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Forgotten Past Art Journal Cover

Forgotten Past Art Journal Cover

Hello dear friends,

Today I am absolutely thrilled to share with all of you my very first project for FINNABAIR CT!!! YAY! To say I’m happy it’s an understatement! 🙂

Not many of you will know about my passion for all things vintage. Old eras, ancient places, artefacts, you name it, they have always fascinated me. I like to think of fossils as Nature’s way of making fine art… So, when I discovered some ammonite fossils at the Natural History Museum here in London, I knew immediately I would use them in my artwork. I was just waiting for that special occasion. And what a better occasion than my very first blog post as a Finnabair’s Creative Team member?

For today I decided to create and share with you an art journal cover to reflect this love of mine.    

img_3819-2 I started by applying a coat of White Heavy Gesso on my cover, dried it with my heating tool and then collaged a piece of tissue paper using Soft Matte Gel. For this project, I went for lots of texture using chipboard pieces, trims, White Crackle Paste I spread through the Bubbles stencil and Texture Paste White Sand.

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I also glued down two pieces of paper clay which I stamped with my ammonites. I left everything to dry overnight to allow the crackle paste to work its magic! The next morning, I added a few bits of cotton gauze and lace, all glued down with 3D Gloss Gel.


I dried everything and then I covered the entire piece with a layer of Black Heavy Gesso. Separately I mixed some of the black gesso with Art Stones and Mini Art Stones and spread them randomly with my finger. I must admit that I am totally addicted to the art stones, I can’t get enough of them! LOL

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I embellished the project further with some gorgeous, rusty looking Mechanicals.

To paint my cover, I used lots of Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints, Opal Magic and Mica Powders. A real joy to work with – these paints are luscious, my friends!


I hope you enjoy my project and that you feel inspired to create your own wonderful art.

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process. Have fun!


For the full list of products I’ve used please read this post.

Have a lovely creative day my friends and don’t forget to check my Online Workshops!

Much love,

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  1. Incredible!!! Wow Sanda! You absolute me amaze me everytime! The depth,texture and color palette in this journal are outstanding! I keep watching your videos and hope to create some where near your talent some day!! huge hugs and congrats on your first DT post with Finn!! You rocked it!
    Jackie xoxo

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    • Jackie, my dear sweet friend, thank you soooo much! I don’t have enough words to tell you how much I appreciate you and cherish our friendship!!! Much love and gratitude, HUGE hugs, Sanda xoxo

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  2. Wow, this is just so very beautiful. Such texture and color and depth. Does the 3D gel come in matte as well? Do you prefer the gloss? If so, may I ask why? Is this called 3D because it is a stronger gel?

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words! The 3D gel comes in matte as well and no, I don’t necessarily prefer one to the other, it just happened I had the gloss one at hand. It’s called 3D because it’s a much stronger gel and you can achieve 3D results if ou spread it through a stencil for example, but it’s a very strong glue as well. Hope this helps, xoxo

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  3. Love this latest piece Sanda. Will you be stocking the products in your shop?

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