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

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!!


Friday, 19 May 2017

Always add some colour!

Good evening, the sun is still shining bright, so good! I have a great fondness for many-many things I like to do but there's this special great appetite inside me for abstract art which doesn't seem to fade, and I am very fine with that!
I went full on game with this 30 x 40 cm wooden panel, I fancied texture but stayed calm with the tones. Here are most of the stuff I used on it - sculpture medium, gel medium, string gel (a lot of it!!), ceramic stucco, coarse modelling paste, plenty of grey gesso, acrylic paints, acrylic inks, slate, metallique wax, wooden buttons, tulle, dried and pressed mulberry wood! Eventually I might spray some coats of high gloss varnish on that panel as I would love it shiny plus it will also bring out the colours even more!



I am nuts about these glossy splatters, all thanks to string gel!


Here's one 'before' pic, the transformation is quite extreme which is good!




Entering my painting to Mixed Media Place April Challenge



All the best,
Kris

Chicken wire noteboard

This one is all about home decor. It's an interesting piece, 30 x 30 cm chicken wire where I added Rusty Pastes. Sealed it with Soft Matte Gel Medium as it can be a bit crumbly when done on delicate surface. And just added (and keep changing it time to time) different bits and bobs, you can spot quote on paper, cement piece, resin mint leaf (I did the mould myself using a fresh mint leaf!!) and resin raspberry (used a ready made mould for that!), fabric sew on patch, metal spoon ..., magnets (work great on metal of course), ... the only limit is my imagination!



All the best,
Kris

Cactus necklace

I am on the roll as I have to post about one new mixed media piece over here anyways, I might as well do some more older ones. This one is all about resin. A necklace I did. Poured the resin into the mould, added some alcohol inks for the colour but didn't really needed to do that as I covered it with gesso anyways! Drilled a hole, painted it with acrylics, some pinch of Metallique Wax, and ... the pictures will tell everything. Easy! Love it to bits as it is different and I simply love uncommon things.






Just because I love green, cactuses and mint tea.

Good morning, what a wonderful weather we have today in Dublin! I am keeping up with my posts as I promised to myself yesterday. If you happen to be an art journaller then you most certainly are aware of that sparkly feeling when it hits you, then you just have to grab your art joural and start playing. This is one of my evening journalling pleasures. Just because I love green, cactuses and mint tea. Which I really do.




All the best,
Kris

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Pouring Medium Test

Hello, a good couple of months ago I bought a bottle of Liquitex Pouring Medium as I wanted to try it out, which I did and enjoyed and can't wait to do my second panel but a bit more larger this time. Here's my 30 x 25 cm acrylic pouring on a wooden panel. I had a blast! I did this piece over 2 months ago but seriously I have to keep up with my blogging. I have done quite many projects but just haven't posted these over here. I might just do that in a few days to come.
In the meantime I have read that by adding surgical spirit (or more commonly known as the rubbing alcohol) into the pouring medium mix will create some amazing cells. Will have to try that one out!



Monday, 6 March 2017

Ice Resin Galore

Good morning, I am excited, moved by my mixed media necklace which I have been working on for the past 3 days. Apart from the metal pieces and the leather cord, it is basically made from scratch. The beads are baked clay and all the other is done with Ice Resin. I even made the two moulds! I am proud about this piece and will wear it with gratitude! It may look simple to some but I put my heart and soul into making this piece (well I do anyway concerning any project but this one was different!). It was my first time experimenting with Ice Resin and will happily do again very soon. I am in love with this piece -



I mixed into these Ice Resin beauties some Black Seeds, a few drops of Alcohol Inks (two different colours) and Ultra Fine Flower Soft (Sage).


Now this has to be my most favourite part of the necklace - faux pineapple skin . It's Ice Resin too of course but instead of leaving it just yellow (you will see more pics), I drilled a hole in it, gessoed it, and took my time using acrylic paints to make it look almost like a real pineapple skin. A weather proof matte varnish on top by Powertex!


Black seeds and Cadmium Yellow Oil Colour to spice up this piece!


At the back, which was on top of the mould and stayed nice 'n' glossy but I don't mind this shiny side being the back of the pendant!

I will show you now how I made the two moulds. The geometric shape one at first. I snapped my daughters' perfume bottle for it as I was looking around the house some interesting shapes for the pendants. I used Pebeo Silicum Moulding Paste for my moulds. It's one of the nicest silicone moulding paste available in my opinion.



The mould has some imperfections but it made it even more interesting!


Here I am finished mixing in some oil paint into Ice Resin. After that I added the Black Seeds.


Ready to be put away somewhere safe to set, otherwise my kids would of been not resisting of tipping their fingers inside!!


A bit blurry image but you can spot that it is easy to drill the hole in the resin!


Here's one closer image to these vintage looking pendants, here just freshly poured.


I like very much trying out new methods and what better way to get the pineapple skin look than using the real pineapple for it!


Now you have to admit, this is SOMETHING!!


I made another 'pineapple skin' just to show you the transformation.


And here you can see my 'lightbulb' idea for painting and varnishing the beads. Chromium Oxide Green is definitely one of my loved colours. 


Entering this to Finnabair Designers' Fave Challenge Handmade Jewelry.





Thanks a million for your visit,
Kris

Thursday, 2 March 2017

I don't have an attitude ...

My newest mixed media art journal spread, retro style! My eyes rest when I am using vibrant colours, I also want to be surrounded with lots of colours and retro themed home decor, and I make sure I do. I suppose it is just my cup of tea!



I am not much of a stamp user usually but I do have my little box of something growing. I am always on the lookout for some unique looking stamps though, like the Vintage Scale. 
I used a lot of acrylic paints and patterned paper. Can you spot the mouse after a big chunk of cheese!! I still have the 'Flow Book For Paper Lovers' I think 2014 edition, quite full, the stickers are from there, and that classy postcard and more.

Entering my art journal spread to Scrapki-Wyzwaniovo March Challenge: Numbers (100% on the orange sticker and nr 34!)




Thanks a million for popping by,
Kris

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Cactuses

I felt like taking out yesterday evening my beloved Daniel Smith watercolours and Arches Rough Paper Pad and doing a small painting of cactuses or cacti or whatever people might call these, I call these cactuses! I just love these unique looking plants and I have a small collection going on too!



Entering my painting to Scrap Africa's Current Challenge (love the greens and blues!)



All the best,
Kris

Monday, 13 February 2017

''The golden ocean.''

Oh, how I enjoyed making my new mixed media piece on a wooden panel, 30 x 30 cm. I named it ''The Golden Ocean!'' It's dramatic, deep, full of character and it tells a story. I usually like using bright colours, vivid and bold but yesterday and today (finished it today!) I felt like doing this piece. The heroes are indeed the new waxes by Finnabair and of course the Raven Black Sparks Acrylic Paint. It says that it has a beautiful shimmer and shine you've never seen before. I most definitely agree! And also all that texture and mediums play a big role - raffia, sea shells, muslin cloth and tulle; gesso, gloss medium, Sculpture Medium, heavy gel medium, acrylic paints (used a few of my new Liquitex Muted ones) & Black Sand.
Sadly my camera didn't pick up fully all that golden shine and the shimmer from some parts of the Black Sparks too. Well I guess it just leaves some room for your imagination if you fancy!










And a pic from the before one, after gessoing -



Entering this to Designers' Faves Challenge - Go For The Gold!




Also popping this to Mixed Media World - Anything Goes

All the best,
Kris