Wednesday, December 14, 2016


When I first saw The Relics and Artifacts of  “Cassiopeia’s Throne”  my mind went crazy. I knew I had to try my hand at this one even though I’ve really had little experience with some of the techniques I used.

When I started putting together my thoughts, I had two ideas and that required two thrones. You see, Cassiopeia was the vain and boastful wife of King Cepheus of Ethiopia. They are the only husband and wife couple among the constellations. I thought that called for two thrones, one for the King and his vainly beautiful Queen.

 I have been dying to make use of some of the Bohemian Jewels from Sandra’s line but my mind kept going back to the time when thrones were massive in size and carved with beautiful ornate carvings that showcased the wood and craftsmanship. You begin by first gluing the very simple pieces of the throne together. I applied a layer of gesso and then put my imagination to work. To give beauty to the carvings on this throne I used Prima's IOD  molds which worked beautifully. After making the mold using paper clay and letting it dry over night, I just simply cut off the pieces I needed and glued them in place to the chair.
I used a dark brown base color and then highlighted with a lighter golden brown which gave the chair a worn patina. Then to add shine to those areas, I used Ice Resin. This was only my second time experimenting with ICE Resin®.  Not only was it an easy process, it has opened up the doors of my mind to new adventures and new ideas.

After gluing on the IOD molds on this Throne, 
I painted with an ivory 
acrylic paint and then used
antiquing medium over it, 
highlighting areas with gold

 I have been creating art all my life and the thrill of exploring and venturing into new areas that I have not tried is the truest art of living my passion, always learning and gathering from the hearts of other artists who passionately share their ideas and techniques.

You can find the IOD molds over at Retro Cafe Art Gallery, both of these throne designs were created with one mold.  The Cassiopeia Thrones can be found on Sandra's web page as well as more Relics and Artifacts to explore.


Relics and Artifacts - Cassiopeia's Throne
Relics and Artifacts - Mythos
Ice Resin
Alene's tacky glue
Acrylic paints
Paper Clay
Some jewelry embellishments from personal stash

  Thank you for stopping by. Happy Creating!

Thursday, December 8, 2016


This was certainly a Winter Wish come true and an early Christmas gift for me. As an artist it is always an honor to have one of your  mixed media creations published. I am very happy to announce that my "Shrine of a Different Kind" was published in the Winter Issue of Somerset Studio Gallery, just out in bookstores on Dec.1, 2016. As with every issue and publication from Stampington, they are always packed full of inspiration and ideas from a variety of amazing artists. 
 So, if I don't get those things on my list to Santa this year, I won't complain, my Heart is full and I am grateful for another wonderful year. Thank you to Stampington and Company who never disappoints a single issue and to Gracy Wilkins the editor of Somerset Studio Gallery who is a darling to work with. 


To all my friends, family, angels and those stopping by, I wish you Joy, Peace and Happiness for Christmas and in the New Year. May your Christmas List be full of Dreams, your Heart full of Happiness, and your Life full of Peace, Love and Joy for the birth of our Savior this holiday season!


Follow your Heart
Always  Be  Kind                           

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Once again I have been playing on the playground with Sandra Evertson's Relica's and Artifacts. 
You can find the most beautiful magical things there! 
I painted this "Papillon" butterfly just simply using Neocolor II watercolor crayons and Tim Holtz and Prima rub-ons.  I used the packing material from archival blanks to wrap around the body and topped it with flower rub-on.  I am truly enjoying the different ways in which to use the Relics and Artifacts, the possibilities are just endless. If you go to Sandra Evertson's site, you will see some magnificent creations. You are also invited to join the Relic's and Artifacts Tribe on face book where you will not only see some fabulous works but some great tutorials and share pages on tips and techniques for different products. You can find this butterfly and more of my creations in my Etsy shop. (see sidebar).
I just couldn't help myself when going through my shells and then seeing this face in her collection, they just kind of merged together like they were meant to be.

I'm pretty in love with this little shell person and he's a perfect example of the magical places her products will take you. I hope you will take a look and now I am off to make more shell people.

  This little guy inspires me in my studio and will even hold my paint brush!
Stay Inspired, Follow your heart, Live your passion,
Find Joy in the Ordinary.


There is a legend in ancient times that if you lived your life well, when you passed from this earth, you would be greeted by the Angel of The Fountain of Living Waters to help you along your journey in the after life.

I made this fountain as a submission for a challenge to the Relics and Artifacts Tribe on Facebook using Ice Resin. I can't believe this is my first experience using the Ice Resin by Susan Lenart Kazmer, but you can be assured it won't be my last. It is truly amazing stuff. 
The fountain consists of archival casts from Sandra Evertson's exquisite line of Relics and Artifacts, using the blanks Coquille, Egg Shrine and Mythos.
I painted the blanks with arcylic paints and used Relique Powder Iced Enamel and flakes. I added tiny clear beads to resemble water and painted over areas with Ice Resin to give it that shine and to fill my "Shell water well" using the clear beads and Ice Resin.

I am very happy with the results and my  list has grown tremendously of all the ways I can use this Ice Resin, so I am sure you will be seeing more of it from me in the future. A big Thank you to Sandra Evertson for her Magical Playground of Relics and Artifacts. If you haven't been there, I invite you to visit her site, you will be in for a real treat! 
Thank you for visiting today. You can find this creation and more in my Etsy Shop, see the side links!

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 23, 2016


 I fell in love at first site with altered vintage watercolor paint tins when I first saw one created by Connie Govea Stuart published in an earlier issue of Somerset Studio. There is something magical about these used old paint tins. I love the way the dried up crumbling colors speak of another time and yet even after years of storage, a little water brings them back to life to begin another chapter. 

    I started making these a few years back with different themes. Only recently did I drag one out and begin playing with it again. Once I made the first one with Frida Kahlo, I was hooked..line and sinker.
  This is the collection of my Frida Kahlo vintage watercolour paint tins. There are eleven of them. The idea was to complete a series of 12. The last one will be a vintage paint box from the 1800's and is currently a work in progress in my studio.


Thank you for viewing my collection. They are currently offered for sale in my Etsy shop with more pictures of each one.

 The last one .. A Vintage Antique Paint Box will be available soon and posted here first.

Stay Inspired and I hope you do something YOU love today!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


It's October and time for my monthly post as a Design Team Member for Retro Cafe Art Gallery. For this project, I used the Large Niche Shrine Kit and the Artist Frida Kahlo as the theme for my Shrine. 

Once I glued the shrine together (and it is easy to assemble),I painted it with orange acrylic paint, let it dry and then painted over the orange with red acrylic paint. While the red paint was still wet, I used a scrunched up paper towel and sponged it so the orange would show through in no particular pattern.

              Next I mixed turquoise acrylic paint with modeling paste and used a stencil for the sides of the front.                

After that was dry, I used crackle paste and antiquing medium to give it an aged appearance. The thicker you put on the paste, the more crackle effect you get.

I love these Vintage rusty tin ceiling tiles, not only are they easy to work with, I was able to easily trim it with scissors to the perfect size. After gluing on the tin tile and letting it dry, I painted the inside of the niche and added a collage photo of Frida to the center back.

To the vintage ceiling tile, I painted one of the Relics and Artifacts using "Flora" and the tiny bust from the "Rising Spirit" to represent Diego Rivera, her one true love. On top of the ceiling tile, I stamped the words, "MY WINGS WILL CARRY ME" and finished off the tile with Guilder paste using my fingers to rub the edges to bring out the design.

The Finnabair mini knobs were perfect to glue to the top corners and the one at the bottom has the word, "ART". 

To the top of the Shrine, I added a small frame and the word "Beloved"along with one of the mini knobs.

I added some cut outs from my personal stash to the sides with Frida quotes on each side.

"I am not sick, I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint."

"Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light." 

To the top of the niche, I painted and added the "Finch" from Sandra Evertson's line of Relics and Artifacts and chose the words, "take flight" using Tim Holtz's "Remnant Rubs".

I took the leg from the Relics and Artifacts "Milagros"and did the same thing adding the word "Brave". Then I threaded wired through the top of the leg and in the hole of the tail of the bird and secured it with a bead. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the bird to add the stand and then glued the stand to the top of the Shrine.
I love how it all came together. 

The bird carrying the leg represents the "Brave" in all of us and the trials that we all face at some time in our lives. If we keep moving forward, have faith and never give up, our wings will carry us, no matter what.
To the back side, I added art paper and a stamped paper of Frida with one of my favorite Frida Kahlo quotes:
"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone who feels as bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you." *Frida Kahlo

This Large Niche Frida Shrine can be free standing or hung on the wall. It also comes in three sizes.
 *Just a fun tip: As I was assembling this Shrine, and gluing the bottom piece on, I realized that before sealing the bottom of this shrine, it occurred to me that you could easily make this a music box by simply gluing the music box piece inside. Drilling a hole on the outside and inserting the windup key, which adds even more possibilities to this Shrine when you think of Lullabies, Christmas and Birthdays! Happy Creating!

Acrylic Paints
Antiquing Medium
Black Pitt Pen
Mini Alphabet Stamps
Stazon Ink Pad- Black