Inspired by Iceland Art Challenge

Hello lovelies, I´ve again joined an art challenge organized by my dear, talented, friend Tina and a bunch of other creative geniuses. These collaborations/challenges are always so much fun. They push ones creativity, force one to walk out of one´s comfort zone and in the process you always discover something new. AND you get to know lots of creative peeps a lot better! It´s friendly and supportive. Just the way I like it :).
Inspired by Iceland Art Challenge

This time the challenge is about Iceland – there are no other requirements or rules. We were supposed to get inspired by Iceland in general and create something/anything around that theme. What we created, was totally up to us. There are some things that immediately come to mind, when thinking about Iceland: volcanic island, ice, water, northern lights, rocks, fays/elfs, ponys and Björk (love her music!) just to mention a few.

For me, growing up in Finland, it felt comfortable to think about my childhood, the things I grew up with and combine those things with Iceland in my art piece. So I went for an approach towards nature. Ancient Finns believed in all kinds of sprites, feys and elfs, so there are some similarities there to Iceland and I used those as a starting point. In Iceland they even have an elf school (see here).

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So I created a forest fay/elf. I tried to use as much natural materials as possible. There is felt, wood, stone and wool on my artwork. Some pieces are eco dyed (felt/lace). I tried to combine as many family „roots“ into this piece too – the wool I used is from Finland, the stone is from Greece, the wood piece if from Austria (and the eco dyed felt is a present from Tina – which just perfectly fits into this challenge, being organized by her). These countries above pretty much sum up our family roots. The fay is something that is typical for Iceland. And the word love: thru love all these different places or roots are combined together in our family.

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I feel really strongly connected with my piece, it is way more than just a piece of artwork you put on display. It has a story, a special meaning to me. It has inspired me to make more – I want to make a series of these, representing other things important to me.

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In the beginning, when I signed in for this challenge, I was a little bit unsure what to make. Iceland as a theme felt challenging. And I had never been there! It´s hard to be inspired by something you have never been to, I thought. So what to make? BUT then when all these bits and pieces fell into place, it was pure pleasure creating this piece. It is one of my faves ever. You know, sometimes you make something that is more than an artwork. It develops a spirit of it´s own. That is how I feel about this piece.

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I would like to thank Tina for always challenging us, pushing our boundaries and getting us involved with projects that help us develop. That is at least how I feel about this challenge. Thank you so much Tina, I loved this one!!! Happy to do another one, whenever you feel like it <3!

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Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Here is a link to all the participants artworks – please do visit them and leave some love. We all love to read your comments!


SUPPLIES BY:
Canvas Corp – Canvas
Tattered Angels – Gilmmer Mist, Simply Sheer, Chalkboard Ink
Tattered Angels – High Impact Paint
Liquitex – Gesso
Fabric adhesive – Beacon Adhesives
Ranger – Glossy Accents
The Crafter´s Workshop – stencils
Other:
Wool, lace, felt, yarn, stone, embellishments

Starting from the Same Place Artist Collab

Hello lovelies!!! Remember my talented, lovely crafty friend Tina? She came up with the idea to gather together a group of crafty peeps and create something together. The challenge was to create with the same materials. We all received a very generous package of goodies to use as our starting point – thus the name: Starting From the Same Place! This is what we received in the mail:

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The kits were all pretty much the same, except for the resin pieces, they are a bit different from kit to kit. The Fabric-Tac (a fabric glue) was generously sponsored by Beacon Adhesives, and Amazing Casting supported the challenge with resin pieces created with their fab mold making goodies. Other than that we had some eco dyed fabric, twine, a view-master and a Stencil girl stencil in the kit, just to mention a few.

We were a big group of participants (over 60 peeps!!!)  from all over the world!! To take a look at the participants creations, visit the Amazing Casting blog and/or Tina´s blog or Susan´s blog.  They have links to most/all participants projects at their blogs. I am sooo excited to see what everyone created! I´ve only seen small sneaks so far, so I am as excited as you..

And finally – what did I create??? Recently I have been eating lots of japanese/chinese food at work and it has become a running gag, me saving all the fortune cookie quotes. They used to hang on my pinboard in the office, now most of them are gathered together into the minibook I created for this collaboration. Yes, a minibook :). Haven´t done one in ages. Tina might have something to do with the fact I went for a minibook. I admire her work very much. Here is my „book of good fortune“:

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This is the cover, I´ve layered the velvety green fabric piece with the mechanic parts – both in the kit – (no idea how those little blue things are called…got to ask hubs..), then added some golden yarn from my stash and layered that under the resin butterfly which was in the kit. The butterfly has some gesso, glitter and paint on it. The transistor piece (also in the kit) creates the body for the butterfly. Before I glued all pieces with the Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac glue on their places, I adhered the twine underneath. That way it is sure to stay put on it´s place. Some plastic buttons and a few enamel dots from my stash decorate the cover. The minibook itself is built from greyboard and an eco dyed piece of fabric that came with the kit. I didn´t use a sewing machine once when creating the mini. The Fabri-Tac is a high quality adhesive and perfect for this purpose!! I was not familiar with the product, but I can say I really liked it.

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Here you can see the backside of my mini – I can close the minibook (which is quite bulky!) with the twine piece this way.

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Here is a little overview of the finished mini. Starting from the same place artist collab Starting from the same place artist collab

The pages inside the book are either fabric (some are my own eco dyed pieces from the time when Tina visited me this summer) and some were in the kit. The paper pages are also from my stash and went thru an eco dying process too. They therefore look very worn out and even a bit damaged. But that adds a nice touch to the book, I think. Starting from the same place artist collab

Here you can see some resin pieces (created with Amazing Casting product) that were in the kit. I´ve added a chipboard butterfly from my stash on top. Also the cord is from my stash as is the heart ribbon. I stenciled some vintage photo Distress Ink thru the Stencil Girl stencil onto the pages and misted all the fortune cookie quotes with a Tattered Angels light orange toned Glimmer Mist before adhering them into the book.

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The thicker cardboard pieces were first covered with transparent texture paste which I applied thru the Stencil Girl stencil onto the paper. Next I colored the cardboard with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. This created a nice resist effect.

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The die cut pieces that came with the kit got a layer of various Tattered Angels spray inks on them before becoming part of the minibook decoration. The little glas beads were also part of the kit and add a decorational effect to the die cut pieces. The die cut alphas are from my stash (by Elizabeth Craft Designs).

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I´ve also added some stamping here and there for additional decoration. The stamps are by Carabelle Studio. I stamped both on fabric and paper and it worked out really nicely. The leaf pattern is colored with Distress Crayons. Some more stenciling going on on this page and black ink splatters, of course. I just could not resist adding those :).

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The View-Master creates an interactive pocket into the book and I´ve added some sticker works on top and inside the pocket for interest and fun detail. When Tina was here, we of course visited a flea market and that playing card is from the flea market. I just had to add it to this project to remind me of the special time with a great crafty friend!

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Here you can see some more stamping made with Carabelle Studio stamps, this time on fabric. Stamping really looks good on fabric in my opinion. Also can you see the leaf pattern on the paper piece on the left side? That was one of the amazing results of my first eco dying experiment with Tina. I left some empty space on each page to be able to add some more good fortune cookie quotes to a later time. Starting from the same place artist collab

My mini measures approximately 13cm x 8,5 cm. I have it on display in my craft room.

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This has been a fabulous, exciting and very inspiring collaboration. Thanks to everyone who supported with material and thanks for Tina for sending the goodies and coming up with this fun project! It has been pure pleasure!!!  Here is a sneak of some of the projects the participants made:

And now, I don´t know about you, but I am for sure going to check out the Amazing Casting, Tina´s blog and Susan´s blog for the projects the other participants created!!! Please do visit them and leave some love – if you read carefully, you might even find a little giveaway along the way 🙂

Oh what fun it was being part of this collaboration!!
See you soon lovelies! Stay inspired and keep on creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies I used are by:
Amazing Casting Products
Beacon Adhesives
Stencil Girl
Tattered Angels by Canvas Corp Brands
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Ranger Ind. Inc.
Carabelle Studio