This is my year for keeping things simple. The grand plan is also to”use it or lose it”.  Like many crafters I tend to collect and “save” supplies for future projects…but then something new and exciting comes along and the thrill of imagined art awesomeness replaces any practicality my frugal mom worked so hard to cultivate.

Receiving a request to “fill more space” in an art gallery that has a small collection of my metal art I had to go dig through my stash to come up with something that could be quickly assembled and that did not require any capital outlay. Something close to “Discovery Channel” ensued and I unearthed four tall frames covered in dryer lint that I bought about twelve years ago. The stage was set and this was the result.


I removed the backing , mat and glass from the plastic frame and taped it with aluminum foil tape strips embossed with the Tim Holtz “Diamond Plate and Riveted ” embossing folder. Once the tape was burnished down some of the rivet texture disappeared but still had enough texture to grab onto the black water based marker I used to add patina.


I used an old  Ten Seconds Studio rose texture mold for the flower design and the barbed wire strip from Ten Seconds Studio Kabuka # 13 “Boy” Mold to emboss the stems of the rose onto the pewter sheet. Once the high relief of the roses were complete I filled the back with beeswax so that it would retain the raised form. For the back ground texture I opened up the Tim Holtz “rivet” embossing folder, placed the raised side under the pewter and rubbed with a paper stump to transfer texture. The black water-based permanent marker again served as patina, applied and then removed. It nicely filled the textured nooks and crannies giving it some dimension and drama.

photo 4b rosephoto 3

Digging into my paint cupboard, I found some slightly tacky,… (because it dates from about 2002-and an era of obsessive ceramic painting ) Pebeo Porcelain 150 glass paint and painted it in layers for the leaves and ruby red rose petals.

photo 1  angel rose

photo 5 photo 3b rose

Mission accomplished-four frames down… now only a “few” more trinket boxes and mdf blanks to work my way through…

Happy Crafting and remember to dig out and use those long forgotten folders, texture molds, boxes, frames , journals etc. ….before you succumb and buy the next “best thing”.

I am certainly going to try my damndest to keep it simple..