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

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

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Frame with patina-like effect

Good evening, I finished one small frame where I used a couple of new products from Finnabair - Patina Effect Pastes, Stone Effect Paste (Limestone) and two waxes. I truly took pleasure in making it and I achieved such a wonderful look.




Here you can see more closely the effect what I got using the waxes, I chose to use on these roses Lucky Emerald and Vintage Silk. And of course the Limestone is just over the top. I used a painting knife to spread it out on a glass, worked wonders!


Here I am at the very beginning as you can see. Masking tape came in very handy to protect the glass. Note that at this point I wasn't planning to use the Limestone Effect Paste yet.


After the second coat of Patina Effect pastes!



Entering my project to Mixed Media Place January Challenge. I got inspired from the colours mostly.




All the best,
Kris

Friday, 3 February 2017

Another art journal spread

I set myself a mission to be more arty this year, today I am sharing with you (whoever you are and somehow stepped into my blog!) my latest art journal spread. Full of colours, with a bit of olde-worlde feeling and just plain fun. You have to feed your soul with an art that makes your heart jolly!