Monday, September 11, 2017

Timeless Beauty Vintage Photo Tag

This tag is everything I love.....
Vintage Photos
Metallic Paints
Embossing Folders
Large Tags
Script
Scroll Die Cuts
Gorgeous Paper

I made it just for me, using whatever I liked, and it was great to be
 using things that had been chucked away .

No deadlines....no product restrictions....nothing but
 whatever
 came
 into my head.

It was great.

Not that I'm not grateful for all of the above, but sometimes 
it's just wonderful to make whatever you want without any restraints.


This starts with a large manila tag that has been run through
 an embossing machine using the Nouveau folder from Vintaj.
 (sadly it has been discontinued)


Then I added Metallique Paints and Archival Inks in many layers.

This is one of the first layers. I found I needed a lighter background, 
so lighter colors were added with more inks,
but I loved the colors in this layer.


Flowers, Beads, Mechanicals, Mica Sprays, Vintage Trim, Die Cuts,
Canvas, and Vintage Images all took their places on the tag.

This is a shot in between layers. More flowers and beads were added.


And just a note. I was thrilled and honored to be invited to the 
"Friends Helping Friends" auction to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey 
Victims. Ten Artists donated pieces and Cat Kerr posted them for bid.

I was extremely pleased to have mine sell for $150. 
 Everyone else's sold for an amazing total of almost $2600.
 One of the buyer's husband agreed to match that total! 
What a great auction it turned out to be.

Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. 
 Cat is now under the gun of  Hurricane Irma herself. 
Be safe, my friend.


Your Friend in ART,

Linda

Friday, September 1, 2017

Two Tombstones Done and on the Blog !!!

 The last of the Tombstones is complete. 
I wasn't sure if I'd be able to get 4 done this year, but 
they came together.


These are the highlights of the last 2 and all the links.

The Angel Wings have Antique Silver Art Sugar on them and they do
sparkle nicely. 

The small bat wings are painted, as are the rest of the pieces, with
Metallique Paints. 

The Bat Wands were a last resort to give the piece a bit 
more height. 


As much as I love the Graphic45 papers, I added Tombow markers
here for brighter colors and some shadows.

This is the base before everything was added.


Products Used:
Metallique Paints-Green Olive, Coral Reefs, Crocus Fields
Liquid Gold Opaque Paint Marker
Black Glaze Pen
Heavy Body Gel
Glossy Accents
Tombow Markers

I always have to do a Tombstone with a Vintage Skeleton Cut-Out.
They creeped me out at first, but I've grown to love them.
It is what it is.


I used a variety of paints on the masonite cut-outs to achieve the 
contrasting colors I wanted.



More Products Used Here:
Clear Rhinestones
Metalliques
Alcohol Inks
Black Pens

I hope you've enjoyed these 2 little ATC size creations. They always are 
fun to play with to get the creative juices flowing.

There's still time to join in the Tombstone Swap going on.
So order yours and get creating!

Linda

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Tombstone Patina Witch!

Tombstone #2 coming at ya!

This one was really fun because I used the
 Patina and Rust Pastes on this project.


I started with some Stone Effects Paste Concrete that I just
slathered on with a plastic knife.

Thinking I was going to add something in the middle, I left
a clear spot in the center.

(I added the Dia De Los Muertos Cat for fun here in the picture.)


After this dried, I added some Patina and Rust Pastes.

Note the high points have the Brass Patina lightly 
brushed on.


I cut a circle of chipboard to make the vintage photo more stable
on the piece, and glued it in place with a heavy body gel.

The Spooky Trees and Word Scrolls were painted with
 the Patinas and the Steampunk Gear with some Metalliques.


I outlined the Bats, Witch Hat, and Broken Fence with 
white Sharpie pen.

The Halloween Paper Cut Word is layered onto a piece of scrap 
black matboard.


Lots of things to check out here, and so many possibilities to create.

I hope you're inspired to play. Would love to hear
your questions or thoughts. 

So get going and check out the great links below to the

Your Friend in ART, 
Linda

Products Used from RCAG:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Gothic Tombstone DOTD Fun!

Just a quick post to lead you through a really, really fun little project for

If you follow them or me, you know we love to decorate Tombstones each 
year, and sometimes have a swap. 

Each year they're cut out just a little bit differently. So here's one from 
this years design 
Gothic Tombstone ATC Bases VI.


I started with some bright Metallique colors from Finnabair - Coral Reef, 
Crocus Fields, and Lime Peel - and a Worn Screen stencil. 

When the paint is dry, add some white pen marks.


The Spider and Glasses are painted with more Metalliques. 
The Bat Wings I used were out of Black Chipboard. 
The ones shown here are Masonite. 
It's your choice when ordering.


I used the Black and White Sugar Skull Cut Outs and added lots of
color with Tombow Markers.


The Dia De Los Muertos Cats are really stunning and can be ordered on
Masonite as well.


 The Halloween Word Scroll and Arrows are decorated with
 Metalliques and Pens.  

It's all layered up and glued in place with 3D Heavy Body Gel.

These are ATC size, that is a really fun and easy size to work with, and
can be traded, or put into a stand that lets you put them on a shelf.

So get ordering and get busy. Time is wasting!

Your Friend in ART,
Linda

Products Used:
Metalliques - Lime Peel, Gold Rush, Rusty Red, Coral Reef, Crocus Fields
Tombow Markers
3D Matte Gel

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lucky Patina Bottle

This fun bottle is created in just a couple of very easy steps. 

Really!

It starts with any plain glass bottle. This one I found at a local craft shop.

I started by painting it with Heavy Black Gesso. I didn't paint the stopper
as I like how it looked all by itself. 


I mixed several colors of the Mica Flakes in a lid. Then I covered a section
of the bottle with Soft Gloss Gel. 

While the gel is still very wet, I roll the bottle in the mixture of Flakes.
Continue until the entire flat surface of the bottle is covered.

Those areas that you cannot reach are added by dropping the flakes onto
the glued section and lightly patting them down.


This is what you end up with when it dries. It doesn't have to be 
completely covered.

Now you start adding the Patina and Rust Pastes. I only used the Orange Rust
Paste here, but you can do whatever you like for results of your choice.


I added a Mechanical Label on a bit of antique chain, and it's done!

I told you it was really easy, and it can be duplicated many 
different ways.


Enjoy and Have Fun!!!

Your Friend in ART,

Linda

Monday, July 3, 2017

Waxes and Paper Clay Moulds are Amazing!

This was so much fun to make, and really, once you had it all glued onto the
plaque, it was easy to decorate.

I guess I collect wall hanging, plaques, etc, that can be altered or just
redecorated. It's a sickness. :)

This one was painted black with heavy body gesso first.


 Then I used Iron Orchid Designs moulds and paper clay to make pieces 
I glued on immediately after removing them from the moulds.

After it dries, I used Heavy Body Matte Gel to add some metal pieces,
a couple of resin keys, and Mechanicals.

Then completely cover it with Heavy Black Gesso.


After that dries, add Opal Magic, Antique Brilliance, and Metallique 
Waxes, from Finnabair, with your finger or a small brush.

I added a bit of Mica Spray to the whole piece as well and sprayed with
a sealer.

That's how simple it is.....really. The hardest part is getting it all
completely covered with the gesso!

Hope I've inspired you to play....

...and to my Fellow Americans, I hope you have a 
Safe and Happy 
4th of July!

Linda

Friday, June 30, 2017

My Paintbrush Totem Pole Doll

There's not much to tell you about techniques here. It's just basically paint, doodle, add a rubon, glue some Dresden, paint some more, wrap some beads and wire.

You just have to learn to play, and experiment with color and pens. Look for a spot of contrast and add some more color.

Black outlines the color and makes it pop! The metal piece I stuffed into the brush portion is a smashed jewelry part!  I added metallique paints for a dash of color.


But, having said that, you start with a Skinny Paintbrush Doll Kit from 
that comes with the little doll, wings, and crown.

I used a doll mold and paper clay to create the cute little face. 


The rest is up to you and your imagination. Bill thought she looked like a little Totem Pole, so that's what we're calling her. She hangs on the the wall easily using the hole in the top of the paintbrush.  Cool!

I hope you are inspired to create and play.

These are all the products and their links to the RCAG store.

Your Friend in ART,

Linda

Gold Dresden - Mini Scalloped Gold Dresden, Gold Baroque (silver shown)
Glass Beads - Licorice, Turquoise and Plum
Metallique Wax - Rich Copper
Inka Gold - Turquoise

Other products used:
Black Fine Line Sharpie 
Gold Opaque Marker
Black Gel/Glaze Pen
Rub Ons
Impasto Paints
28 gauge red wire
Chipboard Word
Jewelry Tube (smashed)

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Simple Altered Project

I LOVE to work with vintage photos and this project is now one of my favorites.

Having said that, it's truly one of the easiest and quickest ones I have ever made.


I used a bit of Jade and Cobalt Impasto paints to start here , but they are almost completely covered up with the next steps.

Next I added the Mint Green and Blue Patina Pastes, and then some the Rust Pastes.

I apply the pastes with an old brush.


The last layer is the gorgeous Brass Patina Paste to the raised textures.


I add water to the Mica Powders to create an amazing metallic paint.

I applied two colors to this Medium Baroque chipboard  frame from Retro Cafe Art.


Glue the picture to the frame and layer onto the box. I leveled off some of the high points of the texture, and added a piece of chipboard to the back of the picture.

I like using Heavy Body Gel that is thick enough to level the frame.


Add a tiny Pink Paper Rose with a touch of Blue Glitter and it's perfect.

Simple, with maybe a bit of elegance. Always hard for me to do since I really love to keep going.....and going.... and going. 

Stop when you want, or keep going! It's completely up to you.

Your Friend in ART,

Linda

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Steampunk Shrine for Father's Day

It's time for a 
project!

was just the right size to create a collage of gears and wings for a piece that could easily be for a Father's Day Gift.


I lay out my pieces on the packaging that the shrine comes in, and then paint the pieces. When you're done, there's no cleanup, just toss the plastic sheet away and your'e ready to move on.

Here I used the new Patina Pastes on all the outside pieces, over a base coating of Gold Rush Metallique Paint. 


I used the same Gold Rush paint to the inside and added some stamped images with black Archival Ink.

Put it together with a small amount of white glue and you're ready to decorate.


I toned down the color a bit to make it more rustic with a bit of the Brown Rust Paste.

The gears from the kit were used to make the collage base that I glued onto a large wooden block. This raises the grouping of Mini Gears, Fancy Gear Charms, Small Antique Brass Steampunk Charms, and Copper Gear Mix, up from the back to make it more visible.

The Edwardian image of the man was added to the Ornate Plate and glued with Heavy Body Gel to the collage.

The Wings were colored with Stream Alcohol Ink. I found these in my stash of charms that were for earrings. Hard to tell where I got them! But that's the fun of it sometimes. Whatchagonnado?!?!

Add a couple of more copper pieces of ephemera, some Box Corners on the back, some tiny 3mm Brass Circles on the sides, and it's done.


I'm thinking this would make a great Father's Day present for someone, but I just enjoy Steampunk pieces for myself.

What do you think?

Your Friend in ART,

Linda

P.S. Click on all the links throughout the post for all the products you can get at Retro Cafe Art Gallery. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Rust and Patina Paste Makeover

The new Patina Pastes and Rust Pastes are out from 
Finnabair and Prima.

This is a piece that was created using the two products plus 
a few Micro Beads and some Mica Flakes.

All the Prima products used here will be carried by 
Michael's 
around May 25th.


This metal hanging plaque and resin medallion were found at Michael's.


The Rust Pastes go right onto the metal plaque with ease.


The Patina Pastes are added with a dry-brush technique.


I used just the Patina Pastes on the resin medallion.  A few Metallic Micro Beads and Mica Flakes are added last with Soft Matte Gel.


This new endeavor with Michael's will give some people who cannot order online and don't have art or scrapbooking stores near them a chance to buy just 8 of the many products that Prima produces.

Your Friend in ART,

Linda

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Favorite Santos Angel

Hi everyone!

It's my turn to post a project for the

I have been fortunate to have the new Patina Pastes from Finnabair in my Studio, and thought I'd combine them with a Santos Doll.

This one is my favorite, 
that stands about 11" tall.

All links are highlighted for the products used and will take you directly to the shop! 

I wanted to keep her base plain and simple like the vintage ones you see as relics. Most didn't have anything in the bottom of the cage area, and that's what I was going for. This one really is fairly simple in concept.


I started by base-coating my wings, legs, and bases with the Light Patina Metallique paint


Then comes the fun part! 

You can add these colors however you like, but this time I started with the Mint Green first and then the Blue Patina Effect Pastes. They have little grains in them that when dry, are great for adding other colors with a dry brush technique. 


I used some of the Rust Pastes Orange for just a bit more color and then the Brass Patina Paste on top of all of it. 


Here you can see how the light picks up the Brass paste on the top of the texture.

I left the Wings a bit lighter without as much Rust Paste to give them a softer color.


I assembled the base pieces but decided they could use some contrasting color.


This Steampunk Gear II Cut Out made with chipboard is painted with the Royal Red Metallique paint and the Brass Patina. A snap back fit perfectly in the center. 

I glued it together with Heavy Body Gel that is perfect when gluing to things with texture. 


I painted the doll next with 2 coats of flesh-colored acrylic paint. Then I drew a neckline on with a Sharpie and painted portions of the bodice and arms red. Stamp with black Archival ink and add Brass paint accents.

The Grungy Butterfly has mostly Mint Green Patina with just a touch of Brass, and various Metallique paints added on her wings.


The Ornate Fleur Cut-Out was perfect for her headdress and fit perfectly behind Art Doll Push Mold face made with paper clay. I used the same "really" old clear cling stamp from somewhere for the body and headdress.

I used Fresco Paints for the face and sealed with Soft Gloss Gel.


A Gunmetal Ball chain makes up her necklace and she has beautiful Rhinestone Chain (the ones linked are very similar) draped in her outstretched arms. 

I'm really happy with how she turned out....I think she's my new favorite!

On a personal note, I'll be having a Cholecystectomy on Thursday and may lay low for a while. Keep me in your thoughts for some good results. I'm tired of going to the ER with this thing they call a Gallbladder. It will soon be in a jar.

Your Friend in ART,

Linda