Reach for the Stars – mixed media art journal page
Hello wonderful people,
I’m back today with a mixed media art journal page with video for Finnabair Creative Team.
Do you get inspired by just looking at a wonderful painting? This is exactly what happened to me when, browsing the internet one evening, trying to relax, I was admiring the marvels of Sistine Chapel and looking at the Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam (the famous fresco resting majestically on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling and painted by the artist c. 1508–1512) I was hit by inspiration. In a split moment, I knew exactly how my page will look like. 😊
This page is about dreaming and daring, about believing in yourself and your dreams, about being brave…
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
I started my page by spreading a generous coat of white heavy gesso with a Finnabair brush. I dried the gesso with a heating gun and then I applied a layer of white crackle paste with a 2 inches silicone brush. I left the crackle paste to dry overnight (don’t try to hurry this process as you’ll not get the same results).
After spraying some inks on my pages, I dried everything and applied a coat of clear gesso. When the gesso was dry, I spread a thick layer of 3D gloss gel through Finn’s Stars stencil – it dries completely clear and the stars are really puffed up and gorgeous.
For the next step, I pulled out my wonderful Art Alchemy Metallique paints and started to bring my pages to life. I went from light to dark, mixing the colours directly on the page, adding depth and vibrancy. Layer after layer of creamy, luscious goodness. 😊
When I was pleased with the result and after everything was dry, I fussy cut the hand and collaged it with 3D matte gel. Then, I added my embellishments (chipboards and mechanicals) glueing them down using heavy body gel.
I wanted to create some texture on my crescent Moon, so I mixed graphite texture paste with black heavy gesso and spread it with a brush creating an uneven surface. After drying this layer, I highlighted the texture using art alchemy opal magic and added a glowing light around the Moon using Patina effect paste (Brass). Next, I did some shadowing with Art alchemy metallique (Dark Velvet) and painted my chipboards and mechanicals with Brass patina effect paste and Art Alchemy
To enhance even more the Moon’s texture and to give my pages more depth and an ethereal glow using my Art Alchemy Waxes. They add a layer of subtle, delicate and luminous beauty over the Art Alchemy paints, complementing and deepening the colours underneath. Pure magic, my friends! 😊
I lit all the stars in my sky with Art Alchemy Sparks, they are amazing!!!
You know me already and my love for texture, so I couldn’t finish today’s project without using one of my favourite Finn’s products – the art stones and mini art stones, along with her glass beads, glitter and mica flakes, all glued down with 3D matte gel and highlighted with Art Alchemy Sparks.
To finish my pages I added a touch of mica powder and some white splatters using watered down white heavy gesso.
I hope you enjoyed and got inspired by my new project and you are ready to create some magic of your own.
Here is my video where you can watch my creative process and see all the products I used. Enjoy and have fun!
Have a wonderful day and a fabulous and Happy Easter, my friends, and don’t forget to check out my Online Workshops 🙂 I’d be delighted to see you in the classroom!