Friday, 15 December 2017

An Old Book of Alchemy

Hi Friends!
You know how much I love vintage books and turning them into unique pieces of book art. There are so many creative possibilities to do that...
So imagine my delight when I saw Bipasha's breathtaking creation for today's post! I'm sure you'll instantly fall in love with this project too!

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Hello wonderful creatives! 
I know many people - even artists - balk at cutting up a book. To them, books are sacred. But as a person who haunts yard sales, flea markets, old book stores, library sales, and the like, I can tell you: there are a lot of old books out there looking for homes, and the majority are going nowhere fast.
I feel it is better to keep a book forever on the shelf (or in a box), unread and unnoticed, or give it new life by using its components to make a book that's a work of art.
At the very outset, its a good idea to prep your hard book cover with gesso.
If you have a cloth bound book like the one I've used here, you will probably not want to prep your book cover using gesso or paint. Also, if you want to use the title of your book, you may not want to gesso it - it's all up to your creative intuition. I have embellished across it to create an altered look.
I started with putting the metal embellishments, Art Pebbles, some findings & lace trims that seemed to match the composition in my mind. I created some mould designs using air dry clay.
Once I was happy with the composition, I decided to colour all the metal bits and pieces using White Heavy Gesso. I really like its consistency and the way it gave a full coverage on the metals and added a bit of texture with just 1/2 coatings.
Once done, I glued down the entire composition using Heavy Body Gel as an adhesive.
Also, I mixed some glue with the Art Stones in different sizes and generously added in all the creases of my design to blend it. The Heavy Body Gel helps create dimensional texture holding very high peaks.
Once it was dried completely, the next step was to add colours! My idea was to produce a rich rust patina look that would give it a weathered & aged appearance.
I added coffee stains at varying concentration as my first layer, followed by some Red Rust Paste and Fire Ruby Art Alchemy Metallique Wax.
There's no wrong way to use it! Beautiful, metallic, beeswax-based paste which will turn your artwork into a real treasure while adding amazing, rich, metal-like finish to most surfaces.

I wanted to highlight the details of the mould designs so I wipe off quickly all the excess of the waxes with a baby wipe. It stays permanent once dried completely.

Finally, I added some Blue Patina Paste in the creases and details, following by some splatters.

I also tied the book using coffee stained and stamped fabric piece.
I have prepared a video for you demonstrating the entire process to show you how spectacular effect can be achieved in no-time with the fabulous Finnabair products!

I hope I inspired you feel adventurous with some book art. Don't feel too shy to give old forgotten books a brand new art life!

Keep creating!
Warm hugs,

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Authentic - Vintage, Rust and my Creative Gear...

Hi again my dear ones!
It's been a while since I was showing my project on the blog - those of you who follow me on social media could notice I've had some health issues I had to take care of in the last weeks and I'm not only far away from home but also simply not able to be up-to-date with everything. I'm sorry for this, but I'm sure you can understand!

This project I've made a few weeks ago, just when I got new 7 Dots Studio collection - "Nothern Lights" in my hands. I loved everything about it: colour palette, design, details. When I took a closer look at one of the papers I noticed that the pattern on it resembled the background of one of my family photos... that was it: perfect inspiration for a heavy, grungy and masculine project - with a touch of creative madness!
If you will take a closer look at the details here you may notice I didn't really use many "branded" embellishments here. All the layers are made with broken or torn leftovers, strips, found elements and      "junk" I could find on my table. There are rusty nails, Christmas tree candle-holder, an old watch, wire, broken frame, some metal mesh and many many more... can you see scraps of lace and cotton thread too?
I found a tiny piece of ephemera - mini-calendar page dated 1937 - and I had to use it of course! It is another great "personal touch" on this project. It goes perfectly with my rusty paper clip, pieces of old paper, strips of canvas and cotton band-aid. Seriously - I had so much fun putting it all toghether!
My colour palette is not very rich this time - I focused mostly on following the tones of background paper and shades of rust. I used my favourite brown stain - very strong tea infuse I make at home myself and added a bit of Lindy's Moon Shadow Mists in corresponding colours. There is a coat of Art Basics Clear Gesso on the entire background paper - it was important to "impregnate" it a bit when I was planning to pour so much te and spray on it, right?
I've also added some Art Basics White Heavy Gesso to lighten up the pattern of the paper in the place I was planning to put my composition - that helped me work on the rich and dimensional composition without losing the focal point.
The final look is heavily inspired by the rusty elements of my project - and I used Art Extravagance Rust Effect Paste to add the final touches. I simply love how beautifully it is diluted by water, creating natural, vintage-industrial look! Perfect match!
My point here is you DON'T NEED tons of expensive supplies and materials to create art. Just look at my choice here - only 2 elements here are "branded embellishments" (well 2 and a bit - a small piece of resin frame had to be an embellishment too - sometime in the past). What really counts is the design, idea, imagination - and finding a way to make it all work. This is my creative drive, my biggest joy - using elements and pieces which are usually thrown away and putting them together, painting, decorating - until I'm happy with the result. With proper adhesives, a bit of primers (Gesso), good paints and special effects you can create amazing, beautiful work - on a budget. Let yourself be inspired by the things around you - and create!

Here are the supplies I was using for my project - all linked to Mixed Media Place Store:

Sending you hugs and all my love

Monday, 11 December 2017

Magic Rust and Patina

Hi there Friends!
Get ready to be amazed! This Monday the inspiration comes from our talented Olya who's sharing her brand new project reviewing and having mixed media fun with my Rust and Patina Effect Pastes.
I just love Olya's creations and I'm sure you'll feel inspired to make some special effects art. :)

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Hello Dear Friends!
Today I'd like to remind you of some of the best products from Finnabair - Rust and Patina Effect Pastes. They are very versatile so perhaps you will use them to create some wonderful decorations for Christmas!
Today I'd like to show you my project in which I combined both kinds of Pastes - I know many people love using these two effects of Rust and Patina together.
I must say that I fell in love with these products the very first time I used them. 
Each jar has a different paste texture and it's so much fun to work with! You get three different Pastes in each set so you can combine different colors and textures to suit your preferences and I think it's really awesome and offers endless possibilities!
I also really like the volume you can add to your projects with these pastes. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating my little tags.
I used fabric as the base for my background - it looks really interesting when covered with different media.
I glued the fabric to the base, covered it with Heavy Black Gesso and dried it well.
Then I used Graphite Texture Paste with "Honeycomb" and "Bubbles" stencils to create a beautiful texture. I really like these stencils, they are so universal! I love it that when the texture paste dries, it becomes black and shimmering.
I also covered the decorations for the tags with Black Gesso - I used IOD moulds, Mechanicals metal embellishments and a few cut out letters. I created my composition making layers of different materials and going a little bit over the edges of the tag.

To make the textures even more beautiful I like to use stunning Art Stones. It's another super versatile product - they come in 3 sizes so you can mix and match and use them for all kinds of projects.
I mix them with Soft Matte Gel as its fine texture doesn't block the stones and firmly holds them in place. Also the gel becomes completely transparent when it dries.
My next step was adding some color and I used the incredibly beautiful colors of Mica Powders. From the Mica Powder Set I chose two colors - Gold and Rust. They shine amazingly on the black background created with gesso - I love this effect!

When all the preparations were done, I could start the most pleasant part - applying the Pastes! :)
One tag has the Patina ones as the main theme, the other one emphasizes the Rust effect, but I also mixed the two sets with each other to make the overall look even more varied and interesting.

Some pastes are thicker, the other are smoother, they are shiny and matte and all this together creates an incredibly beautiful effect.
You can also use each jar separately if you feel like it and work on practically any kind of project. Believe me, you will not remain indifferent once you try playing with these fantastic Pastes!
In the end, I added a bit of White Gesso to the patina tag to highlight the textures. Then I fixed the tags on black cardboard. Now, they decorate my desk. :)

In order for you to see the magic of these pastes, I created a step by step video. I hope you will fall in love with these products just like me! Enjoy!


I hope I inspired you to play with this amazing pastes and you are ready to create new masterpieces! :)

Let your day be filled with new ideas and inspiration.
Be creative and have fun with your art!

With love, Olya

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