Monday, 6 March 2017

Ice Resin Galore

Good morning, I am excited, moved by my mixed media necklace which I have been working on for the past 3 days. Apart from the metal pieces and the leather cord, it is basically made from scratch. The beads are baked clay and all the other is done with Ice Resin. I even made the two moulds! I am proud about this piece and will wear it with gratitude! It may look simple to some but I put my heart and soul into making this piece (well I do anyway concerning any project but this one was different!). It was my first time experimenting with Ice Resin and will happily do again very soon. I am in love with this piece -

I mixed into these Ice Resin beauties some Black Seeds, a few drops of Alcohol Inks (two different colours) and Ultra Fine Flower Soft (Sage).

Now this has to be my most favourite part of the necklace - faux pineapple skin . It's Ice Resin too of course but instead of leaving it just yellow (you will see more pics), I drilled a hole in it, gessoed it, and took my time using acrylic paints to make it look almost like a real pineapple skin. A weather proof matte varnish on top by Powertex!

Black seeds and Cadmium Yellow Oil Colour to spice up this piece!

At the back, which was on top of the mould and stayed nice 'n' glossy but I don't mind this shiny side being the back of the pendant!

I will show you now how I made the two moulds. The geometric shape one at first. I snapped my daughters' perfume bottle for it as I was looking around the house some interesting shapes for the pendants. I used Pebeo Silicum Moulding Paste for my moulds. It's one of the nicest silicone moulding paste available in my opinion.

The mould has some imperfections but it made it even more interesting!

Here I am finished mixing in some oil paint into Ice Resin. After that I added the Black Seeds.

Ready to be put away somewhere safe to set, otherwise my kids would of been not resisting of tipping their fingers inside!!

A bit blurry image but you can spot that it is easy to drill the hole in the resin!

Here's one closer image to these vintage looking pendants, here just freshly poured.

I like very much trying out new methods and what better way to get the pineapple skin look than using the real pineapple for it!

Now you have to admit, this is SOMETHING!!

I made another 'pineapple skin' just to show you the transformation.

And here you can see my 'lightbulb' idea for painting and varnishing the beads. Chromium Oxide Green is definitely one of my loved colours. 

Entering this to Finnabair Designers' Fave Challenge Handmade Jewelry.

Thanks a million for your visit,

Thursday, 2 March 2017

I don't have an attitude ...

My newest mixed media art journal spread, retro style! My eyes rest when I am using vibrant colours, I also want to be surrounded with lots of colours and retro themed home decor, and I make sure I do. I suppose it is just my cup of tea!

I am not much of a stamp user usually but I do have my little box of something growing. I am always on the lookout for some unique looking stamps though, like the Vintage Scale. 
I used a lot of acrylic paints and patterned paper. Can you spot the mouse after a big chunk of cheese!! I still have the 'Flow Book For Paper Lovers' I think 2014 edition, quite full, the stickers are from there, and that classy postcard and more.

Entering my art journal spread to Scrapki-Wyzwaniovo March Challenge: Numbers (100% on the orange sticker and nr 34!)

Thanks a million for popping by,

Sunday, 19 February 2017


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,

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,

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,