Monday, 14 August 2017

Hidden Treasures

Hi and hello lovely Friends!
I'm sure you must have already noticed that Sanda is the Queen of Magical Textures! :) 
Today she's presenting another art feast with fossils pressed in gel medium and brilliant faux seaweeds. Feel invited to the stunning 'underwater' world of Sanda's mixed media imagination...

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Hello dear friends,
For this month's project I would love to share with you a sea themed mixed media canvas, using lots and lots of texture and layers in lovely tones of teals and greens.
I had so much fun creating this canvas and I hope you’ll like it.
I started by applying a layer of Modeling Paste mixed with Texture Powder using a silicone brush.
I dried it just a bit with my heating tool and then pressed an ammonite fossil into it to create some texture.
Left it to dry and then I covered everything with a layer of Heavy White Gesso.
To add some colour to my background, I used a few ink sprays in a combination of blues and greens.
Using airdry clay I created a starfish that I embellished with some Art Stones and a few seahorses and then I started on my composition.
For this purpose, I used real sea shells in different sizes and shapes, my handmade starfish and seahorses, a few Mechanicals and lots and lots of Art Stones that I glued down with 3D Matte Gel
To create the “seaweed” I used pieces of cheese cloth I have painted using diluted Impasto paints.
When everything was dry, I started adding more colour to my background, using again diluted Impasto paints.
I painted the clusters of shells, Mechanicals, clay bits and Art Stones with a mixture of Impasto paints, Rust and Patina Pastes and Art Alchemy Metallique paints.
When the paint was dry I sponged some White Gesso on top and added hightlights with Art Alchemy Sparks, Waxes and Mica Powder.
As a finishing touch I made some splatters with diluted White Gesso and added the words.
Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see all the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!

I hope you enjoyed and got inspired by my new project and you are ready to create some magic of your own. ­čśŐ

Have a wonderful day, my friends, xoxo

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Friday, 11 August 2017


Hello lovely Friends!
Today we meet with our talented Kasia who not only created the most beautiful canvas (+ a video!) but is also sharing a very inspiring story behind this creation.
Please enjoy this brilliant lesson on not giving up and artful recycling! :)

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Hello friends!
I'll bet each of you have been in such a situation at least once - you are starting a new project and from the beginning something keeps going wrong… Your initial plans were completely different and nothing seems to be working. Well, I know this feeling, too :) 

The base of this project is a canvas that I started a few weeks ago. Nothing special, right? The colors went wrong and nothing made sense in general... I just threw it under the desk.
However, because I hate to waste materials and don't like giving up, I took this canvas out and decided to give it another chance.
It was definitely a better day and after choosing the photo, it all went swimmingly. These two sweet girls are my friend's daughters and I think they will like this canvas very much.
I started by painting everything with Heavy White Gesso - it's every mixed media artist's best friend and always comes to the rescue when you want to cover or hide any unwanted parts.

Here and there the original color was showing but this time it went with my new vision.
My next step was playing with the Mica Powders and pigments. I chose some colors and created a new background. You will be able to see how I did it in the video below.
This project is very rich. I used a lot of chipboards that I painted with watercolors to make them match the project.
And of course - I couldn't do without flowers that I love so much! Not only are they pretty, but also work just perfectly to fill in all the empty places and to create layers and dimension.

I covered all my flowers here with the gesso to make them blend in more with this project.
The last step was to sprinkle them with Glass Glitter which created an amazing effect.
I also made my own embellishments with the beautiful metal Mechanicals Lotus flowers.
In the middle of each flower I put the clear Art Pebbles, their bottom painted with Art Alchemy Sparks paints.
They look unbelievable, you should really try this trick!
These paints are also perfect for splashing, leaving beautiful delicate and shiny dots.
And now, please enjoy my video and if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer in the comments below.

So remember - if you have any projects that you think went wrong for some reason, don't give up on them and don't throw them away!

Simply grab a paintbrush plus some white or black gesso and give them a new life. :)

Happy creating!

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