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Finnabair Inspired Tag

When choosing what you like in art, it is always love at first sight. For me, I knew I’d found my love when I watched a YouTube video by Finnabair, AKA Anna Dabrowski in 2012. Finnabair used small “found objects”, the kind of small trinkets you’d find in a junk drawer. She arranged the bits and pieces and then added paints and other textures. The result was inspiring.

In just a couple of years, Finnabair became so popular, she developed her own line of art products, everything you’d need to create mixed media art. This piece is a nod to Finnabair and her influence on my art.

Finnabair Art Tag
Judy Everett- Finnabair Art Tag

Here’s an overview of my “creative” process.

Starting with a large tag, I used Finnabair’s Art Alchemy Acrylic paints, Raven Black Sparks and Fairy Wings, to create the base colors. To get the colors to work together, I placed heavy dots of each color along the top and spritzed water on the paint causing the paint to run together and mix. I did NOT use a brush, I just let the colors run down until the tag was covered. I did use my finger to push color to the edges and empty spots. spoon tag base

Using crackle paste and two of Finnabair’s stencils, Manuscript and Wild Roses, I added some texture and interest.

To add another layer of color, I used Prima’s Soft Teal spray and Lindy’s Stamp Gang’s Incandescent Copper to add a little more color and a touch of sparkle.

I made the stars, clock and face using Finnabair’s Moulds. The rustic butterflies are from Finnabair’s 2019 release. The spoon came from my junk drawer.

I’m entering this piece of art in the Frilly and Funkie  “March Madness” challenge inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The broken clock is my nod to the White Rabbit and his race against time.

Also entered in the Love to Create challenge

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Wonderful Nights

Moon. Stars. Buildings. Skylines. Black and purple. This post is for all the night owls out there.

What can I do when the night
comes and I break into stars.

Baby Hale – Female
Time of Birth: 11:30 PM

Over the years, I’ve tried to figure out why I am a Night Owl. My mom and sister tell me it was a natural rhythm for me even as a baby. When everyone else was settling down, I was ready to play. Mom was pretty sleep deprived I’m sure.
My first job as a reporter fit into my natural pattern. Reporters work until the wee hours writing headlines, preparing copy and sending the paper out to be printed. After a hectic evening putting the “paper to bed”, it was hard for some of us to head home and off to bed. My companion Night Owls and I would hang around in the office for hours. We’d talk and argue and laugh til the wee hours.
As I grew older and changed careers, my natural inclination didn’t change, but my office hours were the normal 8 AM – 5 PM. I still found myself doing my best work in the last hours of the work day. Often, I worked until 7:30, getting more done between 4 and 7:30 PM than the other hours of the day. Not exactly Night Owl, but pushing the boundaries of a day shift.
In retirement, my inner Night Owl has reemerged and is flourishing. I’m pretty much useless until 8 PM. That doesn’t mean I don’t do anything before 8 PM, it just means that my best self happens after 8 PM.
Typically, at 10 PM, I’m in full go mode. If I’m working on an art piece, everything is flowing. If I’m doing laundry and cleaning, I’m going full out. My energy starts to lag about 1:30 AM and I’m ready for sleep around 2 AM.

I often lie about what time I wake. If you call me at 8:30 AM, I grab the phone and try to sound like I’ve been up for hours. I’m always making excuses why I didn’t see something on Good Morning America. Changing morning appointments to afternoon appointments. Feeling guilty when I roll out of bed at 10 AM. Listening to all the morning people brag about the dozens of things they achieve before noon.


I’m tired of feeling guilty. I’m changing my narrative! I’m taking back the night. I’m not going to be ashamed of my late night ways. I’m going to be true to myself. No more excuses. No more guilt.

Time of Birth: 11:30 PM
I was born this way.  Don’t judge me.

(Note: I have a supportive family that loves me just the way I am. I continue to struggle with Night Owl Guilt Syndrome NOGS .)

Are you a Night Owl or a Morning Person? Drop me a note and let me know. Thanks for checking out my art and please, please feel free to share.

Perfect inspiration to complete a giant wooden (MDF) tag.