Monday, May 18, 2015

Journey Treasure Box

Hi to everyone! It's my turn on the 

I love every little piece of this project. It's so totally what I love to make.

It's Vintage, and it's Metal and Paint. What more could you ask for???

I started with a plain white slider box - 3x5 inches - that I found in my stash.

I wanted to create a framed vintage picture in a large metal Mechanical. So I looked at 2 pieces and decided I could cut out the center section of one. I then used a jeweler's hammer and bench block to pound it flat. 

I've seen many ways to add tissue paper to book covers and frames on the internet. So I used the knowledge of them to create my version here. Thanks to all those who post these tutorials.

I tore up a sheet of plain gift tissue paper and started adding it to the box in small sections with Soft Matte Gel. Just have fun and make sure you get it all covered and stuck down well.

When it's dry, add a coat of Heavy White Gesso. This will seal it and let you add paints or inks and keep the color true.

I started with Distress Stain, but when it dried I didn't like how flat the color was, so I used a mixture of Brown Umber Acrylic paint and Acrylic Glaze to make the next layer a bit brighter and shinier. The Stain is not permanent so it will blend into the glaze. It's OK, it'll work.

This dried a darker and richer color, but I wanted more contrast, so I brought out the Inka Golds to add some more shine. Here I used the Green Yellow and Gold on the tops. I really created a great contrast.

I had some plastic corners in my stash that I painted black. Then I added them with 3D Matte Gel that I applied with a pick.

This shows the antique brass door pull I added to the end of the drawer with brads. You can stuff some ivory tulle into the drawer and add a few treasures, vintage keys, a button hook, etc, to save or give as a gift.

I've had several vintage brass labels for years. They're very heavy and really beautiful. I wanted to use one as the base.

First I flattened the large silver Flower with the hammer and spot glued it to the plate with 3D Gel. Then I wrapped brass 22 gauge wire around the two to secure the flower. The large brass Flower with the center cut out was added with 3D Gel.

The crystal glass dome was glued to the vintage picture and trimmed. I sealed the back of the picture with Gel to keep it from warping when you add it to the collage. When dry, add a dollop of Gel to the back of the dome. Glue this to the box and add the Special Screws over the holes in the brass plate. Then let it dry over night. That 3D Gel is amazing!!! It's solid.

The "Journey" Mechanical was added as-is; it was perfect the way it was. The last thing I did was add some more Inka Gold to the edges of the box and the corners to make them pop a bit more.

I hope you've enjoyed this little "Journey" with me. Be sure to check out the links below. As always let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. I'm here to serve!

Your Friend in ART,

Products Used:
Prima-Art Basics-Soft Matte Gel
Prima-Art Basics-Heavy White Gesso
Prima-Art Basics-3D Matte Gel
Prima-Junkyard Findings-Special Screws
Prima-Mechanicals-Plate and Label
Prima-Vintage Mechanicals-Large Flowers

Other Products Used:
White Paper Mache Slider Box-3x5 inches
Viva-Inka Gold-GreenYellow and Gold
DecoArt-Acrylic Paint-Burnt Umber
Golden-Satin Acrylic Glazing Medium
1" Crystal Glass Dome
22 Gauge Brass Wire
Graphic45-Antique Brass Door Pull
Collections-Vintage Photo
White Tissue Paper
Antique Corners
Vintage Brass Label Plate

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Studio Time Just for Fun

Hey everyone! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so I thought I'd share some Studio Time with you.

When I was away at Artiscape, Judy and Jo took me to a really great Blicks to shop. I was in a class where the instructor used Golden High Flow Acrylics and wanted to get some. They are highly concentrated paints that have gorgeous colors and light-fast qualities. 

I also saw my dear friend Maria McGuire, a wonderful designer from
 and agreed to get to play with some of her fabulous new designs.

These are e pieces I came up with. Each on different. Crazy busy, crisp and clean, and simple designs. 

 This one is my favorite because I love to doodle and go crazy.  I used 140 lb. watercolor paper that I wet first and then squeezed on just 3 colors of paint. (Opened tip and just added color into the wet paper) I sprayed with water and blotted here and there, but the colors kept their great deep, rich, colors. 

I used Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold, 
Dioxazine Purple,
and Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)

I used waterproof Pitt pens and other permanent pens to add the black stenciled images. I also added more subtle stenciling with Sepia and Jet Black Archival Inks and a Sponge applicator.

This one is the less "busy" but still vibrant with color. 

This is the 2nd piece of paper that I used to "blot" the color from the still wet first page. Your second generation piece is always less intense, but still holds some great color.

Just a few stenciled marks make for a piece that focuses on the background, but brings your eye to the intense black images.

Thanks so much Maria. Check out the links and give it a go. You know what I always say...
It's just a piece of paper!!!

Your Friend in ART,


Monday, May 11, 2015

Finnabair Santos Doll for Prima Blog

There's nothing like a gorgeous stamp to make me really, really happy!

I'm a true Stamper at heart and the Finnabair stamps just make me smile.
I used these gorgeous cling stamps to showcase a piece that you can put on your desk or mantle and enjoy every day.

Here's my contribution for the 

All stamped images are done with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on Specialty Stamping Paper for a beautifully permanent and crisp image. This cling stamp fits perfectly on the small Mermaid Santos Doll. The Wood-mounted stamp is just a bit smaller, but would still work. 
(I didn't use the tail, wings, or water, but you can always do whatever you like)

The Butterflies are stamped and cut out along with the Finnabair image. They are then colored with water-based pens that I blend with a waterbrush. 

The base is one of my favorites from the Trust the Magic collection. 

All the Masonite pieces of the Santos doll are painted with Fresco Chalk paints and stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink. I added the background stamp from Rust& Dust with Geranium Archival Ink.

The phrases from each of the collections are perfect for the legs of the doll.

I trimmed down the stamped image to fit the doll base. 

I stamped butterflies from Don't Forget to Fly and Rust & Dust using large and very small stamps. The little ones and the flower are added with 3D Matt Gel.

The larger Butterflies are taped to a piece of invisible thread and hung from the center base slot.  White pen dots make a bit of a statement for contrast.

Prima paper flowers add to the Spring feeling of beauty.

Don't forget to jump over and see the other 
Finnabair Creative Team 
projects on the 
They are too gorgeous for words....I promise you!

A Treat for the Senses!

Prima Products Used: 

Prima-Art Basics – Heavy White Gesso

Prima-Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel

Other Products Used:
3D Articulated Mermaid Santos Doll-Small
PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints
VersaFine Inks
Ranger Archival Inks
Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
Tombow, Sharpie, and Distress Pens
Brush Water Pen