Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wonderful Art Weekend

This past weekend I got to spend with friends and Artist/Teacher Stephanie Rubiano. I met Stephanie through a mutual friend and we have known each other a long time. She is a talented artist and was gracious enough to come up and stay the weekend to teach us how to construct her beautiful Butterfly Boxes and Pixie Pins. It was so much fun!
Above is a photo of all of our pins and then in our kits were these canvases to make a box for displaying one of them. I decorated my box with leafing, vintage ledger paper, ink and paint. I decided to put my best pin inside. The technique takes a little getting use to and by the third transfer I did better. Not perfect, but much better than my first one. I melted the little girls face on the first one, and I thought she looked like a skeleton so I decided to make her a Halloween pin. Could not find a mask small enough for her face so I left her face exposed.

These are the pins I made. Their wings are made from tins we cut up or bottle caps. The crowns are also made from the tins. We used tiny little screws and bolts to attach the crowns and wings. We added acrylic paint on their dresses - polka dots or painted the entire dress.

This is my Butterfly Box. Using real butterfly wings makes the piece elegant and colorful. Speaking of colorful...the wings were so hard to choose from because they are all so pretty and rich in color. If you get a chance to take a class from Stephanie you will be in for a treat! Visit her blog at She has posted all of the Butterfly Boxes we made this weekend.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!


blog said...

I love how you finished your display box, Donna! It was so much fun to have your talent in class!


Traci said...

Your pixie pins are wonderful! It looks like you had fun and I missed something wonderful! I can't wait to see them in person. I love you boy butterfly...he is so handsome! So much fun last weekend! Thanks for including me.

cindy said...

Wonderful! They are are simply adorable!

yapping cat

Art Studio 522 said...

Thanks Cindy and Traci for stopping by. It was a fun weekend and so glad you made it Traci. Your box turned out great too! Hope you saw on Stephanie's blog where she posted them all.

donnaj said...

turned out cool! i'm still in st louis-checking out a few things while at my aunts

Charmingdesigns said...

Hi Donna. Looks like you also had a wonderful weekend!! Isn't art just the best...and so many different types and styles. I love what you did! Laurie