Monday, August 15, 2016

A Denim Journal Cover for Finnabair CT

Hi again everyone, it's my turn again on the 

Today I'm decorating the new Denim Journal that is really different
from any journal I've ever used before.

I started by picking 3 flowers from the new Purity 2 collection, 
and giving them a coat of the Clear Sculpture Medium.

When dry, I added another coat of the Heavy Black Gesso.

I decorated 3 leaves from the set.

I added a piece of embossed paper, a strip of Resist Canvas, some 
cotton trim and a piece of torn paper as a base with 3D Matte Gel.

Then I painted parts of the background with Heavy White Gesso.

Now I started to gather some elements to put with the flowers and leaves.
Some will stay, and some will be let go.

Now I try to lay out unpainted flowers to see how I want to design the
cover. There are plenty in the package to play with.

The flowers are now painted with all different combinations of the 
Metalliques Paints. Contrast is the key here. The chipboard ARTIST
cutout is painted with Dark Velvet and Brass Hardware. 

The Mechanicals that made the cut are a Grungy Butterfly, a Mini Knob, a Steampunk Blade, a Vintage Center, and a Washer #1 that has the
 word Create on it. 

Now I add some paints to the edges and the trims. I used Black Gesso around
the edge first to kind of seal the denim, then I add more Metalliques.

I used a bit of Yellow/Blue Opal Magic in places to create that amazing
metallic blue over Royal Red and Ancient Coin. 

The daisy trim is painted with Black Gesso and the Yellow/Blue
Opal Magic. 

It still needed something, so I lathered on some White Crackle Paste and let it dry. 

This is a detail shot of it after it's all glued together, highlighted with lots of 
lightly brushed on paints, a couple of sprays of to add color to the
Crackle Paste, and splashed of India Ink.

Shadows also make the colors pop!

I hope you've enjoyed the journey here. Remember to let your
imagination run wild and try not to think too much
...let your Heart inspire your ART.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Throwing Down Some Color on a Journal Page

So, what would you call this....abstract splash art???

I decided to play with bright Golden High Flow Acrylics that I 
bought last year on a trip to Blick's. And I also picked up some
Bombay Inks at the same time.

This is on a sheet of watercolor paper from the Finnabair
Denim Journal. It's so easy to take out and put back in
when you're done creating.

These are the main inks that I used with the wet-on-wet 
technique.  I added color with the dropper and sprayed with
water to make it flow even more.

paint from Finnabair to fill in spots. 

Splashes of white ink break up the color and scratches
 in the paint before it dried creates fun images.

The Messy and Fishnet clear stamps are stamped with 
Archival Inks. The Pipe frame and 
Brass ART Plate Label give the page a title.

Black Gesso and Metallique paints go on the Pipe frame, 
and the ART Mechanical is just buffed and polished with a 
detail block. 

The contrast of the frame really shows you how bright these 
inks and paints really are on white paper. The black permanent
pen creates even more contrast and makes the colors POP!

Hope you enjoy and just get out your supplies and start
"throwing down some color."


Monday, August 1, 2016

Rust Paste Heart Collage for Prima

Three of Finnabair's Creative Team 
members are over on the
today with 
Rust Paste.

This is my project.

This starts with an 8x8 inch canvas board, pieces of paper, trim, torn
strips of canvas resist, German Dresden, and a paper mould from Iron Orchid Designs.

They're glued to the canvas with 3D Matte Gel.


I added Modeling Paste with the Lattice Stencil, and then added 
Mini Art Stones (although the jar says just Art Stones) to the paste.

I painted areas of the piece with Heavy Black Gesso and 
then began to add the 3 Rust Pastes with a brush.

This shows a layer of Opal Magic Paints and some Metalliques
are painted onto the black areas, and White Crackle Paste 
fills in parts around the edges and down the middle.

The Relics and Artifact Heart is painted and coated with 
Clear Crackle Paste. The fine cracks show up really well
when Gold paint is lightly brushed on top.

Walnut stain is used to add age to the entire piece.

Mechanicals, some painted, and some left alone with 
their wonderful rusty finish are added around the piece.

This is a close-up shot of the Rust Paste on an 
Iron Orchid Design paper mould piece.

Kinda cool, eh?

And of course lots of Crackle, Mini Art Stones, and 
Mechanicals find their way into this collage.

Go take a peek and get inspired!


Prima Products Used:
Newspaper Black Resist Canvas, Lase Resist Canvas, Honeycomb Resist Canvas
Modeling Paste
Lattice 6x6 Stencil
Heavy Black Gesso
3D Matte Gel
Mini Art Stones
IOD Baroque Mould 3
Crackle Paste-Platinum and Clear
Art Alchemy Paint-Metalliques: Royal Red, and Steampunk Copper
                               Opal Magics: Green/Gold, Aqua/Rose, and Rose/Gold
Mechanicals: Barn Stars, Steampunk Gears, Mini Hardware, Mini Knobs, Steampunk Blades, Rusty Gears, Tin Hearts, and Rustic Washers.