Spring is here! And with it comes blooms and colors!

I'm not a normally colorful person - I'm more dark and grunge. So I'm challenging myself to do more colorful creations from time to time. I think I succeeded with this journal spread! Colors, stenciling, texture - it's bright and bold like the upcoming months are going to be. 

I used a few different stencils that have flowers and butterflies and a girl at a window. I took some honeycomb chipboard pieces and flocked them for texture. And I added a smattering of black stamping and sentiments.

I used both acrylics and metallic DecoArt Lustre waxes. 

I like the negative white space to add great contrast and not take away from the visual affects of the design and colors! 


Shabby twist card

Hello my friends! It's April - can you believe it?! We've got a new challenge at Splashy Mix that has a beautiful and bright mood board:

There's alot of elements you can focus on - so much variation! I focused on the greens and blues with a little bridal romance in my DT project - a twist card!

You can see how I made it and about the fabulous products used from ITD Collection at the Splashy Mix Blog

I'm entering this at artpiaskownica and Classic Design Team Challenge


Anno Domini

We're into April and Easter is fast approaching. This year is different with the pandemic but Easter means Hope! So with all this time on my hands, I've made an Easter triptych using products from Relics and Artifacts!

These Gothic Arch Windows come in a set of 3 - I used the 2 smaller ones. I say smaller but even those are over 5" tall. I filled them in with Alcohol Ink Pearls - and they are vibrant! I went around the edges and pane frames with matte waxes and watered down black ink.

My 3 eggs are from the Imperial Eggs set. This first has tissue paper and crackle, then it's grunged with some matte waxes and ink. The frame was silver but I redid it with the same products. 

This middle egg is covered in tissue paper and then patinaed with waxes and ink. 

This last egg is one of the chipboard backings included in the set. I transfered part of a piece of tissue paper I had with crosses on it. 

My sign is from a mold and made over to look like metal! 

The whole thing is mounted on cardboard that's been covered in tissue paper and then grunged with black ink and gold rub 'n buff. 

I just adore the products from Sandra Evertson! There's so many different types, from eggs and hearts to cherubim and faces! I think these windows have become my favorite of the products! 

This Easter, I pray you find Hope during these troubled times. 

Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
according as we hope in thee. Psalm 33:22

Relics and Artifacts has a FB group that I belong to and they're having an egg challenge - so I'm entering this creation! I'm also entering at Classic Design Team Challenge and Path of Positivity!


I'm steamed...

...steampunked that is!

I made a trio of ATCs that are quirky and definitely punkalicious! This first one has a grungy background with a laughing guy. Embellishments include beads, rust pastes, glasses, screws, and new Finnabair matte wax. The white especially gives edges a worn, faded look. 

These ladies are waiting for the train. Embellishments include rust pastes, metal doo-dad's, rusty screen, and matte wax. 

Welcome to the class of 1898! I've used a couple of large mica pieces and the keys look metal - but they're chipboard! They've been painted with iron paste, then patinaed with different matte waxes! 

I think I'm going to adhere these to some small canvases that are the same size so I can hang them up! 

I'm entering these at artPiASKOWNiCA


A hundred years ago

I've been experimenting with Finnabair's new matte waxes as well as using her tried and true waxes and pastes - this is the result! 

That big metal piece is actually cardboard! I had this odd-shaped piece left over from cutting other pieces off it. I painted it with iron paste (I love that stuff!) and then used ALL the new Finnabair Matte waxes plus rust paste to give it the look of patinaed metal. 

The background of my canvas is covered in crackle paste and then I used a stippling brush to swirl on Finnabair's Brushed Iron wax, then grunged it up with black gesso and rust paste. The triangle piece is also cardboard. 

The picture is framed using a typewriter guide and a bell from an alarm clock. 

A rusty piece of trim holds 4 cogs. 

I love adding wires to a piece like this. And that large metal piece on the bottom is actually something I found on the road while on vacation last year - you can use anything in your mixed media art!

I'm entering this at SanDee and Amelie'sartpiaskownica, and Classic Design Team!