New Seed by Riikka Kovasin


Hi there! It’s Riikka here with a layout and a step by step on how I did it. The topic of the page was inspired by the latest challenge about the favourite artist.

My husband is a musician and a recording artist. He works under several names but what I find the most intriguing is his first project under which he has given out two CDs to date. His style is dark ambient so his works might not be everybody’s cup of tea. To be honest, even I need a certain mind set to listen to a whole album, but what I admire is his drive and his passion. I have had the privilege to see him bloom, from an experimenting, hesitant young man he has grown into a performer keeping live shows and organizing events. And he continues to experiment and grow, both artistically and as a performer.


His first album under the name [ówt krì] was called “New Seed” and the layout I created about him and his dear hobby – or a second job – is inspired by the cover of the album. The cover is made by his friend, Mattias Norén, who’s also designed the cover of his second CD. If you wish to see the original cover, please see here. The layout mimics the yellow/gold seed as well as partly the blue background.


Step 1: I started by creating the seed part using a pencil to draw the outline and then thick acrylic paint for the coloring. Instead of using a regular brush to apply the paint I used a silicone brush to give the shape some texture.

Step 2: Then I added the blue segment on the top of the page using watercolors. First, I made the paper wet and then added the color on top to get a hazy, blurred effect. Then I dried the layer and after that added some splashes.

Step 3: Next I added a hint of pattern to the blue part by using a stencil and two inks.

Step 4: Then some stamping to tie the elements together. I used just one stamp and one ink this time and stamped across the blue area as well as the yellow one and the space in between.

Step 5: My next task was to make the actual seedling you can also see in the cover of the CD. I die cut the leaves out of white cardstock and used the piece of cardstock as a stencil. I used both a white marker and embossing pen together with white powder to make the plant. I also added some white “splashes” by sprinkling white embossing powder to the paper and heating it from underneath.

Step 6: I then adhered the die cut leaves or stems to the page and also added the thorns to the seed. I sketched the thorns using a golden pencil but also used a golden acrylic paint to make some of the thorns more visible. I also added some golden splashes using the paint.

Step 7: Next was layering time! I cut some pieces of patterned paper and layered them behind the photo. I attached the layers together using a stapler. I mounted the photo on top of the cluster with foam dots and the whole thing to the page using the same dimensional things.

Step 8: Embellishing time! To mimic the circular shape of the seed I added a lot of circle embellishments to the page, stickers, die cuts and a flair button. I also added a strip like sticker to the other side of the photo and a couple of text stickers as well.

Step 9: The finishing touches to the page came with foam letter stickers, the journaling and a couple of additional golden pencil lines. I drew these to balance the composition out.

I hope you like the step by step and find it inspiring! Thank you for visiting today! Until next time!
Riikka

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Dreamscapes – Geometry stencil
Dreamscapes – Cloudy
Hazy Days – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Hazy Days – Element Stickers 6×12
Hazy Days – Word Stickers 6×12
Hazy Days – Pad 6×6
Cold Country – Clear Stamps
Writer’s Block – Epilogue

Put your cape on and fly by Riikka Kovasin

Hiya! This post is something different for me as it’s the first post I write as a 7 Dots Studio ambassador! So hello everyone, my name is Riikka and I’m a proud 7 Dots Studio ambassador! I live in Finland but keep workshops all around Europe! I will be doing a post every now and then with a project or a tutorial. This time I did a layout about a workshop with the steps I use in one of my workshops.


The workshops are one of my favourites as they involve scrapbooking, 7 Dots Studio supplies and using mixed media to get your own touch onto the workshop kit items! During the workshop we create an unique background (or two!) and then turn them into layouts. I show my favourite background technique, share a tip or two and we also talk about composition and colours.

The page itself is about the first time I was keeping workshops in the UK. The picture is of the group who attended my ATC workshop then. I really love keeping workshops! I love when people get inspired and the workshops always give so much to me, too. Like what I often hear people attending say during the workshop – it’s so wonderful how the same materials can be turned to so many styles and projects!

Thank you so much for this opportunity Tusia! I dream I could meet all the readers of this blog one day! So hope to see you soon! Thank you for stopping by today!

Xoxo Riikka

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Dreamscapes – Die Cut Elements 6×12
Dreamscapes – Element Stickers 6×12
Dreamscapes – Word Sticker 6×12
Dreamscapes – Geometry stencil
Dreamscapes – Tags 12×12
Dreamscapes – Pad 6×6
Dreamscapes – Sunrise
Hazy Days – Clear Stamps
Nature walk – Gray Day
Homegrown – Clear Stamps

June Challenge: Daily Routines

This time for our monthly challenge we want you to focus on things that accompany you in your daily life. The topic of this month challenge is “Daily Routines”. We want you to look around and search for things you can’t live without day by day. What is it? Please take part in the monthly fun and share with us the projects you come up with about day-to-day activities.

 

Here is the inspiration from our team:

I have many daily routines and I’m a kind of routine lover. I love when I know what to do and when and that the everyday life is rolling. When thinking of a project to represent a daily routine I first thought about altering a tea cup but then decided to do a “tea bag”. Ha ha, pun intended! Tea is something I drink daily. Weekends start with a cup of tea, creating starts with a cup of tea and I usually end my day with a cup, too. I’m usually in too much of a hurry to drink a cup during the workday but sometimes I treat myself with a cuppa there, too. The soft tones of “Dreamscapes” fit the project perfectly.

 

What are your daily routines??Well… mine are those of a modern lifestyle for sure…Coffee first thing in the morning, e mail checking, mobile close for capturing a moment!! I know this may be your daily routines too. I also know this is not a healthy life he he he. But I have another routine for myself only… Gym trainning. Now try to include this one in your life too!!Kisses.

 

With this layout Louise wanted to document a fairly regular routine she has during her working week. With many of the private hospitals she works in they have fabulous little cafe’s so she always like to get to the hospital a little bit early so that she can have a nice big Coffee before starting work.

 

The inspiration for this Art Journal page actually came from the packaging of the Hazy Days stamps. I love how it looks and wanted to make a spread that reminded of if. I used several layers of acrylic paints and the Hazy Days stamps in combination to achieve a similar background to the one in the stamp set pack. When happy I added dimension with texture paste and the Dreamscapes Triangle stencil. The topic of this months challenge is “Daily Routines” and I wanted to share a brief overview of my day from wake up call to bedtime. The Writer´s Block numbers stencil worked perfectly to add my time schedule, and the word stickers from Hazy Days summon my day with a humoristic twist.

 

I can’ imagine a day without reading books. It’s my addiction, the air I need to breathe. That’s why I’ve created three bookmarks for our June challenge. I made them from “Dreamscapes” – one of the newest collections.

 

Hello 7 Dots Studio’s fans! My daily routine? READING! Each day I try to read at least for 30 minutes, It’s my moment where I can really relax! For my background, I used the “Under the covers” paper from the DREAMSCAPES collection. I have added some stamping, Art Stones and started layering using Dreamscapes papers, tags and stickers from the Writer’s Block.

 

Because the challenge topic is about routine for my page I chose something that I do every morning. A walk with my dog. He needs to move and so do I. I wanted to emphasize the yellow of my paper to make a reference to the sun and to the happiness this routine gets me. Scrapbooking is great at highlight the good little things and 7 Dots can always help you with it. Thanks. San xx

 

Today I present a page that illustrates my passion the arts. Every day I try to be in direct connection with my heart. I had fun using black and white together with some bursts of happiness. I used the illumination collection I adore. I made a little video for you. Please enjoy.

 

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The rules are as simple as A, B, C:
- create any project inspired by the theme – Daily Routines
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include our “inspirational circle” in your blog post (you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till July, 19th midnight CET. We announce winners by the end of July.
The main winner is going to win One Collection Kit and one 6×6 Pad!
The second and third place are going to get 30% and 15% coupons to our store respectively.
Also one lucky person will win 10EUR coupon to our store