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Aged Crown Finish

I have received quite a large number of requests on how I did the finish on my Crown of the Ocean.

Because of the response this piece received, I decided it’s time to share just how simply this aged finish is to do.  Keep in mind that I am not replicating this finish exactly.  I am using a different crown base with different colors because this base will be used on my next crown.  You’ll have to stay tuned to see how it turns out!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Retro Cafe Art Gallery Style 2
Ten Seconds Studio VerDay Patina Paint System
Art Alchemy Metallique Paint “Steampunk Copper”
Gold Leaf
Leaf Adhesive
Heat tool

Stand by to be blown away at just how easy this is to do!

Step 1:  Coat crown base in gesso.  I do this so that the paint that will be applied in the next step stays nice and vivid without absorbing the chipboard color.

Step 2:  Apply acrylic paint with a sponge brush.  I brush it on and then dab over it to give it a rough finish.  It’s also a great way to hide brush strokes that you don’t want to be seen.

Step 3:  Once the paint has dried, use a sponge brush and randomly dab the iron paint from the VerDay kit onto the base.  Remember, perfection and precision are the enemy here.

Spray with patina spray and apply second coat according to product instructions.  Once it has cured, about 4 hours, this is the finish you end up with.

Step 4:  Be sure to carefully read the directions on the bottle of leafing adhesive.  If it is applied incorrectly, your leafing will not stick properly and will flake off.  Once your adhesive has dried for the requisite amount of time, stick the leafing on like you would do foiling.  Again, precision is not the goal here.  We want a random, muddled look that adds to the aged finish.

Step 5:  Use a SOFT paintbrush and brush away the excess leafing and finish the edges.  If you notice you have some hard edges in the leafing, simply scratch at it with your finger nail.  I recommend using a cheap synthetic watercolor brush.  A hard brush will remove the leafing.

Keep brushing the leaf and finishing the edges until you are happy with how it looks.  You can also reapply the adhesive and leaf to cover any “holes” you may see.

Step 6:  The easiest way to I have found to shape the crown without creasing it is with a heat tool.  Gently heat up the chipboard bases from behind and slowing shape the crown until the ends connect.  Take your time and be patient otherwise you will end up with creases.

Connect the crown pieces with the brads that are included and call it done!

The wonderful thing about this finish besides how simple it is to do is the crown could be considered complete at this point.  It’s such a beautiful and high impact look that any further embellishing is not necessary.  However, if you’re like me, more is more!

“Gabriella” Santos Shrine

Hi everyone!  I’m back today to share with you a project that was intended to go one direction, but in the end, took on a completely different idea as one idea failed and another proved to be fantastic!  I wish I had taken photos of the mishaps that forged the road ahead for Gabriella, but alas.  I did not.  In all honesty, I think I was too frustrated to even think about grabbing my camera.

You see, at first, she was going to have the face of Frida, but since that idea fell apart, more like broke upon my floor (literally), I decided to go in a different direction instead.

I have had this beaded beauty in my cabinet for some time now, just waiting for the perfect piece to put it one.  And talk about serendipity!  If you have followed me for a while, these pieces are hand beaded one by one using a needle, glue, seed beads, and micro beads.  Her “halo” is a piece of magic in itself.

I also wanted to try my hand at painting.  Not just regular shading, full color type painting.  Actual images in the vein of tole art painting.  I knew Gabriella was going to have a mix of cultural infusions and I wanted the shrine to be of a Mexican folk art style.

The inside of the shrine is a very cool printable from Xquizart that simply enhanced the look I was going for.

Gabriella’s heart is always at a low and hot smolder.  Passion for life, even in death is her mantra.

Would you like to know the secrets in assembling this piece?

Step 1:  I always prep my pieces with gesso simply because I almost always end up painting them.

Step 2:  I used Sandra Evertson’s “MUSE” stamps and stamped into Apoxie Sculpt.  I cut the excess clay away and used them in other moulds.  You notice the Frida face?  Yeah, well, she broke when I dropped her, thus the change in direction.  You can paint the pieces without the clay being dry.  It’s perfect for us impatient types.

Step 3:  Draw your design onto your pieces.  I used a pencil and then painted it in with acrylic paint.

Step 4:  Trace panels onto paper.  Cut and glue them to each piece.

Step 5:  Highlight the flowers with a white pen and ink edges.

Step 6:  For Gabriella’s smoldering heart, paint a base coat of acrylic paint.  Once it dries, apply a thick layer of Kroma Crackle that has been tinted with acrylic paint.  Heat set it with a heat tool.  This technique is one I learned from Michael DeMeng.

The Santos heart that serves as Gabriella’s bodice was done using a faux Kintsugi effect which I demonstrated on Facebook.  You can find the full video here.

Assemble your pieces using an industrial glue like E6000 or Goop.

Supply List:

Large Exquisite Santos Doll Antiquity Shrine Kit
Relics & Artifacts® “Rising Spirit IV with Wood Support”
Relics & Artifacts® “Flaming Hearts Ex Votos I”
Relics & Artifacts® “Ancient Soul”
Sandra Evertson “MUSE” Art Stamps “Mandala”
Sandra Evertson “Muse” Art Stamps “Muse”
Kroma Crackle
E6000 Industrial Adhesive
Xquisart “Hippie Chick”
Tumble Fish Studio “Cut apART”
Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen
Liquitex Acrylic Paint
StazOn “Jet Black”

“Make A Wish” Butterfly Doorplate

I remember when Kristin first came out with this beautiful Escutcheon Plates.  They were unique, simple, beautiful, and I had to have them.  Buuuuuuuut I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them.  Until now.

I’ve recently developed a newfound love for dies and my kids got me this Tim Holtz butterfly die with coordinating embossing folders and I’ve never used it.  Until now.

As many of you already know, I also love Relics & Artifacts and will continue using them when I can.  Especially now.

You know what else makes me all sort of giddy?  When friends come out with cool stuff to use.  Like Lynne Moncrieff’s stamps.

Would like to see how I put all of the elements I love together?

Step 1:  Prepare your pieces with gesso.  When gesso dries, use an adhesive and sprinkle glitter onto the plate.

Step 2:  Cut butterfly and emboss with coordinating folder.  Paint with acrylic paint and highlight with Inka Gold metallic rub.

Step 3:  Paint framing element with acrylic paints.

Step 4:  Use the flourish stencil and acrylic paint over the glittered doorplate.

Step 5:  While the doorplate dries, paint the Flora piece with acrylic paint and highlight with a lighter color.

Step 6:  Stamp sentiment and cut works apart.

Step 7:  Chalk the edges of each paper cutout and arrange on doorplate.

Step 8:  Add beading detail.

Simple stuff using elements we all love!

Supply List:
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Escutcheon Door Plate Style 1
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Large Flourish Stencil
Bohemian Jewel Aquamarine
Inka Gold

DecoArt Glamour Dust
DecoArt Acrylic Paint
“Lynne’s Affirmations” stamps
Tim Holtz Butterfly Die
StazOn Jet Black ink


A Teaser of My Heart

I’m active in my art universe again and working to keep this place here, my little creative space on the interwebz, updated!  I have a sneak peek here of my latest piece on the Relics & Artifacts® Muse!

I wanted to try something new and you’ll have to head over to see what I came up with.  Let’s just say, I needed to remind myself to LIVE OUT LOUD!