I wanted to create something for Finnabair’s Art Recipe for June which you can see below.

Colours of June Art Recipe:
brown
green
blue

and at least two of the following Products:
Finnabair Moulds
Art Alchemy: Impasto Paints
Art Ingredients: Mica Powder
Art Basics: Modeling Paste
Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

I like the colour combination for this month’s recipe and have a lot of options from the product list, but what I didn’t know was what kind of project I was going to make.  OK so colours are good, got plenty of options for those, and after some thought I decided to use Impasto Paints and Moulds from the products list.  I had some little moulded pieces leftover from another project so I pulled them out and assessed what else I might need.  I added more stars, some of the cogs and keys from the mechanicals mould, and more wings and the locket from the wings mould.  I used hot glue for all the pieces as I didn’t want to wait and then covered them all in white gesso.

Prima Finnabair Moulds

Then I remembered I had this scrapbooking book which I bought last year and planned to give to my friend at Christmas but the package was getting heavy so in the end I left this out as it was just a cheap book and nothing special that would be worth the extra postage.  However, it occurred to me that it could look very special if I customised it instead of just giving it to her plain.

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

I started off by removing the front and back covers and covering the ribbon ties with masking tape to protect them.

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019Then I gessoed both covers before applying this Solar tissue paper by Finnabair on the outside and the inside.

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

Now ignore that big hole in the right hand cover!  I had this crazy idea to create a 3D thing emerging out of the book but then I changed my mind and after applying one of my favourite Finnabair stencils (Bubbles) using Green Apple, Jade and Azure Impasto paints, I glued that big hole shut.

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

I started playing around with the positioning of the moulds, and as you can see, I wanted this celestial being chick to be emerging from the hole in the middle, but really, a bad idea lol.  And then I remembered I had this AMAZING frame which you may recognise from this post (where it was not used in the end lol)

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

But hey, with a bit of work, it could totally work on this project FOR SURE! 😛

 

 

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

I also pulled out these unused die cut letters from this project.  I didn’t include these WIP photos but before I ended up with the white crackle letters, I painted some of them in Night Shadow and Phoenix Feather.  I thought the Night Shadow letters would work perfectly on this project because of the colours etc and I could also repaint my ornate frame to match!  Hey waste not want not right?

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

 

I painted the moon, the stars and the cog that was representing the sun, in frosty pearl and then the locket, the key and the screw in Raven Black.  The woman and the wings were painted in a combination of Magical Pond and Mermaid Teal.  Because I can’t leave anything alone lol, I decided to wire wrap the pearl elements, the key, screw and locket with a bronze wire which is technically “brown” so helps add more brown to the project. Then I glued everything down and left it to dry. Once it was all dry, I mixed up some Hazelnut paint with the liquid acrylics fluid medium and used it to go around the edges of the covers and all of the elements, creating a shadow.  Then I added some Unicorn Paste to the wings, the moon, stars and sun.  After everything was dry (again) I went over the entire cover with gloss gel, and we are done!

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

The back is left without moulds because being a practical book, you really want a flat(ish) surface to lean on,

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

Here’s a closer look at the little screw and locket, which I think look so REAL considering they are made of hot glue and paint!

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

 

 

Celestial art journal for Finnabair Art Recipe June 2019

PROJECT RECIPE::
Finnabair black gesso,
soft matte gel,
3D gel,
unicorn paste,
bubbles stencil,
Solar tissue paper,
Hazelnut, Magical Pond, Mermaid Teal, Night Shadow, White Pearl Metallique Alchemy/Sparks paints,
Black Liquid Acrylic Paint
Acrylic Fluid Medium
Finnabair/Prima moulds,
Hot Glue
Sizzix frame die, Altenew woodgrain cardstock, Altenew bold alphabet diecuts(leftover from previous project)
Vintage bronze 22g wire
Kraft scrapbook journal book

 

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