Monday, May 24, 2021

"Haunted Door" MEGA Shine Gift

Hello everyone! 

No I'm not rushing Halloween when it's not even Memorial Day, I just needed a 30th birthday gift for my oldest granddaughter I affectionatly call "the Ghoul." She has always loved bats and cats, and just anything along that line. So this Haunted Door MEGA shrine from Retro Cafe Art Gallery was right up her little ghoulish alley. It ends up about 9.5 inches tall. 

The spiders and shrine all come in the kit. I used Finnabair moulds and resin for the skulls. Then I embellished them with Metallic Flakes and Jewel Effect Pastes. The top spider is adorned with 2 Melanage Art Pebbles.

The door opens on the right and you can hide, store, capture, torture, whatever you want in it. I am fully confident that Britta will find something to place inside. 

I used the Checker stencil with Diamond Rings Jewel Paste. The web on the door is painted with the Blue Opals Jewel Paste. 

Using the Wings and Bones Mould and resin, I created these little lovelies. Then I covered them with Copper and Gold Metallic Flakes using Gliding Glue. 

The sides of the shrine were painted black and the stenciling is applied with a silicone brush. Here you see the Golden Dust and Crushed Amber using the Tapestry stencil, and the black skull before the flakes are applied. As always, the kit is put together with a bit of white glue. I used 3D Matte Gel for the embellishments. 

Most of the supplies can be found at Retro Cafe Art Gallery and Mixed Media Place

Check them out and have a jump on creating for your Halloween fun.


Products Used:
Finnabair - Heavy Black Gesso
Finnabair Jewel Effect Paste - Blue Opals, Crushed Amber, Diamond Rings, and Golden Dust
Finnabiar Mould - Wings and Bones
Finnabair Metallic Flakes - Copper and Gold
Finnabair - Gliding Glue
Finnabiar - 3D Matte Gel

Monday, May 17, 2021

Less Perfection - More Authenticity Please

 Here it is time to show you another project using Mitform Tool products. I love putting Finnabair pieces with them for a really steampunk look. 

The Story:
The ship's wheel here is the steering mechanism for your art journey. You alone need to set the level  of steam for how you navigate your journey. It's difficult not to be too hard on yourself creating pressure for perfection. Just being yourself, and not trying to be someone else, makes your art more authentically "you". Keep your eyes to the stars, looking up, and let the gears of your creativity move in the right direction. 

This starts with a small canvas board. I added metallique paints and archival inks over the white gessoed board. I added some Sparkling Onyx jewel paste with the Passiflora stencil and white paint splatters.

The Machine Floral Decor chipboard set is painted and also has Steampunk Metallic Flakes added.

I sprinkled some Mechanicals and resin cast pieces into the mix. The Old Plate has painted brads and a bit of paint for contrast. 

In this project, I liked the shiny brass of the Mitform pieces, so I left them as they were. They were perfect with the color of the other elements. 

Layer the pieces on chipboard scraps and adhere with Heavy Body Gel or 3D Matte Gel. 

This is a simple project that can come together quickly or it can me elaborated on with many other layers. You can add stamping or tissue paper and still have the same basic ending.

Be well and check out the links below with Retro Cafe Art Gallery here in the USA for most of the products used. 

Your Friend in ART,
Products Used:
Mitform Castings - Scale 1, Marine 2, Flowers 5
Finnabair Art Extravagance - Jewel Texture Paste - Sparking Onyx
Finnabair Stencils - Passiflora
Finnabiar Mechanicals - Old Plates, Mini Stars, Mini Knobs
Finnabair Prima Art Decor Mould - Machine Parts
Finnabair Art Alchemy Métallique Paints - Stormy Ocean, Mermaid Teal, Brass Hardware, Red Wine
Finnabair Decorative Chipboard - Machine Floral Decors
Finnabair Art Ingredients - Metallic Flakes - Steampunk
Finnabair - Gliding Glue 
Canvas Board 3x5

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Sun is Shining-Steampunk Gears

Hi Everyone!!!!!

I've been the lucky recipient of several wonderful products lately and I'm thrilled to see how they work so well together to create great project. Being on the Retro Cafe Art Gallery DT brings all sorts of great masonite cuts, and since she works with both Mitform Castings and Finnabair, almost all these products can be found on her site here. Links are at the end, so check them out.

Having said that, I'll give you some tips on creating this project. This starts with a large gear of masonite from Retro Cafe Art Gallery as a substrate. I used black gesso to prime it, and then added a layer of Golden Dragon Effect Paste. This is what adds the sheen with bits of foil. Then I stenciled on the stars using the Blue Opal Jewel Texture Paste. Lastly, I stenciled the gorgeous Crushed Amber Texture Paste onto the center using the Oriental Wall stencil.

I loved using the Effect/Rust Pastes on the 2 sizes of Gears, Assembly, and Corner from Mitform. These are wonderful when it comes to detail. 

The Stars and Moon are made with resin in Finnabair moulds as well as the Wings and a gear. They are decorated with Metallic Flakes from Finnabair. It's a simple step of brushing on Gilding Glue, letting it dry, and then adding the metal foil. 

Rust Effect Pastes and some paint create the vintage layer to the Mitform pieces. My favorites are the Clock Hands.....just saying. The metallic flakes are so amazing on the resin pieces. They have a different shine when you turn them in the light. 

Métallique Paints add some contrast and shadows to the stars, wings, and large flower under the moon. I think it now looks to be a Sun. But that's just me. The green and purple spots are pieces of foil in the Golden Dragon paste.

So this just shows you how 3 different groups of products can work to create a fantastic outcome. I love it when the plan comes together. Check out the different links below at Retro Cafe Art Gallery for 

Stay Safe. Be Well.

Your Friend in ART,
Product Links:
Finnabair Products 
                            Patina Effect Paste Set/Rust Paste, Effect Paste-Golden Dragon, Effects Paste/Rust Paste
                            -Powder Blue and Purple
Art Alchemy  -   Metallique Paints-Stormy Ocean, Steampunk Copper, Gold Amber, Rustic Brown
Moulds    -          Nocturnal Elements, Cogs and Wings   
Stencils   -           Oriental Wall, Stars
Art Basics  -        3D Matte Gel, Heavy Black Gesso
Retro Cafe Art- Mixed Media Creative surface Board - Gear Style 2
                            Amazing Casting Resin Kit - Quick Cure