Saturday, August 13, 2016

Finnabair's Denim Journal

Who doesn't love journals ! I work more and more within a journal these days. They come in so many different shapes, sizes, different papers for different media uses. You can paint, draw, write, stick, collage and generally tell your story or express yourself any way you want in a journal. I think the "informality" of a journal, creates a more relaxed approach which in turn allows for more creative "freedom". There are no rules; it's your journal.

Denim reminds me of the 60's, and I'm an old hippy and this is exactly how I would have decorated my jeans back in the day.
This is a beautifully soft fabric journal with a number of different pages within it. There are denim pages, canvas pages, water color pages and a plastic sleeve.
I experimented first with a denim page and tried a number of different techniques......journals are perfect for experimenting in. Once you coat the denim with art basics Clear Gesso you can pretty much work with any medium on it.
1. Collage, 2. Embossing, 3. Image transfer, 4. Stamping, 5. Stencil with Gel medium and water soluble oil pastel, 6. Stencil with gel medium and acrylic paint, 7. Ink.
Added fibres and beads.
The cover is just the starting point for this little journal; there is so much more you can do inside. Check out Finn's blog HERE for more details on this project.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016


What an amazing, creative, individual David Bowie was. I grew up with his music and have always been inspired by him.
Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom, his space characters, bringing hope, the other lost in despair.
"Planet earth is blue and there's nothing I can do."

This whole dimensional page is composed almost entirely of Finnabair product, the mediums as well as the embellishments.
You can find a list of all the products HERE on Finnabair's blog, along with a little step by step of how I put it all together.
Thanks for visiting, and of course I'd love to hear what you think.
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Monday, July 4, 2016

Art Journal Pages

Working in an art journal
This is what I am really enjoying at the moment
The freedom and spontaneity that this outlet for expression and artistic experimentation allows, is perfect for me right now
"You Are Entirely Up To You"

"Hide Or Fly"
Wishing you a creative whatever form of creativity makes you happy.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Journal page

Journal play today. Spontaneous and quick......what's on my mind.

Saw this great saying on Instagram..........."Some people should use a Glue Stick instead of a Chap Stick".
Have a happy week.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

An Assemblage and A Nursery Rhyme

Assemblage............."an artistic form or medium usually created on a defined substrate (surface) that consists of three dimensional elements projecting out of or from the substrate. It is similar to collage, a two dimensional medium. It is part of the visual arts, and it typically uses found objects, but is not limited to these materials."
I had to check up on the exact definition, and that's what Wikipedia told me. So,  "three dimensional collage" works for me. We all know that Finnabair is the queen of this expressive medium, and because of her and the products that she has designed, such as 3D Matte Gel, Heavy Body Gel, and her fabulous metal Mechanicals, creating "an assemblage" can be easy and lots of fun.
I had a biscuit tin lid and an old frame...............this was the start of my assemblage. Who knows why, but I thought the biscuit tin lid could be a bed, or a cradle.......a cradle for that poor baby that falls out of the tree "when the bough breaks". That nursery rhyme "Rock a Bye Baby" has always bothered me.
My baby is being closely watched over by it's mother and beautiful butterflies, suspended above, hovering, ready to catch and hold the baby if it falls.
Baby in it's bed of muslin, moss and feathers.
Layers of tea dyed lace, rusted chipboard, cracked metal, muslin, feathers, gold wire and Finnabair metal Mechanicals.
A step by step tutorial and all products used can be found on Finnabair blog HERE.
I love how art allows you to change a story and make it your own.
Thanks for visiting; have a creative week.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

by bun inspired journal

I am hooked. The style of Roxanne Coble has me so inspired. 
A new journal spread.
"Creativity is not a competition"

Golden acrylics, oil pastels and Posca pens.
Check out by bun HERE.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Rejected Page

I have several pages lying around that were started and never finished. Ideas gone wrong, wasn't going according to plan, I'm sure you've all been there. Sometimes it's worth re-visiting these pages, having a play (with no expectation, so the pressure is off....always a good thing ) and seeing where it takes you.
This is my "reject" page. Done on flimsy card stock, so won't hold heavy embellishment, not even gessoed so won't support much wet mixed media either. But it does have a beautiful swish of bright orange/yellow colour......a starting point.

And here is my finished page.
To see what happened "in between" check out the Finnabair blog here for all the steps and materials used.
Thanks for visiting today. Re visit your "rejects"; you may be surprised where they take you.
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

International Scrapbooking Day

Yes, there is a day especially set aside for "scrapbookers".
To celebrate and promote this day, the Finnabair CT and Finn herself have joined forces with Prima to create some pages, to inspire with quotes, to run competitions and offer up some wonderful prizes.
Check out the Finnabair blog post HERE and the Prima post HERE
We were asked to choose a quote..........this is mine.
"Art enables us to find ourselves and loose ourselves at the same time"
Thomas Merton

Thanks for dropping by.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Journal Page.......For Finnabair

Working in art journals has become my favourite place to create. They allow for freedom of creativity and an "anything goes" approach. But they do have their limitations. The beauty, depth and detail that can be created with the layering of "dimensional elements" like metal and found 3 dimensional objects creates bulk within the pages, and the book can then become difficult to work in.
This is where mixed mediums like pastes, gels, paints, inks, pens, pastels, pencils, stamps, stencils, sprays and mists, papers, tapes, lace, fibres and fabrics can be used with absolute abandon.
I try to use lots of pattern, texture and colour to create interest.

Detail of sketched face, coloured with colour pencil, texture and movement created with Finnabair Modeling Paste and Finnabair Texture Brush, Finnabair stamp in "Chequered". Modeling Paste coloured with Finnabair art alchemy Acrylic Paints in Metallique Black Berry and Opal Magic Rose Gold.

A more detailed step by step of the processes used on this page can be found HERE on the Finnabair blog, along with  a list of all the materials used.
Our future is a blank space ahead of us, so, I want to include as much colour and joy in my life now, with lots of all the little details that I love, and, that make me happy.
Know what makes you happy and embrace it.
Thanks for dropping by. 

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