Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Altered Christmas Ornaments with Paper Clay

These 2 little clear plastic ornaments were really fun to decorate. I've had them on my worktable for a couple of weeks, but just found time last weekend to give them a new and improved look.

I got them at the dollar store. What a deal. The first thing I did was paint them with black gesso and make sure it dries. (do NOT try drying them with a heat tool...trust me, I know)  Then I added different Finnabair ArtAlchemy paints - opal magics and metalliques to them.

The Escucheons II mould from Iron Orchid Designs and Paper Clay is added to both of them with 3D Matte Gel.  Let it dry. 

Before the clay dries, I pushed the Snowman (from Hobby Lobby) and a Rustic Tim Dimensional Star into the clay and remove them to dry.

Next I painted the clay with Metallique Paints. The Art Alchemy Waxes and Mini Art Stones were added last with Soft Gloss Gel

The Chipboard Art Scrip Word Cut -  Joy is painted with Sparks just to shine it up a bit.

This bulb was a bit simpler with just gold and royal red paint. The gold wax was added last with your finger.

Glue the little snowman and the star with Heavy Body Gel. A ribbon or gold cord can be added to hang the ornament on your tree. 

The word cut-outs from Retro Cafe Art Gallery are fun to paint up to be put in a package for a gift. 

Hope you are inspired to play and make some memorable pieces for your holidays. Let me know what you think.

Your Friend in ART,


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Victorian Christmas Sleigh Decoration from Retro Cafe Art Gallery

This really has been a fun project. I worked on this for several days, I let it sit on my worktable and just wait for another idea to enter my brain on how to decorate  and display my

I love how this centerpiece for our family room coffee table turned out. The sleigh comes in 5 easy pieces to paint and put together. I like to paint and decorate it first, and then glue. But you can do it any way you like.

First I painted it with ArtDeco Fluid Acrylic paints on the inside of the sleigh. Then I stamped images with black archival ink.

These are the INSIDES of the sleigh.

I added dimension with Modeling Paste and the Flourish Stencil for the OUTSIDES of the sleigh. 

Then I used paper clay to make moulds from Iron Orchid Designs. I cut some apart to get a layout that I liked and glued them on with 3D Gloss Gel. I used Baroque 1, Baroque 2, and Baroque 3 moulds. 

You can see them glued on over the stenciled areas on the outside. If you add them while wet, they easily glue and dry without warping. I used the DecoArt Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold on the moulds.

A wash of black and brown acrylic paint is added over the gold on the moulds and stenciled areas. Vintage Gold Metallique Wax can be added to bring back more of the golden shine. I also used it to highlight the stenciled reliefs a tiny bit. 

I drilled 2 holes in the sleigh and added chain to hang the Mini Black Lanterns. They are easily colored with Fire Ruby Antique Brilliance Wax

I think they are adorable!!!

I'm always about highlighting the edges with black to make the colors stand out, so I used a permanent pen to go around several areas just to make the colors pop.

This is a shot of the emblem on the back. There's a smaller one on the inside as well, but it's hard to see with the packages.

The Mini Christmas Light Garland and Mini Gift Packages helped to fill the Sleigh, but it could also hold cards, or ornaments, or even Santa himself! Follow the links for products found at

The sky is always the limit.

I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to create something magical of your own for the season.

Your Friend in ART,

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Sharing the Love at Christmas Time

These little lovelies are going out to my Art Sister Team Members at 

They are pretty easy and fun to put together for friends or your own holiday decorating. I'll share the steps and the links below.

When I glitter objects, I always base-paint with the same color as the glitter I will use. Here I used white and gold paint.

 I brush gloss gel on the wings, and then sprinkle 3 different colors of gold glitter to create a vintage and aged effect. The Snowflakes are created the same way except I use the white Art Sugar. It's a really fine grade of glitter that is gorgeous. A tiny bit goes a long, long way.

The collage picture is layered onto a piece of chipboard and cut out to fit the frame. Paint the frame red, add tiny gold dots around the edge, and glue to the pictures. Use the round spacers from the wings behind the snowflakes to layer up your pieces with 3D Matte Gel or Heavy Body Gel. Add the Christmas pics behind the snowflakes.

You can add gold twine or wire in the ornament hole to hang. 

The possibilities are endless. 

This just gets your ideas flowing with your own creativity. 
Hope you're inspired to play.

Your Friend in ART,


Retro Cafe Art Products:
Vintage Christmas Collage Sheets

Other Products Used:
Metallique Paint-Royal Red (Finnabair)
Heavy Body Gel (Finnabair)
Liquid Gold Opaque Paint Marker
Finnabair Glitter (mix of 3 colors)
Christmas picks
Gold Twine