Friday, 22 July 2016


Hello dear Readers!
How about a travel to space? :) All is possible in mixed media collage and Gayle is an absolute master at it! You will love her new artwork and the step by step tutorial that Gayle's sharing with us today...
Hello dear Finnabair friends. My project this month is a dimensional page inspired by David Bowie along with the amazing range of Finnabair Mechanicals and the new Heavy Body Gel.
Two songs by David Bowie: “Starman” and “Space Oddity”, both have a theme of “space” or outer space, but each has an opposing message - one of hope, the other of despair.
In “Starman” the lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope and salvation to Earth’s youth through the radio; this message given to him from an alien “Starman”. In the song “Space Oddity”, Major Tom is in a bad way, “there is something wrong”, he is losing touch, “planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do”.
No.1 Strips of paper from Finnabair 7Dots Dreamer collection stuck down with Soft Matte Gel.
No.2 Crumpled patterned tissue glued down adding extra texture. The silicone Media Brush is perfect for this.
No.3 Colour and pattern added with ink and a Checker stencil.
No.4 Two large Pendant Caps from Finnabair’s Mechanicals range are adhered with 3D Matte Gel.
No.5 I am building up my “Starman”. Thick, White Crackle Texture Paste is built up around the eyes and painted straws added through the centre.
No.6 Oh, how I love this texture paste once dry...
No.7 I wanted the “Starman” to be surrounded by stars. I’ve used stars from Finnabair’s Mechanicals: Mini Stars, just gorgeous, Steampunk Blades and Steampunk Gears, which look like stars, Rusted Barn Stars and Star Brads.
I have left some rusty and painted some with Teal and Copper Mica Powders mixed with Soft Gloss Gel.
No.8 The “Starman” needed a head piece with wires coming out of it…
No.9 The small Pocket Watch from the Mechanicals range is the base. It’s filled with the Heavy Body Gel, Mini Art Stones pressed into it and the thin wire thread is shaped and pushed into the gel. This Heavy Body Gel is amazing - the wire thread is very light and flimsy, but the Heavy Body gel was able to support it. I didn’t have to sit there and hold each wire thread while the Gel dried.
No.10 I added tiny stars to the ends of the wire thread, and again, a blob of Heavy Body Gel was strong enough and “tacky” enough to support the metal star on a very thin strip of wire thread, without me having to hold it there until the Gel dried. Such a great product for building three dimensional layers. The Mini Art Stones were painted and some Micro Beads added.
No.11 To make my “planets” I used Magical Powders and set them under Finnabair Epoxy Stickers.
No.12 Planets and stars in space.
Here are some details of my collage:

Thank you for “travelling” with me and my “space” creation. I would like to hope, given all the violence and suffering, in todays world, that, Ziggy’s message of “hope and salvation for the youth of today” can be a reality...
Gayle xx

Materials used:

PS. I promised to announce the winners of the Denim Journal challenge today... :)
The artworks you sent us were so amazingly creative - every single one of them! Thank you so much for having denim art fun with us. Let me tell you this - my Creative Team had a super hard job choosing the final two...
For those who didn't win or didn't find time to send in a project - there may be another challenge this summer so don't lose hope and keep an eye on the blog. :)
And now put your hands together for two talented artists whose creations won our hearts the most:

Beatriz and Sylwia Gryczuk ! Congrats to you both!
Ladies, please send in your mailing address to: and we will be happy to send you your own brand new Denim Journals. :)

Hugs xx

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Moonlit Clock

Hi there, dear ones!
I'm right in the middle of my US/Canada teaching tour - busy days, amazing meetings and my ever inspiring students - who could ask for more?! ;) If you'd like to take a peek at my crazy wonderful life, I document it all on my instagram, take a look there.
Today I'd like to show you a project from my Heart of the Clock class that turned out to be really popular this year.

Not a long ago, I had the chance to work on this metal clock frame of mine in Lyon, France and I was so thrilled to see my students feel inspired and create their own altered beauties.

This whole class is about... not limiting ourselves. ;) Why not go baroque with embellishments, paints and my Art Extravagance pastes!
It's such great fun to see how simple objects get transformed when you create rough surfaces and rich textures. You can read more about Art Extravagance line {here}

Even the paper flowers (usually so soft and delicate) were given a shiny, metallic look and I hope it won't be easy for you to tell the difference between them and my other real metal trinkets. :)

My Art Alchemy Metallique acrylic paints provide the mysterious moonlight glow. :)
Here are the products I used to turn this simple metal frame into something - I hope - a bit more magical. ;)

I hope you feel inspired and maybe some day we'll meet during one of classes and have the chance to create some magic together. :)
Hugs to you all!