March 01, 2015

My Painted Dresser Project is in Bella Crafts Quarterly Spring 2015

I am very happy to see my painted dresser in the 2015 spring edition of Bella Crafts Quarterly magazine! This is the first of many projects I will have published this year for different companies, and I'm ecstatic!  
BCQ Spring 2015


BCQ Spring 2015
Beautiful Chalky Finish Dresser
BCQ Spring 2015
This is what the top of the dresser looked like before. It's hard to imagine that I was able to paint RIGHT OVER the lacquered finish and all that damage, without first prepping the surface! Find out what I used :)

Please view the full article in the magazine (page 30) for the complete details of how I turned this Dresser Disaster to a Dresser Fabulous! 
BCQ Spring 2015





February 28, 2015

Sketchy Saturday


Today I present a little 'behind the scenes' look at my work process. I like to sketch and most of my sketches start as doodles and zentangles, but most are sketches of future projects.
It is in my DNA to write things down, or put pen/pencil to paper.  It is the way I have always tried to make sense of things in my life. My giant sketch book is for all my thinking, calculating, and dreaming.

Here is an example of different ideas I currently have in my mind for projects:
Roberta Birnbaum sketchy Saturday
playing with various patterns


Roberta Birnbaum sketchy Saturday
I am planning to create a large 3D canvas using various Powertex media including; paint, 3D Flex and Stoneart.  I will need various pieces of Styrofoam in specific shapes. I am playing around with scale at the moment.
Roberta Birnbaum sketchy Saturday
A sketch I made from a Gustav Klimt painting. I like the composition and want to use it to showcase colour theory and versatility with DecoArt products.

Roberta Birnbaum sketchy Saturday
This is going to be a project for ETI. It will be mixed media enhanced with resin.

Roberta Birnbaum sketchy Saturday
More Klimt-inspired sketching for ETI


Roberta Birnbaum sketchy Saturday
Planning a Powertex workshop
Thanks for stopping by today! 


February 27, 2015

Upcycled Antique Spoon Hooks

upcycled jewelry clay spoon hooks
Today on the ETI Resin Crafts blog I have this wonderful project made from silver spoons I bought at the thrift store. Click HERE to read all about it.
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February 20, 2015

Guest appearance on Bella Crafts Publishing

Hi there! If you missed the live interview you can watch it here!

I had a wonderful time being interviewed by Theresa, Ann and Lisa.

If you watch the video you will probably find out something you didn't know about me!








February 14, 2015

How to make a Hangable Art Card - Love edition

For Valentine's Day this year I decided to make a hangable art card for my husband instead of just a traditional handmade card.
Roberta Birnbaum Love canvas board

Materials:

  • 4"x6" canvas board
  • Heavy cardstock
  • Wood frame
  • Ann Butler Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents, rose, sunshine, sky
  • Ann Butler Crafter's™ ink: blueberry, aquamarine, night
  • ColorBox® Ann Butler Art Screen, lattice
  • ColorBox Surfacez ™ brown
  • Ultra Thick black embossing powder
  • Tim Holtz® Grungeboard™ letters
  • DecoArt®white gesso
  • Beacon ZipDry™ glue
  • Washi tape
  • Water
  • Timeless love Stamp 
  • Heart stamp

Tools: 

Americana®DECOR™ 1" angle brush, hair dryer, heat tool

Instructions:

  1. Give your canvas a  color wash using the Iridescents by first applying water to the canvas using your brush and then picking up pigment on the tip of the bristles and brushing into the wet canvas.  Sweep across horizontally, trying to blend one color into the next.
  2. Dry with the hair dryer before proceeding.
  3. Ink half of your stamp with blueberry and the other half with aquamarine and lightly shpritz with water.
    Roberta Birnbaum love canvas board hangable art
  4. Stamp onto your canvas.
  5. Dry with hair dryer before proceeding.
  6. Ink the heart stamp with night and stamp once over the other stamp, and off-stamp half of the heart elsewhere on your canvas
  7. Place lattice screen and cover portions with white gesso, and let dry.
  8. Put a strip of washi tape along bottom
    Roberta Birnbaum love canvas board hangable art
  9. Ink grunge letters with night, cover with ultra thick black powder and heat set
  10. Glue down your letters.

For giving your art as a card, attach the canvas to the front of a card you have made from the heavy cardstock. You can use velcro or lightly glue.
OR
You can put it directly into a frame. I painted a frame with chalky finish paint so my hubby can enjoy it in his office.
Roberta Birnbaum love canvas board hangable art

Happy Valentine's Day
Roberta Birnbaum love canvas board hangable art



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