White Frame with Onion Skin Heart

I brushed this little gold frame with Wicker White acrylic and then sponged over it again with Antique White.  There are probably a zillion other ways to paint a gold frame white, but that’s all I did.

I was throwing away some onion skins last week and noticed how pretty they were! They caught the light and shimmered with a lovely pearly sheen.

I decided to layer some materials behind this shimmery heart and see what it looked like: cardboard, tea-stained muslin, thin Styrofoam and wrinkled Kraft paper.

To hold all of these pretty natural layers together I pulled a lone heart earring from my junk drawer.

Gently poking a hole in the center of the heart with a paper piercer, I used the earring to hold all the layers together.  I could’ve put the frame’s glass over it but I liked the concave shape of the heart.  It reminded me of a shell.

I put the stack in the frame and added a tiny bow made from a strand of burlap garland.


This will look great in my PB cubby organizer. I’m always making new things to display in the cubby holes, and then I have a variety of things to pick from if I need a  gift.

I’ve been using more pretty shimmery onion skins in some larger projects this week.  I’ll have one to show you in a couple of days.

It’s only about a week until Valentine’s Day!

Heart Wreath Made From Newspaper

I used a white coat hanger as the form for this wreath, shaping it into a heart with some pliers.

I covered the hanger with newspaper, tacking it down with hot glue.

I colored strips of newspaper with pink food coloring, just like I did for my newspaper flowers and gift wrap.

After the strips dried, I shaped them into different sized roses.

Then I glued the paper roses onto the heart with hot glue, using the pliers to hold them down instead of my fingers (have you learned that lesson, too?)

I glued them randomly around the top half of the heart, adding more paper if needed to make them fuller.


To add some color to the roses, I sprayed some’ “Scarlet’  Glimmer Mist into the center of the roses. I did this by cutting some circles out of a napkin and spraying through the holes. This kept the mist from over-spraying.

I think they look really pretty after the Glimmer Mist is added!

Finally, I added a baby pink satin bow at the top.

This week has flown by hasn’t it?

My daughter is currently working on a self-portrait in the style of Frida Kahlo.  We’ve been learning about Kahlo and her work this week and it’s been interesting for me since I didn’t know much about her.

Hopefully, she’ll let me share her portrait with you soon!

Thanks for stopping in!

Cards Using Kid’s Paint Palettes

 The paper palettes left behind after my kids paint are incredible. I never throw them away.

Colors swirl and mix, leaving textures and patterns I couldn’t have made intentionally.

Their old palette papers made beautiful cards. 

I used my circle and butterfly punches and then added words clipped from newspapers.

And this last card was made using the scraps from the scraps! 

 And it’s my favorite.

For me, art is medicine. 

It makes me feel better, so this is my new tag line.

These cards will be for sale in my new Etsy shop for Cockayne Syndrome as soon as I can list them.  I made envelopes out of recycled newsprint for them so they’re very ‘green’.

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