Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mica Powder........Finnabair Creative Team

Pastel colours with a 'Spring' feel.....not really my style, but, show the versatility of Mica Powders, now that's just a whole lot of fun.
Little pots of the finest, softest, shimmery coloured powder.
Mix it with water on a craft mat and paint it on to any surface (metal needs to be primed first with gesso).Put it into a mister and spray it through stencils or onto a stamp and stamp with it. Sprinkle the powder dry onto your project then mist it with water. Mix it with texture pastes and gels.
Check out the Prima post HERE for the gorgeous projects created by Finnabair's Creative Team for Prima.
Mica Powder three ways. Misted on through a stencil, stamped on and mixed with modelling paste and applied through a stencil.

"Exploding Spring Hat"

Mica Powders, Sunrise Sunset "Doily" Stencil, Elementals "Mechanica" Stencil all available from Mixed Media Place Store HERE.
Thanks for visiting.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Just One Product.....Finnabair Creative Team

You know how Finnabair has an amazing range of products she has designed from, papers, to metal embellishments, to gels and pastes, to stamps and glitter and glass beads, to stencils and crackle medium ? Well, if you could choose just one to play with, which one would it be ?
 That was our task....create something focussing on just 1 product.
 I chose "stamps" ! 
How could anyone not love Finnabair's stamps, especially her new range of Cling Stamps and the smaller, textural range of Clear Stamps.
Stamps work just as well on cloth and primed canvas board as they do on paper.
I stamped with Archival Ink, Distress Ink and Embossing Ink. 
Then I added colour with Water Color Pencils and embellished with Finnabair Glass Beads and Micro Beads and 'ballet costume leftovers.'

Cloth, art basics White Gesso, Cling Stamp Set "Don't Forget To Fly"

Visit Finnabair's blog HERE to see what beautiful creations the rest of the team have come up with when allowed to choose just 1 product.
All products used in this project are available from Mixed Media Place Store HERE.

Thanks so much for visiting. Hope you have a happy and creative weekend.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Finnabair Creative Team....Art Journal Cover

At last some time to post my first project for the Finnabair Creative Team. The project has been up on Finnabair's blog for a few days now with a step by step tutorial. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has left such beautiful and positive comments for me over there. Your reassurance and support is so appreciated.
Loving mixed media and collage the way I do, Finnabair's "art basics" range of gels, pastes and gesso make creating projects so enjoyable. Of course any sort of creativity is enjoyable but what I mean is that some products can be a little  frustrating, or not perform the way you thought they would, the results can sometimes be disappointing. Finn's mixed media range of products are brilliant ! 
The art basics Soft Matte Gel is perfect for collaging all types of paper, while the 3D Matte Gel is for more heavy duty purposes like attaching card, or any embellishments from flowers to metal.
 The other product I really loved using on this project was the White Crackle Texture Paste. It works really well, lots of 'cracks' and dries very quickly. You can see below how beautifully the colours run into all those amazing little grooves and cracks, just adding another later of interest to the project.

Metal embellishments and glass beads added using art basics 3D matte gel. Also some more surface texture using art basics Modeling paste through a stencil and then coloured with art ingredients Mica Powder in Teal.....such a beautiful soft shimmer.

Words are from one of Finnabair's  beautiful new cling stamp sets.
The complete step by step tutorial can be seen HERE on Finnabair's blog along with a list of products used which can all be purchased from Mixed Media Place Store HERE.

Thanks for dropping by and visiting me today. May whatever tool, product or piece of equipment you have to use this week, work like a dream and bring you nothing but joy.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

paperDVIZHNIK Job No.60 ............LeTTeRinG

The new challenge at paperDVIZHNIK is all about lettering.
The instructions are simple:
*do any work: page, notepad, postcard, art....using lettering
*you can come up with your own lettering or use ready made.
All the details can be found HERE at paperDVIZHNIK

Art journals are the perfect place for creating your own style of lettering. I just draw it in with pencil first and go over it with a waterproof pen.

Thank you for visiting ! May all the words that come your way this week be beautiful: in shape, form and meaning.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

My Book In The Box.......For Mixed Media Place

Yes, I'm still making pages in my 'Box Book'. Even tho, each page is slightly different in size, it is no different to working in an art journal. No pages as yet have been stuck in, so they can all be removed and worked on individually.  The pages are all worked on at different times, sometimes months apart, but, I try to keep a continuity throughout by using the same papers, stamps and colours, and with out deliberately trying to do so, it has developed a sort of Bohemian feel. Perhaps that has something to do with Finnabair's stamps and papers, especially her new range of stamps and stencils, which I have included in these two pages.

I have used the 'Basket' Stencil from Finnabair's new Elementals range as a background as well as the Sunrise Sunset Doily Stencil with art basics Modeling Paste and the beautiful patterned circular stamp from her new Trust The Magic set.

The little butterflies were stamped onto a scrap of paper that had a 'splodge' of Silks Acrylic Glaze on it, left over from some previous experiment. If you have never tried using Silks as a colouring medium, I would urge you to give them a go. The colours are rich and deep, they flow beautifully and can be thinned with water. I love the purity of their colours.
The stamp is from Finnabair's new Don't Forget To Fly set.

All products used in this project can be purchased HERE at Mixed Media Place Store.
There is a step by step post of these pages and all the products used on the Mixed Media Place Blog HERE.
As always, thank you for dropping by and visiting. I wish you all a colourful and creative week.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

paperDVIZHNIK...........Challenge No. 59

What's not to love about Lime and Purple ! Put them together and they look amazing; add grey, white and black and the recipe just gets better...........
So, this months challenge at paperDVIZHNIK is to play with just these colours. Go HERE to find all the details on how to play along.
I have used patterned papers, washi tape, stamps, acrylic paint, ink, water colour pencils, modelling paste, and stencils.

Thank you for dropping by today. Those of you living on the other side of the world are heading into Spring, so I hope you are inspired to get out your bright colours. We here in Australia are going into Autumn, my absolute favourite season......whatever the weather enjoy your week.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Finnabair Creative Team

I am pinching myself.......... to be invited by Ania Dabrowska ( Finnabair ) to join her Creative Team, came unexpectedly out of the blue, and I am still catching my breath.
I am of course so honoured, so happy and so excited but must also admit to being a little nervous and overwhelmed.
Expectation can be a burden.
"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties". Erich Fromm
I will just continue to do my own thing, in my own way; embracing colour, pattern and texture, sometimes telling a story and sometimes becoming lost in one. 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Mixed Media Place.....Creative Gym No.5

Time to get creative with Mixed Media Place again........the challenge this time is to work on a black background using all the colours of the rainbow. Simple, yes ? Well, for me, I didn't find it that simple. I wanted to add colour using media like mists, inks, and paints, but found that black swallows up colour ; and unless the colour is thick and opaque or has a white ground under it or mixed in with it, the colour won't show up. Of course you could use lots of coloured papers, flowers and embellishments on top of your black background, a more straight forward option.

I have ended up using a mixture of white and gold embossing, coloured sequins and threads and distress stains mixed into Finnabair's art basics Modeling Paste.

My background is a piece of chipboard gessoed with art basics Heavy Black Gesso. Onto this I splattered several colours of Distress Stains, which disappeared almost instantly into the back, I could see where it was wet but not what colour it was. Before the Distress Stains dried completely I pulled Modeling Paste through a Prima Elementals "Harlequin" Stencil and the paste picked up the colours beautifully.

Thanks for visiting, have a creative week and hope you can play along with this Black + Colours challenge. All the details are HERE at Mixed Media Place .

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

paperDVIZHNIK...............Challenge No.58 "LEGS"

I love Instagram. Along with Instagram came "selfies" and as well as selfies, a million photos of "feet" in a million different locations ! 
Here's a chance to create with your feet, legs, shoes, tracks, or footprint photos. Play along with our 'LEGS' challenge this month.
Find all the details HERE at paperDVIZHNIK.
Living in Australia we're often without best it's thongs and sandals, so having prettily coloured, pedicured toe nails is a must. My daughter and I go together, have them done at the same time and have a good old girly catch up.

I started with some washi tape, a pretty stencil and then went a little crazy with Finnabair's art basics Modeling Paste.....this would be my favourite product at the moment. I love it's smoothness ( not gritty like some ), love how easily it spreads, love how quickly it dries and love how it soaks up colour.

Thanks for visiting, have a creative week.

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