Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Patina Makeover!

Hi again!
Today I have for you a post that is a little bit different from the usual 'show&tell'. ;)
Do you know the feeling when you look at your project again and again and you are simply not convinced if 'this is it'? I'm sure you do!
Or the point when you are tired looking at an old piece of yours sitting on the shelf for too long? Does it sound familiar?
Or... maybe you are a fan of more aged, rustical finish?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, today's post is just for you! ;)
It might be a perfect moment for a dramatic project makeover!

Some time ago I actually answered 'yes' to all 3 of the questions above while looking at a small mixed media canvas of mine I had in my studio.
Here it is -
I didn't completely hate it but somehow I suddenly felt it was just too gold, too much, too boring...
I didn't want to give up on it so I decided to do some mixed media magic and give my little canvas a brand new incarnation. ;) Here it is 'after':
And now I guess you'd like to know how the patina magic happened. ;)
It's all so very simple... How to do it?
The first thing to do, is to simply cover everything with Gesso and dry it - then you can change the story completely, however you wish and feel like.
You can use any gesso you have at home but for the best results I'd go with the Clear Gesso (it's the smoothest) or the Black one if you want to use darker colors later on.

As for the patina effects that I went for - watch this video tutorial I made a while ago - you will see all the steps how to work with my Patina Pastes and how easy it is to create some pretty spectacular effects! Enjoy!

I was really excited seeing how this makover turned out and felt tempted to do more! So I grabbed one of my old altered journals and used exactly the same method.
Here is the journal in its 'before' version - not that bad, right?
But just take a look at all the rustical magic that happened - suddenly the same journal seems to be a time-worn, forgotten treasure discovered anew!

Here are the products I used for my "Makeover" projects - not much, but what a difference! All linked to our Mixed Media Place shop!

Sending you all the warmest hugs...and packing to leave tomorrow for another US art adventure! Woo hoo!

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mysterious Beauty

Hello on Monday, Dear Readers!
You will absolutely love Marta's new layout - simple elegance is certainly Marta's forte.
She also did a fantastic job creating various effects with my Sparks and presenting different possible uses of these paints. I'm sure you'll feel inspired! Enjoy...

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Hello friends!
It's Marta here and I have a brand new project for you today!
I prepared a scrapbooking layout using some cool ephemera.
I was inspired by a picture of this mysterious and beautiful lady from Vintage Collectibles Ephemera pack.
I used some metal and fabric embellishments to add a vintage touch to my layout.
I used the amazing Alterable Fabric Flowers - they are just perfect to alter and add a unique, personalized touch to any piece. You can add any color you want - I used Sparks Acrylic Paints to add some shine and color.
This time my background is very delicate - I stamped some circles patterns with the round stamps from 'Don't Forget To Fly' set, later I added some color - again with the Sparks paints.

I used 3 checkered supplies to create some harmony: a stamp & a stencil & resist canvas too. :) I really like the pattern and I wanted to repeat it here and there. I used Sparks acrylics again, this time to stamp.
The same paints were also perfect to create some delicate splashes. It's amazing how verstile they are!
You can simply paint with them, but also stamp, use like watercolors and spray or splash to create pretty stains.
I love their incredible shine and I love using them as often as I can!
I also love the new Metallique Waxes - the way they look on plain metal embellishments is just gorgeous!
You don't even have to cover them with gesso first, simply add some wax on the metal surface and there you go, a brass element turns gold! Isn't it cool?
I've created a video tutorial for you so you can watch how I prepared my background & how I paint the flowers to add just a delicate hint of color. I hope you will like it!

Vintage pictures like this one always inspire me to create light, airy projects full of layers.

Not by accident my works often contain old, mysterious pictures with people who seem to be "out of this world".

I often feel inspired to add to my projects different hidden meanings and some of my secrets. I like to hide them in between laces, dragonfly's wings, clocks and delicate stamping...

Have a creative week!

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Create Magic

Hello Lovely Friends!
Sanda and I share the love for vintage books and never miss an opportunity to alter their covers and pages and give them completely new magical lives...
I'm sure you'll love Sanda's new project as much as I do and perhaps feel tempted to decorate a vintage book long forgotten on your shelf. ;)

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Hello lovely people,
Well, I don’t know about you, but I love going to book fairs and browse antiquarian shops. One can never know what treasures might be laying around.
It was on one of these trips I stumbled upon a hardcover, pocket dictionary from… 1904. The minute I saw it I knew exactly what I will be doing with it!
Inspiration can come in many ways and for this art journal cover, I was definitely under Anna’s/ Finnabair spell, as I had the luck and privilege to meet her and attend one of her live classes, as well as her new online class a while ago.
I encourage you from the bottom of my heart to go and take her classes, my friends, as they are really, really SPECIAL!!! So, if you have this opportunity, don’t miss it and go for it! They are a must!
I started my project by applying a coat of Heavy White Gesso to my cover and after drying, I spread Limestone Stone Effect Paste through one of Finnabair’s Doily stencils.

When the texture paste was dry, I created my composition by glueing down lots of different Finnabair Mechanicals using 3D Matte Gel and a silicone brush.
I filled the Pocket Watch with Art Stones, Mini Art Stones and some bigger stones I made using paper clay and adhered everything again with 3D Matte Gel (I am using this type of medium as I know there will be lots of painting and brushing involved in my next steps and I don’t want anything to move).
I dried everything with my heating tool and then moved to the other side of the cover adhering another Mechanical embellishment with two brads.
For my next step, I covered everything with a layer of Heavy Black Gesso and then dried it with the heat gun.
Using a Finnabair clear background stamp, pigment ink and embossing powder I added more visual texture to my cover.
Then, it was time for splashing some colour.
For this, I started with a selection of Art Alchemy Opal Magic and Metallique paints (you can see all the paints I used in my video tutorial and the list bellow).
I worked from light to dark and from pale to bright colours until I was pleased with the result.
To enhance even more the colours I continued with the simply “yummilicious” Art Alchemy Waxes, brushing them here and there where I needed a pop of colour.
To highlight the texture I have used a mixture of Mica Powders and the new and totally fabulous Art Alchemy Sparks which, in my opinion, are the ultimate highlighter and have no rival on the market!
I painted one of Finn’s metal Butterflies and a tiny chipboard arrow, first with a coat of Black Gesso and then with Art Alchemy Waxes and attached them with 3D Matte el.
As a finishing touch, I stamped a couple of Finnabair stamps on a piece of white tissue paper, cut them out and pasted them using Soft Matte Gel, which is the perfect medium for collage work.
Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see all the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!

I hope you enjoyed and got inspired by my new project and you are ready to create some magic of your own.:)

Have a wonderful day and a creative weekend, my friends, xoxo

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