Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring

Spring is finally here. No more frosty nights or snowfall. How glorious!


I used a floral stencil with baby blue Marabou texture paste, then colored the flowers with pearlized water color and used some washi tape and Infusions for the background. Infusions is a pigmented powder that gets reactivated with sprays or splashes of water. The result is always a surprise, it seems to have a life of its own.

One challenge asks for my superpower. I think it's making a glorious mess, ha ha. I just love making these messy, haphazard backgrounds.



Entering in:
Simon Says Monday: Splash it on.
Creative Artiste: #25 Anything mixed media
Mixed Media Monthly: #35 What's your superpower

Circles, my friend

This week you should be inspired to think circles and apply them to your art. Then head over to Use Your Stuff and enter this week's challenge. Here's my inspiration piece for you:


I started the background with my favorite method: sanding. I rarely use white, pristine storebought card stock, instead it's cereal boxes or covers from glossy brochures, really anything that is thick enough. Sanding it down has several positive effects: it removes some of  the print color, prepares the surface for the paint and brings in texture (especially if you use a coarse sandpaper like I do). I really love the movement of the sanding lines! I am a geek that way.

Next I added a light wash of pink acrylic. The small circles were done in two different ways,  by rubbing distress ink through a stencil (only in select places), and by stamping a  sheet of printer paper with a small circle stamp with script, which were then cut out and glued on. Lastly the large circles were stamped on. The animals were cut as well. Finally came the text that I found in a book.


Osallistuin näillä seuraaviin haasteisiin:
TJK / Silpputehdas: Kevätlempeä. Kruunu päässä riiausmatkalla - mahtaako kumppania löytyä?
KK-haaste: nro 194: pupunkorvat, pajunkissat, harakanvarpaat
Osallistun vähemmän tavallisilla eläimillä. Nämä selvästi nauttivat kevätlaitumelle pääsystään!




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Love in Darkness

OKTK:n uuteen haasteeseen tehdyt inspiskortit. Tämän kuvakollaasin mukaan mentiin.


Minua inspiroivat nämä naisen kuvat, ja sitten muistin Aulikki Oksasen komeansurullisen rakkauslaulun ja siitä se lähti.

A dark and mighty love song inspired me:

Night places a dark wreath onto your head so I would not see you

The forests are rising with the winds
The waters roll beneath the rocks
The rains cool off to stone.

entering in:
Dream in Darkness: April challenge
Emerald Creek: Double duty - that would be the olive acrylic paint that I used for stamping the swirls.

Blue blue blue

Sininen on aiheena tämän kuukauden KK-vintage-haasteessa. Sinisessähän on valtavasti sävyjä, joten ei liene  vaikeaa keksiä sopivaa aihetta.
Minulla sininen toimii taustassa, leimakuvioissa ja lopuksi kuvan päälle roiskituissa pilkuissa.


Ihmiset siellä kurkistelevat filminauhan takaa - oman elämänsä sankarit. Avoin mieli ja avoin sydän ovat maailmassa tarpeellisia:


Virheet kuuluvat elämään, mutta niistä kannattaa ottaa opikseen.


Elämä kannattaa elää tarkoituksella, ei vain antaa sen lipua ohi.


Ja elämää on turha pelätä - ihmeellisesti se vain kantaa.



Friday, April 14, 2017

Delicate

Delicate colors and a spring motive - this is my answer to Rubberdance color challenge this month.


The flowers are made with a lovely stencil that I bought in Sweden last year. I mixed some Finnabair frost blue mica powder with a texture paste, then added TH picket fence white for a semi-opaque color. Background is white gesso which allowed me to water down the brown ink to a delicate pale color. Birds are stamped, then colored in, and lastly came the sentiment (by Rubberdance).




Monday, April 10, 2017

Flowers


A bird has a soul made of meadow flowers - for sure!  I have had this poetic blurb for a while, but it never comfortably found its place until now. Please hop over to Use Your Stuff and take part in their this week's challenge with the nice and seasonal theme of Flowers.


entering in:
Take a Word: Botanical
Try it on Tuesday: Botanical

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Aina yhdessä vain...

Askarteluvuoren atc-vaihdot ovat taas käynnistyneet. Vaihtoon nro 21 tehtiin korttipari aiheella 'Tässä ja nyt'.
Ideana oli tehdä kaksi yhteenliittyvää korttia. 


Minulla kortit liittyvät yhteen kahdesta kohtaa.


Kortti on jo varmaan tipahtanut Katin postilaatikkoon joten ajattelin julkaista sen tässä.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Vastakohtia

OKTK-haasteessa on tässä kuussa synkännäköinen inspiraatiokuva. Tarkemmin siihen tutustuessa huomaakin, että kyseessä on vastakohdat.


Itse valitsin päivän ja yön, mutta jostain syystä vain synkeä yö inspiroi minua...

















Vasemmanpuoleinen on lähdössä vaihtoon ja menee jollekulle joka lähtee rinkiin mukaan.

The bottom layer is a kraft card. First I put some washi tape down, then worked dimensional magic with a Finnabair barbed wire stencil and some texture paste. Once that was dry I rubbed it in with brown distress paint, then took a plastic doily and used it as a stencil - I tell you, black ink is almost impossible to wash off completely. Lastly I scribbled around the photo.

It's midnight only when the last strike is over.
entering in:
CreativeArtiste Mixed Media: #24 Anything goes March

Ruuvi löysällä / Rusty butterflies

Kk-vintagehaastessa on tässä kuussa jännä teema: Ruuvi löysällä. Senhän voi käsittää niin monella tapaa! Itse lähdin liikkeelle ihan konkreettisesta ruuvista, satuin nimittäin löytämään nämä kolme ihanan ruosteista ruuvia kadulta.
Pohjana ruosteista pintaa (paperia) ja turkoosia rautalankaa perhosen vartalon ympärillä sitä paikallaan pitämässä. Ruuvia ei ole liimattu kiinni, se on siis löysällä.


Rusty screws for butterfly bodies, only held by some wire to keep it in place. Lovely background paper and some stamping with miscalleneous stamps from 7 Gypsies and Kaisercraft.

entering in:
Steampunk challenge: Anything goes March
DreaminDarkness: March challenge


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Can it be spring?

I believe so. I hear the birds making a racket, the sun is out at the long last, and soon there will be leaves in the trees and flowers and grass everywhere. But not yet! That's why I felt drawn to the springy colors and making a flower themed something.


It is also heavily layered - ink through stencil, stamping, texture paste through stencil, some washi tapes and cut out stamped circles. Finally topped by a flower that was created with texture paste and infusions.
Here are the punched shapes on my desktop. (Notice the colorful paper? It's my desk cover, to be used afterwards for backgrounds.)

And here they are ready. I gathered all the materials in one picture so you can get an idea how I made them.
entering in:
Simon says Monday: Handmade flowers
Frilly and Funkie: Welcome spring
Rubber Dance Art: Color challenge using stamps from the plate Round in circles