Monday, 11 December 2017

Magic Rust and Patina

Hi there Friends!
Get ready to be amazed! This Monday the inspiration comes from our talented Olya who's sharing her brand new project reviewing and having mixed media fun with my Rust and Patina Effect Pastes.
I just love Olya's creations and I'm sure you'll feel inspired to make some special effects art. :)

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Hello Dear Friends!
Today I'd like to remind you of some of the best products from Finnabair - Rust and Patina Effect Pastes. They are very versatile so perhaps you will use them to create some wonderful decorations for Christmas!
Today I'd like to show you my project in which I combined both kinds of Pastes - I know many people love using these two effects of Rust and Patina together.
I must say that I fell in love with these products the very first time I used them. 
Each jar has a different paste texture and it's so much fun to work with! You get three different Pastes in each set so you can combine different colors and textures to suit your preferences and I think it's really awesome and offers endless possibilities!
I also really like the volume you can add to your projects with these pastes. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating my little tags.
I used fabric as the base for my background - it looks really interesting when covered with different media.
I glued the fabric to the base, covered it with Heavy Black Gesso and dried it well.
Then I used Graphite Texture Paste with "Honeycomb" and "Bubbles" stencils to create a beautiful texture. I really like these stencils, they are so universal! I love it that when the texture paste dries, it becomes black and shimmering.
I also covered the decorations for the tags with Black Gesso - I used IOD moulds, Mechanicals metal embellishments and a few cut out letters. I created my composition making layers of different materials and going a little bit over the edges of the tag.

To make the textures even more beautiful I like to use stunning Art Stones. It's another super versatile product - they come in 3 sizes so you can mix and match and use them for all kinds of projects.
I mix them with Soft Matte Gel as its fine texture doesn't block the stones and firmly holds them in place. Also the gel becomes completely transparent when it dries.
My next step was adding some color and I used the incredibly beautiful colors of Mica Powders. From the Mica Powder Set I chose two colors - Gold and Rust. They shine amazingly on the black background created with gesso - I love this effect!

When all the preparations were done, I could start the most pleasant part - applying the Pastes! :)
One tag has the Patina ones as the main theme, the other one emphasizes the Rust effect, but I also mixed the two sets with each other to make the overall look even more varied and interesting.

Some pastes are thicker, the other are smoother, they are shiny and matte and all this together creates an incredibly beautiful effect.
You can also use each jar separately if you feel like it and work on practically any kind of project. Believe me, you will not remain indifferent once you try playing with these fantastic Pastes!
In the end, I added a bit of White Gesso to the patina tag to highlight the textures. Then I fixed the tags on black cardboard. Now, they decorate my desk. :)

In order for you to see the magic of these pastes, I created a step by step video. I hope you will fall in love with these products just like me! Enjoy!


I hope I inspired you to play with this amazing pastes and you are ready to create new masterpieces! :)

Let your day be filled with new ideas and inspiration.
Be creative and have fun with your art!

With love, Olya

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Altered Toolbox

Hi there Dear Friends!
This December my Creative Team is here to inspire you to find some time in your busy December schedule to make some art with us. Karolina came up with this gorgeous new mixed media project that proves that cleaning and organizing your studio can be creative fun too! ;) You'll love it!

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Welcome to the mad pre-Christmas period. I'm crazy busy and one of the things on my to do list is to finally finish organizing my studio.
One of my ideas to get it done and have some creative fun along the way was to make this December project for Finnabair Team - it's an altered toolbox that is just a perfect solution to store all kinds of brushes, pens, scissors and other necessary art tools.
I started by adhering some pretty decorative paper from 7 Dots Studio on the sides of my box. I did it with 3D Matte Gel which is great not only to glue things but it also secures the paper and I really love its matte finish.

Then I prepared all the surfaces for all the paints to come painting the box with White Gesso. When you do that, remember to check if your gel medium is well dried.

I also distressed the surface a little and you will be able to see how I did it in the video below.

In this project I had so much art fun painting with beautiful matte Art Alchemy Impasto Paints. These paints come in rich colors and have lovely thick and creamy consistency. They are so easy to work with, it's just enough to add a little bit of water to easily spread them over the surface. You will find which paints I used in the product list below.
As I can't resist adding a little bit of sparkle and texture, I added accents of Sparks Unicorn's Hair paint through the Checker stencil and Modeling Paste through the Cut & Paste one.

I also mixed some Vintage Pink Mica Powder with Heavy Body Gel to use through another stencil. The gel is thick so it's very easy to apply it and you can of course choose any color of the powder to suit your project. You can see all the amazing possibilites of Mica Powders in this video that Anna made.
Then I added all kinds of embellishments I glued with Soft Gloss Gel that is great especially for all the heavier elements like Mechanicals. I also used it to glue different sizes of Art Stones here and there - a little touch that creates beautiful details and interesting textures.

My final touches were a little bit of White Gesso here and there, sprinkling accents of color with Mica Powders and spraying them with water and finally, some Clear Crackle Texture Paste on the corners.

Please enjoy my short video and see step by step how I created my special mixed media toolbox.

I really love my new organizer but I must admit that I'm also wondering how long it will take me to make some huge mess on my desk again... ;)

I hope I inspired you to play with paints and other media and find some time to make art in December!

Happy creating!

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