Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Eclecticism, Girl Power and Much More

Hi, I'm so happy to see you all again here!
Today I've got a really personal project to show you.
Not long ago, in the first days of May I was invited to teach in Khabarovsk, Russia. What a journey it was! First time in Russia for me - and THAT far Russia, literally on the bank of Amur river, next to China and not far from Korea. I had to look twice at the map before I could believe where I was going! Of course - one Everything was sorted - I couldn't wait, expecting an adventure, time really to remember - and I was right!
I'm not going to tell you all the details of my experience of Khabarovsk - as it would be far too long sorry, but I'd like to share the feeling I had about the event I was invited to - 2nd Scrap Festival,  organised by Irina and her friends from Scrap Club. There were 3 more teachers invited to teach during the same time, so I had a chance not only spend time with fabulous, talented people who decided to be my students, but also meet 3 big names of the Russian scrap world: Olga Znamenskaya known as Pastilka, Lena Vinogradova and Janna Khusnulina - and I even look over their shoulders during the classes! So fun! With Janna we went even one step further - and here my story happens!

During one of Janna's class I  had my time off - so encouraged with the fact she had come my classroom the day before and created an amazing journal cover I decided not to miss that chance and literally sit in my small corner and play a bit too - especially I received the kit! She was so graceful and kind to let me look over her shoulder and follow her in my own messy way - and soon her beautiful, clean, fresh and modern project turned into something much more on the grungy side!

I was doing my best to be a quiet, not distracting student - and I think she didn't regret letting me play along ;) I loved the base she prepared for the students and I patiently put all the elements together, but then - my nature took over... I pulled out all the leftover of my kit from the day before, some sprays, some Mechanicals, Art Basics I had with me. some Micro Beads and Art Alchemy Wax... but I still believe it is a great marriage of both our creative personalities, don't you think?
Here we are both - proud with our projects :) What a great time it was, and Janna is such a sweetheart!
What I loved the most about Scrap Festival was the atmosphere of those days - filled with creativity, authenticity, building and celebrating friendships and truly enjoying each others company. It brought to me so many memories from different periods of my life - including our early days of first craft and scrap meetings and crops in Poland -  and it was truly an experience. I felt so accepted and welcomed, in those few days I received so much love that I should have my batteries filled till the end of the year!
Sitting there, after Janna's class finished, gluing paper envelopes inside the cover to create mini book I decided I want to capture this unique moment. Again - I took whatever was left from both kits and my art mediums I made the first page of the journal, which later became a memory book where I was gathering the messages from all participants of the event.
Just look at those smiling facesI found somewhere in my stash - aren't they perfect?
I'm really happy with this eclectic mix of styles, colours, elements. I think it reflects the beautiful differences between us all - there is a bit of everything, but I think I managed to put all together in a coherent page, just like the Scrap Festival bonded us all for the few days - or for longer for some, I'm sure!

Here I'm trying to recall some of the supplies I used to decorate the cover of Janna's book - all of the linked to Mixed Media Place Store. I hope it helps!

I'm wishing you all a great, creative week - this weekend I'll be teaching in Coventry, during the biggest event in UK I was invited to... fingers crossed and wish me luck!
huge hugs

Monday, 29 May 2017

John's Artist's Journal

Hi there Friends!
As I was reading John's project, I simply couldn't stop smiling.Not only did he create the most beautiful art journals explaining how and why, but also used my favorite colors and some really fond memories of us two making art together last April... Enjoy!

Also: Don't miss my beautiful Ambassadors' new post about Simplicity! They did such an amazing job (again!) putting together their thoughts, ideas and inspiring projects.

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I began my artist journey many years ago creating journals for myself simply because I couldn't find the 'perfect' journal to use. The journals that I found in stores were either to small, didn't fit my style, or didn't have the right paper inside for being creative. So I started creating my own journals that fit my personality and mood at the time.

For some reason along the way, I stopped journaling – I don't know if it was for any one particular reason, I just got out of the habit. I used to journal daily, I took my journal with me everywhere I went and was constantly jotting down new ideas or sketching out my next project.
My journals turned into a hodge podge of pseudo scrapbook/sketchbook/catch all for things that I found along my adventures and journeys. I could write pages in one sitting, my journal was my space to sort things out, give myself encouragement, and to dream.

Fast forward to the beginning of April when I had the pleasure of Anna staying with me while she was in between teaching. Not only is Anna the perfect house guest, but she also makes the best Polish stew in the world!
When she first arrived, I told her that she was more than welcome to use my studio space anytime she wanted. One evening I was wondering where Anna was and I ventured back to my studio to find her pleasantly working away on her travel journal and I joined her working on another project.
At the time I didn't realize that this was the journal that she's featured in recent posts using the new Impasto Paints (duh!) but while hanging out working on our own projects, I realized how much I missed journaling and having that freedom of exploring without having to worry about judgements and following rules.
It was at that moment that I decided to create my own journal and try to get back into the habit of journaling!
And I'm going to share with you how I created my own Artist's Journal using some of the new releases including Impasto Paints, the new colors of Metalliques and the Mega Art Stones. Because this is going to be my personal journal, I wanted to make something that I absolutely LOVE and decided that I would use my favorite colors for this project, blue and silver.
I started creating the cover of my book with a nice, thick layer of Jade Impasto Paint.
If you haven't used these new paints, they're absolutely AMAZING! These paints are opaque which means that you can layer them, and if you want to have the consistency more thin you can add a little water or even Soft Gel.
For this project I put them on thick so I could build some layers using both a brush and a palette knife. Next I layered Azure Impasto Paint over the Jade.
To create the background pattern, I used the Harlequin patterned stencil.
I couldn't resist using the new Dark Forest Metallique paint so I dry brushed this through the stencil for the base color of my stencil work.
With a palette knife, I added Cobalt Impasto paint to add both color and some rich texture.
Once dry, I highlighted the texture from the Cobalt Impasto paint with Pearl White Metallique, followed with Mermaid Teal Metallique paint.
To finish the color, I brushed a light layer of Midnight Sky Metallique paint to give a blue tone to the stenciled work.
Now it's time to start coloring the embellishments!
I wanted to see just how opaque the new Impasto paints are so instead of using Heavy Gesso as my base for my embellishments, I instead chose Azure Impasto paint – and the results were exactly what I was looking for even on the metal embellishments!
I used Midnight Sky Metallique for the next color followed by Deep Waters Metallique.
To finish coloring the embellishments, I used my fingers to apply Brushed Iron Metallique Wax followed with a touch of Summer Sky Mica Powder.
To adhere all of my embellishments to the book cover, I mixed together Graphite Texture Paste with a touch of Deep Waters Metallique to give a slightly blue hue to the texture paste.
After placing my embellishments into place, I sprinkled the wet Graphite Paste with Frosted Mica Flakes, Midnight Blue Glass Glitter, then Black and Silver Micro Beads.
I’ve been waiting to use the new Mega Art Stones and decided that they would make a great background underneath the decorated paint brush inside of the frame.
I used Graphite Texture Paste as the adhesive, then added the stones and heat set. I then colored the stones with Midnight Sky Metallique paint, applied on the thick side with a brush.
While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled the painted stones with Splash and Black Micro Beads to add more color and dimension and then heat set.

I can’t wait to start writing inside of my journal – especially with all of the new product inspiration on the covers!

And all of us can’t wait for you to share with us what you’ll create with the new Finnabair products. :)

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