Little Angel Door Decor

I recently made some paper clay pieces from molds. They have been pretty much just sitting in my stash and getting no love. I decided to create a mixed media piece with one of my favorite pieces.

Video Tutorial

Here is how to make the clay pieces:

Just because Christmas is over does not mean the time to create ornaments is over. Make a door hanger instead! Door hangers are versatile and can be used anywhere in a house. They are perfect with a little stamped “Do not disturbed” image for craft rooms or bedrooms.  The Mini Origins Wings are the perfect backdrop for a sweet little Tattered Angel Door Hanger. The wings are printed on a high quality super absorbent paper that works beautiful with paints and mists. For this project I used Glimmer Mist on them, but you could use paint too!

Materials

In addition to the wings, you will need your favorite Glimmer Mist, Color Wash and High Impact paint. I choose a blue color scheme for my sweet little angel. I also pulled from my stash a paper clay piece I had created from a mold, Lisa Kettell clay piece, lace and sequins.

Directions

First, color your lace piece by dipping it in the Color Wash. Lay it flat to dry as you work on the rest of the angel. It is important to do this first as to allow time to dry.

Paint the body of the angel with High Impact Paint.

Mist two of your favorite wing sets with different colors. The two wing sets will sandwich the ribbon and lace to give it a clean finish and stability.

Distress the wings by cutting them out and inking the edges.

Using your favorite adhesive assemble your angel. I first adhered the sequins and lace to the larger set of wings and placed the smaller pair on top.

Think outside of the box when creating your angel. You don’t have to use a traditional body or head. Think about a paintbrush, old pencils, or a clothes pin for the torso and neck of your angel. The head can be created with a marble, ping pong ball or anything that is a small ball. The more out of the box the items you use to create the angel the more unique the hanger!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Art From the Heart

Have you ever found something that you love, but want to use it differently than how it is intended to be used? That is what happened when I found this to make heart charms. I really wanted to make a mixed media canvas with the hearts as part of the body and a beautiful clay doll head from Lisa Kettell Designs to create this:

 I also had some medal wings and crown by Tim Holtz as well as angel wings from 7Gypsies that were perfect for this piece. I used the new Prima rust paint system with some modeling clay to create the background and used Nuveo Dew Drops to outline the hearts in the body. I recorded the process as a segment in my “Behind the Art” showcasing how it came together. You can watch it here:  
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Mixed Media Mini Canavas

Instead of giving a card, why not give a small canvas? I created two canvases using Dina Wakely paint, plastic mesh, and Brutus Monroe stamps.
For the Birthday Canvas I first painted the canvas with white gesso and topped it off with Dina Wakely paint and stencils. I added plastic mesh with Sparkle Mod Podge and heat set it so it melted right into the canvas. I layered three strips of washi tape on the bottom, punched four stars out of Rinea Foiled Paper and placed them in the corners. I stamped an image from the Birthday Badges stamp set on a scalloped circle and inked the edges. I placed that in the corner and topped it off with a fun clay candle by Lisa Kettell Design.
I had so much fun creating the Birthday canvas that I decided to create an “Owl Always Love You” with the Owl Love You stamp set and coordinating die.
You can find the stamps and coordinating dies at Brutus Monroe . 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Mermaid Canvas

The family and I took one last vacation of the summer to Santa Monica California over the Labor Day weekend. One of the things we enjoyed doing the most was collecting sea shells. My very favorite were the little ones that reminded me of butterflies. I knew I wanted to create something with them when I got home so I came up with this:

I have been wanting to create a mermaid canvas for several months and have been collecting my supplies to do so. The Mermaid I found at Calico Collage . It actually is a digital download of paper mermaid dolls! The next thing I found were the pretty little wood laser cut mermaids. Finally, I was browsing Lisa Kettell Designs and found mermaid clay tails that I could paint. 

 I used several different metallic paints on the tails as well as a little glitter glue on the tails. The last thing I had left to find were the shells and I found those on the beaches of Santa Monica.

Here is a video of the process:
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Mandala Pocket Letter!

Hi friends! Today I wanted to share with you a pocket letter I made for my friend Linda Isreal! My inspiration came from a beautiful clay elephant by Lisa Kettell Designs. I wanted to put something together for her that was pretty and functional. Since she is an artist it was important to me that she received something that she could display or take apart to use in her art.

Please visit HERE to see how it all came together and her beautiful pocket letter to me! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Funky Bright Sugar Skull Canvas

I have never been into skeletons or skulls until recently. I live in the southwest part of the US. Day of the Dead (November) is a big deal here. Sugar skulls in general can be found pretty much all through out the year and are displayed all the time in cantinas and  Mexican food restaurants (my favorite!). Needless to say, after living here for 20 years I have grown quite fond of them. When Lisa Kettell created beautiful clay sugar skulls I knew I had to have them. I created this canvas with one of them along with digital art from my favorite shop, Calico Collage . This is the first project I made with these gorgeous fun pieces. I have something else planned for the others!

Check out the tutorial I made for you here .
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Finnabair Steampunk

In October of 2016 I attended a mixed media retreat. I learned how to do the Finnabair technique and made this box:

I was addicted to this new form of art that I had never ventured into before. I taught it to my daughter and for Christmas we made boxes like the above for the ladies and for her Grandpa a big letter for his man cave! 

 When I was designing for Beacon I made this canvas:

 I have not gotten much of an opportunity to use this technique until a recent ATC trade in which I had to alter playing cards. One of the themes was steampunk. I created this for the trade:

 When I made the above card I wanted it to be an “Alice in Wonderland” theme. So, I used three digital downloads from Calico Collage . I was so happy with the outcome that I sent the owner a picture of it. She liked it so much and asked if I had done a video tutorial on it. Sadly I had not, but I decided to go ahead and do one. This is the card I created in the tutorial:

There are a few things to keep in mind when doing this technique. First, use your leftovers! Don’t go out and buy things for it because you will go broke. This is a great way to use up your stash. The cool thing is you don’t have to just use medal. You can use anything. I mean ANYTHING. It all gets gessoed black so it does not even matter. Second, it takes some time because there are multiple steps that require drying. Third, use a light touch and dry brush technique to apply the metallic color. If you want to check out the video on how to do this please go HERE.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz