Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Art Recipe Wednesday: Textures and Pastels - mini collage

Hi guys, how are you today?
I had a great response to CHA demo videos I was publishing earlier - thank you so much for your interest in my new products and techniques based on mixing and creating custom textures! Encouraged by that I decided to create simple home decor project based on my recipe of  mixing Micro Beads into 3D Gloss Gel - to show you real, finished artwork, not just simple tag.

I was trying to create something rich, detailed but not too complex - and having more optimistic color palette than my usual blacks, blues and greens... it's good to have a challenge from time to time, right? So, here is the effect of my experiment, small mixed-media canvas with loads of texture and shine!

I love the mosaic effect you can get using lace stencil and dimensional texture gel. It adds so much interest to the background and catches the light beautifully... or adds lovely grain if you will cover it a bit with gesso, like i did!

You can use almost any kind of embellishment or found object for this kind of creation. Possibilities are endless as you are adding the colors of your choice in the very end of the process.

Those of you who are coming to Creative World Show in Frankfurt this weekend will have a chance to see my demos at Notions Marketing booth. I promise to have this piece with me - so you can see and touch all the details :) I hope to see you there!

Here is the full Art Recipe and some step-by-step info for you! :)

Here we go - short step-by-step for you!

1. I started with making my own texture gel based on Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel and Art Ingredients Micro Beads in selected colour. I decided to go for purple - and I simply mixed the beads into my 3D Gel. When the custom gel was ready I picked one of my favorite stencils and applied it on a small canvas using just a palette knife.

2. I dried the texture for a moment with heating tool to avoid "accidents" when decorating the project. After a minute or two 3D Gel created film on the top and it was quite safe to work on it. Now I used more of 3D Gloss Gel as an adhesive for all my metal and paper embellishments. I created a pretty complex cluster and dried it again with heating tool to make sure it will stay in place!

3. To add more texture I added more of Art Ingredients - Glass Beads (Licorice, Cobalt Blue) using 3D Gel as my glue again. I simply applied the gel in the desired places and sprinkled the beads on it. I dried everything again - and left it for a moment to "rest". After a couple of minutes I dabbed a bit of Art Basics - Heavy White Gesso on the top of my embellishments and beads.

4. When gesso was dry I added the colors. I put my Art Ingredients - Mica Powder into spray bottles and added water to create shimmering sprays in gold and pink. I did the same with Primary Elements Pigments in shades of purple and violet. When the sprays were ready I sprayed the projects focusing mostly on the embellishments. I added a touch of black for more depth (Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray) and when the project was dry I added some gold highlights with a bit of Silks Acrylic Glaze - Solar Gold. Little canvas was ready!

I hope you enjoyed this technique - it is great to apply it to many home decor and altered projects too and I'm sure you will come with many wonderful ideas!

Here is the list of products from put Mixed Media Place Shop for your convenience 
(new Art Ingredients should be available in late February!)

Sending lots of love - and see you in Frankfurt!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Mixed Media Home

Hello, Friends!
Our lovely Elena prepared a new inspiring project that is bound to touch your hearts.
She also shares a tutorial video so we hope you'll feel tempted to create a special canvas for a wall in your Home...

Hello friends!
I hope your weekend was fun and full of sweet moments. I'd like to inspire you today with my new canvas. I also prepared a short video that you will find below.

I used my most favorite products. First, I added some texture with Light Paste. Then I mixed transparent 3D Gloss Gel with Primary Elements and glitter and applied this mixture through the stencil. I love this recipe!

As usual for all the glueing, I used Soft Gel. It holds all the elements perfectly and helps to create some dimension. After everything dried, I added the colors. I used a dry brush to sprinkle the whole work with Primary Elements and added some water. Everything is quite easy and looks beautiful and sparkly!

I love mixed-media for working on the details. This time I started with using Distress Ink, then added some White Gesso - I watered it down a little and sprinkled my work with it.

Then I felt an urge to add some gold and Inka Gold helped me out with this task. This is almost it!
Just attch a hook on the backside of the canvas and here it is - a wonderful piece for decorating your room!
Enjoy the video!

Enjoy your creativity and inspirations!

Materials used:

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Where to start? More Videos and Giveaway Winner :)

Hi there people, it's me again!
I hope you have a great creative weekend - myself I'm struggling to find motivation to do something more creative than just editing and putting things from one lace to another - I guess you have to blame wonderful moody weather outside! But I can feel there's anew project coming... it's just around the corner or maybe a few good cups of tea away! :)

First of all - thank you for this amazing response to my Giveaway. We've reached almost 400 comments which is a huge number. Wow. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to participate! You are so loved!
Reading your comments I've noticed that idea of Art Basics and Art Ingredients working together is new to many of you - which is great, as you will have a lot of fun playing, experimenting and discovering the possibilities just like me :) There were also the questions from you - mostly: where to start? Here I can help!

I think the best way will be to take a cup of tea, coffee or any other during you prefer and have a peek into my Art Files: Tutorial Videos section of the blog. I've updated it today for you adding all the new demos and techniques which were taped in the last couple of months. I'ts all waiting for you!

My second suggestion will be following our great Creative Team blog posts with tutorials - posted every Monday and Friday here and follow my Art Recipe Wednesday - my own projects with product info, some visual inspiration and tips and step-by-step information for anyone to try! There is also our You Tube Channel if you want to stay tuned and find our CT Videos with ease. Check it out!

My next tip will be following Prima You Tube Channel - my products are being used by many of the artists showing their tutorials during Live with Prima shows - why not subscribing and following the on FB too?

I hope my suggestions will be helpful and you will dig a bit in the sources to get some information and inspiration out of them!

To give you a good start I've got 2 brand new videos - demos I've made for Scrapbook Expo during Winter CHA 2015 featuring my new Art Ingredients of course: Mica Powders and Micro Beads!

And finally - time to announce our Super Lucky Giveaway Winner! 

Huge congrats to Lynn Stevens from Trash to Treasure Art blog!
Lynn, please contact me on my email please! We'll be happy to send you the prize! Woo hoo!

Keep your eyes open guys, something is telling me there will be more prizes to win very soon...
sending hugs