17/08/2022

Cotton candy skull - FB live


Moikka moi! This post is about a FB live I'm keeping this Friday in Finnish. You're welcomed to join and ask questions also in English but mainly I'm going to be using my native language. 

Heippa hei! Se olisi taasen suomenkielisen liven aika! Tulevana perjantaina klo 18 Suomen aikaa olisi tarkoitus yhdistää sokerisen suloista ja vähän hurjempaa eli pässin kallo. Käytössä on siis suht uudet Finnabairin silikonimuotit. 


Kuten yllä olevasta mainoksesta näkyy, paikkana on Paperiliittimen FB-sivut (linkki) ja aika tosiaan perjantaina klo 18. Seuraavan kuvan alla on vielä materiaalilista, jos joku mietityttää ennakkoon taikka jos haluat tehdä omaa tägiasi samaan aikaan. 

Toivottavasti perjantaina nähdään! 


Materiaalit:
(linkit Korttipajaan)

Finnabair muotti "Pieces of Underworld"
Sizzix Texture Fades embossing folder Swirls
PaperArtsy stamp set FP008
PaperArtsy stamp set TS065
Ranger embossing powder Gold
Prima Marketing Art Alchemy Metallique acrylic paint Ancient coin

tagipohja
kaksipuolinen tarrakalvo
pikkutagi
pala harsoa
pala pitsiä




16/08/2022

Give comfort - Creative JumpStart 2022


Moikka moi! Here's another piece inspired by Creative JumpStart 2022! This time I followed Mystele Kirkeeng's lesson. 

This lesson hit me like a ton of bricks. I'm not sure why, but I got so emotional while making this mug that I actually cried. Maybe it was the calm way Mystele was talking, maybe it was the idea of creating something just for me, or maybe it was the hectic times at work pouring out. Or maybe all together. But it felt so good to follow the lesson, to just paint and enjoy the process. 

I used some left over pieces from other projects in the background as well as one artist calendar page cut into strips. First I saw the mug emerging from the background but then, all of a sudden there was a cookie, too! I happened to have adhered a piece with the circular stamp to the bottom right corner of the page and that reminded me about a Finnish Domino cookie. So tea and biscuits it was! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a pleasant day!


Materials: PaperArtsy, Kuusade, Art Foamies, Posca



15/08/2022

Sound shows how little we are - Creative JumpStart 2022


Hello there and happy new week! Today I'm sharing yet another piece inspired by Creative JumpStart 2022. This time I was inspired by Jodi Ohl's lesson about intuitive painting. 

I enjoyed this process very much! It was liberating to "just" paint, without any pre-made plans or expectations. I enjoyed making layers and then hiding them again. Eventually something started emerging from the paint and I highlighted it. But I have to say that this time I should have trimmed the paper to the correct size before starting to paint as the piece lost something when I cut it to fir inside my journal! The composition and rhythm was better while the piece was a bit bigger. 

I'm not sure if you see what I see in the painting. I see two dark feathers, which I then decided to be the feathers of a "storm bird". Not the Australian bird species but a figurative creature. Thus the words - "sound shows how little we are", referring to storm and thunder. And yes, there's an S missing as it wasn't in the stickers. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Hopefully no storms for you today! Stay safe everyone!


Materials: PaperArtsy, Posca, Tim Holtz, Stabilo


12/08/2022

Me be night owl - Nathalie's Creative Squad


Fri-yay! Today I'm sharing my Nathalie's Creative Squad project with you. You can see the original post in Nathalie's blog here (link).

The month’s theme this time was "Goodnight, art journal". Like I say in the process video, first I got a bit puzzled as not so long ago I did a nighttime inspired art journal page for the team. I say, “not so long”, but actually it was almost a year ago! Time does fly. You can see that page here (link).

Why I’m bringing this up was that I didn’t want to repeat myself! Although there’s similar elements in my page now, there’s also something new, so I call that mission accomplished! Because like I say in the earlier post, I would love to be a night owl. In everyday life my current work and family life don’t allow me to follow my natural rhythm, but if I had the possibility I’d work until midnight and then sleep in. I seem to have a new productive sequence in between 9-11 pm!


I first tried to think what to do, but then gave in and just started doing, going with the flow. And I really like how the page turned out! I first colored two strips of paper using gel printing, then added patterns on top using stencils and lastly a flurry of stars and a moon. Why two strips of paper, you might ask. Well, they just happened to be there when I was reaching out to get a background piece. I thought it would be fun to start with those, to use “left-overs”. If you want to see, how the page came into being, please see the video below!


As you could see from the video, I used two Nathalie’s stencils in my make. Why I chose these two? Well, the reason for the ATC Mixup is kind of obvious, I think. It’s because of the multitude of patterns in one stencil! I didn’t have to settle to just one or two patterns but could use an abundance! And as you can move the stencil and continue the pattern, the smaller size doesn’t matter, either. I did want to add another stencil to the mix, to have a bigger pattern. For that I chose “Manhattan”. Its angular design complimented the curvier, softer patterns of the ATC Mixup nicely.

I went through several Tim Holtz paper dolls when searching for the right one. This lady had the right air about her, and she somehow reminded me about Edith Södergran, a Finnish poet. One of the first poems I read from her was titled “Stars”. But when I was checking the placement, her white shirt looked too pale, and it had such a big contrast between the inky blue background it was stealing the attention too much. Luckily, I had an easy solution! You could see that from the video, too, I just added a pattern on top. To keep the project cohesive color-wise, I used one of the colors I had used in the background as well. The patterning hid some of the details of the garment, so I then drew those in. You can probably see my hesitation in the video. I was afraid that the black Posca marker might be too much, but luckily it was just what the doctor ordered! Her hair balances the dark marks nicely.

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


Materials:

StencilGirl Manhattan stencil
StencilGirl ATC Mixup Kalbach stencil

GelliArts 3x5" gel plate
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint Double Denim, Purple Wine, Midnight, Snowflake
Prima Marketing Metallique wax Old Silver
Posca PC-5M Coral pink
Posca PC-1M Black, Silver, White
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chitchat stickers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Portrait Paper Dolls
A small circle punch






11/08/2022

Be Your Hero - Art Daily Cafe


Moikka moi! Today I'm showing my take on the month’s Art Daily Cafe theme and colors. The theme was “in search of land of unicorns, on the other side of the rainbow”, technique 3D and colors all the colors of the rainbow. You can see the theme announcement post here (link).

I drew my inspiration from two sources. The background was inspired by Iris Fritschi-Cussens‘s Creative JumpStart lesson (a post about it here, link) and the cluster on top got its inspiration from the challenge collage. You can see similar sticks on it, in the bottom left corner. It was so fun wrapping some branches with the colorful threads! They also bring the required dimension to the page. Actually, they bring so much dimension to the page that the journal won’t shut properly anymore. But that’s not a problem – I love my journals chubby! That makes me feel they’re really used and filled!

Another source for the dimension is the background, that was inspired by Iris Fritschi-Cussens’s Creative JumpStart lesson, like I said. The texture is more subtle of course than the highly dimensional branches, but still, the background isn’t flat! Iris used a brayer to convey texture and that blew my mind! I’ve been now adding colors using a brayer so much more than before seeing the lesson. Of course, I used brayer with the gel printing plate, but otherwise it’s always been a palette knife or a brush. It’s so important to open yourself to new things, don’t you think?

As you can see, there’s no unicorns on my page. I first thought to make one as my focal point but couldn’t find an angle. I also was distracted by the color choices as I hardly ever use the whole rainbow palette in a project! But when I decided just to do a representation of the rainbow, it got easier. That way I could just play with color and didn’t have to worry about the rest.

For the sentiment I combined a couple of different ones from the Art Daily sticker pad. I love making little stories like this – using word stickers or cut out words from old books. This time the story is more like a guideline than a story: “Be with those who help your being your own hero”.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a rainbow filled week!


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





10/08/2022

Relax, slow down - a mixed media card


Sweet Wednesday! Today I have a card for you. I used some left overs from other projects to the background and iced the layers using "Uncharted Mariner". It's been sitting there on my craft table for a while, whispering to be used and tried and finally I got the chance! 

I used the Oxide version for the background and Ink version to color the butterfly on top of the little tag. In the background I mixed in some "Vintage Photo" Oxide as well. I absolutely love the olive color they create together! I used also the Ink version of "Vintage Photo" in the card as I inked the edges of the collage piece and the tag using it. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a nice day! Stay safe, everyone! 


Materials: Ranger, A.B.Studio. Cricut, PaperArtsy





09/08/2022

Loved, Brave, Persist - A.B.Studio


Hello there! How are you doing today? It's been a bit hectic at work here, but hopefully there's smoother days ahead. Today I'm sharing a layout I did for A.B.Studio. This one is made using one of the new collections called "Rustical Time". You can see all the used A.B.Studio materials with links underneath the next photo. 

The person in the photos is my daughter and these snap shots are taken some years back at a running event. She was quite anxious about the race, but we walked the cross country route before hand and she did well. 

I added some mixed media layers to the background but they don't show that well as the paper is so deliciously rustic and grungy on its own already. But there's some white crackle paste and Distress Inks through stencils and some stamping there. 

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


Materials: 

Stencil ID-347








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