Monday, October 17, 2016

A Journey with a Lovely Lady and an Announcement

Well all good things must come to an they say.... today is my last post
as a Finnabair Creative Team member.

 I'm thrilled to have been on this amazing team of such talented 
Artists. But even more thrilled to have had the chance to work for, and with,
the lovely Anna Dabrowska.

For that, I am eternally grateful. 

This is not the end of our relationship, however, as we will still share many 
things with the Art World. (read to the end for announcement)

This is my favorite type of Art: Assemblage. So let's get started!

I use a laser-cut box shrine to start and applied Soft Gloss Gel to the Vintage Collectible lady. Then I added 2 coats to the top to seal.

Next I painted the side sections with 2 coats of the ArtAlchemy Metalliques using a sponge square.

The German Dresden was black, so I added the Brass Hardware first, and then the Rusty Red to create contrast.

The Dresden was added to frame the lady, and white and black rubons decorate the inside of the shrine.

I coated the masonite door plate and flourish with White Gesso, and the vintage square nails with Black Gesso.

Then the masonite pieces were painted with blue and gold metalliques, and the nails had Opal Magics dusted on for color.

The tiny Tin Heart has 2 coats of White Gesso painted on before adding the 2 different colors of red Metalliques.

I wanted the Leaves #1 to stand out more, so I added the red paint that created the
3 spots of red for the project. The Mini Flower is layered with bits of ephemera.

I added Mechanicals and other metal found objects from my collection to adorn the shrine using Heavy Body Gel and 3D Matte Gel.

I stamped the side with the edge stamp from the Hello Pastel set using Jet Black Archival Ink.

The Large Flowers were cut to add trim on the sides and top of the shrine.

You can paint the Plated Label with Heavy Black Gesso and then remove some of the paint with a light sanding block to create a vintage look.

Here you see another Large Flower cut to fit under the shrine box. The nails have Pink/Blue and Yellow/Blue Opal Magics lightly painted on and small Gold Rush dots.

The tiny gold metal squares and Steampunk Blades with Mini Knobs give the piece a bit of shine to lighten up the whole piece.

As I said at the beginning, it's been a great journey with a lovely lady who has taught me so much, and just let me create whatever I wanted.

I am humbled and thankful to have been on this wonderful team.

Now, here's the GREAT NEWS!

I am thrilled to be in a new group called
Finnabair Brand Ambassadors.

See all the talented ladies on this team and find out all the details here.

Your Friend in ART...always,

Finnabair Products:
Vintage Collectibles
Opal Magics-Pink/Blue and Yellow/Blue

Retro Cafe Art Gallery Products:

Other Products:
Vintage Square Nails
Tiny Brass Flower
6 Sided Brad

Friday, September 30, 2016

Tombstone ATC Challenge

Hi everybody! 
It's time to share my contribution to the 
Tombstone Challenge for

And I must say, these were the most fun to create of all the ones that 
I've done.

I've made a collage for you of the four tombstones
and a list with all the links to the supplies.

The Skellies are PERFECT to use on these 
Tombstone ATCs.

I created backgrounds....

with different clear crackle and then rubbed dark paint
into the cracks....

stamped images onto painted stands with archival ink....

painted black gesso onto charms and then added ArtAlchemy Paints....

 used my digital applicator, aka finger, to apply
Inka Gold waxes to a cameo....

 outlined several black mat board cut outs with a white pen,
 and added lots of white dots around the edges.

 The glass vial was filled with Violet Micro Beads and
a rub-on was added to the front.

So check out the links below, start making your list, and get busy
making some really fun and easy Tombstones to share
or keep for yourself.

Your Friend in ART,

Opal Magic-Yellow/Blue

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bloom Where You're Planted

Hi everyone, it's my turn again to share a fun project with all of you for the 
Finnabair Creative Team on
 Finnabair's Blog.

I really added lots of color here and love how this turned out. I see the Universe as the background and the Resin Flower symbolizing me trying to bloom where I've been planted. 

I like to start with a 6x6 inch canvas board. I made 2 decorative pieces using paper clay and an Iron Orchid Art Decor Mould Baroque 6 and glued them to the sides of the board. 

I used the Mechanica stencil with Modeling paste to add a background. Before it dries, I added Mini Art Stones in several areas. When it was dry, I painted everything with Heavy Black Gesso. Here you can see the beginning of the layers of texture of Rust Paste and ArtAlchemy Paints.

The Rust Paste adds the color and tiny granular texture to the stenciled area.  The Opal Magics and Metalliques add more color.

Each time you add the Opal Magics to the Black Gesso, you get an amazing metallic color. Darker Metalliques can be added to break up the edges.

This close-up lets you see the lightly brushed on paints.

I wanted to break up the darkness by adding white heavy body acrylic paint using a couple of small circular cups.

I coiled up some rusty wire as a base, but it needed to be painted in spots to make it stand out better on the darker background.

I gave the Art Pebbles 2 coats of Heavy White Gesso and the 3 different colors of gold ArtAlchemy paints. 

 Then I added some Steampunk Blades, Mini Knobs, Barn Stars, and the Pebbles with 3D Matte Gel.

The Prima Flower with Resin Face Babs was completely painted with Heavy White Gesso and the ArtAlchemy Paints. A mixture of Copper Glass Glitter and Copper Micro Beads are glued on with Soft Gloss Gel. 

I added more Mechanicals, the coiled wire, and some gauze under the Resin Face.  A few more Mini Art Stones and a several more colors of paint were lightly brushed onto many areas of the collage.

Just a note, I burned my fingerprint off when I  foolishly tried to move the gauze I'd laid down into hot glue, then pulled the hot glue off my finger along with all the layers of heed my warning and use the glue gun carefully. Or just use Heavy Body Gel!

The Industrial Strength glue gun has been banished to the garage. The fingerprint is coming back, but I will never use that gun again. Low-temp is a bit safer. I need all the help I can get. 

Your Friend in ART,


P.S. For those in the USA that have been asking, the Rust Paste is back in STOCK at Retro Cafe Art Gallery