Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Winter Dreams

Hello dears!
I know we still have some autumn ahead of us but I also know many of you are already creatively preparing for the winter season. I hope this new project of mine gives you some ideas. :)
It was made for a very special collaboration with Iron Orchid Designs whose products I simply love for their beautiful vintage vibe and very high quality. 
Make sure you don't miss [this new post] on Prima blog where you can find more beautiful Wintery inspirations from IOD and myself!

And now just imagine...
Frosty air on your face on the way home, late in the evening, so fresh that you can feel it is biting your skin... the sound of the sparkling snow crunching under your feet... half-frozen fingers and toes after a long time outside, playing with your friends... and then - fairy-tale ice paintings on the windows... warm blankets, hot tea and the feeling of the ultimate cosiness, excitement, and happiness, because this very special night is coming and all your dreams and wishes may come true!

These are some of the emotions I wanted to capture in my winter-inspired wooden panel - I'm sure you can put yourself into the position of this little girl, wondering if all the letters she wrote to Santa Claus were delivered and hoping the next day will be as magical as she imagined!
I'm not a huge fan of traditional Christmas colour palettes and decors - so choosing more "icy cold" theme was my way to creating something more for the "Winter Season" in general than just for Christmas itself. I love receiving and giving handmade gifts - and this project would stand on my fireplace for the whole winter - or even longer?
In my project I was trying to capture the "cold and frosty" feeling, so I decided to start with layers of white-colored art mediums.
I started with a coat of Art Basics Heavy White Gesso followed with Modeling Paste and Harlequin Stencil and finally - a good coat of Art Extravagance White Crackle.
All the layers of lace, fabric, chipboard, plaster and metal embellishments were glued using Art Basics Heavy Body Gel.
I was looking for a good match to the old photo I've picked from my Ephemera Melange pack - and the elements made using IOD Moulds were just perfect!
They are elegant with this great vintage feeling I needed, they are dimensional and have just amazing textures - they were just a beautiful add on to the composition and they worked great with my Mechanicals and other art mediums, too.
They are easy to paint and glue - and it wasn't a problem to break them into pieces when I wanted to use just a part of the design. To get the extra texture I used some Frank Garcia's Memory Hardware Pearls and my Art Pebbles, Art Stones and Mini Art Stones glued with Soft Gel - they really look like little snowballs and snowflakes!
The final color palette was done with a coat of Heavy White Gesso, gray and blue sprays and finally - a touch of Art Extravagance Rust Paste in Red tone. I love how natural this effect looks!
To finish, I sprayed the project with my Art Ingredients Pale Silver Mica Powder mixed with water - to add this frosty sparkle I wanted from the very beginning!
As a final touch, I used one of smaller size IOD transfers which I cut into smaller pieces and used in the corners of the panel and on the photo. It is a great alternative to using stamps - especially when you want a beautiful, crisp image on rather uneven surface. Applying it was so easy - and I love all the vintage designs they have in the range, I guess I need them all!
I hope you'll agree with me that my products and the IODs are a match made in creative heaven. ;) I must admit I love how they complement each other and I feel tempted to play some more!
There will certainly be more collaborative products and in the meantime don't forget to check out our post on Prima blog for more inspiration!

Lots of hugs!

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Monday, 24 October 2016

The New Finnabair Team Is Here!

My Friends...
the long awaited day has finally come! :) It's time to reveal my new Creative Team!
But before I do, please be a tiny bit more patient -
First of all, let's say a huge thank you to these 5 wonderful Artists who shared their Art on this blog and never stopped inspiring us all.
Dear Friends, a huge round of applause to:

When you click on their names above, you will be able to see all the beautiful posts with Art they created for the Team and enjoy them once again.

In case you missed the news, Linda and Marta have joined my special Brand Ambassadors group. I'm so thrilled to have these amazing girls by my side! You can read more about this incredible Team {here}.

Three Artists will continue their Finn Team journey and I'm really grateful and excited to have them here with us.

Choosing a new team is always a super hard job but this year it turned out to be the hardest ever.
We were showered with emails from all over the place - Cyprus to Sweden, Mexico, Argentina, Belarus, India, Italy... Old friends, new faces, so many dreamers passionate about Art... It was like an amazing artsy ride around the world. And a true privilege to 'meet' you all...

Thank you for all your kind words for me and my Team - it means a lot to us to know we keep inspiring you!
We were really impressed - never before have the applications been so good! And narrowing down to just 8 spots was extremely stressful and seemed impossible. The important thing is: please please don't give up! Perhaps the next term will be yours! I truly hope so! :)

And now it's time to say a proper welcome to the Fantastic Five!

John Creighton Petersen

1. From? I am a life long Seattle resident – love my trees, water and rain!
2. Always on my work table: craft mat, palette knives, brushes, heavy weight black gesso, beading mat and needles
3. Favorite color palette: This changes constantly but my 'go to' color palette is always black, silver and sapphire.
4. Favorite creations: It seems that almost everything I work on ends up being some sort of mix of collage and assemblage. I’m constantly challenging myself to try something new, whether it be in creating a book, home decor piece or jewelry.
5. I am inspired by: EVERYTHING around me – the colors of the sky in a sunrise, the texture in a rusted piece of metal, song lyrics, architecture, other artists.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I become excited with the possibilities!
7. Cats or dogs? Dog – we are lucky to have Maddy in our life, a seven year old springer spaniel/boxer/pit mix who found us last year at the shelter. I can’t get enough of her puppy kisses and snoring at night.
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee, I’m from Seattle after all! Anyone who knows me can speak to my coffee obsession and knows that there is generally a cup of java nearby at most times.
9. Simple or messy? Controlled creative chaos, which is somewhere between simple and messy but not a hot mess.
10. I’m dreaming about: My next creative project! I’m naturally curious so there is always something creative going on in my mind.
You can meet John via his website, instagram, pinterest and make friends on facebook.

 Karolina Bukowska

1. From? Poland
2. Always on my work table: organised chaos - papers, glue, scissors, white gesso.
3. Favorite color palette: gold, brown, pink, turquoise, blue.
4. Favorite creations: altered art, canvases, scrapbooking layouts with a touch of mixed-media.
5. I am inspired by: life in general - nature, people, music, photography.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I see possibilities.
7. Cats or dogs? Dogs
8. Tea or coffee? Coffee
9. Simple or messy? Messy
10. I'm dreaming about: Always being myself.

You can meet Karolina via her blog, instagram, pinterest, make friends on facebook and follow her youtube channel.
Kassa - Karen Hayselden

1. From: I'm a 'Yorkshire' tea drinking girl. :)
2. Always on my work table: Colors!
3. Favorite color palette: A kaleidoscope of ├╝ber brights.
4. Favorite creations: loose page creations as I can start them anytime-anywhere and finish them anytime-anywhere and I usually have 3 or 4 on the go at one time so I can give them time to breathe and grow....
5. I'm inspired by: happiness, patterns, lines, curves, Color...
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: My fingertips tingle - my brain starts to buzz - its happy time. :)
7. Cats or dogs? Dogs - but rude not to say that as I have 3 :) - 2 large breed Leonbergers - Leo & Ruby and Sammy the Pug...
8. Tea or coffee? STRONG Yorkshire tea always...
9. Simple or messy? Messy - but call me crazy - my messy is a highly organised precision messy! I drive myself nuts!
10. I'm dreaming about: Happy always...
You can meet Kassa via her blog, instagram, pinterest and make friends on facebook.

Marta Grochocka

1. From: Poland.
2. Always on my work table: sprays, fabric plaster, gesso, stencils.
3. Favorite color palette: blues & greens
4. Favorite creations: Oh, art journals of course!
5. I am inspired by: in no particular order: dreams, thoughts, feelings and emotions, books, music, nature, people, conversations, colors, shapes, textures.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: I see a challenge. :) Or I quickly have a few ideas in my head how to fill it.
7. Cats or dogs? Cats. Ginger cats. ♥
8. Tea or coffee? Tea with lemon & sugar to relax, coffee with milk & sugar to work.
9. Simple or messy? Messy. :)
10. I'm dreaming about: Going back to Scotland one day... Just to smell the air again.
You can meet Marta via her blog, instagram, pinterest, make friends on facebook and follow her art on her youtube.

Sanda Reynolds

1. From? I am from Romania, but I live in London UK with my Irish husband.
2. Always on my work table: paints, brushes, sprays, heat gun, baby wipes, all sorts of mediums and pastes, fabrics and laces, in one word: pure chaos! :)
3. Favorite color palette: Love all colours, but teal, brown and gold is one of my favorite combos.
4. Favorite creations: Love collage, art journaling, assemblage, tags and cards.
5. I am inspired by: so many things... a walk in the park, sunshine, people, music, scraps of old laces and fabrics in a flea market, music, vintage photos, or just by the color of a jar of paint.
6. When I see a blank page/canvas: Can't wait to start working on it.
7. Cats or dogs? Definitely dogs... and cats. ­čśŐ
8. Tea or coffee? Mostly coffee, but love tea too.
9. Simple or messy? That's easy: terribly messy!
10. I'm dreaming about: Apart from good health, love and peace, I dream about a small cottage somewhere in Transylvania...
You can meet Sanda via her blog, instagram, pinterest, make friends on facebook and follow her art on her youtube.

So what do you think? :) Personally, I just can't wait what this new term brings...
I must tell you, all my Creative Teams so far were real Dream Teams and I'm feeling very very lucky and so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful talented and friendly people.
Let's give them all a huge round of applause, shall we? :)


Friday, 21 October 2016

A Spoonful of Art

Hello Friends!
Today we are saying goodbye to our lovely talented Irina whose creativity and countless ideas inspired us all so much. All her projects  had this special 'something' and today is no different. :)
This new artwork will make you want to grab your spoons.. ;)
Hello! Irina Honcharyk with you here today. I am glad to present my new project.
It is dedicated to Art in my life. Thanks to scrapbooking and mixed media I learned to see the beauty in the most ordinary things. And today my artwork's substrate is a spoon! Yes, a simple spoon that you can find in your own house, too. :)
So here it is: a combination of ordinary and artsy, a simply shape and rich textures, an everyday object and a piece of art at the same time.
I painted a spoon with Art Alchemy Black Berry acrylic paint on both sides. Maybe it doesn't look too special yet but then I added a paint of a different color - Light Patina. It was applied unevenly and it resulted in a worn, vintage look.
I used metal Mechanicals embellishments that I tied to the spoon with a wire.
And here you can see how the colors finally turned out.
Then I prepared some decorations by myself. I took a piece of gauze and white thread. I painted it with sprays in different colors matching the colors of acrylic paints I used.
I applied Clear Sculpture Medium to the gauze to give it a desired shape. Thanks to this medium, the fabric becomes hard and sculpture-like. You can read more about it {here}.
I glued it to the spoon with Heavy Body Gel.
I wanted to add some more decorations to make the spoon look a bit more interesting.
Using 3D Matte Gel I glued some Art Stones in different sizes.
Then I decided the Art Stones needed a little color and I covered them and my Mechanicals with alcohol inks.
The final touch was applying Art Ingredients like Art Sugar, Micro Beads and a teeny-tiny metal Tin Heart.
In my opinion, Art without the heart - it is just empty! :)
Now my Art Spoon stands on my desk and every time I will look at it, I will always smile and remember my time in Finnabair's Creative Team.
Unfortunately, this is my last project as part of the Finn Team... I am very happy to have been here - it truly is a dream team! I am extremely grateful to Anna and other designers who are all such wonderful, creative people and I'm really happy we could meet and create together!

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