Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Art Recipe Wednesday: Why? - antidepressant scrapbook page

Hi, how are you doing my dearest ones? :)
I hope you are doing well - we are stepping into real Autumn now which means: plenty of rain, gloomy weather and winds... did I mention winds or lots of rain? Well, it is really windy. And rainy. No chances for anything else, to be honest!
Yes - certainly it would be the best time to hide under a blanket with a cup of tea and a book...

If this option is not possible you can always try to fight with the moody weather and Autumn depression using the best therapy ever invented: creating with loads of color!  You can just start with splashing a bit of positive tones on the paper... and you may discover you finished with something like this:


I have to admit this project went a bit out of control on some point: it was hard for me to recall how many layers, steps, textures I really applied - but I did my best to share this process with you!


The composition may look a bit (?) messy but my favorite white negative space and controlled usage of stencils and splashes of color wrapped it all together, I think.
With this amount of red, yellow and pink tones I just HAD TO keep as much white as possible and add some contrasting black in couple of places...


I'm really pleased with the little "pink bursts" I made using one of my new stencils and how pretty simple plastic caps look like if painted and glued in the right places... a touch of upcycling is always great!

Here is my Art Recipe for today - and step-by-step instruction for you:


1. The base of the project is 12x12 white cardstock and some leftover papers including 7 DS "9th Wave" Collection paper - Golden Sand and some Washi Tape. I started with gluing random strips of patterned papers and pieces of Washi in the middle section of the project - from side to side. Perfection wasn't needed but I wanted to have a lot of negative space left - on the top and on the bottom of my project.

2. My next step was marking the place I wanted to glue my photo and starting splashing Ecoline Watercolors: I sprayed the background with a bit of water and I used my brush to make yellow and pink splashes of paint going mostly from top-right to bottom-left corner of the project. This added the first layer of color to my page. I dried everything with heating tool and I was ready to continue.

3. I took 2 patterns of stencils: "Retrobursts" from TCW and template from Stampendous set of stamps by N*Studio. First I added some "Retrobursts" elements using inking tool and Festive Berries Distress Ink from Ranger, next I used a bit of Art Basics Black Heavy Gesso applied through bubble pattern template from Stampendous. I applied the gesso with a piece of old sponge.

4. When the layers were dry I used Art Basics Light Paste and large chevron stencil to create one more layer of texture - following the middle "line" of the papers I created in the beginning. I dried the Light Paste with heating tool, added a bit of Festive Berries Distress Ink on the sides of the page and splashed my Ecolines again - to add more vibrant color to the project.

5. When the surface was dry I used one more  stencil (grungy dots) and Art Basics White Heavy Gesso to create some white pattern on the very colorful background. In the same time I covered with White Gesso my selected Mechanicals - I wanted to change them to match my idea of using white chipboard elements.

6. Again, I dried the project. This time I wanted to place my embellishments and photo: I cut my biggest pendant and trinket into halves and attached it to the background with 3D Foam Squares. Then I added a layer of veil and attached my photo using the same kind of adhesive. Finally I decorated the composition with a couple of white chipboards and other elements such as plastic caps cut into pieces, butons or alphabet and word stickers.

7. I added a couple of Art Ingreadiens - Glass Beads into selected places of the composition and dried the Soft Matte Gel I used for gluing. Next I put my brush in the Ecoline paints and colored a bit my plastic caps, Mechanicals and word stickers. I dried the project once again.

8. Finally - using a paintbrush - I splashed a bit of Black Indian Ink and stamped "Honeycomb" pattern around my photo to add some contrast. When the ink was dry I added some finishing touches with a very soft pencil and Stampers Big White Pen - following the lines I created with Light Paste and White Gesso and stencils or making circles around splashes of my paint or ink. Antidepressant page was ready!


Here is a list of supplies from Mixed Media Place Shop for your convenience:



That's it! It was a lot of messy fun and crazy layering - but surely the idea was worth of trying! I hope you like it and - maybe - you will try some similar techniques?

Make sure you will check my blog on Friday - there will be another great project and tutorial waiting for you! (Isn't my Creative Team just amazing?)
Sending hugs

Monday, October 20, 2014

Family Matters

Hello, Friends!
I hope you got to know my Creative Team by now. :) I look forward to every Monday and Friday to see their new creations.
Today we meet with Elena who understands the beauty of vintage photos like no one else...


Hello dear friends!
Today I want to show you a layout which I made with some really wonderful materials!
A job was got gold, I mean with gold shades! :)


I love Vintage Vanity papers very much - they have such beautiful shades and tones. I especially like the paper that I used as my background. The pattern on it looks 3D and I decided to enhance this effect - how? You will be able to see in my video tutorial below. :)


I really like to work with white gesso, I love to use beads, but my true weakness are the stamps! I use them in each of my works! And here I had so much fun with the stamps from the same line as my papers - Vintage Vanity.


I decorated my composition of embellishments (paper flowers and metal elements) with soft gel mixed with glitter to add some volume and interesting textures.
I love the effect you can get mixing glass glitter and art beads with gel! And you can use it on any surface - chipboards, metal, paper or add some sparkling texture through a stencil - there are so many possibilities!


I hope you like my work. Being in this team is such a dream come true for me...
Oh, and if you were curious - the group in the photo are my grandfather, my brother, I and my aunt. :)

And here's my video tutorial so you can follow step by step how I created today's layout:



Materials used:


Saturday, October 18, 2014

There was something wrong... - mini collage or why so serious?

... that was quite clear. Indeed.
Sometimes a good picture is worth of thousand words, right?



I'm sure we all can relate to this feeling of creating something for pure fun, stretching your brain and fingers... or maybe just trying something new? And if you will include in the process great company, late evening and a lot of laughter, everything can happen!


What I have here is a top of metal tin, filled with a carefully selected and altered vintage photo ;) and a precious quote (which was cut out for me by my best friend from the old book).
I focused mostly on stamping, water coloring and adding a coat o Ice Resin... and you know what? It was the best time ever :)
And I will surely follow that path. Creating is about fun - and the more you have of it, the better!

For your reference - here is a selection of products I used - all from Mixed Media Place:



I wish you all a great, creative weekend!
Sending hugs