Friday, 16 February 2018

Door Tags Using Rust Pastes

Hi there Dear Readers!
I'm so happy to present Bipasha's latest art pieces and I just can't wait for you to see this... coffee scented texture magic!
Bipasha's also sharing a short video tutorial so you can follow her steps and feel inspired to make some art with us!

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Hello wonderful creatives,
Today, I decided to share with you two door tags "LOVE" and "BLISS", comparing the effects of two of the Finnabair's new Rust Pastes: Camouflage and Metal.
These tags are plywood based, so to make the surface suitable for mediums and colours, I prepped them with Black and White Gesso.
Black base tag:

Initially I adhered some stained tea bags with 3D Matte Gel onto the tag base. This Gel acts as an excellent adhesive.
Once stuck, I added some coffee stains and Art Stones for detailing. Adding coffee powder to Art Stones and 3D Matte Gel lets you achieve wonderful 'aged' textures.

Then, I stuck some metal embellishments with Heavy Body Gel. Because of its extremely thick, extra heavy body this gel medium is the perfect choice for sticking metal pieces to any mixed media project.
I used the Camouflage Rust set for the black base tag. It is so easy to create a unique steampunk, grunge or masculine project with the Rust Pastes from the Art Extravagance collection by Finnabair for Prima.

These pastes are opaque and thick with a matte, rust-like finish and they're fantastic for giving your projects a rusty texture and adding dimension.
White base tag:

For the white door tag, I used a 'Doily' stencil and created some beautiful textures with Art Extravagance White Crackle Paste mixed with some coffee powder!

I added some coffee stains with diluted coffee to reveal the cracks of the design and toned it down to match the rust colour theme.
The Metal Rust Pastes set is comparatively darker than the Camouflage one, so I used a white base to show its beautiful effect.
The best part about the newly released rust pastes is that they belong to the same colour family and if you are a Finnabair Rust Paste addict like me, there are umpteen possibilities to mix and match them.

Then, some Art Stones and embellisment were stuck to finish the composition and finally, the tag was finished with more Metal Rust Paste.
In the last step, I added some diluted White Gesso splatters on both the door tags followed by some highlights with Metallique Paints.
I have also adhered some random paper strips to add some dimension and interest.
Please, enjoy my video tutorial and see how I created these two mixed media tags step by step.


I had a blast using the new Rust Pastes and Metallique acrylic paints and I think only sky is the limit to the countless possibilities of combining these goodness or using them as a stand-alone ingredient to cook your art creations!

I hope I gave you some ideas and your creative fluids would be flowing now! :)

Sending warm hugs,

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Finders Keepers - altered clock frame

Hi again!
Today is St. Valentine's Day and although I'm not that much into celebrating it - I found a project to show you which will fit perfectly into the "love is in the air" mood! It is an inspiring mix of "grungy" and "sweet" and love the photo of us I put in this frame too - great fit, don't you think?
When creating this project I wanted to get the result quite opposite to my "Heart of the Clock" class - instead of black and metallic look, full of drama and shining elements I picked delicate and feminine colour palette and "broke it"a bit with rustical, vintage touches. I could not wait to see the results of my new Rust Paste sets in action - so I added a few new clours to create the impression the clock got covered in rust and moss - and oh, how much I love this raw, organic look!
My new Paper Paste, which I used to cover the whole frame in a quite random mood is a great, partly absorbent surface to work on. Beautiful, matte texture it gives is just perfect to spray or paint with acrylic paints - and the results are outstanding!
(You can see more in this Facebook Live Video, if you'd like to learn more!)
There are literally tons of layers packed inside - you can see lace, chipboards, Prima flowers, my Mechanicals and much, much more, all that spiced up with a bit of colour and microbeads for extra shine. Because you always need more sparkle in your life, right?
The outside of the frame is pretty busy too - clusters of flowers, pebbles and metal elements were all glued together with Art Basics Heavy Body Gel and painted with Snow White Art Alchemy Impasto Paint, which is so opaque and matte it can be used instead of white gesso. Later I was just playing with spraying, highlighting (Metallique White Pearl paint is a must-have on my table!) and rusting... Fun!
I've made this project for Art Venture Class in South Africa - so it is going to stay in our home for sure - and as it is so close to my heart, I'm very happy about it. It's been a while since I was using a photo of us both, especially taken so recently on my project... it is going to be a special keepsake for me!

I hope you like it - here are some art mediums and embellishments which I used - all linked to Mixed Media Place Store:

Wishing you a wonderful day, filled with love and happiness!
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