sobota, 20 grudnia 2014

Melenia dreams of a white Christmas

Hello everyone!

It's Melenia with you today, to share a really wintery layout, which speaks of my Christmas dream:
I'm dreaming of a white Christmas... just like the ones I never had (in Southern Greece where I live, we see snow only on the peaks of the mountain range)!

So like I have said in the past, the best way to imitate snow is to use Ayeeda gesso.
And this is what I did in the following page:

The Cosy Evening collection is of course the no.1 choice for winter-themed layouts so I used the Christmas Eve paper as a background.

Being a mixed-media/ink/paste girl, I could not do without my Ayeeda mists and paints!!!

As you can see, there's modelling paste and gesso everywhere around and on my cluster!! I also added splatters of ink!

Products used:

I hope you like my page!  

piątek, 19 grudnia 2014

Winter tags by Natalya Loi

Natalya is here.
Today I want to show you two winter tags. They are made from a beautiful collection  "Cosy Evening"

The first tag is with a large flower which I cut out of paper

background is created using texture paste, ayeeda mists and glitter

The second tag is with cute Christmas trees, I also cut-out them from a sheet of paper from "Cosy Evening" collection

 there are also a lot of glitter and microspheres


All the best! And a Merry Christmas!
Natalya Loi with ♥

wtorek, 16 grudnia 2014

Family Journal - by Jacqueline Moore

Hi everyone!! Today I would like to share with you my most recent creation..... A beautiful new Art Journal I created using one of my Moms old Jackie Collins novels, and lots of beautiful 13 Arts products!!

I must confess that this journal cover is a little different from what I would normally do, but after all the whole purpose of an Art Journal is to experiment is it not? And I love how it has turned out!!!

'Family Journal'

I began by cutting a hole in the front cover and threading my ribbon through, before covering with paper from the Fly Away collection. I then built up my background composition using lots of lace and other materials, embellishments and found objects. I glued the heavier objects down using Gel Medium, and when everything was secure I painted everything with Gesso to provide a grip for the color.

Some close-ups:

When my Gesso was dry I began to paint the background, starting with Ayeeda Paint in Matte Black. I used this to create shadows and put emphasis on the dimension.

After the black I continued to add color using paints, mists and inks, starting from the lightest, and building up to the darkest, and occasionally spraying with water to blend colors together.

When I was happy with the color I added a few sprays of Pastel Black Mist to pull the color and shadows together. I also added some flicks and drops of Black Ink. I finished off with a few sprays and flicks of Chalk White Mist, and randomly brushing Ayeeda Paint in Gold Glitter around the embellishments and lace.

 I hope you found something to inspire you here!!!

This is my final post until January so before I go today I would like to wish you all 'A Very Wonderful Christmas and A Happy New Year'

13 Arts products Used:
Fly Away Paper - Fleeting Moments
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Black
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Yellow
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Cinnamon
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Sand
Ayeeda Paint - Matte Caramel
Ayeeda Paint - Gold Glitter
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel Caramel
Ayeeda Mist - Pastel Black
Ayeeda Mist- Chalk White 
Ayeeda Mist - Chalk Yellow Amber
Ayeeda Water Ink - Black (Graphite)
Ayeeda Water Ink - Orange 


poniedziałek, 15 grudnia 2014

Gel Medium vs Liquid Acrylic Medium by Magda Polakow

Hi everyone!
I love experimenting with products. This time I used Gel Medium and Liquid Acrylic Medium in the same ways. Because this mediums are completely different, I didn't achieved the same effects.

First I applied both mediums on paper. I used brush and did it only in a few places. 
After drying time I almost couldn't see any changes on a paper with Liquid Acrylic Medium. The paper was a little glossy but that's it, paper remain soft in touch.
On the other hand paper with Gel Medium was glossy and I felt a layer of gel medium when touched it.

I wanted to see how both mediums would react with mists. I sprayed Pearl Mist in three colours and dried the paper using a heat gun.

The next step...a thick layer of mediums - Liquid Acrylic Medium (left) and Gel Medium (right).

I sprayed Pastel Black on both mediums - they were still wet.
On a layer of Liquid Acrylic Medium (left) the mist was moving (more about this technique you can read here). When used a heat gun, spots appeared and I could see what was under the layer of Liquid Acrylic Medium.
The mist on a layer of Gel Medium stayed in one place but what was interesting - heated with gun cracks appeared.

And here is one more reason why I like Liquid Acrylic Medium so much...

I wrote about Liquid Acrylic Medium before. Two posts full of ideas you can find here and here.

niedziela, 14 grudnia 2014

December Challenge #25: Photo inspiration

Hello everyone!

Melenia with you today, hosting the December Challenge!
I was thinking about my turn to host a 13 Arts Challenge the other day, and as we are well into the winter (the Northern Hemisphere), yarn was the first thing that came up to my mind!

Dzisiaj na blogu Melenia jako gospodyni Wyzwania Grudniowego! 
Myślałam o moim wyzwaniu dla 13Arts i skoro jesteśmy przy zimie (na Półkuli Północnej) włóczka była pierwszą rzeczą, która przyszła mi do głowy.

The challenge is based on yarn and specifically this photo:
Wyzwanie jest oparte o włóczkę, a raczej o to zdjęcie:

The criteria of the challenge are the following:
Zasady wyzwania są następujące:

1. Use the photo as your inspiration, which can come from anything in the photo, e.g. colours, texture, theme etc - there are no restrictions as to this).
2. Use a mask (or more)
3. Use modelling paste

1. Zainspiruj się zdjęciem. Praca może być oparta o dowolny jego element np. kolorystykę, strukturę, temat itd. - nie ma żadnych ograniczeń
2. Użyj przynajmniej jednej maski
3. Użyj pasty strukturalnej

Rules of the challenge # 25:

1. Create a project based on the photo of the challenge (as it was mentioned before, inspiration can come from anything in the photo, colours, texture, theme etc).
2. Publish your project on your blog and add link directly to the post using Inlinkz tool at the right side bar.
3. Please add link and info about our challenge, where your work is published.
4. You may submit as many entries as you like. 
5. You can enter with your project to maximum 2 other challenges and your work must be new, not published before our challenge has started. 
6. The challenge ends on December 28th at 23:55. Winners will be announced on January 1st, 2015. 

When the challenge ends, our Design Team will vote and pick the best project. It will be awarded with shopping voucher for 13 arts store worth - 60 PLN with free international shipping. The winner will be invited to join us in one of our challenges as Guest Designers. Additionally we will feature few works with biggest number of points.

Zasady wyzwania #25:
1. Stwórz projekt inspirowany podanym w wyzwaniu zdjęciem (tak jak wspomniano wcześniej, inspiracja może być oparta o dowolny jego element: kolor, strukturę, temat itd.) 
2. Opublikuj projekt na swoim blogu i dodaj link bezpośrednio do posta używając narzędzia Inlinkz, które znajdziesz na prawym, bocznym pasku naszego bloga
3. Umieść link do wyzwania w poście z pracą konkursową
4. Możesz zgłosić dowolną ilość prac
5. Twoja praca może być zgłoszona maksymalnie na dwa inne wyzwania, musi być  nowa i niepublikowana przed rozpoczęciem wyzwania
6. Wyzwanie kończy się 28. Grudnia o 23.55. Zwycięzcy zostaną ogłoszeni 1. Stycznia 2015.

Po zakończeniu wyzwania nasze DT wybierze w drodze głosowania najlepszą pracę. Zwycięzca otrzyma bon na zakupy w sklepie 13arts o wartości 60zł z bezpłatną wysyłką (bez względu na kraj zamieszkania zwycięzcy). Zwycięzca zostanie zaproszony do uczestnictwa w jednym z naszych kolejnych wyzwań jako Gościnny Projektant. Wyróżnimy także prace z największą ilością głosów



Agata Perkowska

13@rts products used:
papier  "Frosty Days" HOT CHOCOLATE editiongessopaste, maska Stencil "Fly away" Textmgiełki , tusz SPLAH! Black

Now let's see the inspiration projects of the Design Team:

I got inspired by the colors of the photo, as well as the rich texture the yarn has - I also added some yarn, which freely flows in the page.

13@rts products:


I was inspired by strings and colors - all the soft things I saw in the picture.

13@rts products:


I was inspired by the colors and the yarn in the photo, as well as the warm feelings it conveyed. My photo was taken at the beach in winter time. I've also used one of the new masks from the "Cozy Evening" collection.

13@rts products used:


I was inspired by wool and color of wooden box.  I keep making more of these mini cards to use them as tags for Christmas presents


Marta Debicka

I was inspired by the colors and texture. I've also added some yarn to my project.

13@rts products used:

Papers: Christmas EveBittersweet LoveWinter Letters,
Cosy Evening StickersModeling PasteShapes StencilBarcode StencilPastel Black MistSilver SPLASH! InkBlack SPLASH! InkSequinsGessoWooden Elements


You can find InLinkz tools from right side bar, and link your creation there. You have time until 28th December!

Talking about right side bar, have noticed those little buttons to our social medias? 
Did you know 13@rts is in Instagram now (13arts)? 
And Twitter (@13_arts)? 
And Facebook?

And Pinterest
Come to follow us!

Have a great time with our challenge.

Swoją pracę konkursową możecie dodać za pomocą narzędzia InLinkz, które znajdziecie w bocznym panelu bloga po prawej stronie. Na linkowanie macie czas do 28.12. 

A propo bocznego panelu- czy zauważyliście te małe guziczki do stron społecznościowych? 
Czy wiedzieliście, że 13@rts jest teraz na Instagramie?
Oraz Twiterze?
A także Pintereście?
Wpadnijcie tam nas poobserwować!

Życzymy Wam miłej zabawy z naszym wyzwaniem.

sobota, 13 grudnia 2014

Christmas Cards by our GD Edyta Ziecina-Labno

Witajcie! Dzisiaj nasza Gościnna Projektantka Edyta Zięcina-Łabno chciałaby podzielić się z nami swoimi świątecznymi kartkami :) Oto prace Edyty:
Hello! Today our GD Edyta Ziecina-Labno wants to share some Christmas cards with us :) Here are Edyta's projects:


Ponieważ Święta Bożego Narodzenia zbliżają się wielkimi krokami postanowiłam się zmobiliować i zrobić kilka kartek.Christmas is coming so I've decided to make some cards. 
Idealnymi do tego celu okazały się papiery z kolekcji Cosy Evening. W połączeniu z kartonem kraft, czerwonymi oraz odpowiednio złotymi bądź srebrnymi dodatkami pozwoliły mi stworzyć proste i eleganckie kartki. Cosy Evening collection is perfect for that. I matched it with craft paper, and red and gold embellishments. It helped me create simple, but elegant cards.

Przydały się również zachomikowane w kuchni gwiazdki anyżku i laska cynamonu. Nie mogło się obejść bez kilku maźnięć gessem, które pozwoliły rozjaśnić moje kartki. Star anise and cinnamon from my kitchen were useful too. I also add some gesso which made my cards a little bit lighter.   

Dziękujemy Edyto za te piękne prace. Thank you Edyta for your beautiful artworks.