Saturday 29 November 2014

Perfect Marriage

Hello, Dear Friends!
I guess you've heard about Throwback Thursday. I decided to go sentimental and have a Throwback Saturday. Why not, hm? ;)
So today I have two layouts I created a while ago but somehow never got to show yet.

Both of them are quite moody, dark and grungy so I thought they will be perfect illustrations for gloomy November nights. :)

Both of them also express one of my very favorite creative ideas...

...that is - marrying the available store-bought embellishments with all kinds of found materials.

This would make a great "I Spy" game, don't you think? ;)
I'm sure you'll recognize some elements that are available in scrapbooking stores all around the world, but I just can't resist making them "my own", adding a unique personal touch.

That's when I reach for my "treasure boxes" filled with all sorts of found objects.
My collection keeps getting bigger and bigger as I'm a very lucky girl to have my friends and students who know by now how excited I am to see interesting looking "trash". ;)
Not to mention my husband who always brings me something beautiful from his daily walks...

I hope you like my crazy messy creations. :)
Beauty and inspiration truly are everywhere.
Stay warm!

Friday 28 November 2014

Winter Is Coming

Hello, Friends!
It's high time to feel (and celebrate) the winter chill! :)
Monika did it so beautifully today... We hope to see your wintery art, too!

right now I'm staying in Poland where days are becoming colder and colder and we've also had our first fluffy snow. We have to face the facts - Winter is coming.
What I love the most about this season is its severity and its glow. I love cold quiet evenings walking my dog and feeling the frost on my cheeks.
This is the vibe I wanted to recreate in my new art journal entry.

I'd like to show you my step-by-step tutorial so maybe you'll feel inspired to create your own wintery pages. Let's get to work, shall we? :)

1. First, I chose white paper from Vintage Vanity collection. I worked on the whole A4 page that fits perfectly in Finnabair's journal. I cut my page in half later on.
I added four die cut doilies from Prima and glued them using Soft Matte Gel.

2. I covered everything with a thin layer of watered down Gesso.

3. & 4. When Gesso dried, I used a starry stencil and Modeling Paste to create some texture.

5. & 6. I dried everything with my heating tool and cut some more pieces of white paper. I arranged them on my page to add some more texture.
7. I added different kinds of lace, gauze and buttons in different sizes.
8. Then came wonderful delicate and Crystal Glass Beads that I glued with 3D Matte Gel.

9. & 10. When everything dried properly, I covered the whole page twice with white Gesso to create a good background surface for all the Glimmer Mists and Ecoline watercolors.

11. Finally, I added a tiny wreath that I made out of small branches, I covered it with Gesso, added some star brads, some gauze and placed a little resin birdie in the middle.

12. The final step was adding handwritten words. Then, I cut my paper in half and glued it in my journal.

I hope you like my work and that my simple little tutorial will inspire you to create something special.
Sending you warm hugs!

Materials used:

A little reminder: we organized a special friendly feature for us all to have a chance to chat. :)

You can read all about it in this post and that's where we are waiting for any of the questions you'd like to ask the Creative Team. Hope to see you there! :)

Thursday 27 November 2014

Art Recipe Wednesday: The Best Team ... and Q&A Time!

Hi, it is Art Recipe Wednesday again... but hey, this is NOT all today (exciting, huh?)

Let me start with a little update what is going on here in the last weeks... a lot of things, as usual! I'm moving as fast as lightening to finish last classes planned for this year - those of you who follow me on Instagram are the most up-to-date with all my adventures :) I've just came back from beautiful France which is not only known for sweet, very social and talented students but also heavenly food (ehm, time for dieting now!) just to re-pack and visit wonderfully foggy and rainy United Kingdom (sure I can feel almost like home there!) and my beloved Rome next week (ha!). In the meantime I'm filling the last spaces in my calendar for 2015 - you can check first of the places I'm planning to visit here - and working hard to prepare new classes and projects supporting Prima Art Mediums Line and some new goodies during CHA and other, European shows. I wish I could tell you more now!

And now - some food for the creative souls - new Art Recipe!
In the meantime between one crazy packing and another I was able to find a moment and create new family journal page - and start officially my "Practice - Family Journal" which I was showing to you in this post. I just got a new pile of old family photos to lay with - and of course I couldn't resist! the first one I picked is showing my Dad (first on the left), my Uncle and their friends playing football... priceless! (By the way - aren't they just cute? I adore these short trousers with suspenders!)

As usual I tried not only decorate the photo but also incorporate some real vintage items in this spread. In the top-left corner you can find old Polish coin which I had in my collection. Paper scraps under the photo are from kraft candy bag, lace and buttons I used are vintage too.
Oh, how much fun I had putting all these things together!

Background textures  are made with a chevron stencil and a bit of Art Basics Modeling Paste, which I also used as a glue for some of the bottom layers of fabric and lace. I used mostly 12x12'' Dot Resist Canvas from Elementals Collection, torn into small strips and pieces and small leftovers of the lace I bought on the flea market years ago. The final color of the spread comes from my favorite paint: tea stain and Primary Elements mixed with water and sprayed on the pages and a touch of Watercolour Pencils.

Here is the full Art Recipe for this page - and simple step-by step tutorial of course!

1. I started the whole process with covering my journal pages with 2 coats of Art Basics Heavy White Gesso. I wanted the old book pages to be really white and protected from inks and paints. when the gesso was dry I was able to spread Art Basics Modeling Paste through the selected stencil: this way I created nice chevron texture - mostly in the top-left and bottom-right part of the spread.

2. When my Modeling Paste was more-less dry (you can help a bit with heating tool!) I started adding stips of torn Elementals Resist Canvas , washi tape and small scraps of paper to start the composition. For the bigger pieces I used the same Art Basics Modeling Paste as a glue.  Then I continued with small pieces of vintage lace, more strips and some more paper scraps including paper doilies and pieces of kraft candy bag I had on my table.

3. I used a stapler to attach my chosen photo to a bigger pieces of Resist Canvas and candy bag. I attached them in the bottom part of composition using 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives) and started adding the embellishments: more pieces of lace, metal and plastic buttons, some Prima Mechanicals,  coin, metal frame with Prima Junkyard Findings bird on the top.  I used both 3D Foam Squares and Magic - craft glue for putting it all together.

4. To add the color I first took a bit of strong tea stain in the bottle and sprayed selected parts of my page - mostly fabric elements and background texture. Next I mixed selected colours of Primary Elements (Ginger Peach, Teal Zircon, Bolivian Blue) with water and sprayed the project. Art Basics Modeling Paste is resistant to the water based inks and sprays so the "floating" colours effect was really interesting. I added a bit of Black Soot Distress Reinker mixed with water to add a touch of black color too!

5. I dried the project and started adding finishing touches: text and a bit of shadows were made with a very soft pencil. Watercolour Pencils (Faber-Castell) added a bit of boost and contrast - mostly around the photo and in the opposite corner. I simply love that effect!

Here is a list of supplies I used - from our Mixed Media Place Store:

And now time for a little announcement... :)

We all live in different countries, on different continents and in different time zones. Which makes it impossible for us all to meet in person and chat. So we came up with a little something. :)
My Creative Team does such an amazing job preparing tutorials, videos and step-by-step posts but perhaps there is something more you would like to know?
So here's an idea:

You will have one week ('till December 3rd) to ask our Creative Team any questions that have been on your mind. You can ask about techniques or projects or maybe simply you'd like to get to know these super talented ladies better? :)
If there's anything you'd like to ask, leave a comment under this post (you can direct it at a chosen Designer or ask the whole group). We will then gather all the questions and answers in one separate post and we'll imagine that we're sitting over a cup of tea chatting. How does that sound? :)

Here's a little reminder what the  Creative Team presented so far:

           Carole                           Elena Morgun                     Elena Smoktunowa

Linda                                   Monika                                    Marta

Rebecca                                  Riikka

You can also browse our Pinterest board and our You Tube channel.
We are so looking forward to your questions!
Sending warm hugs to you all!

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