We all know that the Finnabair Creative Team is amazing! Art Recipes are SO inspiring, just because we can see all of their beautiful work and stunning techniques. This month, the Art Recipe is based on using Patina Effects Pastes + Modeling Paste + Sparks Acrylic Paints + Metallique Waxes!! All of the designers created with a palette of greens and silver, along with a punch of blue or purple as a highlight, and they all used "love" as their inspiration!!
This color combo was quite a challenge for me, not exactly my first choice of a color palette. But, I'm so glad I took this challenge - I love it and I think it will be one of my favorite color choices from now on. I created a mixed-media canvas with a little bit of masculine (or maybe boyish? :) ) look. The whole composition is rich in embellishments and add-ons, very dimensional, and full of layers. ~ Kasia Bogatko - visit her website here!
Once the gesso dried, I began applying a few colors of the new Waxes to add some beautiful color and shimmer to the project. If you haven't used the new Waxes yet, you'll find that a little bit goes a very long way on your projects – not to mention they're so creamy and they'll make your studio smell divine! Since our colors for the Art Recipe were greens and blues, I decorated the background areas of the teapot with some of Finnabair's stamps. Using a paint brush, I inked the rubber stamps with Mermaid Sparkle Sparks Acrylic Paint and randomly stamped onto the teapot. The Sparks paints add a touch of shimmer and sparkle to the background – and, since I loved how this color appeared on the background, I decided to highlight a few of the areas with this color as well.
Because there weren't any flat surfaces on the teapot, I used my finger to first apply the Blue Patina Paste randomly on the teapot, followed with the Mint Patina Paste. Once both of those had dried, I used a brush to highlight these areas with the Brass Patina Paste. You can use a heat tool to set each color but you'll discover that these pastes dry pretty quickly and for this project I found that I didn't even need to use a heat tool between colors.
I colored all of the embellishments first with Heavy White Gesso, followed with the Waxes as used in the same order for coloring the background of the teapot plus a touch of the Metallic Copper Wax to both highlight and match the patina finish. Because of the round shape of the teapot, I bent the embellishments to match the contour of the teapot and adhered them to the teapot with Snowflake Paste. While the Snowflake Paste was still wet, I sprinkled Micro Beads in Splash, Grass, and Copper and then heat set. There are so many different possibilities for this project and you can introduce virtually any color combination to work with the Patina Effects Pastes.
Prima Products: Art Alchemy - Sparks: Fairy Wings - 964078, Mermaid Sparkle - 964085, Dragon’s Eye - 964054; Art Alchemy Metallique Waxes: Old Silver - 963996, Vintage Gold - 963958; Art Basics: Modeling Paste - 961411, Super Heavy Gel - 963040; Mechanicals: Leaves - 961046, Vintage Snowflakes - 964399, Washers #1 - 960346; Patina Effect Paste - 964351; Relics & Artifacts - Archival Cast: Spirit Treasures - 941741, Shabby Chic Resin Treasures Cherub with Bird - 891404
Doesn't this just make you excited to use all of Finn's new products?! Join our fun today by sharing your own Art Recipe projects!