Friday, April 14, 2017

My Angel Winged Lady

 I found these amazing plaques at a huge Craft Store in Minnesota while on vacation. I bought several.

This transformation is probably the most remarkable of them all.

I covered the plain kraft-colored base with a combination of Stone Effects Paste-Pumice, Mini Art Stones and Texture Powder.

Then I glued the paper clay Iron Orchid Design moulded pieces in place.

When they were dry, I added a layer of clear Texture Crackle to the surface. Next glazes in brown and grey are painted on making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.  This shows the piece dry. I took a baby wipe to the moulds and toned them down to create much lighter areas of contrast with the crackle.

I have several types of brass wings from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. I like to tone down the brightness by aging them with a bit of  Pewter Black patina and then buffing them with a Detailing Block to raise the shine.

I chose the Large Brass Angel Wings in the upper right for this piece.

Finnabair sent us 3 of her new Mechanicals sets and they were calling my name to be added in the open areas of the plaque.

The Patina Pastes are easily added with an alcohol ink colored rhinestone glued to the centers of the Metal Lotus. I rolled the petals a bit with a jewelry tool.

Metallique Paints and Waxes are used to brighten spots, but are hard to see here. Turning the project in the light makes a big difference.

The Cameo has copper Micro Beads set in a Vintage Trinket.

Mores waxes on the raised areas of the Pumice stone pick up some shine. It's all glued together with Heavy Body Gel. Amazing stuff.

That's it for today. I hope you'll be inspired to play, and please let me know what you think. As always.....

Your Friend in ART,


Iron Orchid Design Moulds - Escutcheon I and II, Keyholes
Resin Cameo
Texture Paste - Clear Crackle
Stone Effects Paste - Pumice
Mechanicals - Metal Lotus
Metalliques Acrylic Paints - Rusty Red, Rich Turquoise
Micro Beads - Copper
Memory Hardware - Vintage Trinket-Strasbourg
Vintage Brass Keyhole
Acrylic Paint - Paynes Grey
Large Clear Rhinestones
Alcohol Ink
Antiquing Glaze
Pewter Black Metal Finishing Solution

Friday, March 31, 2017

A Chapel Hill Stand-Up Village and G45 Papers

Today it's my turn to create a project for the

This is a made with the 

I always love to layer different cuts from the papers to create trims.

I also used a Round Stained Glass Window Cut-Out and a 

I trimmed down a Victorian Flourish Cut-Out for the top of this house 
and added a few Pine Tree Cut-Outs for balance.

Windows, doors, trees and other embellishments are painted with 
Art Alchemy Metalliques Rusty Red, Emerald Green and Green Olive.

I've loaded a short "walk around" video for you to see. Turn on CC.

I hope you're inspired to play and create.

As always, ask questions and share your ideas.

Your Friend in ART,


Monday, March 20, 2017

Phineas Pinchbeck Etched on Copper

 This is one of my all-time favorite stamps from 
The Artistic Stamper, Phineas Pinchbeck.

I used it on a piece of copper that I then etched and cut out with a jeweler's saw.

It's a totally different way to create a collage, and I love it.

This is a close-up of the piece. I believe Phineas is a Steampunk character, so the gears and knobs are fun ephemera to add to the collage.

The Iron Orchid Design mould was used on a plain black frame with Finnabair's waxes to added the only color. Patina Effect Pastes add some texture to the knobs, and embossing powder highlights the 2 Vintaj Ferns.

This is how the copper and brass pieces look with the stamped images on them before they're etched.

These are a few after they've been etched and the patina is added.

I glued on a few other items such as the arrow, key and tiny bulb. A mica powder spray is used for the background on black gesso.

Use chipboard and gears to build up the layers behind the copper. .

The frame and easel were a package deal from Michael's I found years ago. They sit nicely on the piano for a bit of nostalgic fun.

There's a short video on YouTube with the waxes and moulds.

Check out the links for products and I hope you have been inspired to play.

Your Friend in ART,


Iron Orchid Designs/Prima - Vintage Art Decor Mould-Moulding 1 
Creative Paperclay - Modeling clay
Vintaj - Fern Curving Right
Gears - Silver and Brass, Brass Gear Mix (Retro Cafe Art Gallery)
Mica Powder Spray, Black Chipboard, Embossing Powder, Copper Sheet, Etching Fluid

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tree of Life Door Shrine

This Tree of Life Shrine is a combination of several products and elements. 
It's using an ATC size shrine from 
Retro Cafe Art as the base.

Using 2 different Iron Orchid Designs Moulds, Escucheons 2, Keyholes, and paper clay, I created the 3 pieces below. When dry, I added the new Finnabair 
Patina Effects Pastes and the Brass Moth.  These will be the front and side embellishments. 

Pretty cool.

The door has Steampunk Copper, Wild Fuchsia, Pink Blush, and Dark Velvet Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints painted on with a sponge. The Small Pebble Stone Stencil and a white pen create the insides of the shrine.

The vintage knob from my collection was painted with clear gesso and the patina pastes. I also added a script stamp with archival black ink all around the outsides.

The Mini Gold Scalloped German Dresden is used as trim around the edges. A large advertisement stamp was used on the back. I love vintage stamps. The detail is amazing.

I glued the Fancy Brass Moth to the large mould, and painted a wooden ball with the new Dragons Eye acrylic paint Sparks. It shines with the same color as the brass moth.

The unfinished wooden legs were painted and glued on with Heavy Body Gel.

This side view shows how bright the Metallique paints are when the light hits them.

Just a little bit of glue puts the box together, and the elements are added with Heavy Body Gel.

Here's a little secret. I didn't have enough gold Dresden to finish all the areas I wanted. So I used Silver Mini Scalloped Dresden and painted it with 2 colors of Metallique paints. Perhaps you can tell which side is the painted Dresden, and perhaps you can' doesn't really matter, does it?  What do you think?

For inside the Shrine, I used a Medium Baroque Chipboard Cameo frame and the Pastes again. Here are the 4 steps to creating this effect with the 3 colors of the pastes. Really easy. Then I glued the vintage photo to a wooden block and added it to the inside. It fit perfectly!

This is the open door of the Shrine. Hard to get a good picture inside, but I tried. It kind of washed out the true color.

This project is really pretty easy to put together, and it's adorable on a shelf. You can store ATCs in it, a small gift, or a treasured vintage item if you choose not to add the vintage girl inside. 

The possibilities are endless.

I hope you're inspired to create, ask me any questions you want, and show me your projects!


Friday, March 3, 2017

A Decorated Tin Can and Video!

This was a gift from my daughter. It contained an Amaryllis bulb to plant.

I loved the flower...but the tin can intrigued me even more. 

This picture is before I decided I had to add even more's hard to know when to stop.

Here is what I did to decorate it.

I used paperclay and Iron Orchid Designs moulds to create several elements.
They're glued to the tin with Heavy Body Gel. 

Then I started to add Art Alchemy Waxes to the tin and the moulds using my finger and a soft brush.

The Tin Hearts are glued to the centers of 2 of the pieces. Archival ink stampings are added to the ridges using Signage II and Hardware II collections from IOD.

I made a short video after it was all done. 

Hope you enjoy and are inspired to play.


Finnabair Art Alchemy Waxes - Metalliques Rich Copper, Vintage Gold, Bronze Age - Antique Brilliance Red Amber

Finnabair Art Basics - Heavy Body Gel

Finnabair Mechanicals - Tin Hearts

Creative - Paperclay

Monday, February 27, 2017

An Adorned Flourish Shrine

This was a really fun project from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

UPDATE: leave a comment on what you like about this project and you'll be entered to win 
all 3 Adorned Flourish Shrine Kits!!!

After I designed my Shrine, Journey with a Lovely Lady, Kristen decided to put together 3 kits that use the same idea with different elements. This made making this type of shrine much easier. You can see them in the shop. 

I used the Adorned Flourish Shrine Kit - Style 2 as the main component with a 
Clock Face mould and paper clay from

I painted the entire kit with black gesso. Then I added several colors of 
Art Alchemy Paints to the flourish and base. 

The metal piece over the flourish is a brass Round Ornate Frame with paints and Viva Inka Gold Waxes

All of these kits come in a flat piece of laser-cut Masonite. This is a picture of a previous project kit that was laid out and painted. You can paint, stamp, paper, and do all your decorating before you glue them together. It really makes a huge difference in the detail you can give a piece.

This shows a close up of the base piece with the beginning layers of Steampunk Copper and Emerald Green Metallique paints.

I added some Art Stones with the Soft Matte Gel in the box, and a wooden 1 inch 
square block to hold up the Clock Face.

This shows what you can do to a piece of silver German Dresden Decoration by painting it first with Heavy Black Gesso and then adding paints or waxes. I used both. These pieces were added to the sides.

They fit perfectly on the side of the shrine.

Here is a detail shot of the brass frame with a small bottle cap in the center and a vintage button from my collection.

I used another piece of German Dresden Border Fleur around the box edge. The Clock Face is dusted with several Opal Magic paints over the black gesso. 

I glued it all together and and it's ready to hang on the wall with my other Shrines.

If you have any questions just leave me a comment.

I'll get back to you and try to help.

Your Friend in ART,


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Keyhole Slider Box

This was really a fun project using Finnabair's new Waxes and Stone Effect Paste. I only used one paint - believe it or not. And it was Heavy Black Gesso.

The rest of the color is all done with WAXES! Yup...waxes.

If you took a class with me a few years back that had a plain wooden slider pencil box as it's base, this is the same thing I started with.  Just an unfinished box.

I made several paper clay pieces using the amazing Iron Orchid Designs moulds. (here Moulding 1 is used)  I love Thicketworks great tip to glue them on when they're still wet. Then I used the Pumice Stone Effect Paste to fill in the edge on the sides and front edge. 

These new Stone Effect Pastes are really great to work with and dry with perfect rough edges that give a wonderful vintage quality to your project. 

This shows how the slider piece can be removed.  I added several of the Keyhole moulds to this and the back, and small wooden pieces for the legs.

 Here you see the Waxes on 2 of the Keyholes and the black gesso on pieces as they are before the wax. The background has several colors of the wax with the vibrant Mystic Turquoise-Antique Brilliance color stealing the show with it's amazing quality to shine when tilted to catch the light.

I used a few Pebbles to balance the design, but I wanted to keep it simple.

This detail shot gives you an idea of how wonderfully the waxes go on the Stone Effect Paste. Use a dry-brush technique to apply and you'll love it.

So that's it for today. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. These products are now shipping from Prima. So have fun!

This is the link to my YouTube video. It's not great, but it does move and it has music! :)


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Combining New Patinas, Sparks and Stone Effects from Finnabair on a Tag

As a Finnabair Brand Ambassador,
 I am lucky to get to play with the new product lines that just came out.

This tag is a sampling of some of the new Pastes, Waxes, Stone Effects and Sparks.

I hope you enjoy them and are as excited as I was to try these new products.

I used black low-temp hot glue and an Iron Orchid Designs mould to create the piece at the top. It only has some Vintage Gold Metallique Wax added here.

I added the Stone Effects Paste Limestone to the black tag using the Netting Stencil. When dry, I added several Art Alchemy Waxes. 
Metalliques-Rose Gold and Rich Copper
Antique Brilliance-Mystic Turquoise and Fire Ruby
Opal Magic-Blue Velvet

Then I took out some Mechanicals and started to lay them out.

This was my original plan. I later opted for paper flowers in the center with a couple more pieces of metal and a broken piece of a paper clay mould from IOD.

The base is the Mechanical Clock Face with 2 Leaves 1 Mechanicals.

At any rate, I painted them all with Heavy White Gesso.

I added some Patina Effects Paste to the flourish and other pieces. This stuff adds color AND texture. I know you're going to love it. 

Then I used my "digital applicator" aka my finger, to add some waxes. You can see the high contrast with the Turquoise Patina Paste and the Fire Ruby Wax.

Pretty cool!

Every time you turn it, you get at different color and shine. 

The Numbers and Flowers also have the fantastic Sparks Acrylic Paints added. I've seen nothing like these paints. They have a totally different sparkle to them.

The Rich Copper and Fire Ruby Waxes really add contrast to everything they touch, especially the black mould at the bottom

The last thing I did was add some Glass Glitter and Micro Beads as filler.

More sparkle and shine!

I hope you enjoy this and will check out the rest of the Ambassadors on Friday on Finnabair's blog

You'll see more of the new products and great tips!

Your Friend in ART,


P.S. Products should be shipping to local stores the first part of February.

Monday, January 2, 2017

An Altered Desk Organizer

Yes, it's been a while, but now that the holidays are past us, I'll share a project I worked on through the many days of buying, wrapping, and giving.

This now sits on my desk with my brushes and tools at my fingertips. 

It has copper stain glass foil on the tops and the front. Different light angels make it show up at 2 different colors, but it's really a gorgeous, shiny copper color you see on the tops.

The wooden boxes and base are from a company several years ago that's no longer in business. 

I used the fantastic Iron Orchid Designs Moulds and paper clay to create the pieces that are glued onto the wooden boxes. (a fantastic video on working with the moulds and paper clay are found on Heather is brilliant!)

So after you've glued them onto the boxes, it's time to paint with Heavy Black Gesso from Finnabair/Prima, and then add her luscious Art Alchemy Paints. I used lots of layers of Metalliques and Opal Magics to create this look.

Waxes from Inka Gold-Viva are used in places as well. This is a process of many layers of different colors.

The copper foil was the perfect width for adding to the top of the boxes and it will make it more durable.

I filled in different spots with stamping and Archival Black Ink. 

Load it up with your supplies and it's ready to sit on your desktop for display and functionality. 

Depending on your location, you can find these products at 
Retro Cafe Art Gallery in the USA or
from Finnabair at Mixed Media Place in Ireland.

Thanks for stopping by, and let us know what you think.

Your Friend in ART,