Monday, January 2, 2017

An Altered Desk Organizer

Yes, it's been a while, but now that the holidays are past us, I'll share a project I worked on through the many days of buying, wrapping, and giving.

This now sits on my desk with my brushes and tools at my fingertips. 

It has copper stain glass foil on the tops and the front. Different light angels make it show up at 2 different colors, but it's really a gorgeous, shiny copper color you see on the tops.

The wooden boxes and base are from a company several years ago that's no longer in business. 

I used the fantastic Iron Orchid Designs Moulds and paper clay to create the pieces that are glued onto the wooden boxes. (a fantastic video on working with the moulds and paper clay are found on Heather is brilliant!)

So after you've glued them onto the boxes, it's time to paint with Heavy Black Gesso from Finnabair/Prima, and then add her luscious Art Alchemy Paints. I used lots of layers of Metalliques and Opal Magics to create this look.

Waxes from Inka Gold-Viva are used in places as well. This is a process of many layers of different colors.

The copper foil was the perfect width for adding to the top of the boxes and it will make it more durable.

I filled in different spots with stamping and Archival Black Ink. 

Load it up with your supplies and it's ready to sit on your desktop for display and functionality. 

Depending on your location, you can find these products at 
Retro Cafe Art Gallery in the USA or
from Finnabair at Mixed Media Place in Ireland.

Thanks for stopping by, and let us know what you think.

Your Friend in ART,


Friday, December 16, 2016

A Small Memory Canvas

 I started this small canvas months ago.

Then I just set it aside.

I had painted it with Heavy Black Gesso, added some stenciling with modeling paste, and started adding Mica Powder Sprays on top.

Then I used a sponge to add Metalliques in various blues, greens, and purples. Some splashes of white paint brightened it up a bit, and then a layer of black ink stamping.

 Then it got pushed around on my desktop for months. Many months. But I found it just laying there, and decided it needed to be finished.

So I got out the Mechanicals and the Art Pebbles, some gold ric-rac and a paper doily and set to work.

The silver Steampunk Blade was painted with white gesso and Pink/Blue Opal Magic paint. The Pebbles are painted with different Metalliques and the stars have Gold Opal Magic Powder layered onto them. 

Some Glass Glitter and Micro Beads with a few strands of metallic thread finish off the background. 

The little girl is from the Finnabair Vintage Collectibles set in the small watch face with glitter and beads. 

You get a different color every time you turn it with the metallic paints and sprays.

Hope you enjoy!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Etching and Cold Connections from the Studio

Hi everybody!

It's been a while.....again, but somehow I think people don't have the time to go to blogs much any more. I'll share with you what I've been up to for the last few
weeks. It's been wonderful getting back to working with metal, cold connections
and etching again.

I'm not setting up an Etsy account but if you're interested in these pieces, you can
email me or private message me for information. However, the 1st on is already
gone. It's a vintage tin type made into a pin with etched brass.

This is etched copper on embossed brass with a brass star and wings. The large 
ball chain is 24" and a vintage brown. The Swarovski crystals are wrapped and hung with copper jump-rings. I like contrast and several colors of metal.


This is a stamped image that's etched into brass and layered onto a copper heart.
The beads are wire-wrapped and added to a gunmetal chain.

And this is the girl again etched in copper this time on a pounded brass plate. The arrow is "stitched" onto the brass with silver wire. This is a pin.

And these bracelets were simple, but fun. The bottom one is gone now, too.

So back to the work table to make something else. I cannot wear necklaces after a neck injury, so I'll either give them as Christmas gifts or sell to you guys to give this season.

 It all works!

Your Friend in ART,


Friday, November 11, 2016

A Lady of Grace

Time for some Mixed Media Fun!

I took this stretched 6x6 canvas and turned it over to use the back with the little niche. Then I layered on Modeling Paste over the Ripped Fishnet Stencil.

Top it off with layers of ArtAlchemy Metalliques and some white splatters of  Heavy White Gesso, and you have a luscious background.

I added a gorgeous picture of a lady from Retro Cafe Art Gallery with keyholes and corners painted and waxed with Inka Golds.

The Mechanical Pendant had an antique lace trim looped through it and
 laid into the niche onto pieces of wood to create height.

I used paper clay and Iron Orchid Design moulds for the other pieces. Two are sealed with Soft Matte Gel before I added an antiquing creme.

The other 2 started out with layers of gold. But I decided they needed to be darker, so more layers of paint were added.

 Inka Golds and Metalliques with Heavy Black Gesso create the rich dark colors.

It's all put together with Heavy Body Gel....It is amazing!

I love the contrast of the dark metallic colors and vintage lace that make for dramatic contrast in
The Lady of Grace.

I hope you enjoy the project and are inspired to
Create ART.