Sunday, January 10, 2021

Marbled Leather Cuffs - Made from belts!

Have you ever opened an antique book and been obsessed by the beautiful marbled pages on the inside cover?  All the beautiful colors swirling around together inviting you in to an adventure.  I always wondered how those pages were made and after several YouTube videos and a few deep dives into the artsy corners of the web, I saw how difficult it was to get those effects.  Fortunately Marabu has something called EASY MARBLE and now you can get a very similar effect with a water-filled tub!  As much as I wanted to make paper, I thought marbling some leather cuffs might look amazing.  I'm so happy with them, too!  Get out there and try something new, sweet friends, and always
Make Your Mark!
I couldn't stop making them!
Using the Easy Marble Neon Colors!
STUFF I USED FOR THESE CUFFS
Marabu Easy Marble: http://amzn.to/2F2oT7t Easy Marble Color Shifts: https://bit.ly/3fOtN9E Metal Snap Kit: https://amzn.to/2TmQjOb
Drop the colors in, swirl and dip!
Watch how to make these marbled cuffs here OR 
watch the video on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/7AA3KVg1riM



So 80s!
Save your old belts!  They make amazing jewelry!
The only cuffs you want on your wrists!

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Resin Butterfly Trays

Not sure how I ended up with 20 of these pressed tin trays from Dollar Tree, but I did.  Pretty sure instinctively I knew that one day inspiration would strike and they would be on hand for a project.  At least that's what my inner hoarder whispers every time I'm at the register or filling my cart late at night online.  While cleaning out my desk I found some beautiful butterfly printouts and it finally came to me...Butterfly trays!  A little paint and some resin in the base to protect them and they look like a million bucks.  Well, not a million, but definitely more than the 99c I paid for them.  Everything can be transformed and made more beautiful, my sweet friends!  Think of the caterpillar and the butterfly while you Make Your Mark!
I can't decide which to keep by my front door for keys and mail...Hmmm.

The perfect little holiday gift!
STUFF I USED:
Famowood Glaze Coat Resin: https://amzn.to/30GJc4P
Xyron Creative Station: https://bit.ly/2yuW31n

Watch how to make these trays here OR
watch the video on my YouTube channel here:  https://youtu.be/fKDjwLD7kEs

Using a Xyron Creative Station eliminates the misting and decoupage medium application!
A thin layer of resin looks absolutely beautiful and protects the paper butterflies.
The DecoArt Enchanted and Enchanted Shimmer are my new obsessions!

Tray jolie!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

New Year's Eve Statement Necklace

I miss being a fashion designer.  It was everything I ever wanted since I was 13 years old, and my time in NYC making clothes was magical.  One of the best parts of putting together my runway shows was creating the jewelry pieces.  For my shows, it was the bigger the better!  This piece is an homage to that time in my life.  It's big, bold and perfect for a party!  Can you believe that hot glue was used to make the roese? It's such a great way to make jewelry components and it's much quicker than you think.  I may just wear this piece around the house with my bathrobe.  Wear what you want, my fabulous friends, and always Make Your Mark!
Big, bold and beautiful!
It reminds me of Victorian mourning jewelry

I learned how to hammer aluminum wire for this piece.  So much fun!
Everything I used for this project:
Surebonder Glue Guns & Products: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ John Bead Aluminum Wire: https://bit.ly/2J6TqYN John Bead Faceted Glass Beads: https://bit.ly/rondellestrands John Bead / Crystal Lane Faceted Teardrops: https://bit.ly/33iKXJ9 John Bead / Crystal Lane Faceted Oval: https://bit.ly/2JaiGh1 John Bead Jump Rings: https://bit.ly/3o1syst DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Silver Spark: https://bit.ly/3q14nMy Redesign With Prima Silicone Molds: https://amzn.to/3mZn01h & https://bit.ly/37NHkwb MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano
Watch how to make this necklace here OR
watch how to make it on my  YouTube channel here:  https://youtu.be/qWEJSlPI3bc
DecoArt's Metallic Lustre is amazing stuff!  A great way to bring out the details of a molded piece.




Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Hot Glue Geodes

Have you ever gone geode hunting?  It's basically looking for rocks, but it can be quite exciting if you put wine in your water bottle!  That said, once you find what you think is a goede, you may never know until you get it open.  To break open that rock is impossible.  Cut to me finding a way to make my own geodes in the kitchen with my hot glue gun and crushed fish tank glass.  So much easier and you can make them any color you want.  Imagine what you want, my sweet friends, and then make it, I say!  Now get out there and MAKE YOUR MARK!
My first set of faux geodes
Add a little glitter to make them sparkle even more!
Everything I used for this project:
Surebonder Glue Guns & Products: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ Crushed Glass: https://amzn.to/3jvtFhg Silicone Bowls: https://amzn.to/2TljQYu www.DecoArt.com MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano
Watch how to make them here OR 
catch the video on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/61sgybdFxtM

I dipped mine in sand to give them a more rock like outer shell
My nephews and nieces are obsessed with these!

Heavenly hot glue geodes!

Friday, November 27, 2020

Victorian Goth Table Makeover

There is an apartment complex a few blocks away from where I live and every week someone is moving in or out.  Luckily for me it's an endless source of furniture for my makeover projects!  This table was pretty boring when I found it and with just a little paint and some vintage printouts, I was able to turn it into something marvelous!  It doesn't take much to turn trash into treasure, my talented friends!  Now get out there and MAKE YOUR MARK!
The sweetest little side table!
My ode to Victorian Goth...Cabbage roses mixed with black...Perfect!
Everything I used for this project:
Americana Decor Chalky Finish: https://shop.decoart.com/americana-decor-chalky-finish Americana Decor Metallics / Vintage Brass: https://amzn.to/3mHAkI4 Americana Decoupage Medium: https://bit.ly/3iRi4cN Americana Matte Sealer Spray: https://bit.ly/35XRvzk MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano
Watch how to make it here OR 
watch the video on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/N9_Jh1YHsfU

Black, white & pink is one of my favorite color combos!
Welcome home!
 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Crystal Clear Birthday Cards

I used to make my mom & gram save all the clear topped Christmas card boxes for my projects.  They were perfect for my junky dioramas.  I would fill the bottom cardboard part with a tissue paper backing and then start adding all kinds of plastic letters and trinkets on top until it was just right and then close it up and display it like a work of art.  These clear birthday cards reminded me of that except I don't have to wait for the holidays and I can make as many as I want!  Also, you can actually send these through the mail!  Yup, I tried it and it arrived perfectly.  Send some funky, see-through happy mail and make someone's day.  They're going to LOVE it!  Now get out there and
MAKE YOUR MARK!
Ready for my next few birthdays!
Fill them with anything and everything you can think of!
STUFF I USED:
Grafix Dura-Lar:
https://amzn.to/368W363
Marabu Sketch Graphix Markers: https://bit.ly/3bcVV5H
Scrabble Tiles: https://amzn.to/2RLJzIT
XFasten Scrapbook Runner Tape Roller: https://amzn.to/2T2pizp
Watch how to make them here OR
watch the video on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/6a9Q-vKs_lw

I used my label maker for some of the writing, but you can just write your
message on paper and stick it right in there!


Send out some HAPPY MAIL, sweet friends!