22/04/2021

Air - Seth Apter Creative Team

Hi there! Today it's third part of this month's series for Seth Apter Creative Team. This time I started already on Tuesday as I have four posts instead of the usual three. Let me tell you why there's four in a bit, but first you can find Seth Apter's site here (link) and more about the Creative team here (link). I've included a list of products to the end of the post with links to Seth's own store.

So, why there's four posts this time instead of the regular three, is because of the subject I was inspired by this time. Not so long ago Seth came out with some wonderful texture pastes. There's four of them - Crackled, Flakey, Beads and Sandy. Can you see where this is heading? Yes, I used each paste to create a piece, so there needed to be four. I also wanted the pieces to have a common nominator, something to tie everything together. I could have chose anything, but the number four made me think about elements - earth, fire, air and water - and thus the theme was chosen. I then paired each paste to an element and created a piece with a process video. 

I'm working with the pastes in these pieces for the first time. I did a quick little swatch from each of them to see what they looked like for my pairing process for each element, but otherwise I just jumped head first to the pool and thought to see what I can make the pastes do. 


Today's piece is a bit different in a couple of ways than the other two already shared. As you can see, in this piece I didn't color the paste itself but instead added a hint of color on top. The other difference is the background. Where as earth and fire started with an almost solid background, here I created some color blocks to add a little bit of interest and movement to the piece. I also didn't apply the paste by free hand but through a stencil. 

I paired air with Beads. The texture of the paste reminded me of little air bubbles, foam or froth, so it felt like a good match. The paste looks airy and foamy even after drying. The beads caused a little bit of change of tactics when stenciling. I usually "scrape" on top of the paste to remove extra, but this time it wasn't the solution - I would have removed almost all of the beads! So, instead I applied the gel a bit more heavy handed than usual and then removed the stencil carefully ending up with a lovely, thick layer of paste.

As I mention in the video below, I added some yellow tones to this piece to have a full set of primary colors. Fire was red and the water one, which I'm saving for the last, needed to be blue, so I thought to add a yellow to the pieces as well to make up the primaries. Even though there's yellow ochre, a clay pigment, I felt that earth couldn't be yellow. But air could, it could have the sunshine tones through clouds! I used a duller, more muted palette in the background but went with a vibrant yellow on the top layer. If you want to see how I made the piece, please see the video below!


As I'm working with the pastes for the first time in these four pieces, I'm following my gut a lot. Well, that's actually the case with a lot that I do, but this time even more so as I don't have knowledge how the pastes will react with other mediums. In this particular project it was adding the gesso on top. The paste might have worked just fine without it, too, but to my eye it looked so "plastic" and shiny, that I was afraid the watercolor would just run off from it. And like I say in the video, the other good thing about adding the gesso there was that I got to transform the base into mat. 

Whenever I'm using a new product, I usually try to let it air dry rather than grab my heat tool immediately. Air drying shows kind of the true nature of the paste as with the heat tool you can overheat and boil the mediums. Don't get me wrong, I usually try that, too, to find out what texture it creates, but it's not the first thing. Whenever in doubt, leave to air dry would be my go to. 

Now there's three of the four elements done! The last one is water tomorrow. I hope you will be back then to see it! Thank you for stopping by today! 


Materials from Seth's store:

Robyn McClendon Scripting 1 stencil


Materials: Aladine, PaperArtsy, WOW! Embosing Powder, StencilGirl, Prima Marketing




21/04/2021

Fire - Seth Apter Creative Team

Moikka! It's second part of this month's series for Seth Apter Creative Team. This time I started already on Tuesday as I have four posts instead of the usual three. Let me tell you why there's four in a bit, but first you can find Seth Apter's site here (link) and more about the Creative team here (link). I've included a list of products to the end of the post with links to Seth's own store.

So, why there's four posts this time instead of the regular three, is because of the subject I was inspired by this time. Not so long ago Seth came out with some wonderful texture pastes. There's four of them - Crackled, Flakey, Beads and Sandy. Can you see where this is heading? I used each paste to create a piece, so there needed to be four. I also wanted the pieces to have a common nominator, something to tie everything together. I could have chose anything, but the number four made me think about elements - earth, fire, air and water - and thus the theme was chosen. I then paired each paste to an element and created a piece with a process video. 

I'm working with the pastes in these pieces for the first time. I did a quick little swatch from each of them to see what they looked like for my pairing process for each element, but otherwise I just jumped head first to the pool and thought to see what I can make the pastes do. I also mixed in some recent newbies to the Izink product like, the Izink Pearly and Diamond.


I started the series yesterday with earth. I wanted that to be a mat project with earthy, dull colors. But fire, which I'm showing today, was a different story. That needed to have sparkle and shine. Kind of reflecting the idea of the shine of a bonfire or the rapid change of colors in a flame. So, for this project I also used the new Izink Diamond and Pearly. 

I paired fire with Flakey. Like I say in the video, the fire was the last one to be paired, but I really liked the combination. The texture makes me think about ash and charcoal, what's left after the fire. But you could see the little flakes also as sparks or little flames. 

Fire needed to be a hot red, but have some contrast, too. That's why I added some black into the canvas, also as a hint to that charcoal or burning embers. Where as I used just Izink Pigment ink to color the paste in the first video, here I used Izink dye spray and alcohol ink, too. Both colorants worked OK for this project as I wasn't that worried with the consistency of the paste in this case. This is because the flakes seemed solid enough to handle some extra moisture in the paste. 


I started this project, as you can see from the video, painting again a solid background. Then I added some contrast on top and started making the flames using colored Flakey paste. As finishing touches I added some Mica flakes to the piece trying to emphasize the flakey texture in the piece. What the Mica flakes also bring to the piece is shine. So, there's also the little glitter pieces from Diamond paste, but also the bigger shiny flakes, like little sparks flying up from a bonfire. 

What you can see from the video, but which I don't mention especially, is the movement I tried to create for the piece. All of the mediums I'm applying and some of the markings in the background all head up. I used vertical strokes to apply the pastes, for example, to highlight the idea of soaring flames. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Please be back tomorrow for another part of the series! 


Materials from Seth's store:



Materials: Aladine, PaperArtsy, WOW! Embossing Powder, StencilGirl, Prima Marketing, Ranger




20/04/2021

Earth - Seth Apter Creative Team

Hei, it's again third week of the month, which means a new series for Seth Apter Creative Team, but this time I'm starting already today, on a Tuesday! "Why?" you might ask. Well, because this time I don't have three post for you but four! Let me tell you why there's four in a bit, but first you can find Seth Apter's site here (link) and more about the Creative team here (link). I've included a list of products to the end of the post with links to Seth's own store.

So, why there's four posts this time instead of the regular three, is because of the subject I was inspired by this time. Not so long ago Seth came out with some wonderful texture pastes. There's four of them - Crackled, Flakey, Beads and Sandy. Can you see where this is heading? I used each paste to create a piece, so there needed to be four. I also wanted the pieces to have a common nominator, something to tie everything together. I could have chose anything, but the number four made me think about elements - earth, fire, air and water - and thus the theme was chosen. I then paired each paste to an element and created a piece with a process video. 

I'm working with the pastes in these pieces for the first time. I did a quick little swatch from each of them to see what they looked like for my pairing process for each element, but otherwise I just jumped head first to the pool and thought to see what I can make the pastes do. I also mixed in some recent newbies to the Izink product line, the Izink Pearly and Diamond. But those are not used in this project, earth needed to be mat and dull. 

As you can read from the picture above, I paired the earth with the Crackled paste. While it could have also been water in its solid form as ice, the first image that came to my head of the texture was the really dry soil when it starts to crackle. 

As the pastes are white on their own, I knew I needed to color the product either by adding something in it or then adding color on top. What I usually do with crackle pastes, is to add color on top so it can soak into the grooves and then I wipe the rest of it off, highlighting those crackles. As I wanted to do the same thing here, I needed to add something to the paste to make it more earthy colored in the first place. I was thinking about a medium which would be highly pigmented, quite thick so it wouldn't change the consistency of the paste too much and which I needed to add just a little to get the whiteness colored. I chose to go with Izink Pigment inks, because they kind of tick every box of the list. While acrylic paints would have been thicker in consistency, I felt like I needed more of them to add the same amount of color I got with a smaller dose of the Pigment ink.

I was really happy to learn that the colorant didn't prevent the crackles from appearing as that was my concern. What I also learned in a later stage of the process, was the fantastic texture the paste gets when you overheat it, make it boil! I know I'm definitely exploring that texture more! 

To highlight that earthy feel I added some Art Stones to the project. They are from the Finnabair product line of Prima Marketing. They are lightweight little stones in various sizes and they added even more texture to the piece. I mixed two sizes of Stones in my make. I also played with some translucent acrylic layers and changed the colors of acrylic paints with the Izink Pigment inks. If you want to see the whole process, please see the video below!


As I say in the video, I ended up adding a focal point to the project - and to each of them, to be honest. I'm challenged with pure abstracts and feel that they are so hard to do and balance out. Adding that symbol there made the process easier. Each of the symbols I add to the pieces corresponds with the element I'm trying to depict. The symbols are made from a triangle shaped jewelry part and a piece of thick cardboard in two cases.

Thank you for stopping by today! Hopefully you'll be back tomorrow for another part of the series - then it's a new paste and element!


Materials from Seth's store:

Robyn McClendon Scripting 1 stencil


Materials: Aladine, PaperArtsy, WOW! Embossing Powder, StencilGirl, Prima Marketing, Sinelli




19/04/2021

Not my circus - April ArtFoamies Challenge


Hi there! Happy Monday to you all! This weekend it was a fabulous spring weather here in Finland. I hope you had some sunshine, too! 

I've been sharing some projects for the ArtFoamies Challenge. The challenge is hosted by Nathalie Kalbach and Sarah Matthews. Each day during April they both will share a project on their Instagram accounts inspired by the theme of the day. You can see the themes in the announcement post here (link) in Nathalie's blog

Today is day 19 and theme is "Circle". I used one of the pieces of "Triple Play" stamp for the background and "Groove Street" for decoration. Circles inspired me to go to circus and I made little ATCs using those elements and some vintage "glossy pictures", "kiiltokuva" in Finnish.

Wishing you a lovely Monday and start of a new week! Thank you for stopping by today!


Materials: ArtFoamies, Ranger, Prima Marketing, Posca, Teippitarha, Tim Holtz




16/04/2021

Outworldly Friends - Nathalie's Creative Squad


Fantastic Friday! Today I have a special project for you. It's my very first thing for Nathalie's Creative Squad! You can see the original post here, at Nathalie Kalbach's blog (link). The theme of the month was “Another Door Opens” and I was feeling outworldly as my first idea was to turn the patterns of the great “Triple Play” foam stamp set into whimsical characters.

I interpret the theme like children’s peek-a-book – what might be behind the door? At first, I was thinking of doing the cards or an art journal page as a peek-a-book, first showing just the door and then you could open it to reveal the character. In the end I then chose to add the character on top of the door so that it had already come through it. I saw the heart-styled shape as a face immediately but when I used a peachy tone to stamp it, I realized it was ET! So, even if I had been thinking about whimsical character all along, now I would have a more precise theme. I paired the characters with greetings (hopefully) fitting to the stargazing theme.


As you see from the video a bit further below, I started by making patterned papers using acrylic paints and a gelatin printing plate. I made two sheets using similar color scheme and then one with a contrasting one. The first two I then cut to make the door (actual door and panels on it) and the third one became the robes of the character. The contrast between the two elements ensures that the character just pops out of the background.

Like I said earlier, I also used the patterns of the “Triple Play” foam stamp set to make the face and a headdress of sorts for the characters. I hope this inspires you to see the stamps from another angel. You don’t always have to use the whole stamped piece or build a bigger pattern. Collaging different little elements might just be the thing the doctor ordered!

Now, if you want to see how I made the cards, please see the video below. It shows me making the ET one, but I made the other one with similar steps. The only thing that differs is the stamps I used and I changed the color scheme a little, too. But the steps are the same!


Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired by the characters to see the stamps in another way! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, too! 


Materials: ArtFoamies, Sinelli, Posca, Dymo, GelliArts, Ranger






15/04/2021

Grow Strong - April ArtFoamies Challenge


Moikka! As you can see from the title of the post, here's another project for the April ArtFoamies challenge! This one is for day 15 theme "Plant". I made some blue tulips inspired by the theme. 

I made a gel print for the background using one of the triangles of the "Triple Play". I then used two other triangles for the plants. I used the other pattern to make the tulips and then used the "sunrise" piece for the grass or grassy hills. I then finished the blooms using a paint marker. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you have joined the challenge already! 


Materials: ArtFoamies, Ranger, Sinelli, Posca, 7 Dots Studio



14/04/2021

Oooh la la - Prima Marketing


Hi there! Today it's time for another "from the drafts" post. This one is WAY old, back from the time I still was a part of Prima design team - thus the banners in the photos. I think this card might be actually from 2019, so it's been in the drafts for a while! 

The card is made using "Poetic Rose" -collection and was created probably as a show sample. I remember using some mediums in the card, but mostly they got covered by the text label I then added on top. Some of the stenciling is still visible, though! 

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


Materials: Prima Marketing




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