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“Create magic” – mixed media mini art journal cover

“Create magic” – mixed media mini art journal cover

Hello lovely people,

Today I’m back with a mixed media mini art journal cover that I hope you’ll enjoy and will get you inspired to create some magic of your own. 

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Well, I don’t know about you, but I love going to book fairs and browse antiquarian shops. One can never know what treasures might be laying around. It was on one of these trips I stumbled upon a hardcover, pocket dictionary from… 1904!  The minute I saw it I knew exactly what I will be doing with it!

Inspiration can come in many ways and for this art journal cover, I was definitely under Anna’s/ Finnabair spell, as I had the luck and privilege to meet her and attend one of her live classes, as well as her new online class a while ago. I encourage you from the bottom of my heart to go and take her classes, my friends, as they are really, really SPECIAL!!! So, if you have this opportunity, don’t miss it and go for it! They are a must!

"Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover "Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover

I started my project by applying a coat of white heavy gesso to my cover and after drying, I spread Limestone stone effect paste through one of Finnabair’s doily stencils. When the texture paste was dry, I created my composition by glueing down lots of different Finnabair mechanicals using 3D matte gel and a silicone brush. I filled the pocket watch with art stones, mini art stones and some bigger stones I made using paper clay and adhered everything again with 3D matte gel (I am using this type of medium as I know there will be lots of painting and brushing involved in my next steps and I don’t want anything to move). I dried everything with my heating tool and then moved to the other side of the cover adhering another mechanical embellishment with two brads.

"Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover "Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover

For my next step, I covered everything with a layer of black heavy gesso and then dried it with the heat gun.

Using a Finnabair clear background stamp, pigment ink and embossing powder I added more visual texture to my cover.

"Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover "Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover "Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover

Then, it was time for splashing some colour. For this, I started with a selection of Art Alchemy Opal  Magic and Metallique paints (you can see all the paints I used in my video tutorial and the list bellow). I worked from light to dark and from pale to bright colours until I was pleased with the result. To enhance even more the colours I continued with the simply “yummilicious” Art Alchemy waxes, brushing them here and there where I needed a pop of colour.

"Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover "Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover

To highlight the texture I have used a mixture of mica powders and the new and totally fabulous Art Alchemy Sparks which, in my opinion, are the ultimate highlighter and have no rival on the market!

I painted one of Finn’s metal butterflies and a tiny chipboard arrow, first with a coat of black gesso and then with Art Alchemy waxes and attached them with 3D matte gel.

"Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover "Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover

As a finishing touch, I stamped a couple of Finnabair stamps on a piece of white tissue paper, cut them out and pasted them using soft matte gel, which is the perfect medium for collage work.

"Create magic" - mixed media mini art journal cover

Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see all the products I used. Enjoy and have fun!

 

You can find the full list of supplies I used here.

Have a wonderful day and a creative weekend, my friends,  and don’t forget to check out my Online Workshops  🙂 I’d be delighted to see you in the classroom!

Much love,

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2 Comments:

  1. Sanda, I could tell you a hundred times how much I love your art and it still would not convey what I feel about your style, design, process and inspiration! Your ability to marry the products together and turn them into treasures, well amazes me each time!
    Thank you for taking the time to make videos of your processes- I love watching you create!
    huge hugs my friend,
    Jackie xx

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    • Thank you so, so much for your lovely comments, my dear friend, but most of all THANK YOU for your friendship and support. I don’t have words to tell you how much it means to me and how grateful I feel! Much love and the biggest and warmest hugs, sweet Jackie, xxx

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