it. One giant brush was sitting in my drawer, waiting for me to take time to alter it. So this time, I decided to go with this project.

I wanted to create a soft, a bit frozen look, so I decided to work with Texture Fantasy pastes that fit perfectly into this frame - "Old Walls" Rust effect pastes. I love their subtle colors!

I dry-brushed my paintbrush with a bit of a white gesso and applied some Graphite and Paper Texture paste on top. Then I started applying colors, going from darkest to the lightest - green, soft blue and cream. I embellished everything with lots of chipboards, paper cut elements and metal embellishments from Mechanicals collection. I colored them with Art Alchemy colors - Mettalique Light Patina and Sparks Magical Pond and added a bit Powder blue rust paste on top. I also played with some stamps from Finnabair's new collection to create more rich composition. For the finishing touch I couldn't resist to add some white splashes of paint.

You can follow my tutorial on Finnabair youtube channel, so you'll better understand the proccess

I hope you enjoyed my inspiration today and I'm looking forward seeing you next time!
Thank you for taking time and stoping by. Enjoy your day!
Hugs, Aleksandra

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

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Art Recipe - March 2019

Hello friends!
Today we have for you a kind of surprise :) We know, that you have loved our Art Recipe series published originally on Prima Marketing blog. You have always found it inspiring and interesting. So we thought, that you might be happy if we turn our monthly inspiration into regular monthly challenge available on our blog :) And today we have the very first Art Recipe challenge! Isn't it exciting?! Yay!!!

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

Colours of March Art Recipe:
vintage shades of gold, rusty, brown with pinks and greens

Art Basics: Clear Gesso
Art Alchemy - Metallique Waxes
Art Ingredients - Mini Art Stones
Art Extravagance - Icing Paste 

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 Apil, 19th. The winner will  be invited to be Guest Designer on our blog.

Inspiration from our team

I have made a memoryboard with an old almanac, brush and book spine.

There are always some items that you want to keep, and here with details in gold and rusty effects.

Hello dear friends!
I am incredibly glad to take part in this art recipe. And discover a new adventure for you!
I made a canvas with dried flowers. Have you wondered where and how to apply Clear Gesso? I decided to try to cover them with dry flowers. And my experiment was a success!

In the background I added Icing paste through a stencil. A sprinkled also some mini Art Stones, but then they disappeared in the shimmer of glitter)) And in the end I added a bit of wax. Mmm, how I love these final touches!

I hope you liked our recipe, and you will also try to do something new and interesting for yourself!

I'm so happy and excited that Art recipes are turning into challenges! When I was not yet part of this amazing Creative team I used to do "oooh's" and "aaaah's" each time I saw new Art Recipes published. I often went to the older Art Recipes for the inspiration. I love to take part in monthly Art Recipes and I'm sure this challenges will inspire you all so much! Can't wait to see your beautiful creations! 

This month we are playing with clear gesso, mini art stones, metallique waxes and icing pastes and we are creating in Vintage style and color scheme. So I decided to go all Vintage. 

I altered an old, empty tin left from my paints in tubes and I've hidden an altered Vintage handmirror inside. I used shades of light brown, gold and rose gold. For giving a bit extra interest to my tin I dressed it into new Finnabair Decorative tissue paper. I hope you'll like my project and be inspired by it!

Enjoy your day! Hugs, Aleksandra

I used Clear Gesso for my background .
When everything was dry, I added more texture with Antique Gold Icing Paste.

I also used  Indian Pink Metallique Wax to highlight details.

To finish my project I just had to use my favorite Mini Art Stones mixed with White Heay Gesso.

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 April 19th. Lucky winner will be announced by the end of April.

We hope you feel inspired and we are waiting for your projects impatiently :)

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter
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