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