Category Archives: Toni Burks

Tainted Love by Toni

Well sweetheart month is almost over but it’s not too late for some love filled creativity, mine is just a bit tainted. (lol) We’re going to create something off the wall…….. for your wall. 

I puchased this paper mache heart quite awhile back and I got these awesome black feathered wings on sale after Halloween and new I was going to merge the two together somehow and this is what I came up with. 

I love pairing up odd items and try to come up with something new and this project was a lot of fun. With the help of Art Anthology’s stencils, Mud Paste, sprays and paints and a pile of flowers and metal pieces I think it came together pretty well. 

Applying the Mud paste through the stencil for some great texture and then adding the paints to the embellishments and the sprays for the highlights was really easy. 

The ruffles on the right side of the heart are made with paper spritzed with water to break down the fibers and make the paper pliable. The rivets are made from hot glue . Hope you enjoyed and take a few moments if you will and check out my Snapguide tutorial below.

Sending XOXOXOXOX’s Toni

The following AA products were used:

Stencil-Dottie Dottie Stencil - Art Anthology Got Your Number Got your number Stencil - Art Anthology MechanicaMechanical Stencil - Art Anthology

Colorations: Barbie  Barbie Colorations Color Spray - Art Anthology  Patience Patience Colorations Color Spray - Art Anthology

Sorbet :  Mi Bella Mi Bella Sorbet Red Velvet Red Velvet Sorbet Cameo NEW Cameo Sorbet Vegas Gold Vegas Gold Sorbet

Mud Texture Paste 


 Check out How to Create Mixed Media on Paper Mache by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.


Altered Containers for Craft Supplies by Toni

Hi everyone, Toni here with some organization inspiration. I love my craft supplies to be organized and I so enjoy altering the containers that I place my supplies in. It serves at a couple purposes…. it helps in storage of my trinkets as well as it’s a piece of art to inspire me in my craft room. I had this empty plastic peanut container that was a nice size and new I could use it to put all my seashells in, so I decided to alter it using my Art Anthology texture pastes as well as Minx Shimmering Inks. I  took fishnet and saturated it in sculpture medium and wrapped it around my container and allowed it to dry then removed it and gave it a nice coat of white gesso. I wanted to be able to see the sea shells inside the container, that is the reason I prepped the fishnet in this manner. Once the gesso has dried attach the net to the container using 3D matt gel and hot glue and then start decorating with shells, starfish, silver dollars, pieces of coral etc. Using a combination of my Minx Shimmering Inks and our Patina Texture Set, I was able to achieve this pretty mossy under the sea texture. I also added art stones in assorted sizes for some added interest and texture.  The thing I love about mixed media is it’s all about the layers and textures. The more you add the better your project gets.  The title on my container is a T!m Holtz Chipboard Quote and I also added colors from our Minx to enhance it. The lid was altered using a small metal light house surrounded by shells, fishnet, starfish etc. and then prepped with white gesso and our AA beautiful products were added for color. Hoping this inspired you to grab some of your containers and give them a face lift.  Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook  HERE so you can also inspire all of us with your beautiful creations.

Below is a list of AA products used on my container:

Minx Shimmering Inks – Midnight, Bankroll, Decadent, Panache

Patina Texture Set

Check out How to Decorate Your Containers by Toni by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


My 2018 Power Word “Serenity” by Toni

Happy 2018 to everyone. For my first design team project for Art Anthology I wanted to do a layout featuring my chosen power word for this year “Serenity”. Inspired also by our beautiful mood board this month….Art Anthology has the most vivid gorgeous colors to accomplish my layout. 

I began  by altering my background by sponging on Velvet Tuxedo through our Meridian Stencil and then added lovely texture with our Chevron stencil and using the gold paint from the Rust Texture Set. If you don’t have this set you can also use Sorbet-Vegas Gold, but I encourage you to get our rust set as it is so much fun to work with. Flowers were sprayed and painted with our Colorations Sprays and Sorbet and Velvet paints.Seed beads were added to enhance the stamens and centers of the flowers. Wishing you a New Year filled with love, hope and joy and that your new beginnings will provide opportunities to make a difference in the world. xoxo Toni 

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The following Art Anthology products were used:

Colorations Spray -Juicy, Plush, Wild Orchid

Sorbet- Poppy

Velvet – Mardi Gras,Tuxedo

Rust Texture Paste (Gold)

Chevron Stencil  

Meridian Stencil

For your enjoyment


 Check out How to Enhance Embellishments With AA Products by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


“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.


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.


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



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.



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.


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.


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.