12 września 2016

Eccentric Journal - Finnabair Creative Team

There is something very appealing in the classic denim texture. It is perfect on its own, without any transformations, but looks more sophisticated being painted and embellished.
This versatility of the wonderful Denim Journal, which can be taken with you anywhere you go, makes it a perfect canvas for your imagination – both outside and inside. So let’s give it a bit of a personal touch.
 
 
First I prepared the denim background by applying a thick coat of Black Gesso with a flat silicone brush creating rough effects. Be generous as gesso provides a waterproof resist surface for all the media to follow.
I cut a pile of collage elements (Ephemera Collectibles can serve as a great image source!) with coordinating patterned papers and arranged them on the cover glueing them firmly. I left some blank space underneath to have the denim background see through.

Then I added some colours with messy sweeping strokes. My paints of choice were Art Alchemy acrylics in blue and gold tints (see links below). They are just perfect to match the wonderful jeans shade of the journal's cover.
To add some dimensional feeling, I glued down a few Art Pebbles, a trio of flair buttons and Mechanicals Stars and Rustic Washers. I think incorporating such elements let me achieve a more vibrant and structural effect.
I had fun altering the facial features in my collage elements transforming cute faces into a bit wicked ones. I used both white and black fineliners along with watered down acrylic paints.


I finished with stamping with Vintage 'Stamps and Adverts' and handwritten ('Messy') patterns.
I also attached some black thread and sprinkled the whole composition with a pinch of Copper Glass Glitter.



I hope that you will like my version of this wonderfully versatile Denim Journal.
You can see a whole bunch of its incarnations in the hands of our Creative Team clicking on this {link}. I'm sure you will feel inspired to join us and play with Denim too!
Have a creative weekend!

Materials used:

23 sierpnia 2016

Art Journaling on Sunny Meadows


Golden rays are playing on glossy pages of amazing spring issue of Art Journaling. Yes, this is the best companion for a picnic among high grass and wild flowers, where colours from the magazine are mingling into pastels of nature. Once again, thank you dear Stampington for an opportunity of being published in a such splendid magazine.

12 sierpnia 2016

Pastel Herbarium - Finnabair Creative Team

This time of year, when meadows and forests are filled with numerous species of herbs and wild flowers, I collect these treasures and keep them dried and pressed in thematical herbariums for winter days. This time I would like you to join me in a bit more creative way.
 
 
I started with sealing the page with a generous coat of Clear Gesso which is a perfect starter and doesn’t let any media soak through. This step also allows to keep visible the background underneath.
When the coat of Gesso was dry, I put a few blue Alchemy Paints in a horizontal manner.
 

 
Then I covered the blue background with White Gesso in a rather messy way, leaving some colours lurking under the white coat.
To increase the contrast, I added a drop of Black Gesso and pink acrylic paints. After such preparations I stamped horizontal patterns with black ink.
 

Then I glued down a poppy head chipboard and a vintage label below the plant.
To add a bit of dimension, I used 3D Gel which was put with a palette knife through a stencil.
 
 
To highlight the poppy head, I scribbled some circles and filled the plant with seeds in the shape of Black Micro Beads. Then to obtain a vintage effect, I added some tea stain drops and then covered the composition with Blue Mica Powders.
 

I hope that you will also find your inspiration among summer fauna and flora. Enjoy your holidays!



Materials used:

13 lipca 2016

Birds of a Feather - Finnabair Creative Team

Eggs, birds and nests are nature lover’s best friends. Rust pastes, acrylics paints and tiny beads are mixed media lover’s best friends. Let’s see what we get when we join them in one place...


The base of the focal nest composition is a small old baking tin. It was a bit time-worn already but together with my companions called Rust Pastes, I covered the whole tin with a chunky coat making it even more distressed.
When the tin was drying I started working on something which could be put underneath the nest. I glued down a piece of tree bark together with a chipboard ornament, then I painted the whole with Rust Pastes.
When the media were not completely dry and still sticky, I sprinkled the composition with a pinch of bronze Micro Beads to add some rough feel.


I glued down the tree bark, the rusty tin and the nest filled with eggs, feathers and strips of vintage papers. I used Heavy Body Gel which is a really strong adhesive and then I painted the whole with blue Art Alchemy Paints.
I needed something which could hold the mentioned composition in its place and  I chose a frame which was painted with White Crackle Paste and immediately sprinkled with Art Stones in different sizes.
When it dried, I used watered-down Art Alchemy paints to even particular elements of the assemblage.


A chipboard bird turned out to be a perfect addition to the nest gathering. It was painted with paints, then stamped with black ink and finally covered with crackling medium. After such preparations I fixed the bird along with trio of cones to the frame.
To finish the whole I started with staining chosen areas with strong coffee. I also added a few pieces of golden foil which went together nicely with copper Micro Beads and long feathers.


I hope that my work will inspire you to fly away with your creative spirit.


Materials used:


PS. Hope you haven't missed the news about our Denim Journal challenge! Join in the creative fun! (there's still time till July 20th)