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