Monday, October 19, 2020

My Witch Shall Have Wings

 Hi Friends in ART!

This has been a challenging time for us all. But we still need to roll up our sleeves and dig into our ART stashes to create projects that take us to a different plane. I finally got myself together, so to speak, and created a Halloween piece that was much needed therapy. 

I hope you have the time to play, create, and recharge your batteries by 
Creating ART.

This is a Medium Articulated Brush Doll that I changed the wings on to make her just a bit more diabolical looking. 

I used several different cut-outs from black chipboard and masonite. I painted the Spells and Engraved Pumpkins with different acrylic colors. The ferrule of the brush was painted with Amethyst metallique paint, and the German Dresden is glued on top with a heavy white glue. 

The really, really cool Witch Boot stickers were perfect for the bottom of the brush. Sadly they're no longer available that I am aware of. 

Here you see the painted handle of the brush. I used 2 colors of acrylic paint and added tiny German Dresden around the edge. The wonderful green glitter is used on the Steampunk Wings, and the spider has 2 colors of Sparks. I layered gold paint to one strip of the larger German Dresden. 

Use a White Pen to outline the Cat and Bats.

I used some heavy black paper to cut out the hat that had to fit over the rather large head of the Witch. She is actually a vintage graduation picture of a graduating class that is over 100 years old. (if I remember correctly) She needed to be "lightened up" a bit, in my opinion, so I added the black brad glasses. 

The 2 colors of black glitter are from Finnabair. I love her fine glitter. 

The Graphic45 Steampunk Spells paper was perfect for the bodice of the Witch. It's definitely one of my all-time favorite collections from G45. I always use Tombow pens to add shadows and more color.

A rhinestone and metal stud give the spider some dimension, and the black glaze dots around the body just add to the papers. Alcohol Inks can change the color of the brads. 

I gathered up some torn tulle and added a bit of a skirt to soften the look. The carved ivory skull brings you right back to the Halloween mood. 

Stamps were used to add the look of netted gloves and a checkered edge to the doll body.

So put it all together with a heavy white glue and you're done. Since there's a hole in the top of the paintbrush, you can easily hang this gal anywhere you want. I hang mine on the side of my shelf unit in my studio, or above a light switch would be a cool idea as well. 

I hope you're inspired just a little bit to create and play. I'm sorry I am posting this so late in the game, but there's always next year, right?!? Or just use your imagination and create a Christmas doll. 

Give it a go. It's always good to 


Products Used from RCAG:

Other Products:
Witch Boots Stickers
Black Tulle
Graphic45 Steampunk Spells Paper
Colored Rhinestones
Black Glaze Pen and White Pen
Purple Acrylic Paint
Various Background Stamps and Black Archival Ink
Green Alcohol Ink

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Steampunk Bird for Ambassadors Post

Hi everyone! 
Well, its been a long time since I contibuted to the Finnabair Ambassadors blog, but it's finally getting somewhat settled here in the new house with my studio. I jumped in this month to join the crew.

The theme was Steampunk using a Recycled or Repurposed product.  I used the wonderful computer parts that a friend gave me after her husband tore apart several computers. You'll see them throughout the piece in the eye, headdress, tail feathers, chain attachment and other curly little things. I used jewelry tools to curl the wires. 

The ornament comes with 2 layers. The solid back one is painted with black gesso. The top laser-cut piece starts with white gesso and then gets highlights of Mint and Jade impasto paints, and Emerald Fluid Acrylic paint from Finnabair. 

(You can see some of the pieces from the computer stash in the background.)

3D Matte Gel is a great glue when using heavy ephemera. Gears, buttons, numbers, clips, hearts and stars are laid out and glued onto the base. Rust Effects Paste, Metallique paints, and Sparks, add color and highlights to the pieces.

 You can see the difference in the above picture and this one after the pastes and paints are added.

The eye and head feathers can be noted here as some of the computer parts. 

Layer after layer of texture and paint create this wonderful feeling of rust and corrosion. The feather above the clock is an older element I created from a Vintaj piece of brass with embossing powders. Kinda cool....and now it's found a home.

The Game Spinners are used for the wing feathers. 

This detail shot shows more buttons, charms, snaps and computer parts as well as lots of gears in metal and masonite. 

The star, of course, is a Finnabair mechanical. Can never have too many stars. 

I added a piece of fishing line to the top watchkey holes and this beauty is now hanging in my studio window. Perfect. 

Finnabair has listed Retro Cafe Art Gallery as one of her distributors in the US, and so I'll list links here for them as well as other links for supplies you can get elsewhere. 
Hope that works fairly for everyone.

Be Safe and Be Well.

Your Friend in ART,


Finnabair Products Used:
Heavy Gesso - White, Black
Sparks Paint - Ginger Magic, Night Shadow
Patina Effects Pastes - Red Rust, Brass, Green, Blue, and Brown Rust
Metalliques Paint - Flame
Fluid Acrylics - Emerald 
Mechanicals - Mini Knobs, Mini Flowers, Mini Stars
3D Matte Gel
Impasto Paints - Mint and Jade

Retro Cafe Art Gallery Products:
Steampunk Layered Bird Ornament
12mm Fancy Gear Charms Silver and Brass
Silver Gear Mix
Tim Holtz Mini Gears

Tim Holtz - Game Spinners, Ring Fasteners, Swivel Clasps, and Hitch Fasteners

Various computer parts and other ephemera from my stash

Monday, June 29, 2020

Studio Time Tag and Footrest

 Since we've moved into the new house, I haven't had much time to create anything in my studio. I've spent most of the time finding things and sorting out drawers of product and treasures. 

Finally I think the chests are arranged and the pictures are hung.

I decided to create just a simple, one dimension tag with paints, stamps and pens.

Nothing fancy or elaborate.....Ha! As if I could know when to stop.

Here's the tag with PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and Lynne Perrella stamps. The finishing touches are with a white paint pen and a fine line black permanent ink pen.

Just lay down some paint on a large tag and then start stamping. The images aren't perfect, but I don't care. It felt good to be playing. 

This kept me busy for the afternoon and off the internet. A good day. 

This project was also fun. I've used and old "in box" turned upside down as a footrest since I have short legs. It helps to keep my legs level under my desk. Best for long episodes of working without being smart enough to get up and move periodically. Guilty.

This plain box was painted black and then stenciled with icing paste from Finnabair. The color is Fire Ruby that has hints of gold when the light shines just right. Amazing colors. 

The stencil is Dandelions from Finnabair.

I added some metal tape that I'd embossed using a Tim Holtz folder with black paint in the recessed areas. Now it's a bit more decorative and it kept me off the streets for a bit during the process. 

Good times again.

Be well and find time to do something you love every day. That saying hangs on my wall in the studio and I should remember to do just that....every day.

Your Friend in ART,