10/12/2018

Find the Magic of the Everyday - Art Daily Cafe


We live in a time that we have a possibility to document the everyday like never before. We carry mobile phones with cameras, we have scanners to scan packaging or receipts, computers to edit and write diary and almost endless supply of papers, receipts and product packaging to write notes to or to spare as they are. Still I’m afraid that a lot of this everyday life will get lost. 

Before, when film was expensive and cameras rare, people really thought what to take photos of and every photo was then developed and cherished. Now most of the photos, I claim, are stored in our phones or on computers and then just vanish. They are never printed out and cherished. The same applies to diaries, notes and packaging. We recycle, which is a good thing, but will there be anything to show to the generations coming after us?


These thoughts in my head I created a page in my journal. It was born out of the urge to use the everyday things and also not to use many bought mediums. I was kind of thinking of adding little to the repertoire of my first project, which was done only using a pencil and paper glue. This time I used watercolors, heavier glue, a gel pen, some stamps and stamp ink as well. Not a huge arsenal of mediums yet but something you might have at home, especially if you have kids. 

One of the main inspirations, besides the ones I’ve already told, was a dried leaf I found on the floor of my work place. The leaf was beautiful! It was delicate and like lace. Its color palette was a beautiful mixture of different browns and greys, a truly vintage palette. Unfortunately, the leaf was so delicate that I couldn’t get it home safely, but I found a couple others to replace it. Together with some other everyday items I kind of documented a day. There’s a receipt, a tea bag and some product packaging in the layers behind the photo. Just something that would otherwise been thrown away, put to the recycle or just left on the sidewalk. 


As the items behind the photo already were telling a story of a day, I added a short diary like journaling to the page. It’s about the things I did during that day I collected all of the items and made the page. I changed my handwriting a bit rounder and let the lines overlap so that the journaling isn’t easy to read anymore but acts more as a design element. Partly I did this also because this style of journaling is more private and not for everyone to read.


The photo on top of the layers is taken from the “Vintage Photobooth” set. I chose this one as it felt most like an everyday snapshot to me. Just a photo of two friends – not an official portrait, not an engagement photo or a family piece. I could have used a photo of my family or me as well, but to have a truly picture of the day, I would have needed to use my Instax camera and that was against my wish or goal to use only relative common things. 


If you need convincing about the magic of the everyday photos and photos in general, I can highly recommend watching “Shooting the Past”, a television drama by Stephen Poliakoff (link). I adore black and white photos and this mini series really spoke to me when I saw it the first time from the telly. My daring husband later tracked down a DVD of it for me and I still get goosebumps when I see the photos in the series. They are a thing of beauty! The drama itself is captivating, too, it’s like a detective story in a way. The plot line also reflects the ever changing nature of things.

Another source for looking at the everyday photos and the beauty of them is Vivian Maier (link). If you are not familiar of her story, please also look that up as it’s truly a remarkable one. 

Oh, one more thing. That pattern or texture behind the photo, done using golden and brown watercolor – you know what I used to make it? It’s not a stencil or a stamp as such. I actually painted some watercolor to the sole of my rubber boot and then pressed it to the page! Another everyday item documented, in a bit different way. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a creative December!


Materials: Prima Marketing




09/12/2018

Zipp it! - GDT AALL & Create


Hiya! It's Sunday and time to show another guest project to AALL & Create! This time I played with the stamps from the most recent release that just came out! You can see the new collection here (link) with fabulous new stamps and stencils.


Oh how I adore AALL & Create stamps with their attention to detail! There's focal images and then grungy texture for background in one stamp! So you can layer your heart's desire! My inspiration to this journal page was the stamp called "Edison Game" which I used in the background. It has wonderful text parts, game inspired patterns and machine parts! What a combo! I mixed in some game elements also from the stamps "Kings and Queens" and "Larged Dominoes".

I stamped the page first with the A4 sized "Edison Game" and then added some watercolor touches on top. I stamped the game pieces on top of white cardstock and tea colored one and then cut them loose. The zipper details are stamped also to white and then colored using the same watercolors as I used in the background. The photo is from the Finnabair "Art Daily" series.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful start to the new week!


Stamps and stencil used from AALL & Create: #39 Lotza Dotz, #142 Edison Game, #146 Kings and Queens, #147 Zipp It, #151 Larged Dominoes, #152 Frayed Threads


Materials: AALL & Create, Prima Marketing, Ranger, Sinelli





08/12/2018

It must be a secret - Craft Stamper


Hello there! It's time for presents and gifts so even though this project is made during summer time, it's fitting to the season. It's the other project I created for Craft Stamper's November issue with my Masterclass article on hot glue.

I used same techniques in this make as in the canvas I shared yesterday with few exceptions. Also, whereas the leaves in the canvas were just stamped, the other one in here is embossed using golden embossing powder.

Thank you for your visit today! Have a sweet Saturday!


Materials: Carabelle Studio, Prima Marketing, Wow Embossing Powder



07/12/2018

Rain begins to fall - Craft Stamper


Hello and Fri-yay! Over the next two days I'm sharing two projects which were published in the November issue of Craft Stamper. The article was a Masterclass about hot glue. If you are not familiar with Craft Stamper magazine, a Masterclass article is an article with five techniques using a product or a tool. Something to get you started and inspired and the article also holds two projects. 


For my article I made this canvas and a simpler project I'm blogging tomorrow. I used hot glue in my project in a number of ways. I thought about the color scheme but decided on a black background as then the texture and golden details really pop out. I used a teal blue Metallique acrylic paint in the make and mixed some gold wax in there as well. The stamps are by Carabelle Studio.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful start to the weekend! 


Materials: Carabelle Studio, Prima Marketing, Wow Embossing Powder



06/12/2018

Merry Christmas cards - A Flair for Buttons


Hi there! Happy Independence day to all Finns! Ihanaa itsenäisyyspäivää Suomi! Today I'm sharing some Holiday cards with you I did for A Flair for Buttons. All of the three cards here are done the same way, I only used different patterned paper in the background and layered a bit different papers and embellishments to my cards. What they all have in common, though, is the flairs I used. They are from the Vintage Christmas Girls set.

 

I played a little with the colors in my cards. I chose red for one as the background as you can see above, but the other two have a bit more non-traditional colors in them. One is made with dark blue and the other with bright candy colors. I added some paper flowers together with the flair and a die cut Christmas tree as decorations to each of them. What the cards also have in common is the greeting I added to each. It's a silver colored sticker saying "Hyvää Joulua" which is Finnish and means "Merry/Good Christmas".


I also added same mixed media touches to each card. There's some dusty pink acrylic paint and white gesso as a bottom layer in each one and then some white embossing powder on top. I also drizzled some white embossing powder on top of the paper layers to get a snowy effect.

Where the cards differ is the use of colors. The red card has a mix of muted and bright tones, the blue one is more muted and the one with candy plaid is the brightest. I used same papers through them all but just picked the ones to each card that fit the color scheme of the background.

What color is your Christmas? 

Thank you for stopping by today! Happy creating! 


Sets used: 

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Materials: A Flair for Buttons, Prima Marketing, Wow Embossing Powder, Sizzix, Lawn Fawn, Sinelli

05/12/2018

Jumping with... me! - Creative JumpStart 2019


Moikka moi! Did you see this earlier blog post (link) and the reveal that I'm one of the contributors, JumpStarters at Creative JumpStart 2019? If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2019. More info about the workshop here (link).

I'm so so excited! That's a dream come true. I do hope that you find my project inspiring when you see it! I enjoyed making it and another project inspired by it later! Luckily it's not just me but there's 31 featured artists, so I'm sure you'll find inspiration in abundance. Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters! Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. 

Before the actual workshop goes live, you get a little taste with the "Jumping with" videos Nathalie made with several JumpStarters. She's sharing these on her blog gradually. Here's a link to one with , , and . And here's to another with , , , and . She did one with me, too and you can see it already here underneath!


What I also want to share with you in this post, on top of the interview is a discount code! By using code "riikka5cjs" when checking out you'll get a $5 discount on the workshop. So even if you missed the Cyber Week offer, you can still get the workshop at the discounted price of $45! The coupon expires December 31st at 11:59pm EST. 

Hope to see you "Jumping"! Have a great Wednesday! 



04/12/2018

Love Tattooed - Prima Marketing


Have you been following the reveal posts at Prima's blog? All the new collections are now shown in there! Here's direct links to each collection with some stunning projects - first delicate "Poetic Rose" (link), fantastic "Pretty Pale" (link), homey "Spring Farmhouse" (link) and last but not least mysterious "Midnight Garden" (link), which I used to create this layout.


Midnight Garden has striking colors! I love the dark reds and peonies! Such a beautiful, stunning collection. I used it in this layout I created about the biggest tattoo I have. As the title has it “Love tattooed”, the piece contains initials of those nearest and dearest to me. I designed it myself and it echoes the piece my husband has on his upper arm with the names of our kids. 

I played with fussy cutting here and cut a bunch of flowers loose as well as some of the tags. I layered everything on top of a mixed media influenced background I did using black gesso, Metallique acrylic paint and Icing Paste.

Thank you for your visit today! All the best to your week!




Materials: Prima Marketing, Sizzix




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