Friday 27 March 2015

Just One Product

Hello, Friends!
My beautiful Creative Team prepared a very special post for you all today!
As the girls have been working with my products for some time, I had an idea to ask them what would be the one project that is their favorite, that is always at hand on their desks.
They didn't hesitate and gave me their answers really quickly. :)
So today they are sharing their faves! A really inspiring read!


How can you not love Finnabair's stamps (especially the new range of Cling Stamps)?!
I have chosen to use my stamps on fabric and on primed canvas board, just to see how they would perform.
I have also used 3 different techniques: 1. with archival ink, 2. with Distress Ink and water, and 3. with embossing ink and powder.
All these stamps worked beautiful on these different surfaces and the media I used.

Using a light weight piece of calico , I painted it first with a layer of Art Basics White Gesso and then stamped with Archival Ink, the beautiful figure stamp from Finns “Don’t Forget To Fly” set.
The second piece of calico I did not prime first, just left natural and used the little “Messy” script stamp from the Clear Stamp range, it gave a nice soft effect.
I also used another Clear Stamp with Distress Ink and then misted with water around the edge of the canvas board. The last stamp I used was the Doily stamp, which was embossed in white.

I love Soft Gel for its multiple functions which I can put into use. This is an essential product in each of my projects.
Soft Gel is white in a jar, but becomes completely transparent after drying. It's water-based and permanent.
There are two different kinds: Soft Gloss Gel and Soft Matte Gel. To tell you the truth, I use the one which I find in my stack first. :)

Why do we need it? Here are some uses for Soft Gel:
- It is a great base and sealer for different paints and sprays
- A very strong adhesive
- A medium for image transferring
- Easily mixed with a variety of pigments

I used Soft Gel to create this tag. I love using alcohol inks, but they do not work on paper.
So first, I covered the tag with some paste and then sealed it with Soft Gel. The surface became nonporous and a perfect base for alcohol inks.
All the elements are glued with Soft Gel, especially I like using it with Micro Beads and other Art Ingredients.

The title is also created using Soft Gel. I covered a piece of paper with it, then added some glitter. After drying I used Sizzix die to cut out a word.

I really love all the Texture Pastes from Finnabair, but here I'm showing you the perfect background paste for so many different projects.
It's creamy, light, and so easy to work with. You just apply it like frosting to a surface and it does all the magic!

I let this crackle overnight due to the thickness of the paste. A thick layer gives big cracks and takes longer to dry, and a thinner the layer creates smaller cracks and dries much quicker.

On a tag or layout, the thinner layer is perfect. On this canvas, I was going for a more dramatic look, so I layered it on pretty heavy.
When dry, you can add paints, sprays, inks, whatever you want to accentuate the cracks and add color to the surface. This shows the beginning of the layers of color with a few sprays of Walnut Ink.

Stamped images are so stunning on top of the crackle. The possibilities are endless. It's just the beginning of a whole lot of fun!!!

Modeling paste is all about texture, texture and texture again. :)
What I love most about the modeling paste is the dimensional effect you get.
It is a perfect match for all kinds of stencils. 
You can create your background and build your project. The raised areas created with stencils add some fabulous interest to the project. Modeling Paste is a must have product!

I'm crazy about textures but we need to mention that Modeling Paste is also a perfect base for creating custom-made pastes. You can mix it with all Art Ingredients or with colored mediums such as inks, water based paints or pigments.

It wasn't easy to choose just one product but I finally decided to talk about Clear Crackle Paste as recently, I keep using it more and more often.
Why? I love adding a vintage feel to my works and there's nothing better than delicate crackles on different kinds of surfaces.

Why the clear version of the paste? It's simple really - it allows us to see all the layers and colors underneath.

Clear Crackle Paste is really easy to apply, even when you want to have a thicker layer.
And the thicker layer, the more expressive and beautiful crackles in my opinion. Then you need to leave your work to dry for a couple of hours to get the best result.
When I want my crackles to be more subtle, I apply a thin layer and dry it with a heating tool.

And my favorite trick - whenever I use any colored mediums like mists, water-based paints or even tea and coffee - all the pigments stay un the crackles and make them more vivid and emphasize the beautiful texture.

And now it's my turn to praise my favorite product. :) Stencils signed by Finn distinguish themselves by both design and quality.
I’m under the spell of their versatility, they can do any background, be one of the layers or serve as a finishing touch.
Their patterns are far from sweet daisies, but this is the thing I adore in them the most. All these cogs, nets, broken wires and distressed harlequins make them a perfect choice to use in a bit mechanical and shabby piece.

The stencils are thick which makes them not only perfect for applying pastes or gels, but it also helps when cleaning. They have perfect sizes for both large and small projects. I appreciate them for the fact of not being transparent at all. Looking through their opaque and grey surface at the work beneath is a pure joy as it lets me choose a perfect place to put the media on. They don’t let mists leak through and perfectly stay in place.

You may also use them as a stamp on a damp and thick coat of modeling paste. Anything more to wish for?

Let's talk about Mechanicals, the perfect stunning metal accent to your projects. I love them and use them on nearly all my mixed media projects.
They are very versatile and when used as an embellishment either raw or painted they look 100% fabulous.
I have included a photo which will show you 6 of my Finnabair Creative Team projects which highlight a few different ways I have used them in the past. To me these are always a 'must have' product, always making your projects shine.

Black gesso is a primer just like its white cousin. What made me choose Black Gesso before the white one is that the darker one is a more recent find.
I’ve been dreaming about the product for some time and when a jar of magic arrived I was so eager to try it out. And the product didn’t leave me cold, quite the opposite! It’s got a lovely, creamy texture and it has more tooth than the white one. The end result is lovely matt and almost chalkboard style.

Black Gesso creates an ideal base for pastels, crayons and more and makes the colors seem brighter. It’s also a great base for Mica Powders to show off their shine and lustre.
It’s also fun to work “the other way around” – bringing in touches of light instead of shadow. Finnabair's Black Gesso is heavy body so you can also apply it through a stencil and use it as a dimensional medium.

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Didn't I tell you this was going to be an amazing read? ;)
We all hope you got inspired to try new things and create some Art with us.
Of course, the question is: what is your ONE product? Did you find your favorite yet?
We hope you'll share your picks and if you have any questions, my Team is here to help.



Helen said...

Beautiful creations from the team - not sure I could pick a favourite product...

Jane said...

This is such a brilliant post. It is so good to learn more about all the products. Please do more like this...fabulous, thanks so much. Your DT are so talented x

Mrs O crafty blog said...

Gorgeous, Px

Nancy said...

Thank you to everyone for sharing your awesome creations here so that we can enjoy and learn from you all!! Love the finish projects and can't wait to try some on my own!! Need to get a few products more and put my creative hat on and go for it!! Thank you all again!!!💞💞💞💞💞

Unknown said...

Oh that's a very hard question for me, I love everything and anything Finnabair! My favourite part of creating is opening all my jars of pastes and gels and gessos and smoothing them onto my project. It is so therapeutic and soothing. My most used would definitely be the 3d gel, either matte or gloss whichever is in reach! But I'm also quite a paper and found objects hoarders and mechanicals are a staple item for me :)

Kathy Bradley said...

I agree with each of you - I love all of Finn's products. The only one I haven't tried is clear crackle paste - and will be ordering that quite soon.
And. each and every project in this post are gorgeous and wonderful - each in its own way! I loved them all and thank you for sharing your awesome art.

Unknown said...

Just amazing and inspirational, love hearing how your fantastic teams uses all these products to produce awesome works of art❤️

The Colour Press said...

Def an inspiring read. Thank you all for sharing.

Janice Hughes said...

It is hard to pick one. I'm looking forward to trying the Clear Gesso as I've been hearing how awesome it is. I really enjoyed this post. Very informative ladies. Love all of your work.

Seth said...

Great idea and wonderful creations all. Fantastic products are at the heart of all these fantastic projects!

Ann said...

Wonderful products and creations. Enjoyed reading about their favorites.

Unknown said...

Very hard thing to choose indeed...I guess mine would have to be 3d gloss gel as it adheres, mixes and raises all in one!

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