Monday, July 10, 2017

FREE altered art bottle how to

My studio is a huge mess BUT I have been on a HUGE creativity binge and I wanted to share an informal "how to" of my new projects with you!  I didn't take pictures of every step but I think you'll get the jist!



WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
~Empty, clean wine bottle or similar
~white gesso and ivory acrylic paint
~decorative napkins (the roses are a napkin from victoriantradingco.com and the Paris one is from Amazon.com, just type in "paper napkins")
~mat mod podge or matte gel medium
~paint brushes, 1 largish and one small
~script rubber stamp and black staz on ink
~a little cheese cloth
~laces and trims and paper or silk roses
~pearls, charms, chandy crystals, rhinestone chain
~placard to frame the Paris label. This one is from Stampin'Up but no longer available.  Try hardware or scrapbook stores.
~something to add to the top like the porcelain bird which I got from Michaels a few years ago.  The dollar store usually has fun stuff to add.
~tart tin
~adhesives I used: hot glue gun, e6000 and mod podge
~bowl of water
~scissors
~walnut ink

HOW TO;
First:  gather mod podge or similar and largish paint brush, your napkin, small piece of cheese cloth, a small clean paint brush and bowl of water
*There are 2-3 layers (usually) to a paper napkin.  Peel the layers and use them for the next step (not the decorative part) set aside.  Cut a little bit of the cheese cloth too and set aside.
*paint a GENEROUS amount of mod podge or matte medium on the whole bottle and carefully glue the thin sheets of the plain parts of the napkin (not the pretty part with the image), covering the whole bottle.  I only do one layer.   Once you have that done, add the roses onto the center of your bottle (tear the napkin using a paint brush and water around the image of the roses).  Also, cut thin layers of the cheese cloth and glue onto the neck of the bottle.  TIP-do not paint the napkins onto the bottle, they will disintegrate and tear.  Just pat and smooth the napkins with your hands and wait till it dry's and add another layer of mod podge to seal it.  If you skip these steps nothing will stick to your bottle!!!

*after the tissue has dried and you've sealed it stamp script onto the bottle with black staz on ink. let dry.  Lightly spray walnut ink or similar.  Let dry
*dry brush gesso over the whole bottle letting the other layers show through.  The layers will be faint but really add to the richness of the project.  
*let dry and seal the whole bottle with one more coat of mod podge or matte gel medium to seal it before we add the embellishments.  Let dry
*Hot glue the laces, flowers and trims onto the bottle.  Or you can use e6000 or tacky glue, it just takes longer 
*if you're adding a topper like the bird try to find one with a hole on the bottom or hollow.  This bird had a large hole so all I did was take the wine bottle cork and trim it with an exacto knife.  This enabled me to insert the cork into the bird and the bottle.  I used e6000 to make sure it stayed in place.  Other options are gluing more flowers into the opening.
*the bottom is a tart tin that was first painted with ivory acrylic paint.  I glued it with e6000, let it dry and then glued the trim and pearls.  

Hope you enjoyed this!  Please let me see what you made! Scroll down for more pictures!!!  Click the pictures for more detailed close ups!






































Friday, April 21, 2017

East Coast West Coast

I just returned (sort of) from Northern California teaching at Art is YOU Santa Rosa.  It was fun, my classes were very full, I got to TAKE a class for a change AND I came back super inspired!  AND..I made sure to take care of myself by shipping supplies ahead of time and flying into an airport that was only 10 minutes away!  This time I had energy and was so much more relaxed so that is a big piece of advice for anyone that goes to an art retreat... ship what you can (Fed Ex ground is super cheap) and make sure you don't have to ride a shuttle for 2 hours to get to your destination.   It made the retreat so much more enjoyable and I had the best roomie, Libby!!  We had fun and I highly encourage anyone to go to an art retreat....it's good medicine!

So.....Now for the East Coast!  About 2 months ago(?) I was invited to teach a 2 day workshop in North Carolina in a town called Maggie Valley nestled in the Blue Ridge Mts.  Sounds good so far right?   Michelle Duke of The Duke and Duchess Designs has put together a 2 day retreat this Fall and I invite you to join us!  I've never been to North Carolina nor have I seen the East coast in the Fall (which I have always wanted to do) so here's to another adventure.  And Michelle will be your host after the workshops and show you around the area if you want to stay longer.  She knows the best antique shops and sights AND a few days after the workshop she is putting together transportation to the infamous Country Living Faire!   So mark your calendars for these dates and book your accommodations now as this is a very busy time of year in Maggie for "BOHEMIAN BONFIRE":

When: October 20-22nd, workshop with me Saturday and Sunday with a Friday evening gathering, sipping libations, s'mores and make and takes.  Stay longer and let Michelle be your tour guide for more adventures.
What:  2 workshops, Mini book necklace workshop and Leather coin purse necklace workshop (scroll down for pictures of these workshops)
Where:  A beautiful cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mts. of Maggie Valley,NC.  Address given and registration.

****REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!!!!     SIGN UP NOW! www.thedukeandduchessdesigns.com/p/events.html

If you live on the East coast and have wanted to take a class with me now is the time.  I very rarely go back East as I am kept very busy here on the West coast, teaching in Southern California.  Here is what I will be teaching:

Miniature Leather coin purse made from scratch.  YES I will show you how to make this adorable leather coin purse along with the very cool knotted necklace and tassel.  You will love it and I provide a very detailed and prepped kit so all you have to do is assemble it!







On day 2 we will make this VERY popular tiny hand bound book, also from scratch and also with a very well put together kit:







Registration just opened, so what are you wating for?  Sign up now with your friends before we are sold out.  There are only 25 spots!  Go here to register:
  www.thedukeandduchessdesigns.com/p/events.html

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

So excited!

Hello creative ones I'm so excited to share 2 BRAND new classes!   I've collaborated with Kim Allistar Caldwell to teach 2 adorable workshops at her AMAZING studio in Culver City,Ca.  and  I would like to invite you to this magical 2 day extravaganza....you will not be dissapointed!   Save the dates:  June 10 & 11, 2017

 Kim dosen't create "just" a table to sit at and make stuff, she has created an EXPERIENCE for workshop attendees that keep them coming back for more!  Her studio is to DIE for with floor to ceiling eye candy, yummy treats throughout the day, lunch, gifts, pretty table seating....you have to see if for yourself... Click HERE

Okay here are the projects!  REGISTER HERE

SHADOW BOX FOR DOLLY:  Day one June 10th













DREAMY CHARLOTTE ASSEMBLAGE: day 2 June 11th










Monday, March 6, 2017

What I've been working on....

The beginning of the year I wasn't creating much, mostly researching products and formulating new samples for classes and now I'm in high gear.  Here is what I've been up to: