Author Archives: Toni Burks

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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Live In The Moment-Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone, Toni here with a new design team project inspired by this months mood board.

Loving this mood board with it’s cool and vibrant colors. My project was a altered frame that I purchased at the dollar store. Let’s get started !

I used our Mud paste to add more texture and then started spraying away with our gorgeous Coloration Sprays in Siesta Key and Patience. To provide more color and texture I also used our Shine paint in Teal and Velvet paint in Cotton Candy. 

Hope you have enjoyed this project. Create along with us and post your creations on our Facebook page HERE. For your pleasure I have included a YOUTUBE tutorial so you can watch my creative process. Be gentle on me please, this is my actual first YOUTUBE video. I won’t tell you how long it took me to process and edit it but it was lots of fun and after all it is 2018, I probably need to get with the program… lol Enjoy !

AA Products Used :

Shine-Teal

Velvet-Cotton Candy

Colorations Spray-Siesta Key, Patience

Mud-

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Christmas In July- Mixed Media Cards by Toni

Toni here with a design team project that was inspired using this months mood board. Well I know we have a few months before Christmas but it will be here before you know it and I thought the mood board were perfect colors were holiday cards.  

I decided I wanted to create some prints from my gelli plate so I used 4 colors, Shine Ruby and Kelly and Velvet Desire and Shamrock and applied it to my plate and made about 6 prints.Some I decided to use to diecut some poinsettias and other I decided to use as the background for my cards. This card I cut the poinsettias out and applied seed beads as well as homemade snow (equal parts, white paint, glue, baking soda) and also Diamond Dust glitter. I then used our Floral Tile stencil to add with Mud and once dry I added Nuvo drops to the centers. The next card was done by adding paints to a 3D embossing folder and then running your paper through to get this beautiful texture but vividly blended background. The poinsettia on this card was also created by just adding Amber (Rust Texture Set) to the embossing folder and then diecutting the flower petals.More Diamond Dust and seed beads were added to the flower to enhance.The last card the background was created from one of my gelli prints that I also used the stencil Twilight and it provides this distressed starry pattern. Perfect as a backdrop for my star die cuts.Hope this has inspired you to give your Christmas cards a bit of artsy vibe this year. Don’t be afraid to try new techniques so that card can be a one of a kind and the recipient will be amazed that you took time to make something especially creative for them.  For your pleasure I have included a Snapguide tutorial below to show some photos of my process for these cards. xoxo Toni

Art Anthology Supplies Used :

Shine – Kelly, Ruby

Velvet – Vegas Gold, Desire, Shamrock

Mud Texture Paste

Stencils-Floral Tile, Twilight

Rust Texture Paste – Amber 

Check out How to Use Mixed Media in Your Christmas Cards by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Beautifully Aged by Toni

Hi everyone, Toni here with a quick post to encourage you to create even when you are limited on supplies. Alot of times us crafters feel like we have to have everything on the market in order to create something wonderful (I’m guilty of this myself). Every color of paint, every embellishment, every paper line. Yes arts and crafts can be very costly. My project I created is a two page journal spread that I literally used 1 spray, 1 paint, gesso and rusted embellishments and papers that were handmade. Let’s get started. A great way to use what you have is go on the web and look for great pictures that include colors that you may have on hand so you are encouraged to use what is in your stash.  I fell in love with this photo of the old paint brushes which involved very limited palette of colors.   I first decided to rust up some papers and metal pieces to use in my art. In a bowl, combine Hydrogen Peroxide, Distilled Vinegar and Salt. Place items inside and allow to sit to rust. The papers took about 10 minutes and the metal pieces took about 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the material they were made of.  You can check out my video on my Facebook page to see how I accomplished this. To add a bit of texture to the foundation I used Art Anthology Velvet in Tuxedo ran it through a stencil. The Snapguide tutorial below explains this in detail. Don’t allow limited access to art supplies to discourage your ability to play. “The world is but a canvas to your imagination” Henry David Thoreau

AA products used

Velvet-Tuxedo

Stencil-Morse Code

Colorations Spray – Wild Orchid

Check out How to Create With Limited Supplies by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Moodboard Inspiration with Toni

Hi everyone, have you seen our moodboard this month…. Wow, such vibrant inspiration !

I knew right away this was going to be a “Happy project” …. these colors are bursting with inspiration.

 I decided to use our new Shine paints. Beautiful high gloss that hold perfect dimension. I first created gelli prints with the following colors: Canary, Kelly and Ruby. So sorry I forgot to photograph the prints after made. The dragonfly was then cut out from the print that had alot of red and the tag itself I used the print that was mostly greens and yellows. I cut out 3 dragonflies so that I could layer them to have multiple wings. These colors compliment each other so well and the Shine paints are so vivid and beautiful to work with. Ideology was added to the tag and white gesso was painted over to fill in the letters. Wishing you a month filled with creativity, create with us here at Art Anthology and be inspired by our mood board this month. Post your creations are our Facebook page for others to enjoy and to network your art work with other creatives.

AA products used:

Shine-Canary, Kelly and Ruby 

 

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All We Need Is Love…. by Toni

Toni here and it was time to have fun in my art journal again. I love an art journal because it allows me to try out new techniques as well as putting my thoughts down visually with my art. There is something absolutely healing about it. So let’s get started. Decided to emboss some papers and add dry wall tape to provide my background textures, and then it was time to have fun with my Art Anthology pastes. For this I used the Patina Set as well as the Rust set.  For your background texture you can also use AA’s Mud texture paste and run it through a stencil. I just wanted to do something different this time. I next applied Rust Terracotta Velvet here and there mixed a bit of craft sand with it just because I wanted a bit more texture. Art Anthology products mix well with one another as well as other textures such as sand, pebbles, seed beads, gel mediums etc. My gears were die cut and then the Rust Truffle Paste as well as the Patina Teal and Seafoam Green were added. Hope this has given you some new ideas to use your products with. If you don’t have an art journal you can make one from an old book. Glue several pages together to increase the strength of your substrate. There are many tutorials on YOUTUBE that you can check out. Super easy don’t let it stop you from creating. xoxo Toni

The following are AA products I used for this piece

Patina Set

Rust Set

Velvet – Tuxedo

For your pleasure I have included a Snapguide tutorial below. Enjoy !

Check out How to Have Fun With Art Journaling by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Dreamer of Dreams Canvas by Toni

Hi artsy friends, it’s Toni here and I have for you a fun and funky canvas today, taking me back to my old macrame days in the 70’s thought I would create a fun dream catcher. Let’s get started.  We have some wonderful new stencils available in our store and today I used Twinkle Lights to create my background using Mud. Then sprayed with Colorations in Siesta Key and Glorious. Minx Shimmering Inks in Panache and Allure added some pretty shimmer. Shine paints in Canary, Teal and Onyx altered up my clay feathers.

I had fun revisiting my “hippie” era…lol and making this very simple dreamcatcher from an old plastic lid, twine and some beads.Hope you have enjoyed this and for your pleasure I have included for you a Snapguide tutorial below…… Peace

AA products used are :

Colorations – Siesta Key, Glorious

Minx- Panache, Allure

Shine – Onyx, Teal, Canary

Mud Paste

Stencil- Twinkle Lights

 

 Check out How to Create a Funky Canvas by Toni by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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