December 20, 2014

Painting with Resin - Quickie Canvas!

I picked up a few of these wonderful wood plaques from the dollar store.
Bloom resin plaqueI mixed up resin for another project and didn't need all of it, so I immediately grabbed this wood canvas and mixed the resin with pigments. In some areas I poured it thicker.  I poured it directly onto the wood and let it run about.
I also 'wrote' out "Bloom" with 18 gauge copper wire and used it to form the stem and pot for the button flowers.  
The buttons were given a coat of resin, too.
For the matte areas I dry-brushed chalky finish paint and also around the edges.
bloom resin plaque

I gave the entire piece a quick coat of resin spray as a finishing touch.


and...........it's ready to hang up!

Supplies: 

Envirotex Lite®
Castin' Craft pigments, red, blue, orange, yellow
Castin' Craft Resin Spray, clear gloss
18 gauge copper wire
mica flakes
Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paint, Primitive, Escape
wood buttons

Thank you for visiting!

December 14, 2014

3D Christmas Crafts Class

Saturday was spent teaching this fun 3D paper crafts class at The Niagara Artist Studio in Niagara Falls.

Colette, Louanne and Valerie were most eager and created beautiful decorations and cards!

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Becoming 'One' with your inner star

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Valerie's star always shines bright

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
origami can be exhausting!

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
The 16 point origami star is being created

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Valerie negotiating with the origami

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Lou busy hunting for embellishments for her pop-up box card

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Colette's card is coming along...

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014

3D Christmas paper crafts class Dec 2014
Valerie and her beautiful box card!


Thank you Niagara Artist Studio for a lovely afternoon.

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December 13, 2014

Ann Butler Designs and ETI Resin Designers Blog Hop

Upcycled Home Decor has never been easier! 

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin


Welcome to the Ann Butler Designs/ETI Blog Hop! Please visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered for the blog candy. YES, a comment on EACH blog gets you an entry for the BLOG CANDY shown below! Share the fun with your friends! We will Pick the winner on Saturday, December 20th and it will be announced on the Ann Butler Blog and ETI Resin blog! Again, make sure and visit all the links and leave a comment. Sorry, only US residents are elligible on this draw. But please don't let that stop you from commenting on how awesome these projects are!!! 

Great prize! The winner will receive:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin
Resin Jewelry Mold
 Castin' Craft Resin Spray
2 Castin' Craft pigments
all 4 of Ann Butler Designs 1" Faux Quilting Stamp Sets

 Here is my project for the hop:

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin
I took my thrift shop find: a candleholder for $4.99


and turned it into this:

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin


Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin

The palette






Supplies:

  • Unity 2" Diamonds & Plaid Faux quilting stamps by Ann Butler
  • Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Iridescents, aquamarine 
  • Earth Safe Finishes, silver
  • ColorBox® Crafters' Ink, Night
  • ColorBox® Ann Butler Crafters' Ink, Aquamarine
  • ETI Ultra-Seal
  • Castin' Craft Resin Spray, clear gloss
  • Envirotex Lite®
  • Makins Clay
  • Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paint, Primitive, Escape
  • Deco Art Dazzling metallics, Peacock Pearl and Dark Patina
  • mica flakes, gold,bronze,silver
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ glitter, Florentine Gold Ball 
  • Recollections™ tinsel embossing powder, marine
  • Ranger Ice Stickles

Instructions

  • Clean the candleholder to remove dirt and dust.
  • Paint the insides with Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish, primitive.  I used an Americana® Decor™ 1" angle brush and it was perfect.
I figured I would need a light background. Black would be tricky not knowing where the piece will go and what kind of lighting would be in the room. I also want the embellishments and resin to show up.

  Paint with Primitive Paint with Primitive

  paint full base if no paper is being laid. Paint around the circumference if paper is being used.paint full base if no paper is being laid. Paint around the circumference if paper is being used.

  Ann Butler ETI Roberta Birnbaum blog hop stamp paper and then cut out your circles

  • Measure and cut scrapbooking paper to fit inside the circles.
  • You will then stamp the circle backgrounds with the black and aquamarine ColorBox® Crafters' Ink and 2"Diamonds & Plaid Faux quilting stamps by Ann Butler.
  • When the ink is mostly dry, sprinkle Recollections™ embossing powder and heat set.
  • Paint the base of the paperless circles with Dark Patina metallic paint and then, using the Peacock Pearl, paint around the inner circumference of the circle for all the paper units ( so there will be a gentle highlight and border around the paper).
  • Seal all porous items with Castin Craft Resin Spray and let dry.
  • Use Ultra-Seal like a decoupage medium and paint a thin layer on base of the circles where you will be applying paper.
Remember to push out air bubbles as you press down and along the paper.
  • Take the tart tin, turn it upside down to flatten, and then shape it.
  • Paint with Iridescents aquamarine and Earth Safe Finishes silver.
  • Add Martha Stewart Crafts ™ Florentine glitter and let everything dry Ann Butler ETI Roberta Birnbaum blog hop
I had a lot of fun making the metal objects for my wall art. Encasing favorite objects in resin is a wonderful way to preserve and enjoy cherished objects.
Ann Butler Roberta Birnbaum ETI blog hop

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin After 10 minutes After 10 minutes

  Ann Butler ETI Roberta Birnbaum blog hop After heating the surface

TIP:Before I began preparing to pour I used a level to make sure each of the bezels was flat.

  • Use little gobs of Makins Clay® to secure your objects to the base.
  • Prepare the Envirotex Lite® *I mixed a total of 8 ounces* and then pour equally into each of the bezels.
  • Let the liquid sit for 10 minutes to allow air bubbles to rise, and then using a butane mini torch, swipe the flame across the surface to pop air bubbles
  • After another 15 minutes, check the surface, and if necessary, destroy the bubbles.
  • Wait 2 hours and then sprinkle mica flakes into the mixture
  • After 4 hours you can pour more resin. Decide how high you want to pour and perhaps vary the heights for added interest.
Make sure any dimensional objects do not exceed the height of the bezel.
To finish, paint the base of your piece with Chalky Finish in primitive and escape, and highlight with Iridescent aquamarine.
Add any other final touches, like glitter or embellishments.

Hang up your creation, and enjoy!



Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler ETI resin

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December 12, 2014

Upcycled Holiday Shadowbox

Roberta Birnbaum Ann Butler faux quilting upcycled resin craft

Today on the Ann Butler Designs blog I have a wonderful (and easy) project using Ann's faux-quilting stamps, and resin. 

I love the wood packaging that Recollections uses for their embellishments and thought it would make for a wonderful starting point in my project.  I also wanted to use the little wood pieces that came IN the packaging :) 

To read all about my featured post today, please click HERE

Thank you for stopping by today!
 

December 01, 2014

Powertex Workshop - Creating Seated Figures

On Saturday I held a Powertex workshop in Cambridge at
Roberta Birnbaum Powertex class Art House Studio
Karen Ellis' wonderful The Art House Studio. It was a 6 hour class and it really flew by.


All the students created lovely seated figures and look forward  ( or at least that is what they told ME) to returning in May when I will hold another Powertex workshop at Karen's art store.

I wish I had taken more pictures, but to be honest, we kept so busy and I forgot.
We took a break for lunch and Karen had us set up at another (clean) table where she set up sweets for us to enjoy;and the butter tarts were amazing.

Roberta Birnbaum Powertex class Art House Studio
Here's our Mother and Daughter team perfecting their armature building skills.

Roberta Birnbaum Powertex class Art House Studio
Karen just HAS to get my attention. ( actually I did ask her to wave )

Roberta Birnbaum Powertex class Art House Studio
Everyone had plenty of room to create.

Roberta Birnbaum Powertex class Art House Studio

Roberta Birnbaum Powertex class Art House Studio
Henny's lady was wonderful and I'm sad I didn't get a better picture but she has promised to send me one.

Roberta Birnbaum Powertex class Art House Studio
Karen and Roberta.  We had too much fun!

Are you interested in learning about this wonderful way to create sculptures plus so many other things using the Powertex line of products? Please email me.


I will be offering more workshops in Niagara Falls in early 2015 and other workshops throughout southwestern Ontario. Here's a sneak peak of the next workshop at The Art House Studio:

Roberta Birnbaum Powertex class Art House Studio Angel
Angel & Stone Art.


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