Monday, 19 March 2018

Loving Memories

Hi there Friends!
I'm sure many of you will feel touched by our lovely Juliya's beautiful new artwork...
Juliya's also sharing a video tutorial in which you will see her super clever and creative idea how to turn an ordinary frame into a special 'window' to your memories. :) Enjoy!

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Today I'd like to present another one piece of home decor I've created recently. This time it's a decorative frame filled with all kinds of pretty embellishments and some precious memories...

My grandmother was very fond of flowers. The backyard of her house was always brimming with beautiful blooming flowers. I remember from my childhood that all my grandma's plants were planted in the zinc buckets just like the ones you can see in the picture that is the focal point of my piece. This one little photo made me travel in time...
I started by priming the wooden frame with Heavy White Gesso to make sure the wood wouldn't soak in all the paints and mediums.

Then I added some beautiful textures with the help of the new Plaster Paste - the effect is exactly what I wanted - a gorgeous shabby and time worn look!

To paint my frame, I reached for the lovely Blue tone from the Patina Effect Paste set. I just diluted the paste with a little water as I didn't want the color to be too bright and distract the viewer from all the charming elements I wanted to add.
I took my sturdy square acrylic sheet and gave it a beautiful transparent texture with 3D Gloss Gel and one of Prima's stencils.

When the gel was dry, I arranged my composition and all the adorable embellishments I wanted to include in my piece. I think the Mechanicals Hardware 'screws' worked especially lovely in the corners of my frame.

When I was happy with the arrangement, I glued the sheet onto my wooden frame and had a blast playing with alcohol inks that work brilliantly on plastic! They also beautifully emphasized the pattern of the stenciled 3D Gel.
The Rust Effect Paste from the Patina set helped me to give my decor and its elements a great rusty vintage look.
I really love all the Rust Pastes and sometimes I feel like covering the whole project with rust. ;)

The final accent was the sentiment sticker from the "Lost And Found" line from 7 Dots Studio.
Here is my video so you can watch my creative process and see the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!


And that's how a pretty photo found on Pinterest has awakened some precious forgotten memories from my early childhood...

The magical pastes, their textures and colors helped to translate all these wonderful emotions to art that now decorates my house and makes me smile whenever I look at it.

I hope I have inspired you to capture your memories and make a wonderful artin this unique form!

Lots of love,
Juliya Tirskaya

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Artful Experiments!

Hi there Dear Friends!
I totally love my Creative Team for their readiness to experiment, have fun and reach for brand new artistic solutions and fresh ideas!
Today we meet with our talented Bipasha who shows us her new mixed media heart and adventures outside the comfort zone. :) I know you'll love it!

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Hello Everyone!
I'm back today with something that may seem a bit unusual from my comfort zone.
There's not a lot of room for adventure and excitement in our comfort zone. So once in a while, to add a little zest to my creative mixed-media life, I make it a point to try something new and sometimes a bit scary - stretching my limits!
Getting outside of your creative comfortable box may be tough at first, but trust me, when it is in mixed-media, the versatile Finnabair mixed-media products make this ride always a happy and fulfilling one for me.
I have never created any heavily embellished mixed media project with dark bases, but the very thought of all the beautiful textures popping out on a dark base with the perfect measure of highlight have always intrigued me!

I've had a wooden heart box in my craft studio for a while now and thought that it would be perfect to alter it with my fave Finnabair mixed media products for this creative challenge. 
The very first step of my wooden heart box alteration process involved adding some stencilled textures.
I mixed the Texture Powder with 3D Matte Gel Medium (as an adhesive) to create a good paste consistency (adding some water in between) and applied it through the stencil.
It added a fine, delicate coarse texture effect.
Then I built up the dimensions in the textures by adhering randominly some Art Stones.
You can glue these stones directly to the project using any of Finnabair Art Basics gels as an adhesive. My personal favourite is the 3D Matte Gel for adhering delicate small elements and Heavy Body Gel for bigger & heavier embellishments.

Once I was happy with the base textures, I dried the box with my heat tool and coated it with a layer of Heavy Black Gesso. It gave me a smooth, chalky primed background to add my next layers.

I added some final textures on the base using the Graphite Texture Paste. It is a transparent, flexible, permanent acrylic gloss medium with natural grains providing textural, dimensional and porous effects.
Next, I built up some interesting sheen contrast in my base with matte strokes of Aubergine Impasto paint, followed by the ever-glamorous Metallique acrylic paint in Dark Velvet to give it a rich velvety look.
I highlighted the details in the stencilled textures with a touch of Spark in Iris Potion.
Then, I created my heavy-dimensional composition, layering the Finnabair Mechanicals metal embellishments along with some found objects from my stash.
I adhered them using my Heavy Body Gel. I love the fact how strongly it secures each metal bit as desired irrespective of its weight or shape.

Then I have used Dark Olive, Dark Brown, Brown, Dusty (in order of application) from Metal Rust & Camouflage Pastes to add a distressed worn look to the embellishments.

In the last step, I contoured the elements to highlight the depths and textures using the metallique Art Alchemy Wax in Vintage Silk and White Gold.
I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Please enjoy my video tutorial!

So that's all I have for today. I will be back soon with another creative inspiration.

Till then, I'd like to encourage you to think outside of your comfort zone and attempt to do something that you've never done before!

It doesn't have to be anything drastic. It could be as simple as creating some textures with some Finnabair's Art Stones! :)

Happy creating!

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