June 25, 2017

Memory - junk album

Hello dear friends!
I' m hosting the Finnabair blog with my new project, a Junk Album, 
with a video on how I made it.

Last week my good friend Helen visited me to hang around and play with the new products Finnabair released a few weeks ago.
We ended up making a junk journal each and painting the cover with the new Impasto Paints.
I really love their heavy creamy consistency and the rich colors that make them the perfect choice for any kind of project!
And...psssst.... they are matte!!! The main reason for me to put them in the first place of my Favorite  Paints list. :)


The base of my cover was a simple paper bag so I had to seal it and protect it from the paints.

I used the Clear Gesso because I wanted to keep the natural colors of the envelope.

Then I used a roller to paint with the Impasto Paints. I painted here and there with Dark Chocolate, Jade, Bottle Green, Crimpson and Lemon Peel - you will find all the links below.

Then I used the Snow White paint to blend the colors with the white background.

Next step was to create texture to the background.
I used the 3D Gloss Gel with the Bubbles stencil. I used a heat gun to dry it all and as I wanted even more texture, I didn't stop heating it until I saw some real bubbles which were created by the high temperature. :)

To embellish the cover I used a photo from the Ephemera Vintage Collectibles collection which I cut out with my scissors and glued it down with the Soft Matte Gel.
Then I used the new Mega Art Stones. I glued with the 3D Gloss Gel only a few of them because they are really mega! I abolutely adore them!
I also used some thread and a chipboard word 'Memory' which I painted white with the Snow White Impasto Paint.
As some final touches, I used a graphite pencil to doodle around and the Pitch Black Impasto Paint to make some splashes like I usually do. :)

You will see in my video below how me and my craft buddy played with the Impasto paints and had lots of fun.




I hope you felt inspired to make your own junk album with your friends!

It is always so nice and fun to spend time with good friends and create together, don't you think?

Until next time -

have fun and create in good company!

xxx
Athanasia


May 22, 2017

Break Out in Song - art journal page

Hello dear friends!
I'm back with a new art journal page I created for Finnabair CT.

My last art journal page is already placed in my Denim Journal and makes me really happy when I open it and the first thing I see are these beautiful colors.I always love to incorporate a variety of colors on my pages. It just cheers me up and makes my day every time. :)
The Art Alchemy acrylic paints come in such yummy shades and I can't resist to use almost all of them in my projects.
So, after I used the Heavy White Gesso to prime the page, I started by painting with my favorite colors using a paint roller.
When they were dry I used the 'Bubbles' stencil to create some round shapes here and there with the Rich Turquoise paint.


Then I grabed a black permanent pen and wrote the lyrics of my favorite song 'Other People' by LP.

I used Clear Gesso to seal the text, just to be sure that it won't come off in the next steps.


After that, I painted with some White Gesso here and there to blend the colors and the text with the white background.

I also used the black pen to add some doodling here and there...

Then I dealed with the bubbles. I wanted some spark in there and the Sparks Acrylic Paints were perfect for this effect.

I used three of my favorite shades: Raven BlackIris Potion and Mermaid Sparkle.
I also used the Mystic Turquoise and Amethyst Magic Antique Brilliance Waxes to achieve an even more shiny result. I realy love how they turned out.


I used a small tag to write down a quote I found on Pinterest and decorated it with these cute Mechanicals Wings, a button I had in my stash and thread in different colors.

Last thing to do was to make some splashes with the Black Gesso to add a bit of contrast.

You can see in my video below how I played with all these delicious colors and how I build this page.

***visit this post for full list of supplies.

Thank you for visiting and I hope my music inspired project will give you some creative ideas :)!

I wish you all a happy crafty day!

xxx
Athanasia

April 25, 2017

Hearts (Hurts) To Remember

Hello dear friends!
Today it is my turn to host the Finnabair blog :)


I love making pages in my black journal and today I want to share my newest one.
I think this is my first page themed with hearts in this journal. I usually enjoy making and painting butterflies and dragonflies...
I'm not really a 'hearts' or 'flowers' person and that's why I think I didn't like this page at first.
But I really wanted to try to save the page, so my good friend Heavy Black Gesso helped me to fix everything and turned this page to be one of my favorites.

I started by covering the page with Black Gesso as I always do in my black journal.
I used a plastic sheet to cut some hearts and glued them on the page as masks. Then I started working on my page.

I picked the Cobblestone stencil and one of the Stone Effect Pastes to create texture on the background. I love that it dries very quickly and you can work on it immediately after that.
You can still see the amazing texture these pastes give to the project, even that now they are covered with Black Gesso!
My idea was to paint inside the pattern of the stencil with different colors of the Sparks acrylic paints. I took my favorite shades and used a heatgun to dry them.
When the page was dry, I removed the mask hearts and... then was the point I started to not like the page so much... I tried to work a little bit more with white pens but nothing happened. I still didn't like it.
So, without a second thought I grabbed the Black Gesso and painted everything black.
I had nothing on my page but the texture of the Stone Effect Pastes and that was good enough to start creating a new page.

I also had aside the hearts I had removed off the page before. Thank God I didn't put them in the trash. ;)
They had on them all the beautiful colors of the Sparks I used before, so I glued them down and voila! The half of the work was done!

To decorate the page a little more, I added Art Stones and Mini Art Stones with the 3D Gloss Gel, some thread and made splashes with the Sparks here and there. 
I also used two chipboard words I had in my stash to title the project.

You can see in my video below how I built two pages into one. :)




I really love how this page turned out even if I had to make it twice.

I think the most important thing is to trust yourself and not to give up even when you think that you have reached a very dissapointing point.
There is always a way to fix things in life, especially a page in your journal - this is the easy part, right? :)
 
I wish you all a happy crafty day!

xxx
Athanasia