Porte de Versailles - a mixed media piece

Hello there! You remember that last week I shared an art journal video with pink and blue? Here's another project inspired by that combo! 

Like I've said before, I often work on a streak, creating several projects during a day. Especially so when I'm filming videos. So, when I get an idea out of something I've done in one video, it usually then translates to another quite quickly. That was the case with these two - I first recorded that "on my table" styled journal project where I combined an electric blue with a pink tone and had this "altered door" lined for next. It could have become anything, but as I felt inspired by the color palette in that previous one, I imitated it in this one as well! You can see my process underneath.

I say I was inspired by the previous project about the color, but I also found inspiration from that decoupage paper I added to the background. It's from A.B.Studio. While the door could have been anything, I kind of wanted to use that decoupage there, so that set the romantic tone. I mean I could have painted the whole thing black and done a sinister looking castle door. That decoupage sheet as well as the previous project then got me to the track of doing this sweet, romantic door. 

I saved the word Versailles there in the project, or rather, placed it in a corner where I thought I might not cover it with layers coming on top. While the pastel colors and the ornamentation might fit to rococo, I don't think there's enough gold in this door to fit Versailles! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Ps. Like I say in the video, there's going to be break in the Friday process videos because of the Easter next week. But not to worry, a week after that a new video is already scheduled to be released! 

Materials: A.B.Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger


This is jolly enough, Mildred - an art journal page

Hi there! Last Saturday I kept a Facebook live. It was about doing an art journal page using acrylic paints, paint markers and a Lynne Perrella stamp. If you were unable to attend the live as it was happening, please see the recording underneath. 

When doing the live, I was a bit unease as the stamping didn't work perfectly. But now looking back, I think that was the best possible outcome! I mean, I mention the ugly stage in the process and also it might be healthy to see, that not always everything goes smoothly, but you can still finish a nice projet, being hard headed about it. Because looking at the page now, I don't think that's an ugly page at all. But you just need to push through, not be disheartened about one step but think beyond.

What do you think?

In case you want to know the materials, I've added a manufacturer's list below, but you can find a list of materials I used in the announcement post (link).

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great Wednesday!

Materials: PaperArtsy, Posca, Molotov, Ranger, Tim Holtz, StencilGirl


Daisies and lace - A.B.Studio

Hi there and happy new week! Here's something I created for A.B.Studio with flowers and an air of spring or summer. The only thing that's connected to the scenery outdoors right now is the color white. It's snowing again! I usually like snow and want loads of it, but after a certain time in the spring I start craving for greenery. We're on that point now. But there's a Finnish saying about snow that translates "new snow discards the old", so hopefully that starts to be the case! 

But back to the project now! I mainly used "Sewing Bazaar" collection in this and felt that an embroidery hoop as a background was appropriate. I secured a piece of patterned cardstock in it and then made the composition on top. Most of the elements are cut out from the 12x12 sheets.

The flowers started as black and white, but I added some brown and yellow to them. They could have been any color, but I guess the increase of light made me think about sun and thus I chose yellow. They also fit to the brownish, vintage palette this way. 

Thank you for stopping by! I wish you a great week!

Materials from A.B.Studio:


Been there, done that - an art journal spread

Hello hello! It's Friday and video time! This time I have an art journal video for you. The twist with this one is using what I had on the table, so you might recognize bits and pieces from past lives, videos or other projects.

Creating what I have at hand is a very "me" way of doing things. I'm not sure if you've noticed that in these Friday videos I sometimes seem to pick the same stamp, stencil or tool while creating the piece. The reason is quite simple - I often record my monthly videos in the course of one or two days and even then use what I have at hand. It's partly maybe laziness, but also partly being inspired by the items I have near me. 

If you want to see, how I created this piece, please see the process video below.

I really liked the color combo that manifested itself in the piece. This inky, dark blue and a vibrant pink. Such an unusual color combo for me, who usually goes for neighboring colors and would pair blue with green or pink with orange. Like I say in the video, this then inspired me for the following Friday make! 

Do you work with items already on your table or experiment with something different every time? Or maybe a bit of both? I think we all might fall to that last category, sometimes experimenting, sometimes sticking with the supplies and bits right at hand. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great weekend! Oh, and remember the live tomorrow! 

Materials: PaperArtsy, Posca, A.B.Studio, Fabrika Decoru, Tim Holtz, Prima Marketing


Where all the good things grow - FB live announcement

Moikka moi! It's a new week and I have an announcement to make! This coming Saturday, March 25th, I'm keeping a Facebook live on my Facebook page. I'm re-creating this art journal page or at least something like it. 

Some time ago I asked what you'd like to see in a live and someone suggested paint markers. To be honest, I have quite a limited use for those, or rather I use them in a quite a limited way, but I still thought to show those limited ways and add a couple of more ideas in to the mix. So, hopefully you'll find something new from this live or at least have fun watching! 

As always, you can find a list of materials I'm using underneath the next photo. Links take you to the manufacturer's site. I did the list a bit differently this time and just wrote "acrylic paints" but then specified the ones I used and am using in the live should you want to check a certain color for example. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great week and I'll be hopefully seeing you on Saturday!

(links go to manufacturer sites)

paint markers
(Posca: 5M Raspberry, Aqua Green, Coral Pink
Posca: 3M Yellow, Khaki Green
Posca: 1M White, Black
Molotov: skin pastel, dare orange)
number stamp (PaperArtsy TS065)
stamping tool
acrylic paints
(PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Magic MossHint of MintCeruleanButter)
brayer, paintbrushes, sponge
paper trimmer, scissors, double sided tape


Blue at heart - A.B.Studio

Hi there and happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a project I did for A.B.Studio with you and as it's Friday, that means a new process video on my YouTube channel! This time it's little heart decorations.

My favorite colors are blue and turquoise. I try to do projects with other colors, too, but every now and then I just need to go for the blues as well! I was particularly inspired by several blue patterned papers and thought to mix them for the project. Two of those are from a Christmas collection, but as a background and a small layering piece you really can't tell, can you?

If you want to see how I did the project, layer by layer, please see the video below.

As you could see from the video, I started with the flat layers and then moved for the height. I'm first treating the biggest area and then moving closer and closer to the focal point. 

I especially like the color combo in these - like I said earlier, I love blue, but my other love seems to be these tea tones. And they both are visible in these! I used corrugated cardboard, twine and chipboards for that color. At first I was thinking of coloring the chipboard shapes, but first of all, that would have probably at least partly covered the fine details and after deciding on the cardboard, the natural wood tone fitted the project nicely. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a splendid weekend! 

Materials from A.B.Studio:

Chipboard heart set

Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
heavy gesso white
modeling paste
corrugated cardboard
natural twine
paper flowers


Oxidized birthday card - FB live recording

Heippa hei! Last Saturday I kept a FB live on my FB page. This time the live was in Finnish but I'm keeping another one in a couple of weeks that's in English. Yay! 

You can see the recording of the live underneath. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so probably you'll be able to pick up what I'm doing even without understanding the language. And you're always welcomed to ask! I did include a synopsis of sorts to the description box as well. 

As you could see, I used Distress Oxides for the background and lifted the color by stamping with water. I then used the same set of stamps to add some black details on top. The water stamping isn't my technique, I've learned it somewhere years ago, but like we talked with the people watching, it's good to be reminded of the techniques. At least I work with the usual, go to things and sometimes it's nice to try something else. 

You can see more photos of the sample project as well as a detailed materials list over at the announcement post here (link).

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

Materials: Ranger, Sizzix, PaperArtsy, Studio Light

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