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February 18, 2017

XOXO from Toni

Happy love month... it's February and everywhere hearts and flowers are popping out. I'm up on Art Anthology's Design Team today and decided to devote my creation to my love of steampunk.

Using a couple of clearanced wooden letters from my local craft store allowed me to go crazy with all my products from Art Anthology. 
Loaded with wonderful unexpected objects and textures provided my imagination to be unleashed. 
Many of the embellies were handmade from paper clay, such as heart, wings, knobs and clock. The textures were achieved using my glue gun, seed beads, floral rocks, cheese cloth and crafting sand. 

Gears were diecut from grungeboard and then loaded down with sand, paint, and inks. The rivets were created using my glue gun and then topped with beautiful metal effects silver paint by Art Anthology. 
Stenciled textured paste, seed beads and more hot glue art provided more interest and texture to my piece. 
And well, the aged patina'd effect that I was able to achieve with the use of Art Anthology's Dimensional paints was wonderful. I hope you have been inspired to use the abnormal, unusual to provide a bit more interest to your projects. Wishing you hearts and flowers this month of love. xoxo Toni
I am entering this piece in the following wonderful challenges: 
SanDee & Amelies Steampunk Challenge - New Stash Forgotten Stash 
Mixed Media World -Anything Mixed Media Goes 
We Love To Create - Antything Mixed Media Goes 
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes 
For your pleasure I have created a Snapguide tutorial below for you to follow along on my journey with this project. 

Check out How to Unleash Your Inner Steampunk by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

January 29, 2017

Love Always

Happy Sonday to everyone, I'm up on the design team blog today for Art Anthology with an altered frame I purchased at my local dollar store.
Don't you just love the dollar stores, lots of wonderful items you can take and customize to your own likeing. And if you don't like them you haven't really invested a whole lot of money in the product so no worries. I've had this photo of my daughter for quite awhile and means Valentines Day is coming up thought this would be a fun project to work on. 
Lots of textures using crackle medium and paste, along with cheesecloth and chipboard pieces that were grunged up a bit. The flowers were altered with different shades of pinks and reds and highlighted with gold metallic paint. For a full list of Art Anthology products used, please visit the blog HERE. 

The key was created with a mold I made using Amazing Mold Putty, you can view a Snapguide tutorial HERE that I created to check out the process. I of course added more texture paste to the key and different shades of paint to provide that old vintage look, then finished it off with wrapping some gold wire around it. 
And to add a bit of bling I alcohol inked some crystal rhinestones to add here and there to the frame. I hope this has inspired you to get creative with your mediums, have fun and enjoy the journey.
Love Always, Toni

For your pleasure I have provided you with a Snapguide tutorial to view the process of my creation. 
Check out How to Create Textures Using Mixed Media Products by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

January 22, 2017

Happy 2017 !

Hi everyone, it's my turn up on the blog for Art Anthology and I'm here to share with you an art journal page I created. Now I don't do New Years resolutions because I can't ever keep them, so I always try to choose a word that will motivate me to be a better "me" for that year. This year I chose "CONFIDENCE", I tend to be a perfectionist and that sometimes allow my failures to hinder my dreams. So I'm focused on trusting my abilities knowing full well that I'm a work in progress and only through trials and errors do we grow and excel in all aspects of a human being.
Using some yummy texture with modeling paste provided my foundation. I decided to go with a cool color palette and created my main focal butterfly as a 3D layered piece. 
With the use of acrylic sheets I stamped my floral images and adhered with Glossy accents to the page. 
To add more bling I used Metal Effects paint in Gold along with German Glass Glitters in coordinating colors through the page. For a full list of Art Anthology products used please visit Art Anthology's blog here. 
Wishing you a year filled with "Confidence", try something new, think out of your box to expand your horizons, and above all, embrace your imperfections. For your pleasure sit back and enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below. xoxo Toni 
Check out How to Create an Art Journal Page With a Personal Touch by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

December 18, 2016

That's A Wrap

Merry Christmas everyone, I'm up on the blog today for Art Anthology Design Team to inspire you with some mixed media gift tags.
My Christmas color theme I chose this year is hues of aquas, teals, chocolate and golds, therefore all my packages nestled under the tree are in coordinating colors. 

I first began by using Sizzix tag diecut to create my tags and then began layering wonderful Mud texture paste with gorgeous Art Anthology's Colorations Sprays.  Below is  a Snapguide tutorial for step x step process and a full list of supplies I used. 
The chipboard pieces I used are a combination of Dusty Attic and Blue Fern and they were embossed with assorted Lindys embossing powders in golds, patina's, and champagne colors. Enhanced with a bit of Stickles for a added bit of bling here and there. 
When making these tags this gives you the opportunity to use up those small bits of paper you have for layering effect on your tags. I paid special attention not to make these tags too chunky as these were going to the packages. 
The tags added a little bit of creativity to each package and I have to admit they look so pretty. Give this a try and send off a little piece of art with each gift given this Christmas season. Hope this has inspired you and wishing you nothing but sparkle and magic this Christmas holiday. xoxo Toni

Enjoy the following Snapguide Tutorial for detailed process for the tags. 

This project is entered into the following creative challenge: 
Mixed Media World - Winter Wonderland

Check out How to Get Creative With Christmas Tags by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

November 28, 2016

It's Beginning to Smell Alot Like Christmas.... Salt Dough Cookie Ornaments

It's my turn today for Art Anthology's Design Team project and I've been baking up some magic in the kitchen. 
It's that time of year when eveything is glistening, Christmas music is playing, and the smel of cookies fills your home. Today I have a fun and easy project that the chidren can particiate in preparation for the holidays. We are going to make salt dough Christmas cookie ornaments and decorate them using Art Anthology's Minx Shimmering Inks and Dimensional paints. 


My Christmas tree in my kitchen is decorated with all things from the kitchen, os I knew these ornaments would be perfect for the tree. Super easy, last for a ife time and you won't gain any extra holiday weight from them... (lol... their not edible). 


Using very simple ingredients that we all have in our kitchen and with help from some glitter and glam and gorgeous products from Art Anthology, these ornaments turn out really cute. 
Hope this has provided some inspiration for a new idea for Christmas ornaments, stop by Art Anthology's blog for more wonderful ideas and ways to use their products. 

Enjoy the short YouTube video displaying more of the cookies and be sure to check out my Snapguide tutorial below for a step x step process.  Warm wishes xoxo Toni



Check out How to Make Salt Dough Christmas Cookie Ornaments. by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

November 22, 2016

Thankful For You Altered Frame

Happy Thanksgiving y'all. Hope everyone is having a wonderful month. Today I'm here to share a frame I made featuring my sweet baby boy, Bubba. 
 I was able to transform some $1.00 store foliage into a pretty fall frame for my desk. I achieved some pretty texture utilizing seed bead, texture paste, and dimensional paints from Art Anthology. 
I applied clear gesso to prime the acrylic butterflies and then inked them with Art Anthology's Minx Shimmering Inks. 
The leaves in the corner were colored also with the Minx and then embossed 3 times with Ultra Embossing Enamel which provided a glass-like effect... So pretty. From a broken down frame to a new addition for my decor, this project was messy, fun, and effective. Hope you have been inspired. And for your enjoyment, feel free to grab yourself a cup of hot cider sit back and relax while you view my Snapguide tutorial below. For a complete product listing, please visit Art Anthology's Blog HERE . 

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving !
I am entering this project in the following wonderfully creative challenges: 
Frilly and Funky - Bountiful Harvest 
Love To Create- Anything Mixed Media





Check out How to Create Mixed Media Frame by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

October 30, 2016

A Spook-tacular Altered Bottle


Hello to all my crafty friends. Its almost that day, you know when the ghosts and goblins come out to play. I have for you another project I created to decorate my home with. I purchased this bottle as well as long taper candles at $1.00 store earlier this year and knew I would be doing some altering. So here we go.



Melting the candle over the bottle actually takes me back to my high school days  (yep… in the 70’s) where that technique was really popular. Masking off a portion of the bottle to expose the inside and then dripping my candle over the bottle, I also mixed Art Anthology Mud with some crafting sand for yummy texture and applied randomly to sections of the bottle. Once dry,  I covered it with black gesso. 

The bottle is filled with tiny little bones, and skulls from a necklace (hence …. leftovers). Then it was time to get out my Art Anthology paints . Using Metal Effects in Silver, Velvet Paints  in Limeaid, Mardi Gras & Terracotta I added several coats dry brushing the tops of the wax on the bottle. 
To finish off the bottle, I had these wood tags, stamped “Leftover” in black Stazon and distressed the edges with Distressed Ink in Black Soot. Attached with black hemp cord and some metal keys.

For a complete list of Art Anthology products used, please visit Art Anthology blog  HERE. 
For your viewing I have also included a snapguide tutorial below for a step x step process. Wishing you a Spook-tacular Halloween !!!
I will be entering this piece in the following challenges: 
Frilly and Funky - A Very Vintage Halloween
Mixed Media World - MMW#19 Assemblage/Altered Art
Love To Create - Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes






Check out How to Create a Spook-Tacular Altered Bottle by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

October 23, 2016

Creating A Creepy Canvas

Happy October everyone, this is the month when the weather turns a bit cooler, it gets darker earlier in the evening and it's time for spooky and eerie projects to be created. Today I'm up on Art Anthology's blog with my design team project and I created a mixed media canvas filled with scary delights.
I started with a 8 x 10 canvas and used the back to utilize the niche  for adding my fun Halloween bottles and embellishments. The frame and outside of the canvas was textured using cheesecloth and dimensional paint from Art Anthology. 
Rock Candy crackle paint was applied to the outside of the bottles and allowed to dry naturally for the beautiful crackes to fill the bottles and jars. For the inside backdrop of the canvas I used Tim Holtz Paper Stash Halloween and splattered some AA Minx Ink for a bloody effect. 
For the sugar in the spoon, Distress Rock Candy glitter was added, and to achieve the spider web look, I allowed hot glue strands to catch on the sides of he canvas. The tubing used is simply some plumbers tubing I got at the $1.00 store. Go grab yourself some old bottles and fix yourself a scary laboratory for part of your Halloween decor. 
I will be entering this piece in the following wonderful challenges: 
Mixed Media World - Things To Alter
Love to Create - Anything Creative - Mixed Media
Frilly and Funky - A Very Vintage Halloween
A Vintage Journey - Make It Spooky
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - October Challenge

For your viewing I have included a snapguide tutorial for more photos and step x step process. 
Check out How to Create a Creepy Canvas by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

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 @ http://artanthologyinc.com/blog/?p=13433

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.
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.