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March 28, 2018

Altered Box for Essential Oils by Toni

Hi everyone, today I have an altered project I created to hold my essential oils. I love my diffuser and my assortment of oils is growing, so I needed a place to hold them.  
Purchased this paper mache box awhile back at Michaels and it was the perfect size for my bottles. 
To first alter it I added pretty texture with Mud Texture paste ran though a couple stencils and then a coat of gesso to prime the surface. 
The inside I kept very simple and just lined it with scrapbook paper. 
Title was from T!m Holtz quote chips and distressed with Metal Effect Gold paint from Art Anthology.   
Flowers were first painted different colors and then dipped in melted UTEE to provide a pretty glass look.  Such a fun project to make, hope you were inspired to create something with your personal touch. Enjoy your day ! xoxo Toni 

Below is a snapguide tutorial for your pleasure on my step x step process. 

March 24, 2018

Find Joy In The Ordinary by Toni



Hi everyone, I'm up on the blog today with a new post and project for Art Anthology's design team. Featuring their wonderful mediums with an addition of beeswax to finish of the piece. 
My foundation was T!m Holtz's mini clip board and I prepped the surface with Mud Paste run through several different stencils. Then a coat of gesso and Stone Effects Lava was painted. I waited for it to be tacky then dabbed a paper towel on the surface and it removed chunks of paint to provide a peeled paint effect. 
Rust Texture Set mixed with sand was added to the metal portions of the board. 
Fun ephemera and metal objects were added to the board for interest always remembering to distress everything. 
Once everything was in place, 3 coats of beeswax was applied for a wonderfully vintaged matt finish. Hope you were inspired by this piece. Would love you to take a moment to view my snapguide tutorial and follow me if you enjoyed my piece. xoxo Toni

March 3, 2018

Tainted Love by Toni

Hi everyone... it's time again for a fun new project for Art Anthology's Design Team. Today I have for you my "Tainted Love".... purchased this large paper mache heart a while back and this beautiful black feathered wings were a steal at an after Halloween sale.



Prepping the surface of the heart with many metal and wood embellishments as well as assorted florals. The right side ruffles were created with paper. 
After everything was prepped with black gesso I then started adding our pretty Art Anthology paints and sprays. 

Then to finish off, highlights of Vegas Gold .... fun fun fun project, and now I have some inspiration to hang on my craftroom wall. Hope you enjoyed and take a moment to check out my Snapguide tutorial as well. Happy creating !

Entering this piece in the following wonderful challenges: 
Creative Artiste-#36Anything Goes Mixed Media 
The Mixed Media Monthly-#46 Use A Stencil and 3 Mediums (used 3 different stencils and gesso, modeling paste, sprays and paints) 
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Altered Art (Halloween wings and paper mache heart)
Altered Eclectic - Anything Goes 

January 27, 2018

Altered Art Supply Containers with Toni

Hi crafty peeps, today I'm up on the blog to share a project for Art Anthology and some inspiration for altering containers to hold your art supplies. I love organizing and I really enjoy using my supplies when they are in pretty containers. So let's get started. 
I had this empty peanut plastic container and it was the perfect size to fit all my sea shells so I knew I wanted to give it a face lift. 
Adding sculpture medium to fishnet prepared the outside of the container perfectly. Below is a complete Snapguide tutorial to show you more photos and the step x step process. 
The lid was altered with sea shells, net, a metal light house, sea horses etc. These were also added to the sides of the container, then everything was given a nice coat of white gesso to prep for Art Anthology's Shimmering Inks and Patina Texture Set. 
The patina texture set adds such gorgeous under the sea colors and the shimmering inks give such a pretty mossy appeal. 
Art stones in assorted sizes were also added for texture and interest. 

Containers are always so much fun to alter and I hope you will give it a try. Below are a couple other containers that were altered to hold more crafty bits. 
Wooden box altered to hold my steampunk embellishments

Bubble gum machine altered to hold crafting pearls.



I will be entering this project in the following creative challenges: 
Mixed Media Place -Inspired by the colors, the water and the fishnet
Mixed Media Monthly #44 - Ring in the New Year  -with a new year comes new organization of craft supplies. 
Creative Artiste-Anything Mixed Media 
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Mixed Media Altered Art


January 18, 2018

2018 Power Word "Serenity" Layout

Happy New Years everyone, hope 2018 is starting off for you wonderful ! I am up on Art Anthology's blog today with a new project inspired by our January mood board. 
I thought long and hard for my power word for 2018 and decided on "Serenity".  I've never been one for resolutions but rather inspired by a power word for the year. After all we can all use a little serenity..right? 
My background was started by enhancing the paper with stencils using paints either sponged on or using a spatula. 
Flowers used are from 49 & Market and they are beautiful but I did need to tint them to the correct hue needed for the layout. So I used my Colorations sprays by Art Anthology to achieve this. Then using prills and seed beads to the stamens and centers of the flowers for interest. 
Sorbet and Velvet paints were also splattered on the flowers just for a bit more texture as well as cheesecloth was dyed with the paint as well for filler. 
Wishing you a "2018" filled with love, joy, and serenity.... be sure to join in on the fun with us with our mood board and post it on Art Anthology's facebook page HERE  to inspire all. 
Entering this in the following creative challenges: 
Frilly and Funky- 2018 The Year Of
Mixed Media Monthly #44- Ring In The New Year (my power word chosen for 2018)
For your enjoyment I have prepared a Snapguide tutorial below. 

December 23, 2017

"Always Believe"

 

What a magical time of year Christmas is. It can be filled with joy, hope, love and for some it is a very difficult time due to life happenings, loss of a loved one, health, job etc. My prayer is that my project today will bring you encouragement to "Always Believe". 




















Inspired by this months mood board from Art Anthology, I utilized the colors to their fullest. I love this color palette, pretty light blues with a cranberry red color ....yummmmm

I started with an 8x10 canvas which I adhered different laces for texture. Then decorated my little 2x2 canvases that create the Christmas tree. I stenciled stars to the tops of the canvases for more texture. 
 Greenery was added to the canvas and then dry brushed with white gesso to prep for my spray colors of blues.
Homemade snow was made by equal parts of baking soda, white acrylic paint and school glue. 
An Ideaology Quote Chip was used for my title, and pretty red berries were added as well as a red bow to the top of the tree to complete the project. 

Sending you wishes of comfort and joy and they blessed season. xoxo Toni

December 19, 2017

Peace On Earth Lighted Clock by Toni

Merry Christmas everyone, it's that time of year where there just seems to be a bit of magic in the air. I had this idea in my head that I wanted to create a wintery scene that would depict the magic of Christmas .  
I decided to use my T!m Holtz assemblage clock and applying the new product from Art Anthology which is oxidized silver paste set. First I added some metal wings to the clock and then textured it with mud texture paste. 
The inside was filled with special little items, like bottle brush trees, ideology deer and paper dolls, as well as homemade snow. Below is a full tutorial so you can view the process to make this fun clock. 
Here is a photo of the clock without the lights on. Still looks so pretty I think. Icicles were created by dripping hot glue and allowed to dry. 

Here is a photo of the back of the clock with the battery pack. 
Wishing you a holiday season filled with peace and love. Thank you for stopping by. xoxo Toni

This project will be entered into the following challenges: 
Emerald Creek - Anything Goes 
Frilly and Funky - Most Memorable Gift (My passion for art given to me by my mother)
Rhedds Creative Spirit - Anything Goes

December 14, 2017

Jingle Bell Rock

Merry Christmas y'all put some music on and let's make some easy fun ornaments for your tree.


I purchased these really big bells at the dollar store and couldn't pass them up, but they didn't look good on my tree because this year I decorated a "woodsy" theme and the silver just wasn't working. 


So I decided to rust them up by using Art Anthologys Rust Paste Set. I gave the bells a nice coat of black gesso first to prep the surface and then started with the dark brown, then sponged on the terracotta and dried it. 
After those colors are dry sponge on the gold for highlights and allow to dry. 
Now let's add some twine to the top. 
Using your hot glue gun add the twine to the middle of the bell. 
Glue on some Christmas greenery, pinecones, berries, embellishments and a bow. 

For the last touch add some snow, I made this with equal parts of baking soda, school glue and white acrylic paint.  Allow to dry. 

Wishing you a Christmas filled with laughter and joy .... xoxo Toni
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