Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mixed Media Place.......Creative Gym #1

Mixed Media Place, suppliers of all things arty, fun and creative have a new set of challenges for you.  The first one is simple, but with endless possibilities.
Black+ white+ grey+ one colour.
Here is my take on black + white + grey and "pink".
I had so much fun creating my last large tag, I really just kept on going. Using all the Finnabair art basics Gessos and Gels make it so easy.


The WHITE comes from art basics HEAVY GESSO, in which the chipboard tag was painted, also white embossing enamel and the Prima 'Beautiful' sticker.
The BLACK comes from using a 'spot' stencil with black embossing enamel.

The GREY comes from all the metal embellishments , coated first in art basics CLEAR gesso and then sprayed with Prima Color Bloom Mist in Vintage Coal.
The PINK comes from the tag being misted with Picked Raspberry Distress Stain, a pink tag, some pink leaves and flowers, and some pink gems.
For all the details of how to play along with us at this months challenge and added inspiration, visit Mixed Media Place HERE. You can also purchase all the mixed media materials I've used on this project from the Mixed Media Place Store.
Thanks for visiting, I hope what's left of your week has lots of "colour" in it.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tag For Mixed Media Place

"Looking" is not the same as "seeing".
I like to embrace "difference". I love that our world is so diverse, and I guess that all starts with how we "see" things. We can all "look" at the same objects, images and even situations, but we will all "see" different things, what they are and what they can become.


Take a chipboard tag, some Finnabair Vintage Trinket Bottle Caps, some Finnabair art basics Gel Medium, some glass beads and a few metal bits and pieces and what I see will be totally different to what others will see.
Take a second look and see something different again......
This tag has a "moving part."


A little loop of leather keeps one eye shut.

 The glass bead tear was shaped with 3D Matte Gel and the glass beads dropped on.
 Glass beads and metal coloured with distress stains; coated first with Finnabair art basics clear gesso to allow stains to adhere.
All Finnabair art basics Gells and Gesso from Mixed Media Place. 
"There are various eyes,
Even the Sphinx has eyes;
and as a result there are
various truths, and as a result
there is no truth."
                Friedrich Nietzsche

Thanks for visiting. Remember to look closely, see clearly, but know there is always more.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LINE......New task at paperDVIZHNIK #50

 Lines...they surround us, they contain us, they direct us, they are the foundation of all shapes. They can be simple and mean so much....the "flat line" on a heart monitor or they can be complex, like the lines beautifully created by nature, the veins in a leaf or the grain in a piece of wood.
Be creative and make "line" the dominant feature of your work.
All details and some beautiful inspiration can be found HERE at paperDVIZHNIK.

In essence my page is simple. Directional lines are the feature and they have been created using, dry embossing, stencilled gel medium, washi tape, a stamp and Sharpie pens.

Image transfer, water colour and Gelatos



There are also, in life, those invisible lines.....you know, "the line drawn in the sand" or you have "over-stepped the mark" or you are at the "point of no return".........
Thanks for visiting, have a great week.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

paperDVIZHNIK...........# new challenge #

Hello. #new challenge...........yes, the new challenge at paperDVIZHNIK is use a # or interpret a # in fact play with #s any way you want.
 You have the freedom to express any way you want as long as there is a little # somewhere.
Check out the details HERE 

Stencilled, stamped, water coloured and some pretty gems.


Thanks for visiting. May every # moment for you be fabulous !
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Mixed Media Place.........The Beat Goes On

Mixed media wooden block with polystyrene heart, plastic tubing, metal embellishments, paper and acrylic paint.
I'm sure by now you all know that Finnabair has created her own range of mixed media gels and pastes.
My little collaged wooden block with it's 3D heart, its plastic plumbing and metal workings, is held together entirely by 3D Matte Gel and Soft Gloss Gel from Finnabair's art Basics range.
Some alterations were made to the heart's background; the pattern was "too much", it was painted just red.


There are lots of "bits" making up this piece, all with different surfaces........wood, metal, chipboard, polystyrene, plastic and paper and the 3D Matte Gel has been used throughout to secure them. An added bonus is how easy and "clean" it is to use and how it dries completely clear.
Using Soft Gloss Gel with Acrylic paint makes it more translucent, and then easier to build up richly coloured layers of paint.

A list of products I used can be found HERE at Mixed Media Place and they can be purchased from HERE at Mixed Media Place Store.

Thanks for visiting. May your heart be full of joy this week.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

paperDVIZHNIK Challenge No. 48......Colour.

Challenge No. 48 is up at paperDVIZHNIK. This month it's about colour. I think they're beautiful colours, both individually and as a combination.
Visit the paperDVIZHNIK blog HERE for some DT inspiration.
My page has been created using a combination of collaged lace and tissue along with wet embossing, water colour and fibres.
The photo is of my daughter and she is actually wearing a very fluffy, wooly hat. I've just exaggerated it by adding a whole lot of fibres and threads, which the birds are having a fun time in.

Collaged lace, embossed lace and a little bird cage hidden amongst it.

Thanks for visiting me today. Have a colourful week and I hope lots of nice things happen to keep a happy smile on your face.
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mixed Media Place.........Music Challenge

The next Summer Music Challenge at Mixed Media Place is Adele's Rolling In The Deep. See HERE for details.
I have very "literally" illustrated the lyrics "you had my heart inside your hand and you played it to the beat."

Nothing very "deep and meaningful" about my interpretation. Just a hand (drawn and water coloured) holding a heart by strings attached to it.

My favourite part of this page is the "tatood" arm, using a stamp and Masking Fluid (see previous post HERE )

As well as paper and some washi tape a Finnabair Elementals stencil "Netting" creates part of the background, and I've used it with heavy gel medium which is a little more resistant to colour than what texture paste would be and creates a more subtle pattern.

Amongst my stash of stamps I have two favourites.....I use them constantly. Both created by Finnabair for Prima; one is the Vintage Book stamp ( in red ) from the Vintage Vanity Collection and the other one is Clear Stamp #1 from the Sunrise Sunset Collection; here it's been embossed with white.
All the colour, well there are only three, plus black, comes from Ecoline water colour. The concentric circles representing "the beat" of the heart is a TCW stencil

As always I've indulged my love for fussy cutting and collage and these floral elements create the central background for the heart.

If you love this song and you would like to show us your creative interpretation of it, here is the link to Mixed Media Place - Summer Music vol. 2 - Adele
Thank you for visiting.....may your week ahead be sweet, full of love and creativity.
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Box Colour

Today I'm working on the Book Box that I started a few weeks ago. Throwing lots of colour at some Finnabair Elementals Resist Canvas.

Tomorrow I head to Melbourne for 4 days to do 3 workshops with Andrea Matus de Meng.
I am beyond excited.
Thanks for visiting. Hope your week is light, bright and full of.............whatever you want it to be full of.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mixed Media Place.......Journal Page

For Mixed Media Place this month I've made an art journal page to highlight stamps. In the past stamps were pretty much always the domain of card makers, but now with the popularity of mixed media, stamps are used by every one. For scrapbooking we tend to keep them in the background, but for this journal page I'm using stamps as my focus. These Dina Wakley face stamps are very expressive. I have also used stamps from 3rd Eye and Finnabair's range. Most of the colour on these pages comes from Prima's Color Bloom spray mists, such beautiful rich and pure colours.


Gold Foil is my favourite....the photo below does not do justice to the intense gold shimmer that this product produces.



I have used a total of 5 different coloured mists on this tag. By not allowing each colour to properly dry before adding the next colour creates a soft, subtle, blended look....mmmm, maybe some people would say 'muddy', but it was an experiment that I liked the look of.

When the tag is flipped over the mood of the page has changed. I am almost to the point where I don't want to watch the news or open a news paper any more. The atrocities that are happening in so many places all over the world due to conflict just continues: and it breaks my heart.

The tears will never stop falling until the guns stop shooting.
I feel that this post is 'gloomy'. I don't apologise for it. My journal pages will always reflect my thoughts, my ideas, my emotions. The image this week of a little boy holding up a decapitated head and being told by his father that this is a good thing is beyond belief, but it's real.
In my 'lucky' part of the world life goes on. I'm fortunate and I'm thankful.
All stamps, mists and materials are from Mixed Media Place. For a full list of materials see HERE.

Thank you for dropping by. Enjoy what's left of this week. I am off to prepare for a little art adventure. Next week I'm heading HERE. I am nervous, I may be out of my depth, but very excited.

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