Super news and kursseja keväälle! - Ikaalinen

Hi there! First a couple of lines in English and then more in Finnish. It's time to start reserving time from my calendar to workshops during the spring. And boy I have big news. Huge! Just look the photo underneath! Hello Art Venture (link) and hello US! It's my very first time over there. And it also seems that I'm coming to Creativation to demo and keep a couple of workshops there, too. I'm thrilled, excited and so scared! I'm stepping in for Anna as she's unable to travel. So the pressure is on!

Sitten vaihdetaan suomeen! Alkaa nimittäin olla aika varata kalenterista aikaa kursseille! Tammikuu menee rapakon takana, kuten ylläolevasta kuvasta käy ilmi, mutta maaliskuussa ollaankin sitten Ikaalisissa! Alla kurssitiedot. Kannattaa myös seurata blogia, sillä kurssia on tulossa myös ainakin Helsinkiin, Turkuun ja Perniöön!

----------- IKAALINEN 31.3.2018

"White butterflies fluttered ceaselessly by" - kanvas
Nannan Paperi ja Helmi lauantai 31.3. klo 11-14

Pastellivärejä ja pehmeitä sävyjä - tämän kurssin kanvas on väreiltään rauhallinen, mutta siihen mahtuu montaa ainetta ja tekniikkaa. Käytämme kohopastaa, gel mediumia ja Sculpture Medium -kankaankovetinta. Kerroksia, koostamista ja lopuksi kokonaisuuden kattamista opaaliseen hohteeseen! 

Kurssin hinta on 34 € / hlö, johon sisältyy käytettävät materiaalit. Kurssimaksu tulee maksaa etukäteen. Jotta kurssi toteutuu, täytyy ilmoittautuneita olla ainakin 6. 

Kurssille voi ilmoittautua osoitteeseen rkovasin@gmail.com. Mukaan mahtuu maksimissaan 15 henkeä. Ilmoittautuminen on sitova ja perutusta kurssipaikasta peritään maksu.

"All these memories I will treasure in my heart" - art journal kansi
Nannan Paperi ja Helmi lauantai klo 14.30-17.30

Tällä kurssilla tehdään hyvin henkilökohtainen kirjan kansi. Ajatuksena on liittää työhön joku tarinan omaava yksityiskohta. Käytämme gel mediumia kahdella tapaa ja luomme kirjan, johon voi kirjata ajatuksiaan tai tehdä taidetta.

Kurssin hinta on 38 € / hlö, johon sisältyy käytettävät materiaalit. Kurssimaksu tulee maksaa etukäteen. Jotta kurssi toteutuu, täytyy ilmoittautuneita olla ainakin 6. 

Kurssille voi ilmoittautua osoitteeseen rkovasin@gmail.com. Mukaan mahtuu maksimissaan 11 henkeä. Ilmoittautuminen on sitova ja perutusta kurssipaikasta peritään maksu.


Two mini canvases - Prima Marketing

Hi there and great Tuesday! There's a series of post about the Finnabair mediums going on in the Prima blog - have you noticed? Yesterday's post was all about two pastes, Modeling Paste and Light Paste. Here's a link to that post (link) so you can have a look yourself.

I did two mini canvases for the post. My idea behind these two was to show what more you can do with the paste than just use it as it is and color on top. I made even a shot little video on my process with these two canvases which you can see a bit further down.

My favorite way to use Modeling Paste is just as it is – white. But you can also dye it or use it as a base to create a texture paste of your own. I really love Modeling Paste as it’s so thick and heavy body so it’s perfect for stenciling. The thick paste really makes a sharp pattern.

If you aren’t afraid to get your fingers dirty, the Modeling Paste also makes a prefect snow medium on its own. Just apply with a finger to layers of varying heights to get a natural feel. If you want something extra, add some glitter on top for the sparkling snowbanks!

I hope you liked the video and got inspiration from the few different ideas I was throwing there. And thank you for stopping by today! Have a great day! 

Materials from Prima Marketing:

961411 – Modeling Paste 
962630 – Micro Beads Splash 
594756 – Kimberly Prima Flowers
964399 – Mechanicals Vintage Snowflakes 
963354 – Mechanicals Mini Stars 
960247 – Mechanicals Roman Numerals 
584566 – Tile Stencil 
961374 – Heavy Gesso White 
963118 – Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint Metallique Deep Waters 
584269 – Watercolor Confections Tropicals 
961602 – Glitter Set Ebony and Ivory 
961398 – 3D Matte Gel 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Garn und Mehr


Move ever Forward - Wow Embossing Powders

Moikka and good Monday! The weather outside almost matches these cards - it's raining and the wet asphalt is sucking all the light so it's almost pitch black! Almost, like these cards. I've done them quite some time ago, to be honest, but forgot to share them totally. They were made as a guest project for Wow Embossing Powders.

As you can see from the picture above, the cards have just a few elements. There's some hearts made with a mould, some twine and also a metal embellishment. The three of them make up a series with the title running cross all three - move ever forward. 

The biggest thing, at least I think so, is the background with a lot of different colors and texture. First it looks totally black, but there's golden, pink, green and blue hues in there. And a slightly visible pattern with the cogs. It's done with triple embossing - stamping straight to the melted powder.

As these cards were done ages ago, they all have a new home already. But if you'd like a swap with me, just send me an email and let's see what I can do! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great start to the new week! 

Materials: Wow Embossing Powder, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio


Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Hi there! Holidays are coming and I have a gift tip for you! Like I wrote in one previous post, "in my honest opinion, everyone should read this book. It's thrilling and exciting!" So if you are looking for a gift idea for either to an artsy friend or to yourself and still don't have read the book, I highly recommended it! It gave me a lot of inspiration.

The "Artful Adventures in Mixed Media" is a book by mixed media artist Nathalie Kalbach. It demonstrates how you can turn your observations and experiences into beautiful pieces of art. The book offers tips on how to gather inspiration but also guides with the colors, composition and art basics. The book has eight chapters and they are like building blocks - you start with the base and go for the height. Everyone can be creative and many things can spark that inspiration.

The writer, Nathalie Kalbach is a self-taught artist now living in New Jersey. She has an unique way of using colors and creates wonderful artworks that represent her surroundings and travels. I especially love her city canvases! You can find her site here (link) where she also has a little shop where you can get the book (link) but also her designs as stencils or stamps (link)

I received a copy in the summer and got so much inspiration out of it! Like I said in my first Instagram post about the book (link) - waiting for the part 2! It was a perfect timing to read it as we were planning and waiting for a summer trip and the book gave me a lot to think about. I really enjoyed reading the book as it has the spark that Nat has in her, joy and excitement just flowed from its pages. We even used the book as the source of one of the Inspired By's with Marsha (link)

Like the title, "Artful Adventures in Mixed Media", suggests, the book is about adventures, about gathering inspiration on the go. It can be a walk around the block or an adventure in the internet but there's also ideas about documenting and gathering inspiration during a holiday or travel. As I'm always intrigued by inspiration, it was interesting read how Nat uses her travels as the source and how she documents those to be used later. 

Like I have said, the book is a great source for inspiration but also a good introduction to art on the go or to mixed media to whom the subject is new. There's seven chapters by Nat herself and the last, the eight one with the title of "Absorbing art made by friends" which shows inspiration from other artists. These include for example Birgit Koopsen, Seth Apter and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. If you wish to read more about the book, you can do it here (link).  

Thank you for your visit today and have a great start to the new week! If you have already read the book, I'd love to hear your thoughts! 


Cute cards - Tape Garden

Oh my gosh how I love the cute stamps by Lawn Fawn! Just look at those! Those cute characters are the center of attention in these cards I did for Tape Garden.

The cards are really simple - just some matching strips of washi tapes, some watercolor splashes and the stamped little cuties colored with watercolors. There's also a couple of stickers and half pearls. Easy peasy! These would make lovely cards for the kids, too.

Have a sweet Saturday! Thanks for the visit!  

Materials: Tape Garden, Lawn Fawn, Prima Marketing, Ranger


Candy like Holiday tags - Prima Marketing

Sweet Christmas! Well, maybe not just yet. But it starts to be time to start making the Holiday cards and notes. These candy colored tags are made as a part of Prima's Michaels team with supplies you can get from Michaels. You do know that some of the Finnabair line is now available from Michaels? Please see this link to see the range (link).

Finnabair Glitter set (link) is really easy way to add some glimmer to your Holiday greetings. You don’t even have to use wet mediums in these bauble tags. And who said that Holiday color palette needs to be red and green? These tags are sweet as candy! Underneath you can see the four easy steps to make these!

Step 1. Cut some circles out of double sided adhesive sheet. Use a circle punch or a die if you have those or then just scissors. Naturally you can go for fancier baubles, too, but circles are really easy to start with at least.

Step 2. Adhere the circles to the tags (or a piece of cardstock or on top of a parcel...) but keep the protective sheet still on the surface. Draw hanging strings to each circle, or bauble.

Step 3. Remove the protective sheet one at a time and add glitter on top. Gently rub with your finger so the glitter really sticks and covers the whole area. Use a brush to remove extra glitter from the surface.

Step 4. Embellish the tags with some ribbon and pretty blooms. Finish with a hand-written or stamped greeting.

See, I said they were easy! Just four steps and the tags are ready and no super mediums needed! As there's no wet mediums involved, you can decorate even your Christmas gifts with these baubles!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have an awesome start to the weekend! 


961619 – Glitter Set Abloom

Materials: Prima Marketing, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Fiskars, Ranger


Believe - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hiya! Yesterday I shared a layout I did for Elizabeth Craft Designs as a guest project and today I'm sharing a card from the same post (link). I tend to do always two projects for the post with the same theme or steps. This time it was a wintery layout and this card.

I started by adhering a piece of patterned paper to the cardstock, then applied gesso and continued with Modeling Paste. The biggest difference between the two projects, except the size, is the use of thread in the card. If you wish to see how the card was made, please see the video below! 

I tried to capture snowy, wintery feel in the card so it could be used as a Christmas greeting or just a winter greeting card. With all the stars and sparkle, you could use this style even for a New Year's card!

Thank you for visiting today! I hope you like these projects and find inspiration from these! 

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Prima Marketing - Heavy Gesso White
Prima Marketing - Modeling Paste
Prima Marketing - Soft Gloss Gel
Wow Embossing Powder - Embossing Ink
Wow Embossing Powder - Bright White Embossing Powder
Ranger - Archival Ink Jet Black
Prima Marketing - paper blooms

Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Ranger, Wow Embossing Powder

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