Saturday, March 2, 2013

Classes with Finnabair 2013

On Thursday I again did classes with Finnabair and loved loved loved it. The Darwin classes were the first on Finn's amazing art tour thru Australia and New Zealand that were organized by Rae Cooper who lives in Darwin and runs the on line shop Scrapmatrix. After doing two days of classes last year with Finn and being influenced by "The Finn Effect" since I wasn't going to miss this years classes!. Poor Ania had just got in that morning from a 26hr flight from Poland but even though she was tired she did an amazing job. None of us were disappointed.

In our first class "Grungy Overload, Tea For Two" we made a wall hanging...well Ok for you scrappers its a fancy texture filled layout but to me its an arty wall hanging *grin*. We had amazing kits for both classes and got to play with lots of Finn's new Sunset, Sunrise and Mechanicals line (HINT-click on any highlighted links in my posts to go to that place). It was the Mechanicasl that had me most excited...all I could see was rings, necklaces and cuffs LOL. Anywho here is the first class projects pictures...








I think Finn was guiding us to a less is more effect but I got carried away. I'm quite shy and hate photos of me so I used a lovely dreamy vintage lady from my stash. We played with Finn's metallic coloured paper flowers, metal tags, metal numbers, zipper flowers, metal flowers, long brads(to make custom flowers!!), cogs, watch faces etc YUM!!

 Breaking for lunch came way too soon (you just want to keep playing rather then eat LOL) and before we knew it we were making journal covers with lovely textured layers made using stencils and gel medium, Finn's epoxy clear pebbles and more of Finn's mechanical line of goodies. The class was fast coming to an end but part of the process was spraying with shimmery mists on all the embellishments that were stuck on and then doing a final layer of Luminarte Silks acrylics. These are drop deep gorgeous highly pigmented colours with the same colour line/names as Twinkling H2O's and Primary Elements Polished Pigments. I had coveted these and added them to my wish list as soon as they were released so was so excited to get to see and use them at last.

Unfortunately my underlying sprays didn't dry quick enough even after using the heat gun so when I applied the Silks my end result looked rather washed out to what I had envisioned. It was time to leave before I could even try to do what I wanted with the Silks but at home I had a draw full of Luminarte Primary Elements Polished Pigments (highly pigmented powders with built in binders and shimmery mica, that can be mixed with Luminarte Simple Solutions or other art mediums or even with water to make your own shimmery sprays) and I knew I could change the effect once the project was completely dry. So this is how it looked at end of class...



Not too bad a look really and hubby preferred this look to what I changed it too but I wanted over the top colour and shine so yesterday I got out my Luminarte Primary Elements Polished Pigments and Simple Solution for Clay and Terracotta and this is how it looks now...










It has an amazing glimmer and shimmer that doesn't show in photos but you just want to run your fingers all over it LOL. Now its all dry all I need to do is cut holes were the binding goes (the holes were pre cut on the journal board but covered up with card stock) and then reattach the pages and binding again and its all done.

To any of you yet to do Finn's classes you will  ENJOY them so much. Thank you again Rae, Finn and all Rae's helpers. Oh by the way Finn loves Steam Punk stuff and I gifted her with one of my Steam Punk puffy heart necklaces...well Rae did it after I went home cause I got too nervous to do it myself!!! I hear she loved it which is totally awesome.

hugs
Annette In Oz

                                                                     

8 comments:

Lauren said...

Wow Annette, I totally love both the projects you created. The 'wall hanging' looks amazing, there is just so much texture and detail. I really like the look of the journal cover too.

Celeste said...

Both look great and i cant wait now till i take one of her classes in Brisbane soon.

Barb said...

Annette, these are both great..can see why Grant loves the first edition of the journal cover but
I am with you, the colour just jumps out at you...stunning!hugs Barb

Mari said...

I am so jealous! :) You must have had such a wonderful time... you certainly came home with GORGEOUS things! (and I LOVE what you did with the cover when you got home!)

Kate P. said...

Ah lucky lady, I would love to have gone myself but not close enough to me :O( Your projects look amazing!

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

Thanks Lauren, Celeste, Barb, Mari and Kate...I REALLY like Finnabair as a person and a teacher....something happens in her classes like a reawakening of arty fun unstructured play as we did as children. Shame she wasn't close enough Kate. You know what though before she came to Darwin I was already willing to fly to Sydney to do them...that's how good her classes were that I did in 2012 let alone in 2013!! hugs Annette xxxx

Bevlea said...

gorgeous work Annette.. and loved hearing your process :-0

sara j said...

What a treat to see all this up close. I recently discovered Silks and bought a few and am IN LOVE. Not only are the colors beautiful, but it feels so smooth and luxurious. A few weeks ago (well probably like a month ago the way time evaporates) you offered to clue me into the spraying process, but I couldn't get your email to work. Would you mind responding to me at: sjansenak@hotmail.com if the offer is still open. I tried one and was really unhappy with the result...Thanks Annette.

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