Heart of Turisas - Mixed Media Place

I've been waiting so eagerly to chance to share this with you! Ever since the piece was finished I've been aching to share, but as it was a DT work, I had to wait until the post has gone live in Mixed Media Place's blog. But now it is and I can blog this canvas!

Music is a big inspiration to me. If a piece of music is to my liking and really has an effect on me I see it in pictures. Sometimes it's like watching a movie, sometimes it's just series of images. The notes turn into colors, lines and visual images. Sometimes the piece always brings the same images into my mind, sometimes it changes during every listening. 

This particular piece was inspired by one of my favorite bands, Turisas. The name is a character in Finnish mythology. In their song "Battle Metal", the lyrics go: "The heart of Turisas was forged by four winds / In a smithy high up in the skies / On an anvil honour, with a hammer of blood The Four Winds pounded". You can listen the song underneath, it's the official video made together with the fans. My mental image of the piece of music was a heart made of metal, rising of debris pounding and red with the flames of the smithy and blood.

I made the heart using styrofoam heart and aluminium tape. I cut small pieces of the tape, layered them across the heart and made the joints visible with a knitting needle. Then I applied black acrylic paint, alcohol inks and glazes to the heart. Finally I melted some embossing powder on top to make the heart seem a bit rusty and have more texture to it.

I used red and black in the background as they are the colors of the band and they also carried out the bloody yet metal feel. The metal nics and nacks I gathered to the background include for example guitar parts, lamps, screws, bottle caps and pieces of an old clock.

So what does inspire you? Do you create what you hear, does music play a role in your creative process?

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

Materials from Mixed Media Place:

Materials: Tattered Angels, Prima Marketing, Talens, Ranger, 7 Dots Studio, Wow! Embossing Powders, Luminarte


  1. IHANA IHANA !!!! Oot mahtavan taitava...

  2. This is an outstanding pieces of art Riikka! I am totally swooning over this one! Wish I could see it in real :)

  3. This is really cool!! I like how the song inspired the project.

  4. Vau, olet kyllä mieletön mixed media -taituri!

  5. Lovely lovely! Great job!

  6. breathtaking , loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee x

  7. Woooohoooo....its totally STUNNING...love it!!!! xxx

  8. Hertileijaa. Tämä osui ja upposi.

  9. Wow! What a stunning project! I love all the texture, details and incredible use of color! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  10. This is just amazing, a wonderful example of mixed media; I love it.


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