Friday, March 31, 2017

A Chapel Hill Stand-Up Village and G45 Papers

Today it's my turn to create a project for the

This is a made with the 

I always love to layer different cuts from the papers to create trims.

I also used a Round Stained Glass Window Cut-Out and a 

I trimmed down a Victorian Flourish Cut-Out for the top of this house 
and added a few Pine Tree Cut-Outs for balance.

Windows, doors, trees and other embellishments are painted with 
Art Alchemy Metalliques Rusty Red, Emerald Green and Green Olive.

I've loaded a short "walk around" video for you to see. Turn on CC.

I hope you're inspired to play and create.

As always, ask questions and share your ideas.

Your Friend in ART,


Monday, March 20, 2017

Phineas Pinchbeck Etched on Copper

 This is one of my all-time favorite stamps from 
The Artistic Stamper, Phineas Pinchbeck.

I used it on a piece of copper that I then etched and cut out with a jeweler's saw.

It's a totally different way to create a collage, and I love it.

This is a close-up of the piece. I believe Phineas is a Steampunk character, so the gears and knobs are fun ephemera to add to the collage.

The Iron Orchid Design mould was used on a plain black frame with Finnabair's waxes to added the only color. Patina Effect Pastes add some texture to the knobs, and embossing powder highlights the 2 Vintaj Ferns.

This is how the copper and brass pieces look with the stamped images on them before they're etched.

These are a few after they've been etched and the patina is added.

I glued on a few other items such as the arrow, key and tiny bulb. A mica powder spray is used for the background on black gesso.

Use chipboard and gears to build up the layers behind the copper. .

The frame and easel were a package deal from Michael's I found years ago. They sit nicely on the piano for a bit of nostalgic fun.

There's a short video on YouTube with the waxes and moulds.

Check out the links for products and I hope you have been inspired to play.

Your Friend in ART,


Iron Orchid Designs/Prima - Vintage Art Decor Mould-Moulding 1 
Creative Paperclay - Modeling clay
Vintaj - Fern Curving Right
Gears - Silver and Brass, Brass Gear Mix (Retro Cafe Art Gallery)
Mica Powder Spray, Black Chipboard, Embossing Powder, Copper Sheet, Etching Fluid

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tree of Life Door Shrine

This Tree of Life Shrine is a combination of several products and elements. 
It's using an ATC size shrine from 
Retro Cafe Art as the base.

Using 2 different Iron Orchid Designs Moulds, Escutcheons 2, Keyholes, and paper clay, I created the 3 pieces below. When dry, I added the new Finnabair 
Patina Effects Pastes and the Brass Moth.  These will be the front and side embellishments. 

Pretty cool.

The door has Steampunk Copper, Wild Fuchsia, Pink Blush, and Dark Velvet Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints painted on with a sponge. The Small Pebble Stone Stencil and a white pen create the insides of the shrine.

The vintage knob from my collection was painted with clear gesso and the patina pastes. I also added a script stamp with archival black ink all around the outsides.

The Mini Gold Scalloped German Dresden is used as trim around the edges. A large advertisement stamp was used on the back. I love vintage stamps. The detail is amazing.

I glued the Fancy Brass Moth to the large mould, and painted a wooden ball with the new Dragons Eye acrylic paint Sparks. It shines with the same color as the brass moth.

The unfinished wooden legs were painted and glued on with Heavy Body Gel.

This side view shows how bright the Metallique paints are when the light hits them.

Just a little bit of glue puts the box together, and the elements are added with Heavy Body Gel.

Here's a little secret. I didn't have enough gold Dresden to finish all the areas I wanted. So I used Silver Mini Scalloped Dresden and painted it with 2 colors of Metallique paints. Perhaps you can tell which side is the painted Dresden, and perhaps you can' doesn't really matter, does it?  What do you think?

For inside the Shrine, I used a Medium Baroque Chipboard Cameo frame and the Pastes again. Here are the 4 steps to creating this effect with the 3 colors of the pastes. Really easy. Then I glued the vintage photo to a wooden block and added it to the inside. It fit perfectly!

This is the open door of the Shrine. Hard to get a good picture inside, but I tried. It kind of washed out the true color.

This project is really pretty easy to put together, and it's adorable on a shelf. You can store ATCs in it, a small gift, or a treasured vintage item if you choose not to add the vintage girl inside. 

The possibilities are endless.

I hope you're inspired to create, ask me any questions you want, and show me your projects!


Friday, March 3, 2017

A Decorated Tin Can and Video!

This was a gift from my daughter. It contained an Amaryllis bulb to plant.

I loved the flower...but the tin can intrigued me even more. 

This picture is before I decided I had to add even more's hard to know when to stop.

Here is what I did to decorate it.

I used paperclay and Iron Orchid Designs moulds to create several elements.
They're glued to the tin with Heavy Body Gel. 

Then I started to add Art Alchemy Waxes to the tin and the moulds using my finger and a soft brush.

The Tin Hearts are glued to the centers of 2 of the pieces. Archival ink stampings are added to the ridges using Signage II and Hardware II collections from IOD.

I made a short video after it was all done. 

Hope you enjoy and are inspired to play.


Finnabair Art Alchemy Waxes - Metalliques Rich Copper, Vintage Gold, Bronze Age - Antique Brilliance Red Amber

Finnabair Art Basics - Heavy Body Gel

Finnabair Mechanicals - Tin Hearts

Creative - Paperclay