August 28, 2016

Prima BAP layout

Hey friends!
I created a Layout based on Prima's BAP August challenge.


I hadn't really created for a long time something just for myself, as I'm always too busy with the design teams...I enjoyed it :)

My page is based on Prima's BAP sketch made by Riikka Kovasin...

...as you can see I turned the sketch vertically :)

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Prima products used in this page:
Ledger pack 12x12
Forever Green - Botanical Garden 6x6 
Flower 'Coffee Break' collection
Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint - Metallique - Light Patina
Art Basics - 3D Gloss Gel
Art Basics - Heavy Gesso - Black
Art Basics - Heavy Gesso - White
Art Basics - Mixed Media Silicone Brush 1"
Art Extravagance - Rust Effect Paste
Art Ingredients - Art Stones
Art Ingredients - Mini Art Stones
Art Ingredients - Mica Powder - Copper
Art Ingredients - Mica Powder - Rust
Mechanicals - Rustic Washers
Mechanicals Mini Brads
Vintage Vanity - Clear Stamp - Seamstress
Vintage Vanity - 3x4'' Clear Stamp - Adverts
Vintage Vanity - 3x4'' Clear Stamp - Book
Elementals - 6,5x10,25 Stencil "Harlequin"

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Other supplies 
2Crafty Chipboard
stapler
wire
craft grass
charcoal pencil
black pen for journaling








Thank you for stopping by
Have a lovely crafty day!

xxx
Athanasia

August 26, 2016

Color your world - mixed media canvases

Hello dear friends!
Today I'm sharing a BIG project, the biggest I ever created lol
The whole project measures 1 meter (5 canvases 20x60cm each), it took me many many days to finish it and now I'm very proud it's hanging on my wall :)


I used lots of amazing Finnabair products to create it
- scroll down on Finnabair's blog post here to find the supplies list with links.

I was keeping for a long time two amazing resist canvases, designed by Finnabair, to make something special. 
The time came when I found incidentally on Pinterest some ideas with world map art like wallpapers, digital collages and art pieces. I was very excited, so I decided to make my own piece of art in my own way. 

Here is how I started

1. First I secured the 5 canvases together with masking tape. This made my work much easier in the next steps.

2. Then I cut very carefully with scissors the land pieces of a map that was the same size as my canvases and this way I created a large stencil. I didn't throw away the cut pieces...

3. I used them as masks to create the land for my project. I placed all the pieces one by one on the resist canvases and I draw the outline with a pencil. Then I cut them with scissors and put them aside.

4. When I was done with cutting the land, I placed my handmade stencil on the canvases and put each one of the cut resist canvas pieces in the right place. This was a little tricky as there were too many small pieces especially for the islands, but it helped me to learn some geography lol :)

5. Before I glued down the lands,  I used the Silicon Brush to give  the whole surface a thick layer of Heavy White Gesso  and let it dry. To glue the resist canvas pieces I used the Clear Sculpture Medium - it was really the perfect glue for this work! I let it dry outside for a couple of hours.

6. After it was dry I started working with the sea sections. I used the Clear Sculpture Medium again with napkins. I glued them randomly and wrinkled to create texture. This gave also depth and interest in the finished project. I left it overnight to dry...
((Unfortunately, from this point onward I haven't any more photos of the process to share as I was so captivated with the painting part that I didn't think to take some)


7. The painting part was so fun, it was really worth waiting for... 
I made custom paints with the Soft Matte Gell and Mica Powders and started painting all over the canvaces, here and there, without much thinking. I used mostly the Rust Mica Powder (I love this color), as well as Gold and blue shades of  Frozen Lake and Deep Waters. I also used some similar shades of Primary Elements.


When the first layer of paints was dry, I used a couple of warm colors of Art Alchemy Paints, Pure Sunshine and the Fresh Orange, as well some white acrylic paint to lighten the project.

 I love how all these colors blend together, highlight the texture of paper napkins and contrast the beautiful lands of the resist canvas pieces!







I hope you got inspired from my project.
Thank you for visiting,
have a lovely crafty day!

xxx
Athanasia

August 22, 2016

Textured background with Radiant Gel and Vivids

Hello :)

Just a quick post today, a couple of ATCs with a video tutorial
I created with amazing ColourArte products.

In this video I will show how to create an amazing textured background 
with a  Radiant Gel - 3D paint in no time!

I hope you will enjoy it with the process and get inspired! 
Don't forget to leave me a comment, as well give me thumbs up on my You Tube channel  :)



ColourArte products I used for this project

H2O: Siam White
Vivid Ultra MetallicGinger Peach, 
Vivid Ultra Metallic- African Jade
Primary Elements -
 "Mermaid" France Papillon Series: 
Nutmeg, Ocean Wave, Guatamalan Green & Copper Pearl.
Radiant Gel - Copper Pearl
The Solution




















Thank you for visiting,
have a lovely crafty day!
xxx 
Athanasia