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What is your creative journey?
Which paths led you to the place you're at?
Do you have any signature products that you can't resist? Any new ones that make your heart flutter? :)
Take a look at Anai's story...

Lately I've been thinking a little about my creative adventure.
Years are passing by and I still find it hard to say what are my most favorite techniques, products or types of works. I started from cards and very simple works, then started my scrapbooking adventure, then came the mixed-media stuff. ;)
From time to time there are some new products which I fall in love with (paper flowers, mists, die cuts, stencils, PanPastels, lately all kind of "project life" cards - the list could be much longer ;) ) and I feel the urge to try many of them, to expand my techniques, to learn new things. :)
No wonder that my style in constantly changing. But on the other hand - I think my real style, my estetic feeling is still the same. :)

For the last few weeks I've been experimenting with layouts a lot. I've been trying to apply many techniques I've been using on my canvas panels. I'm playing with backgrounds a lot - with PanPastels, stamps, paints, stencils, gel medium, mists and so on. Later I cover most of it with paper and embellishments, but I really like the results. For me it's a perfect combination of my two artistic paths - as a scrapbooker and as a mixed-media artist. ;)

I decided to make a layout with a photo of my friend Zosia and her two daughters. These women are so amazingly strong, funny and friendly... I just love spending time with them.
For the base I used a paper from the "Illumination" collection (oh hey - here's the third path of my creative journey - I actually designed the paper ;) )

On the close-ups you can see small parts of my "working on the base" phase. It takes a lot of time to play with media like that, but I really love it.

Have you already seen these new doilies die-cuts from Prima? They look so nice! And although Zosia is not a scrapbooker - sometimes she goes with me to scrapbooking meetings and conventions and I know for sure that there's always one particular design she's looking for - a doily. :)
I want to give her this layout so it was a very important part of this composition.

And how about a bit of glitter? You probably know by now that I'm a huge fun of all sparkly and glittery stuff. :)
My favourite way is to mix glitter with gloss gel medium and use it with a stencil. It makes amazing effect - it's sparkly, dimensional and no glitter is falling off!

And how about you? How does your creative journey go?
Are you more on the scrapbooking or more on the mixed-media side?

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