Recycled Art Bugs with Architectural Elements Mixed Media art

recycled art sculpture
Update as of Spring 2016, I'm no longer making the dragonflies, bugs
or butterflies. I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 

I was on a kick making my Architectural Angels using carved wooden shapes, corbels and
recycled materials and decided to make Architectural Bugs too.

architectural art bug
For this one I used rusty iron brackets for the wings...

art dragonfly
a broken iron piece for the antenna...

recycled house number mixed media art bug
An aged brass house number on the painted and distressed table leg body,

metal keys in recycled art
and an old rusty key at the tail.

recycled art bug
This is a fun black and white bug with painted striped wings
made from carved wooden pieces I had

whimsical painted recycled art
The top of his body is a wooden lamp base cut in half, and the bottom
is a table leg. I joined them using a dowel screw and wood glue.

junk art
For the eyes, I used clear spiked caster cups that are used for furniture feet on carpet.

metal house number in art
Another aged brass house number on the body...

pipe fitting in recycled art sculpture
As if it wasn't funky enough already, I added a pipe fitting at the tail.

recycled art bugs
I made two mini ones, the bodies are part of a wooden 
candlestick cut in half..

And then... it is disheartening to see companies copying my art.
I came across a listing on Zulily and Wayfair that contained 
almost exact replicas of my creations...sad.
Mine is on the right in above photo.


The set being sold on the left and my original art on the right.
The other large art bug I had posted about previously 
looks like it was copied down to the wing shape and the 
metal strapping I used on the body...sigh.

original recycled art bug
A vintage ceramic door knob is the head and pieces of tin ceiling
tile are the wings...

iron finial on art piece
He has a rusty iron finial at the tail.

vintage ceramic knob art
The other one also has a vintage door knob head...

recycled drawer pull in art piece
an aged brass cabinet knob at the tail...

architectural sculpture recycled art
and wings made from the rungs of a ladder back chair

recycled art garden bug
Here's a back view, I screw 
and glue all the pieces securely to the back.

wrought iron artwork
This is a fun one with a wooden lamp base body that's
been cut in half, and a piece of iron scroll work for the wings

repurposed and recycled art
The eyes are from a drawer pull..

with a rusty hinge at the tail.

mixed media art sculpture flying
This last one is very large, his body is also from a 
wooden lamp base that's been cut in half...

I added this second wooden piece at the bottom

aged metal knob eyes...

recycled corbel in art
and oversized wings made from a vintage wooden corbel.
That's all the bugs for now, they are perfect for a porch, patio, fence or inside...
thanks for checking them out!

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Sea Life Christmas Stockings Hand Painted, Sea Horse, Crab, Shark, Jellyfish, Sea Turtle, Starfish Designs

hand painted sea life stockings
Update as of 2014, I'm no longer making the coastal stockings.
I sincerely appreciate all the past orders, thank you!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 

I recently completed a set of six hand painted Christmas stockings for an order.
I taped them up on my mantel just to get a quick pic.

hand painted beach Christmas stockings
It all started with my first set hand painted stockings that I painted several years ago.
I've added new designs each year and now have my canvas
stockings made for me by a local seamstress.

seahorse Christmas beach stocking
For this order, my customer was looking for seahorse stocking...

hand painted sea life Christmas stocking
up close...

Seahorse mosaic in my online store.

jellyfish coastal Christmas stocking
Jellyfish stocking...

jellyfish coastal Christmas stocking
I love the jellyfish!

coastal starfish stocking

hand painted starfish Christmas stocking


blue crab Christmas stocking

hand painted crab coastal christmas stocking

Stained glass crab mosaic in my online store

shark Jaws Christmas stocking
Shark...

hand painted shark Jaws Christmas stocking
"Jaws"!

sea turtle beach coastal Christmas stocking
And the sea turtle.
I love sea turtles and use them a lot in my art like the 


hand painted canvas coastal stockings
They are all painted in dotted design using 
coastal colors of blues, whites and metallic gold.

hand painted coastal canvas stockings
All the cuffed tops have the same pattern

hand painted beach stocking
And I finish the backs with simple white dots.

hand painted sea life Christmas stockings

hand painted coastal beach Christmas stockings

hand painted coastal Christmas stockings
Update January 2015... I added more sea life stocking designs this past Christmas
there are a few styles left and they are available in my Etsy Shop.
This may be the last year I offer them so get them if you are
interested! :)

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I still have items and reduced original paintings in my Etsy shop as well.

Recycled Christmas Tree Art DIY Using Recycled Re-Purposed Wooden Picture Frame and Molding

recycled picture frame molding Christmas trees
Update 2014 I'm no longer creating or selling the Christmas trees.
Thank you for all your orders and support!
Please visit my new online shop featuring my coastal and 
nature themed mosaics. 
If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you know I love

giant butterfly with picture molding design recycled art
I've made Giant Butterflies...

decorative wood molding drawer handles
Unique drawer pulls and accents on furniture....

decorative alphabet letters from picture frame molding
Letters, and more.
Click the category "Things to Make with Molding"
to see all of them.

picture frame molding Christmas trees
This time, I had an idea to use the molding to make 
Christmas Tree Sculptures.

making Christmas trees using repurposed and recycled picture molding
I used the chop saw to miter the edges and used lots
of wood glue to secure them to a vertical piece of wood on the back.

picture molding Christmas trees
Here is one with a coat of white primer.

using picture frames and decorative molding to make Christmas trees
After I glued the largest one together, I realized the last 
two layers I used were plain molding and it wasn't jiving
with all the other decorative molding.

roll of upholstery nail head trim to embellish Christmas trees
I had a bit of nail head trim on hand and applied it to the plain
molding for a little for added interest.

using upholstery tacks on Christmas tree art
The end result looks much better!

recycled picture frame and decorative molding Christmas trees
I decided to go monochromatic and paint them white with a brown wash
to bring out all the detail

recycled picture frame molding scrap tree decoration
They are made to lean on a shelf or mantel.

things to make with picture frame molding scraps
I just love all the detail of the different moldings.

art to make with picture molding scraps
On the smallest one, I didn't stagger the layers but instead cut 
them to a triangle shape for a different look.

picture frame molding scraps art
Thanks for checking them out!

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I still have items and reduced original paintings in my Etsy shop as well.

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