Thursday, February 14, 2019

Starlight Princess

Hi everyone! I think it's time for a few pictures and links from one of my new projects.

This is a 3x5' wooden plaque from from a craft store. I found them and picked up a few. They have backs like a canvas so they're easy to hang when you're done.

I was the lucky girl to get a rather large stash from Finnabair and Prima the other day, and I'd also ordered several of her new products from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, so I'll begin with a fun
little project here.

The new moulds were used to make the Princess, stars and flowers. I tried 3 different kinds of clays this week, so the stars are porcelain , flowers are paper clay, and I just got light weight stone clay today so I'll let you know about it.

I've never tried pouring resin, but I hear it works the best in these moulds according to several other people. I may give that a go next. 

I applied the tissue paper with matte get and added a few bubbles with at stencil and plaster paste.

When it was dry I added some of the new Liquid Acrylics, that I love, from Finnabair, and let them run and drip. A bit of white paint splatters and some waxes were the next step.

I glued the Princess and the flowers on after I painted and waxed them. The micro beads and glass glitter are used as filler.

The crown is a Mechanical Vintage Snowflake I cut apart, painted and waxed as well. It was glued on with 3D Matte Gel.

The waxes and a wash of umber paint created the gorgeous combination for the Princess. I was just lucky the way it turned out. The darker paint and wax went right where it should creating the shadows on her face and neck. 

I really love how that turned out.

So this is just a quick look at all the possibilities you could come up with using the new moulds, waxes and paints. So check them out at Kristin's shop -
Retro Cafe Art Gallery. And Finnabair has her shop as well in Ireland - Mixed Media Place. The links below are to both shops.

I hope you're inspired to play and have creative day. 

Your Friend in ART, 


Finnabair Moulds - Fairy Garden, Stars and Moons
Finnabair Antique Brilliance Wax - Firebird, Mint Sparkle, Peacock, Rich Copper, and Aged Brass
Finnabair Tissue Paper - Solar 
Finnabair Liquid Acrylics - Tiger Orange, Umber, Deep Turquoise 
Finnabair Micro Beads - Black, Copper
Finnabair Glass Glitter - Gold Rush
Finnabair Stencil - Bubbles
Finnabair - Plaster Paste
Finnabair Metallique Acryic Paints - Gold Rush, Brass Hardware, Rustic Brown
Finnabair Mechanicals - Vintage Snowflakes
Finnabair - Soft Matte Gel, 3D Matte Gel
Creative - Paperclay
Model Air - Porcelain Clay

White Acrylic Paint

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Steampunk Cottage House

When I started out in Mixed Media, the first thing I created was a wall hanging with houses. It is my blog header and reminds me every time I come here of where I began. 

So when Kristin decided to make these adorable ATC Cottage Houses from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, I was in heaven!!!

I couldn't possibly list all the colors or products for every layer I used here, but I'll do my best to lead you in the right direction. Please feel free to ask any questions, too.

So grab a cuppa or a glass of wine.....this is a long post, but it's been a while. Enjoy.

The embossed metal for the roof is from Ten Seconds Studio and it's a Tim Holtz embossing folder. The chipboard keys and plaques all around this piece are from RCAG.

 There were lots of chipboard and masonite cutouts with keys and gears using rust pastes from Finnabair and metallique paints.
The Keyhole and the Steampunk papers are from my stash of Graphic45 treasures. Always love their products. 
(Click on the links and you'll go to the general area for these products.)

This of course is an Ideology clock key from Tim Holtz with metallique paints. The keys and gear are RCAG. The roof comes off and here it's laying on the table while the railheads dry.

I hoarded these imitation vintage keyholes I found in an antique shop for years, and this was a great place to use one. It has a Finnabair rusty heart on top of the Label Pull Style Frame Cut-Out with rust pastes. The Dresden is rubbed with Art Alchemy waxes

The Clock Hand cut-outs from masonite are used here on the fence with rust pastes. The heart keys are also from masonite. The mini hardware knobs are from Finnabair. 

Lots and lots of things are from my ancient stash of stuff, like the little star, and all the gold nail heads that I wish I'd bought a million of since they are flat on the bottom and glue on easily.

Gears, gears, and more gears. They're from all over. Kristin carries all kinds from cut-out to copper, brass and silver mixes and much more. The link will get you started.

The black Dresden swan wings are stash I bought years ago, but Kristin has them in brown. How cool is that?!?! And the rusty skeleton key is here, too.

I probably love the clock key and nail heads the most.....

The vintage button on the ivory button are from a friend. I love the colors in the glass inserts. And you've gotta love the little lightbulb that's antiqued with alcohol inks and rust pastes.

The Clockhands are chipboard cut-outs that were trimmed down. 

This is a shot of the end before all the other embellishments were added to the roof. I used Baked Texture embossing powders from Seth Apter with a stamp and on the metal gear. They are amazing to work with. 

This is the chipboard gear with at least 6 or 7 different Rust Paste colors added. Fun.

And the amazing Baked Texture embossing powder Patina Oxide by Emerald Creek Craft Supplies is used here. All the background paints are from PaperArtsy. There is nothing like Fresco Paint when it comes to stamping on images. And the blending is just amazing. 

This is the beginning of the layout stage. I had to show you how beautiful the vintage button really is since I could not capture it in the other photos. I ran out of steam......

And these are the wonderful little metal mini stars from Finn with embossing powers.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, that's all I've got for today. I hope you are inspired to play and create your own little cottage. They hold ATC coins and cards perfectly, but take the roof off and you can put treasures or gifts inside, too.

I had a blast with this. Let me know what you think and as always, ask questions.

Your Friend in ART,


Friday, January 25, 2019

A Vintage Canvas Finally Done...

This piece has finally come together. It was pleasing to my eye, but dark, and "just needed something more.” It sat on my desk for weeks calling to me, and it finally hit me. I mull things over and over; I’m very slow to create. It drives me crazy but it’s who I am.

Here are a few of the shots I took along the way. 

When you use metallic paints, it is very hard to get a good photograph without total glare, so these are the best I could come up with. The edges are the great Rocky Road Baked Texture embossing powders. These are so cool! A brilliant product.

The little bottle is painted and crackled. It looks old, but it isn't of course. However, the key and the keyhole are vintage finds. The little chipboard squares are painted and then have Baked Texture Embossing Powders on them from Seth Apter.

The other metal elements are from Finnabair and her Mechanicals line.

This is a shot before I added the White Gold Metallique wax, and a few other colors, to the piece. It gave the metal elements a bit more contrast and shine. I think this is what I was waiting for. I always go for the contrast. I love how the dragon fly landed on the locket.

 The Platinum Texture Paste - Antique Silver was slathered onto the 8x8 canvas board and left to dry overnight. The thicker the paste, the larger the cracks. That's the secret to the great crackle. IMHO. This is a closeup of a small section. After it dries, I add paints and embossing powders,

A few months back, I was thrilled to get some of Seth Apter's new Baked Texture Embossing Powders. This shows you a plain piece of ruler from Finnabair that has been inked, stamped and then covered with the Vintage Beeswax. Pretty cool! 

I hope you enjoyed this little walk-through. It always takes me a long time to become satisfied with a piece. I look at it; walk away; come back and move things around; walk away again; sleep on it; and hope for an epiphany!!!

Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't, but this time I'm glad I kept coming back. Let me know what you think.

Your Friend in ART,

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

An ATC Cottage House with Metal Roof

Hi everybody!!!

It's been way too long. A lot of water has gone under this bridge, but the most was when my old computer died and I decided to go to a new system....a Mac....and it's so much different than I'm used to working with. Old tricks phrase comes to mind.

Anyway, it's a new year, and I'm sure I can get back into this blog stuff again with the latest, and pretty much favorite, kit of all time from Retro Cafe Art Gallery!!! Kristin REALLY knocked these little guys out of the park.

This is the Style 2 with the heart opening. There are 3 styles so check them out.

I used PaperArtsy Fresco Paints for the light colors on the base and fence and added stamped images with black and sepia archival inks.

The ATC coins and cards will fit perfectly in the "courtyard" area of the kit.

Stamped papers are added in layers all around the pieces before gluing. This also can be done after you put the house together, but I've always tried to challenge myself to doing it before. It works either way.

The Metallique paints from Finnabair painted on the cutouts for the front and back add just a bit of shine. I also stamped and heat embossed images to the papers to create a really dark contrast on the lighter colored papers.

The Heart Skeleton Key is perfect with Victorian Flourishes and Label Pull Style Frame Cut-Outs as added embellishments.

Little signs with ARTIST stamped in the center go perfectly on the two ends.

The crowning glory of the piece is of course the metal embossed roof that I accidently ran across in a box while looking for another project. It was hidden behind other pieces on my shelf unit and I hadn't opened it in maybe years.

 The metal is either hand-embossed with a paper stump on a plastic mold, or run through a die-cutting machine. The metal is already colored red, and you remove the color from the raised area to show the silver underneath. But I wanted copper, not silver, so I lightly brushed on copper paint to change the look. Both metal and mold are from Ten Seconds Studio.

The strange thing about finding the metal was there were 2 pieces almost the exact size I needed for the roof and one actually had the red-line tape all ready to go!!!

So a bit a trimming, and on it went. I rolled the metal under the lower edge, and it was done. 

I believe in luck and amazing unknown guidance.

You can take the roof off and store all sorts of things in the base.....or not. The choice is up to you.

I hope you're inspired just a little bit to go and create something that just makes you feel good. It's freezing cold here, and dead of winter, so it's easy to stay inside and have some fun. Thanks Kristin for a great new set of kits!

As always, any comments and questions are welcome, and I remain,

Your Friend in ART,