Author Archives: Toni Burks

Altered Art Journal Cover by Toni

Hi everyone…. Toni here with a fun and easy way to spruce up your art journal cover using Art Anthology products. First prepping the surface with gesso then I adhered different elements to the cover, such as grungeboard letters and latex lace.  I decided to use “Anthology” as my title which I feel is perfect  Merriam Webster says:  anthology  noun an·​thol·​o·​gy  Definition of anthology  1a collection of selected literary pieces or passages or works of art or music. 

I used two different stencils (listed below) and Mud Texture Paste to give more yummy texture. Finished off with some Vintage Gold wax for highlights. Hope you enjoyed  and take one of your journals or album covers and give it a face lift. For your pleasure I have included a process video below. Happy creating ! xoxo Toni

AA Products used are :

Mud Texture Paste

Stencils-Chevron, Beehive

Colorations Sprays-Indigo, Granny Smith, Peacock Feathers, Siesta Key, Timeless

Sorbet-Glass 

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Cozy Christmas Layout by Toni

Merry Christmas everyone, today I have a fun festive layout with a photo I took of my daughter last Christmas. This is a very easy layout but the use of AA’s stencils and Mud Texture Paste just sends it over the top special… I think.    This month we are encouraging our followers to try out your stencils.

I used the Twilight Stencil and Mud Texture Paste, then I also ran through the same stencil with Metal Effects Gold. While the Mud was still wet I sprinkled dark red microbeads on.  Some of the chipboard pieces were highlighted with the Metal Effects Gold as well. I added DIY snow to alot of the project with Diamond Dust sprinkled over the top of layout as well as poinsettias. This layout only took me a couple hours…. which is very fast for me. Give our stencils a  try, they will not disappoint.

Mud Texture Paste https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Velvet – Desire https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Metal Effects – Gold https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Stencil-Twilight https://www.artanthology.net/products…

For your pleasure I have included a video so you can watch my creative process. xoxo Toni

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Adventure Awaits Layout by Toni

Hi everyone…. hope you are having a nice November and today I have a fall type layout to show you how versatile our stencils are here at Art Anthology. Over the past couple years I have fallen in love with mixed media mainly because of the freedom it allows and the textures you get to experiment with. But many of us are scrapbookers and you may think “mixed media isn’t for me.” Well let me tell you once you start playing with it on your layouts there is no going back. I now look back at some of my older layouts and am amazed how much more of my own personal expression is displayed thankfully from the help of mixed media products.  You can get as textured as you want or as simple as you want, it just depends on your own creative eye and preference. On this layout I only used one of our stencils but it happens  to have 3 different patterns on it, so I utilized each one differently. 

     Scales Stencil

Art Anthology’s Mud is perfect to run through the stencil for some texture but the paints, being a gel base are dimensional and they can be run through a stencil as well.It’s fun too if you don’t have just that perfect patterned paper on hand you can take plain cardstock and spray through the stencils for a pattern of your liking. Art Anthology has so many different styles of stencils to choose from.Below I have provided a video so you can watch my creative process and maybe I’ll be able to share a technique or two with you on ways to add just a little bit of something different on your layouts.

Thank you and have a crafty month !

Our Facebook page can be found here https://www.facebook.com/groups/741057632686564/

Art Anthology products used:

Mud Paste https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Sorbet-Leaf https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Stencil-Scales https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Colorations-Sandcastle https://www.artanthology.net/products…

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Enjoy The Ride Journal Page by Toni

Hi everyone, well it’s the last day to create something for Halloween and this really was an impromtu project. Playing in my art journal always gives me the freedom to try new things, not to stress just have fun and I hope this post encourages you to do that as well.

Keeping in  this month’s moodboard I came up with this page.  Mixed Media often intimidates many of us, including myself at times and that is why I push myself to “Play”. If you’ve ever been surfing the web and you see some artist with this unbelievable talent, I guarantee they will say, they “Play” with their paints, inks, paper just to see the effects they can get. I’m a firm believer “use it or lose it”… in other words the more you create and experiment the more accomplished you become. Layers upon layers of fun is what mixed media is all about, and sometimes you may come upon that so-called “Happy Accident”.  One technique I tried on this page was to add Seth Aptner’s Baked Enamel embossing to my wet AA Mud Texture Paste and see what kind of effect I would get, and yes I loved it. It bubbled and chipped and cracked and you know all that wonderful stuff. Something else I wanted to try was my Sorbet “Glass” to see if I can use it as an adhesive for my foiling and gilding flakes, and what do you know it worked.  Below I have a video so you can watch my creative process for this journal page.

So start some art journaling and just “Play” … Remember there is no need to be afraid of mixed media, just enjoy the ride.

AA Products Used:

Sorbet – Glass

Colorations- Sky, Juicy, Siesta Key

Minx Shimmering Inks-Panache, Decadent, Radiance

Stencil-Lattice 

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Apothecary of Creativity by Toni

Hi everyone, hope you are having a great month. Today I have a DT project inspired by our October moodboard.

I love recycling items and I usually keep empty paint containers just in case…. lol…So I wanted to use them to make a Halloween decoration to display on my table. The outside of the box was textured using Art Anthologys Rust and Patine Texture Sets. And the bottles were textured by running Stone Effects-Sandstone through a few of our stencils. All supplies will be listed below. I have prepared a video for you if you would like to view my creative process. Hope you get a few new techniques to use with your AA products. Happy creating xoxo Toni

Stencil Blocked https://www.artanthology.net/collecti…

Stencil Bubbles https://www.artanthology.net/collecti…

Stencil Retro https://www.artanthology.net/collecti…

Stone Effects Sandstone https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Rust Texture Set https://www.artanthology.net/products…

32Patina Texture Set https://www.artanthology.net/products…

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Vintage Jack-O-Lantern by Toni

Happy October everyone! For my DT project I decided to create something fun to place on my table for Halloween. It’s whimsical and I used several of AA’s great products. Hope you are inspired.A paper mache ball and cone was transformed into “Jack” O Lantern, all ready for the upcoming festivities. He’s got his party hat on and he’s ready to have fun !  Jack’s head was given texture with Mud Paste and also Terracotta from the Rust Set. 

The fringe around his hat and neck were created with crepe paper stained with Colorations in Juicy, Raider and Plush. Collage paper for his body was made of tissue paper that was coffee stained and then stenciled with Sorbet-Imperial.

Hope you enjoyed and I have a YOUTUBE video for you to watch the creative process if you desire. Have a spook-tacular month ! 

Products used :

Mud Paste https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Colorations- Juicy https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Raider https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Plush https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Sorbet-Imperial https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Stencil-Blocked https://www.artanthology.net/products…

Rust Paste Set https://www.artanthology.net/products…

 

 

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Steampunk Hat Gift Box by Toni

Hi everyone, did you get inspired by our moodboard this month…. so so pretty !

My next project was totally inspired by this moodboard, the lovely vintage colors and flowers as well as that amazing Steampunk vibe. A friend of mine’s birthday is coming up and I decided to make her a gift box in the shape of a Steampunk Hat means she adores Steampunk like I do.  I started off with an inexpensive paper mache box from Hobby Lobby and primed it with black gesso. Then I coated my 3D Texture Fade in Mechanicals with our beautiful Sorbets in Patience, Amber, and Purple Rain. A bit messy I will admit but I love the effect you get when you emboss the paints right into the fibers of the papers. Coloration sprayed my flowers and added some metal embellishments and feathers and there you go.  For your pleasure I have included a video below. Hope you take time to view and are inspired. xoxo Toni

Supplies used :

Colorations-

Timeless, Plush, Patience, Raider

Sorbet-Purple Rain, Red Velvet 

Rust Texture Set – Amber

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The Colors of Autumn/Acetate Tag by Toni

Hi everyone, Toni here with a fun mixed media acetate tag. Yes Art Anthology products work beautifully on acetate as long as you prep it properly first. This months mood board inspired me with not only the gorgeous colors with the flowers, the vintage feel and warmth.  All this to welcome the autumn season that is coming up.

Prepping the surface with our Sorbet/Glass run through our Beehive stencil. Then Sorbets Velvets, Shines and Colorations were used for the dramatic colors on both flowers and tag. For your pleasure I have included a YOUTUBE video so you can watch my creative process. Hope you enjoy and are inspired. Try creating something using this beautiful palette of colors and photos and post it on our FACEBOOK page for all our followers to enjoy ! xoxo Toni  

AA Supplies Used:

Sorbet-Glass

Velvet-Mardi Gras

Shine-Azalea

Colorations- Timeless, Wild Orchid

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Create Your Own Paradise/Journal Page by Toni

Hi everyone, Toni here with a fun journal page using many Art Anthology products. This page incorporated texture using AA’s Poppy and Dottie stencil as well as some embossed paper. Below is a YOUTUBE video so you can watch my creative process. I love creating in my art journal, it allows me to experiment with techniques and products as well as it’s emotionally and mentally therapeutic. This journal page has added textures by using Art Anthology’s stencil in Poppy and Dottie as well as embossed cardstock. There is a video below for your pleasure, to view my creative process. A combination of Colorations sprays assisted with achieving a watercolor effect for the background and flowers. And AA’s Shine, Sorbet and Velvet paints also assisted with some textures and colors. Hope you enjoyed this post and give journaling a try. Express your thoughts and emotion through art, it’s liberating ! xoxo Toni

Products used are:

Colorations-Siesta Key    Barbie    Patience

Sorbet-Glass Parakeet   Leaf

Vevet-Lagoon

Shine-Teal

Stencils-Dottie   Poppy

Mud Texture Paste 

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Mixed Media ATC/Galaxy Background by Toni

Hi everyone, Toni here with a fun project to create using your Coloration Sprays. Let’s make a galaxy background. I created these ATC’s  for a Fabulous Fairy Swap that I am in and I thought a galaxy background would be perfect. The Coloration sprays make it so easy to accomplish this kind of background. Using Timeless, Raider, Peacock Feathers, Plush and Indigo provided some beautiful vibrant colors. The inside of the ATC’s were created to be interactive. There is a YOUTUBE video below for your pleasure to watch my creative process. Hope you were inspired by this quick post. Give this technique a try. You can use any combination of colors to create your galaxy. Don’t forget to join in with us on our FACEBOOK page and post your creations.

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