20/02/2020

[ówt krì] - 7 Dots Studio


Moikka! How are you today? I'm sharing a layout with you today! The topic of this page is my husband. While my hobby is crafting, he’s into music, especially soundscapes and ambient. In the picture he’s testing a synthesizer in an event we visited some time ago. A few weeks after that, the instrument arrived in our home. The title of the page, [ówt krì] is his music project’s name.


I wanted a layout that’s not too sweet and connects to music. I first chose a bigger pile of papers I could have imagined using in the page but then chose to go with the note patterned one as it’s so clearly music themed. I created layers on top using two different patterned papers from my pile – one with stars (as he’s my star) and a fence styled pattern which I used to decorate the seam between the two. If you want to see how the page was made, please see the video below!


Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials from 7 Dots Studio:

Nature Walk: Songbird 12x12
Fortune-teller: 6x6 pad
Fortune-teller: Clear Stamps
Dreamscapes: Geometry stencil
Paint Chips: Word Stickers 6x12


Materials: 7 Dots Studio, Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Ranger






19/02/2020

Succulents and bees


It's Wednesday, mid-week! Today I'm sharing something I did as a Christmas present to my aunt. Actually my mom asked me to do something with bees and succulents for her as she keeps bees and extracts honey. 

First I made a background for the piece using old book paper and white gesso. I used honey tones in the background adding layers with watercolors and ink. I also cut a honey comb styled piece out of orange cardstock using a Sizzix die. The succulents are made out of EVA foam, similar to the flowers I made for a demo piece earlier (link). Only the shape is different as well as the color. 


I couldn't find a suitable size bee stamp from my stash so I printed the bees instead and then colored them using watercolors. As the final touch to the piece I added some shine and glimmer. For that I used golden Mica flakes and glitter.

Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials: Sizzix, Prima Marketing, Sinelli





18/02/2020

King held up a hand - Art Daily Cafe


Hi there! Today I'm sharing my project fro Art Daily Cafe with the monthly theme, color and technique. You can see my original post here (link) and familiarize with the theme, color and technique here (link). The theme is a haiga, color deep red and technique clipping words and texts.


Doing a haiga was new to me as I usually do the steps other way around – first make the picture and then find the words to go with it. To be frank, I didn’t do a haiga this time either as the lines I added to the page are more of a short story than a haiku. 

Like the technique suggested, I first cut some words our of a book. To avoid spending the whole afternoon thinking about the lines, I randomly chose three pages, cut the first phrases out of them and then added some more words from the pages to fill the story. The first line I got was the first in the story as well – “King held up a hand”. That was the source of inspiration to the whole piece. From that line I knew I needed to have a king and a hand in my page.

After arranging the words into the story, I then started my work with the page. I thought it would be funny to use the rest of the pages as the background, so, I adhered them to the journal using Soft Matte Gel. On top I then layered black gesso, red Impasto paint (because of the theme color), white gesso, red pastels, red wax through a stencil, watercolors, pencil work… As you can see, I really was having fun and just playing. After I had the background to a point what I wanted it to be, I then made the layers on top.


First, I added a die cut bottle on top of the background. Why? It was already on my table, it contrasted with the red and made a cool element anchoring the cluster down. I added some random stamping on top to blend it just a little to the background and added a touch of pastel as well. The main cluster I built with a letter card, stamped hand and a piece of bookpaper. The king is a sticker from the Art Daily Vintage Photobooth sticker album, and his crown is done using stamps and scissors. To embellish the page, I added a strip of tape and a rusty gear – and another stamped hand! 

Like I said earlier, I usually work vice versa – starting with the focal elements and continuing with the text. Usually I then make some kind of dada poetry with just random words or a really short story like the one I did here. While I love to work with old book pages in a language I don’t understand for the background to avoid some words popping up in the piece and distracting, I usually pick English for the text part or sometimes Finnish, too. Novels are perfect for this as they have a) a lot of pages to find the words and stories and b) vivid language which then is easy to be transformed into a short story! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Now, go find an old book and start making stories! 


Materials: 

Art Daily Chipboard journal 
Art Daily Carte Postale stamps 
Art Daily Dream without Fear stamps 
Art Daily Wanderlust tapes 
Art Daily Vintage Photobooth stickers 

Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance wax Fire Ruby
Finnabair stencil Dandelion 
Art Basics Soft Matte Gel
Art Basics Heavy Gesso White
Art Basics Heavy Gesso Black
Art Alchemy Impasto acrylic paint Poppy 
Mechanicals Rustic Washers


Materials: Prima Marketing, Pan Pastel, Posca, Ranger



17/02/2020

Flower Power - Sizzix


Hello and happy new week! Today I'm sharing a layout I did using some of the new dies from Sizzix's selection. You can see the whole new release here (link) and if you are a Tim Holtz fan you can see the Tim Holtz selection here (link) including the newbies from the Chapter 1 release. 

I started this page by doing a stencil of my own using Thinlits "Cut Out Leaves" die set together with Making Essentials "Stencil Film". I arranged the leaves into a shape of a semi-circle so when I used it twice I got a whole circle. The stylized wreath now guides the eye in to the photo.


Throughout the layout I used colors somewhat picked up from the photo. I mixed teal and turquoise shades to purple. The flower theme is also carried though the layout starting from the photo and continued in the embellishments and background.  

The biggest embellishments in the page are done using Bigz "Bottled Up" die. I cut the bottles from a monoprinted sheet I had in my stash. The flowers in the bottles and around the photo on the other hand are cut from a cardstock I painted with watercolors. The leaves are from Sizzix cardstock. The flowers, leaves and frames are cut using Thinlits "Geo Floral Frame" die set. There's also some more flowers in the page, just barely peeking underneath the layers and in the upper left corner. Those lacy flowers are cut using Thinlits "Bouquet" die

There's just one more die set used in the page and that's Thinlits "Alphanumeric Classic Lower" die set, which I used to cut the title - "Flower Power". The title connects to the photo - it's taken some years ago when I had a flower painted to my cheek. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great new week! 


Materials from Sizzix: 



Materials: Sizzix, 7 Dots Studio, Prima Marketing, Ranger



14/02/2020

Winter Wonderland - Finnabair Brand Ambassador


Oh my. December and even January were a bit too hectic for my taste and even if I had a lot of crafts to blog, I missed some. This is one of those. This snowflake is one of those. It's made to Finnabair Ambassadors post in December (link), which theme was "Winter Wonderland".


When thinking of ”Winter Wonderland” I started imagining glistening snow drifts, slowly falling snow and the fresh scent of the nippy weather. I had bought a wooden snowflake in order to make something out of it and this theme seemed just perfect. I used different Finnabair products that reminded me of snow and ice.

First I painted the snowflake with white gesso. I deliberately used heavy brush strokes and created some dimension using the heavy gesso. While the layer was drying, I turned all the Mechanicals and other pieces to silvery ones by using Metallique wax. Then I used 3D Gloss Gel to adhere the embellishments in place and started applying snow on top. For this I used Unicorn Paste – it’s glistening charts and sparkling base is just perfect for the snow effect! I finished the snowflake with some crystals for extra sparkle. 

This project could be used as a door decoration, inviting guests to the warmth of a fireplace away from the winter wonderland. Although at least here in southern Finland it seems that as there’s no winter wonderlands outside, maybe we should create them inside with these kind of decorations!

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


Materials: 

Art Basics Heavy Gesso White
Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel 
Art Extravagance Unicorn Paste 
Art Alchemy Metallique Wax Old Silver
Art Ingredients Melange Diamond Art Pebbles 
Mechanicals Bottle Caps 
Mechanicals Flowers Mini


Materials: Prima Marketing, CC Hobby, Flying Tiger



13/02/2020

Magical heart - Prima Marketing


Sweet Thusday everyone! This heart was made to a heart themed post at Prima's blog! The moment I read the theme I knew I wanted to do an altered heart, a dimensional piece. But what I pondered the most about was the color! I was drawn between a “classical” pink heart and something grungy and rusty. In the end I decided to add them both into the same piece! 

I’ve mixed some brand new Finnabair products with some older classics in this heart. The background layer is done using one of the new tissue papers. The dimensional patterns are Icing Paste through one of the new stencils, called “Dandelion”. On top I’ve clustered older Mechanicals and brand new flowers from “Surfboard”. The finishing touches are done using the brilliant new white matte max and rust paste.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great Thursday!









12/02/2020

New Sprouts - Finnabair Ambassador


There was a Finnabair Ambassador post in Finnabair's blog in January (link). The topic in it was  Impasto paints and new beginnings as the year was just starting. Here's my take on the subject!

When I read the theme Vasilis chose for this post, I just had to raise my hand and be a part of it! I was originally planning to go with an abstract take on the subject, just play with color and pattern, but as most of the time, I let the project lead me and it needed a plant shape on top of the abstract layers.


I started the piece by adding a few colors chosen at random to my base, a piece of wood. I ended up adding “Boudoir Pink”, “Pumpkin” and white gesso as the first layer. I used both a paint brush and a brayer when adding the colors. That’s the beauty of Impastos, they are so thick you and use different tools to get different textures! 

On top I then started layering patterns using different stencils and different colors. I used for example “Heather”, “Mediterranean” and “Poppy Red”. As I wanted a relatively smooth surface at this stage, I used a sponge to apply the paint and not a silicone brush or palette knife which would have been great for textured layers. I let the patterns overlap and mixed florals with geometrical patterns. 

To make the stylized plant pop out of the background I painted a circle using “White Pearl” Metallique paint. On top of the warm colored background it’s almost silver looking! Like a moon over a field. The plant I painted first with black gesso, but while the paint was still wet, I added in some “Green Apple” Impasto paint so there’s a hint of green in the leaves.


Before adding the focal point plant and moon to the piece I also added some stamping for the contrast. The stitch lines, words and other doodles are made with paint markers. The text going around the edge of the plant is about the wishes and ideas for the new year 2020. 

I really love to play with Impasto paints because of the beautiful colors and lovely, creamy consistency. They are thick enough for some wonderful textural work but also work well in painted layers or as background layer for cards, layouts or canvases.

Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials from Finnabair product range: 

Art Alchemy Impasto acrylic paint Green Apple, Mint, Heather, Boudoir Pink, Poppy Red, Pumpkin, Mediterranean
Art Basics Heavy Gesso White, Black 
Art Alchemy Metallique acrylic paint White Pearl
Passiflora, Grungy Grid, Harlequin stencil
Music Notes stamp




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