lördag 5 maj 2018

Finnabair in Sweden in September 2018 - yes, I'll be going again!

Finnabair's new courses this year in Sjöbo, Sweden. I plan to go, as usual. After all, I've been doing this two years in a row, already.

From Finnabair's list of classes::
Art Celebration - collage on canvas
Real mixed-media feast of transparency, textures, eye-catching elements and beautiful, rich metallic colours! This project is a great way to try working with gesso and different kinds of gels from our Art Basics range, building a dimensional, baroque composition including an altered object and tons of intriguing details and finally painting and rubbing on the colours of your choice from my Art Alchemy line to create one-of-a kind, breathtaking collage. Many ideas, tips and techniques combined with a lot of creative freedom - all that and more is included in this fantastic Art Celebration! All the techniques presented in this class can be easily used on many other projects such as home decor and altered objects or journal pages. All the elements, paints and mediums are provided – this project is suitable both for advanced and beginning students.
Class time: about 4h


Moonlight - almost unreal, beautiful double canvas collage based on textures, clusters of elements, dark background and non-conventional painting!
Have you ever dreamed about making your own mixed-media landscape collage? During this class you can try it - step-by-step we will build all the layers and textures to build our small towns and villages out of chipboard elements, create the look of moonlight and stars on the night sky… all that getting a lot of useful tips and inspirational techniques which you can apply to many future projects! We will be using a range of products from my Art Basics, Art Extravagance and Art alchemy lines including gesso, pastes, gels and wax - our main colour substrate in this project! This project is not only a great way to jump into world of mixed-media but also create a blog, breathtaking statement piece for your home or studio.
All the elements, paints and mediums are provided – this project is suitable both for advanced and beginning students.
Class time: about 4-5h

 Rust Painted - Large collage on canvas with tons of beautiful details, layers, rust and sparkle. 
During this class you will not only try building, rich, dimensional composition but also take the advantage of the negative space which will help your composition really catch the eye. Step-by-step we are going to build all the layers using a great selection of elements and embellishments and we will try different art mediums: Art Basics, Art Alchemy, Art Ingredients and more - selection of gels, gesso, acrylic paints and really unique effect of Rust Paste. Rust Painted may be done in a wide range of colours and it may be easily turned into composition with a small photo. All the techniques can be easily used on many other projects such as home decor and altered objects or journal pages. All the elements, paints and mediums are provided – this project is suitable both for advanced and beginning students. 
Class time: about 4 to 4,5h

Heart of the Clock - altered frame with beautiful textures and details
Simplicity and elegance are timeless, but many of us have also the love for the “other side of the coin” – opulence and decadence, richness of colours, elements and meanings all blended together to create one, truly baroque look. Let yourself be inspired by a visual abundance of layers, textures and metallic colours stepping a bit into the ground of steampunk, vintage and everything metallic and shiny.
During this class, we will be working on inside and outside of the metal clock frame. We will focus on altering techniques which will make your project beautiful and unique - adding details, textures and colours using popular range of art mediums from mixed-media collection by Finnabair - you will have a chance to try such products as soft and heavy gels, gesso in composition with Art Ingredients and a range of Art Alchemy paints. Together we will build our projects step-by-step and you will see that presented techniques are very versatile and be easily used on many other projects such as collage or journal pages. I'll share my experience with you and try to give you plenty of information about tools and products used. "Heart of the Clock" is an exciting to dive into the world of 3D mixed-media and altering, working with pastes, paints and art ingredients of different kinds.
The teacher will supply all the paints, mediums and elements needed to finish the project.
This class is suitable both for advanced and beginning students.
Class time: about 4 h

tisdag 13 juni 2017

Wanderlust week 9 - Kasia's lesson "The art of layering"


Wanderlust week 9, Kasia's lesson "The art of layering, the transparency of our marks". In my head I just call this class "The tile lesson". Because I created - tiles!

Making my marks, my beloved swirls, in different ways... layering them... and in the end creating tiles.

I wanted to make them look like real kitchen tiles. Old tiles. With the inscription "The future is now!"

I think about that I live now in what I saw as the future when I was younger. And one day this time in my life will be history instead...

The now, the future, it's all entwined. Memories of what you thought this time in your life would be like.

Everyone that has or will live, we're on this planet, we're sharing it, we're guests for a little while. Making our marks. I hope the marks we leave behind will be of the beautiful kind. I think a lot about that.


Stuff I've been using:
Acrylic paint
Stamps: misc. Prima stamps, Everything Art: E³ Everything Art 05 - Alphabet
Uni Posca pen and Faber Castel PITT pen (in black)
Tissue paper, baby wipes (dry)
Black gesso
Gelli plate
Caran d'ache Neocolour II water soluble
Date stamp
Archival ink in sepia and black
Mod podge - matte
Soft Gloss Gel (Prima)

söndag 11 juni 2017

Wanderlust week 23 - Vicky Papaioannou's class "Just Fly Away"


"Summer in the City"

Week 23?! I'm not doing the Wanderlust lessons in the right order, as you've probably already noticed!

Since I'm new to all this mixed media, very often I have to get stuff before trying a new technique. It can be art supplies - or even workspace - that I need to think about, before trying out a new technique. Wanderlust is fantastic, it's a year long class and it's never ever boring, but it can be a bit tricky, for example when a lesson requires another season than what we have at the moment, like when a teacher in Australia wanted us to go outside and collect leaves in February... (It's no leaves here then, just snow!) I don't worry much about that! It's part of the charm, Wanderlust is a global community, and I solved this lesson by putting it forward to our summer. :)

This past week Vicky Papaioannou taught us how to make a journal page, her trademark style. I've been looking forward to this class ever since I signed up for Wanderlust 2017! I was not disappointed.

I made my pages in Swedish this time, they say "Summer in the city, the gulls have nestlings & everything is green". It sums up how it's right now! And that's what art jornaling is about, right?
I couldn't help myself, I had to make this page funny! When you're living with a 3 year old little girl you laugh a lot. We've been discussing trees and all kinds of birds, we have wasps visiting, we try to see the gull nestlings from our kitchen window. This is exactly how it feels, here and now!

When our little daugher saw this page she said "Yes, it's totally okey, mom!" (Ja, den är helt okey, mamma!) She probably heard that expression somewhere and thought that was a cool way to say that she likes it!


Stuff I've been using:
Acrylic paint (Tim Holtz and Panduro)
Masks (Panduro)
Stamps: misc. Paper Smooches stamps, Everything Art: E³ Everything Art 05 - Alphabet, Purple Onion Stamps - 2011 Vintage Calendar
Uni Posca pen and Faber Castel PITT pen (in black)
White gel pen
White and black gesso
Date stamp
Archival ink in sepia and black

tisdag 6 juni 2017

The Finnabair Classes, Sjöbo May 2017

I'm back from the Finnabair classes in Sjöbo (in the south of Sweden).

I knew I'd start to long to go next year the moment I came back home, just like I did last year. And yes, that did happen! I don't even know if Finn will come back next year, but I really hope Skaparlusten will bring her back next year.

It's the the ultimate treat - having a holiday all to myself, the Finnabair courses, hanging out with my kind of people... it's how I imagine Heaven! Last year someone said to me: "It's funny how friends can be found everywhere!" I love that! She's so right, that's exactly how it feels hanging out with these people. Next year, I hope I'll see you again, friends!

And I've said it before: If you ever get the chance to take a live Finnabair course - Do it! She's absolutely brilliant (and has the best sense of humor)!


The yearly photo! :)


I took 3 courses this year. This is what I made:

Course: Verdigris




Course: Beauty and the Beads


Course: Book of Rust (cover)

 
 

söndag 14 maj 2017

Felt Octonauts!


Octonauts in Swedish: Professor Bläckvis, Kapten Sjöbjörn, Kira and Peso.




No, I haven't been painting anything for awhile. No art journaling. No canvases.
I just haven't had any time!
Strangely enough, I had time to make 4 Octonauts this weekend.
(I can't explain how that could be possible, when painting wasn't, so please don't ask me!)

Translated Octonauts books in Swedish. It's just two, I wish they translated them all!


Anyhow. I got lots of inspiration from this blog!

Well... 4 Octonaouts means 4 more Octonauts to go, but that will have to wait...
Next weekend I'm going to Finnabair's courses in Sjöbo!

My little Octonaut is going to be happy, she will probably take them hunting for monster shrimps and pirate treasures. With Daddy and torches!

All 8 of them! From the TV-series.

tisdag 7 mars 2017

Finnabair in Sweden in May 2017 - yes, I'll be going again!

Yes! I'll be going again! Finnabair is coming to Sweden the 20-21:st of May, and I'll be going to Sjöbo to attend to three of her classes this year! "Verdigris", "Beauty and the Beads" and "Rust Affection" (the book cover only).
You have to hurry to be able to get a spot, they're selling like hot cakes!
SJ (railroad company in Sweden) has finally released their train tickets, I got my hotels booked, I payed for my classes, and now I just have to wait! This is going to be so much fun!

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From Finnabair's list of classes:


Verdigris fabric based collage with eye-catching finish
Do you ant to create really artsy, dimensional and grungy collage, but you think you don’t have “suitable supplies?” That is not a problem! The most important thing in creative process is using imagination. We are surrounded by inspiring objects, which we can use for creating art of different kinds. Try to look around – and you’ll find real treasures in your own house! 
During this workshop I will guide you to create your own mixed-media canvas, starting with building layers using fabric and Art Extravagance Sculpture Medium. We will make composition including my favourite set of embellishments and a found object and next colour it all to get pretty, verdigris and patina inspired effect. We will focus on such mediums from my line as White Heavy Gesso, Heavy body Gel, Soft Gel and more. I will demonstrate possibilities of mixing different Art Ingredients such as Mica Powders, Fine Glitter, and Art stones to get the expected results. We will build our projects step-by-step and you will see that presented techniques are very versatile and be easily used on many other projects. I'll share my experience with you and try to give you plenty of information about tools and products used.  
The teacher will supply all the paints, mediums needed to finish the project (excluding the found object). This class is suitable both for advanced and beginning students.
Class time: about 4,5 h

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 Beauty and the Beads - dimensional, dark mixed-media collage with amazing sparkle and shine. 

What is the best about black colour? It helps other colours shine beautifully – especially if they contain some shimmer or glitter in them! With a little help of Black Gesso, Gels and Micro Beads you are able to create the most amazing, textured, iridescent collage – and this all in simple, easy to follow steps!
“Beauty and the Beads” is my idea how to use combination of art mediums, shimmering sprays, stencils, gels and – finally – beads and glitter in a creative way: first making a rich, deep textured background, then working on a dimensional, intriguing composition and finally adding breathtaking layers of delicate texture... all that based on my new line of Art Basics and Art Ingredients line of Prima products.
 During this 4h long class you will not only create an amazing project you can hang on your wall but also learn a lot of inspiring techniques, discover possibilities of getting a custom look and combining the products to get the best results. I'll share my experience and will give you helpful tips about composition, colour choices and adding finishing touches. Are you ready to add some sparkle to your life?
All the elements, paints and mediums are provided – this project is suitable both for advanced and beginning students. The class may be taught as a collage composition with a photo or altered object.
Class time: about 4 h.
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Rust Affection amazing altered book with really worn-out look
It is all about the inspiring power of rust! If you like worn-out, salvage look and would like to try exciting and effective techniques – this is a class for you! This finish is perfect for any vintage, steampunk or grunge inspired projects and will give you a chance to achieve more heavy, masculine look on any kind of project. Bring your own book for a complete mixed-media makeover which will change it into real, old and rusty treasure. 
Together we will apply a selection of techniques based on Art Basics, Art Extravagance and Art Ingredients art mediums which will transform your plain book cover  - we will try Crackle and Rust Effect Pastes, Mica Powders, Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints and more! I will share my experience, demonstrate steps and techniques and give you advise to make sure you will get the best effects but there will be space for experiments and a lot of fun! In the second part of the class we will focus on carving a frame insisde of the book and creating beautiful, heavily antiqued composition using Modeling Paste, Rust Pastes, Art Alchemy Paints and more – it will be a perfect add on to your cover and a chance to create unique piece which will be great gift or your own personal treasure.
I will provide a full set of art mediums and embellishments to finish the project inside and outside – excluding the hard-cover book. This class is suitable both for advanced and beginning students.
3 options available: 
Full day: Rust Affection - cover + inside
Half day: Book of Rust - cover only  and Rusty Relic - inside of the book only
Class time: about 7-8 h (full day) or about 4h if we will do cover or inside only.

måndag 6 mars 2017

Wanderlust week 8 - Challenge #2 "Super Gal"


What a challenge!

10 minutes, take a pic, 10 minutes more, take another pic, and then 10 minutes more - take a pic of the result! That's the challenge #2, week 8, over at Wanderlust! (The idea is to make this in 3 days.)

I don't work well under time pressure, but this was interesting indeed, and it actually came out better than I thought. I had to plan very carefully, much more than usual.

I started with an idea of my girl, a couple of years ahead in the future, as Super Girl. Our surname is Gal - of course she'll be Super Gal!

Here we go:

1. First 10 minutes: Black gesso, white structure paste.

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2.  +10 minutes (= 20 minutes):

Arranging pics, gluing them down with Mod podge, adding some dots of paint and some black wax crayon.
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3. +10 minutes (= 30 minutes):

Paint, Glimmer mist, white gel pen and some more wax crayon.

Done!