Monday, 6 July 2015

Matte, Gloss and Shine

Hi everyone!
Would you ever think that gloss and matte go together?
Riikka's here today with another of her sensational creations, proving that matte & gloss might actually work pretty (!) well. ;)

This project has its inspiration in the Mica Powders - their lustre and shine on dark surfaces.
In my last project I used Mica Powders to make my own mists and this time I’m using them on Black Gesso.
This idea presented itself when I was doing another layout and happened to spray the teal mist on top of a dark brown paper. So for this page I created my own dark paper by coating a cardboard with Black Gesso.

The page is just an inspiration piece for myself – like here I come, looking forward to the future.

The soft pinks and golden hues are taken from the photo and I used them throughout the piece.
I also played with the matte and glossy surfaces. Black Gesso dries matte, whereas Gloss Gel is glossy like the name says. The gel’s glossiness is yet different from the shine of the Micas.
And if you look carefully, there’s also some glimmer of Glitter in there.

Enjoy my video tutorial:

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Australia and New Zealand: November - December 2015 Tour

Hi there my friends!
It took me longer while but I can finally officially share the plan of my visit in Australia and New Zealand in the end of the 2015! I'll be visiting a couple of  great places - so check below when and where you can meet me and join the creative fun :)

For all the details please contact the shops listed - they will be happy to give you all the information you need. It's a lot of time to do some planning - and I'm sure we all need some relaxing, creative time in the end of the year, so... let's get ready!

7-8 November 2015 - Artifield -  Melbourne, Australia - bookings here
11 November 2015 - Scrap 2 Relax - Drouin, Melbourne, Australia - bookings here
13-14 November 2015 - Seriously Scrapbooking, Adelaide, Australia link
17-19 November 2015 - Made with Memories - Perth, Australia - bookings here
21-22 November - Hobbysew Echuca - Echuca, Australia - bookings here
24th November 2015 - Bella Carta - Horsham, Australia - link
26th November 2015 - Bella Carta Sunbury - Melbourne, Australia - link
28-29 November 2015 - The Scrap Cottage - Brisbane, Australia - bookings here
1 December 2015 - The Paper Teapot - Christchurch, NZ - bookings here
3 December 2015 - Artfull Crafts - Timaru, NZ - bookings here
5 December 2015 - Jackie's for Scrapbooking - Inglewood, NZ - link

Huge thanks to you all who supported me and made this event possible - I appreciate all the help and interest and I'm sure we will have a great time together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are awesome.

Sending the warmest hugs to you all

Saturday, 4 July 2015

The ARTifact: peek on the classroom samples...

Hi again my friends!
Today I'm back to show you what happens in the classroom  during one of my new workshops - "The ARTifact", which is rich in texture and elements mixed-media collage on canvas.
When I was creating inspirational project for this class I was truly inspired by a bit cold, industrial look which I wanted to soften a bit with a touch of "feminine" factor. I think I can call it a success!

The sides of the canvas look almost like old stone walls or rusted metal - I love this effect and I'm so happy it is so easy to get using stencils and some of my Art Extravagance Texture Pastes! A bit of Heavy Black Gesso on the top and anything can happen!

Combination of different embellishments including paper flowers, metal elements (Mechanicals), some plain "ugly buttons" as I call them and a brush give the project really unique look and a lot of interesting details. But the real magic happens when we start adding colour...

This is the moment when my Art Ingredients Mica Powders really start to shine! When you want to get the best effects with this product simply apply it on the dark background  - you will be amazed with the difference! Oh, the possibilities...

If you are interested in taking this class - have a look in my Live Classes section of the blog.
There is a long list of different places hosting me this year including new info about Australia and New Zealand!
As far as I know bookings for the "ARTifact"  are still open in these places: 
18-16 July 2015 - Donna Downey Studios, Huntersville - North Carolina, USA - bookings here
- 25-26 July 2015 - Scrapbooking Forever - Westlake Village, California, USA - link - bookings here
1-2 August 2015 - Artsy Stamps and Papercrafts - Loveland, Colorado, USA - link
4-6 September 2015 - Classes in Bikuben, Oslo, Norway - bookings here!
17-18 October 2015 - Classes in Middlesbrough, UK - more details here
7-8 November 2015 - Artifield -  Melbourne, Australia - bookings here
11 November 2015 - Scrap 2 Relax - Drouin, Melbourne, Australia - bookings here
- 21-22 November - Hobbysew Echuca - Echuca, Australia - bookings here

I hope we will see one day in the classroom :)
For now - I'm sending best wishes and I will be in touch soon!

Friday, 3 July 2015

'Dream On' mini canvas by Marta Lapkowska

Hi everyone,
Just before the weekend we have mini art for you.
Magic, fairy and black gesso!?
Are you looking for black gesso inspiration?
Check out this wonderful mini canvas! Texture and rich colour for all mixed media fans.

Hello my crafty friends,
I am so happy to be back to you.
I have some mini art today, mini canvas.
Can you believe that I used black gesso for the first time ever? Yes, first time. For long I felt intimidated by black gesso and I don't know why.I am used to white gesso with nearly every project but never black one :)

I felt that it's time to experiment with black gesso. I used my favourite wooden bits. You will find those on the back of your brand new canvas. For some reason I was always collecting them without knowing when and how I am gonna use them.

I concentrated on creating as much texture as I can by using wooden bit, thread and white crakle paste. I coloured my piece using many shades of silks. Finally I add cut out photos and title.

You can see the whole creative process in my video.
I hope you will enjoy it and find some inspiration.
So grab some canvas, paints and enjoy, happy creating!

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Love, Marta