Friday, 18 May 2018

Find Your Muse

Hello my Friends!
Every artist needs a Muse and Juliya is here today with the most beautiful idea how to find one! :)
Juliya explains how she created her stunning new mixed media canvas and also shares a video tutorial.
Please enjoy and feel inspired to find your own Muse with us!

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Today I'd like to show you a new project of mine that I created feeling inspired by a beautiful photo I found on Pinterest.
When I saw this photo, I thought that this is what a Muse looks like. I wanted to make her a special guest on my new mixed media canvas. :)

I thought for a long time how to complement the gorgeous poppies from the photo and make this artwork really unique and special. 
So I added on some cut out poppies and I also decided to use pieces of glass mosaic in a beautiful burgundy tone.
The pieces of mosaic were glued with super strong 3D Gloss Gel and then I applied some Paper Texture Paste to smooth out sharp edges, fill in the cracks and add a bit more texture.
I wanted the photo and the rest of my piece to be really harmonious and to have the colors and textures corresspond with each other.
I added strips of Resist Canvas (there are many wonderful patterns to choose from!) behind my focal image and painted them with acrylic paints - a super quick and easy effect that will help you add great interest to any artwork.
I painted my backround with different kinds of Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints, starting with the lightest tones and then, gradually moving on to the darkest ones.
You will find all the paints I used in the product list below.
Some elements were covered with Black Gesso and then painted and sprayed, but most metal Mechanicals embellishments weren't painted at all. I wanted them to stand out from the background.

Final accents with Art Alchemy Waxes, Mica Powder, Art Stones and Glass Glitter and my work was ready. 
Now my Muse is whispering to me: 'embrace beautiful chaos', 'creativity takes courage'...

Please enjoy my video tutorial, and I hope that you will find your own Muse and inspiration. :)

I really love working with dark backgrounds, all the mixed media and collage elements somehow always look more mysterious this way.

You don't need to cover everything first with black gesso or paint. You can create layers of colors, from light to dark shades.
I find this process very exciting and I think all these dark pieces carry a special charm.

Hope you will try and love this effect too!
Juliya Tirskaya

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Create With Abandon

Hi there dear ones!
It so happens - what a beautiful synergy - that we've been having a monochromatic time lately on my blog. :) Last Friday we saw the stunning creation in purples from Olya and today we meet with Bipasha who also felt inspired to make a wonderful mixed media canvas in a limited palette.
It turns out she loves purple too! :) Please, enjoy this beautiful post!

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Did you ever let your creativity go wild without concerns or perhaps consequences or care of what others think?
I did many times and as a matter of fact, today's project is an outcome of one of those wild plays with monochromatic colours!
I created a mixed media heavily layered canvas in my favorite monochromatic shade of vintage purple.
At the very outset, I used the two shades of Impasto Paints (Aubergine & Chocolate) and randomly brayed the area on my canvas to get a position of the focal point of my composition.
These paints have one of the thickest, creamiest, smoothest consitencies without a freedom to mix any two colours and create your own palette.
Once applied, I immediately fell in love with the meddly of the aubergine + chocolate tones.
Next I used pieces of 3D board to create some faux bricks. I adhered these using the 3D Matte gel medium which works as an excellent adhesive for thick material.
I still wanted to play around with the positioning of the elements in my composition and hence I didn't use the Heavy Body Gel (which dries quicker!) as an adhesive for this part.
Next I moved to my favourite part : adding some yummy textures with Paper Paste, White Crackle medium and blended in the look by squeezing in some Art Stones here and there with 3D Gel.

Then I added some colours to my textures in the same colour palette of the aubergine + chocolate tones. I sprayed water generously to obtain a washed-out look and get rid of any hard brush strokes.
Finally, I dried everything with a heat tool and added multiple layers of chipboard leftovers, Mechanicals, frames, doily and other pretty bits and pieces from my stash.

I coloured the chipboard with Metallique paint in Velvet to add some rich shine and colour contrast.

This time I prefered the Heavy Body Gel over the 3D Gel to adhere the frames. It dried quickly so I did not have to wait.

At the very end I finished the piece with some splatters of diluted Heavy Gesso in white.
 Please, enjoy my video and I hope you'll feel inspired to create a gorgeous piece with abandon! :)

Starting on an idea without a planned thought process might be a bit intimidating and might make one feel uncomfortable but you are abandoning your inhibitions for a time and that's what expressing yourself through creativity is, isn't it?

Happy creating!

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