Thursday, March 31, 2016


Welcome friends!

How many of you LOVE Andy Skinner's techniques and the way he can manipulate paints and mediums to mimic rust, chipped paint, weathered paint and a host of other amazing effects?

Well, right now on DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog, I am featuring an IKEA mirror that has been completely transformed from bland white to a very dimensional "metallic" rusted and weathered home decor piece.

Curious to see the entire piece and how this could be done?  

Head on over to DecoArt's Mixed Media Blog for the complete pictorial tutorial.  This technique is MUCH easier than it looks and the results using DecoArt Media products are completely AMAZING!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Hello everyone and welcome to my blog and my art project I've made for the
Creative Carte Blanche "Triple Trouble Art Adventure" for March.

For this adventure, I challenged everyone to take three elements that have absolutely NOTHING to do with each other and unify them into an art piece.  Those three items were:  corrugated paper, lace and metal.  Your creation could be whatever your imagination could conjure up.  Check out the Creative Carte Blanche blog to see the lovely entries from my creative cohorts as well as our followers who participated.  There is everything from beautiful tags to creative art dolls to a gorgeous princess slipper ; all so unique and beautifully done!

I am SO HAPPY that Spring has finally arrived and with it, the warmth of the sun, gentle breezes and the sweet songs of returning birds.  I decided to create a new Spring home decor piece.  

I incorporated all three elements with a store bought 5x7 frame to create this very vintage shabby chic styled piece.

Let me take you through the steps so that you could make one for yourself.  I will provide you with a supply list of the products I used but you can use whatever brands you like.  I just have found wonderful results with primarily DecoArt Media Line Products so I tend to use them more frequently.

Supplies needed for this project include:
  • 5x7 photo frame (I bought this one at Hobby Lobby)
  • A bag of various mosses (also found at Hobby Lobby)
  • 5x7 canvas board
  • DecoArt Media White Gesso
  • Palette Knife
  • DecoArt Media White Crackle Paste
  • Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil
  • Corrugated piece from a cardboard box
  • Smaller corrugated piece of special cardstock (for the roof)
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Paints:  Titanium White, Cobalt Teal Hue, Diarylide Yellow, Titan Buff, Metallic Gold, Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream Raw Umber
  • Paint Brush
  • Paper Towel
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle 
  • Distress Inks-Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke, Gathered Twigs
  • Miscellaneous Wire (to form nest)
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology-Ornate Plate, Faucet Knob, Mini Plaquette, Wings, Game Spinners, Hitch Fastener top
  • Small stick or pole for Game Spinners (weather vane)
  • Small eggs
  • Various Vintage Laces
  • Hot Glue
  • DecoArt Matte Medium
  • Rusted metal mesh
  • Small birds (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • Metal Corners (purchased at Hobby Lobby)
  • Various sticks and yard waste
  • Computer generated 2 1/2x 2" sentiment, torn and distressed
  • Baby wipes
  • Glossy Accents
  • A small bag of natural looking feathers to add as accents
  • Spray sealer (optional)

Now to create the piece.  Here are the step by step pictorial instructions ...

Begin by scraping white gesso onto the 5x7 canvas board using a palette knife.

Lay the Flourish stencil in place and scrape crackle paste through the stencil.  Do this on both sides of the canvas board but do not worry about the center.  Immediately clean the stencil and the palette knife.

While the canvas board is air drying, cut a piece of smaller corrugated special cardstock paper into a 4x3 piece.  Fold it in half, lengthwise and paint the surface with Titanium White.  Let dry.

Here is what the canvas board will look like when the gesso and crackle paste have dried.

Combine Titanium White and Cobalt Teal Hue.  Using a baby wipe, add the soft blue color to the surface of the canvas board. 

Continue mixing colors.  This time, Diarylide Yellow and Titan Buff.  Using a baby wipe, apply this color randomly to the canvas board.

Apply a third color combination with a baby wipe.  This time, Titan Buff and Cobalt Teal Hue.

To add a hint of shine, use a small makeup sponge and lightly tap the random raised areas of the flourishes with Metallic Gold.

Here is what the canvas board will look like at this point.  You do not need to worry about the center section as this will be covered with the corrugated "tree bark".

To give the canvas board even more dimension and "age", brush Raw Umber Antiquing Cream over the entire board and let it dry.  Once completely dry, use either a damp baby wipe or paper towel and wipe away the excess brown, leaving the antiquing cream in the crevasses and areas you want to be darker.  The antiquing cream is water reactive so you might want to use a spray sealer over the canvas board at this point.

To pull out some of the color again, lightly touch the raised areas of the canvas board with a mixture of Titan Buff and Cobalt Teal Hue followed by Metallic Gold.

Here is what the canvas board will look like at this point.  I truly LOVE the results I get with this antiquing cream.  If I rub off too much; just brush or wipe on more, let it dry and then gently wipe away the excess.

Begin working on the elements that will be used to embellish the canvas board.  Begin with the "tree bark".  Use a larger piece of a corrugated cardboard box with the paper backing torn away.  I first painted the corrugated paper with Titan Buff and then scraped Crackle Paste over the corrugated paper using a palette knife.  Let it air dry thoroughly.

While the "tree bark" is drying, paint Quinacridone Gold over the smaller corrugated piece.  (The name of the color "Quinacridone Gold" is a bit of misnomer because it really is more of a rusty orange-ish color when applied).  When dry, rub Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle over the raised areas of the "roof" with your finger.  Buff with a dry rag or paper towel.

When the "tree bark" is dry, add another light coat of Titan Buff, leaving the cracks visible.  Let dry.

Use a paper towel and wipe Raw Umber Antiquing Cream over random crackled areas of the "tree bark".  (In this instance, I am not brushing on the antiquing cream and letting it dry.  I am simply wiping it on and leaving it to distress the crackles). 

Further distress the "tree bark" with Distress Ink Ground Espresso and Hickory Smoke.

Highlight the edges of the "tree bark" with Paynes Grey, using your finger to randomly wipe the edges and a few areas on the "tree bark".

Using some rusty wire, fashion a "nest" out of the wire.

Hot glue Spanish Moss in the center of the wire nest and then add other various mosses to the nest to make it look realistic.

Once the "nest" is finished, add various mosses to the bottom of the "tree bark" with the hot glue.

Add a patina effect to the "metal roof" by mixing Titan Buff and Cobalt Teal Hue then using your finger, randomly swipe it onto the "roof".  Let it dry.

Alter the Ideaology front door assemblage of the Ornate Plate and the Faucet Knob.  Since the knob was distressed silver, I added Metallic Gold and Burnt Umber to alter the silver into an antique gold look.  Then I added a combination of Titan Buff and Cobalt Teal Hue swiped on the pieces to give them a patina look.

These wings are also silver and I used the same technique as above to transform them into patina antique gold wings.  I also did this to the silver game spinners that will be used for the "weather vane".  They were then hot glued onto the outside edges of the patina "metal" roof  to create an interesting front view of the roof line above the Ornate Plate front door frame.

I altered some little tan eggs into sweet little teal-ish eggs using a combination of Titan Buff and Cobalt Teal Hue and applying the paint with my finger.  Let dry.

I created a "weather vane" using two Game Spinners, a Hitch Post top, a painted stick. The Game Spinners were added one at a time and held in place using Glossy Accents.  I punched a hole in the center of the roof, inserted the stick and secured it with Glossy Accents.  In this picture, you can clearly see the enhanced roof line with the patina wings.  Finally, I added a Mini Plaquette simply by securing the mini brads with Glossy Accents on the back side and then hot gluing the plaquette to the center of the wings.  The roof was then hot glued in place above the Ornate Plate front door frame.

Now it was time to put everything together.  I added more lace to the background using DecoArt Matte Medium to first glue and then seal the lace to either side of the background.  Matte Medium dries clear and is an excellent glue and sealer.  Let air dry.

Here are all of the main elements that I will be adding to the background ... all assembled and ready to simply hot glue into place.

Since the background would be slipped behind the 5x7 frame, I could not add the "tree bark" and more dimensional elements until the background was ready.  So after using Matte Medium on the two lace pieces on either side of the background, I added the rusty metal mesh layers on either side.  Then I added the sweet lace piece on the right (all hot glued in place-because they would be covered with the "tree bark".  Finally, I added a another piece of wire with some lace twisted onto it to sort of mimic a tree branch.

Next, slip the background into place, making sure that the pieces that are to be sticking out above the frame are doing so.  Then secure the back of the frame.

I then hot glued the "tree bark" house in place on the frame and began hot gluing various little pieces of moss to the house to add even more dimension.  I kept working, adding the nest to the lower right corner, more mosses onto the frame to incorporate even more into the actual scene.

I found some twigs and an acorn tops in my yard and decided that those things might really be useful to complete my sweet little vintage Spring scene.  I was right.  I hot glued them to the frame as I was adding the final touches and I really like what they added.

I computer generated this lovely saying by Emily Dickinson so that it would fit perfectly onto my little vintage Spring scene.  I tore the edges and distressed the paper using Distress Ink Gathered Twigs followed by Ground Espresso.

And here is it's final appearance as it sits nestled among the mesh, lace and natural elements on the frame.

Finally I hot glued three ornate metal corners in place on the frame to pull everything together.  I did not glue a corner underneath the nest as it was already covering the lower right corner.  (You can see those in the overall picture of the frame).

Here is a closeup of the little nest made from wire and with Spanish moss and other various touches of moss added.  Little bits of lace give a more gentile feel to the nest as Momma bird patiently watches over her eggs.

Here is a closeup of the welcoming front door with it's fancy patina perch and roof.  Mosses, natural twigs and acorn tops and few feathers were added to give an airy and more natural quality to this piece.  This photo also gives you a little idea of the dimension of this piece; how it reaches out from beyond the confines of the frame.

Here is a closeup of the little roof of the porch section of the house.  It also gives you a better idea of the dimension and texture of this piece.

I wish that this picture could show you the depth and dimension of this piece but unfortunately it really does not do justice to how adorable this piece really is.  I just LOVE it and it's sitting in my entry hall to welcome Spring and all of our guests.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to check out my Triple Trouble piece using corrugated paper, lace and metal.  I hope that my creation and all of the wonderful art done for you by the other Creative Carte Blanche cohorts as well as all of our beautiful entries from our art friends have inspired you.  

There are so many different interpretations of this adventure; all very different styles, color choices and themes.  And I think everyone's personalities come through in their work...something I truly love.

So thanks so much for sharing your lovely art and a piece of yourself with all of us at Creative Carte Blanche!

Next month Annette Green will be sharing a new art adventure with you.  I can't wait to see what her theme will be.  No pressure, no certain products you have to use, no online stores you need to plug.  Just total carte blance to create whatever your heart desires and share it with this special community of artists.  
I hope you'll join us!  

Monday, March 28, 2016


Hello everyone!

I'm back to share some more lovely art being shared over at 

 for this months "Triple Trouble" art adventure.  We're combining 
1.  Corrugated Paper   2.  Lace   3.  Metal 
together to create some art!

I've shared some of our entries already but I'd love to share some more amazing art from some talented artists and members of our Creative Carte Blanche community.

We do not vote or have prizes.  We're not doing this as a contest.  We're all about embracing our own artistic style and discovering our own creative voice; whatever that may be.  So, as I am sharing this art, I am sharing different styles and different "takes" on the same three elements that were to be included in your piece.  

I find it fascinating how everyone's art is so different yet so beautiful and inspiring!  Be sure to click on the links below each person's art to check out their tutorials. 

This first piece is from Jenny Marples.  This is such a lovely piece and a beautiful example of asymmetrical art.  I totally love it and her interpretation of the corrugated paper, lace and metal challenge.

Next is from Mandy Welch.  This is another wonderful example of layering and collage different elements and make them work so perfectly together.  Great job Mandy!

This piece by Sarascloset is so clever.  I love the grungy background combined with the softer, more feminine foreground.  You have got to read the back story on this one!  Can you believe that Sara created this beautiful art out of a little drawer that was part of an old beat up dresser sitting on the side of the road for trash.  Now THAT is repurposing!

Anne Redfern has created this truly beautiful album cover using corrugated paper, metals, laces and a gorgeous crackle effect.  Her techniques for rusting the metal elements and crackling are fabulous. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope this art has inspired you to find and embrace your own creative style and share it with us at Creative Carte Blanche.  

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Happy Tuesday everyone!  

Welcome SPRING!!!

I am so excited to be sharing some new art journal pages I recently did for DecoArt's Media Mixed Media Blog and for Wanderlust 2016.  DecoArt is one the proud sponsors of this wonderful year long online event featuring various artists with online classes and informational videos.

Created almost completely using DecoArt products, you can view the art journal pages and see my complete tutorial HERE at DecoArt's Media Mixed Media Blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the tutorial!


Saturday, March 19, 2016


Happy Saturday everyone!

I wanted to share some amazing art with you from some of our very talented artists over at 

THIS is the place place where you are invited to share your art along with others as we experiment and explore to find our own creative voice and style.

Once a month, we give a prompt to take you out of your comfort zone.  There are no required products to use, no online stores to link back to, no competitions.  Just an environment of sharing and learning from each other as we all explore our own individual creative journeys.

As I was saying earlier, I wanted to share some amazing ideas that became realities through some of our community of artists.  These are by no means "favorites" or selected to win prizes or anything like that.  I am just sharing their art because I find it intriguing and a very inventive interpretation of this month's adventure ... combine corrugated paper, lace and metal into an art piece.

From Nicola of Paper Profusion ... a really creative Marie Antoinette Slipper

From Paul B ... a very clean and artistic flower on a tag

From Jane Castle ... an adorable art doll 

These are just a few of the wonderful variety of art being shared using corrugated paper, lace and metal.  Aren't they fantastic?

Come join us at Creative Carte Blanche and let your imagination SOAR.

Have a fabulous weekend!