Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Colour and Shine - New Art Alchemy Metallique Paints!

Hi my treasures!
I hope you had a great week - I had a busy, but rewarding one - visiting beautiful Sweden and teaching mixed-media classes and having some serious creative fun... and then, as soon as I got back home and got on my feet again I was ready for meeting you Facebook Live on Prima Page - to present you new colours of Art Alchemy Metallique Paints! You can agree or not, but I think these colours are fabulous...and I was waiting for so long, patiently, for the release!
Can you imagine how hard it is to wait and keep your mouth shut about new, exciting things which are about to happen? Arrgh!

But finally- here they are - my new art babies from Art Alchemy Metallique Line: White Pearl, Soft Satin, Coral Reef, Mermaid Teal, Crocus Fields, Plum Preserves, Midnight Sky and Dark Forest! Which one is your favourite?
What is great about acrylic paints it is how they are permanent after drying - which makes it possible for you to layer one colour on another easily, creating stunning, detailed highlights and mid-tones but at the same time - reacting with water when wet... you can get great drips, delicate tones just by spraying water on them... or you can show the beauty of the texture just like I did in the projects below!
Just check the Art Stones tinted with water down Metallique Paint! So amazing, very organic look! Such a great texture - and so easy to make! You can also add some paint splatters for extra interest - and the eye-catching project is ready :)
Would you like learn bit more?
Check out the recording of my FB Live show who I'm explaining these techniques and showing all the colours, both on black and white background. Enjoy!

Did you enter Prima FB Giveaway yet? 
You  have a chance to win full set of my new Art Alchemy Metallique Paints - so don't wait too long, giveaway is only open until Friday! Good luck!

Sending warmest hugs

Monday, 22 May 2017

Break Out In Song

Happy Creative Monday, Everyone!
Athanasia prepared a true Art Alchemy feast for us all today. And not just that!
This project is packed with creative ideas you can use: inspiring journaling tricks, musical inspiration and some triple gesso action too. :) There's a video tutorial as well so together with Athanasia, I hope you will grab your paints and papers immediately. Happy creating!

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Hello dear friends!
My last art journal page is already placed in my Denim Journal and makes me really happy when I open it and the first thing I see are these beautiful colors.
I always love to incorporate a variety of colors on my pages. It just cheers me up and makes my day every time. :)
The Art Alchemy acrylic paints come in such yummy shades and I can't resist to use almost all of them in my projects.
So, after I used the Heavy White Gesso to prime the page, I started by painting with my favorite colors using a paint roller.

When they were dry I used the 'Bubbles' stencil to create some round shapes here and there with the Rich Turquoise paint.
Then I grabed a black permanent pen and wrote the lyrics of my favorite song 'Other People' by LP.
I used Clear Gesso to seal the text, just to be sure that it won't come off in the next steps.

After that, I painted with some White Gesso here and there to blend the colors and the text with the white background.
I also used the black pen to add some doodling here and there...

Then I dealed with the bubbles. I wanted some spark in there and the Sparks Acrylic Paints were perfect for this effect.
I used three of my favorite shades: Raven BlackIris Potion and Mermaid Sparkle.
I also used the Mystic Turquoise and Amethyst Magic Antique Brilliance Waxes to achieve an even more shiny result. I realy love how they turned out.
I used a small tag to write down a quote I found on Pinterest and decorated it with these cute Mechanicals Wings, a button I had in my stash and thread in different colors.

Last thing to do was to make some splashes with the Black Gesso to add a bit of contrast.
You can see in my video below how I played with all these delicious colors and how I built this page.

Thank you for visiting and I hope my music inspired project will give you some creative ideas :)!

I wish you all a happy crafty day and weekend!


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Friday, 19 May 2017

My Art Dreamscapes

Hello Dear Art Friends!
Get ready for a beautiful new artwork from my Creative Team waiting here to inspire you this weekend!
Karolina made a magical mini album using a couple of tags, pretty papers, paints and some embellishments. You don't really need much to express yourself and create something special... Enjoy!

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Hi everyone! I hope you have already begun your weekend and have found (or you're planning to find!) a moment to get your fingers dirty. :)

Today I'd like to show you my new project - a mini mixed media album that I created just for myself.
I used the amazing ,,Dreamscapes" collection from 7 Dots Studio because I realized that the words that are on the stickers describe me and my life just perfectly at the moment.
I hope I have managed to express my soul and heart in this small artful album.
You will be able to follow my creative process in the video you'll find below.
First of all, I created multiple layers on each of the tags that are the base of my album and I did it with paper, bits of gauze and sisal fiber.
As you can see, many of the papers have distressed, uneven edges - it's such a simple trick to add depth and interest to your piece.
Next I glued the sentiments stickers, die-cut elements and Mechanicals metal embellishments.
I love this kind of combination - the possibilities are endless and you can easily give your project a multi dimensional character and a different style each time.
Gesso also played an important role in creating this piece.
I believe that  everyone who works with paper and mixed media should have all the colors of gesso - White, Black & Clear (and you can get them in a 3 pack too!). Why so?
Gesso gives you so many possibilities - in case of this album the White one unified the composition and Black Gesso mixed with water let me create some beautiful delicate splashes.
As for the Clear Gesso - I love the Dreamscapes papers so much and I didn't want them to get 'lost' under the paints and other media. A layer of Clear Gesso makes it easy to protect the bits you want to keep visible.
In my project I also used the beautiful Art Alchemy acrylic paints.
My very favorite shades are Metallique Vintage Rose, Steampunk Copper, Emerald Green and I simply couldn't do without the my number 1 - Opal Magic Rose Gold. (see links below) I'm really curious: which Art Alchemy colors are you must-haves? :)
Here's my 'making of' video - I hope you'll feel inspired!

My soulful mini album is a bit messy, filled with my thoughts and my favorite colors.

There's a drop of melancholy too and a lot of me and my art.

I hope you like it and feel inspired to create your own mini book filled with all your favorite things, words, media and pretty embellishments.

And I hope you'll have as much fun as I did! :)
Have a creative weekend!

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Enchanting Shades of Blue... Impasto Paints !

Hi my dear friends!
In the last days there was a lot happening in my creative life - release of the new products, announcement of my classes for the next months including very busy Summer Tour in the USA - and finally information about my product hitting the shelves of Michaels Stores in USA and Canada.
Wow, a lot to take in, indeed!

Today I wanted take abetter look at the new Art Alchemy Impasto Paints. Mainly because I couldn't resist and I had to put them on my table and create... they are delicious! Creamy, thick, so strongly pigmented and opaque! Perfect for painting and creating texture - hey, this is what Impasto is all about, right? Let me show you the video I've made again...

Those of you who love painting with fingers - like me - will just love this range of paints. They are so easy to blend, so intense in colours... I seriously can't wait to see what you will create with them!

So, when my sample tubes of paint arrived - I had to play with them... I had the best time ever creating my little collage for the release blogpost - the one you can see in the video above. I loved the deep tones of the paint, how easy it was to layer colours, cover darker tones with lighter ones - so I wanted to do it again!

I thin it is easy to see why shades of Cobalt, Jade and Azure are absolutely addictive!!!
I took my canvas and started painting. Soon there was a new project happening and I just went with the flow - here is the result, my a bit oriental Fairy Queen. I love this transformation of one of my old family photos (simply laser-printed on photocopy paper) - she got a brand new personality!
I combined the look of the Impasto Paints with my Art Alchemy Metallique Paints and finishing touches of Metallique Waxes. Perfect combo, amazing contrast and play of light and shadow - I can see more of this combo in my future projects!

I seriously loved these projects - so I made a quick decision and turned my Fairy Queen into a new class available. I hope you will like this choice and will join me in the classroom - I'd be more than happy to share my enthusiasm for these techniques with you! You can have a look at this project in the video I've made yesterday too: this is a recording of my Facebook Live - Presentation of Art Alchemy Impasto Paints.You can start around 3.05 s as the beginning is just getting ready ;)

I hope you are as excited as I am about my new art babies - this is another dream coming true for me and I can't wait to explore all the possibilities of using this product line!

Wishing you all a great creative week

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