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Find Beauty in Decay – mixed media collage/assemblage

Find Beauty in Decay – mixed media collage/assemblage

Hello beautiful people,

I’m back tonight with a small mixed media collage/assemblage, called “Find Beauty in Decay”, I created using the NEW Finnabair fabulous Patina paste set and the spectacular Art Alchemy Waxes. I’m telling you, these products are utterly exceptional! More I work with them I discover new ways of using them, they are so versatile and so easy and fun to work with.I don’t know if you feel the same, but I get so excited and inspired when working with products I truly love and this little canvas makes no exception.

I don’t know if you feel the same, but I get so excited and inspired when working with products I truly love and this little canvas makes no exception.

For this small mixed media collage/ assemblage, I have used a few of my favorite new Finnabair products – the Patina Paste set and Art Alchemy Waxes. When I saw them first, I got so inspired and started working straight away. The colors are just gorgeous and I love the gritty feel of the Patina paste. The waxes are so creamy and easy to work with, giving a perfect coverage on practically any support like paper, plastic, resin, plaster, wood, the sky is the limit. Pure bliss to work with them!

Find Beauty in Decay - mixed media collage/assemblage

I started to work on a 6×6 inch wooden canvas by applying a mixture of Finnabair modeling paste and texture powder through the harlequin stencil. I also have worked the sides of the panel. When the modeling paste was dry, I covered everything with a coat of white heavy gesso and dried it using my heating tool.

Find Beauty in Decay - mixed media collage/assemblage

Next, I glued down a Prima wooden box ( I keep all the Prima packages) and some paper clay decorations I made using a Prima mould and covered them with a layer of gesso too.

Find Beauty in Decay - mixed media collage/assemblage

It was now time for my first layer of paint, so I grabbed two of the gorgeous Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax (Red Amber and Lucky Emerald). Using first my finger and then a brush, I spread the richly luxurious waxes in thin layers, covering my entire background. The Antiques Brilliance waxes have a brown undertone that creates such a lovely and authentic vintage look. Their creaminess makes them easy to spread and blend A small amount goes a looong way. Not to mention that they smell delicious. 🙂 All of the waxes are drying permanent.

Find Beauty in Decay - mixed media collage/assemblage

To create the weathered look I used Finnabair/Prima rust paste set and the new set called Patina paste. Let me tell you, these patina pastes are fantastic! The colours are so beautiful and so true to the real patina. You can blend and layer them with ease to create depth and an authentic vintage, rusty look.

Find Beauty in Decay - mixed media collage/assemblage

I created my collage using a few Finnabair Mechanicals and a piece of UmWOW Studio chipboard –wire dress form– all of them “rusted” using the two sets of paste and waxes.

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As a finishing touch, I diluted some rust and patina paste and made some splashes. 

Find Beauty in Decay - mixed media collage/assemblage

Have a great evening my friends and don’t forget to check out my Online Workshops . You can still take advantage of the Massive Sale that’s running in my Shop. You can read more about it here.

Much love,

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8 Comments:

  1. Beautiful piece, Sandra – that’s just mouth-watering colour!

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  2. love this!!!! the design and the color everything.

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  3. Beautiful. Love all the texture and details. Fab colours.

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  4. Thank you so much Win Dinn, Vickie and Carrie for your lovely comments, I’m really glad you like it! <3 xoxo

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  5. Stunning! It’s so hard to believe the rust and patinas are actually paint! it looks so real even up close! Love it xx

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  6. Sanda,you never disappoint!
    And now you have me sold on some of those new products! oh my poor husbands wallet-heehee
    This is beyond gorgeous! Your way with creating textures and blending elements for the perfect piece, well is just brilliant! And I’m not just saying that because we are fiends! heehee
    Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous art and wonderful talent with us!
    love to you,Jackie

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    • Thank you so much Jackie, my dear, sweet friend! The new products are very special indeed! Can you see the big smile your comment brought on my face? THANK YOU! Much love, Sanda xoxo

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