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Notes mixed media art journal spread

Notes mixed media art journal spread

Hello dear ones,

How are you today? Hope everyone is well and crafting happily! I know I didn’t post in a while but I was very busy in my studio preparing some lovely surprises for you all. 🙂 I can’t disclose them right now, but believe me, you will just love them!!! I will  reveal everything soon, I promise, so stay tuned! 🙂

In the meanwhile I would like to share with you a mixed media art journal spread  I just finished and  love how it turned up.


So, I started working in one of my handmade art journals, on heavyweight watercolour paper. First I gave it a nice and generous coat of white gesso and while the gesso was still wet I sprinkled gypsum powder (plaster) and marble dust, adding more gessso, then more plaster and marble dust and so on until I built a nice layer of texture. Next I spread here and there a thick coat of Finnabair clear crackle paste and left everything dry overnight.

Don’t try to speed up the process using a heating tool as you will not get the same result. I know it’s hard to wait (LOL) but trust me, your patience will pay off in the end and you will get the most fabulous crackles on your pages. The size of the crackles depends on how thin/thick your layer is: the thicker the layer, the bigger the crackles.

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When everything was dry I mixed some raw umber acrylic paint with acrylic glaze and spread it all over my pages pushing it into the cracks and then wiped off the excess with a baby wipe.


I painted my background using Finnabair art alchemy acrylic paint (Light Patina and Emerald Green), PaperArtsy  Caribbean Sea and iridescent gold from Golden. When the paint was dry, I spread modeling paste through my handmade stencil to create the feather. When dry, I painted the feather, did a bit of stamping and created the border using a stencil and the Finnabair rust paste set.


As embellishments I used some gelli printed deli paper, a bit of wire I coiled and painted with rust paste, teal and gold acrylic paint and two Tim Holtz nibs. I glued down everything using Finnabair soft gel and extra heavy gel medium and created a bit of shadowing around the feather and the collage using Inktense pencils a water brush.


As a final touch I made some splatters and added the words.


Hope you enjoyed today’s project and thank you so much for stopping by. Don’t forget to check out my Online Workshop. You can watch a video trailer HERE.

Have a wonderful evening,

Much love,

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  1. wow…this is amazing…love your “Art”

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  2. Sanda, this is stunning, love the colours and the feather too xx

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  3. Sanda, This is Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I too love your art and am a huge fan!! Geesh, does the big surprise mean another class? I am saving up to take the first one! Hope to sign up soon!!
    hugs, Jackie xoxo

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    • Awww Jackie, your comments always make my day!!! 🙂
      In fact will be 2 more classes hopefully sooner than later, I planned them for this autumn, but I’m still editing! I always find it particularly challenging talking for a class , aware that English is not my first language, but I’ll get there finally! 🙂 You are such a sweetheart!!! Thank you so much for your friendship and constant support! Much love, Sanda xoxo

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