Friday, 21 October 2016

A Spoonful of Art

Hello Friends!
Today we are saying goodbye to our lovely talented Irina whose creativity and countless ideas inspired us all so much. All her projects  had this special 'something' and today is no different. :)
This new artwork will make you want to grab your spoons.. ;)
Hello! Irina Honcharyk with you here today. I am glad to present my new project.
It is dedicated to Art in my life. Thanks to scrapbooking and mixed media I learned to see the beauty in the most ordinary things. And today my artwork's substrate is a spoon! Yes, a simple spoon that you can find in your own house, too. :)
So here it is: a combination of ordinary and artsy, a simply shape and rich textures, an everyday object and a piece of art at the same time.
I painted a spoon with Art Alchemy Black Berry acrylic paint on both sides. Maybe it doesn't look too special yet but then I added a paint of a different color - Light Patina. It was applied unevenly and it resulted in a worn, vintage look.
I used metal Mechanicals embellishments that I tied to the spoon with a wire.
And here you can see how the colors finally turned out.
Then I prepared some decorations by myself. I took a piece of gauze and white thread. I painted it with sprays in different colors matching the colors of acrylic paints I used.
I applied Clear Sculpture Medium to the gauze to give it a desired shape. Thanks to this medium, the fabric becomes hard and sculpture-like. You can read more about it {here}.
I glued it to the spoon with Heavy Body Gel.
I wanted to add some more decorations to make the spoon look a bit more interesting.
Using 3D Matte Gel I glued some Art Stones in different sizes.
Then I decided the Art Stones needed a little color and I covered them and my Mechanicals with alcohol inks.
The final touch was applying Art Ingredients like Art Sugar, Micro Beads and a teeny-tiny metal Tin Heart.
In my opinion, Art without the heart - it is just empty! :)
Now my Art Spoon stands on my desk and every time I will look at it, I will always smile and remember my time in Finnabair's Creative Team.
Unfortunately, this is my last project as part of the Finn Team... I am very happy to have been here - it truly is a dream team! I am extremely grateful to Anna and other designers who are all such wonderful, creative people and I'm really happy we could meet and create together!

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Seashore Stories - notebook and some updates!

Hi again my dear friends!
First of all, here are some updates on what is really going on on my side :)
As always - a lot! I've just got back home from my classes in Budapest, where I was also lucky enough to spend 3 full days with my Mom, who decided to join me for this short trip - how great it was to see her after almost 15 months! We had the best time enjoying the beautiful city and chatting from early morning till late evening... she was even brave enough to be my student for 1 class! I guess you can imagine how exciting it was for me :)

Shortly after I was on my way to the UK, to teach in one of my favourite places: Art Workshops classes in Middlesbrough. We had a great, relaxed weekend and I really can't wait to be back in June for our HUGE event in Coventry - have you seen the flyer? It's going to be AMAZING!!! I can't believe how lucky I am to teach at the same event with my 2 Brand Ambassadors: Marta and France! This is going to be a pure blast (in 3 acts!). You can't miss it - bookings will open in November, so watch my space for updates :)

Finally - I'm on the last stage of going through the Creative Team Call entries. You can't imagine the torment I'm going through trying to narrow down the list - your emails and talent left me overwhelmed, humbled and proud in the same time. I am truly blessed to be able to live my dream and work with such a great group of people, sharing the love for art and creativity. Thank you for that! Please keep your fingers crossed for a little bit longer - we are really getting there!!!

Finally - I'd like to share one of my latest projects. Some of you who follow my Home Instagram Account know this August and September were just beautiful here in Ireland and Andrew and I were able to explore some of the most pleasant beaches of the West Coast, enjoying the weather, the sand, the wind and the ocean.
Of course, I HAD TO bring some of the treasures of the sea home - and not long ago I was finally able to put then in use to create this ocean inspired art notebook. As I really enjoy building my projects from scratch, I started with and old book cover, pieces of chipboard, fabric and Art Extravagance Graphite Texture Paste to get interesting eye-catching layers.

The main composition was of course based on the idea of using seashells I found this year - and I was looking for the right shape to start with. Finally, I decided to use one of the decors from Prima IOD Moulds - in combination with my Mechanicals, Art Ingredients Art Stones and Pebbles and shells I had waiting on my desk for weeks!

All the elements are staying securely in place thanks to my favourite Art Basics Heavy Body Gel I've used for gluing. I'm so happy about this product - it really makes building dimensional collage and assemblage so easy! Once you apply it the elements just sit in it, which makes building the project so much easier. How simple is that?
For the smaller and lighter elements I prefer Art Basics Soft Gel - often put into small, fine tip bottle. This time, I used it to add Art Stones - they imitate the sand perfectly!

Finally, the notebook cover was sprayed and painted with Art Alchemy Metallique Paints and Mica Powders mixed with Soft Gel. Final rusty touches were added as the last step - I'ver played with my Art Alchemy Rust Effect Paste Set to get natural looking, corroded structure. I'm quite happy with the final results - now I have a handy- size notebook or journal I can take with me for my next adventure... or maybe I'll keep it in my Studio? It will bring back lovely summer memories in the middle of the windy, wet Winter!

Here is the list of supplies I was using for this project. I hope that helps!

Make sure you will be back this Friday to check the last project from wonderful, talented Creative Team Member, Irina... and stay tuned for the results of the Creative Team Call - they will be revealed soon!
Sending hugs and good vibes your way