May's Art Recipe

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We are so close to June that Finnabair's team chose a gorgeous theme for their Art Recipe this month: Secret Garden! Just think of the beautiful possibilities!

The main Finnabair products included:

Art Alchemy Impasto Paints

+ Art Alchemy Waxes

+ Stencils.

You know this one is going to be good. Now let's see what their creative team put together for us!

Kasia Bogatko

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First up is Kasia with her gorgeous canvas garden! "For our Secret Garden theme I decided to make a canvas with a magical door playing the main role. Just imagine the mysterious garden that could be hiding behind it...I used a stencil with Modeling Paste to create the background and Art Alchemy Impasto paints for the colors. I really love it that these paints are completely permanent when they dry which allows me to later on safely add other media on top of them and not ruin the whole effect." ~ Kasia


"I created my garden making a composition of flowers, twigs, and resin shapes. I painted all these elements with Impasto paints, only this time I watered them down a little, which made them behave like watercolors to create more subtle color effects."


"The main element of this project is the door. To give it this old character, make it look vintage and time-worn, I used Rust Effect Pastes and then emphasized certain elements with my favorite (and so versatile!) Art Alchemy Metallique Wax in White Gold. I love how the layers of these pastes helped me add more mystery to the look of the door. Welcome to my Secret Garden!" :) See more on Kasia's blog here:

p r o d u c t s

Prima Products: Art Alchemy Impasto Paints: Lemon Peel 964535, Jade 964627; Art Basics: Heavy White Gesso 961442, Modeling Paste 961411; Art Extravagance: Rust Paste - Camouflage 965686, Rust Paste Set 963576; Stencil - Lattice 564230, Art Ingredients: Micro Beads - Bronze 962586, Copper 962579, Art Alchemy Metallique Wax - White Gold 964016, Ingvild Bolme Black Street Signs - BLACK STREET SIGNS 892173

Tanyalee Kahler


Next we have a beautiful art journal spread by Tanyalee! "Today I am sharing with you an art journal page celebrating the secret garden of our life. I have used a range of Finnabair products including Impasto paints, Art Alchemy Waxes and different stencils." ~ Tanyalee

"To start off, I covered my page with Heavy Gesso to give it some strength, as I am using an altered book. Then I went in and blended the Impasto paints to create the blue/green background. Next, I grabbed some stencils and Sparks acrylic paint to create some texture. I also used Light Paste through a stencil."


"Once the background was dry, I started making marks with a fine black gel pen to accentuate the stencil marks and to create some movement. I also included some hidden/scribble journaling. I fussy cut a vintage photograph from Finnabair's Ephemera Pack and glued it down, along with some embroidery floss to create a vine-like effect across the page. Next, I made some tiny red flowers using copy paper and Impasto and Sparks acrylic paints and glued them down in little bundles and along the vines."

"To finish off the spread, I used some acrylic ink, more Sparks paint for splatters, leaves and drips, and I rubbed Art Alchemy Wax into the edges and the textured areas to create a vintage effect. I feel like the soft, tiny flowers at the couple's feet are inviting them into a secret garden of love and romance!" See more on Tanyalee's blog:

p r o d u c t s

Prima Products: Art Basics: Heavy White Gesso 961374, Soft Matte Gel 961428, Light Paste 961404; Vintage Ephemera Pack 655350962883, Art Alchemy Waxes: Opal Magic - Green Brocade 964245, Lucky Emerald 964344; Stencils: Doily 960421, Honeycomb 961268; Impasto Paints: Pitch Black 964528, Green Apple 964603, Azure 964634

Karolina Bukowska

Let's wrap up our Secret Garden Art Recipe with a stunning butterfly by Karolina! "I felt really inspired by this month's theme for our Art Recipe and Finnabair's products all three of us decided to use."

"I reached for the cold colors of different Art Alchemy acrylic paints (my favorite tones: Jade, Turquoise, and White Gold) and decided to stay within a monochrome palette for my interpretation of a secret garden."

"I applied some Impasto paint through a stencil as I wanted to get a very subtle pattern. Try experimenting and use stencils with different paints and gel mediums. Impasto paints are quite thick, so they are great for this purpose."

"For more delicate textural effects, I pressed some of Finnabair's stamps into modeling clay and I think it turned out quite interesting."


"The Mechanicals embellishments acted both as the heart of my composition and lovely finishing touches. I colored them with delicately shiny Art Alchemy Waxes and a dab of Sparks paints, which beautifully contrasted against the matte finish of Impasto paints. Welcome to my enchanted secret garden of imagination and creativity."  :) See more of Karoline's work on her blog:

p r o d u c t s

Prima Products: Stencil - Elementals Dots & Stripes 962326, Art Alchemy Impasto Paints: Jade 964627, Pitch Black 964528, Snow White 964511, Art Alchemy Sparks Pint - Mermaid Sparkle 964085; Art Alchemy Waxes: Antique Brilliance - Mystic Turquoise 964337, Opal Magic - Turquoise Satin 964276, Metallique - White Gold 964016, Metallique - Rich Copper 963989; Art Basics - 3D Gloss Gel 961367, Cling Stamps: Don't Forget to Fly 962005, Old Town 962029; Mechanicals: Metal Lotus 964382, Flowers 965945

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Finn's team is always a HUGE inspiration and today's Art Recipe projects are simply brilliant. These gals work so hard for us. Please let them know how much you love their work by leaving a sweet comment below!

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