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