Spread Your Wings Academy vol.1

I’ve always been in awe of the beautiful projects by the Finnabair team. So when they launched the Spread Your Wings Academy, sharing some secrets and tips, I decided to try my hand at creating something inspired by their techniques.

Finnabair Inspired canvas

I used Rebecca’s suggested  starting point of adding paper and modelling paste to the blank canvas. I used some Kaisercraft paper with the doily motif and sentiment, and added some strips of domino print washi tape. Then I took a ‘burlap’ mask and applied DecoArt Media  white modelling paste through it.



Once dry I used gesso to blend the paper edge into the canvas and added washes of Blue-Green, Quin Gold, and Black DecoArt paints. I used black modelling paste through the number stencil, and sprayed some black Media Mister paint in places. I added areas of Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint, adding a wash of Payne’s grey to bring out the crackle detail. I used a gold mica spray to add shimmer to other areas.

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The embellishments are die cuts, wooden shapes, resin flowers and a cameo. I added paint and Antiquing Cream to some, gilding wax  to add highlights. I took a Visible Image script stamp and randomly stamped on the canvas and embellishments using black Archival Ink. I finished with some black micro beads and glass bubbles.


I think I managed to keep my own style whilst bringing in elements of the Finnabair style. I look forward to the next Academy inspiration post.

I am entering the following challenges:

Finnabair and Friends – Mixed-Media Academy Open Studio Challenge 

Mixed Media MC – May Flowers

We Love 2 Create – ATG/Mixed Media

Eclectic Ellapu – Purple Team (inspired by colours)

5 Replies to “Spread Your Wings Academy vol.1”

  1. Just love the layers and composition of your piece!! You did such an amazing job with the details – I see something new each time I look at it! Thank you so much for playing along with us at The Mixed Media Challenge Blog!!

  2. fabulous! love the grunge look and all that fab texture! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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