Monday, September 22, 2014

Sail On!

Hello, Friends!
Today is the day when I have the pleasure to introduce another member of my Creative Team!

If you don't know Riikka, believe me - you really should!
She is an absolutely inspiring Artist from Finland whose creativity is limitless (as you will see in a moment...). Talented on so many levels, passionate and a wonderfully warm and friendly lady I'm so lucky to have on my Team...
But enough talking, you really need to see this project! :)

Hi there! I'm beyond thrilled to be here on Finnabair's blog and to show you my first DT creation.

This project is one of those that I have had in my mind for quite some time and when I heard the lucky news of me getting to this new DT, I knew that this one had to be my first project.
The story behind the creation is a bit of a mingle, but let me try to take you inside my head for a second.

Even earlier this year I had got to know the singer of another Finnish metal band, Thaurorod.
When he saw the Turisas piece and we got talking, I promised to make something inspired by Thaurorod, too. I started to listen to the songs differently after that promise and not long afterwards I had chosen piece called "Overboard" for my source of inspiration.

The lyrics talk about stormy seas, unknown waters and sailing to distant horizons.
Of course there's a deeper meaning to the words, but the storming sea and sailboats had already set my ideas flying.
The perfect base for this music inspired creation just fell into my hands.
My husband builds his own guitars and he received an old one to be used as parts for the new creations. As he had stripped the guitar from everything he needed, including the neck, he then asked if I wanted the body. As it was wooden, heavy one, I immediately saw it as a base for a mixed media creation and the whole project started to take shape in my head.

My vision was to create a stormy sea with a sailboat in full canvas trying to navigate to the home shores. I also wanted the piece to have textures so I had the idea of building some parts of the foaming waters out of ephemera. You can see them as waves or even shoal hiding under the surface, threatening the tall ship sailing forward. 

I recorded a video while working with the piece, but edited it in the form of a step-by-step project rather than a complete from start to finish video as the project took me two days to make.

You will see me using 3D Gel as an adhesive or Modeling Paste to create the waves. Art Ingredients like Glitter, Mica Flakes and Art Sugar also added some really special accents.
And can you also spot two stencils?


I hope this project inspires you to try out the new Finnabair mediums and see what they can be used for!
Push the limits and be a little mad professor mixing them and experimenting with the results.
Hoist the sails and sail on!
Hugs, Riikka

Products used in this piece:

Isn't this project breathtaking? Want to see more of Riikka's talent? Visit her blog, you can also send some love on her facebook or you can follow her on instagram or you tube.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy Mixed Media Mistakes

Hello, Friends!
A couple of days ago I shared with you the news about my upcoming classes (you can also find regular updates on my Live Classes page).
Today I come with one more piece of exciting news! :)
I will start the new year with a truly special event that is Art Venture in Anaheim, California.

This will be a super special opportunity to learn all about my latest Prima mixed media products and... some more new CHA 2015 products that will come out in January. :) Can't tell you enough how excited I am...

You can register online and join us all on facebook for all the updates.
Just take a look at this amazing group of Prima educators and the projects that I'm sure will make you want to join us! :)

I'm so looking forward to meeting some of you there!
As you know, teaching is my great passion, it's always such a thrilling experience to share my knowledge and my love for mixed media but...
... well, sometimes something has to go wrong... ;)
And this is exactly what once happened during my Overemotional class... While I was working with this canvas...

I was acting quick (as ususal) and I carelessly splashed some Silks paints right onto the photo I had already glued. Deep breath...
Giving up is not really my style. ;)
I decided to pretend it was supposed to happen, I added some more colors on the photo and managed to make it work with the background.

A perfect happy mistake, don't you think? :)
That's the beauty of mixed media art - even when it happens that something doesn't go your way, you can always turn it into something beautiful or interesting.
Or...simply paint over and start again. :)

I ended up happy with my canvas thinking that sometimes it's good to let go, even when things don't quite go as planned...

Here are some of the supplies that we use during the Overemotional classes:
{Note that it's sometimes tricky to buy a stretched canvas long enough. What we do is simply join two canvases together with the masking tape. You can then display your work as one piece but it also makes a fantastic dyptych! :) }

Have a great creative weekend!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vintage Souls

Hello, Friends!
I hope you are following all the first posts of my Creative Team!
I must say that I'm really proud to be working with such amazing Artists, completely in love with their creativity and... quite amused discovering how much I have in common with each of these super talented Ladies! :)
Today, it's time for Elena...

Elena has immediately put some charm on me... She has a perfect eye for color, creates absolute magic with vintage photos (that I love so much!) and creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere in her artworks...
Get ready to be enchanted...

Hello, friends!
My name's Elena Morgun and today as a a part of Finnabair Creative Team I am happy and excited to show you my first project.

I live in a small Ukrainian town with my two super-active kids, a boy and a girl.
I studied to be an accountant and had never thought of myself as of a creative person.
But then I saw a scrapbook album somewhere ... and that did it...

It was 4 years ago. I started an active creative life almost two years ago and created a blog.
I am crazy about various scrapbooking products! They are my main inspiration. I adore paints, pastes, embellishments... the list can go on and on.

Quite often I create big scrapbook albums which differ in styles and techniques.
But my passion for old photos is everlasting. They have souls and special warmth.
That's why I decided to use my Grandma's old family photos on the canvas I'd like to show you today.

I have also prepared a short video tutorial and you can find the links to the products I used below.
I hope you'll feel inspired.

Make sure you visit Elena's blog or her flickr for some more beauty! You can also make friends on facebook and subscribe her youtube channel for some fantastic videos.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Art Recipe Wednesday: One-of-a-Kind (of course!)

Hi there friends it's me again!
I hope you've enjoyed the projects from our great CT Members - Carole and Linda:) Aren't they amazing? Just as a reminder - you can easily find them again if you will subscribe to our Pinterest Wall - all the Creative Team projects and much more inspiration from these talented ladies is waiting for you there!

And today is my turn - I've decided to put myself into schedule (and with my sense of controlled chaos it may be big challenge!) and post new Art Recipe for you every Wednesday... Good plan? I hope you like them and projects I'm making for you will give you a hint of inspiration!

Today I've got a scrapbook page named roughly "One-of-a-Kind" - and I'm thinking about Andrew, my hubby, who else?

You will be surprised to know what was the source of the inspiration  - deep, deep in all the layers there is a secret thing hidden: an old broken string from his favorite toy - electric guitar. As he knows that he's not allowed to throw away ANYTHING made of metal without my permission he passed it to me together with the packaging he had left from thing out the new one...and this is how the story started!

If you will take a closer look you will find both the string and the white and red packaging - but this is not all - next to typical Prima embellishments such as beautiful trim, some washi tape, Mechanicals - Roses or Light Bulbs (Junkyard Findings) I was able to fit some elements, from radio, instant coffee leftovers, can opener, pieces of string in 3 colors and a tag from the store. Can you also see 3D Foam Squares? I guess using them as embellishments is my new addiction. Oh well.
I have to admit - using findings, little bits from my "rubbish boxes" together with paints and some pretty "branded" pieces is my favorite way of creating. I can't resist the beauty of rusted metal, histories hidden in the piles of old buttons or old book pages...

Colors were totally inspired by the palette of the string packaging and  kraft tag: although reds, pinks and browns are not typically "masculine" colors I think I managed well: the final effect is a marriage of Art Basics Heavy White Gesso, tea stain, Primary Elements mixed with water and some Izinks in shades of Gold, Pink (!) and Red. There were some black final touches added of course - some stamping and some splashes of Indian Ink, but in general page is in nice warm tones... and he didn't complain when he saw it!
Ok - time for more details!

Here is the list of the supplies I used to create this page and short step-by-step:

1. I started the whole project on the plain white page (there is something magical about them, I think!) applying couple of layers of Art Basics Heavy Gesso  - mostly around the place I wanted to put my composition. It added a bit of texture and more warm white color. As gesso is a primer, slightly resistant to water based sprays colors of them on the area covered with gesso will be lighter than on the naked white paper. (you can read more about Gesso here)

2. When the Gesso was dry I took Prima Elementals Honeycomb Stencil (12x12'' size) and sprayed Tea Stain and Primary Elements mixed with water to get nice, red and brown background pattern. I dried it all and started layering  in the place I wanted to use the photo: I used some masking tape for nice, warm, semi transparent texture and 2 kinds of Washi Tape - TH Tissue Tape with Music Notes and Washi with pretty abstract red flowers (love!!!).

3. Next step was building the layers under the photo: old papers I had in my collection together with string packaging, kraft tag, random pieces of ripped canvas, a bit of white and kraft trim... I used craft glue and staples to put it all together and finally mounted it all on the background with 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) - some of them I also used as embellishments on the page!

4. Finally it was time for embellishing: I added all the bits add bobs I was able to sot on my table including pieces of colorful strings (one styled in a nice looking bundle!), metal guitar string, pebbles with vintage texts, metal rose, light bulb, tin opener, pieces from old radio... just name it! Again - i used my craft glue and also smaller version of 3D Foam Squares. 

5. When everything was put together it was a moment for adding more color: I carefully sprayed a bit of Garnet and Black Orchid Primary Elements with water in the middle of the project (covering the photo with paper towel!) and made it run a bit adding a hint of Tea Stain. When the project was dry I added a bit of stamping around my composition for the extra contrast - it was Prima Vintage Vanity Honeycomb Stamp together with Jet Black Archival Ink.

6. Finally I added some more color using Izinks (acrylic pigment inks) - I applied them on my pebbles, metal embellishments and watered them a bit with water mister, if needed. To finish I put my paintbrush into them and added some colorful splashes. I repeated the same step with Black Indian Ink - for extra contrast. Voila!

Here is the list of products fro our Mixed Media Place Online Store:

I hope you enjoyed - and maybe you will try similar solutions yourselves? 
Fingers crossed for you!

But before I finish I have one more announcement:

Have you ever wanted to have "a piece of Finnabair" somewhere at home? Collage, card... or maybe something more useful as Tote Bag for your shopping, a mug or pillow? Or... a mobile/tablet/laptop skin or case? Now it is possible - here it is - at Society6!

Listening to your requests, hints and suggestions I decided to start my first ever online shop where you can buy items with prints of my projects - and to be honest I'm very excited to see how popular they got just in the first days after opening the shop! Than you so much!

Great news is - from now to Sunday there is FREE Worldwide Shipping - so you can save a lot! How great is that? I hope you will pop in and check it - and maybe follow the store for the future... :)
What do you think about the idea?

Wishing you all a great creative week