Do all the good - an art journal spread

Hi there! It's Friday again and time for another video! This time I'm making an art journaling spread inspired by a canvas I did earlier. 

From the beginning of the year I started to try to grab some time to make fun things. I cut back my design assignments in order to have time for just to create. Some of that time I've been using to paint. This particular spread was inspired by one of the canvases. It was similar to this one I have blogged (link) with the exception of the texture. In the blogged version I was trying to make some quite dimensional texture, but in the inspiration one I just used modeling paste and a texture comb and made these circular shapes. I guess no one is surprised if I say the canvas was in teal, blue and hints of yellow turning to green - my go to palette.

With this spread I played with the idea turning an abstract painting into a background for my art journal and then adding something depictive on top. I'm not totally sure I pulled it off, or if the character just seems to float on top of the background, but it was a fun thing to do. If you want to know how I did the spread, please see the process video below.

I've listed the materials underneath the next photo, if you want to check something out or re-create something similar. You can also find the materials list in the description box of the video.

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


Finnabair art daily journal
Fabriano - Accademia 160g cardstock
Prima Marketing - Art Basics Modeling paste
PaperArtsy - Fresco Finish acrylic paint Snowflake, Baltic Blue, Blue Moon, Zesty Zing
PaperArtsy - W3 stamp set
Ranger - Archival Ink Jet Black
Posca - Uniposca marker PC-1M black, blue, PC-3M white, apricot, PC-5M aqua green
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Transparent things TH94241
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Paperdolls TH93555
A.B.Studio - Cream sheet 6 "Do what you want"
Ranger - Distress watercolor pencils set 1
Korttipaja - Sanasuikaleita #1
black buttons
double sided adhesive sheet, double sided tape, foam tape, craft glue
palette knife, paper cutter, scissors, brushes, circle ruler


Sewing Circle - PaperArtsy

Hello again! Another day, another set of ATCs! But as you can see, these differ quite heavily from the ones I shared yesterday! 

This set is made for PaperArtsy and is a part of a new blog topic called "With 3 things". In this format three members of the design team are sent almost the same ingredients to create a little project with. The joy is in seeing how different the projects turn out - even with three same core ingredients! You can explore the posts with this topic (link).

My three things were a stamp set "Buttons 4", "Tall Heart" die and Fresco Finish Frosting Glace. The latter was a new product for me, but the little note with the parcel provided info that all it took to lit my imagination. The combination of "small" and a product that would turn plastic resemble sand-blasted glass let to see though ATCs. If you want to see how I made these, please visit the PaperArtsy blog (link) or my Instagram (link) as I will post a Reel there.

These ATCs are up for swaps and grabs as well. But I need to say that the PaperArtsy post went live yesterday and I offered them there, too, so the risk is that they are all gone. But in case you want to inquire one, please send me an email. Address is on the side bar there. 

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

Materials: PaperArtsy, Ranger


Spring hopes and blooms - a set of ATCs

Moikka moi! It's a new week again and some new projects to be blogged! I'm starting this week with a set of ATCs.

These ladies make me think about flower power of the 70's. I also love the vibrant colors and the lush leaves. The focal points as well as the sticker leaves in the background are from a PET tape by My Indie Co. I bought a roll last year and have then gradually been using it. This is now the second set of ATCs with this imagery. 

For these cards I created the background using watercolors. I first added different green with 'wet on wet' and after those pools of color had dried, I then painted some leaf shapes on top. Not sure you can make out any of those in the finished cards, though! I used the watercolors also to create some blooms to be used as decorations. For those I took inspiration from this piece (link) I created after the lesson by Tiare Smith in One BADASS art journal. 

As usual, if you'd like to receive one of these or swap them, please let me know! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Wishing you a wonderful day!

Materials: Prima Marketing, Tim Holtz, My Indie Co, Posca


...out of these my heart's own song I'll make - a mixed media canvas

Hello hello, it's Friday again! Today I'm sharing a textured canvas piece with you with a process video. 

I've been telling you how each year, when the spring comes, I start to have an urge for yellow. That was the case this year, too, but this time it lasted a shorter while than usual only to be replaced by a craving for green! I feel like I've been using more green during this spring that before! So, when thinking about what color to use for this piece, it ended up being green. 

What the green then caused, was to provoke the story. I went for this brown green tone and it started to look like mossy forest floor. Then the heart and the combo of the flowers and color started suddenly make sense and I named the piece "Out of these my heart's own song I'll make". That's a line from Eino Leino's, a Finnish poet's very known poem called "Nocturne". I can recite the first part of the poem by heart in Finnish. The poem talks about Finnish nature and how the speaker connects to it. He's stating items like "darkness of the woods", "scent of linnea borealis", and "shadows of the waters" to make his heart's song. 

If you want to see, how I made my own heart's song, please see the process video below.

As you could see from the video, I first left the heart "open" and didn't include anything inside. But in the end it looked too bare and like something was missing. I tried different things in it, but everything looked strange. Until I tried a gear; it looked OK, but even better when I broke a piece out of it. I assume it's the way the arch echoes the shape of the heart and also how there's more tension now that the circle is broken that made it work. What do you think? 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a pleasant weekend! Oh, and I hope to see you tomorrow on the YouTube live! Ta ta for now! 


Ranger - Distress Collage medium Matte
Prima Marketing - Art Basics Modeling paste
PaperArtsy - Fresco Finish acrylic paint Sand, Butter, Chalk, Magic Moss, Little Black Dress
A.B.Studio - ID-285 stencil
Prima Marketing - Finnabair stencil Gothic
Prima Marketing - Art Basics Heavy Body Gel
PaperArtsy - Infusions colored stains Olive Tree, Just Walnut
Prima Marketing - Art Alchemy fluid acrylic paint Avocado Green
wooden base
Finnabair Mechanicals metal embellishments
moulded elements using Finnabair silicone moulds
old spoon
old crocheted doily
old buttons, washers and other nick knacks
linen thread
white pearls
craft glue
palette knife, brush, scissors, water mister


Moonlight butterfly - a card

Hi there! Are you getting tired of butterfly cards? Can you get tired of them, I wonder? But anyhow, here's the third one I made when crafting a card for our goddaughter. The color scheme is the same as in the lacy one (link) we gave to her, but the design is much more streamlined and abstract. 

I painted the background using three PaperArtsy Fresco Finish colors and added a white circle on top. I also added some white splashes to tie the circle better to the background. Somehow that shape and color reminds me of the moon! To echo the contrast the butterfly has, I added a black watercolor pencil line around the circle. The decorations include the butterfly, a self-made fabric label sticker and word stickers in Finnish. They read "Look up and reach for the stars". 

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

Materials: Stampers Anonymous, PaperArtsy, CC Hobby, Ranger


Embrace Imperfection - YouTube live announcement

Hello! It's a new week and new set of posts! While Easter caused some changes to the schedule, I'm now back to normal with posts on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, the last being a process video post. 

Today the post is about something happening later in the week as it's a YouTube live announcement post! This coming Saturday I'm re-creating this art journal spread - or at least something like it. As you can see from the main photo and the add below, I'm mainly using black and white. I also create tactile texture in a couple of ways as well as visual texture and pattern. 

As usual, I've listed the materials underneath the next photo. Links go to manufacturer sites. I hope you find the list handy, if you want to create along side or just check a stamp or a color.

Hope you can join me on Saturday! Thank you for stopping by today!

(links to manufacturer sites)

previously made papers - India ink bubbles and embossed, inked letters
self cut little rings and the left over
white cotton tape
India ink
tiny cardboard tube
brush tip markers
washi tape, wire
craft glue, double sided tape
scissors, paper cutter, stapler, brushes, palette knife, heat tool

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