16/08/2017

Travel theme - Prima Marketing


Hello there! Today I have a colorful page to share with you. I made this for a Color Bloom theme for Prima Marketing and wanted to use a couple of colors. After I found this photo, I chose to go with rainbow colors.

When going though my photos to scrap, I noticed this photo of my older daughter's 8 year birthday party. Like the title of the page suggested, she wanted a travel theme. Naturally we were happy to use that as a theme and then chose the things to the coffee table accordingly. We had Sachertorte, chocolate chip cookies, Savoiardi cookies, leipäjuusto (Finnish squeaky cheese), croissants with Brie and sushi to name a few.


I chose to go with rainbow colors to represent the different flag colors we had in the table and also the diversity of countries. Plus it was a sweet, happy looking color scheme to use! 

If you want to see how the layout was made, please see the step by step tutorial below! 


Step 1. Apply a coat of Clear Gesso to your background paper. This helps in the second step plus prevents the paper to warp only partially. Let air dry or use a heat tool to dry before moving to next step.


Step 2. Choose a red, a yellow and a blue mist and spray each one to the background, to the right hand side. Leave a space between the colors. Because of the gesso layer, the mist won't absorb into the paper right away but pools on the surface. Use a watercolor brush and water to draw the paint from the pool towards the left. After you have done the primary colors, make secondary colors orange and green by mixing the primaries. Spray a little red and yellow to the space between yellow and red, mix into a orange and again paint towards the left.


Step 3. Dry the previous layer or let air dry for a while before adding a new sprayed layer. Choose a stencil with a simple design and spray colors through it. I used blue and yellow more than the red as it was so over-powering to the other two. I also flipped the stencil and pressed all the mist that was left into the stencil to my background. If you do this, be careful with the alignment! 


Step 4. Again, dry the mists before moving forward. Add some stamping and pencil doodles to the page and then build layers behind the photo. I used quite neutral colors when the papers were concerned as the background has so much color.


Step 5. Start to embellish the page. The My Prima Planner stickers were easy embellishments as they had all the right colors and they fit to my theme a well. Use the embellishments to complete your design and composition. 


Step 6. Finish the page with a title and journaling. I also added a piece of twine to my page to form a horizonal line and thus highlight the title.


Thank you for stopping by! Remember, travelling really broadens the mind! You don't always need to go abroad to travel, just go to a museum, exhibition, study online or try a new restaurant! Have a great day!


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons


15/08/2017

Two enchanted ones - Prima Marketing


Sweet Tuesday everyone! Here's a page I created for a stencil theme to Prima Marketing. The layout is about my two girls and my father. I wanted to create a layout with a vintage vibe and chose colors and papers that would go to the theme - old wall paper patterns and dusty colors.

The page is about a birthday present we bought for my father and how it captivated not only him but my daughters, too. It was a little model airplane, something he used to build before I was born and when I was young. My girls watched carefully while he put this new little model together. Thus the title of the page.


As I mentioned, this page is done for a stencil theme. I used four different stencils while making the page, can you spot them all? I know some of them are more easily to see than the others. Probably you noticed the golden details right away and maybe the doily, too? The golden ones are done using Art Alchemy acrylic paint and the doily using Modeling Paste. 

But there's two more - patterns done using Prima ink and another using Color Bloom spray. The former is on the edge of the paper strip and the background paper, done in pale lilac color, on the left side of the strip. And the sprayed versions are on top of the strip. A delicate floral pattern in tea color. You can probably see these two best from the detail shot below. 


Do you use stencils in your crafting? I think they are a really handy tools, with which you can easily create patterns to the background! 

Thank you for your visit today! Have a splendid day! 


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger

14/08/2017

Enjoy your day - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs


Moikka and great start to the new week! Yesterday I shared my first piece as a guest to Elizabeth Craft Designs this month and today I share the second one. It's a card using the same techniques as I used in the layout. This card can be given along with a candle or two or just sent to make someones day!

If you checked out the step by step yesterday, you noticed that I took those while working on the layout. Like always, you can use the same steps to make a card or other kind of project, not just a layout. There's the alcohol ink background, the stenciling, the stamping, the golden dots there. And there's also the golden leaf as the focal point. If you want to see the step by step, please visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs's blog here (link).

Thank you for your visit today! ...pssst... Don't tell anyone, but even though I love the golden leaves, my favorite thing in these projects are the cork circles! They are so fun! Until next time, maybe I'll play with the cork more!


Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Pair of Leaves 2 die set
Circle Background die
Honeycomb die
Alphabet 2 Lower Case die
Stage it Stencil - Paisley
Just a Note Clear Stamp Set
Through the Lens - Wood
Thinking About Grand Canyon paper set
Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 1 - Vintage
Soft Finish Cardstock, Dove Grey
Clear Double Sided Adhesive - 3 mm
Clear Double Sided Adhesive - 5x12"

Other:

Prima Marketing: Clear Gesso
Ranger: Alcohol inks Terracotta, Watermelon, Sunshine Yellow
Ranger: Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade
Ranger: Archival Ink Jet Black
Wow Embossing Powder: Metallic Rich Gold Ultra High and Regular
Wow Embossing Powder: Embossing Ink
A Flair for Buttons: Vintage Butterfly flair set
book pages
corrugated cardboard
kraft cardstock
twine and thread
cork sheet
gold glitter gel pen
pencil


Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Wow Embossing Powder, Ranger

13/08/2017

Leaves of Gold - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs


Hello everyone! Sweet Sunday to you all! Today I'm sharing first  of two projects for Elizabeth Craft Designs as their guest. August is still a summer month, but as the schools are starting and the evenings are getting darker, it marks the start of autumn. Not that I have a problem with that, I rather like the beginning of the autumn with the long, warm evenings and the golden light that colors the pine trees to blood red. And the leaves, the colorful leaves that start to turn into red, orange, yellow and gold and then rustle under your step. A wonderful time!


This time I did a layout to celebrate the autumn and also a card using the same techniques. You can see the card already in the original post (link) in Elizabeth Craft Designs's blog or then wait until tomorrow as I'll blog it then.  What the original post also has, is a step by step tutorial on how I made the layout.

Thank you for your visit today! Have a splendid start to the new week, and be safe! 


Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Pair of Leaves 2 die set
Circle Background die
Honeycomb die
Alphabet 2 Lower Case die
Stage it Stencil - Paisley
Just a Note Clear Stamp Set
Through the Lens - Wood
Thinking About Grand Canyon paper set
Soft Finish Cardstock Sampler Set 1 - Vintage
Soft Finish Cardstock, Dove Grey
Clear Double Sided Adhesive - 3 mm
Clear Double Sided Adhesive - 5x12"

Other:

Prima Marketing: Clear Gesso
Ranger: Alcohol inks Terracotta, Watermelon, Sunshine Yellow
Ranger: Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade
Ranger: Archival Ink Jet Black
Wow Embossing Powder: Metallic Rich Gold Ultra High and Regular
Wow Embossing Powder: Embossing Ink
A Flair for Buttons: Vintage Butterfly flair set
book pages
corrugated cardboard
kraft cardstock
twine and thread
cork sheet
gold glitter gel pen
pencil


Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Wow Embossing Powder, A Flair for Buttons, Ranger


12/08/2017

ART is good for you - Prima Marketing


These tags shine and shimmer! The black backgrounds are coated with several colors of the new Art Alchemy paints (link). Using different colors in the background and in the embellishments bring different feelings - like the mix of purples and gold for an autumn look. The white splashes are done with Impasto paint.

The triplet was made for the Mixed Media show to showcase the newbies in the Finnabair line. You can see them on display here (link) in the Prima booth. I also created a couple more tags, a spoon and a canvas which I have already blogged (link) for the show.

Have a great Saturday! Remember, art is good for you! 


Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger






11/08/2017

White butterflies canvas


It's Fri-yay! I'm working on the weekend but hoping to have a moment or two for some creative stuff as well. What about you? 

The project I'm blogging today is the very first sample I made for the "White Butterflies Fluttered Ceaselessly By" class. The workshop is about the fabric hardener, Sculpture Medium, in Finnabair's line. You can see all the workshops I have in my repertoire right now here (link)


The whole project is coated with shimmery, opal-like shine and is quite romantic and delicate. The fabric hardener is a wonderful medium and you can use it different ways. If you'd like to make something similar and take the workshop, next time I'm keeping it in Ikaalinen, Finland, this autumn (link). Please see the other workshops with confirmed dates on my blog's sidebar! 

Have a great start to the coming weekend! And thank you for your visit! 


Materials: Prima Marketing


10/08/2017

Inspired by... Greetings from...


It's again the 10th of the month and time for the "Inspired by" creation! But what is Inspired by? Every month awesome Marsha and I choose a subject to be inspired by. It can be for example an idea (link)a product (link)a poem (link)a movie (link) or a book (link). Or anything! Then we make something inspired by that theme or a piece of art and share it with you and each other on the 10th of the month. You can browse the past "Inspired By" posts from here (link).

 

This post is a bit different. This time we chose the theme as "greetings from" like a postcard or a vacation post. I chose to make a post about "greetings from my craft table". Before my vacation I hadn't had much time to spend around it and that made me realize something. Realize that I NEED to create. If I'm not getting a regular dose of gesso or paints or similar, I get cranky and stressed.

It's been really hectic in my full-time job lately and I have missed creating and making projects. I've felt bad not being as on time with DT assignments as I would like to and you can imagine that it adds to the stress I already experience because of the work. But what struck me the most was the feeling I got when I could do something creative when my vacation started! I finished four or five projects in the course of an afternoon and the feeling I got from it was astounding. It made me realize even more how important creative things are to me and how much joy they give. It was like all the stress was just moved away and endorphins were flowing!  

  

That revelation shouldn't have come as a surprise. I was an A student back in school and graduated with flying colors. With that kind of grades it was thought that I would go into an university to study chemistry, biology or something of that sort. My plans were open as I had many points of interest and I actually went to an introduction day to an university. And it was great that I did as I noticed quite quickly that university studies weren't for me. I needed to create, to make stuff with my hands and not just type and read. Yes, I know I'm now exaggerating but that's how I felt. So especially to my grandfather's surprise I applied and got in to a polytechnic instead.

As there's the learning curve part always involved in Inspired By what this "IB" taught me, was to create and keep creating and thus take care of myself. I'm guessing I'm also a lot easier to be around when I've had my daily or even weekly dose of paints and mediums than when I'm just trying to cope without. I guess I need to admit that I'm a creative junkie and instead of trying to go to rehab just go with the flow and let myself play when I feel like it. Naturally big projects like assemblages give me a lot of pleasure, but even a simple play in an art journal, just splashing with paint, might extinguish the crave for a while. Maybe try the finger painting that Birgit has been experimenting with (link) or 15 minute face like Julie did (link) or allow myself to take time to do the online course I just bought from Everything Art (link). I mean it's only a question about decisions. 15 minutes might be enough and it's not that long in the course of the whole day.

 

Marsha dared me to do this post as light as I can project wise. No big assemblages or anything. So instead of creating something new for the post I thought to share this revelation with you. It's sometimes amazing how the simplest things can come as a surprise. If you want to see what Marsha created for this Inspired By, please follow this link (link)!

All the photos in this post are taken from my Instagram account (link) and are "wip", work in progress style shots. I try to share some shots from my craft table there every now and then when I have something I can share a sneak of.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a great day!
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