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October 11, 2017

Not So Itsy Bitsy Spider

It's that time of year when we start the fun task of decorating for the holidays coming up, and Halloween is usually where it all begins. First up I have a design team project for Art Anthology featuring a spooky shadow box, mixed media background and dollar store finds to create this fun spider piece.
I used the back side of a canvas measuring 8" x 8". Created the background using texture paste and brick stencil. Then smudged black paints and sprays for contrast on the bricks. 

The back of the canvas I took some clearance Halloween napkins I purchased last year and collaged them, Distressed the edges with more black paint. 
The lightbulb is a Christmas ornament that you can fill, which I filled with plastic spiders and flies as well as some floral glass shards. If you can't find this ornament you can use an old lightbulb for the body. The legs are pipecleaners from the dollar store that are painted black and glued on to the back of the bulb. 
I cut the letters from Ideaology Paper Stash Haunted Halloween and glued onto these little wooden blocks also found at dollar store.  Then tucked away some fun floral moss underneath and around the spider. Moss also a dollar store find. 
For the last touch, I strung hot glue strands from one side to the other to provide a web effect. I hope you enjoyed this project. And wishing you a BOOOOtiful Hallween season.

This project will be entered into the following challenges:
Frilly And Funky - Tis Near Halloween
Try It On Tuesday - It's Halloween Time
Mixed Media World-#MMW30 Twist Made of Glass or Imitates Glass
Rhedds Creative Spirit - October Challenge
Altered Eclectics- October Challenge





For your pleasure check out my Snapguide Tutorial below. 

September 23, 2017

Tattered Time

Today I have a new project for Art Anthology's design team using textiles. Utilizing an embroidery hoop to hold my muslin was the perfect backdrop for my mixed media project. My inspiration for this piece came from our spectacular mood board this month.

I sewed pieces of the muslin together to form my canvas and prepped with clear gesso. Using AA's coffee stain stencil and AA's paints started designing my backdrop. 
The photograph was altered by adding mulberry flowers, some which I customized the colors using AA's Coloration Sprays, with pearls and tulle ruffle for the dress also altered with Coloration sprays. 
My timepiece was altered mixed craft sand with different shades of AA's paints for a nice patina'd effect.  
Hope this has inspired you to dust off your sewing machine and grab some textiles for your next project. Have a wonderful month. For your pleasure I have also included a snapguide tutorial below. Enjoy !

September 9, 2017

The Best Day Ever Layout

 Hi everyone, there is something about being outside that I adore and I love to incorporate this on my layouts. There are so many different techniques you can do to add textures and that organic feel. Let's get started. I'm up the Art Anthology's blog today with a layout of my sister, my bro-n-law and niece. We were spending a day at Newport Beach and it was "The Best Day Ever".
My cardstock is from Kaiser Craft Basecoat IV Collection and has a very pretty organic look to it, I thought this would be the perfect backdrop for my layout. I first ran my texture paste and gray concret paint through the brick stencil. 
Then added some Art Anthology Colorations in Avocado watered down in between the bricks for a nice mossy appeal. 

Flowers were plain white Prima's that I have had for ever and I layered them to make individual blooms and sprayed and glitter them to match the layout. 
The 3D embellishments that are around the photos is the Dragonfly Revolution from 49 and Market. For added texture assorted sizes of art stones, once again sprayed with Colorations and added to layout. My title was kept raw and just UTEE was embossed for a pretty shine. 
Frame and corked bottle filled with glitter from my stash finished off the project. Hope you enjoyed and thank you for stopping by. For your pleasure, below is a snapguide tutorial of my process. Thank you and have a creatively wonderful month !




August 20, 2017

Moody Blues by Toni

Hi everyone, hope you are having a creatively wonderful month. We have a new mood board over at Art Anthology and it's plump full of pretty inspiration.
Inspired by the different hues of blue, the circles, as well as the motif on the panel and the wood grain on the door. Here is what I came up with. 
I had this photo of my daughter in black and white and I recopied it in ombre effect blues to create this layout. The background was textured using texture paste, paints ran through a stencil. 

Splatters of the paints here and there as well as dipped my lids in the paint for more effect. 
The title were little pieces of wood that I used my crop-a-dial to make a whole, distressed with black soot DI and then spritz with water to provide a grungy effect. Added some brads and adhered to the layout. 
The addition of ribbons, flowers and chunky pieces of wood wrapped with wire added to the interest of the layout. 
Always believing that "it is in the details" I added crystal seed beads to my flowers as well as Stickles glitter glue to my butterfly. To the layout I also included Sterling German glass glitter to enhance the metallic in the photo. 
The wings I had in my stash, believe I purchased them from Michaels Arts & Crafts awhile back.  Hope you will be inspired by our mood board as I was in so many ways. For your enjoyment I have included a Snapguide tutorial below.  Creatively yours xoxo

August 12, 2017

Be Authentic

Happy Saturday everyone, I'm up on the blog today with an Art Anthology Design Team post with a cracking technique that I use often..... very fun and very easy. 

I used an old piece of packaging for my tag foundation and applied kraft glassine paper all wrinkled up and adhered down, Then the addition of some pretty Art Anthology Sorbet in Chocolate, ran it across the high points to give it a leather appeal. 
Using my stencil and texture paste provided more texture to the backdrop. The photo was embossed 3 times with UTEE clear and then put in the freezer for a bit and then removed and bent back and forth to provide the wonderful cracks you see above.  

Hot glue was applied around the tag in dots and then painted with my homemade rusting mixture to give the appearance of rivets. Assorted chipboard and wood pieces were then added.
Some addition of feathers and ephemera formed my mat for the photo, and the key was textured also using my rusting mixture. 
It all came together quite nicely and I love the old antique look the cracks provided for my photo. Hope this has inspired you with another technique to use on your project. 
For a step x step process check out my Snapguide tutorial below.... Happy creating !

July 23, 2017

Color My World

Good morning everyone...It's my turn up on Art Anthology's blog today and I'm here to inspire you with a project using some old items laying around my craftroom that were ready for the trash but new creative life was given to them.  I had this paint palette that was ready to be discarded but I just couldn't seem to throw it away...lol I'm sure as crafters you know what I mean.
I used this to rust embellishments and items for my projects, it really wasn't useable for paints at this point, but never was able to let loose of it... lol So I decided to give it new life and a new home as a decorative piece to my craft room. 
The foundation was an old canvas that I had started a project and wasn't happy with it, so there the canvas sat for the last couple years. A few coats of black gesso and splatters of lucious vibrant colors fixed that. The paint palette was also covered with black gesso and then pretty paints were filled in the pots topped with Stickles for glimmer. 

To the frame I adhered packaging materials to provide a shaker box for my title and crayolas from the dollar store and and old paint brush that had seen better days finished off the project. 
And now I have a fun piece to display in my studio to inspire me while creating. Hope you enjoyed this and take a moment to enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below for the step x step process. xoxo Creatively yours Toni

July 14, 2017

Naked Beauty

Hi all our artsy followers, today I’m on the blog with a layout I created featuring an “au natural” photo I took at the beach of the gorgeous colors in the sand as well as pretty textures of shells, pods, feathers and drift wood…. all of natures eye candy.  I adore the beach, the feel of the sand, the smell of the ocean breeze, everywhere you look there is possibility for inspiration. 

I love photographing  mother nature stripped down, in the raw. The textures, the organic feel is truly healthy for my soul.  


I did add some florals as well as moss, shells and different sizes of art stones to enhance, but the foundation was provided by Art Anthology’s Mud Texture Paste run through the pretty Bubbles stencil. As well as splashes here and there of AA’s paints using Sorbet, Velvets and Stone Effects. 
I did add some florals as well as moss, shells and different sizes of art stones to enhance, but the foundation was provided by Art Anthology’s Mud Texture Paste run through the pretty Bubbles stencil. As well as splashes here and there of AA’s paints using Sorbet, Velvets and Stone Effects. (Below are a list of products used. )
Embrace what has been provided to you by the earth’s complexion, photograph it and then get messy with your mixed media products in order to save those memories. 
This piece entered in the following wonderful artsy challenges: 
Frilly and Funky-In The Good Old Summertime. 
Eclectic Ellapu-Seaside or Summer Colours

Below is a snapguide tutorial for you to enjoy and follow my step x step process. 

June 26, 2017

Mini Masterpieces with Toni

Hi everyone, my design team project for Art Anthology is to have some fun today with an easy and inexpensive technique for creating master boards.... shaving cream and inks, sprays or paints.
 Start with this....
  Then add your inks....
 Then swirl it around....
And you get this....
I used my master boards to make some fun ATC's. 
With some addition of modeling paste and stencils for more texture. 
Some textile as well as handmade papers to add interest and more texture. 
Mica powders, seed beads and glitter for sparkle 
Tim Holtz's Vintage Paper Dolls and chit chats for titles. 

Hope you enjoyed this project, take a moment to enjoy the Snapguide tutorial for a step x step process as well as a list of supplies used, and be sure to stop by Art Anthology's blog to see other wonderful inspiration from the design team ..... Happy creating xoxo Toni


June 18, 2017

Te Quiero Mucho Daddy

Hi everyone and a very special "Happy Father's Day" to all those magnificent men out there. I'm up on Art Anthology's blog today with my project that is dedicated to my daddy, of course, and the photo I have of him is when is was about 3 years old. I'm not going to spend my time explaining a lot about my project as at the end of my post there is a Snapguide tutorial for your pleasure to check out my step x step process on the creation, but I really wanted to just share a bit about this amazing man that I call daddy.

My daddy has always been somewhat of a hero to me. As long as I can remember he has held at least 2 jobs at once, sometimes working 3 at the same time. He was always a machinist of some sort, but on the side line he also was a singer/musician... drummer. At the age of 40 he decided to go to school to become a cosmetologist... what ??? Something so completely different then he was used to, Three years of schooling and then got his license he began to start styling hair at night after a long day on his machinist job. Then when he turned about 60 he decided to go to optometry school.... again WHAT ????  Also, still playing the drums and doing hair on his off time. Now at the age of 82 you would think this man would relax, but he is still working, occasionally goes and gives back to the American Vets and cuts there hair for free or spare change, beats on his drums when he can and works cleaning a local laundromat in his community. 

I'm sure that is where I get my working drive that I have, and thank you daddy for that. The one thing he always said to me when I was little is "smile"... it's something that costs absolutely nothing and is priceless to give to another person, (of course when I was little I didn't understand and quite frankly it would get on my nerves ... lol).  As my daddy is getting older it's sometimes very difficult to watch him at times be in pain or cranky and not his vibrant self, but deep beneath all that is  his smile, never changing, always welcoming and warm. 
Daddy I will always be indebted to you. Te quiero mucho daddy. 

I'm entering this project in the following challenges: 
Frilly and Funky - Your my Inspiration ..... that would be my daddy of course
Country View Challenges - Hearts.... my heart belongs to daddy

Mixed Media Monthly - Rustic #28

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.