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! :)

Wednesday, 26 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!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Little Miss Steampunk and her Mechanical Workshop

Hello, Friends!
You know how much I love when an artwork tells a story... Today we have an absolutely magical piece by Rebecca! Get ready to jump straight into Steampunk Wonderland...
What a great start to the week! :)

Hi Everyone,
Today I would like to share with you a project I am pretty excited about. Pretty excited because steampunk style is probably my favourite crafting style. Quite a few hours went into this project, actually it was created over a few weeks,  just a little bit at a time here and there. The end result I am pretty proud of, this shadow box now has pride of place on display in my craft room. 

As there were many many steps involved in creating this project I have condensed down into a few separate steps.

Inspired by the gorgeous finish of Linda's 'Friend's Who Love Art' clock I really wanted to try something similar on a wooden frame. 

  1. My shadow box frame was purchased from Ikea (I LOVE Ikea, who doesn't?). 
  2. The frame was given a light coat of Heavy Gesso (white). 
  3. Copper Crackle Paste was applied thickly and allowed to dry out in the sun. 
  4. Two contrasting shades of Silks (African Jade / Rich Cobalt) were painted around the copper crackle. 
  5. Heavy Gesso (Black) was applied with a paint brush over the entire frame, making sure I pushed my brush right down into all those amazing cracks. When it became slightly opaque I began rubbing it back with a baby wipe. 
  6. Just LOOK at those amazing cracks!!! ~LOVE~
  7. Randomly stamp, stamp stamp the edges with Circles and Adverts stamps. 
  8. Using my finger a small amount of Gold Leaf Rub'n Buff was applied to all edges of the frame. 
Canvas Background

  1. A piece of Prima Resist Canvas 'Ads' was cut to fit the backing board of the frame. 
  2. Randomly spray the entire background with Color Bloom Sprays in colours Tea Stain, Worn Leather & Antique Gold. 
  3. Texture Paste Copper Crackle was applied with a palette knife through the Prima Elementals Lace stencil. 
  4. Once the texture paste was completely dry I added some more colour with Dylusions Ink Sprays in colours Calypso Teal and London Blue. 
  5. The canvas was then adhered to the back board with Soft Gloss Gel. 
  1. Die cut cogs
  2. Edges inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  3. Walnut Stain Distress Ink randomly applied with dauber. 
  4. A little Distress Stain in Tarnished Bronze added. 
  5. Texture Paste Clear Crackle was applied quite thickly with a sponge and allowed to dry. 
Steampunk Wings

  1. Viva Inka Gold was rubbed onto my steampunk butterfly, followed by a nice thick coat of Texture Paste Clear Crackle. 
  2. With a dauber I rubbed in some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  3. Cogs were hung off the wings with jump rings, watch parts glued to the body and wings. 
Building the Background

  1. My mechanicals were coloured using Vintaj Patina in Marine, Verdigris and Moss. A little Gold Leaf Rub'n Buff was added for an extra gold touch. 
  2. All my cogs were foam mounted at different levels. 
  3. Now there is where it gets tricky to explain, I just kept adding and adding and adding. I very rarely know when to stop, and even now I can see little spots where I could have put even more. 
    1. Hanging bottles - contain Art Ingredients Glass Beads - Licorice and Butter
    2. Jump rings glued randomly in the background, filled with glossy accents to give a wet raindrop look. 
    3. Muslin was glued to the bottom of the frame, scattered watch parts were glued into place. 
    4. Who can spot the champagne cap? just couldn't help myself. 

Products used:

I understand there are many steps involved here and if you have any questions at all, I am happy for you to contact me directly for help if you need it. 

I wish you all a very happy and creative day.

~ Rebecca ~