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

Friday, September 2, 2016

Embossed Metal Butterfly Shrine

Hi everyone, it's time for another project for 
and today I'm using the 
Large Divine Antiquity Shrine Kit.

I started by painting the large butterfly from Relics and Artifacts with Heavy Black Gesso.

Then I actually used a pick to roll or lay the Opal Magic paints onto the surface. The colors are brilliant and change with the direction of the light.

Dots were added with the paints as well as some Art Stones in the wing cavities.

The antennae were covered with micro beads I had strung on tiny wire and wrapped around. The ends have a larger tear-shaped crystal. Beads and glass glitter fill the body cavity and another bead creates the head.

I used metal foil tape. You can buy this at the hardware store in the duct work section. Craft companies have also sold it.

I use an embossing folder to make the pattern in the metal. You can see the shiny metal on the left, then the metal with the black gesso on it, and when nearly dry, you wipe it off leaving just the paint in the recessed areas.

The last step is on the right, where you can see I add Inka Gold waxes in layers to give some parts color.

Then the metal is cut into pieces resembling tiles to add to the front of the shrine.

The Gothic stencil was used on the inside of the shrine with Opal Magic paint.

Strips of the metal (not cut into tiles) were added to the outsides.

I painted the back of the shrine with the Opal Magics in  strips of color. Parts of  the front were completed with them, too.

When dry, you can stamp to your hearts content with Black Archival Inks. It shows up perfectly.

The base is stenciled with the Latticework stencil and Opal Magic paints of various colors.

I drilled a hole through the shrine for the butterfly to stand on and glued into place.

That's about can glue it all together with a bit of white glue when you're happy with the sections.

Let us know what you think!

Your Friend in ART,


Products from Retro Cafe Art Gallery:

ArtAlchemy Paints Opal Magics - Aqua/Rose, Yellow/Blue, Blue/Gold, Violet/Green, Pink/Blue, Rose/ Gold, and Violet/Blue
Micro Beads - Copper
Stencil - Latticework and Gothic
Inka Gold - Hydrangea, Copper, Gold and Turquoise

Other Products Used:
Beads and Wire
Metal Foil Tape
Embossing Folders
Embossing Machine
Jet Black Archival Ink

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Denim Journal Cover for Finnabair CT

Hi again everyone, it's my turn again on the 

Today I'm decorating the new Denim Journal that is really different
from any journal I've ever used before.

I started by picking 3 flowers from the new Purity 2 collection, 
and giving them a coat of the Clear Sculpture Medium.

When dry, I added another coat of the Heavy Black Gesso.

I decorated 3 leaves from the set.

I added a piece of embossed paper, a strip of Resist Canvas, some 
cotton trim and a piece of torn paper as a base with 3D Matte Gel.

Then I painted parts of the background with Heavy White Gesso.

Now I started to gather some elements to put with the flowers and leaves.
Some will stay, and some will be let go.

Now I try to lay out unpainted flowers to see how I want to design the
cover. There are plenty in the package to play with.

The flowers are now painted with all different combinations of the 
Metalliques Paints. Contrast is the key here. The chipboard ARTIST
cutout is painted with Dark Velvet and Brass Hardware. 

The Mechanicals that made the cut are a Grungy Butterfly, a Mini Knob, a Steampunk Blade, a Vintage Center, and a Washer #1 that has the
 word Create on it. 

Now I add some paints to the edges and the trims. I used Black Gesso around
the edge first to kind of seal the denim, then I add more Metalliques.

I used a bit of Yellow/Blue Opal Magic in places to create that amazing
metallic blue over Royal Red and Ancient Coin. 

The daisy trim is painted with Black Gesso and the Yellow/Blue
Opal Magic. 

It still needed something, so I lathered on some White Crackle Paste and let it dry. 

This is a detail shot of it after it's all glued together, highlighted with lots of 
lightly brushed on paints, a couple of sprays of to add color to the
Crackle Paste, and splashed of India Ink.

Shadows also make the colors pop!

I hope you've enjoyed the journey here. Remember to let your
imagination run wild and try not to think too much
...let your Heart inspire your ART.