Category Archives: Toni Burks

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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Moody Blues by Toni

Hi everyone… have you seen our mood board this month ? It’s plump full of inspiration and gorgeous blue tones. 

For my inspiration I pulled from the beautiful blues of course, the wood grain on the door, the graytones, the pretty mosaic print and the funny circles. Here is what I came up with.

I had a photo of my daughter in black and white and I reprinted it in an ombre effect with the blues for my focal point. The background first I used our pretty gothic stencil and sponged on some Sorbet-Black Leather Jacket and once dry I ran through Mud Texture Paste through the same stencil.The it was time for some fun with splatters here and there and I also dipped my lids in the paint for some pretty circles. The photo above you can see what a pretty shine the Minx Shimmering Inks provides on your projects. Just dripped this down the sides of my layout. It’s always fun to use unexpected items for your titles, these were little wood pieces that I used my crop-a-dile to punch a hold, using archival black ink I stamped my letters and added the brads. With the addition of some crystal seed beads in my flowers and some sterling glass glitter for added texture. I hope you will join us this month and be inspired by our beautiful mood board, please also post it on our Facebook page HERE so we all can be inspired by your creativity.  Happy creating xoxo Toni

AA products that were used to create this layout.

Stencil-Gothic 

Mud Texture Paste

Colorations- Indigo   Ink Spot

Fairy Dust- Sterling

Sorbet-Black Leather Jacket    Honolulu Blue

Velvet-Reef 

Check out How to Be Inspired by a Mood Board by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Be Authentic by Toni

It’s that time again crafty peeps, let’s step back in time for a bit and get messy with our AA products and maybe a fun new technique to give those photos an old vintage look.

Using an old piece of packaging for my backdrop I covered it first with kraft glassine paper all wrinkled up and glued down, then Sorbet Chocolate added to the top gave it a leather appearance. 

To enhance the photo, I embossed it  with UTEE 3 times !!!! Very Important , the thicker the embossing the better. Then stick it in the freezer for a bit and remove it and bend photo slightly to crack….. whaaa laaaa !

Sorbet  Kenyan Copper mixed with craft sand painted on top of my hot glue rivets, and topped with a bit of Metal Effect Silver and a bit of steampunk style. Along with assorted ephemera and raw chipboard pieces. 

More paints and sand added to the title frame and key to give it that nice rusty appearance

Hope this has sparked something within that artsy mind of yours and wishing you a wonderfully creative week. Below are a list of products I used  as well as a snapguide tutorial for your pleasure. xoxo Toni 

Art Anthology Products Used

Metal Effects-Silver

Sorbet   – Kenyan Copper     Black Leather Jacket    Chocolate

Stencil – Dot Matrix

Check out How to Add Vintage Appeal to Your Piece With AA’s Paints by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Color My World by Toni

Hi everyone, I’m up on the blog today using some old dried up ready for the trash craft items, but if you are like me, sometimes it’s real hard to discard things.  I decided to take this paint palette that I’ve used in the past for rusting my pieces, and old paint brush that has seen better days,  a canvas that had been started in the past but I really wasn’t fond of it , and some package materials from previous art supplies in order to provide me a new inspiration piece.

Here was my rusty old paint palette that was ready for the garbage.  Hard to believe anything good could be created from this, but with Art Anthology paints I was able to get some vibrant splatters to my canvas and color palette which brought the entire project together. Check around your craft room to see what you might be able to alter. Take a moment to enjoy my snapguide tutorial below on my creative journey with this project.  Photographed below are also the colors I used for this creation. 

Check out How to Make a Fun Project Using Items Ready for the Trash by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Mini Masterpieces with Toni

Happy month of June everyone , hope you all are staying cool out there because we have been in the triple digits where I live. This month’s mood board is providing some warm colors and wonderful textures… Hope it inspires your next project.

I’m in the mood to get messy today with my Art Anthology products and shaving cream ! It’s an easy way to create master boards for your projects. Every single one is completely different and original.  I used my backgrounds to create some fun ATC’s.

 Start with this…

 Then do this….

 Then do this….

 And you get this !

So here is the completed ATC’s using my pretty marbled backgrounds.

Using AA’s Mud Paste also provided some more wonderful texture run through the Kaleidoscope stencil.

Some embossing and use of mica powders provided some pretty glimmer.

As well as textile scraps and seed beads.

Hope you will give this technique a try. For a complete step x step process take a moment to view my Snapguide tutorial below. Also don’t forget to create along with us using this month’s mood board as inspiration and post it on our Facebook page HERE

 

Here is a list of AA products used to assist in my project:

Mud Texture Paste

Kaleidoscope Stencil

Metal Effects Gold

Coloration Sprays-Sedona, French Toast, Juicy, Peacock Feathers, Timeless

Check out How to Create Backgrounds Using Shaving Cream and AA Inks by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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