Monday, March 18, 2019

Door Plate Wall Plaque or Scarf Hanger ?!?!

Hi everybody, you're probably wondering just what this is. Well, I originally thought it would be a great idea for hanging your necklaces or scarves. You know, hang it by your jewelry armoire or on a narrow bedroom wall.....I don't know. 

Anyway, I just wanted to use the door plates and the wooden knobs from Retro Cafe Art Gallery with the clay moulds to create a plaque or wall hanging, and this is what it morphed into. So, call it what you want. I found it very fun to create, and hope you enjoyed the journey on FB and IG with stages of the design.

Here we go. I started with a 7 3/4"square wooden canvas frame. It's nice and sturdy, unlike canvases, when it comes to gluing on heavy objects. I base coated it with buttercream acrylic paint and some Inky Pool Fresco Paint on the edges Then I used soft Matte gel to glue it to all sides of the base. You can add pieces of torn tissued paper any way you like and seal with the gel on top. 

I created some clay pieces using the Curio Knobs mould and modeling material,  then glued them to the wooden knobs while still wet with 3D matte gel. 

Next I bought out the Icing Pastes and stencils. Here is the new Vintage Gold and Rose Gold pastes with the Tapestry and Bubble stencils. 

Now, live and learn. I found the crackle paste adheres best with a gesso primer. Duh. Imagine scraping off all the crackle when you realize you should've added the black gesso first. Anyway, when it was dry, I made keyhole moulded pieces and glued onto the plates after they'd dried a bit. 

Turned out pretty cool, if I do say so.

Now some more elements. These were my experiments for color. The watered down Umber made a wonderful vintage glaze here. 

I used the same glaze on these and then added Metallique paints. 

You can see all 3 keyholes here and the 3 knobs I chose to use in the background all painted up and ready to finish with some color.

The knobs and the frames were painted with Metallique paints and waxes. 

This is just another combination of paints you could use. I used liquid acrylic here and it turned out amazing. The possibilities are endless. The frames were painted with 3 shades of gold paint and edged with some black archival ink. The Emerald looks blue in the bottle, but it's the gorgeous green on the knob. 

I splattered some buttercream acrylic paint in spots to break up the color and added white dots to the frames with a gel pen.

I added bits of ephemera, the Mini Knobs on the door plates, and Brad Screws on the Rusty Label that I enhanced with Metallique paints. You could use different colors of metallic Crackle Paste like Platinum or Copper that would be really fun, too. Imagine!

It's all put together with 3D Matte Gel and set to dry. That stuff is AMAZING. 

I think that's it. I don't think I can bore you any longer, but if you have any questions or comments, just let me know and I'll get back to you. Be sure to check out the links below for supplies at

Your Friend in ART,


Retro Cafe Art Gallery - Escutcheon door plate frame- 1, 2 and 3
RCAG - Wooden knobs
Finnabair - Tissue Paper-Musica
Finnabair - Liquid Acrylics - Tiger Orange, Umber, Emerald
Finnabair - Métallique Paints - Brass Hardware, Steampunk Copper, Gold Rush, Mermaid Teal
                             - Opal Magic Paint - Violet/Green
Finnabair Stencil - Tapestry
Finnabiar - White Crackle Texture Paste (platinum paste in stock here)
Finnabair - Soft matte gel
Finnabair - Mechanicals-Rusty Labels
Finnabair - 3D matte gel
Prima Art Decor Mould - Key Holes, and Curio Trinkets
Iron Orchid Designs Mould - Keyholes
ReDesign with Prima - Modeling Material
Finnabair - Icing paste - Vintage Gold and Rose Gold (also add mica powders to modeling paste here)
Finnabair - Heavy Gesso - white and black
Finnabair Vintage Trinkets - Sunrise Sunset Mini Brad Screws (or use Mini Hardware here)
Finnabair Mechanicals - Mini Knobs (or use new Hardware Accents here)
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Bubble

7 3/4” square wooden canvas from Michael's
Palette knife
Buttercream acrylic paint

Thursday, March 7, 2019

An Ornate Fairy Box

Hello everybody, and welcome to my blog. It's been a really amazing time here in my Studio with all kinds of new products, and old friends I haven't worked with, combined into a fun project that's really pretty easy to accomplish. No heavy lifting, just simple paint and stamp instructions. 

So let's get started!

This is an oldie but goodie Ornate ATC Fairy Box Kit from

Just a few tips here; I always base-coat my kits. Here I used Heavy White Gesso. They're laser-cut Masonite that come flat. You can paint, stamp, paper, whatever you want, and then glue them together. 

These are just a few of the main stamps I used from Finnabair. LOVE them.

Here are the insides of the box all painted up with PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints and stamped with black archival ink. You have to try these great paints to see how wonderful they are to stamp on...nothing like them. 

The inside stamping is with Dare to Dream and Old Paperwork stamp collections.

Here it is all glued together with a small bit of glue, and the great Antique Label is glued in place with 3D Matte Gel. The Hardware Accents added a bit of "shine" that I like to incorporate into my pieces. You can see several more of them in front of the box. Always a bit of metal.....

This was my favorite color combination on the box. The Dragonfly and Butterfly really stand out on the Haystack yellow paint, but the Lavender and Beach Hut make for beautiful contrast. Your colors are always more vibrant and brighter when painted onto a white background. 

(That's Finnabair peeking out from between the butterflies on her new stamp...gorgeous)

Metallic waxes are perfect for adding or changing the color of so many things. Here on the Antique Brass feet, I used Rich Copper, but you could try any number of colors to enhance the metal.

The precise images created by these stamps are wonderful. I love script of any kind. And of course, ART is the ANSWER, just says it all on the antiqued label.

I hope you've enjoyed the post and the tips. Check out the links below, and as always, feel free to leave a comment or question and I promise to get back to you.

Your Friend in ART,


Products used:
Retro Cafe Art Gallery - Ornate ATC Fairy Box Kit
Finnabair Stamp Collections - Dare to Dream, Wild and Free, Old Paperwork
Finnabair Mechanicals - Hardware Accents, Antique Labels 
Finnabair - Rich Copper Metallique Wax 
Finnabair/Art Basics - 3D Matte Gel
PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paints - Haystack, Smoked Paprika, Lavender, Beach Hut, Inky Pool, Baltic Blue
Ranger - Archival Ink Jet Black
White Acrylic Paint or Heavy White Gesso

The Feet I used here are out of stock but you could use Antique Silver Box Feet or Antique Brass Rose Box Feet and add metallic paint or wax to create any color you like.