It’s been a while… but now I’m back. The reason for the long break is change of jobs, family sickness and general fatigue – for those reasons.
I never realized how hard it was to get back in the game after a long break but truly it was like learning all over again how to create art. I’ve heard of writer block , what I experienced I guess you can call an “Art Block” or “Creative Block”…
Anyway – back now and first out is this piece – “Salvaged”, a 40x40cm canvas.
I love the contrast between old and new, dark and light – and as most of you have probably realized a long time ago – I love Rust!
For this piece I have used several techniques for rust, more on this below.
One technique is using Finnabair art Extravagance Rust Effect Pastes. this was used on this chipboard barb wire.
Then I also experimented with Viva Rusty and combined this with Finnabair’s products above for maximum result (check out pic below). This piece is a Andy Skinner Industrial Element (chip board).
Another way of making rust was using metal color (acrylics) – combine this with metal powder (I have a Swedish brand bought at wsochcompany.se ) and then a component called MM-305-Rapid Rust (a liquid that is dabbed on) also bought at WSochcompany. This is really effective, check out the pipe to the far left and also the photo frame here;
Of course a lot of the stuff on this canvas is naturally rusted – salved stuff I have found, for instance the old lock. Some stuff on this canvas is also bought rusty – for instance the star and the create coin – both from Finnabair’s Embellishment collection.
The two signs – Salvaged and Finders Keepers are from Tim Holtz.
This canvas was sold during a fair a couple of weeks ago.
Hope you’ve enjoyed, stay tuned for more publications this week. It’s great to be back!
Back again, this time with my latest steampunk inspired Mixed Media Canvas. I call it “3 minutes to Midnight”.
I would also like to introduce you to a new character – Rolling Matilda:-) Found the upper part of her (head and chest) in a fleemarket. Took arms from a barbidoll and then made a body out of flowers and of course her way of moving around is with the mono wheel which was made with bits and parts I had laying around in my drawers.
So the thought behind the title is that at Midnight everything comes to life in this imaginary world which is Rolling Matilda’s. Machines, insekts, steampunk, lamps, air ballon etc. We are just witnessing everything 3 minutes before that:-).
Unfortunately it was very hard to photograph so the photos does not really do it justice. The size of it (50x20cm) and the colors were, it seems, a hard combo to photograph.
For colors used, check out bottom of the page.
Colors used – Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mists;
Partridge in a Pear Tree, Vintage Brass, Tokyo, Tattered Leather, Coffee Shop, Dragonfly, Key Lime Pie, Rolling Tide, Rolling Tide, It’s orange and Summer glow.
To color the roses in Rolling Matildas dress I used Finnabair’s Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints “Green Olive”, “Emerald Green” and DecoArt Metallic Lustre “Elegant Emerald” and “Lavish Green”
To highlight everything else I have used a mix of Finnabair’s Art Alchemy Metallique Waxes and Acrylic Paints.
Metal pieces found in my drawers, lot’s of them taken from insides of sewing machines, old telephone and clocks.
Thank’s for checking in and have a wonderful weekend!
Happy New Year to Everyone!
This holiday I have made 3 completely different canvases;
First out is Face Off.
Faces were done with air dry clay using molds that I purchased online. I’m guessing a lot of you have tried air dry clay – sometimes the outcome is great and sometimes it cracks… This time the faces were completely cracked so my initial thought was to just throw them away but then I decided to use that and do 2 faces that looked like two old rusty masks.
I used tons of different textures on the cavas, cardboard, cheese cloth, bubble wrap etc. Glued down the masks and then I tried something newly purchased;
Rust and corrosion liquid + iron metal powder. There are tons of these out on the market, I found a Swedish Online store that I purchased from
First you paint the surface with regular school type glue, then you sprinkle the iron metal powder and lastly the liquid is added with a pencil. After an hour or so it all starts to look rusty and corroded. The instructions told me that I should stop the process with some type of varnish but I just let it go…. I wanted everything to be completely covered with rust.
To add some finnishing touches I added Finnabair’s Rust paste here and there + some green color (Inka Golds).
It was great fun to try these different textures and the Rust/corrosion – Highly recommend it if you’re a rust-fan as I am:-)
Tune in for the following two canvases later this week. Wishing you all a great ending to this weekend!
Back again, today with a Mixed Media Canvas that I call Key Unfolding.
I love key’s in all shapes and forms, on this canvas it really shows:-).
The starting point was the 12×12 stencil. Sorry I’m not sure of the maker but I do believe it is TCW. This stencil also gave me the inspiration for the title and the colors to use.
The colors are not my typical but I was going for a feel of mystical and fantasy – for me that is greens in different shades and then adding purple and gold.
The mists I have used to get the colors I wanted are; Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mists “Dragonfly”, “Key Lime Pie”, “It’s Green” and “Fully Purple”.
Then I also added som Tatterd Angel’s Glimmer Glaze “Sweet Pea”.
Once the these colors (the base) was done, I started adding some Finnabair Art alchemy acrylic paint “Metallique Green Olive”, “Metallique Emerald Green” and “Brass Hardware” to all emellishments.
I continued by adding some more highlights to the embellishments with Inka Golds “violet”, “Old Gold” and lastly “Old Silver”.
That’s all for today, thanks for the view, wishing you all a great rest of the weekend!
Acrylic Pouring has been something I have been meaning to try for a long time now. I’ve been a bit intimidated – but yesterday I had my first go at it. The method I tried was a “Dirty Pour”. I have heard from others that once you try it you are hooked:-) and I can certainly see how you could become hooked on this. So much fun!!
For this first attempt I used white and black acrylics + DecoArt colors “Venetian Gold”, “Rich Espresso” and “Mink Pearl”. The canvas is 50×20 cm so quite large – very hard to take photos of so therefore the colors are not popping as much here on photo as they do in real life… the look of it in real life I am really happy with actually.
Here are the same colors used (the rest of the cup) on yet another 50×20 canvas. A completely different look.
and here’s a close-up of that one.
Later on this week I can show you some more on this theme, because I spent most of the weekend doing several more:-)
Then I think it is back to my usual Mixed Media Canvases for a while…
As you saw last week I did a canvas using Tim Holtz Distress Crayons, stencils and CCB Rub-ons Architextures Parchment Rub-ons. This week I am continuing on the same theme.
Here are two more canvases, this time the canvases are 20×20 cm.
The first one I call “Wish”. On this one I used CCB Rub-on “You are never to old to wish upon a star”, 2 different kinds of Tim Holtz stencils + Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.
The next one is similar to the one I did last week, but smaller. This one I call “I am”.
The CCB rub-ons used here are the eyes + text “You can see it in my Eyes” + “I am kinda a big deal”. Again Tim Holtz Distress Crayons + stencils.
Tomorrow I am showing you another (for me) new teqnique. I have tried “Acrylic Pouring” – so much fun.
Have a great day!
Here today to show you a really quick 50×20 cm canvas that I really loved doing and I think it turned out so cool. I will attend a fair later on in October so therefore I am making some different types of art to attract all kinds of people to my booth:-)
Using Tim Holtz “Distress Crayons” for the first time and what a joy!! Already working on another one because this was so much fun!
Also used on this canvas are several Tim Holtz stencils + 2 from TCW.
The beautiful woman face scetch in the middle is a rub-on from Canvas Corp Brands “Architextures Partchment Rub-on Pose”
More to come this weekend!
Here’s a 20×20 cm canvas that I named “Garage”.
After glueing down all the metals, I painted the whole canvas with Finnabair’s Heavy Black Gesso. Then I Misted the whole piece with Tattered Angel’s Glimmer Mist “Graphite”. After that I started coloring the individual pieces with the following products;
Finnabair Art Extravagance Rust Effecte Paste “Brown Rust”, “Gold Rust” and “Rust”.
Inka Golds “Turquoise”, “Graphite”, “Silver” and “Ice Blue”.
That’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with something completely different:-)
Going to work every morning I saw this tire hubcap laying on the side of the road. I started thinking about using this as a base for a Mixed Media piece. I waited a week or two so that the owner of it would have a chance to collect it but it continued to lie there and taunt me every morning and afternoon. So one day I brought it home.
It was cleaned from oil and dirt and then it layed in my hobby room for some time before I decided to start doing something with it. I had had a thought about doing something nautical and steampunk with it – I thought about Captain Nemo. What types of embellishments did I have at home to use… well I had these goggles, bought in a hardware store some time ago. I had a broken porclean octopus – I put these 2 pieces in the middle of my hubcap and then Nemo was sort of born. I knew the direction I wanted to go.
Published on Canvas Corps today is a blogpost on this piece.
Here’s a photo taken when all the embellishments were glued in place and before the painting process.
As you can see there are 2 Octopus tentacles sticking out on the top side of the goggles, these I made with Fimo clay. Love working with Fimo Clay so that’s something I wanna do more in the future.
Here is the finnished piece.
Before showing more of the finnished piece here are some step-by-step photos.
After all the embellishments were glued down. I painted the octopus with blue acrylic color. I did this because I wanted the blue to shine through the mists that I was going to add later. On the side of the googles I glued chipboard shapes to decorate it and then lots of shells, cogwheels. I also glued down chunks of microbeads here an there. This to give the illusion of corrosion and dirt. I glued metal whire on the goggles eyes. The sides of the goggles were painted with brown acrylic color and the rest of the piece was painted with Finnabair Heavy Black Gesso.
Now it was time to start coloring the piece.
Below photo shows me starting with 2 mists – Tattered Angels Plain Jane Baseboard “Grass” and “Wave”. These Baseboard colors cover really well – excellent to use as base colors.
Now it was time for the Mists. All of them Tattered Angels “Glimmer Mists”:”Key Lime Pie”, “Dragonfly”, “Patina”, “Tokyo” and “Coffee Shop”.
To give the googles a great steampunk look I colored it with “Tattered Angels “Sugar Maple”. Love this color – gives it an aged copper look. The gold on the goggles was painted with Tattered Angels High Impact Paint “Light Gold”.
To get the goggles a more corroded look I painted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam “Rustic” and I painted all the shells and some parts here and there with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam “Lime Cordial” that gave the impression of Algae.
This is the piece when I was done with the misting- before attending to all the embellishments.
To make all the embelishments pop I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam “Rustic” and then 2 Inka Golds “Oldsilver” and “Oldgold”.
and here it is again, my altered hubcap inspired by Captain Nemo;