Friday, 24 November 2017

Painting Gives Freedom

Hello all!
Let me introduce another wonderful new Artist in my Creative Team - Kelly Mumford who's here to show you the beautiful possibilities of my paint systems and oh my, get ready for tons of painterly inspirations and some really beautiful ennergy!
Go back to our little interview with Kelly and enjoy today's artwork - we hope you'll feel tempted to grab your brushes right away! :)

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Hello!
My first Creative Team project was a fun little piece to create with the emphasis on Finnabair’s amazing acrylic paint colors.
I love using the Art Alchemy Metallique acrylic paints! They are so fluid, shiny, and blend well together. Try blending different colors together to see what new and vibrant colors you can make. It’s so fun and therapeutic to swirl paint on a canvas.

The Impasto paints are dense and rich in pigment. I used them straight out of tube, for heavy texture and also mixed some with water for the outlining and smaller details.
I used the "Don't Forget to Fly" stamp kit, the inspiration for the art came from the text on the stamps. It made me think of how colorful the world is when you are free and open to experiencing new things in your life.
Butterflies symbolize change, hope and new life for me. I love them. The stamps are darling and the type stamp with them is perfect.
I started by using Heavy White Gesso to prime my 12 inch round canvas.
I then chose 4 colors of acrylic paints that I thought would create a sunset type effect, blending paints in a swirling motion with Finnabair square brush.
After the canvas was dry, I used the butterfly stamps and quotes with permanent ink pad. I dried it all with a heat tool.
I then painted the butterflies in with a mix of Impasto paints to create a beautiful light blue.

I also outlined the butterflies and other details with black Impasto paint mixed with a bit of water.
I also painted a “rainbow” of colors with both types of paint under the butterflies to add a big pop of color and movement.
I applied white paint around edges of canvas to create highlights and once dried went over it lightly with the Magical Pond Sparks paint to create a stained glass effect.

Next step was to apply Soft Gel on the butterfly wings and in dots on canvas. I then sprinkled with blue Glitter.
Last step was to apply 3D Gloss Gel on butterfly wings to make them really stand out.

Artist tip 1.  I think whatever colors symbolize a powerful change for you, choose that palette and go for it! Close your eyes, think about “ flying free” what  COLORS do you see?
I chose a bunch of colors that are in a sunset for my background. I had the image of a new day ahead in my mind. I also would advise to not be afraid of using a lot of color. I used many colors in this piece to create a bright and cheerful painting.

Artist tip 2. Don’t be afraid that you will make a “mistake.” You can always let it dry and paint over it, or take a baby wipe or damp paper towel and wipe it off! Paint is very forgiving, and sometimes, an “accident” is where you find your best work! You will discover that playing with paint is how you’ll find your own magical style.



This was a fun and uplifting piece to create. I think anyone will have fun with these stamps and paints.

Happy painting!
xx
Kelly











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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Charming Treasure

Hi there Dear Readers!
Time for another exciting meeting with a new Finnabair Creative Team member - today it's talented Juliya! I'm sure many of you know her name and art already but if you don't, go to our little interview in which you'll learn more about this beautiful artist and find all the social media links to keep an eye on Juliya's art world.
And today - be prepared - I was really surprised when I first read Juliya's write up and wasn't sure if I got one of the materials right... :) See for yourselves how creative this girl is!

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Hello everyone!
Today I'm here with the first project for the Team. Worried? Very little. Now it's mostly butterflies (and moths!) tickling my stomach with their wings. ;)

I wanted to create something really special as my first piece and also share my mood with you.
I'll show you how to make a canvas with broken glass.

When I was little, me and my friend always felt very fortunate when we came across a cracked piece of glass. It was a real treasure for us. I remember that moments like that were such a delight and gave me butterflies in the stomach - and that's the feeling I wanted to convey in this project...
I must admit that I didn't use the actual found glass (but you could certainly try that too!) but I bought a special glass mosaic for decors and DIY. I made it one of the focus points of my canvas.
In the beginning I applied Jade Impasto Paint on the upper part of the canvas. And below I pasted a piece of tissue wrap with the help of Clear Gesso. I really like to use this product with tissue. It does not cover the pattern and perfectly glues the delicate paper to any surface.

Then I applied 3D Matte Gel and glued the glass mosaic on it - you'll see how exactly I did it and how easy it is in my video tutorial below. You will also see how beautifully the Jade color sees through the glass pieces.
In order to tighten, better identify the cracks and make sure the pieces are properly fixed, I applied Opaque Matte Modeling Paste. I needed a transparent surface, so I simply wiped the excess paste from the mosaic.

Then I collected all the elements I wanted in my composition. This is where my favorite part of  the work begins - adhering the embellishments to the background with the help of different kinds of pastes, paints and toppings!
The first step is  Black Sand Texture Paste around the composition. Then we play with an amazing product - Rust Effect Pastes - also around the composition and a little on the embellishments.

The third step is to color the decorations and glass with alcohol inks. The pieces of glass from my childhood were colored, this is probably what attracted us to them so much. ;)
Then I needed a touch of time. And this is perfectly handled by Heavy White Gesso! Just apply it with a dry brush and remove the excess with a piece of cardboard.

In the end I added Glass Glitter (Gold Rush) and Micro Beads (Bronze). These Art Ingredients seemed a bit too clear and too neat for this particular piece. Making them a little bit "dirty" with Gesso helped me merge them into one harmonious whole.
  
The last step was to add touches with the beautiful Art Alchemy Waxes.

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see all the products I used.
Enjoy and have fun!




I had enormous fun recreating my childhood feeling of sudden discovery and playing with textures and colors.

That's what we all love so much about mixed media, isn't it? :)

Have fun!
xx
Juliya









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