Friday, 20 January 2017

I Heart Color

Hi Dear Friends!
Kassa's here today with a mixed media piece that is an absolute feast for the eyes!
She's not only super informative and creative with my new products but also - as always - so vibrantly joyful and encouraging that I'm sure she will make you all grab your paintbrushes right away! :) Happy creating!
Hi there lovelies!
Tis an exciting time to be creating and posting over here on the blog with all the new products that have been released. I am so excited by all of them therefore I had to use all of them in my latest step by step... :)
Again you will see I'm inspired by nature, the longing for warmer days and of course all things colourful. Who doesn't need a splash of colour to brighten their day? I know I do aa it makes me so haPPy... :)

Step 1.
I bought my wooden heart at a local thrift store and to add some texture to it, I started with a few coats of Gesso, adhered cheesecloth and Art Stones with Soft Matte Gel.
Then I added a sprinkle or two of the Texture Powder - it thickens everything up which creates more texture (it's never outta my hands!).
Then I pasted the new Stone Effect Paste in Concrete through the 'Bubbles' stencil. This Concrete Paste is sooo thick, gravely and grainy, well... just like the actual concrete! :)

Step 2.
Once everything was dry, I lightly spritzed my background with water and randomly painted on the uber sparkly Sparks Paints (I used Dragon's Eye and Fairy Wings).
When you spritz again lightly with water (quickly before the paint dries), you can watch the paints blend and merge into each other and the background. The sparkles in the paints ooze out even more as the sparkles partially separate from the paint colour - pure magic!
Step 3.
While the background dried, I prepared the clay shapes. They are very simple to create - just push a small lump of the clay into the mould, push down firmly, (I drag a ruler across the top of the mould to trim the excess clay), then ease the pretty clay shape from the mould.

You can adhere the shape in place whilse wet too but I let mine partially dry before coating in Black Gesso with a few sprinkles of Mini Art Stones and a sprinkle or three of the Texture Powder.
I also coated a length of Wire Thread and Mechanicals with the same Black Gesso.
It gives the Rust Pastes a great base to adhere to when applying to Mechanicals.
Step 4.
With the background dry and ready for the Rust Pastes, I applied one on top of the other with a silicone brush and a paintbrush for the finer detail.
I started with the Brown Rust, followed by the Red Rust then the Gold Rust. Quickly before they dried, I spritzed the rust pastes with water so the colours merged and spread out, and then formed the drips when I was holding the heart vertically. The excess water and stains were simply mopped with a kitchen towel.
I followed a similar pattern when applying the Rust Pastes to the Mechanicals (NOT the Butterflies though). I covered a strip of the Resist Canvas and the Wire Thread too.
Step 5.
The dry and gessoed clay shapes were covered in the ULTRA shiny Waxes with my fingertips and a small headed paintbrush for any nooks and crannies you wish to get in.
I start with the lightest colours first adding a little here and there randomly. As the color of the wax darkens or brightens I just add a dab or too.
Step 6.
I love to adhere everything in place with the 3D Matte Gel but the Melange Art Pebbles set perfectly and you can still see through them with a thin coat of the Soft Matte Gel. I leave the butterflies off at this point still.
Once everything has dried, it was time to apply the Blue Patina Pastes. Using a small paintbrush, I applied as is in the pot nice and thick, pushing it into the deeper corners. It's also great thinned out with water and used as a colour wash. Add a spritz of water to dilute and blend out the Blue Patina, but add more layers to get the uber bright effect.
Step 7.
The Mint-Green Paste is slightly thicker which adds an amazing crusty-like Patina effect. This too I added straight from the pot and watered down.
I added the super shiny Brass Paste with an almost dry brush. It's perfect when you add just flecks of it thicker here and there to highlight and add shine.

Step 8.
For extra 'PoP' I added splats of the Gold Rust Paste and taking a Yellow Oil Pastel and holding down the 'Bubbles' stencil firmly and close to the background, I scribbled through the holes in the stencil and rubbed the pastel with my fingers.
Step 9.
To color the butterflies I used the new super shiny and luscious scented Waxes: Metallique, Antique Brilliance and Opal Magic.
I used mainly my fingertips and a paintbrush for the hard to get to places.
Then adhered the butterflies with the 3D Matte Gel.
Step 10.
Finally, I added all the sweet finishing touches that make my heart sing: a few Black Micro Beads on and around the butterflies, sprinkled with Black Glitter too. Also added a few around the Mechanicals and clay moulds.
I added some Splash Micro Beads over some of the Patina and in and around the Art Pebbles too, also with a sprinkle of the yummy aqua glitter from the Abloom Glitter set.
Between the butterflies wings I sprinkled a concoction of Glitters and just a tiny bit of Clear Crystal Beads on the body. This creates a great focal point and draws the eye to the butterflies.
After a little light stamping around the edges and a doodle or three (try doodling on the Art Pebbles - so cool!) with black and white journal pens, I added black and white splats with slightly watered down Gesso.
Finally, a few splats of the Pure Sunshine and Wild Fuchsia Art Alchemy paints on and around the butterflies.

So, I'm off to play more more more with my new Finnabair goodies!

I can't wait for you all to get your hands on them too and see what delights you create.
You will like me have soooo much FUN and be soooo haPPy, it won't be long now! :)

Mwah xoxo

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Spark Journal & Big Reveal!

Hi there and hugs from Phoenix!
We are having an absolute treat during Prima Art Venture, an amazing event full of inspirational projects and fabulous new products introduced to you by super talented Prima teachers!
I'm here with Josie and Sally from Iron Orchid Designs, Miranda, Cari, Sharon and Frank and believe me - this house is buzzing with excitement!
Especially for this event I've created a brand new project which I want to share with you in full - I called it "Spark Journal".
I'm sure you can recognise my Denim Folder... but this time it went through a really glamorous transformation and shines in the all possible shades of blue and silver.
If you have a closer look, you will see I used not only my brand new Art Alchemy Waxes but also Sparks - a new line of acrylic paints which shine more than ever.
They are simply to die for and I can't wait to see how you will use them on your projects!
I've mentioned some of my new products on the blog already and if you're following my Instagram account you will find there loads of fantastic projects created by my super talented Teamies and Ambassadors with my brand new products.
You can also follow there all my updates from Art Venture and CHA that is now Creativation.

And you know what... Actually, today is a Huge day! :)
If you go to this Prima post, you will finally be able to see the official full reveal of my brand new line January 2017!!
There are Waxes, and Sparks Paints, new Mechanicals, Patina Effect Pastes, Stone Effect Pastes and... an Apron and Art Sleeves! Are you as excited as I am?! ;)

I can't even express how overwhelming and heartwarming is your response to my new release..
I've got so many sweet messages, emails and comments on Art Alchemy Waxes and Sparks - I feel I need to send a special huge thank you in your direction...
You make it all possible to happen. You keep giving me wings and encourage to try harder and come up with new ideas.

I can't wait to see you use my brand new art babies... :) They're shipping at end of January so get ready to make some new art!
I'm sure you will blow my mind away and your creativity will leave me speechless - as always.

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