Monday, 21 August 2017

Touch of the Ocean

Hello my Friends!
I hope you're ready for another art-filled Monday with my Creative Team! Today it's Karolina with her beautiful altered art inspiration - a brilliant idea to end summer with and capture all your special holiday memories... Enjoy!

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Hi my dear friends! It's Karolina here today with my latest summertime inspired project.
In my country the holidays are coming to an end and I wanted to capture this mood for a little while longer. With the sound of the sea still resounding in my imagination and with pockets filled with seashells, I decided to alter a box to hold my summer memories.
I just love textures in my works so I couldn't do without Art Extravagance line Texture Paste.
This time I used Black Sand I mixed it with three colors of Art Alchemy Impasto paints - Azure, Jade and Snow White - all this to create the background for my composition.
By adding a bit of water these paints are still very efficient without losing on their quality. They are ideal for special tasks thanks to their density, opacity and the high amount of pigments.
To build the background layers I used paints, pastes and Art Stones and it's always such a great fun!
I really love the dimensional effect I got, especially filling in the free spaces with different sizes of Art Stones. You will see exactly how I did that in a video tutorial below.

I also love to play with the crackles effect and this time I the best (and the easiest!) way to create it is to use Art Extravagance Clear Crackle Texture Paste. Adding Art Stones helps to make the texture even richer and more interesting.
Another great trick to create fabulous textures is to use gauze or any other delicate material. It can be easily shaped when soaked with any kind of gel medium.
I like to separate layers of paint with gesso, thanks to this the project becomes really rich, but you have to keep in mind that the more paint you put on your decorations, this pattern will be less visible.
You can also use gesso to regulate the intensity of light, color and shine of the paints you use.
I myself, really like the shine in my projects and that is why I added beautiful colors of Art Alchemy Metallique paints.
And now please enjoy my video tutorial and feel free to leave any questions you have in the comments sections - I will be happy to answer!




I love artistic recycling so I collect all sorts of things that might come in handy when creating a new project - nets you buy garlic in (work great imitating fishing nets!), old keys, metal nails, broken twigs - all these seemingly useless objects present so many creative possibilities...

Sending you all my warmest hugs and wishes of great creative week!
xx







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Bardzo lubie blask w moich peojektach, dlatego na koniec dodałam przezpiękne kolory farb metalicznych. 
uwielbiam cieniować pracę, przy pomocy farb stworzyć głębie i podkreślić detale. niejeden projekt ożywa podczas tego zabiegu.
mój sekret na udany projekt to położenie tego samego koloru farby w 3 miejscach  mniej więcej na przeciwko siebie.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Sugar & Spice

Hello lovely Readers!
Today we meet with Marta who created the most adorable mixed media frame, but watch out - it's not as cute & sweet as it might look at first glance! ;)
You'll learn why reading Marta's post and watching a tutorial video she made just for us. Enjoy and happy creating, folks! :)

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Hello friends!
It's Marta Turska - Grochocka here today. I would like to show you my aged altered frame.
I've composed it a bit as a shadow box, but basically if you would like to make something similar, you can fill in your frame anyway you wish. You can focus on the picture or on building up the layers and the composition in the background.
I've mixed it all - I created textures and added elements around the picture of two happy girls.
I've used some metal Mechanicals embellishments, Melange Art Pebbles and Mini Art Stones to build a nice and rich composition with a bit of texture.
It was created before using a layer of White Gesso; and just to make sure it would dry properly I left it to dry overnight. A heating gun is a good way to dry my projects really fast, but when I want to make sure all the elements are permanently adhered - I prefer to leave it to dry overnight.
The second step was covering my project with Gesso and adding Azure Impasto paint applied with a brush and quite a lot of water (spraying the paint works magic too!).
All this because I LOVE watercolor effects and Impasto paints are just perfect to achieve delicate ombre effects.
I wanted to leave some elements uncovered with Gesso, that's why I've used paper letters and plain metal elements on the top and I covered them with Patina Pastes - Blue and Green.
I used them here and there just to add a subtle accent of color.
In the end, I used Brass paint which is also a part of Patina Paste set - I applied it with a sponge to get a very delicate result. 
I also took a bit of beautiful Red Amber Art Alchemy Wax to accent the edges and textures and Pollen Micro Beads to add some touches of interesting color.
Here's my short video in which you will see how easy (and how much fun!) it was to alter this little frame of mine. I hope you enjoy!




Why Sugar & Spice, you might ask? :)
Well, you see I felt these two adorable girlies needed a little bit of an edge! ;)
If you want your project to go beyond the obvious, mixed media is the perfect world to experiment with different styles, elements and supplies.
Here it's the metal embellishments and rough textures of Patina Pastes that I think added loads of character to those cute little creatures.

Such an altered frame could make a really cool and personalized gift for a friend or family member, don't you think? Just add your own photos and personality and keep experimenting!
xx
Marta

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Book of Possibilities - a look inside of my Mood Book...

Hi again my dear ones!
2 weeks ago I was happily announcing my second online class, which I created with my friends from Everything Art - Kasia and Jamie. It is called "Book of Possibilities" and you can learn more about it and register here!

After the books which I've done during the class were finished on the outside and some starting pages were done, the process of collecting, repurposing, adding and simply - journaling has started!
All you can see below happened after the point, where the class has finished, they are not included into class instructions. The project just came to life, just like I intended!
As I mentioned in the class my ida was to create a Mood Book - you can compare it to a moodboard, but in a form of a handy book: something you can easily take with you everywhere, fill it with your favourite findings wherever you will go, whenever you will find the time. Somehow, this idea was really intriguing...

I had no doubt what would be the content of my Mood Book: I wanted to express my love for my vintage findings - old photos, pieces of lace, pins, paper clips, pieces of fabric. I finally could use those hand written notes, which I was sometimes discovering in the old notebooks, all these papers torn out of beautiful vintage books, all the beloved goodies I was hoarding for ages...



As you can see these pages are really simple, but they are complete to me, I'm happy with just. bit of colour, some short text, piece of tape or lace - no pressure, no overthinking.

On many of these  pages I decided to use Prima Adhesive Rub-ons to add the big and bold lettering accents. I was using both Prima foils and my Art Ingredients Mica Powders - both combinations worked great! Smaller sentiments are parts of my Cling Stamps Sets - love them!

If you'd like to create your own Book of Possibilities - alter the cover (in 2 ways!) and  get a bunch of ideas how  to start your own pages - you should really check my online class. You won't find the instruction how to make pages above there, but you will create a perfect, inspiring base which will push you into arms of creativity!

Here you can check some of the products which were use to create pages above - all linked to Mixed Media Place Store! 


As this is an ongoing projects sooner or later I will have more pages to share with you - stay tuned!
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