Category Archives: Toni Burks

“Always Believe” by Toni

What a magical time of year Christmas is, filled with hope, joy and love. But for many it is a difficult time because of loss of loved ones, jobs, health and other events that happen in life.  My prayer is that my canvas today can bring  merriment to your day and inspire you. Being inspired by our December mood board was not difficult, such pretty vibrant colors. 

I started by adhering different laces to my canvas and giving it a nice coat of gesso to prep for my paint and sprays. Using 2″x 2″ canvases to create my Christmas tree, I first applied scrapbook papers and then for texture and interest used our Twilight stencil to add stars to the top.  Christmas sprigs and pods were added to the sides and prepped with gesso then sprayed with gorgeous Colorations Sprays in Peacock Feathers and Sky.

Homemade snow was made by mixing equal parts of Sorbet Linen, baking soda and school glue, while still wet Diamond Dust glitter was sprinkled on top. Christmas berries were glued into place, a red bow was placed on top of the tree and my title was edged with Peacock Feather spray. More Linen was dabbed here and there and then Diamond Dust glitter was added for a holiday sparkle. Wishing you a time of Peace and Comfort…. xoxo Toni

The following Art Anthology products were used:

Coloration Sprays – Peacock Feathers, Sky 

Sorbet  – Linen

Stencil –Twilight

Mud Texture Paste 

For your pleasure enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below.Check out How to Create Christmas Canvas by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Peace On Earth by Toni

Toni here with a Christmas decor piece. I wanted to alter up this clock and I had this snowy, magical scene floating in my head, so let’s get started.  Now Art Anthology has just come out with a new product to create with and it’s  called Oxidized Silver Paste Set , and it transformed my clock perfectly.

I first started off with T!m Holtz assemblage clock and decided to add lots of wonderful Art Anthology Mud Paste to add texture . The oxidized silver product really brings the clock to life.  A complete tutorial is below on how I created this lighted wintery scene.

The snow for the inside of the clock was created with Velvet – Cotton, baking soda, and school glue. This photo is without the inside light on. Bottle brush trees were bleached out and covered with diamond dust glitter for a magical look. Hot glue was dripped and allowed to dry to create icicles. Hope this has provided some ideas for using our new oxidized silver products. Be sure to create something and post it on our Facebook page . Wishing you a Christmas filled with peace and joy  xoxo Toni

AA products  used for this project: 

Mud Texture Paste

Oxidized Silver Paste

Velvet – Cotton

Check out How to Create Lighted Winter Clock by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Jingle Bell Rock by Toni

Merry Christmas y’all, put some music on and lets make some of these easy fun ornaments for your tree using our Rust paste set.

I purchased these huge bells at the dollar store and wanted to include them with my Christmas decorations on my tree but my theme this year was woodsy and these silver bells just were not matching. So I knew these would need to have the magical touch from our rust paste set.  Here we go !I first gave two coats of black gesso then starting with the dark brown I covered the whole bell and then using a sponge I added the terracotta and completely dried it. Then randomly added the gold. They take on a whole different look…. I love it. Let’s now add some twine. Using your hot glue gun let’s add some twine around the middle of the bell. Now let’s add some greenery, pinecones, little rusted star and some Christmas ribbon. For a bit of texture, mix equal parts of Velvet Cotton, baking soda and school glue to make snow and apply to the greenery and the bell. And there you have it fun new ornaments for your tree that cost you practically nothing but the fun time you have making them is priceless… Hope you were inspired and that you have Rockin good Christmas !

Art Anthology products used are:

Rust Paste Set

Velvet-Cotton

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I’m Dreaming Of Diorama’s by Toni

Hi i everyone, Toni here with some festive inspiration. Christmas is right around the corner and I’m sure your holiday decorating is in full swing. I purchased these little boxes at Michaels after Halloween, they were 80 % off so I got them for $2.00, I decided they would be perfect little diorama’s  for my Christmas tree this year.  The boxes started off looking like this…. And were transformed to these, hope you enjoy !These boxes lend for endless possibilities for your imagination. Ornaments or raw wood pieces were added as the main focal interest in the boxes. This post is photo heavy because once I got started making these it was hard to stop. The next one, I used our Clear Coat in Dazzle to collage the music paper for background. Adhered the wings, added my bow and greenery. The Wood title was painted first with Sorbet Vegas Gold and then embossed with Gold powder.Mud Texture Paste was added to this snowflake wood piece and then sprinkled with glitter. The box was primed with black gesso and then dry brushed with Ferrari Red paint and a bit of white gesso on the top. This box was painted black and then dry brushed with Parakeet , Ferrari and highlighted with Vegas Gold. My next box was actually inspired by Emma Williams   she had created a brilliant tag using paperdolls in a Christmas scene and she included the watch in her project which I loved. The Christmas tree on my project was bleached out  to make it white and then decorated pearls painted with Ferrari Red and Parrakeet. My next diorama I used an ornament that I already had ….this sled. The outside of the box you can’t see but I embossed metal tape for the outside to enhance the metal on the sled.  Now the Mud Paste does create great snow but I needed a lot so I didn’t want to use up all my paste so decided to make my own faux snow. Check out my snapguide tutorial below to find out how to make this with AA products.    Last but not least is my sleigh I added some small bells that I rusted with our new rust paint set, added some foliage and also a little tree that had been bleached out as well. The outside of box was painted first then decorated with burlap.

Wishing you a Christmas season that is merry and  bright, grab yourself a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the Snapguide tutorial below which includes my recipe for faux snow as well as bleaching the Christmas trees.

Art Anthology products used are the following:

Sorbet  Parakeet, Ferrari, Vegas Gold, Dazzle

Mud Texture Paste

Rust Set

Check out How to Create Christmas Diorama’s by Toni by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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FALL IN ♥ WITH PATINA AND RUST

Hi all our crafty followers, are you ready for some new fabulous products from Art Anthology. We now have a Patina and Rust set that is so much fun to work with. I wasn’t able to choose my favorite between the two sets so I used both to alter my paper mache pumpkin for the holidays. 

My pumpkin was an inexpensive paper mache one purchased at my craft store. I covered it first with embossed metal tape, which you can view the tutorial below to watch my process. The embossing provided some nice textures, but the patina and rust gave it that kick that was needed. Leaves were created with burlap material, and the pumpkin vine was made twisting some floral grapvine wire with seed beads. I hope this has inspired you with some ideas for altering up some holiday decor for your home. Get your hands on these two new sets from Art Anthology HEREAs an added small project I had purchased some wood leaves at Michaels, they were 70% off for their harvest items, so these leaves cost me 20 cents !!!  Simply printed out my words, burnt the edges of the paper and applied to my wood pieces with Sorbet paint in Glass, attached some twine and they will go wrapped around my place settings for my Thanksgiving table. Wishing you a holiday filled with love and blessings…. Creatively yours, Toni

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Check out How to Get Creative With AA’s Rust and Patina Sets by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Nature Is But A Canvas To The Imagination

Inspired by our beautiful mood board this month I decided to play with some leaves, twigs and dried flowers.

This is one of my most favorite times of the year. There is a brisk coolness in the air and I love all the beautiful deep changing colors. While cleaning up the yard I came across some gorgeous leaves and I thought they would assist beautifully in a fall canvas. I began by adhering my leaves and foliage to the canvas using matt gel and then gave it a nice coat of clear gesso in order to prime the surface for my mediums. The translucency of Art Anthology’s sprays are gorgeous and allowed the leaves to show through on the canvas while still enhancing the background with their vivid colors. Natural wood pieces were used for the base for the title “Mother Nature has the best box of crayons” which I felt was appropriate for this piece. Hope you were inspired and I encourage you to get creative with our mood board this month. Don’t forget to post your project so we can all enjoy and be inspired by you as well HERE. For your please, grab a cup of tea and enjoy my Snapguide tutorial below. Creatively yours, Toni

The following Art Anthology products were used:

Velvet – Tuxedo

Colorations Sprays-Juicy, Warm, Timeless, Clover, Plush

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

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The Bone Collector-Mini Album w/Coffin by Toni

Ghostly Greetings  from Toni  and I’m here to inspire you with a “Bone Collector Mini Album and Coffin” to keep all those fun costume pics of your Halloween extravaganza. At the end of the post I have created a Snapguide tutorial on step x step process for creating the coffin, and a bit on creating the template for the mini album.  My project started off with this dollar tree find coffin and I traced it on chipboard to create my pages for the mini album to fit inside. This project had several steps but oh what fun it was to make… I actually had to tell myself “ENOUGH ALREADY”….. lol  The entire project was adhered to a wood base that was given wonderful textures with AA paints, rocks and craft sand. Wood pieces were applied to the sides of the coffin with Mudd Texture Paste and then painted to provide that old wood effect. AA’s paints are perfect because they are thick and full of body, some having textures and grits that really provided that weathered look I was going for. All those pesky hot glue threads that appear on your projects are a warm welcome to this one because it gives the illusion of webs.  The inside of coffin lid was achieved with AA’s Gothic Stencil and Mudd Paste. The tree was made from floral wire and then painted with different shades of AA paints to provide that dead look.  Several Ideaology pieces were used such as lantern, spiders, word band, glass vials, skeletons, and bones to enhance the project as well.  I used several different brands of Halloween paper, for the mini album and distressed the edges with AA paints.  The inside of the coffin was decoupaged with Halloween napkin. This is one side of the mini album. Here is the other side of the album. It’s hard to believe  there is room for 30 pictures on this ini. And here is a collage of all the pages to the mini album. Hope this post didn’t SCARE you with all the photos and steps involved, actually was quite simple and allows your creativity to go crazy.  So park your brooms at the door, sit down for a spell my pretties and enjoy the snapguide tutorial below. The following are the products used to create my piece. 

Gothic Stencil 

Velvet Paint- Kona, Taxi CabShamrock, Limeaid, Tuxedo

Sorbet – Kenyan Copper

Stone Effects-Concrete, Lava

 Mud Texture Paste

Check out How to Create Coffin With Halloween Mini Album by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Not So Itsy Bitsy Spider by Toni

Well it’s that time of year when we all get busy with holiday decorating and at my house it usually begins with Halloween. Today I created an inexpensive home decor piece enhanced by the Art Anthology products with dollar store finds. While browsing the aisles at the dollar store I came across the following products to use in my project, canvas, rubber spiders and bugs, floral glass shards, floral moss, pipe cleaners and wood blocks. The light bulb is actually a Christmas ornament I purchased last year.  The back of the canvas was collaged with some clearance napkins I purchased last year after the Halloween season. Art Anthology Texture Mud ran through a brick stencil and smudged with Colorations-French Toast which is no longer available in our store, but a similar color you can use is Warm and Sorbet paint Black Leather Jacket and Stone Effects Concrete provided the perfect back drop for my spider. My little wooden blocks worked perfectly to add my title.  Hope you enjoyed this project, and wishing you a BOOOOOOtiful Halloween season.

The following AA products were used

Stone Effects – Concrete                                     Colorations Spray – Warm

Sorbet-Black Leather Jacket                               Mud Texture Paste 

Check out How to Create Halloween Decor With Art Anthology by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Tattered Time by Toni

Oh happy day everyone, I’m up on the blog today with some inspiration using textiles with your Art Anthology paints and mixed media style. Gathering inspiration from this month’s mood board was not difficult. 

Using an embroidery hoop, I sewed together muslin pieces as well as made ruffles with muslin.  I really wanted the look to be very raw and random…. hence the name “Tattered Time”. Textiles are really fun to use in your mixed media because  the fibers and threads absolutely add that something special to your piece.   Using AA’s Coffee Stain Stencil with Kona paint gave the muslin background a nice messy look. Drips and drizzles  of Colorations Sprays is all my background needed to bring out the pretty colors from our mood board.  The two colors used were Warm and Peacock Feathers which were also used to dye the tulle ruffle for the dress and tint the flowers in our ladies hair. Craft sand mixed in  with Kona, Kenyan Copper and Mint Julep provided the nice patina’d look to my clock face. 

Random laces and trims hang from the side of the clock to bring the entire piece together. This will be fun to hang on my wall in my studio. Hope you are inspired to get out those scraps of materials that are stuffed in your drawer and create something spectacular with them.

The following are Art Anthology products that were used on my project.

Coffee Stain Stencil 

Colorations Spray – Peacock Feathers, Warm 

Sorbet – Kenyan Copper, Mint Julep, Black Leather Jacket

Velvet – Kona

 

Check out How to Get Creative With Textiles and Mixed Media by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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The Best Day Ever by Toni

Hi everyone… some of my most favorite times  are spent outside, in the garden, or taking walks, and I love to incorporate textures and colors that I experience outside on my layouts. Hope you enjoy this process. 

My layout is of my sister, brother-in-law and niece and we were all at the beach and it was definitely “The Best Day Ever. I started my backdrop using AA’s Mud Texture Paste and Stone Effect Concrete ran through a brick stencil and then dribbled Colorations in Avocado in between the bricks for a moss effect.

My flowers were plain white flowers that I hot glued together and made individual blooms and then once again spritzed them with Colorations in Avocado and Granny Smith and sprinkled with some pretty coordinating glitter.

Anybody that knows me knows I love textures and using my Colorations again I colored my art stones to tucked them inbetween and underneath my florals. 

Once again Art Anthology paints come to the rescue to provide just what is needed to make a layout successful. Get your hands on some of these amazing products, you will not be disappointed. Here’s wishing you “The Best Day Ever”. 

The following Art Anthology products were used:

Mud Texture Paste

Colorations- Granny Smith, Avocado

Stone Effects – Concrete 

Check out How to Capture a Garden Vibe on Your Layout by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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