Monday, January 28, 2013

Mixed-media Canvas with Blue Fern Flourish

Hello dear scrappy friends! I am very honored and excited to design for such an amazing company as Blue Fern Studios. I want to say a huge thank you to Leslie for inviting me to join her fabulous team!

My name is Svetlana Austin. 
I am a Russian girl who ended up living in hot South Africa for the last 11 years. 
I met my husband while he was doing mission work in Russia. 
We have 2 beautiful sons - Ivan and Sebastian. They keep us busy and fill our lives with sunshine (not that we have lack of it in the northern part of our country). 
I was always creative. I tried many different crafts but once I was introduced to scrapbooking by my friend, I never stopped. It was almost 9 years ago. 
I defiantly love to create layouts about my little boys the most. My aim is to reflect their personalities through my work. I love to make real boy’s layouts full of colors and details. I like to use paint and sprays in my projects, as well as hand-stitching and off course chipboard! :-)
 Sometimes I like to make very romantic and feminine layouts about myself or as gifts for my girl-friends or their daughters. It allows me to express the stuff that I personally like flowers and all that kind of frills. 
My scrapbooking style is always determined by photographs I use and what kind of story I would like to tell through my project. So if you visit my blog you will find quite a variety our there.

You can visit my blog at Colorful Memories (

As my first project for Blue Fern Studios created a very romantic and pretty mixed-media canvas and I used a very fine and intricate Blue fern Flourish on it.

This flourish is so fine but very detailed and beautiful. I used gesso to paint it. Gesso is so nice not only for priming the chipboard but it is perfect for painting it and adding some texture. I also added a layer of pearly shimmer glue on top of the gesso.

Blue Fern Flourish
Blue Fern Studios: Blue Fern Flourish

Thank you for letting me share this project with you and thank you for visiting our blog today! 
Keep well everyone and come back again!


  1. What a gorgeous canvas. LOVE the color scheme and all of the details. Very beautiful!

  2. how lovely I love the sea blue and green color so beautiful, a wonderful combination.

  3. Love the use of color and texture!

  4. What a stunning layout!!!!
    Thank you for the kind words on my blog. We will have to check out your products. I love chipboard.

  5. Completely gorgeous work, Sveta!!! Right up my alley :D


  6. Wow! This is gorgeous! I would love to see a tutorial on this! Just stunning!

  7. Oh wow- that background is stunning with a smokin hot photo. Dreamy

  8. Oh this is absolutely stunning!! Wow, oh wow!!!

  9. Your LO is gorgeous! I love the pretty flourish and all the pretty jewels.
    Thank you for sharing a peek! :)

  10. Beautiful page - like an enchanted underwater scene! :o)

  11. Wow love that stunning background with such rich color and texture!! Beautiful with the pic:)

  12. Stunning! Would definately love to see a video tutorial watching your process and how you create. Layers uopn layers upon layers of texture and goodness.!! Absolutely stunning!

  13. Stunning canvas, Svetlana!! The colours are just beautiful & the background work & texture is divine!

  14. Oh wow Sveta!! just look at the colours, and your fabulous background work!! This is such a stunning canvas. AnnieC puts it so eloquently: like an enchanted underwater scene!! xoxo

  15. this is stunning Svetlana!

  16. Wow Sveta....this is just gorgeous!!! Congrats on the DT post too! Awesome!