Take me as I am - GDT Art by Marlene

Hello there and wonderful Wednesday! I'm announcing a new Facebook live today, but this time it's not on Prima Marketing's Facebook page I'm on, but my very own! Or that of my blog, that is. So this Sunday, July 19th, I'll be re-doing a page like the one on top using "Go Dutch!" collection from Art by Marlene. Here's the link to the Facebook page (link).

As you can see from the add I made on top, I'm using collaging, acrylic paints and brush tip markers in this page. I mix even some effect paste in there in the form of Icing Paste from Finnabair line. In case you want to create something similar, I've added a materials list of some sort underneath. Where I've mentioned the manufacturer it's just what I'm using and used in this page, there's a lot of variations available. As I didn't link anything there, let me say that "Go Dutch" collection is at least available through Art from the Heart (link) and Joggles (link)!

Hope you can join me on Sunday at Paperiliitin (link)! Have a wonderful day!


"Go Dutch" collection - Art by Marlene / Studio Light

Soft Matte Gel - Prima Marketing
Archival Ink Jet Black - Ranger
Icing Paste Vintage Gold - Prima Marketing
white, thin acrylic marker - Posca
brush markers - Creativ Company
Roses stencil - Kuusade 
Sun Rays stencil - Whimsy Stamps
old book paper and vintage notes 
acrylic paints
white cardstock
craft basics like scissors, adhesives, brushes

Materials: Studio Light, Varalusikka, Kuusade, Prima Marketing, Creativ Company, Posca


Guardian of kindness - Prima Marketing Facebook live

Moikka and lovely Tuesday to you all! Yesterday I blogged the page I did during a Facebook live in June. Or, that's what I wrote. Actually that's not totally true as this page is partly the page I was working during the show. 

As you could see from the recording, I moved from one journal to another to avoid drying the gel with a heat tool. So this is the page that I started to create during the show but finished a day after. You can see the recording of the show in my yesterday's post here (link) or on my YouTube channel. 

Where as I named the one I did during the show "Guardian of Voice", I named this version "Guardian of Kindness". They both have the same structure, but I changed the color palette with this one to demostrate better that you can use what ever color scheme you like to do similar guardian. I also run out of the clock pieces so this one got her halo out of a big cog. 

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

Materials: Prima Marketing


Guardian of voice - Prima Marketing Facebook live

Hi there and happy Monday! Hopefully you had a lovely, creative weekend! Today I'm sharing the recording of a Facebook live I kept in June. Gosh, I'm so bad at sharing them directly after the show! I promise to try to be better with the one I kept just last week. 

But this time the live was about different acrylic paints on Prima's repertoire. There's the Impasto paints, that are heavy body, meaning they are thick, and then there's the Liquid acrylics, that are almost like watercolors. During the live I made an art journal page using both of those acrylics and also some other mediums. You can see the announcement post for the live here (link) where the materials are listed.

You can see the recording of the show here underneath. After the recording I decided to add a little detail to my guardian. As she's all about the voice, I covered her eyes with a strip of masking tape. After making that move she started to resemble Lady Justice, which isn't a bad thing, either.

As you probably noticed, there's two pages in the top most photo. I'm sharing that other one tomorrow. It's done using same techniques but just with different colors.

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

Materials: Prima Marketing


Beach textures - Artful Academy

Moikka and sweet Friday! Today I'm sharing an oldie with you, but the theme fits the season so well. This tag is something I made for the "Sun, Sea & Sand" themed collection of tutorials for Artful Academy. The collection consists of four video and five step by step tutorials from various designers. You can read more about the collection here (link).

My segment in the collection consists of this tag with three different textures to represent sky, sea and sand. 

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

Materials: Prima Marketing, Wow! Embossing Powder


Vintage memories - Sizzix

Hi there everyone! Today I'm sharing something I made using several Sizzix dies and embossing folders. You can see a list of the products I used a bit further down the post. 

I had this idea of using the "Texture Fades" as collage material and used different ones to make little pieces of textured papers. I then turned them into a weathered copper styled with acrylic paint, ink and wax. You can see my process underneath! Hope you like the video! 

These dies are all from previous collections, but the brand new chapter 3 dies are just released! You can see them here (link) at Sizzix UK site. Among the newbies are these wonderful two new sets "Rainbow" and "Good Vibes" that belong the "Donate to Make" campaign. A sum of each sale will go to a chosen charity! Read more about the campaign here (link)

Thank you for stopping by today, be safe! 

Sizzix materials used: 
664162 - Thinlits Robotic die set


A set of grungy vintage cards - Jehkotar workshop

Hi there! You might have noticed that I love vintage photos, tones and stuff. I've also always struggled with masculine cards. When combining those two things, I was happy to notice an answer to my prayers, so to speak. Taru Jehkonen aka Jehkotar kept an online workshop about vintage cards for men! The online workshops are held in Finnish, but if you are interested, you can find more info here (link).

On the course of the workshop we did three cards with collage styled backgrounds, tips and tricks. I quite like how these turned out! So, thank you Jehkotar for the workshop! 

Please scroll down to see all of the cards and detail shots. 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Future starts now - Art Daily Cafe

Hi there and great Tuesday! I'm sharing my take on the Art Daily Cafe's theme of the month about time, cobalt blue and brushed background. I can’t wait to see how others interpret the theme! You can see the theme post here (link) and my original post at Art Daily Cafe here (link). Here's also a link to Anat Weksler's post with the same theme (link).

The first inspiration for me came from the brushed background. While I use gesso or acrylic paint in my backgrounds a lot, I usually apply them using a silicone brush rather than a paintbrush and try to get a smooth surface for the layers coming on top. This time I wanted the background to have visible brush strokes in it. I first tore a couple pieces of cobalt blue add from a magazine and adhered them to my background. They were kind of a way to break the blank page. If you still could see them underneath everything before reading this, my hat’s off to you!

On top I then started to add random strokes with Cobalt Impasto paint and white gesso. This time I didn’t want the paint layers to mix much, so the background started to resemble a patchwork quilt. But it was just the first layers. 

After the paints had dried, I started adding more layers to the background by stenciling clock design to the spread, collaging some tissue paper in there, drawing marks with paint markers and also adding stamping here and there. I chose stamp elements that somehow connected to time – a clock, random numbers, moons and old text. 

On top of it all I scripted some thoughts about this time, overlapping the text so that it became unreadable. I placed the text running across the pages and added a couple of lines on top – making a kind of a timeline. On the other page I placed a sticker “future” and to the other “time” and wrote “now” on top of it. They echo the idea that the future starts now, now’s the time to make the future we want. 

Thank you for stopping by today! All the best! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger, Posca, SnipArt

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