Friday, October 28, 2022

Time Flies

Hello everyone! It's been quite a while, but here we go. 

This is a project using the newest molds from Finnabair. I'm late to the party as mine were lost in space, but when I got them, I started pouring resin!!! 

I had this ceramic wall hanging sitting here calling my name, so it became my base. I added white gesso, white crackle paste, and several liquid acrylics all from Finnabair.

I painted the resin with black gesso, dry-brushed with white gesso, and then added several colors of Sparks paints. They are absolutely stunning on black gesso, and are actually even brighter and more colorful in person. You have to have light shining on metallic paints to get the shine, which makes it very difficult, in my opinion, to get a vibrant picture.

Some pictures are taken in the daytime, and some at night. All under an Ott light. Different angles and background light makes for varying colors and sparkle.

The largest moth is painted with black gesso and only dry-brushed with white gesso. I wanted contrast so the metallics would show up better.

All the elements are glued on with 3D Gloss Gel. A few Black Micro Beads and Glass Glitter are sprinkled around the edges with soft gloss gel.

The smaller moth is really colorful with the Sparks paints on black gesso. 

Notice the shine on this key with a different angle. Some times it looks all orange and sometimes is more golden. Love the variation.

The Pebbles are the only other element that were placed to add just a bit more golden color.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I'm glad to answer any questions you might have. You can get most of these products at Finnabair's store,  Mixed Media Place in Ireland, or Retro Cafe Art Gallery in Indiana, USA. Check them out and 

Products Used : 
Finnabair Moulds and Amazing Resin
Sparks - Chest of Gold, Green Goblin, Orange Magic, Iris Potion, Phoenix Feather, Dragon     
Eye, and Night Shadow. 
Micro Beads - Bronze and Black
Glass Glitter - Copper
3D Matt and Gloss Gel
Soft Gloss Gel
Gesso- Black and White
Art Pebbles

Monday, September 12, 2022

Ornate Shrines on the Agenda Today

Hi everyone!!! It's been way too long, but here we are.

I've been on a bit of a tear, so to speak, creating some of my favorite things using the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Ornate Shrine Kits. It's been fun piecing bits and bobs of left-over gems with paint, stamps and papers.

They're all pretty much the same, just different types of paints and paper lines, but different in their end results as far as the vintage photo images and color. I like to hang them just above a light switch. 

This one is the latest with Paper Artsy Fresco Paints as the base color. I love how the Smoked Paprika and Blood Orange really brighten up this piece. 

The child is possibly around 8years old, so I used that on a Finnabair Mechanical. 

This totally serious child has Metallique metallic paints on the large part that add more of a shine than the chalk paints. It's all a question of what you like best. 

The other elements are dusted with Metallique paints to add more color.

This actually was the first one I made in this group. He, yes it's a boy, was in one of my first classes I gave. The paints are both Fresco and Metallique here. 

I added Texture Paste to the base using a Finnabair stencil which also adds dimension and shine.

The "I" and Dream created the theme. All the shrines have paper on the inside walls land Fresco Paints on the outside. Fresco paints are tops in my opinion for stamping on images. The chalk paint really leaves a crisp image all the time. 

The German Dresden creates the frame on all of them. The first two have butterfly wings that are from Retro Cafe Art as well as the Dresden and several other pieces of ephemera. 

That's it for today. Check out all 3 of the Ornate Shrine kits at Retro Cafe Art Gallery  along with all their other wonderful supplies. 

Your Friend in ART, 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Steampunk Skeletons

Hello Everyone!

Just popped in to share a project using 2 of my favorite group's products, Retro Cafe Art Gallery and Finnabair, for a ghastly little frame. 

It was really fun to drag out the resin pieces I made up this summer. I used the Fancy Ornate Frame Kit from Retro Cafe Art and base coated it with white gesso. Then I painted the front of the back section with different red metallique paints and dusted with gold. I added some crackle stamping to the edges later.

Here I think instead of a white back for the inside of the frame, a color or black would've been better. Who knows. I always second guess myself after it's all done and photographed. It's what I do.

The center 4 pieces I painted with Ancient Coin metallique paint, stenciled with the Fire Ruby Icing Paste and Book of Numbers stencil, added some more crackle stamping, and glued it together. 

The front opening of the frame is more complicated. First I glued everything on except the 2 bird skulls. In hindsight it would have been easier to do the large skull after all the other layers.

  Everything is base coated with black gesso. The large skull has Metallic Flakes and paints. The Bird Skeletons are painted with various reds and golds. The large Bat Wings are dusted with Brass Hardware and Mermaid Teal. And the gears and background of the frame have layers and layers of Metallique paints, crackle paste, and Liquid Acrylics. 

I added black micro beads and 3 small black bats as filler and just because. It's finally done. At first I thought I'd hang it on the wall, but now I just like looking at it on my desk where I pay the bills. I think it seems appropriate there. 

This is a side view of the frame with the stenciling. You can also see more of the liquid acrylics and their bright colors.

It's not exactly how most people would've used this frame, but if you know me, I like to dabble in the unconventional. 

As always, I'm here if you have any thoughts or questions. Stay safe. Be well. Hugs to you all.


Products Used:
Finnabair - Heavy Body Gel
Finnabair - Soft Gloss Gel
Finnabair - Metallique Paints- Royal Red, Brass Hardware, Red Wine, Mermaid Teal, Ancient Coin
Finnabair - Liquid Acrylics - Umber, Tiger Orange, Violet, Carmine
Finnabair - Micro Beads/Black
Finnabair - Gilders Glue
Finnabair - Metallic Flakes - Copper, Gold
Finnabair - Stencil - Book of Numbers
Finnabair - Icing Paste - Fire Ruby