Sunday, 21 December 2014

CHA 2015 Peeks: New Stamps and Stencils!

Hi it's me again and I have some more CHA 2015 peeks for you!
You could see first part of the reveal - my new Art Ingerdients in the post here... but this is not all of course :) There some more "art babies" waiting in the queue... and I'm dying to show you all of them!
(Well, I can't show "all" but I'll do my best to give you some hints!)

So, here they come!

I'm very proud and happy to announce the new release of Stamps and Stencils - and I hope you will love them as much as I do! Stencils will come in smaller handy "journal" format which was very popular in the last months and stamps... just have a look! We've got Clear Stamps, sets of Cling Stamps and (drum-roll) wood block stamps, which are just to die for!


Both stencils and stamps are in my signature artsy-grungy-vintage style but I believe they are versatile enough to inspire all kinds of artistic and craft projects. But you should check yourself this post on Prima Marketing blog, with just amazing works created by Design Team and watcxh this space for more inspirations coming in the next weeks.
Woo hoo! I can't wait to put my hands on them again!



To start I've got one project for you - I followed one of the ideas I tried in the past, creating Art Recipe for you - so if you want you can check my creative process and some tips in the post here!



This altered cabinet card on a metal photo plate is filled with goodness: new clear and cling stamps (Tea on the Deck, Messy, and Rust & Dust) and stencil (Weaving).
I started with altering the card: I covered it with a coat of Art Basics Clear Gesso, colored with watercolour pencils (which I blended with water brush) and when it was dry I stamped it with a selection of clear and cling stamps.


The texture on the metal plate was made with Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel and a stencil (Weaving). I applied the gel through it and dried a bit with heating tool.  I used the same 3D Gel as a glue for part of my embellishments.



To get more of the dimension I used some 3D Foam Tape by Scrapbook Adhesives and when all the elements were in their places I finished the project spraying it with a selection of Art Ingredients Mica Powder mixed with water. To help mica stay on the plastic and metal elements I primed them with a coat of Art Basics Clear Gesso before spraying: mica revealed all the textures and details beautifully adding a delicate touch of shimmering colour.


Products: 962043 - Cling Stamp - Tea on the Deck, 962050 - Cling Stamps - Rust & Dust, 961893 - Clear Stamp - Messy, 962333 - Elementals - Stencil - Weaving, 962548 - Mica Powder - Rust, 962524 - Mica Powder - Gold, 962487 - Mica Powder - Teal, 962494 - Mica Powder - Blue, 961381 - Art Basics - 3D Gloss Gel, 961466 - Art Basics - Gesso - Clear, 961138 - Mechanicals - Type Writer Numbers, 961039 - Mechanicals - Leaves 1, 960407 - Mechanicals - Flowers x10, 960339 - Mechanicals - 3D Roses, 960230 - Mechanicals - Mini Roman Numerals, 960391 - Mechanicals - Bottle Caps, 960308 - Mechanicals - Flowers Large, 961107 - Mechanicals - Pendants, 961060 - Mechanicals - Washers

I hope you got a bit inspired and you are waiting for the new stamps and stencils to hit the shelves as much as I do! :)
Thank you again for visiting - and check the blog on Monday to see new great project prepared for you by my super talented Creative Team!
See you very soon!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Bubbles of Light

Hello, Friends!
I know this time of year can get quite hectic but I hope you'll find the time to stop for a second, put up the lights (Andrew and I just did! :) ) and create some art.
Maybe today's layout by Carole will give you the inspiration?
Let's celebrate!


Hello Hello!
The magic of Christmas can be felt all around, we are ready and waiting for Santa Claus!
It's high time to decorate our home with beautiful lights and celebrate those special moments.

Today I'd like to show you a layout that I made with lots of round shapes, not too many supplies but I really wanted to show you how you can transform the embelishments.

I wanted to create an impression of circles resembling little bubbles of light twirling around the photo!


I chose one paper from the Sunrise/Sunset collection for the background.
Using round punches in different sizes, I cut out circles in a paper with musical notes and glued them on my layout with White Gesso.


I covered all the circles with Clear Gesso. This gesso helps all the inks adhere better to the surface, it's just a perfect medium for adding gelatos and inks while still keeping the images and patterns visible.

When Gesso dried, I used three shades of Gelatos that I simply applied with my finger.


Around the edges of my circles I added Color Bloom sprays. I used the tip of the spray's nozzle to make some stains.


I added some stamping with black Archival Ink. I used round stitches stamps from Prima.
This immediately created the feeling of depth and dimension.
I wanted to add some texture to my piece so I used a Vintage Vanity stamp and embossed it with glitter metallic gold powder.


I took metal star-shaped brads and embossed them - some with black and other with gold powder.



Some "sewing" around the edge of the page - hand drawn with a black Posca pen.


I stapled together a few pieces of paper on which I attached my photo.


I wrote my title with an embossing pen, embossed with glitter metallic gold powder, cut it out and added to my layout.


I added a little bit of brass wire around my picture and my piece was done!

Hope you like my project and that you will feel inspired by it!

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

CHA 2015 Peeks - New Art Ingredients!

Hi again, is it this time of the year yet?
Winter CHA Show is coming, and Prima Marketing is ready to reveal small peeks of the new coming releases - how exciting is that?
This week I was lucky to have my 2 days on Prima Blog and I'd like to share with you a small peek into the new products from me coming this season :) It is not an Art Recipe - but I hope a bunch of tips will make you forgive me this little change on the schedule of the blog :)

So, Ladies and Gentelmen, let me present:


What are in fact Art Ingredients?

Some people may say there's nothing special about them... but for me they are sources of endless possibilities and inspiration! This line was designed to support, expand and customize Art Basics Line - by simply mixing and matching, adding and combining you get wonderful, endless results of customized pastes, and gels which are both affordable and easy to do.
Why investing money in specialty paste if you need to apply it only on  a small tag or card? I'd suggest taking a base you need from Art Basics and add your favorite Ingredient into it - and stunning special effect product is ready! How cool (and easy!) is that?
Art Ingredients are also great to use just as they are - directly from the jar so you don't really need to be mixed-media focused person to use them with great results! In the end - we all  love a bit of sparkle in our life!

This season we're introducing 2 new inspiring add-ons to Art Ingredients Line: Micro Beads and Mica Powder. Let me show you the projects I've made with them now!


Colors of the scrapbook page are based on 2 products: homemade tea stain (of course!) and Mica Powder mixed with water in the sprayer bottles. Easy to do - and great, vintage- metallic effect!



Can you see small blue Micro Beads used in the corners of the composition? They look just like frosted snow - perfect effect for winter-themed projects!


Products used:
Art Ingredients: 962470 - Mica Powder - Purple, 962494 - Mica Powder - Blue, 962524 - Mica Powder - Gold, 962630 - Micro Beads - Splash, 962715 - Glass Glitter- Midnight Blue, 961374 - Art Basics - Heavy Gesso - White, 961411 - Art Basics - Modeling Paste, 961671 - Glass Beads - Crystal, 960407 - Mechanicals - Trinkets x10, 960339 - Mechanicals - 3D Roses, 960629 - Elementals - 12x12'' Resist Canvas - Dots, 577780 - Rodanthe - Neptune, 564803 - 12x12'' Stencil - Flourish




Again, the colors of the projects came mostly from Mica Powders mixed with water in sprayer bottles and a bit of Color Bloom Sprays: Iris, Pressed Petal and Tea Stain. Using Mica adds stunning shiny effect to your elements and shows beautifully details of the texture. 


Micro Beads and Glass Glitter added the finishing touches to my composition. I love how easy is to add them to to the project - with a bit of 3D Gel, Soft Gel or any glue they stay in place and look just breathtaking!



Mixing 2 sizes of Beads  makes the structures even more interesting!


Products used:
Art Ingredients: 962616 - Micro Beads - Berry, 962739 - Glass Glitter - Violet, 962715 - Glass Glitter - Midnight Blue, 962470 - Mica Powder - Purple, 962548 - Mica Powder - Rust, 962524 - Mica Powder - Gold, 962319 - Elementals - Grungy Grid Stencil, 579357 - Say It In Crystals - Bella Rouge, 580551 - Paper Flowers, 961671 - Glass Beads - Crystal, 961466 - Art Basics - Heavy Gesso - Clear, 961404 - Art Basics - Light Paste, 961435 - Art Basics - Soft Gloss Gel, 961381 - Art Basics - 3D Gloss Gel, 960605 - Elementals - 12x12 White Resist Canvas "Honeycomb"



Now it's time to share some tips and ideas - what to do with these new art ingredients?

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1. Try applying them directly on the glue. Choose Art Basics Soft Gel or any kind of glue you like and gets dry after drying. Apply it in the selected places and sprinkle the Micro Beads directly on it. If you have a fine tip bottle you can get really fun effects! For more dimensional effect you can replace Soft Gel with 3D Gel or any similar gel medium! 


Extra tip: if you feel that after drying your Micro Beads are still loose - try some fixative on the top!

2. Going for super-dimensional and durable effect? Mix your Micro Beads into one of our 3D Gels (for transparent effect) or Pastes (for opaque effect). It will dry a bit longer, but the Beads will be practically irremovable!


Extra tip: how about applying this custom gel through the stencil? Effects are amazing!

3. Use them for custom jewellery: they are great for combining with adhesives, resins and glazes. Just check these effects ( detail by Georgia Heald).




Mica Powder is amazingly shiny mineral in a form of delicate, loose powder - in fact it is very similar to eye shadows! It doesn't dissolve in water or water based products - it will float in them instead, that's why it is important to shake or stir the mixture before applying!

1. Simply spray it! Put small amount of the mica into empty spray bottle, add some water, shake and spray on your project. It can be dried with heating tool of course!


Extra tip: If after drying you feel your shimmer is a bit too loose - spray it with fixative for dry pastels or similar medium :) 

2.  Mix it into our 3D Gels to create amazing, shimmering dimensional paste - great to work with texture tools and stencils! This technique will be great for any mixed-media or altered art projects including home decor and book covers - it is not only beautiful but also very durable and permanent - just like all our 3D Gels and Pastes after drying. It can be dried a bit with heating tool, for faster results!


Extra tip: why not mixing it in our Art Extravagance Sand Pastes? Or combining 3D Gel, Micro Beads and mica? Or...

3. Paint with it! Dipping your brush into Soft Gel and then ito Mica Powder you wil get a sticky custom glaze, great for finishing touches! You need more intense shimmering color? Mix Mica in the Soft Gel and then paint - so easy - and so fun!




I hope you liked today's surprise - and you are at least a bit excited about the new products...I surely am!
You just have to check this great post on Prima Blog - DT just took it by storm creating the most beautiful and creative projects with new Art Ingredients!

For more CHA peeks check the blog during the weekend... and this Friday my amazing Creative Team will have of course a new tutorial for you too!
Sending you all warm hugs