Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Texture-Layered Tag

This is a collaboration of many of my favorite products.

And I love how it turned out.

It starts with a plain manila tag, some Plaster Texture paste and a stencil. The Rust Pastes and Metallique paints are added for color and contrast. It's then glued to a larger piece of white chipboard.

The Baked Texture embossing powders from Seth Apter are the next step. You're gonna love how these babies add texture and dimension to your projects.

This is the center section of the tag showing the first layer of Plaster Paste and several layers of Rust Pastes and paints from Finnabair.

These are the paper clay wings made in a Prima silicone mold.

I used two colors to create these wings.

Now this was really fun! I added embossing ink to chipboard and paper clay pieces, then I sprinkled the gorgeous Baked Texture embossing powders
on them and heated.

VERY cool results with different heating times can be achieved.

The metal elements are Mechanicals from Finnabair and the vintage picture is
from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

I had several clay pieces I made up from Iron Orchid Designs with different
paint combinations, and this beautiful red piece was perfect for the tag.

I hope you enjoyed this collection of products and will try out the different
ideas I touched on here.

Your Friend in ART,


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rediscovering Vintage Journals

Just a note to tell you how thrilled I was to have 2 of my new-found and uncompleted Art Journals published in the July/Aug issue of
Somerset Studio.

Years ago I made several journals of different sizes and shapes. Some I sold, and others were given as gifts. 

This one is a Barnes and Noble kraft-colored journal refill. It was only partly
decorated before I put it in a box with the other journal and placed them on a 
shelf.....years later I found them and decided to finish them.

Old and new elements are used to embellish the covers and backs. The Vintaj 
Brass pieces on the cover here and the Finnabair stars are always my favorite additions. The hand-dyed ribbon with luscious layers of colors from rich purple to brilliant orange is tied over the gold and black metallic trim. 

This small Zutter-made book also uses the linen-like papers with stamped images and a couple of Vinaj brass pieces. 

I've used white and black pen dots for a decade and added more to this one when I found the basic start. 

The trim and brass key was used to divide the two papers, and the black gems creates a little more contrast.

Sadly I didn't photograph this little book before I sent it off, so this is a picture
of the spread in the magazine.

All the products and instructions are in the magazine with many more pictures.

I hope you enjoy all the wonderful Artist's creations that were so brilliantly
displayed in this great publication. On newstands for you July 1st.

Your Friend in ART,


Friday, June 1, 2018

Turning a Project Around

Hi everyone!

This post is all about taking a project that you've put lots of time and effort into, only to see it ruined by a blotch of paint, a blob of glue, or other "can't fix this" misstep along the way. 

This started out on a 4x8" stretched canvas with lots of scrap papers, tissue paper, and stenciling for a background. It also was running the opposite direction with a stunning vintage lady on the right side where the metal turn is now. 

I had applied soft matte gel and then decided to spray some blue around her base. Well, long story short, it ruined the image of the lady and would not budge. That having been said, I ripped her off!!!

And the canvas then sat on my desk for weeks......usually I don't give up that easily, there's always a way to cover a mistake up, but in this instance, I pushed it aside. Rather gave up on it for a bit.

But then weeks later I decided to "turn this piece around."  Literally.  I added more tissue paper, some script and number stamps, a new vintage image, and we were off to the races!!!

I dug into my metal ephemera stash from picking my brother-in-laws garage years ago. I used this antique brass plate, and added a turn with a tiny number. Both pieces have Metallique Waxes on the high points to make them shine.

(If anyone knows the significance of the numbers on the plates that were nailed to a cabinet with many drawers, please let me know. We found no rhyme or reason to them.)

I wanted bright colors to offset the sepia-toned photo, so the butterflies took center stage. The Art Stones with various Metallique and Impasto paints got surrounded with a mixture of Micro Beads and Glass Glitter.

Shading brought the piece some dimension, and white splatters broke up the background just a bit.

I guess the lesson here is ~ never give up. Much like all events in life, there's usually a better day coming. Things will look different tomorrow. Hopefully you can take something that didn't quite work, and "turn it around" to create a whole new situation that makes you happy.

That's what I did here. That's what I hope you can do in your situations when life gives you lemons ~ you can make lemonade.

Be well and be good to each other.

Your Friend in ART,

Other Products Used: Butterfly Paper Cuts, Tim Holtz Vintage Paper Dolls, PaperArtsy Mini Stamps, Black Archival Ink, Tissue Papers, Washi Tape, Tom Bow Markers.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Relieving Stress by Creating ART

 Stress.....we all have it. Sometimes it's our job, or our kids, the weather, bills, our health...but at the end of the day, we ALL have stress.

How we deal with it is another thing. Lots of people use their creative abilities as a way through it all. Some play music, or draw, paint or decorate a space. Most of us just want to curl up in a ball and hide, or sleep, but working with what generally makes you happy is a much better solution. 

This project took a long time for me to finish. It started with an unfinished wooden box from Hobby Lobby and paper clay elements that I painted with black gesso.

I really loved how the clay dried with cracks and the texture of the pine box was slightly rough. It adds character and age to the unit.

I proceeded to add Opal Magics and Metallique Paints on the paper clay mould embellishments and the rest of the box.

This is a look at the first layer of paint. A dry-brush method is best on the black gesso when using these paints.

And then it sat there....for weeks, perhaps months. I knew it needed something, but I just didn't know what.  

There are lots and lots of layers and colors of paint here. Way too numerous to list. I'd be lying if I thought I could actually remember them anyway, but just know, the Opal Magics went on first so they really popped on the black gesso, and the brighter, more intense Metalliques were added last.

 A bit of German Dresden trim was lightly painted and used around the top. 

More layers of color were brushed on. It seemed like a never-ending battle to get the right colors to take the spotlight.

A few Mini Stars were thrown in to cover the ends of the Dresden on the front and back.

I added Magical Pond Sparks paint in the centers of the Lotus Flowers with 2 different sizes of Art Stones.

The Heart Key has oranges and reds, like the Lotus, in several layers of color and intensity.

It's all put together with 3D Matte Gel, Soft Gel and Heavy Body Gel.

I've been in the garden a lot since Springtime is here and Summer is fast approaching. You have to strike while the iron is hot to get those seeds planted and annuals in the ground. Now that that is done, I can spend more time in the Studio.

Today I'm also on the Finnabair blog with this Spotlight project and more insight into creating to relieve stress. So click on the link and check it out.

Hope you're inspired to create and share your inspirations and fears.

Your Friend in ART,


Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It’s Been A While.....

It really has been a month since I posted. But I got an iPad for Mother’s Day from my kids, and decided to see if I could post from it.

Not such an easy task....oh well. Here goes nothing.

These are tags that I made using the new Baked Texture embossing powders from Emerald Creek and Seth Apter.

I started by gluing down a patchwork of papers onto a tag, then adding layers of embossing powders until you like the results.

I added a few stamped images from PaperArtsy to fill in the blank areas. The brass pieces are from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

This shows the embossing powders on a black tag that had Distress Oxide inks as a base.

 Love the globs of gold.

Hope you enjoy and are inspired to play.

Check back later for a couple more projects that I've made but hadn't gotten 
around to posting here.

Your Friend in ART,


Friday, March 9, 2018

My Altered Butterfly Wine Bottle

Well, I wasn't going to bother with a blog post, but the pictures turned out so much better than I'd even expected. The black backdrop really made a big difference. So now I'll have a record for prosperity. 

This is a plain green wine bottle. We learned to create a great crackle finish in 
Christine Ramirez-Campbell's class last Saturday at the Prairie Stamper's Retreat. What a great technique and terrific lady.

Having said that, you'll have to take one of her classes to learn it!!!

I did add some glazes over the crackle to create an aged look.

I knew what I wanted to create, so I made some embellishments with Iron Orchid Designs moulds and paper clay, and let them dry before I went. 

The beaded topper was amazingly easy to create, and Christine had the BEST beads to pick from. 

I had already made the chain/charm piece years ago and had no place to put it, so this really worked out great. It's using Vintaj jewelry pieces and a vintage photo. 

The Grungy Butterfly is from Finnabair as well as the Vintage Snowflake with a rhinestone center. I used a mixture of glass glitter and micro beads around the outside.

All the paints are Metalliques from Finnabair as well as the micro beads and glitter, and it's glued in place with 3D Matte Gel....great stuff, and Soft Gloss Gel for the tiny stuff.

I tried several different colors before I finally found the combination that I liked. The red was too red; the silver didn't stand out enough; the gold alone was too washed out; added some turquoise;  then some amber - soooooo just keep playing until you get what you like.

I used two pieces of rhinestone/pearls trim at the top, and some fabric trim along the bottom. Add some paint to the fabric to create some contrast.

Last thing, hit the high points with Metallic Waxes. You'll love them.

Now I'm on the prowl for some of the cool beads and the wire to make the stoppers. This is my new obsession.....

So empty out that wine bottle and put it to good use for decoration!

Your Friend in ART,


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Baked Texture Embossing Powders

I finally got my new Baked Texture Embossing Powders from
Seth Apter
and they have been a real source of creativity for me.

This tag was created using a number of Distress Oxide Inks on a black tag first, and then coming back with 2 layers of Vintage Beeswax.

I added some Rocky Road, Ancient Amber and a bit of Chunky Rust in spots.

This collage shows the tag before, then with a layer of EP+stamped images, and the final product on chipboard with "Create Art" from the Darkroom Door.

I tried first to stamp into the hot beeswax with an inked stamp, but it didn't come out as dark as I wanted, so the rest were just stamped onto the EP directly. I added black permanent pen to the 1st image to make it darker. 

Then I liked it.

This is a plain chipboard laser-cut key from 
Retro Cafe Art Gallery that was created with a layer of  
Patina Oxide.

The INSPIRE chipboard was embossed with Chunky Rust.

And this is another tag with Vintage Beeswax and Ancient Amber on top of Distress Oxide Inks. 

Check out your local stores for the new Embossing Powders or order them directly from Seth Apter's Shop.

Have a great day, and let me know what you think. 

Your Friend in ART,


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Stencil ART on Masonite Letters

Well, it's my turn to post something for 
and I cannot tell you how much fun this project really was. I think of it as
 Art Therapy.

It's just letting your mind go....turn on the music....and have fun!

I usually like to basecoat my masonite with Heavy White Gesso when using
bright colors. This makes them stay true to their gorgeous hues.

I then apply various StencilGirl Stencils with PaperArtsy Fresco Paints all around the letters.

The next step is adding a second layer of the stencils to break up the images and add a bit more interest to certain parts.

And the last is just spending hours of fun doodling....really. I did this over several days, of course. Just come back, look at it, and add a few spots of black permanent pen marks. Then some white Sharpie paint pen, and so on.

Until it makes you happy. 

This is all about what you like in the end. If you decide something doesn't please you, paint over it with an opaque paint, and move on. Covering up a spot is pretty easy with paint.

You can find the letters on the 
Retro Cafe Art Gallery
site here.

They are 6 inches tall and you can prop them on a shelf or hang them on the wall.

A personal favorite of mine....maybe even a new header for my page. What do you think?!?!

Your Friend in ART,


Friday, January 19, 2018

A Romantic Tag with New Finnabair Products

Short and sweet today.

New products coming out soon from 
and Prima Marketing.

New Plaster Paste and Paper Pastes + 
New Mechanicals +
New Rust Effects Pastes +
New Metallique Paints.

I used the new Plaster Paste on the left here for the background of this tag.

Here it's on the right after I add paints and sand it to add distress.

New tools are coming soon, too.....shhhhhh.....

Check out Finnabair's Blog 
for more products and projects as they come out.

Your Friend in ART,

Monday, January 1, 2018

A Small and Colorful Triptych

Happy New Year to everyone! 

I felt like getting colorful the other day.

So I got out a cute little Triptych Shrine and my Impasto Paints to play.

 I'll take you through this project, with tips and links, that appeared in the Stampington's Somerset Studio Gallery Winter/2018 issue Spotlight. 

I laid out the shrine pieces and gave them a basecoat of Clear Gesso, then a random pattern of Impasto Paints. These paints are thick, and bright. When diluted with white paint or water, they still keep their great color.

Tip: I paint on the clear plastic sheet that the Retro Cafe Art Shrine comes in, so when you're finished, it goes in the garbage and you don't have to clean it.

I had carved some stamps earlier this year, and decided to use them around the 3 pieces.

I loaded bright white acrylic paint into my fine-tipped applicator and scribbled it on the 3 sections to break up the color.

The Rusty Gears have been painted with Patina Pastes and glued into the windows. I used a larger gear for the middle and added a Mini Knob.

I added Metallique Paints to different Mechanicals and glued in place with
Heavy Body Gel.

The Mini Steampunk Gear chipboard cut out was painted with the Brass 
Patina Paste and used behind the two end Mechanicals.

It's very easy to put this piece together with the metal jumprings and set on your desk or a shelf.

Just try it!

Your Friend in ART,


Products Used:
Shelf Shrine Triptych - Small Circle Gothic Arch
Patina Pastes
Metallique Paints - Rich Turquoise, Emerald Green, Green Olive
Mini Steampunk Gears - Chipboard Cut Outs
Clear Gesso
Impasto Paints - Jade, Heather, Green Apple, Crimson and Cobalt
Black Archival Ink
Hand Carved Stamps
Fine Line Applicator with white acrylic paint
Mechanicals - Mini Knobs, Barn Stars, Rusty Gears, Winter Trinkets,
and Vintage Snowflakes
Heavy Body Gel