Friday, July 1, 2016

A Mermaid Shadowbox

JULY Already ?!?!

Good Grief....if it's the first of the month,
then it's my turn for a project from

Like I told Kristin, this kinda went a bit overboard...
like a condemned Pirate. 

But she created so many wonderful cut-outs that were
just begging to jump onto this project.

It starts with the large shadowbox and the Graphic45
8x8 paper pad "Under the Sea" ...all found in the shop.

The layers of paper are on the front, back and 
sides of the shadowbox.

I actually hated to cover this gorgeous paper up. 
This Mermaid is so beautiful, but the charms and 
cut-outs were so much fun to keep adding...
and adding....
and adding.

This shows the flourish is cut from the Mermaid Stand Frame
with my jewelers saw. It's really easy to do.

I wanted to add the frame OVER the shadowbox
to show off the Mermaid.

I was going to add the bell jars to the piece, 
but I had to stop somewhere....

This is the back with several layers of paper.

I used one inch wooden blocks to raise the shadowbox up.

The Mermaid skin is painted with a flat acrylic paint.

White pearls and charms are colored with Alcohol inks.

All the other paints are all Metalliques, so they sparkle more in real life
with metallic shine. And the color changes as you 
move them around in the light.

The Mini Art Stones were perfect for adding the look of 
Sand to the project, and a piece of gauze portrays a net.

So get out your favorite papers and grab a shadowbox
to fill up with all of your found treasures.

You won't be able to stop either!!!


Retro Cafe Art Gallery Products:
Basic Shadow Box Shrine Kit
Mermaid Frame Stand
Chipboard Seaweed Cut Outs
Chipboard Coral Cut Outs
Ornate Fleur Cut Outs - Chipboard
Graphic45 Voyage Beneath the Sea 8x8 pad
Brass Fancy Shell Decoration
Brass Fancy Fish Charms
Brass Mermaids
Heavy Black Gesso
Finnabair Mini Art Stones
Finnabair Clear Stamp - Bubbles and Lace Doily
Finnabair ArtAlchemy Paints - Steampunk Copper, Rusty Red, Emerald Green, Rich TurquoiseLime Peel, and Ancient Coin
3D Matte Gel , Clear Structure Paste, and Heavy Body Gel
Black Archival Ink

Other Products Used:
Flat Pearls, Gauze, Wooden Blocks, Gold Sharpie, Black Fine Line Prismacolor Pen, Fresco Paints for Skin

Friday, June 17, 2016

Time on the Wings of a Butterfly for Finnabair

Sometimes you just step back and say, "yes." THAT'S what I was 
talking about.....and sometimes you don't.

Well, this was one of those time where I knew I was happy
as soon as I started to glue it down.

Yep, it's my turn on the 
and this is my BRIGHT and 
SHINY project.

It's really hard to photograph a project with mica paints, but here I found
laying it on a darker background helped. 
The white background just washed it all out, and you couldn't see
the deep,rich colors of the metallic paints.

I started with a 6x6 inch canvas board.

I added a coat of heavy white gesso with a 
texture brush to create some pattern. 

When dry I stamped a script stamp with embossing ink
and used a fine black powder to emboss.

I made a few embellishments with the new 
Iron Orchid Design molds and paper clay.

So using these as my main elements, I started to lay out my design.

When I had some basic idea, I started gluing with 
Heavy Body Gel and 3D Matte Gel,
 adding different found items and
Mechanicals that I had cut apart.

When dry, give it all a coat of heavy black gesso.
I left the stamped area alone for some open space.

I'm sorry I didn't remember to take a picture at
this point, just use your imagination and envision this a 
flat black blob in the middle of my canvas.

Here you can see where I used Soft Matte Gel to add 
Mini Art Stones as filler around the clock area. Then I started to
paint everything that is black.

 I used every color of 
Opal Magics on this. All 8 colors. 

The medium sized Grungy Butterfly is a rainbow of all the 
fabulous colors in this palette.

The few colors of Metalliques that I used were for the heart
with Rusty Red, Steampunk Copper, and some Gold Rush for highlights. Otherwise it was all done with the Opal Magics.....
which are just magical on black gesso!

I painted the German Dresden black and added Aqua-Rose, Green-Gold 
and Yellow-Blue Opal Magics.

The fabulous purple comes from Violet-Green, and YES,
it truly is that bright! I LOVE it.

You can see the detail on the mesh here with several colors painted
in with a small brush.

The last thing I did was add some dry brushing with 
black gesso to the edges of the canvas and white areas, 
and give spots a spritz of mica powder spray.

Contrast and's so easy to achieve with these
terrific paints.

Give them a go.  You won't be sorry.

Your Friend in ART, 


Products Used:
ArtAlchemy Paints-Metalliques - Rusty Red, Steampunk Copper, Gold Rush
Art Extravagance - Mini Art Stones

Monday, June 6, 2016

Fearless - Just for Fun Journal Page

Sometimes it's fun to drag out an unfinished journal page
and add to it to make it better.

Here I had a few bright colors sprayed onto a page in a 
large journal, and that was all.

So I got out my stencils, archival inks, and light paste and added some
more depth and layers.

 The picture from a magazine is glued on and painted over with black.
I added some more marks with pens and inks.

She looked like a Conquering Princess Warrior, so I 
gave her a crown with Finnabair mini beads and glass glitter, 
and a title of FEARLESS using ArtAlchemy Opal Magic
and Metallique Paints. 

I used clear gesso over the picture to seal and make it able
to take more paints and inks.

Her crown/flourish and the word are laser-cut chipboard
from Retro Cafe Art.

I used several different designers stencils in the layers that 
created a mottled background of color.

You can see how the Light Paste from Finnabair and Doily stencil
 turns an opaque white that I really liked for contrast.

Hope you enjoy this page, and have a great week!