October 2, 2016

Tag Time

Hi to all my crafty friends. It's my turn for inspiration on Art Anthology's blog today. As a new scrapbooker/crafter sometimes your not sure where to start when wanting to create something new… so let’s keep it simple today. Frankly, sometimes when I am going to make a project I have no idea what direction to go in. My creative juices aren’t flowing and I need a way to warm up with my paints. Tags are the perfect outlet for that because they are like little mini canvases. A place to try out new techniques, new products, play around a bit and give you that creative spark that you need to get you going.
Today I’m going to share a simple little tag that I created with luscious colors that remind me of fall. Several different techniques were used on this tag including, embossing, stamping, inking & distressing .

First stamp your image using a waterproof ink such as Archival Ink or Versamark, that way your spray inks won’t cause your stamped image to bleed.

 Here is a photo of my stamped tag, the ink I used and the stamp. 
Next up, take your sprays and make puddles of them on your craft mat and swipe your tag through the colors. It’s amazing the results you get, and every time their different.
Using the edge of your scissors or a distress tool by Ideology, go around the edges of your tag to create some texture.

To add dimension to my tag I stamped another image of the sunflower and cut it out, then colored it with Minx Shimmering Ink, then applied it to the top of the tag with dimensional stickers.
For the final touch I embossed the edges with Ultra Thick Embossing powder in black and added my title. Very simple but a fun way to give my creativity a boost and get me going for my next projects. 
Here are a few more of my tags that I’ve created in the past. I hope this has inspired you to get out some tags and play around with your products. Go wild and get messy with your paints and inks, and grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the coolness of fall ! For a complete list of Art Anthology products used, please visit our blog @

September 25, 2016

Embrace Time

Well summer is now over and we're in the beginning stages of fall and I'm so excited for the cool weather, so for a fond farewell to summer my design team project for Art Anthology features a photo I took at the beach. If you know me as an artist then you know my love of textures, and this layout features many different kinds. From fiber paper, to Art Anthology Stone Effects paint on my chipboard pieces, to lots of yumminess provided by seed beads, seashells, rocks etc.

My background was enhanced with the use of a stencil and Versamark with UTEE for pretty little bubbles. The chipboard pieces had Art Anthology Stone Effects added for sand-like texture. 

The fiber paper was ripped in sections and sprayed with Art Anthology Colorations Spray in Ink Spot. 
Flowers and assorted embellishments finalize this layout... I hope you have enjoyed this and for your viewing I have prepared a Snapguide tutorial below, for a complete list of products used view Art Anthology Blog. Happy Crafting !

Check out How to Provide Pretty Texture to Your Layouts by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

August 27, 2016

Mixed Media Coasters

Hi everyone... Toni here with a fun project for Art Anthology. These coasters are fun to make for gifts or your home. I purchased these bare coasters from Michaels a while back and decided to alter them to use at home. So here we go....
This set came with 6 coasters so I decided to do 3 different sets with 3 different mixed media techniques. 
The first process was adding Art Anthology's dimensional paints to the base and then collaging tissue paper to the top for texture. Then completing it with some pretty stamped images. 
The second group I used Tim Holtz's tissue wrap for the base and sprayed Art Anthology's Coloration sprays ontop. Them glitter shards were added for a bit of sparkle and texture and finished off the edges wit Distress stain. 
The final group I decided to use the dimensional paints with a crackle technique utilizing old fashion school glue. Then metal embellies and some more stamping was done on the to for interest. All 3 sets were sealed with 2 coats of Glossy Accents. 

For your viewing there is a step x step tutorial below. Hope this has inspired to create something pretty to use in your home as well. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting. For more wonderful inspiration from the other designers please visit Art Anthology's blog and store. 

Check out How to Create Mixed Media Coasters for Your Home by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

August 14, 2016

Art on the Go

Hi everyone... hope your having a wonderful summertime, and I know many of you are taking beautiful vacations. But, sometimes while your traveling you get that inspiration to get creative and today I have a fun mini art traveling kit that you can make and take with you to get messy with.

Today I'm up on Art Anthology's blog with this recylced mint tin made into a travel art kit. The tin was altered using so many of AA's gorgeous texture paints, seed beads & crackle varnish. 

Shown here is the top and bottom of the can with lots of yummy textures and colors. 
The canvases were created by making an accordian mini album to tuck inside the tin. Each page is prepped with either sticky back canvas, watercolor paper, clear gesso or black gesso all ready for you to get creative on. 
As you can see the album fits nicely inside with room for pen nibs, brushes etc. I hope this has inspired you to alter yourself a tin and get creative with it. Below is a Snapguide tutorial for a step x step process, and for a complete list of products I used please visit Art Anthology's blog. Wishing you safe travels during your vacationing !

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Love to Create - Anything Goes/Mixed Media
Simon Monday Challenge - Try To Contain Yourself 
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Mixed Media Altered
Altered Eclectics - August Anything Goes Altered

Check out How to Create Mixed Media Art Travel Kit by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

July 24, 2016

Butterfly Kisses

Good morning everyone... hope you are having a beautiful Sunday. Today I have a multiple canvas mixed media piece for Art Anthology.
Using multiple canvases really gives you so many opportunities with your creativity... I was inspired by all the pretty butterflies in my yard recently and thought this would be a fun piece to work on. 

Combined with texture, glitters and gorgeous Art Anthology paints, this canvas came to life. 
I first cut back my top canvas to create an eye. The eyeball was created by using an acrylic piece and painting the under side, then came some stenciling on the canvases using my Mud Texture Paste. Paints and sprays were applied for the base colors. 
The metal pieces were gesso'd and then painted with some pretty Gemstone colors and then lots of seed beads, German glass glitter and sequins were added here and there. 

Get out some canvases and give this technique a shot... so many creative things you can do with them. And while your at it drop by Art Anthology's blog and store for more gorgeous inspiration and products. Below I have provided a Snapguide tutorial for your viewing of my creative process for this project..... Creatively yours, Toni 
Check out How to Create Multiple Canvas Mixed Media Project by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

July 9, 2016

A Beautiful Day

Hi everyone, it's time to get messy with our Art Anthology paints and art products. It's been extremely hot where I am in Southern California and I needed to work on a project that reminded me of the cool weather, so I chose this photo I took of my daughter in Central Park, New York last winter.
Using AA's gorgeous stencils and applying the Dimensional Velvet paints and adding gold embossing powder really enhances my background paper. Once the stenciled paint was dry I applied Coloration Sprays for shadows and depth. 
I also then embossed my chipboard pieces, portions of the butterflys and matting paper to enhance the layout. 

Layers always add interest to your layouts and you can achieve this simply by adding recycled cardboard to the backs of your photos which provide space underneath to add tags, embellishments, chipboard etc. Distressing the edges of your photos also provides a more vintage worn look. 
Scrapbooking allows you to take a very simple photo and create a wonderful story behind the picture. I hope this has provided some inspiration for your next layout. 
Wishing you a beautiful day and please be sure to drop by Art Anthology's blog with some unbelievable art. Creatively yours, Toni

June 18, 2016

Boho Beauty

Hi everyone... it's my turn again on Art Anthology's blog for a new layout I did of my daughter. She recently went to Coachella Music Festival and I snapped this pic of her all dressed up in her boho look.
Using my Art Anthology paints for stamping was easy and really got the results I was looking for. Means, this was a boho style I thought I had to do a little lacing to bring back that whole macrame vibe. 
As far as I'm concerned you never have too much sparkle on layouts, so seed beads were added as well as AA's Colorations Sprays and Metal Effects. 
I hope you have enjoyed the photos and please take time to sit back and visit my Snapguide tutorial showing you my creative process for this layout. Also below is a list of AA products used for this project.  Happy Creating xoxo Toni

Check out How to Enhance Your Layouts With Art Anthology Paints by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

June 12, 2016

Altered Box... Mixed Media Style

Hi everyone... Hope you are enjoying your summer. It's my turn on Art Anthology's blog today to present you with an altered project that I created utilizing the gorgeous products from AA. This kleenex box I purchased at Michaels for $3.99 with my 40% coupon.

 This is the before
This is after

I first covered the box with gesso and then applied a beautiful stencil using my AA Mud Texture Paste. Then applied all my fun embellies and started spraying and painting for highlights and sparkle. 
Please enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below for a list of supplies used and step x step process. For more information, inspiration and photos, drop by Art Anthology's blog. Thanks for stopping by and have a spectacular day creating. 

xoxo Toni

Check out How to Alter a Home Decor Piece With Mixed Media by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

May 22, 2016

Vintage Style Mixed Media Tags by Toni

Hi everyone... it's messy time with our mixed media products today and I have a couple vintage inspired tags to share with you. I used my Art Anthology paints, sprays & texture paste to achieve this look.
I used T!m Holtz's #8 Manila Tag and collaged some old pattern paper to the background. Then custom colored my Mud Texture Paste for some texture. Once dried, I did some gessoing, stamping, sewing and added some lace trim. Mixed media is a wonderful way to apply layers of textures on your piece. 
The image I used in the frame is from Oxford Impressions stamp set "The Dressmaker". The wood pieces (dressform & frame) were simply aged with archival ink and Art Anthology paints. 

Here's wishing you a wonderfully creative day and hope this has inspired you get some tags out and create some mini masterpieces... For your pleasure I have created a step x step Snapguide tutorial below and please visit Art Anthology's blog for a complete list of products used and link up to our store. Creatively yours, Toni xoxo

Check out How to Give a Vintage Look Using Mixed Media Products by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

May 15, 2016

Creating "Hippie Chic" with Art Anthology

Hi's my turn today to inspire you with a fun "hippie chic" piece created using Art Anthology paints... I just love the vibrant colors and free spirited feel about bohemian decor.  Even though the "boho" look is warm earthy colors as well as metallics, such as browns, terra cotta, gold etc, jewel tones are very popular like purples, oranges, electric blue & magentas are very popular in decor and accesories, and that is the road I decided to take today.
I started off with this ceramic elephant that I found in a thrift store for only $1.00 and I knew immediately he was going to be adorned in bright pretty colors. 

Art Anthology has an array of gorgeous colors and textures of the paints allow you to get some amazing results. 

I decided to create my own collage papers by painting tissue paper and then applying it using Mod Podge to my to pot... 
The flowers were also handmade and sprayed with gorgeous jewel tone colors to accents my piece. And to finish off, I added assorted sequins and pom pom trim . Fun project to create, and I got some messy time with my paints which is always rewarding. 

 For a full product list, please visit my post on Art Anthology blog and for a step x step tutorial sit back, grab yourself some chai tea and enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below...

Check out How to Alter Container With Hippie Chic Vibe by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.
art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.