Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Altered Phone Fun

Hello dear ones!
Do you remember how last Wednesday I showed you one of my metal altered frames? I mentioned that this project turned out to be really loved among my students and guess what - it has a sister. ;)
Let me present another frame just begging to be altered. ;)
I know that this shape and surface might seem intimidating and difficult to work on at first, but believe me it's easy as pie and my students can confirm that! :)
I love mixed media techniques for being so versatile - you can apply them on literally everything, whether it's a flat canvas or any other 3D surface. Your imagination is the limit...

The techniques here are exactly the same here as with the Clock Frame, but of course you can play with any color palette that moves your heart and with any embellishents out there.

I went for my beloved Mechnicals, Art Pebbles and paper flowers painted to match the whole concept of a delicate golden-pink shimmer of my Art Alchemy acrylics.
Black Sand Texture Paste also contributed to the final effect.

Here are the products I used for my frame:

I hope you like my today's Phone Frame and that you will feel tempted to grab any object that moves your imagination and alter your heart away! ;)
Hugs xxx

Monday, 25 July 2016

Guest Designer - Louise Nelson's Art

Hello my dears!
A Guest Designer is always a very special moment on the blog. It's such an honor to be having Artists from around the globe being part of Finn Team with their talents & creativity.
My Aussie friend - brilliant Louise Nelson - created a project that has never before appeared on the blog. You will fall in love with her bowl series - so artsy and inventive!
Make sure you visit Louise's beautiful blog called 'An Uninterrupted View' and get acquainted on facebook and instagram. This lovely lady is an inspiration that you will surely want to follow!
Hello Hello
I am so honoured to be guesting for Finnabair. I love her wonderful products and so love creating with them. I am overjoyed to share with you some of my creative fun using some of my favourite Finnabair products.

I have created 3 very fun and funky decorative bowls, that whilst not functional are fun and fab to look at.

I began by creating the bowls using an air hardening modeling clay and some recycled chicken wire. These need to be allowed to dry approximately 24-48 hours. I kneaded and rolled out the clay, based on the manufacturers directions to desired shape and size. I used a rolling pin and rolled the clay out on a pastry sheet. To mould the clay over the chicken wire I first covered the outside of a bowl with plastic lunch wrap, then overlayed the chicken wire, then overlayed the rolled out clay sheets. I left them like this during drying time. Before decorating the bowls I sealed the clay portion of the bowls with a coat of Finnabair Heavy White Gesso.
I then painted the clay part of the bowls with Finnabair’s wonderful Art Alchemy acrylic paints, as you can see with the above ‘before’ photo of my ‘Bird Bowl’.
With each of the bowls I have incorporated a metal embellishment. With my silver ‘Foliage Bowl’ I have wired the metal branches to the chicken wire [as you can see with the ‘before’ photo above] and then painted it silver along with the clay portion of the bowl.
For my last bowl, my ‘Leaf Bowl’, I changed it up a little from the previous two and attached the metal leaves to the bottom of the inside of the bowl, like they were an actual trinket or piece of jewellery, just like you would store your rings in a small bowl beside your bed on your bedside table.

Well that it is it from me, I do hope that I have managed to interest you in my creative fun with making decorative bowls.

Cheers and Happy Creating!
Louise xxxxx

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Friday, 22 July 2016


Hello dear Readers!
How about a travel to space? :) All is possible in mixed media collage and Gayle is an absolute master at it! You will love her new artwork and the step by step tutorial that Gayle's sharing with us today...
Hello dear Finnabair friends. My project this month is a dimensional page inspired by David Bowie along with the amazing range of Finnabair Mechanicals and the new Heavy Body Gel.
Two songs by David Bowie: “Starman” and “Space Oddity”, both have a theme of “space” or outer space, but each has an opposing message - one of hope, the other of despair.
In “Starman” the lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope and salvation to Earth’s youth through the radio; this message given to him from an alien “Starman”. In the song “Space Oddity”, Major Tom is in a bad way, “there is something wrong”, he is losing touch, “planet earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do”.
No.1 Strips of paper from Finnabair 7Dots Dreamer collection stuck down with Soft Matte Gel.
No.2 Crumpled patterned tissue glued down adding extra texture. The silicone Media Brush is perfect for this.
No.3 Colour and pattern added with ink and a Checker stencil.
No.4 Two large Pendant Caps from Finnabair’s Mechanicals range are adhered with 3D Matte Gel.
No.5 I am building up my “Starman”. Thick, White Crackle Texture Paste is built up around the eyes and painted straws added through the centre.
No.6 Oh, how I love this texture paste once dry...
No.7 I wanted the “Starman” to be surrounded by stars. I’ve used stars from Finnabair’s Mechanicals: Mini Stars, just gorgeous, Steampunk Blades and Steampunk Gears, which look like stars, Rusted Barn Stars and Star Brads.
I have left some rusty and painted some with Teal and Copper Mica Powders mixed with Soft Gloss Gel.
No.8 The “Starman” needed a head piece with wires coming out of it…
No.9 The small Pocket Watch from the Mechanicals range is the base. It’s filled with the Heavy Body Gel, Mini Art Stones pressed into it and the thin wire thread is shaped and pushed into the gel. This Heavy Body Gel is amazing - the wire thread is very light and flimsy, but the Heavy Body gel was able to support it. I didn’t have to sit there and hold each wire thread while the Gel dried.
No.10 I added tiny stars to the ends of the wire thread, and again, a blob of Heavy Body Gel was strong enough and “tacky” enough to support the metal star on a very thin strip of wire thread, without me having to hold it there until the Gel dried. Such a great product for building three dimensional layers. The Mini Art Stones were painted and some Micro Beads added.
No.11 To make my “planets” I used Magical Powders and set them under Finnabair Epoxy Stickers.
No.12 Planets and stars in space.
Here are some details of my collage:

Thank you for “travelling” with me and my “space” creation. I would like to hope, given all the violence and suffering, in todays world, that, Ziggy’s message of “hope and salvation for the youth of today” can be a reality...
Gayle xx

Materials used:

PS. I promised to announce the winners of the Denim Journal challenge today... :)
The artworks you sent us were so amazingly creative - every single one of them! Thank you so much for having denim art fun with us. Let me tell you this - my Creative Team had a super hard job choosing the final two...
For those who didn't win or didn't find time to send in a project - there may be another challenge this summer so don't lose hope and keep an eye on the blog. :)
And now put your hands together for two talented artists whose creations won our hearts the most:

Beatriz and Sylwia Gryczuk ! Congrats to you both!
Ladies, please send in your mailing address to: and we will be happy to send you your own brand new Denim Journals. :)

Hugs xx