Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cosy Blog Hop & Challenge

Hello, everyone!
I don't know about your corner of the world but here in Europe, dreary November weather is just around the corner...
That's why, my wonderful Creative Team and I came up with a special challenge to warm you up and possibly inspire to create some fantastic art. Feel most welcome to join in!

Here's how our Cosy Challenge works:

First of all, make sure you blog hop with my Creative Team. Below you can see the list of all the blogs where you can find lots of warm and fuzzy inspirations.
Make yourself a huge cup of hot tea and visit each of the ladies to see their Cosy interpretations of the challenge. Don't forget to leave a warm comment! :)

Are you feeling warmed and inspired?
So here's what you can do:

1) Find a photo that will serve as an inspirational jumping point for you. It can be any image from the internet or a photo you take yourself;

2) Create a work (layout, collage, canvas, cards - anything goes) that represents the concept of coziness and warmth;

3) Leave a link to your work in this post using the linky tool below. 

You have two weeks to send in your works - 'till November 8th. Then, my Team and I will vote who will receive a special prize.

And this is what you can win:

Are you curious how I got inspired by wolly socks and a doggie? :)
Here's my layout:

Is there anything more cosy and warming (not only the body but also the heart) than a dog in your arms? Nope. :)

The choice of warm colors was obvious in this layout - I played a little with Ecoline watercolors and just added some delicate blue accents for contrast. The warm brownish tones came from one of my favorite mediums - tea! :)

I wanted to create a layout that would express my definition of ultimate coziness - I hope the scraps of fabric and canvas, a crocheted doily and this delicate golden wire add to the whole atmosphere...

The dog, a warm blanket, wollen socks, tea, books, cushions - peaceful laziness... How does it sound for you? :)
I just can't wait to see your creations!

Here are some of the materials I used to create my layout:

I'm really looking forward to seeing your Cozy Warm creations! :)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Scissors Stories

Hello, Friends!
You may have noticed that each time my Creative Team presents their works, I go breathless and do a happy bunny dance...
Well, I hope you do too! :)
They are SUCH a talented bunch and today Riikka blew me away (again!) not only beautifully decorating the art journal of my design but also embellishing it with a pair of scissors - and I have a very special spot for vintage scissors in my heart... :)
Just take a look!

Hello there! I'm so happy to share with you my second piece with the awesome Art Mediums and other Finnabair products!
It's Riikka here today to share with you an art journal cover I made.

My grandfather just moved to a smaller apartment and while going through his belongings, I discovered numerous pieces that found their way to my mixed media drawer.
One of those little treasures are the scissors on this cover. I also found my late grandmother's old sewing kit and used the old tape measure also on the cover.

Together with the heritage pieces, I used various Mediums and embellished the project with Mechanicals. I layered several pieces of the Mechanicals in the form of a flower. There are many wonderful tutorials on layering the Mechanicals by Finnabair, for example this one.

I also added separate metal pieces here and there and formed a big cluster with all the embellishments.

The first thing  I did was to add some strips of paper to the cover. To adhere those I used Soft Matt Gel. On top I created a resist pattern using a Finnabair stencil and 3D Gloss Gel. To get the metal pieces to stick to the cover and also survive the wear and tear, I used 3D Matt Gel as the adhesive. I also used Clear Gesso, Soft Gloss Gel and two Texture pastes in the creation.
You can see where and how I used them from the video I created. Hope you enjoy!

I wish you all could see the cover in real life as the play of matt and gloss, dull and shiny is quite nice in it. The glossy circles create a great contrast with the gesso-mixed pigments.
Thank you for your visit! I can't wait to start filling this journal with pages! 

Products used in this piece:

Oh, and psssst... keep an eye on my blog tomorrow - my Team and I have something very special for you!!! :)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Art Recipe Wednesday: Why? - antidepressant scrapbook page

Hi, how are you doing my dearest ones? :)
I hope you are doing well - we are stepping into real Autumn now which means: plenty of rain, gloomy weather and winds... did I mention winds or lots of rain? Well, it is really windy. And rainy. No chances for anything else, to be honest!
Yes - certainly it would be the best time to hide under a blanket with a cup of tea and a book...

If this option is not possible you can always try to fight with the moody weather and Autumn depression using the best therapy ever invented: creating with loads of color!  You can just start with splashing a bit of positive tones on the paper... and you may discover you finished with something like this:

I have to admit this project went a bit out of control on some point: it was hard for me to recall how many layers, steps, textures I really applied - but I did my best to share this process with you!

The composition may look a bit (?) messy but my favorite white negative space and controlled usage of stencils and splashes of color wrapped it all together, I think.
With this amount of red, yellow and pink tones I just HAD TO keep as much white as possible and add some contrasting black in couple of places...

I'm really pleased with the little "pink bursts" I made using one of my new stencils and how pretty simple plastic caps look like if painted and glued in the right places... a touch of upcycling is always great!

Here is my Art Recipe for today - and step-by-step instruction for you:

1. The base of the project is 12x12 white cardstock and some leftover papers including 7 DS "9th Wave" Collection paper - Golden Sand and some Washi Tape. I started with gluing random strips of patterned papers and pieces of Washi in the middle section of the project - from side to side. Perfection wasn't needed but I wanted to have a lot of negative space left - on the top and on the bottom of my project.

2. My next step was marking the place I wanted to glue my photo and starting splashing Ecoline Watercolors: I sprayed the background with a bit of water and I used my brush to make yellow and pink splashes of paint going mostly from top-right to bottom-left corner of the project. This added the first layer of color to my page. I dried everything with heating tool and I was ready to continue.

3. I took 2 patterns of stencils: "Retrobursts" from TCW and template from Stampendous set of stamps by N*Studio. First I added some "Retrobursts" elements using inking tool and Festive Berries Distress Ink from Ranger, next I used a bit of Art Basics Black Heavy Gesso applied through bubble pattern template from Stampendous. I applied the gesso with a piece of old sponge.

4. When the layers were dry I used Art Basics Light Paste and large chevron stencil to create one more layer of texture - following the middle "line" of the papers I created in the beginning. I dried the Light Paste with heating tool, added a bit of Festive Berries Distress Ink on the sides of the page and splashed my Ecolines again - to add more vibrant color to the project.

5. When the surface was dry I used one more  stencil (grungy dots) and Art Basics White Heavy Gesso to create some white pattern on the very colorful background. In the same time I covered with White Gesso my selected Mechanicals - I wanted to change them to match my idea of using white chipboard elements.

6. Again, I dried the project. This time I wanted to place my embellishments and photo: I cut my biggest pendant and trinket into halves and attached it to the background with 3D Foam Squares. Then I added a layer of veil and attached my photo using the same kind of adhesive. Finally I decorated the composition with a couple of white chipboards and other elements such as plastic caps cut into pieces, butons or alphabet and word stickers.

7. I added a couple of Art Ingreadiens - Glass Beads into selected places of the composition and dried the Soft Matte Gel I used for gluing. Next I put my brush in the Ecoline paints and colored a bit my plastic caps, Mechanicals and word stickers. I dried the project once again.

8. Finally - using a paintbrush - I splashed a bit of Black Indian Ink and stamped "Honeycomb" pattern around my photo to add some contrast. When the ink was dry I added some finishing touches with a very soft pencil and Stampers Big White Pen - following the lines I created with Light Paste and White Gesso and stencils or making circles around splashes of my paint or ink. Antidepressant page was ready!

Here is a list of supplies from Mixed Media Place Shop for your convenience:

That's it! It was a lot of messy fun and crazy layering - but surely the idea was worth of trying! I hope you like it and - maybe - you will try some similar techniques?

Make sure you will check my blog on Friday - there will be another great project and tutorial waiting for you! (Isn't my Creative Team just amazing?)
Sending hugs