Author Archives: Toni Burks

Altered Antique Photo Album – Part 1 by Toni

Hi artsy friends, Toni here with a new design team project for Art Anthology. I have some very special photos that I had copied from my mother not too long ago and I hadn’t scrapped them yet, but I knew they deserved a special home just for them. So yesterday I was out and about antiquing (… is that a word ????) and I came across this wonderful vintage photo album, held together by metal brackets. I had to have it. I will admit is was a bit pricey but it screamed “ALTER ME ! “

The picture doesn’t really show it but it was in pretty bad shape, so it needed some fixin up.

Now this is a project in progress so this post will provide you tutorial for the cover process and then the next posts will be my journey on creating the pages within and finishing off with a post on my technique for the back cover.

The foundation texture was created using different laces, then adding on my embellishments of frames, metal pieces, assorted chipboards, buttons and glass pebbles.

Providing some extra texture I made some rusting paste with Art Anthology paints mixed with Texture powder and also included some Art Stones.

Lots of wonderfulness all wrapped up on this cover. Art Anthology provides for a multitude of different techniques. Please check out my Snapguide tutorial below for my  step x step process.

Wishing you a week of unlimited creative possibilities ! xoxo Toni
Check out How to Alter Vintage Photo Album Cover by Art Anthology on Snapguide.//snapguide.com/load-embed.js

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Collect Beautiful Moments by Toni

Hi everyone, Toni here with a new project. It’s springtime here in the U.S. one of my favorite times of the year, so I decided to create a butterfly canvas.  It was time to bust out the Sculpture Medium. I’ve been wanting to play with this for some time. Once my cheesecloth was completely dry it was stiff as a board and took to Art Anthology’s mediums and spray beautifully.

I think this will be a pretty addition to my altered canvases in my studio. I also utilized my new Paper Clay Moulds and created some of my own embellishments to enhance my canvas. 

Wishing you a beautiful springtime and hoping you “Collect Beautiful Moments” along the way.

For your enjoyment I have including a Snapguide tutorial below for my step x step process.
Check out How to Create Dimension Using Sculpture Medium by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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50 Shades of Greige by Toni

Hi everyone, Toni here with a new canvas. Now “greige is all the rage” and if your not sure what that is it’s a combination of the warm tones of gray with the cool tones of beige….. hence “greige”. It’s muted tones are easy on the eyes provide a sense of tranquility and peacefulness. Coupled with black or walnuts provide a wonderful cozy organic feel. 

Using only a few different products and mixing them either with whites to highlight or black to deepen allowed me to get several different shades of “greige”. Some of the canvas I would like to refer to as a happy accident. 

Art Anthology’s Stone Effect Sandstone really provided that pretty beige tone as well as texture to the project, and the Sorbet in Black Leather Jacket and Linen helped to tone down and deepen my Metal Effects Silver here and there on the canvas.

I believe the addition of the black cardboard and walnut chipboard provided a richness and gave it a more masculine feel. 

I hope I have inspired to become a chemist in your craftroom, start mixing those colors and see what you come up with. You never know you may discover the next color trending on Instagram and Pinterest. Happy creating !!!

Check out How to Create a 50 Shades of Greige Canvas by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

 

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XO XO by Toni

Hi everyone, Happy February, it’s the month of love… and well if you know me you know how much I love steampunk. I love everything about it, the fantasy, the grunge, the unusual, the colors, the Victorian feel to it. It does not limit my imagination, I can go wild with transforming an ordinary object into something crazy and unexpected.

I purchased these two letters quite some time ago at my local craft store on clearance. Originally they were $14.99 a piece…. what !!!! But I got them for $2.00 each, what a steal.

Loaded with lots of yummy textures enhanced with Art Anthology’s paints, sprays and pastes helped achieve the aged look. 

With the use of Art Anthology’s stencil,  drippings from my glue gun and lots of different sized seed beads, my new wall art work started to come alive. 

I just love using unexpected items in my art work and my letter here is filled with floral rocks that were beautifully transformed with Art Anthology’s paints.

Many of my items on this piece were made from paperclay, grunge board or plastic, but the patina’d look that AA’s paste and paints provides transforms them into metal-like piece.

I hope this has inspired you to enter the world of steampunk, don’t be afraid, let your imagination run free and just have fun with it. For your pleasure I have included a Snapguide tutorial for your viewing and also below are a list of products from AA that helped me achieve the look I was going for. xoxo Toni
Check out How to Unleash the Steampunk Within Yourself by Art Anthology on Snapguide.//snapguide.com/load-embed.js

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“Love Always” by Toni

Hi crafty peeps, Toni here with an altered picture frame. Now I purchased this frame at $1.00 store, and I can’t believe the transformation, it came out wonderful. 

Using Art Anthology products once again brought my entire piece together quite easily. Using Mud Texture Paste and then applying a crackle medium over the top was the base of my project. 

Once your paste has dried and has some amazing cracks, I brushed over the top with Black Leather Jacket Sorbet, allow to somewhat dry and then remove with baby wipes to provide an antiqued look.  The flowers were painted with assorted AA paints, topped them off with Metal Effects Gold.

My key was created from paper clay in a mould and aged to perfection with Mud texture paste and then topped with lots of rusty colors from AA’s paints. Gold wire was wrapped and then secured to frame. Hope this has given you new ideas for those inexpensive buys at the store. xoxo Toni

Check out How to Create Texture With Mixed Media Products by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Let’s Get Artsy With “Confidence”

Happy 2017 everyone, well I’ve never been one for New Years Resolutions because I usually can’t keep them…lol so I have always tried to pick a word to motivate me as a better person. This year my word is “Confidence”.  I hadn’t worked in my art journal book for a while so I new this would be my foundation for my piece.

AA’s Mud Texture Paste is probably one item in my stash I can not be without. I adore texture and I have added inks, seed beads, sand, paint, well you name it I’ve probably added it to this wonderful medium to create with and it never fails me. I used it on this piece to run through a script stencil.

Another one of my favorite art items is my Coloration Sprays, whether I’m spraying, dripping, puddling, splattering, or using them as a watercolor, they are vibrant and have gorgeous highlights. 

Ok and what about the paints, probably my favs are the Metal Effects and Gemstones because of their metallic  properties. All in all Art Anthology’s product definitely allow you to create with confidence. Wishing you a wonderfully creative year, enjoy the journey and process, and embrace your imperfections.

Here is a Snapguide tutorial for your pleasure
Check out How to Create an Art Journal Page With a Personal Touch by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


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A Mixed Media Christmas by Toni

Hope everyone is having  wonderful Christmas holiday season. I created this mixed media  piece for my mother to sit on her mantel. With a little bit of magic from our Art Anthology products, it all came together. 

I love the simplicity of the piece and then with the added gold Christmas foliage it really looked pretty with my mothers other decor. 

The Mud Paste really took well with the crackle varnish and the Kona Velvet paint antiqued the whole project so well. Hope this has inspired you in new ways to use Art Anthology’s wonderful products. Happy holidays xoxo Toni

Please see below for Snapguide tutorial and a list of products used for this piece.

Check out How to Make Mixed Media Christmas Decor by Art Anthology on Snapguide. 

Check out How to Make Mixed Media Christmas Decor by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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All I Want For Christmas Is….. Mixed Media Gift Tags by Toni

Merry Christmas everyone, it will be the big day before you know it so you better get started with your gift wrapping.  This year I decided to decorate my tree with hues of teal and aqua and accented with chocolate & gold therefore; I wanted the packages to run with that theme also. I do notice that some of my photos came out looking a deep blue, they are really a pretty shade of aqua. 

I always love to put a little bit of me when preparing a present to give someone. I decided to make my tags this year, little pieces of art to give all my loved ones. Art Anthology has some gorgeous colors to work with on my tags, from the Sorbet paints to the Coloration Sprays, you can’t go wrong. 

I kept the tags pretty simple with embellishments, but the Mud Texture Paste used with AA’s pretty stencils give the foundation of the tags some yummy texture to work with.

The chipboard pieces were embossed with gold, patina and chocolate powders and Stickles were added here and there for a bit more sparkle.

I did use Snow-Tex also on some of the tags for a pretty snowy effect. These tags are so much fun to make, really costs pennys because you can use up little scraps of Christmas papers you have from years before for layering. Hope this has inspired you to give a little of yourself this Christmas by customizing some fun tags to put on those packages for your special loved ones. Wishes you a Christmas filled with Sparkle and Magic. xoxo Toni
 Below is a list of AA products used to create my tags and also a Snapguide tutorial for your viewing.

Check out How to Create Mixed Media Christmas Tags by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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What’s Baking In The Kitchen with Toni

It’s that time of year when everything is glistening, Christmas music is playing, and the smell of cookies fills your home. Today I have a fun and easy project that the children can participate in preparation for the holidays. We are going to make salt dough Christmas cookie ornaments and decorate them using AA’s Minx Shimmering Inks and Dimensional paints. dsc08684

My Christmas tree in my kitchen is decorated with all things from the kitchen, so I knew these ornaments would be perfect for the tree. Super easy, last for a life time and you won’t gain any extra holiday weight from them… (lol… their non-edible).

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Using very simple ingredients that we all have in our kitchen and with help from Art Anthology’s wonderful products, these ornaments turn out really cute.

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Enjoy the short YouTube video displaying more of the cookies and be sure to check out my Snapguide tutorial below for a step x step process as well as a list below with all the AA’s product that brought this project together.  Warm wishes xoxo ToniCheck out How to Make Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Thankful for You by Toni

Happy Thanksgiving y’all. Hope everyone is having a wonderful month. Today I’m here to share a frame I made featuring my sweet baby boy, Bubba. dsc08630

With the use of my wonderful Art Anthology’s Minx Shimmering Inks I was able to transform some $1.00 store foliage into a pretty fall frame for my desk. dsc08545 dsc08552

 

 

 

 

The wonderful texture achieved with AA’s Mud Texture Paste combined with seed beads and the gorgeous Dimensional paints in so many vibrant colors, made it easy to get the look I was going for.

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With a little gesso to prime even the hardest surfaces to cover, the Minx Shimmering Inks colors these butterflies perfectly.

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The leaves in the corner were colored also with the Minx and then embossed 3 times with Ultra Embossing Enamel which provided a glass-like effect… So pretty. From a broken down frame to a new addition for my decor, this project was messy, fun, and effective. Hope you have been inspired. And for your enjoyment, feel free to grab yourself a cup of hot cider sit back and relax while you view my Snapguide tutorial below. Also below,  are all the pretty products used from Art Anthology. Many blessings to you and your family at this holiday season.

Check out How to Create a Fall Mixed Media Frame by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

 

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