Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Mixed Media Minutes - Altered Brush

Hi my friends!
Have you heard about my Mixed Media Minutes - FB Live shows I've been doing lately? If you missed the previous one, here you can find the link to the blog post including the project and recorded tutorial!

Last week I was streaming live again - and this time I wanted to encourage you to play with some simple (but fun!) altering techniques. I picked an old 2'' flat brush as my victim - and here are the results!
The whole idea of altering is really close to my heart: I love collection old, forgotten or not used items and include them in my art as ingredients or repurposing them creating home decors, collages and many other projects which are hard to name! It is pure joy to see them shining again, attracting attention, asking to touch them and admire!
The whole process of altering was not long at all - and the main products I've used were Art Alchemy Impasto Paints, Metallique Waxes, Micro Beads and of course - some Art Basics 3D Gel as my adhesive for all the elements and embellishments.

Below you can see the recording of the FB Live show - I know it is getting blurry during the painting process, but I have to blame the bad internet connection! I hope you will forgive me this technical glitch we had... joys of living in the countryside!

Here are the products I've used linked for your convenience to Mixed Media Place Store:

Products you can see in the tutorial are available (except the wing mould and resins) in the craft stores all over the world. If you feel inspired just grab some stuff and create!
For US and Canada we have a great news though. this week only there is 40% discount on my products at Michaels Stores!!! Great chance to refill, build your stash or just try the products! And yes - it also applies to all online orders - so don't miss this chance!

If you like the idea of the Live Shows - please stay tuned and subscribe to my FB Page, so you will get the updates from me about next shows, blog posts, projects and more! You can also find this info on my Instagram accounts here and here if you prefer this social medium :)

See you very soon - and huge hugs

Monday, 16 April 2018

Dreaming of Seaside

Hello Dear Readers!
Let's start the week with gorgeous new art from Juliya who will make you dream about taking a trip to the seaside - that's where she found her inspiration for today's piece.
You will love her tutorial and you will totally want to create a beautiful mixed media landscape on canvas! :)

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Hello friends! 
Today and I'd like to inspire you with a new mixed media on canvas piece of mine with the sea theme.
I've always dreamed of living by the seaside and I hope that someday my dream will come true.
In the meantime, I collect different inspirational photos and I decided to reach for one of them and create a canvas to hang on my wall and be a reminder of this dream of mine...

I just love all kinds of blues and I'm always fascinated by the shades of blue by the sea and of the sky above it. 
I wanted to create its vision on my canvas and to make it more interesting, I started by layering pieces of lace for texture. Soft Gloss Gel worked perfectly as my adhesive.
I covered the lace with Heavy White Gesso to prime my surface and get it ready for the paints and other color media that I wanted to use next.
As for my seashore beach, Paper Texture Paste worked just amazing to create my first layer of rough, uneven texture. You will see in my video below how exactly I applied it and how easy it was.

Then, I reached for Rust Texture Pastes which are brilliant to imitate sand!
I used the Camouflage set and one of the pastes from the Metal Rust set. You can mix and match all the pastes from different sets until you achieve just the tone you have in mind.
When it comes to my beloved blues, I mainly used the gorgeous blue Patina Paste, Royal Blue Metallique acrylic paint and Mica Powders in Summer Sky and Deep Water.

Then, it was time for my focal point embellishments - always a wonderful moment in the creative process! :)
I gathered all kinds of bits and pieces, reminding me of lovely little things you can find and collect during a walk by the sea... A feather, beads, bits of paper and lace, delicate cut out paper plants plus some Mica Flakes making marks on the sand and the magicals Art Stones that are just perfect to bring this project to life.
If just like me, you also dream of the sea, then I hope my work and video tutorial will inspire you to transport your dream onto paper or canvas. :)
Please, enjoy!

I love mixing different Rust Texture Pastes. And when you add to them some acrylic paint, a little bit of Mica Powder in your favorite tones, you will get real magic!
I hope that I inspired you to get these Pastes and create your own magic "potion" that will fulfill your dreams.

I'm already planning to see the sea during my holidays this year. I'm counting the days until this moment and in the meantime, I'm dreaming on canvas. :)


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Friday, 13 April 2018

The Flaming Book Box

Hello Dear Ones!
For all those of you who like to create things that are both beautiful and useful, Bipasha has the most amazing project idea today!
Her latest mixed media is an absolute treasure and we hope you'll feel inspired to follow Bipasha's inspiration & tutorial. Let's make some great art today! :)

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Hello wonderful people,
Have you ever had an artistic moodboard in your mind for days, but somehow you just couldn't implement it in reality until one perfect day?
As it is said, the mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions! Yes, I have been through that annoying phase and then finally, I could just create it as envisioned (with some additions), on a lucky day!
So, I had this idea to infuse an air of mystery into a book box, altering it with a timeless shimmering hues and steampunk composition and transform it into a magical repository.
At the very outset, I create some textures using the Finnabair's Paper Paste and the 'Netting' stencil on my paper mache book box.
The reason I selected it as my base coat was its opaqueness with a matte finish, imitating the texture of a hand-crafted paper; and it just worked perfect for creating natural looking texture and adding dimension on my altered paper mache project.
I wanted to create a rustic look with black and white combination.
I used "wet acrylic" and "dry brushing " techniques to create the interesting rustic effect with alternate application of Heavy White and Black Gesso, drying each layer with a heat tool.
The "wet acrylic" technique is so very rewarding and great for those of you who love "watercolour" effect on your projects - just add a touch of black gesso with a brush on the white gessoed layer and water it down with a mister! Wipe any excess water with a paper towel.
For the "dry brushing" technique, I used a relatively dry paint brush with some White Gesso on it and applied it on my black gessoed area. The resulting brush strokes gave a characteristic scratchy look that I was aiming for. Thanks to the fact that the heavy gesso has a dimension which adds more texture to the layers.
Once I was happy with the outcome, I stamped some scripts on a masking tape and adhered it as my base layer along with some faux stitches, followed by layered a selected number of final Mechanicals metal embellishments in gun metal colour, lace trims and some assorted mdf chipboard gears.
I added an ephemera from the 'Melange' pack on the inner flap of the box with a rusted gear. 
Finally, I added the Metallique paints and Sparks to add some beautiful shimmer on my embellishment and added some gorgeous highlights with Old Silver Art Alchemy Wax to create some lighting contours on the composition.
I feel that each of these layers created with these versatile products adds interests and details to get that perfection in the composition.

Please, enjoy my video and I hope you'll feel inspired to create a treasure box for yourself! :)

Book boxes are a classic way to store small treasures, and altering one is a great way to upcycle and add your personal touch to these boxes.

Happy creating, 

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