Give voice to your story - Prima Marketing

Hiya! Yesterday I shared info that tomorrow, on Tuesday, I'll be on Prima Marketing Facebook page doing a Facebook live on Mica powders. I prepared some little samples of techniques but also did this journal page, which holds five different ways of using Mica.

During the show I'll be showing the techniques and then also doing something like this page. As I just received two of the new Mica sets, I might be using those as my colors. This page I did before I got the sets and used the older colors in here - one Opal Magic one and rest regular powders. You can see the colors as well as other supplies I used while making the page below. 

Thank you for stopping by today! And hopefully I'll be seeing you tomorrow at 2 pm EST / 8 pm CET! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix


Mica magic - Prima Marketing FB LIVE

Sweet Sunday! Here's a little sneak peek of something I'm doing this Tuesday on a Facebook live at Prima Marketing's Facebook page! The time is 2 pm EST or 8 pm CET or 9 pm Finnish time. You can join in here (link) at Prima's Facebook page!

As you might make from the title and the photo, the topic is Mica powders this time. I'm going to share some techniques using them and also show two of the three new Mica sets! These shiny powders are so much fun and they go splendidly to so many techniques. 

So, hopefully I'll be seeing you in a few days! Have a great start to the new week! Ta ta for now! 


Night is more richly colored - Art Daily

Moikka! Today I share my project for Art Daily Cafe (link) with this month’s theme of ”Night Dreaming, Day Dreaming”. You can see the theme post here (link). The piece was also influenced by a Christmas present I got, in more than one way. That’s quite common to my process. I have the “big theme” to give the spark and then something other finesses the project by setting a type, a color or a detail to it. 

When I started to think about the monthly theme, I started leaning towards the night. If I could decide my daily schedule, I’d love to stay up really late and sleep in during the morning and day. But with two kids and a full-time job, that’s not an option at the moment. But still I feel more like a night person than a day person. I love how landscape is totally different during night time, how peaceful it usually is and how I can create and work without any disruptions. I love the blue shades of winter nights and the moon gleaming and the really light summer nights with blackbirds singing. They bring back memories.

Also something that connects to night is one of my favorite operas, the Magic Flute. It has a special place in my heart as I’ve seen quite a few versions and also made dresses to two while I was working at Finnish National Opera. I find the fairytale like plot light and amusing and enjoy the music. I guess it’s not a surprise that the crystal-clear notes, like cold, sparkling stars of the Queen of the Night’s aria speak to me. As a child, before getting a synopsis or more over, a libretto, into my hands, I thought the Queen is singing something beautiful about the night or at least isn’t talking about wrath, murder and disowning her own daughter.

That all being told, I chose to do a collage piece of my Queen of the Night. The idea of the collage came from the present I got which hold a memo game of collaged pieces. I was intrigued while going through the cards by how many different ways there was to make collages, how many styles. Some of them were like story book illustrations, some could be found in fashion magazines, some fun, some thought-provoking and so forth. So, I grabbed some adds and cut out a lady, some objects, lovely pieces of indigo colored backgrounds and elements and then two eyes out of a wrapping paper that hold a copy of “Alice in Wonderland” illustrated by Salvador Dali inside. 

Before adding my cut-out elements to the journal, I added some black gesso and sparkly acrylic paint to the page. Very appropriately the name of the paint was “Night Sky”. Then I used Soft Matte Gel as my adhesive and adhered the collage elements in place. I added some stamping here and there using the “Dream Without Fear” set and then doodled some stars using paint markers. 

While I was then finishing the page with a quote by Vincent van Gogh, my husband said that I looked like a blackmailer, cutting letters out of the stickers. I actually would have loved to use whole words more but unfortunately those weren’t among the stickers. Naturally I could have chosen another quote, but the words of the Dutch artist spoke to me. “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”

My tips and sources of inspiration this month include listening your favorite piece of music and turning that into something creative. It can just be painting without a more profound meaning or a try to turn those notes into a picture for all to see. If you are not familiar with the aria I’m referring to, here’s a link to one of the many versions in YouTube (link). The other tip is to look art. See the materials the artist used, see the brush strokes or the lack of them, the colors, the textures, the motifs… As I quoted Vincent in my piece, try “The Starry Night” (1889) or “CafĂ© Terrace at Night” (1888) for example. They both have amazing colors, vivid brush strokes and great atmosphere.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing all the best to you! 

Art Daily products used: 
Art Daily chipboard album
Art Daily Dream Without Fear cling stamps
Art Daily Sentiments stickers

Art Basics Black gesso
Art Basics Soft Matte Gel 
Art Alchemy Metallique Night Sky acrylic paint

Materials: Prima Marketing, Posca


Magic in Fairytales - 7 Dots Studio

Hello there! Are you having a magical February? At least that’s the feeling I get when I look at the current 7 Dots Studio challenge mood board! There’s sparks and glimmer and feeling of stories unfolding. You can see the mood board below here and take part in the challenge here (link) at 7 Dots Studio blog.

I wanted to capture that same feeling to my layout and did a page out the magical realms you can find in books. The photo I used is somewhat old, back in the day when my older one started reading books by her own. We’ve always read the kids bedtime story. We started with children’s books but for quite some time we’ve moved to fantasy novels and similar. We hope that the kids will pick up the magic of the books! 

I used “Knitted” paper as my background inspired by the photo situated bottom center of the mood board. That photo really reminded me of Northern Lights collection. I included a torn piece of a map on top of the background paper, kind of guiding through the books or as a source to plan new trips. I continued the color scheme of the mood board in my choice of stickers, tags, papers and mediums. I also mimicked the glimmer in the board by using shiny mediums and glitter. A touch of magic and sparkle! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Hopefully the mood board inspires you as much as it did me! 

Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Fortune-teller – Dots stencil
Homegrown – Clear stamps 
Northern Lights – Die Cut Elements 6x12 
Dreamscapes – Word Stickers 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, American Crafts


Together - GDT AALL & Create

Hello you AALL sweeties! Valentine's Day is just around the corner so I created something sweet and candy-like using AALL & Create stamps. The snuggling owls are from the set #155 Love Birds. I stamped them using embossing ink and then embossed with black embossing powder. I then used alcohol markers to color the owls. 

I used the set #150 Create it Grunge to make the background. To the white paper I made watercolor stamping so the pattern isn't clear, but stamped the flower part of the stamp to a separate piece of paper with embossing ink. I then embossed the pattern with pink, translucent powder and cut the flower loose and added it to the background. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a sweet day! 

Stamps used: #155 Love Birds, #150 Create it Grunge


Black fleur de lis - Creative Jumpstart

Moikka! Here's the last piece of the three blocks I created for the Creative JumpStart tower. Like I wrote earlier, I struggled with the color palette. Not maybe the usual way but I couldn't decide if I would follow the goth in me (black gesso), the romantic in me (white gesso) or go boldly with all my fingers to different cookie jars (all the colors of the rainbow with acrylics). So, my solution was to do them all! I mean, why do just one project when you can do three! 

I've already shared earlier this week the white block with the picture of the whole tower as well (link) and the colorful one (link). Naturally I can't share how I made the blocks and more about the thought process behind them as that's material for the downloadable video at CJS but I can still share the photos of this black block. It's done the same way as the white one, but you may notice that I used different items in this than the white. The blocks differ in size, too, but I wanted the white one to be represent of my softer side with flowers, leaves and vintage print. Whereas the black one is more grungy and mechanical representing the darker side of me. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a jump start to the new week!

Want to know more about Creative JumpStart and join? You still can! Here's the link to get enrolled (link).

Materials: Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio


Behold - I once was a pirate! - Creative Jumpstart

Behold! Yesterday I shared my tower for Creative JumpStart 2019 and showed also the white block of the three I created. Today I'm sharing close ups of the colorful block. I share all the sides of the block here and some detail shots as well. All of the sides have similar elements but also something unique.

Two of the blocks in the tower were three-dimensional, but this one I kept quite flat purposely. The whole tower works as a home decor piece, but this middle block also has another purpose. It's an inspiration dice. I can't share more with you, so if you want to hear more about that train of thought, you need to enroll to CJS 2019 (link)

I hope these pictures got you inspired for more! You can still enroll to the CJS in here (link) and see how I made the tower and also 30 other videos to jumpstart your creativity! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Posca

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