Monday, October 13, 2014

Love the Kids Canvas

Hey, everyone! It's time for another tutorial using
Finnabair Products from Prima.

This starts with a 6x6 canvas.

I added a bit of red ink spray to my canvas, just so you could see it better, and them coated it with Transparent Soft Matte Gel.

I added a mixture of water and Claret acrylic paint in a mister, then sprayed it sparingly on the canvas.

Next I brushed on Nickel Azo Gold acrylic paint with a touch of water to make it a glaze.

Quickly spray the canvas with water and let the paints drip and run.

I cut 3 strips of Elements Resist Canvas and frayed the edges. Save the threads for later. Add the strips and a piece of trim with the Soft Gel.

I used the Soft Gel to add a piece of ruler ribbon to the right edge of the canvas. Using Sepia archival ink, stamp the flowers from Sunrise Sunset #4 set and Engraver set Words.

The Heavy White Gesso is perfect for adding circles with a small lid. Add some more images with black archival ink and the stamp set Stamps and Adverts.

I used watercolor and India Ink pens to add shadows.

Now it's time for the Opaque Matte Modeling Paste....very cool stuff! I added 4 areas of the Checker Stencil to the canvas. Let it dry.

At this point I decided to add some Perfect Pearls to the trim with a brush and water.

The canvas needed some contrast, so I stamped the Brick stamp with black archival ink in several areas.

I started laying out the other elements, and could see the trim did not show up well enough for me. So, I dabbed White Gesso on it. Better!

Using the 3D Matte Gel, add Vintage Centers, Washers, a Star Brad, Mini and Large Flowers, Typewriter Word-Love, and various other ephemera.

I painted the Mini Number 6 with White Gesso as well as a bit of the Star Brad...going for contrast. Glue the 6 to the Mechanical Center with 3D Gel.

More on contrast here....use Red archival ink to add color to the Sunrise Sunset Wooden Button and tie with a piece of waxed line.

The finishing touches are adding Gesso and Claret paint to the Mini Flower with the Engraver Brad, and a Gear to the center of the Washer,  a few more Mechanicals, and a Plated Label Junkyard Findings are sprinkled around to balance the piece.

Pearl Glass Glitter was added in 3 spots with Soft Gloss Gel for a bit of sparkle. The picture of the Kids is layered onto a piece of black mat board and glued in place. The Brick stamp was perfect for adding around the edge of the canvas with black ink, and I used Sepia ink and the Threading stamp as well. These little stamps are PERFECT for collage and small assemblage works. (I'm just sayin')

Now you can add the canvas threads with Soft Matte Gel. They wanted to curl for me when I pulled them off, and I thought that was a nice design to end with.

I wanted a bit more "red" for contrast, so I added a glaze of the Claret paint all around the canvas. That did it, I think we're done!

 Check out the links below at Mixed Media Place by Finnabair and also know Retro Cafe Art Gallery is now carrying some of these great products in the United States.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

DOTD Mini Gothic Shrine

 It's time for another little tutorial using 
Retro Cafe Art Gallery 
pieces and new products that they carry.

I started with a Mini DOTD Gothic Shrine Kit - Wide. It's base coated with Heavy White Gesso.

I added Fresco paints with a sponge square and then stamped with small clear stamps using black archival ink. These are the OUTSIDES of the shrine.

These Prima stamps are a PERFECT size for the Coffee Break Design pieces!!!

The INSIDES are glittered using the Soft Gloss Gel and a brush. Just stand the edges up in the excess glitter to get them covered. 

LOVE the new glitters from Finnabair. And her Gels are wonderful.

Here you can see the 3 colors of the glitter. It's so easy to sprinkle the glitter wherever you have added the Gel.

I used Washi tape  to go around the 3 small wooden blocks for the legs. 

The Amethyst Vintaj Patina paint is used to add centers to the metal studs. I later added  Agate on the petals for more contrast.

I sprayed the Sunrise Sunset paper with a mist of Ripe Persimmon reinker in water. 

When dry you can add the Soft Gel and the Zinc Glass Beads. This shows them before it's dry so you can see how easy it is to literally glob them on. The glue dries clear.

The Large Catrina Skeleton Bead has some blue and purple Sharpie marks to make her a little more colorful. Easy Peasy.

The German Dresden is trimmed a bit and glued on with 3D Gel along with the Bead and metal flower studs. Add the feet decorated with some large clear Rhinestones.

To break up the color, I used a small checkered stencil and White Modeling Paste to add a few random spots on the back and sides.

The adorable little Art Doll Faces are made with Air-Dry Clay and painted with an orange glaze. Soooo easy and fun to make.....just glue on with 3D Gel. That stuff is perfect for adding elements that are uneven. The pieces, like the skull beads, stay right where you want them.

The little Aqua Skull Beads and left-over CBD pieces are glued on as well as the Mini Steampunk Gears.

That's it for today. As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. I love to hear from you. Check out the links below from RCAG and make yourself a little Shrine!

Your Friend in ART,
Products Used:
Finnabair Art Ingredients - Glass Beads-Zinc  
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