Saturday, 3 December 2016
Hello again, and happy December! I created this set of Christmasy ATCs inspired by the December Mood Board at Scrap Africa. I was particularly inspired by the textures, glitter, festive mood and shades of red. The rose in the top left corner made me think of using a stencil, so I started the background with stenciling some structure paste. I worked the background in one large piece, about A3 size. I actually started it with a scrapbook layout in mind, but couldn't think of an inspiring photo to combine with it, so I decided I was more in an ATC mood this time. When creating with a paper of the size A3, there's actually enough for both scrapbook layout and a row of ATC backgrounds. A3 short side is a quarter inch short of a regular 12x12 scrapbook paper, but I don't mind a difference this small in my projects. I think it's handy and economical to buy art paper for mixed media scrapbooking, even though the sizes have not been created with scrapbook albums in mind. Can you guess what other media I have used? There are quite many layers actually. Over the stenciled paste, I first painted some parts with tube watercolours and other spots with acrylics. You can perhaps see the fluorescent red that pops out a bit. That, for example, is an acrylic paint. I used two different lettering stamps that are among my very favourites at the moment: historical script-looking Liesbeth's Letters from Art Journey and an old one that looks like scribbly handwriting. For the main embellishment, I used wood veneer Christmas trees that I had first gessoed white and then heat embossed with a white gold shade. I also used paper scraps, washi tape and a velvety flourish fabric tape. I am also joining the following challenges: Christmas at the Artistic Stamper, and Merry & Bright at the Mixed Media Monthly. Thank you for popping in! Do check out what the rest of the DT did and join our challenge at Scrap Africa until the end of December!
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Hi there! Just in time to write the last post of November, I'm posting this art journal spread inspired by the monthly challenge at Viva Las VegaStamps! Here's what the mood board looks like, accompanied by inspiration words: gold, warm, yellow, tans, browns, vintage, black and white, background stamps, doodles, harlequin, diamond, distressed, polka dots, swirls, circles, hearts, stripes and more!. I used many of the mentioned elements indeed! All stamps are from Viva Las VegaStamps. I'm also joining the following challenges: Altered Eclectics, and We Love 2 Create. Both of these challenges run with the same theme every month, Anything Goes as long as it's Mixed Media. Thank you for your visit and comments!
Monday, 14 November 2016
Hello! Here in Finland the winter has come early and the earth is already covered in snow. It came so early indeed that I'm still finishing my last pieces with fall colours! Today I'm posting a tag similar to the one I made last week as the DT for this month's Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge. A couple of process photos, the first depicting how I used Glossy Accents in some of the hexagons and the second trying all the elements in place. I am entering my tag in the following challenges: Bumaga-Maraka: It's All in the Details. I chose Bright/Shiny Accents, Circles and Hexagons. And Crafty Life: Anything Goes. Thank you for your visit, and especially all the comments, as always!
Hello! I'm writing in Finnish this time, since it's about my upcoming workshops in my home town Espoo, Finland. Heippa! Tässä vielä viime hetken nosto joulunajan askartelukursseistani Espoossa. Kurssipaikkana on Espoon työväenopiston/Omnian uusi tila Tapiolan keskustassa, osoitteessa Itätuulentie 1. Molemmat kurssit sopivat sekä vanhoille tekijöille että askartelua vasta aloittaville. Työväenopiston kursseille voi tulla myös muilta paikkakunnilta, ei tarvitse olla espoolainen! Ilmoittautuminen tapahtuu netissä www.ilmonet.fi tai puhelimitse 0206 924 44. (Huom! Puhelinpalvelu vain ma klo 12−16 ja ti−to klo 12−15.) Mixed media -jouluaskartelu käynnistyy jo huomenna tiistaina 15.11. infokerran merkeissä. Infokerralla tutustumme hieman tarvikkeisiin ja toisiimme, pohdimme mahdollisia projekteja ja neuvon lisähankinnoissa varsinaista kurssiviikonloppua varten. Kurssin hinta on 40 €, josta materiaalimaksun osuus on 8 €. Ilmoitathan, jollet pääse ensimmäiselle kerralle! (4 paikkaa vapaana) Kurssipäivät ovat: tiistai 15.11. klo 17.30−20, Tapiola, Itätuulentie 1 (käsityöluokka) lauantai 26.11. klo 10−16, Tapiola, Itätuulentie 1 (ateljeeluokka) sunnuntai 27.11. klo 10−16, Tapiola, Itätuulentie 1 (ateljeeluokka) Mixed media -tyylinen askartelu on monenlaisten tekniikoiden yhdistelyä ja kokeilemisen iloa. Viikonloppukurssin aikana opimme useita helppoja tekniikoita, joilla saa aikaan persoonalliset joulukortit, lahjapaperit tai pienet lahjat. Tutustumme muun muassa gesson, akryylimaalien ja leimasinmusteiden käyttöön. Sabluunoilla, leimaamalla ja painamalla syntyy upeaa jälkeä niin valkoiselle paperille kuin vaikka vanhoille kirjansivuille. Viikonlopun aikana ehdit tehdä runsaasti kortteja pikatekniikoilla tai vaihtoehtoisesti jouluisen minialbumin muistoille tai ruokaohjeille, tai tuunata valmiin esineen. Voit tulla myös vain kokeilemaan tekniikoita, oppimaan ja ihastumaan! Kurssilla ei tarvitse osata maalata eikä tarvitse olla askarrellut aiemmin. Myös viime vuosien suosikkikurssilla Joulukortit mehiläisvahatekniikalla (kuva yllä) on vapautumut yksi paikka (kannattaa ilmoittautua myös jonoon!) Kurssin hinta on 29 €, josta materiaalimaksun osuus on 8 €. sunnuntai 20.11. klo 10−16, Tapiola, Itätuulentie 1 (ateljeeluokka) Tervetuloa kursseille!
Monday, 7 November 2016
Hi! November is here, and it's Scrap Africa sketch time! (Sorry for posting late!) I was happy to work with this one since I love hexagons. I've been admiring the cool mixed media tags that people do and wanted to give it a try. I started by colouring two manila coloured tags with Distress Inks. I often choose to work on more than one piece, especially if it's something fairly small or something I haven't tried before. If one does not work out, there'll still be the other, and maybe it works better in one colour than the other. I recently got some Prima Resist Canvas Shapes and this is the first time using them! I dyed them with mists and let them drying. Next, I cut hexagons in different sizes, and gave some of them a glossy finish with the Glossy Accents glue. The canvas shapes and hexies would take pretty long to dry and it suited me fine to leave them overnight. I then went on making layers for the tag backgrounds. I stamped with two different text stamps and heat embossed them using Lindy's Stamp Gang Midnight Teal powder. I also used thin gold-foil striped washi tape and acrylic inks. Next, I arranged the hexies and swirls in place, adding some white and dark blue sewing thread. And on top of it, I had these really pretty cardboard and vellum poppy flowers. I still wanted to add a bit of something so I glued some micro pearls on the flower and some Perfect Pearls and Stickles onto the flower and on the side. Thank you so much for taking a look! I hope to see you again here and of course joining the challenge at Scrap Africa!