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Hi again Friends!
Finnabair here, I wanted to share my new project with you. Some of you may already know - I love wooden horses. Maybe it is because they bring back the best memories from childhood when I wanted to have my own pony (no matter we lived in a small apartment in downtown) or maybe because they are so great, inspiring shapes to alter? Or both? Certainly there is some strange magic in them!
Below you can see a small wooden horse my friend bought for me on the folk market which was turned into steampunk-like, dark pegasus. I have to admit I'm very happy about the final effect - I just love the colors and aged look together with a bit industrial feeling of the wings and sides of the horse.
And now - great news! I've made a video for you where you can see this project made step-by -step. I hope you will enjoy and get inspired!
Supplies you will need to create similar project:
- Wooden horse or similar item
- Silks -Acrylic Glaze from Luminarte: Teal Zircon, African Jade, Stargazer, bolivian Blue, Solar Gold, Ginger Peach.
- A bunch of found objects you'd like to use to alter the horse (for example buttons, pebbles, clock parts, trinkets, etc)
- A selection of Prima Mechanicals - metal embellishents from my collection
- Black Gesso or good quality black acrylic paint
- Heavy Gel Medium - gloss or matt
Thanks for watching - I hope you like my idea!
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Wow!!! Finn, I really love this project and I am looking forward to seeing your next posts. Thanks to all our viewers for visiting our blog and to learn more about Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair) visit:
Flickr Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/finnabair/
I am so excited to give a big WELCOME to artist Anna Dabrowska who will be our guest artist over the holidays! Her artwork is AMAZING as well as her personality. I have had the pleasure to meet her and she is so kind, talented, artsy, and FUN; let's not forget creative! So without further ado...here is Finnabair!
Hi there friends!
I'm proud and happy to be here with you as guest blogger, among so many amazing artists! Thank you so much for the invitation!
To start - here is a bit of information about me:
My name is Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair (pronounced Finavar). I was born in Warsaw, Poland, now I live in Ireland.
I'm a woman of many interests: a mixed media artist, scrap booker and art journaler who love new challenges, experiments and developing new techniques and skills.
My story isn't really long. I enjoyed drawing and paper crafting as a child, but honestly speaking – I finished my “art” education in primary school. The story started in 2007 – some of my friends were „crafty” people and I tried several techniques like decoupage or altering. In the end of 2007 my friends passed me information about scrapbooking and in 2008 I made my first projects – mostly altered notebooks and some paper layouts. It wasn't exactly the thing I was willing to do, but I liked it. My next step was trying mixed-media and collage in 2009 – and that's how I fell in love! I simply couldn't resist trying new and new things. Now I'm really addicted...
My projects are mostly media-based: I create mixed-media collage, scrapbooking pages and journals but in all of them I’m focused on texture, paint, ink, spray or recycling elements. When I create big, multi-step projects like dimensional collage – I do it to show the image I have somewhere in my head, I challenge myself and I try to do new, inspiring things. When I do journaling – it is mostly to express feelings, play with new techniques, take a breath... scrapbooking is more to play with composition and colors... and all of them are mind-cleaning, helping to express feelings, save memories or simply – reduce the need of creating. In general believe in power of recycling and upcycling and just adore texture, paints of any kind and flea market supplies. Freedom, embracing creativity and being true to your inner voice is my main source of inspiration and creative energy.
Now I'm a full time designer and artist and as an experienced traveling teacher I offer a range of my own mixed media-based classes in collage, scrapbooking, art jouraling and more. I create as a freelance designer for scrapbooking magazines (from Russia, Sweden, USA, Great Britain, Germany and France) and international shops. I design projects, products and work with such international brands as Luminarte, Prima Marketing (product designer since 2013), Sizzix UK (design team member since 2012) and 7 Dots Studio ( product designer since 2011).
Here is more about me:
Flickr Gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/finnabair/
Thank you and see you soon!
Christine here, today I am showing you the Luminarte Silks by Splash of Color! The Luminarte Silks are an acrylic glaze! Therefore, they can be applied to a variety of surfaces! As well, since they are a glaze, if you paint over a print – like I did above – the print will show through! You can use them on thin papers and your paper won’t buckle! You can paint colours on top of each other and they will blend without turning muddy!! Plus, to top it all off, they still have that beautiful sparkle that the Luminarte H2Os have!!
The Luminarte Silks come in a variety of colours! You will love using these on all of your projects!!
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Thanks for watching!
I wanted to share another great video from artist Karen Ellis at The Art House up in Canada. She is just simply, an amazing person. I can only imagine how much fun she is as an instructor! If you are lucky enough to live in her area, you should check out her work shop. I have learned so much from her; on Friday nights because she offers an upstream class and teaches you all about working in different mediums. In this upstream class, Karen is playing with our "NEW" Silks Iridescence and created a beautiful canvas painting of Three Sailboats. Karen covers a lot of area in the art field from painting, jewelry making, sewing, stamping, and many more different techniques to use in them all. She is truly having fun as she is creating and one cannot help but to get inspired with motivation to create themselves. Thanks Karen for choosing to use are products! Enjoy.
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Hello again! I made this 6x8 canvas last week using Viva and LuminArte products. First I laid down a thick coat of Viva Ferro in the bottom corner and stuck my Prima flowers in to it so as it dried, the flowers were permanently attached. The next step was to apply a thick coat of Viva White Crackle Paint over the rest of the canvas using a palette knife, then I immediately applied the Zva Creative Rhinestone flourish on top of it so it would also permanently adhere. The waiting began... it took several hours for the Crackle Paint to dry, but when it did, it left a pretty cool pattern of cracks all over the canvas.
After everything was dried and set, I used the LuminArte Silks paints on the canvas and on the flowers as a color base. Stargazer Silks paint were used on the background and a few different colors were used on the flowers, mostly deep down in the cracks were the powders I used next wouldn't easily reach.
Then the fun really began! Using a little aerosol hairspray as an adhesive and an eye shadow makeup brush, I worked on small sections at a time and worked the LuminArte Primary Elements Pigment Powders all over, which is what really amped up the shimmer and sparkle. The beautiful thing about these pigment powders is that at first it looks nice, but the more your apply and layer the different colors, the more beautiful the project becomes! You really can't mess anything up on a project when using them because if you don't like it, just add more! This was my second canvas project using the pigments and I'm starting to get more of a feel for them. I'm really looking forward to seeing how my usage for these amazing powders continues as I use them more and more. I hope you like my project. Stay tuned for more as I learn more!
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My name is Melissa Papke and I currently work at Splash of Color! Next month on November 8th, I will turn 51 years of age and I am almost 13 years crazy-happily married to my dreamboat of a husband, Brian. We don't have human children but we do have two fur-babies, a girl and a boy, Toffee and Nugget. I owned a Scrapbook store called The Scrapbook Garden (www.thescrapbookgarden.com) for 4 years here in Huntington Beach, but closed it over two years ago because of the downturn in the economy. I currently still teach three classes a month for page layouts and cards at another local store here in Huntington Beach and I still host my two weekend retreats for 30-50 ladies up in the Big Bear Mountains. I have actually been Scrapbooking since way back in high school (the late 1970s) when I made the first one for my high school sweetheart and I... mostly a collection of ephemera from our dates and photos of our school dances, but it's all in a scrapbook, so it counts! Because I owned a store, I mostly did Scrapbooking and Card Making for the last several years, but lately I have found myself branching out in to many other kinds of crafting. I have enjoyed all kinds of crafting throughout my life: scrapbooking, painting, needlepoint, etc... and now, mixed media! This is me:
The first project I'm posting today is something I've had in my noggin for about the last five years, but I don't drink alcohol and it took my Mom that long to send me enough of her wine corks so I could actually make it! Here it is:
My sister lovingly named this piece for me: "A Horse is a Horse, of Cork, of Cork... meet Mister Ed!" Silly, I know, but it made me laugh and it kind of stuck! The background is on a 36"x24" canvas-wrapped board and was collaged using Matte Gel with two different handmade papers I found at Art Supply Warehouse. I then painted the entire background with some amazing colors from the LuminArte Silks Paints: Honey Amber, Nutmeg, Chestnut Brown, and a little Cinnamon Brown thrown in for good measure! Around the edges I used the Hematite Ferro Special Effects Paste for texture, let it dry, and then painted over it with Cinnamon Brown Silks Paint. There are 230 wine corks in this piece! That is a LOT of wine! I made Mister Ed's eye out of polymer clay and painted it black. The final touches on the mane and the foliage in the bottom right corner were purchased at Michael's in the floral section. I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out considering it was my first foray in to crafting with corks, but I truly believe that the Silks Paints made all the difference in the way this looks!
On a final note, if you get a quirky idea in your head, just make it! Don't worry about how it will turn out... just put your creativity to work and try something new! There's always a chance that something might not turn out like you imagined it, but there's also a chance that it might turn out amazing, but you'll never know if you don't take the chance. Most importantly, just have fun and enjoy your time being creative.