Friday, March 9, 2018

My Altered Butterfly Wine Bottle

Well, I wasn't going to bother with a blog post, but the pictures turned out so much better than I'd even expected. The black backdrop really made a big difference. So now I'll have a record for prosperity. 

This is a plain green wine bottle. We learned to create a great crackle finish in 
Christine Ramirez-Campbell's class last Saturday at the Prairie Stamper's Retreat. What a great technique and terrific lady.

Having said that, you'll have to take one of her classes to learn it!!!

I did add some glazes over the crackle to create an aged look.

I knew what I wanted to create, so I made some embellishments with Iron Orchid Designs moulds and paper clay, and let them dry before I went. 

The beaded topper was amazingly easy to create, and Christine had the BEST beads to pick from. 

I had already made the chain/charm piece years ago and had no place to put it, so this really worked out great. It's using Vintaj jewelry pieces and a vintage photo. 

The Grungy Butterfly is from Finnabair as well as the Vintage Snowflake with a rhinestone center. I used a mixture of glass glitter and micro beads around the outside.

All the paints are Metalliques from Finnabair as well as the micro beads and glitter, and it's glued in place with 3D Matte Gel....great stuff, and Soft Gloss Gel for the tiny stuff.

I tried several different colors before I finally found the combination that I liked. The red was too red; the silver didn't stand out enough; the gold alone was too washed out; added some turquoise;  then some amber - soooooo just keep playing until you get what you like.

I used two pieces of rhinestone/pearls trim at the top, and some fabric trim along the bottom. Add some paint to the fabric to create some contrast.

Last thing, hit the high points with Metallic Waxes. You'll love them.

Now I'm on the prowl for some of the cool beads and the wire to make the stoppers. This is my new obsession.....

So empty out that wine bottle and put it to good use for decoration!

Your Friend in ART,


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Baked Texture Embossing Powders

I finally got my new Baked Texture Embossing Powders from
Seth Apter
and they have been a real source of creativity for me.

This tag was created using a number of Distress Oxide Inks on a black tag first, and then coming back with 2 layers of Vintage Beeswax.

I added some Rocky Road, Ancient Amber and a bit of Chunky Rust in spots.

This collage shows the tag before, then with a layer of EP+stamped images, and the final product on chipboard with "Create Art" from the Darkroom Door.

I tried first to stamp into the hot beeswax with an inked stamp, but it didn't come out as dark as I wanted, so the rest were just stamped onto the EP directly. I added black permanent pen to the 1st image to make it darker. 

Then I liked it.

This is a plain chipboard laser-cut key from 
Retro Cafe Art Gallery that was created with a layer of  
Patina Oxide.

The INSPIRE chipboard was embossed with Chunky Rust.

And this is another tag with Vintage Beeswax and Ancient Amber on top of Distress Oxide Inks. 

Check out your local stores for the new Embossing Powders or order them directly from Seth Apter's Shop.

Have a great day, and let me know what you think. 

Your Friend in ART,


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Stencil ART on Masonite Letters

Well, it's my turn to post something for 
and I cannot tell you how much fun this project really was. I think of it as
 Art Therapy.

It's just letting your mind go....turn on the music....and have fun!

I usually like to basecoat my masonite with Heavy White Gesso when using
bright colors. This makes them stay true to their gorgeous hues.

I then apply various StencilGirl Stencils with PaperArtsy Fresco Paints all around the letters.

The next step is adding a second layer of the stencils to break up the images and add a bit more interest to certain parts.

And the last is just spending hours of fun doodling....really. I did this over several days, of course. Just come back, look at it, and add a few spots of black permanent pen marks. Then some white Sharpie paint pen, and so on.

Until it makes you happy. 

This is all about what you like in the end. If you decide something doesn't please you, paint over it with an opaque paint, and move on. Covering up a spot is pretty easy with paint.

You can find the letters on the 
Retro Cafe Art Gallery
site here.

They are 6 inches tall and you can prop them on a shelf or hang them on the wall.

A personal favorite of mine....maybe even a new header for my page. What do you think?!?!

Your Friend in ART,


Friday, January 19, 2018

A Romantic Tag with New Finnabair Products

Short and sweet today.

New products coming out soon from 
and Prima Marketing.

New Plaster Paste and Paper Pastes + 
New Mechanicals +
New Rust Effects Pastes +
New Metallique Paints.

I used the new Plaster Paste on the left here for the background of this tag.

Here it's on the right after I add paints and sand it to add distress.

New tools are coming soon, too.....shhhhhh.....

Check out Finnabair's Blog 
for more products and projects as they come out.

Your Friend in ART,

Monday, January 1, 2018

A Small and Colorful Triptych

Happy New Year to everyone! 

I felt like getting colorful the other day.

So I got out a cute little Triptych Shrine and my Impasto Paints to play.

 I'll take you through this project, with tips and links, that appeared in the Stampington's Somerset Studio Gallery Winter/2018 issue Spotlight. 

I laid out the shrine pieces and gave them a basecoat of Clear Gesso, then a random pattern of Impasto Paints. These paints are thick, and bright. When diluted with white paint or water, they still keep their great color.

Tip: I paint on the clear plastic sheet that the Retro Cafe Art Shrine comes in, so when you're finished, it goes in the garbage and you don't have to clean it.

I had carved some stamps earlier this year, and decided to use them around the 3 pieces.

I loaded bright white acrylic paint into my fine-tipped applicator and scribbled it on the 3 sections to break up the color.

The Rusty Gears have been painted with Patina Pastes and glued into the windows. I used a larger gear for the middle and added a Mini Knob.

I added Metallique Paints to different Mechanicals and glued in place with
Heavy Body Gel.

The Mini Steampunk Gear chipboard cut out was painted with the Brass 
Patina Paste and used behind the two end Mechanicals.

It's very easy to put this piece together with the metal jumprings and set on your desk or a shelf.

Just try it!

Your Friend in ART,


Products Used:
Shelf Shrine Triptych - Small Circle Gothic Arch
Patina Pastes
Metallique Paints - Rich Turquoise, Emerald Green, Green Olive
Mini Steampunk Gears - Chipboard Cut Outs
Clear Gesso
Impasto Paints - Jade, Heather, Green Apple, Crimson and Cobalt
Black Archival Ink
Hand Carved Stamps
Fine Line Applicator with white acrylic paint
Mechanicals - Mini Knobs, Barn Stars, Rusty Gears, Winter Trinkets,
and Vintage Snowflakes
Heavy Body Gel