Altered Paper Mache Animal Collaboration

Hi everyone!! I was so excited to participate in another fun collaboration with a bunch of my fellow Facebook mixed media artist friends. This time, we all altered paper mache animals!

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My original intention was to create my animal from scratch; however, time got away from me (as it normally does this time of year) and I ended up ordering a pre-made animal instead. I opted for the always cool camel.

I love using bright and bold colors in my art, so I couldn’t wait to give my camel a glamorous makeover πŸ™‚ I started out by covering the whole body with a few layers of paper napkins from World Market and Mod Podge.

Then, I glued on some colorful bling and put a layer of gold glitter paint all over. I also painted the saddle in bright colors. Finally, I added a nice thick layer of Amazing Clear Cast Resin over the entire body. I love how the resin turned the matte look of the paper into a glossy finish! It really made the colors pop and the glitter shine πŸ™‚

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I couldn’t stop with just my camel though…she needed a home! So I repurposed a box and turned it into a fun little desert getaway. Yes, my camel is glamping! You can find more details on this part of the project HERE.

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Follow our hop to see more fun altered paper mache products!

Laura Mooney

Michele Kosciolek

Tina Walker

Christy Strickler

Albion Gould

DeeDee Catron

Mitra Pratt

Mixed Media Paint Stick Swap

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Good morning everyone! I recently participated in another fun art swap with some of my artsy Facebook friends. You may remember a few months ago our Pinewood Derby Car Makeover project, well our next collaboration was to makeover paint sticks. You know, the free paint sticks you can grab at the paint counter at Lowe’s or Home Depot? This was such a fun and easy project, and the possibilities are endless for what you can do with these.

I loved these so much that I shared them as an inspiration post over at Amazing Casting Products! I used several of the Alumidust colors to paint in the stamping that I did on the sticks, and ended by coating them all in Amazing Clear Cast resin. They have a beautiful shine to them and the resin really makes the color pop.

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Click on the links below to see some more amazingly creative paint sticks!
Brianna
DeeDee
Michele
Sara
Susan
Tina

More collaborations are to come, so stay tuned! πŸ™‚

Catching Up!

Good morning everyone! It’s been a while…..

In personal news, things around here have been pretty busy! One of my daughters is on the high school dance team and competition season has kept us pretty busy. DSC_2108
State Champs!!

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My favorite dancer!

In art news, I have been working on a few projects. I joined the Amazing Casting Products Creative Team and have produced a few pieces for them.

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Upcycled art journal made from mail order catalog

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Follow Your Heart mixed media canvas

(you can view the tutorial for the mixed media canvas HERE)

I created this art journal spread for an art journal swap with my good friend, Tina Walker.
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I’ve also received word that I will have four of my digital art journal pages published in Stampington’s Art Journal magazine in April, I will keep you posted on when that hits the shelves! πŸ™‚
In the meantime, I have a few other projects that I am working on including a brand new website!!! Hopefully that will be making it’s debut here pretty soon.

Have a beautiful day!!

How to Create Mixed Media Wine Charms

This project was created for Frog Dog Studios using their kit supplies.

Good morning everyone πŸ™‚ This bonus project I created combines two of my favorite things: mixed media art and wine! These wineglass charms are so easy and fun to create. They also make great gifts (Mother’s Day is just around the corner!) Let’s get started.

To begin, I selected several of the Tim Holtz Fragments from the kit to work with. I covered this first one with some matte medium and the Alumidust powder. I swirled it around in the medium, adding in some of the gold ink from the kit. I used the end of a paintbrush to create the swirl texture, then set it aside to dry. I also added a word and a piece of scrap paper from my collage drawer.

I continued in this manner, using different bits of collage pieces from my stash and from previous kits (love that tissue paper from an older kit!)

When these were dry, I did some light stamping just to add some texture to the background and create a distressed look. The stamp I used had sheet music. Be sure to use StayZ On type ink if you do this. You don’t want it to smear everywhere when you move on to the next step. I also went around the edges with some more of the gold ink from the kit.

Next, I mixed up a batch of Amazing Clear Cast Resin and added some Alumilite Metallic Gold powder. Then, using an old small brush, I very lightly coated each piece with the resin. The gold powder gave each piece a really cool aged look and made them all look like a set, even though I used different collage elements for each one. Make sure when you are working with the resin to work on top of a white plastic garbage bag. The resin won’t stick to it, so if you over pour or spill a little it won’t stick. Plus it makes for easy clean up! I use a paper plate under my trash bag so I can move my project around if I need to.

After allowing the pieces overnight, they were ready for the finishing touches. I found these wire stemware hoops at Hobby Lobby. They were pretty cheap. I also had some larger beads leftover from my Titanic Inspired Tin project. I’m not sure what I was thinking at first, but I just put the beads and the fragments right onto the stemware hoop. Then I realized that the fragment wouldn’t lay flat (duh) so I went back and attached a jump ring to the fragment, then attached the fragment to the hoop. It worked perfect and now lays completely flat. Of course this was done after I had already taken my final pics so you won’t see the jump rings in the pictures below.

Creating a Titanic Inspired Mixed Media Tin

This project was created for Frog Dog Studio, using their kit products.

Good morning everyone!
Today I am sharing with you my first project for this month, a Titanic inspired mixed media art tin.

OK, so let me just start by saying that this kit has definitely been one of my favorites!! There was so much inspiration here–Tina really outdid herself! I started by covering the tin in alcohol inks. Then, I used the Dusty Attic rusting powder (which I’m going to tell you is AMAZING!!!) to go over certain areas of the tin to give it that really old, vintage look.

I added a couple of the vintage style sticker pieces from the Tim Holtz collection in the kit, then used equal parts of the Amazing Crafts clear resin and hardener to create the first layer of the piece. At this point I was thinking of the tin as a giant bezel. I also added some of the Alumilite Pearlescent Powder and swirled it around a bit with the tip of the mixing stick.

After allowing that layer to dry overnight, I continued on the next day. I covered one of the chipboard gears with gold Stickles and added that, as well as a key to the next layer. A “metal” frame from Tim Holtz was also added around the pic. I poured in another layer of the Amazing Crafting Products Clear resin and added some of the Alumilite metallic gold powder. I used another stick to create a swirl pattern, then allowed that to dry overnight.

This is how it looked when it was all dry:

For the final touch, I drilled holes in the top and bottom and added some teal wire and beads.

And here is the finished product. The layers created with the resin are really amazing. It was funny, because while I was creating this project I began to feel a story behind the piece. With the rusted metals and the vintage photo it seemed to have a Titanic sort of vibe. When I showed it to one of my teenage daugthers (when it was complete) the first thing she said was “it looks like something from the Titanic”. My thoughts exactly!! πŸ™‚

Project Catch Up!

Hello friends! I have to apologize for how long it has taken me to update my blog! I am still posting projects and tutorials on the Frog Dog Studio blog and Instagram (feel free to follow me there as well), but have not had time to sit down and update you guys here. Shame on me!!

So I will quickly run through my projects since the last time I updated. All of the tutorials can be found on the Frog Dog Studio Blog (unless otherwise noted). Ready for some eye candy? πŸ™‚

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I hope you enjoyed these projects! I will be posting more projects and tutorials soon! πŸ™‚