Friday, August 21, 2015

Finnabair Art Recipe....For Mixed Media Place Creative Gym

If you are a follower of Finnabair, you will know that she regularly makes a post using a "recipe" that she has devised using all her wonderful mixed media products.
The Creative Gym Challenge at Mixed Media Place this month is to make a piece of work using one of Finnabair's Art Recipes. Her recipes have very clear, step by step instructions, so it's not difficult to follow and I found it so much fun and very relaxing because I didn't actually have to think about what to do......Finn had already done it for me.
If you are new to mixed media, then following one of Finnabair's recipes is a great place to start.
Details of this month's challenge can be found HERE at Mixed Media Place
This is my art journal page using Finnabair's "recipe"
Here is the link to Finn's recipe

I started with 2 old book pages. Added washi tape, cotton tape and "lace" tape. Then gave it all a coat of art basics White Gesso.

Next, just like Finn's recipe, I used art basics Modling Paste through the Harlequin Stencil, let it dry then used a second stencil, "Alpha" over the top.
Finn added lace to the bottom of her page, I have added more washi tape and some stamping instead. I added colour using Distress Spray Stains.
I cut out my photo, stuck it down then high lighted around it with white gesso. Next I added some more depth of colour with Gelatos. Applying it and then rubbing it into the textures with my finger.

Thanks for visiting. Have a great creative weekend.....maybe give one of Finnabair's art recipes a go.
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Monday, August 17, 2015

"Tick-Tock"........for Finnabair Creative Team

Time.....such an intangible force in our lives.
Steve Jobs said, "My favourite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time"
Finnabair's large metal watch from her Mechanicals Collection inspired my thoughts on time and led to the creation of this little 15x15cm piece.

I've worked on a cradled timber panel; it's perfect for collaging onto because it's hard, solid and smooth as opposed to canvas which has a bit too much "give" in it.
I've used Finnabair art basics black Gesso, Soft Matte Gel and 3D Matte Gel, Mica Powders and Metal Mechanicals.

There is a step by step tutorial of my process HERE on Finnabair's blog.

A list of products and materials used is also on the Finnabair blog and they can be purchased HERE, from Mixed Media Place.

"How did it get so late so soon?
It's night before it's afternoon.
December is here before it's June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?"
                     Dr. Seuss

Thanks for taking the time to visit.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Just "Be" journal

I'm still playing with patterns and's a little peek into an art journal where texture paste and dry embossing are the focus.

I adore colour but it got a bit away from me, especially the pink through the middle. It's not meant to be there, it bled through from another page....a reminder to run a piece of masking tape down the centre of every page you're working on to stop "spinal bleed". 
No problem really, art journals are meant for happy accidents.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope your week has been full of fun, full of colour and happy accidents.
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Just Create.......Mixed Media Place

A lot of the time when I 'create' a page, a layout, a journal page or an off the page project; I do not have a clear picture of how that project is going to end up's the 'process' that I love. A lot of what I do is experimental so I really am just 'winging it', lets see what happens, just create.

I love working with faces and I love pattern. This was an experiment to see how an image transfer face would look ( or even work ) applied over the top of embossed card. The results are subtle but can be highlighted with ink and paint.

Metal elements were used to frame the face and painted with Finnabair's beautiful Mica Powders.

Layers of texture and pattern

If you have an idea, just run with it, just create and enjoy the process.
There is a step by step of the process HERE at Mixed Media Place and a full list of all the products used which can be sourced from HERE at Mixed Media Place Store.

Thanks for visiting. Have a happy and creative weekend.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mixed Media Place......One Word.

Think of a word.....any focus on that word and create......anything.
This is the challenge at Mixed Media Place this month.
Word association is a fantastic starting point for creativity. When you focus on just one word, all sorts of ideas, images, memories, experiences and emotions start to form in your mind.

With out getting too "deep and meaningfull" I love the word "dream" and all it can mean. It is a word very closely connected to "hope". Hope is that little spark deep inside us that keeps us going, even during the darkest of times, and allows us to 'dream' of the things we want in our lives or we want for our lives.
 The ballerina is used as a visual symbol..........doesn't every little girl dream of being one, their movements are so graceful, soft and flowing, as in a dream and, dancing is movement choreographed to a rhythm. Life has it's rhythms, and we move and respond to them accordingly, and, while dealing with all it demands of us, we must continue to remind ourselves............"don't forget to dream".
To not "dream" is to be hopeless.
Finnabair's white crackle Texture Paste has been used for texture and Silks Acrylic Glaze has been used for colour.
Finnabair cling stamp "Don't Forget To Fly", washi tape and some rub-ons.

A full list of supplies can be found HERE at Mixed Media Place and of course sourced from HERE at  Mixed Media Place Store.

Thank you for visiting. May you dream often, and may the important ones come true for you.
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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Finnabair Metal Bird House

This is the cutest little metal birdhouse and it has been so beautifully decorated by so many people since Finnabair released it.  Not really being a "flower" person I saw it with a more "industrial" eye, and so used lots of Finnabair mechanicals, a little angel, some chipboard and some cardboard "inner tubes" from cling wrap rolls.

The 'metal' drums were made from cardboard inner tubes

Black Gesso, Soft Gloss Gel, Mica Powders and embossing enamel were used to get a 'metalic' look.

Graffiti images pasted onto the walls.

Just an old junk shed.

With some eerie secrets.

More details and a list of materials can be found HERE on Finnabair's blog and all materials used in this project can be sourced from HERE at Mixed Media Place.

Thanks for visiting today, have a happy and creative weekend.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dream On .....Art Journal Page for Mixed Media Place

My project for Mixed Media Place this month is an art journal page based around Finnabair's beautiful new range of stamps. The Dream On stamp in particular has so much beautiful pattern and detail in it, my favourite, and I've also used textural stamps from the Dirty Walls set which I have white embossed.
Stamps, of course are ideal for use in art journals as they add lots of interest, pattern and detail with out adding bulk.

1. Gesso pages first then use a waterproof ink to stamp with.

2. Use art Extravagance White Crackle Texture Paste through the Grungy Grid stencil for some extra pattern and texture.

3. Use image transfer for the face. art basics Soft Matte Gel works brilliantly for this process.

4. Add more stamping, dry emboss in white and add some washi tape.

Finally some colour . Distress Spray Stains and water colour pencils.

A list of all products used can be seen HERE at Mixed Media Place blog and can be supplied HERE from Mixed Media Place store.

Thanks for dropping by....may your dreams only ever be sweet.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

'On The Edge" for Finnabair Creative Team

This page has been inspired by three things: Gold Mica powder, I love the look of this magic dust. An old, vintage, bone handle knife, and the idea that, without trying for an adrenalin rush by base jumping or swimming with sharks,we are all, at times, "living on the edge." The very unpredictable nature of life, the not knowing of what tomorrow will bring, or "what's around the corner", creates this uneasy feeling.
But, just as the caterpillar can turn into a butterfly, so too our lives can change and we have to believe  that all will be well.
I found this quote somewhere, I don't know who said it, but it sums up perfectly what I mean;
"Learn to honour the space between no longer and not yet".

Detail of Finnabair's beautiful Gold and Teal Mica Powder and her fabulous Texture Paste used through a stencil.

Copper Micro Beads and Finnabair Mechanicals Metal details.

Step by step details of how I made this page and a list of materials used can be found HERE on the Finnabair blog, and these materials can be supplied from HERE at Mixed Media Place.

Thanks for visiting, happy creating.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Mixed Media Place.....A "Try-out Practice Journal"

Way back in November of 2010 I took this photo of my art journal. I didn't call it an art journal then, it was just called my "left overs book", and it was filled with anything I felt like playing with at the time..... stamps, inks, left over bits of pretty paper, pieces of ephemera. I didn't write in it; it was just a place to "explore creative processes".
I've made, but never filled, a few Art Journals since, but the one I love working in most is the one that sits next to me every time I create a specific page , canvas or DT project. I call it my "try out-practice" journal. If I'm not sure of a colour of ink, paint or mist or the texture of a medium like gel, texture paste or molding paste, I'll give it a little try in this journal first. If it looks wrong or doesn't give the effect I am looking for, no problem, I haven't messed up my page........yep, I do like to have 'some' control over my work, even tho I embrace 'random' and 'accident' as well. So different bits of medium and colours get added to this journal page as I concentrate on my main project.
 When the main project is done, I'll go back and have a look at what's on my practice page in the journal. Sometimes it's just a mess; but often what's there can inspire an idea, and this is what I love about it....something that you have made without any conscious thought or plan can excite, motivate and inspire you, and you go on this happy, creative journey that you never planned on. I know that sounds kind of 'wanky' but for me, it's just fun, and freedom with no pressure or expectation.
Of course this is not an original idea of mine....Donna Downey is a master of this with her amazing "collage journals".
So, instead of trying out different ideas and media on scraps of paper that you then throw away, do it in a never know what that "practice" page will inspire in you.
This crazy page of the witch and a tea bag came about by way of a project I did for Finnabair.

I was very unsure about the colour mists and stencils I was going to use for this page, so I had a little practice in the journal first. Also I was not sure about how the tea bag and beads would look so, again, the journal became my handy testing ground. 

You know the other great thing about a "try out practice journal" ? It totally eliminates the intimidating "where do I start" horror of a blank white page.....with out really knowing it, with freedom and abandon you have already started your page. Let it guide you and take you where it will...relax, enjoy the ride. Make it as fun or as serious as you want, it's your yourself.
Make yourself a brew, play with your mixed media, let your imagination fly loose and make some art.

If you are still hesitant about making a start in a journal or on a page, check out Finnabair's blog HERE where some of the Creative Team give their tips on "where to start".
As always, thanks for visiting and have a creative week.
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