Monday, 17 September 2018

“Wonder” Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello lovelies,
Who doesn't love to look at the starry sky... It is mysterious. It makes us to ask ourselves existential questions. But it also has beena great source of inspiration for artist throughout the ages. Today Sanda shows us how Impasto Paints and Rust Pastes work great together at creating a galaxy.

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“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” -  Stephen Hawking

Hi guys,
I’m back today sharing with you my newest project for the Team, a mixed media canvas, that I hope you’ll enjoy. The inspiration for this canvas came when I read these words written by Stephen Hawking, a while ago and because I was always fascinated by how much beauty our Universe holds and how wonderful our planet looks from the Space, I knew immediately what I’ll create this month… 

I started by applying a generous amount of Finnabair black heavy gesso, covering all of my canvas, including the sides. I dried it completely with a heating tool and then I covered it again, this time with a mixture of black and cobalt Impasto paints to “soften” the harshness of the black gesso. I used about 1 part cobalt to 2 parts black. I dried the canvas again.

For my next step I mixed the same colours again, but this time I added a bit of white Impasto paint to the mix. I used only very old brushes to paint the galaxy as you really need to scrub the paint into the canvas, so don’t use your good brushes as they will get ruined.

I applied my paint with a very light touch at first, as you don’t need big amounts of paint on the canvas.
***In fact, for this technique to work, you need tiny amounts of paint that will be spread (literally scrubbed LOL) onto the canvas, in order to create those masses of gas clouds in the outer space. As you’ll be able to see in my video demonstration, we will be able to create transparent veils of colour, with an almost iridescent luminosity, just by using Impasto paints.***

So, after I applied my paint to the canvas, I started working in a circular motion, adding more and more pressure, trying to spread the paint as far as possible.
With this technique, the paint is drying almost instantly or requests very little drying time, so you can layer other colours on top immediately.

To create luminosity and a glowing effect I added first white paint and then yellow mixed with the tiniest amount of red, every time spreading and scrubbing the paint away from the edge. 
When I was pleased with the result, I filled my canvas with myriads of stars, by splattering diluted white Impasto paint.

When everything was dry, I sketched the Earth and the Moon with a white Polychromos pencil.
I started painting the Earth with some of Finn’s Rust Effect paste (all the colours used are listed below) using a Finnabair dabbing brush, as I wanted to add a bit of texture to the dry land on the planet. For the oceans, I used Cobalt Impasto paint and then, Jade and White for the clouds.

I hope you’ve got inspired by this project and you are ready to try some of these techniques in your artwork.
Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see the products I used. Enjoy and have fun!

Have a lovely day, my friends,
Sanda xoxo

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

Friday, 14 September 2018

"Use your wings" shallow canvas

Hi my sweet friends,

On the northern hemisphere Autumn is coming. Leaves are turning into brown and golden but there are still days, when the skies are blue. This beautiful color combination was used by Bipasha to create the canvas below. On the video you will be able to see step-by-step transformation of white, plain circle into this marvelous, deep ocean themed project.

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For me, an art composition is so much more than just using clever tricks and fancy techniques.I love to think outside the box and create interesting off the page projects with unique shaped bases, coupled with emotions and my personality traits. For this month's project, I was inspired by the quote "Use your wings" to create a rusted deep ocean coral themed project using a shallow paper mache canvas. Its truly amazing how the different rust paste and fantasy rust paste sets can be mixed and matched to create a custom rusted scene! I used the rusted hues in browns, patina and blue powder for my composition along with the impasto paints in the same colour family.

At the very outset, I primed the surface with heavy white gesso to prepare it for further mediums. Once dry, I applied texture crackle paste and paper texture paste simultaneously through a stencil and with a palette knife respectively. Once I was happy with the subtle textures I let it air dry thoroughly and created the composition with assorted metal embellishments layered and adhered using 3D matte gel. I love the way it holds the dimensional elements strongly.

Next, I started with the colours. I used impasto paint in cobalt and jade and occasionally sprayed some water to create a water dripping effect and removed the excess with a wet wipe. Then I added the pumpkin impasto paint to the embellishment followed by highlighting the elements and the surrounding with coordinated rust pastes in browns and blues from the rust paste and fantasy rust paste lines.

Finally I added the powder blue rust paste from the fantasy rust paste set to highlight the details of my composition. I finished my project with diluted white gesso splatter.

The possibilities of these mediums and pastes when combined, are limitless. I hope you are inspired to create your own fantasy scene with these beautiful textured pastes, that becomes an outlet to your emotions infused with your unique personality traits.

Happy crafting!

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

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

New Products are in: Icing Pastes, Impasto and Stencils!

Hi again my dear ones!
Have you hear the news already? Yes, my new Art Babies are here!
I was waiting for this release for quite a while, but here they are: 100% new Art Extravagance Icing Pastes (yay!), new, delicate colours of the Art Alchemy Impasto Paints and 6 new Stencil designs... should we have a closer look at them?

Art Alchemy Impasto - the power of heavy body acrylics
My super thick, matte, opaque and highly pigmented paints got just new siblings - soft and pastel colours: linen, burlap, boudoir pink, dusty rose, wild iris, lavender, mint, victorian green, manor blue and mediterranean. They have the most beautiful soft tones, but the exceptional quality, coverage and pigmentation is there as well!
Impasto are perfect for working with palette knives, stencils, texture tools or simply with brushes. They create the most beautiful textures, but if needed are very easy to spread - they are just perfect for art journaling, scrapbooking or any mixed-media collage needs!
Do you know you can replace your Gesso with Art Alchemy Impasto as well? It's a great trick when you'd like to work on the colourful background, and they are able to stick to almost anything! Try this out!

Art Extravagance Icing Pastes - Metallic Creaminess
There was hight time for something new - and I was hoping adding some metallic product to the range will be something that will put a smile on many faces! I was trying to keep this secret as long as I could - but here they are - new Icing Pastes!

What are they?
Beautiful, creamy, metallic paste which will add amazing dimension and shine to all your mixed-media and home décor projects! Smooth and easy to spread with a palette knife, silicone brush, or texture tool.
Icing Pastes are perfect to add free-hand effects, or to work with stencils to add great, detailed look. Even the most detailed stencils they are giving dimensional, crisp, and shiny effect. They are permanent and flexible after drying, possible to mix with other colors from the same line, but also any Art Ingredients such as micro beads, Art Stones, Glitters and more!

Icing Pastes are available in ten amazing colours, corresponding with my Art Alchemy Metallique and Antique Brilliance Waxes: mystic turquoise, fire ruby, lucky emerald, red amber, amethyst magic, frosty pearl, rose gold, white gold, old silver, vintage gold.

Don't you think 6 new designs of Stencils will be a perfect match to my pastes? Here they are - all inspired by all the things I love - old books, wallpapers and lace!

That would be a great moment to show some of the projects my talented Creative Team was making for you in the last days - check out these beautiful creations!

Bipasha has made this beautiful, rich in colours and textures door hanger using White Gold, Fire Ruby and Amethyst Magic Icing Pastes - feast for the eyes!

Julyia has created this breathtaking tag on a clear background. Can you see the beautiful stencil details? Icing Pastes are perfect for that!

Finally Sanda has made this the most delicious, textured tag. This colour palette and details are simply breathtaking.

Would you like to see more?
Check this Prima post now to see demos, projects and more info! We are all hooked... oh, exciting times! I can't wait to share more projects and tutorials with you - stay tuned!
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