Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Wanderlust by Everything Art

I'm really excited to have been asked to be an affiliate to let all you people know about this great year-long ONLINE classes!

My friends 
Anna Dabrowska aka Finnabair 
is one of the teachers along with 
Rachel Greig 
and Caroline Dube.

You've got to check out the rest to see how many wonderful people are teaching 
...I mean Andy Skinner,
  Joanne Sharpe, 
France Papillon,
and Kate Crane
 just to mention a few...WOW! 

“Wanderlust is a whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers (Kasia Krzyminska and Jamie Avery) one every week (each one downloadable and with PDF instructions provided), 50 amazing videos, which will run for over 50 hours in total, access to a forum with an amazing and friendly community, inspirations, challenges, discussions, galleries, workshops, giveaways and generous discounts from our partners. The perfect alternative to in-person classes!"

You can find out everything you want or need to know HERE.

Q and A here, too. About Wanderlust. 

The Artists will work in Mixed-Media and Journaling with paints, inks, stencils, stamps, pens and all the wonderful products we've "collected" but maybe aren't sure what to do with .....or give us new ideas on how to "create" using them.

Until the 15th of December 2015, you can but the Wanderlust 2016 class for the special price of 65 Pounds (approx $100). After December 15th, the price will jump to 99 Pounds (approx $150)

There are GIVEAWAYS, too! (our second most favorite word only to SALE)

I'll keep you informed here and on Facebook and other medias....so as they say..



Sunday, October 25, 2015

Daydream Canvas Collage for Prima

I was asked to create a project for the Prima blog for

This is the canvas I made with a few easy steps.

 I started with a 6x6 inch stretched canvas, a stencil and some Clear Crackle Paste. It’s fun to use things other than Modeling Paste with stencils.

When it was dry, I glued on several chipboard cutouts and some trim.  Then I painted the entire canvas with Heavy Black Gesso.

 I mixed Mica Powders in spray bottles + water. A couple of little scoops are all you need in the 2 oz. bottles. Spray and heat set. Continue spaying until you get the coverage you like.

Then I mixed Mica Powders with Clear Crackle Paste and swiped it over the Black Gesso on the chipboard. It is thick and really cool – kind of a gold leaf or corroded effect. I ended up using the heart with the Blue and Gold Opal Magic and the vines with just Gold Opal Magic.

   I painted some Mechanicals, buttons, and other found objects with the Black Gesso and sprayed with Pale Silver spray.

  Last I wrapped gold metallic cord around the canvas several times and then added all my ephemera with 3D Matte Gel. I like some things left natural like the pearl and gold buttons.  The Ephemera Vintage Collectible photo is the centerpiece of the project.

To see mine and Riikka's projects on the Prima blog check it our here

You'll also see
Finnabair's amazing tutorial
using her new
Opal Magic Mica Powders.
They are fantastic!


Finnabair Products Used: Heavy Black Gesso – 961459, Texture Paste Clear Crackle – 961541, 3D Matte Gel – 961398, Mica Powder Opal Magic in Gold – 963552 and Blue – 963545, Mica Powders in Copper – 962531, Black Cherry – 962807, Silver Pale – 962517, Gold – 962524, Blue – 962494, and Pink – 962456, Stencil Grungy Grid – 962319, Ephemera Vintage Collectibles – 962890 and Mechanicals Gear – 961053 and Mechanical Flowers Medium - 960315

Friday, October 23, 2015

Elegant Marie Antoinette Shrine

Just a little time spent in the Studio with a project for 

This is an Art Queen Crown ATC that I painted with a tan paint, 
stenciled with Modeling Paste that was tinted with red paint, 
and the stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink and the 
Messy Stamp as the 3rd layer. 

The Marie Antoinette ATC is tinted with Distress Inks and glued to the back of the Shrine. 

The lacy trim made it a little more elegant as well as the Silver Sequin Trim.

The crown was painted gold and then Midnight Blue Glass Glitter and Copper Micro Beads were glued on with Soft Gel.

The Flowers were sprayed with Mica Powders+Water to add more color and sparkle.

I also sprayed the outsides with Copper Mica Powder+Water Spray.

 The Summer Sky Mica Powder is a beautiful bright blue color that I mixed with Soft Gloss Gel and paint onto the wooden pieces. 

Then I sprayed with Copper Mica Powder+Water Spray and heat set.

Glue it all together with some 3D Matte Gel and its done!

Hope you're inspired to make a little project of your own. Now is a great time to start making.....
Christmas presents!!! 

Just sayin'.


Retro Cafe Art Products:
Finnabair - Messy Clear Stamp

Other Products Used:
Finnabair Grungy Grid Stencil
Lace trim
Red paint to tint Modeling paste

Monday, October 12, 2015

Enjoy Life - Cherish Memories

I'm thrilled to be on the Creative Team again for another term, and there are some wonderful new products out from 

And I'll show you a couple of them I used for this Journal layout.

I started with a small journal that I've neglected lately. This is just the one side of the layout.

I covered both pages completely with Heavy Black Gesso. I like to lay a piece of paper under the page I'm painting to keep the rest of the book protected. 

Next I sprayed with mixtures of water and Mica Powders. Here I used Gold, Frozen Lake and Black Cherry. Where the gesso is heaviest you can then scratch marks into the dampened paint with a bamboo skewer.

I start adding texture using Antique Silver Crackle Texture Paste and the Lattice stencil.

Then I pull out my collective leftover stash of Micro Beads and Glass Glitter and sprinkle into to paste while it's still wet.

I add more Silver Micro Beads throughout the Lattice. Then I spray again with the Mica Sprays.

This is a close-up of the Antique Silver Crackle. 

I added white contrast with a few stamps and a paint dabber. The Ripped Fishnet stencil also is used with the white paint. Here you see my favorite stamp from the Net and Wire Cling collection.

The fine detail of the Limited Edition-Clear Stamp-Notes was perfect for rolling on more white stamping accents.

The Butterflies were stamped in a couple of places. I also added Tangerine Mica Spray to the pages. It really brightened these pages up!!!

Whenever I use Ephemera Vintage Collectables papers I like to add Distress Inks and pens for a bit more color and shadows.

The Resist Canvas sheets are so cool to work with. Here I tore a strip of the Lace Border, frayed the edges and then sprayed with the same Mica Sprays I used on the pages. I LOVE how this turned out.

Now it's time to start laying things out. Some pieces will stay.....and some will go.
I like the way the Ephemera-Melange go nicely under the Children to create a frame.

First I basecoat the metal pieces with Heavy Black Gesso, then I mix Mica Powders with Soft Gloss Gel to create a paint. 

Here the Gold Opal Magic is shown on an arrow. I later added Summer Sky for more of a brighter contrast. 

This Mechanical from Leaves-2 turned out great using the Copper Mica Powder first and then a light coating of Green Opal Magic on top.

Here is a detail shot of the Copper Glass GlitterSilver, Berry and Splash Micro Beads, the Gold Leaf Flakes, and the white paint accents. 

It's all glued together with 3D Matte Gel, even the extra canvas strings.

Dream On, and Now is the Right Time Cling Stamp Collections were used for the background.

The tops of different ephemera and the edges of the pages are all dusted with Copper Inka Gold as a finishing touch.

That's it for today. Hope you've enjoyed the journey. Be sure to check out all the Finnabair Creative Team and Anna's projects on the
Finnabair Blog.

As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments.


Monday, October 5, 2015

A Spooky Tombstone Triptych

I've had this idea in my head for several weeks, and today I just decided was a good day to make it work.

These are just 3 of the 4 Gothic Tombstone ATC Bases Part IV from

I drilled 4 holes in the pieces and added twists of gold wire to hold them together. Nothing fancy, just twists and curls.

The Rare Oddities 8x8 paper pack from Graphic45 is cut, glued, and colored with Tombow pens for more dramatic effects. I like things just a bit brighter and they do the trick.

They were fun and quick and easy to put together. Just layer the papers and cut-outs on, then add some penwork and dots for accents.

Retro Cafe Art Gallery Products also include: