Monday, 9 January 2017


Hello my Lovely Readers!
As you probably noticed, my wonderful Creative Team started this New Year with some really thought-provoking projects: Gayle's Chakras inspired tags and Kasia's motivational banner
Today is no different - and this time it's Athanasia whose art journal creation is way more than just a pretty cover...
I'm sure you will feel absolutely inspired by this artwork and when you scroll down, you will find Athanasia's video showing how this beauty emerged. Enjoy!

The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization. It is that kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.
So, what do I expect from 2017? Lots of changes and lots of dragonflies in my life.
I wish all of you dear friends to have this year lots and lots amazing artful moments to fulfill your life and why not: Lots of dragonflies :)

My first project for this year is making the cover of my black journal and what would be more perfect to impress a dragonfly, so to remind me this year's expectations every time I hold it in my hands.

and psssst! I also have a little secret to share... after I was done with the cover, I decided to get my first tattoo: a dragonfly on the side of the wrist of my right hand! :)
So....let's get started with the project!

As my journal was already black, I started with a nice coat of Heavy Black Gesso to prime the cover.

After it was dry, I glued the Mechanicals parts I used for the body of the dragonfly with Heavy Body Gel and covered them with Black Gesso.

Then I placed a sketch I made on a piece of paper on the cover to shape the dragonfly, but here is the trick: I used a pin to scratch the canvas cover, then a pencil to draw the lines.
This way I created an interesting texture, a 'destroyed' base all mixed media artists would love to work on. ;)

Next step was to choose my paints. Well, with no second thoughts I grabbed my Art Alchemy Opal Magic Paints, the perfect acrylics for any black surface.
They dry permanent and I loooove the amazing two-tone iridescent effect they give on dark and light backgrounds. In order to reinforce this effect, I painted some spots of the wings white with the Heavy White Gesso. You will see the whole process in my video below.

After the Opal Magic Paints where dry, I used again the White Gesso to make lots of splashes.
To give even more interest to the background of the wings, I used the Clear Crackle Paste as my final touch. I always let it dry overnight to get the best results.

For the title I wanted something simple and small, not to distract the attention from the dragonfly, so I wrote by hand the word 'ART' with Heavy White Gesso and a black permanent pen.

Now it is time for my video. I hope you will enjoy it and get inspired. :)

Thank you for visiting
have a lovely crafty YEAR!

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Wilma said...

Love love love it!!!! Tank you for the video and the inspiration.

Thelma Findlay said...

Love dragonflies ... and this one is a beauty! The choice of black was a good one ... shows her off.

Olga Kolov said...

Wow! Great project and grandiose job!

Funki Stuff said...

Very ethereal!! I adore this!

Unknown said...

I learned something new today. I did not know that the dragonfly represented change. So awesome! I just love it!

Preeti D. (aka Dutt Preety) said...

Wow! gorgeous!! I love it

Whimsytouches said...

I really like; its abstract, yet it's not.

Corrie Herriman said...

this is gorgeous !

Cathy Y said...

That is stunning! I also want to see your tattoo when it heals!

barbara macaskill said...

WOW! This is mesmerizing and dreamy! Dragonflies are such glorious creatures! I love how their wings are a lot like the Opal Magic paints and waxes! So pretty! TFS!

Annie said...

Amazing pieceof art and thak you for sharing the step by step in the video

Best wishes
Annie x

Athanasia said...

Thank you ladies for your sweet comments! I really appreciate it! ❤

Athanasia said...

Thank you Cathy! I'll post a photo on my instagram profile soon ­čśŐ

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