Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sweet Steampunk Nothing - or the Beauty of Artistic Recycling

Question: what's this?
This is a story.
About love, friendship, sharing bad and good moments. About souls who are meant to be together and about connections, exploring life and simply "making it ALL happen".
Story about deep emotions, infinity and hope... about  us, about you.

This is also expression of pure pleasure of creating: finding inspirational, intriguing pieces and re-discovering them, re-assembling, constructing totally new meanings. Using elements which surround us all, finding beauty in them and giving a chance to become something unusual.
Because this piece is a bit unusual, I believe :) I named it "Sweet Steampunk Nothing" - and it is my response to the challenge of creating something suitable for the "St Valentine's" topic in Finnish Paperilla Magazine. As you know I'm not much into fluffy hearts, cherubs and glitter, so I tried to do it "my way" - And I hope I succeeded!

I'm wondering - can you guess what is the main body of the  assemblage made of? I can give you a hint: these parts were together, but in a different configuration and of course they are parts of something much bigger...

I didn't change much the original colours: I loved them as they were - they only needed few small touches of Vintaj Patinas (great, great choice for painting and altering metal!) and I repainted the paper-mache heart which I mounted on the top of the composition.

Here is a view on the details:

Vintage photo in the middle of Mechanicals - Pocket Watch - with a glaze of Glossy Accents

Leaves, Bottle caps and Plate labels in a great company of  light bulbs, wires and cogs

More of metal stuff - I just love how this typewriter key from Mechanicals looks on the piece of wire...

I honestly had great time creating this piece. I have a feeling it is just a beginning...

For your convenience I listed the most important supplies below... but can you guess what is the main body of this project? ;)

Wishing you all a great week :) It's a busy time for us all!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lost (a bit)...

... this is how I feel today. Having some ups and downs, as always ;)

Old project, never shown on the blog - mostly older Prima collections. Love it.

hugs from my side of the world!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In My Head...

Hello friends!
What's in my head? A wild whirlwind of moments, emotions, travel experiences, interactions with people I meet and - always - a constant flow of inspirations and ideas. My head never stops. :)
Which leads me to the collage on canvas I'd like to show you today.

Once upon a time I created a collage like that - it was - and still is - very personal for me for many reasons and I'm feeling very grateful that so many of you are inspired by it. That's why I thought of sharing this idea in my new class.
I called this class "Daydreamer" and you can read its decription here. I will be teaching it May 31st at Art From The Heart in Harrogate, UK - read more. Will you join me to create some collage portrait with wind in our hair? :)

The idea is to take a very simple photograph and turn it into something extremely decorative with some personal message hidden in between all the layers.

I got carried away with black gesso this time. And I mean A LOT of it. ;)
I just love creating all sorts of Art Deco-ish textures with gel medium and my beloved texture tools. And of course I wouldn't be me if I didn't create completely new worlds with all sorts of embellishments - lace and both found objects and the ones of my own design.
To add all the colors I usually mix Primary Elements Artist Pigments with water and just spray my heart out. Plus some lovely Silks to add final touches here and there.
If you're curious, here's the list of some of the products I used:

I hope you like my portrait collage and feel tempted to create your own with me. :)
Lots of Springtime hugs, Friends!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Because I Can !

Hi there, friends!
Have you ever come across people asking you about your creative outlet (whatever it is): WHY you're doing it?
My answer couldn't be more simple: Because I can! :)
And today I'd like to show you a layout expressing exactly this idea.

Pure joy of having my hands dirty with paints and a desk drowning in paper. ;)
And this is why I'd like to invite you to join in as this piece is a sneak peak of my brand new class called Colorogy.

This class will premiere in Oslo, Norway in April and then I'll be teaching it in the Netherlands in May.
You can find all the necessary info right here. And I must say that I have lots of exciting new classes coming soon! Including my Life Book 2014 debut in two days! :)

The main idea in this piece is to play with colors, stamps and some nice rich layering with scraps of paper. Here I had a blast with new Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks in nice warm colors, LuminArte pigments that I turned into sprays, a bit of Sizzix magic, my beloved black pencil, Indian ink and some metal embellishments with a subtle cover of paint.

Here are some of the products that I used to create this layout:

Wishing you a creative weekend!