I BEGIN WITH AN IDEA, AND THEN IT BECOMES SOMETHING ELSE. (PABLO PICASSO)

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Rusty frame

I had no new posts long time. Six lenghty months past yet which disappeared rather fast, I have done many projects but somehow haven't posted them in here. I should. I have been more active on another platform. I must come back to here more often as I have created this place for myself so in many days I could just return and ponder what was on my mind that point in time.
You all know Finnabair, well you should if you are participating in a mixed media world. She has her new products out again, and absolutely had to try a couple. Rust pastes are fun! I got all the three sets. Paper paste & Plaster paste look very promising too undeniably but I didn't use those on my following room decor piece. I will get to them soon enough.
This project started all with a wooden frame. Luckily I had sufficient amount of bottle caps and of course I stuck them on to that frame for further charm. From there you could just go wild with Rust pastes (I did gesso the frame beforehand) like I did. I mainly used the Metal Rust Set but I might of borrowed a bit from Finnabair's older Rust paste set too because that one is more brownish colour which I needed. I used Tim Holtz Alcohol ink - Rust also as the rust colour achieved on the frame still lacked that depth I set my heart on. I think I also added a touch of Viva Decor Rusty Patina for a slight sparkle. Small amounts of acrylic paints too & hammered down the bottle caps to make it even more distressed. Now three of my airplants have a place to be!





Chicken wire as I call it, is handy to own to feed a great number of ideas. I have 5 metres of it, I won't even imagine to start keeping birds in my back garden so I might as well put that to other uses and I did. 


I dug out from the 'bag of everything' this fabulous retro themed fabric to act as a background.


This suede leather lace is easy to open to treat the plants with water and to put them back afterwards.




And so I haven't added my projects to any challenges for ages too which I loved doing, making a break and will take part in Country View Challenge February - Anything But Cute



All the best,
Kris

Friday, 14 July 2017

Mend the soul!

I do enjoy art journalling. And it looks like I am on a roll. It is my journal and I love the fact that I can do whatever I want in it - no rules! On these pages I liked playing with paints, watercolours, patterned papers & stamping. If you look 'behind' you could maybe spot some deep emotions from it. But it is all good at the end of the day. We just hit the 'play' button and off we go! More simple in theory than in reality but hey, that is life!


Tuesday, 11 July 2017

You are amazing!

Hi, how are you! I have another art journal spread to share. I absolutely love this print of that classy and sophisticated lady on my page. I think she is extremely beautiful. I also consider that spread very well done too, you have to love what you do, don't you! I feel the warmth when it is retro style and full of orange!
I used all the different shades of orange acrylics I have got (now mostly covered but that's the wonders of art journalling!), water soluble wax pastels, also added some paper napkins and decoupage papers ... .
It is so nice to flip through the pages in my journal that I have already finished, every spread has its story to tell, every spread has its own colours; it lights a different feeling and brings me back to that moment when I was making these pages!



Thought I enter this spread to scrapki-wyzwaniowo current challenge



All the best,
Kris

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Another present

It is that time of the year again when the kids are just about to finish up their school year. I consistently want that my kids give their teacher a little something as a thank you gift. My autistic son has also an escort on his school bus and her present has to rock! He is a teenager now and she has been there for him long time. And for me to keep cherishing her care and kindness to be continued. And a good deed is something I absolutely always teach to my kids as the world would be gone without it. This year I made an altered frame for this sweet lady. Well she better love greens, golden and pinks (inserting a laughing moment!)! But seriously I really hope she will like it as it was made with a great devotion. I was eager to get it looking rich, full of texture and character. At the end of the day it is one altered metal frame but you know how the artistic souls feel, there's huge amount of passion involved in making any piece.



You can tell that I love the Finnabair Metallique Waxes, this time the Vintage Gold. Underneath I used loads of mediums, Metallique Paints and the new Impasto Paint. I bought all the colours (except black and white) to try out. My absolute favourite has to be the Bottle Green. It is such a great retro green! It does indeed peek out in some places. The raspberries are resin ones what I've made some time ago using the mould. The green round pendant has resin too (with black seeds and Flower Soft and alcohol inks). Of course I had to add a lot of metal pieces too. There's also Rusting Powder involved and alcohol inks. You name it, it is mixed media after all. Finishing up with a couple of strings, laces, ribbons ... .



I used Prima Grande Rosette Trim for the inside of the frame. I just cut it apart, dipped these in Sculpture Medium mixed with some paint and after drying sprayed some ink spray on it too. Finishing touches with chalk ink. On the edge is a thick string originated from a shopping bag. That one I dipped into Powertex Transparent so it would not lose its colour.


And this is how it all started after gessoing, you know what, I have one more frame like that for myself, I might just paint it green like on the picture and that's it, as I really enjoy that colour.



Entering my altered frame to Mixed Media Place May Challenge (loved the roses and pinks!)


Also to the Mixed Media Monthly A Year of Choices Challenge. I picked #28 Rustic.






Thanks for popping by,
Kris

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Find yourself

Good day, my yesterday evening was filled with art journalling - a few strokes of acrylic paint in different shades, water soluble wax crayons, patterned papers, stickers, and that's about it!!