Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Explore. Dream. Discover. - mixed-media assemblage

Hi, good to see you all here again :)
Today I'm coming back to this blogpost - where together with Prima we were celebrating our creativity on International Scrapbooking Day. Each of my super talented Creative Team Member prepared a project inspired by a quote - and I even if my plan was to made a Periscope session I wanted to have a chance to create something too... so here it is, my assemblage in the tin, ready, proudly standing on the shelf in my studio.

I you would like to come back to my videos here and here you would be able to listen bit about my inspiration - quote by Mark Twain you can see below - and know a bit more about my creative path too. In fact, when I found this quote I felt it was saying out loud what I had in my heart for many years. I do believe it is true.

Explore. Dream. Discover.
3 important words which I have always somewhere in the back of my head. Those of you who know me a bit better will know how much of a dreamer I am and how much my sense of adventure is a drive that pushes me forward. I believe that changes are important in life, challenges and a bit of unknown are good for you and there is no need to be afraid of the new things coming... fear won't help, just paralyse you instead - so the best way to deal which changes is to adjust the sails and go through the storms...

This little assemblage in an old tin represents these 3 important words for me - there are brushes - to explore my creativity and new art paths, there are wings for dreaming and finally - an eye for discovering new, exciting things. I had the best time ever putting it together - it was a bit challenging to do something quite small  - but I had a real blast when I started painting. I put my Art Alchemy Metallique paints on my table and simply painted away...

As usual I used my Art Basics Heavy Body Gel for gluing all the elements together - seriously this stuff just does the job! There was also a layer on Heavy Black Gesso for depth and a bit of Heavy White Gesso - for highlights. I enjoyed the process very much so it is possible there will be more similar smaller - or bigger - projects coming in the future!

Here is the list of product I used - for your reference. 
All linked from our Mixed Media Place Store:

And now it is time for important announcement - we have a WINNER!
After Creative Team voting for the project inspired by a quote -
our  prize will go to Sari Hanninen!
Congratulations Sari, please contact me with your shipping address at:!

Huge thanks to all of the participants - your projects were beautiful and inspirational - we had a very hard time picking just one!

Sending hugs to you all - see you again soon!

Monday, 23 May 2016

Bunny In A Hat

Hello Dear Readers!
The cutest mixed media spring bunny landed on the blog today! :)
It's Athanasia who brought him to life with some pretty awesome media tricks and techniques. You'll see everything in her video tutorial and I'm sure feel inspired to have your own little mixed media creature. :)

Hello dear friends!
This is the second card I'm altering from a card set I got from Ikea a long time ago.
I had so much fun painting and decorating this cute bunny and I'm happy to share the whole process in a video with you.

I started with covering the background with Heavy White Gesso in order to mute it a little bit and used some Art Alchemy acrylic colors in shades that matched the card's colors: Fresh Orange, Royal Red, Steampunk Copper and Black Berry - you will find the product links below.

I also used all these beautiful colors to paint the chipboard pieces and all the metal embellishments...

I love doodling on my projects and this time I used a black permanent pen, as well as a white pen.

The several stamps I used created a really messy and interesting background and helped me create even more texture with a fun technique I did on Heavy White Gesso - you can watch all these tricks in the video below.

I hope you will enjoy my video and maybe get some ideas to create your own altered card!

Thank you for visiting,
have a lovely crafty weekend!

Products used: