Monday, February 18, 2019


              "If you are going to make a Spark, Build a Bonfire!"
                         MISFIT FAIRIES by Kim Collister
I ordered some of the articulated paint brush art dolls from Retro Cafe Art Gallery intending to get them done for Valentines Day, but too many things got in the way so I thought it would fun to do something a little different with them now that Valentine's Day has come and gone. I personally love and appreciate different, so "Misfit Fairies" totally fit the bill for these articulated art doll brushes. 
You can find the kits here and as you can see there is no limit as to what you can do with them.

Preparing them is as simple as a layer of white Gesso on all pieces and allowing it to dry. While you are waiting, gather the paper and other items you wish to use on your doll and paint the brush handle if desired. For the most part, prepare the doll pieces with paint and paper before assembling together, leaving the face for last, to keep it free from paint and messy fingers, if you are messy like me. The faces I used are also from Retro Cafe and I just gave them a little makeover. 
  Papers used on MISFT FAIRY "FLY", Crowabout Studio, Retro Cafe Art Gallery, Teesha Moore and various papers from my stash.
 Papers used on  MISFIT FAIRY (Happy to Be Me) from Rae Missigman and Andrea Matus Demeng, Teesha Moore, and various other paper from my personal stash.
 Papers used on MISFTI FAIRY (Dream Big) is from Crowabout Studio, Teesha Moore, and various scraps from my personal stash.
             Papers used on MISFIT FAIRY (Muse) are from Crowabout Studo, Teesha Moore, Andrea Matus Demeng and other
various papers from my personal stash.                          
All faces used are from Retro Cafe Art Gallery (Supply links below)

I also like to use the stiff paper packaging that comes with them to glue the faces on which gives them more stability before gluing the face to the body.

Caution: keep the arm and shoulder holes free from Gesso and paint so the brads will fit through the hole when assembling the arms.

After assembling the body and the wings to the back of the doll, glue the body of the doll to the brush using a white glue. Let dry.
 On the back side of MISFIT FAIRY (Dream Big) there is a quote on her wings that says: "After all in Private, We are all Misfits" by Lily Tomlin.
 The Wings of MISFIT FAIRY (Fly) says: "If you are going to create a Spark, Build a Bonfire"
The Wings of MISFIT FAIRY (Muse) says: "Be the Square Peg in the Round Hole."
MISFIT FAIRY (Happy to Be Me) has wording on the back of her wings that says: "The Ones Who Do It Anyway".

Lastly finish up any details you want to add, like wording, extra paint details or embellishments. Use the hole in the paint brush to hang them or attach a magnet to the back, which I plan to do and put them on your fridge or an inspiration board.
 Use Acrylic paints, Washi Tape, Paper scraps, Paper Cuts, and Words to finish off the bottom of your paint brush.
I also like to decorate the back of mine, just because, but you certainly don't have too, if you are adding magnets or hanging them.
Keep in mind, your articulated art doll does not have to be what you see when you order her, she can be whatever you imagine her to be. Below is a popular quote and one uplifts me everytime I read it:
 "Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
Steve Jobs
I hope you enjoyed my little Misfit Fairies and if you decide to join the fun and make your own, just remember, embrace all the  imperfections, embrace your uniqueness, the only limits to this art doll is your imagination. 
All Dolls above are 11" tall except the second one which is 9" tall.
                                        Happy Creating!

Supplies Used
Acrylic Paint
White Gesso
Kraft Glue
Glue stick and Matt Medium

Sunday, February 10, 2019


I just had to share this easy peasy Heart Journal I purchased from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. It is the Chipboard Heart Journal with four chipboard hearts, 8 sides to create on and held together by two metal ring binders. The really great thing about this one is that you can choose to keep it a journal or you can use the hearts individually, string some ribbon or wire and design 8 different hanging hearts.
Some of my favorite supplies were used in this Heart Journal. 
Papers from Jane Davenport's Paper Pad (altered and embellished with Love), Repetition Stencil from StencilGirl by Rae Missigman 
Dina Wakely Washi Tape, Vintage Victorian Die Cuts, Acrylic paints, Gesso, White Gel Pen, Black Pit Pens, Pencil, Rubber Stamps and Chipboard Heart Book From Retro Cafe Art Gallery.
I started by using white gesso on all hearts, then tearing and adding paper from Jane's Paper Pad. Next I added water color and acrylic paint to the exposed areas. Then I went back after all was dry and added my Victorian Rose Die Cuts, more layers of paint, Stencil marks, wording, Stamps, and Washi Tape. Lastly, I added gold around the edges to finish off the hearts.
Below are the fronts and backs of the hearts:

The last thing is to insert your metal binder rings that holds them altogether.
Add some ribbon and some glitter netting and you have a fabulous Heart Journal that is sure to steal someone's heart.
 Thank you for visiting and I would love for you to "Be Mine" by following my blog and visiting me on FB and IG. ( You can find this and other art in my Etsy Shop).

Thursday, February 7, 2019


Yes, I did from the ground up and I got my cottage supplies from Retro Cafe Art Gallery if you want to build one too. Seriously, these are the cutest little houses and so versatile. Each time, I make one I find another sweet use for it.
The design for this house took a huge turn around in direction and it all happened with I was digging through my supplies and found this cute little wood piece I rescued from an old clock. It resembles a steeple that a little country church might have or an architectural design on an old house. At any rate, that was going on the roof of my cottage. With the change of design, I also found in my stash this little arch windows that did not come with the house kit, but did come from Retro. The steeple and the arch windows threw my previous design right out the window, but how could not use them! 
A great thing about these little houses is that you can really go to town creating with them or you can leave them simple. You don't have to know a lot of techniques or have a lot of supplies,either way, they are crazy cute and you can't go wrong with them!

Add some Tim Holtz Vintage Paper Doll Cut Outs and a mini bird nest with dried flowers and herbs and the adorable meter just keeps growing.

This is my third cottage to make, (you can see the other two in different posts) and I have tried different approaches in assembling them. The last two I made, I applied gesso to all the pieces, let dry and then assembled them. This time, I assembled all the pieces without applying anything first. Once the glue was dry and the house felt sturdy, I then applied my gesso. For me, it was easier to assemble the house first and gesso second. One reason being is that you have to be very careful with the gesso and or paint. If some of it dries in the slots you need to assemble, then you are in for some extra work. Applying gesso after also seems to really seal the cracks of the house, making it extra sturdy.

Over the gesso, I painted acrylic paint, a mixture of white and beige over the entire house and fence. Then I applied the same a second time. Because I work fast and I am messy, I took a sanding sponge and lightly sanded the house to make it really smooth.

Next, I painted the entire roof brown along with the windows.
While that was drying, I began selecting my paper, tearing pieces from copies of my older artwork and adding other bits from my paper stash. I really liked it plain on front and back with the brown and white contrast, but the color muse in me would not leave it alone so I added some color to the bottom of windows.

You definitely don't have to add paper or paint inside but for me, it's hard to leave blank spaces and yes, I even create under the roof, and on the bottom of the house.

So now that the house is finished, it is perfect for adding ATC cards, ATC Coins, (both fit in the house and the fenced area perfectly).

Remove the roof and you can add pens, brushes, markers, washi tape etc. However, if you are low on supplies and your house is empty, you an always put a little battery operated candle inside, display it in your happy place, pour yourself some tea and think about how you are going to design your second house,because trust me, you will want to make more than one.

In the shop now you can find the stand alone houses without the fenced areas.. I am thinking personalized houses and a village of my favorite places..... see you there!

 White Tacky Glue
Acrylic Paint
Artist papers
Found Vintage Pieces
Battery Operated Candle

Saturday, February 2, 2019


Whenever I list a piece of art in my Etsy shop that really requires more than 10 photos, I list them here so anyone interested can see more of my artwork.

This mixed media art journal was just recently published in the February 2019 issue of Somerset Studio Magazine by Stampington and Company. It is fat and packed full with 60 art journal pages.
Although not all, below are some additional pages not shown on Etsy. 
If you pick up a copy of the new Somerset Studio Magazine out now on news stands now, you can read the article of how it came to be and also view some fabulous art by some amazing artists. There are also interactive pages in this issue and pull out art pages.

AND MORE................ 

In my Etsy Shop.....

Create and Inspire,