Finnabair workshop

February 25 and 26th 2017 was a very special weekend for me.

The chance of a lifetime to take a class taught by the very talented Anna Dabrowska (Finnabair).

I learned so many new and exciting techniques, expanded my skill set and made some lovely new friends along the way.

My projects will defiantly improve after this experience.


Learning layers

Layers of paper, lace and metal embellishments add interest and dimension to this layout.


It doesn’t matter what the original colour was, as everything is toned back with white gesso and recoloured with shimmer mists.


The photograph is raised above the layout for focus and effect.

Layers detail


Tiny art stones and microbeads add final touches to this very layered layout.

Shimmering hearts

Canvas painted matt black, with gloss gel accents. 


Composed with layers of lace, the focal element is positioned at the intersection.

Focus the viewer by adding larger and dimensional elements around the focal element, getting smaller and flatter as you work out.


Paint everything black and spray with metallic lustre mists, add mica and glitter to enhance the shimmer.


Shimmering hearts detail


With a depth of nearly 1 inch and sparkle and shimmer this project amazes, a visual delight.

Rust effects


Rust effects in a day not a decade.  The paint has the gritty texture of centuries of rust, with three shades to make every tone of rust imaginable.

More grit added by art stones and microbeads.


Add pre rusted elements for variety.


Dimensional layering of the focal image and the beautiful domed lens over the photograph, make this book cover look beautifully ancient.

Rust details


Layers add dimension to this focal plate on the book cover.

Use those embelishments


Enhance a photograph by adding dimensional embellishments.

Start with largest most dimensional elements nearest the photograph, and work out in size and dimension.

Prime with gesso and colour with lustre mist, metallic paint and finish with wax to bring out the delicate detail.

Embelishment details


Depth and detail enhance this photograph.

Thank you for looking.


I am looking forward to using these techniques on your projects.


If you would like to commission a project please contact me.






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