Monday, May 4, 2015

The Archangel Michael

Today I'm showing you a couple of shots of the weekend project I made for 

using the wonderful new products from 

Prima and Sandra Evertson Relics and Artifacts.

I've take one of the Archangels and used a brown antique glaze on him with a bit of water.

I used an open back canvas to create a niche for the sculpture. The paper was cut, corner to corner, to open up and roll back over the edges.

I added Copper Micro and Zinc Glass Beads in the background in a layer of Soft Gloss Gel.

The red painted Stars and Pearl Ribbon Trim are added with 3D Matte Gel on the edges. I painted the rolled-back paper with an bright gold paint.

You're gonna love these Resin Pieces from Prima. The possibilities are endless.

Check out the links and get to creating!


Friday, May 1, 2015

New ART for My Kitchen

Hi everyone! If you follow me anywhere, you may have seen that we were tearing up the kitchen, taking down wallpaper, and getting new countertops and appliances. But the real fun was getting some new Wall Art.

I'm pleased to share a few of my pieces with you was an amazing journey, but I'm soooooooooooo glad it's pretty well done. (one more spot to make a picture or something.)

This is may canvas I made to go along with the cool wall clock I found. Lots and lots of layers and texture here.

The top section started with the Finnabair Netting Stencil and Modeling Paste. 

I used a Mary Beth Shaw Gears stencil for the center section of the canvas with some Finnabair modeling paste. 

Layers and layers of paint glazes over the Prima Flourish Stencil and a last layer with a large Chicken Wire stamp from The Artistic Stamper.

The metal strips I've had forever. I just added paint and waxes to them to change the colors.

Next I had these rather greeny resin wall plaques that no longer went with the kitchen, so out came the black gesso, and on goes the Guilders Paste I bought from Magdalena Muldoon in Ohio. Love this stuff.

The before the Guilders Paste is on the Right, and the after is on the left. REALLY easy transformation of a piece.

I found several Sayings that I really loved and added them above the clock and on the soffits.

Next came the mirror that Bill made for me. It had an ivory background with hand-painted grapes and stenciled vines.........had to go.

So, White Gesso, Stencils, Modeling Paste here we go!  Paint and sand down, add more color and wipe away with a baby wipe. Add more color and sand it down again....lot's of scrubbing and rubbing off only to add more color again. 

Taking a picture of a mirror is strange, to say the least, but the frame really makes me happy now. You can see the different Finn stencils.  I used the Grungy Grid, and the Harlequin here with a Tim Holtz Lattice Work stencil as well.

I added several different brands of paints and waxes and finished with a few rolled script stamps from Lin Brown's 06 collection that says "Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen." 

So, after several weeks of hard work, mostly from Bill....he's a keeper, I'm truly happy with where Bill cooks!!!

It should say Welcome to My Husband's Kitchen!

Thanks for stopping by and humoring me. Talk soon!


Monday, April 27, 2015

Salvaged Elevated Shrine

Hi everyone! Time for some Retro Cafe Art Gallery fun using the

The Cameo frame was cut down just a bit to make it fit perfectly into the frame. I added lots and lots of different metallic paints and patinas to everything until I got the look I liked.

The outside is painted first and then I added Copper Crackle Texture paste with the Fish Scales stencil. Very cool finish.

The inside is where I used gold embossed stamping on the sides. The Tiny Vials are filled with Micro Beads. The Glass and Micro beads on the back that fill up the background are applied with Soft Gel.

I have several salvaged items in this I used the title SALVAGED on the front. I bought the gears in Ohio. They are actual vintage clock gears, I think. (They're not glued to the piece, they're just there for aesthetics.)

I used 3D Matte Gel to add the heavy pieces...and it really works great. The top is 2 pieces of metal, one a Large Mechanical Flower, just balanced up there with a gob of Gel...and it's perfectly "stuck" this morning! I love it!

The picture is from the Vintage Steampunk ATC backgrounds sheet as well as the little labels on the bottles.

You've got to LOVE the new Flourishes!!!

So check out all the links and get to work!!!

Products Used:
Finnabair-Art Basics - 3D Matte Gel
Finnabair-Art Basics - Soft Gloss Gel
Finnabair-Art Extravagance-Copper Crackle Texture Paste
Finnabair Art Ingredients-Micro Beads-Silver, Copper, and Berry
Finnabair Art Ingredients-Glass Beads-Turquoise
Inka Gold-Copper, Yellow Gold, and Silver
Vintage Mechanicals-Finnabair-Large Flowers
Tim Holtz-Idea-ology-Tiny Vials

Other products used:
Baroque Art Gilders Paste-Coral Red and Patina
Black Glaze Pen
Tombow Pens
Fresco and DecoArt Paints
Stamps and Gold Embossing Powder
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz-Word Bands and Hitch Fasteners
Found Objects