So it’s not too late for a little leprechaun fun… In about 10 minutes you can take a basic black party hat from party city or the likes, add some moss and St. Patrick’s Day embellishments and have a really cool leprechaun hat. You could wear this hat on St. Patrick’s Day or use it as a home decor. Slainte!
So after I made the Skull Shamrock piece and hung it on the wall I thought it would be great to create a companion piece. I thought a St. Patrick’s Day piece would be great. I could put the art up seasonally together and take them down together. I just wasn’t sure what the piece was going to be…another graphic piece…a shamrock? a favorite Irish proverb or saying? something witty? what?
Then as happens so often, the companion fell in my lap. My older boy was required to clean out his drawers as they were stuffed. He dumped a pile of t-shirts on my bed that were too small. Guess what was in that pile? A skull t-shirt. wow! yippee! so fun! Clearly we went through a phase (maybe we still are?) of skull t-shirts–must have been or is a trend. I am now addicted! I secretly am keeping my open for skull t-shirts that I can cut up and hang on my wall.
Here is the Shamrock Skull’s companion. Cool! If I can find another it will be a triptych. I will hang it for not only St. Patty’s Day but also Dia De Los Muertos. So fun!
Yipppeee! Love it when everything falls into place!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Hope your wearing your green!
When I think of tags I most often think of small pieces of art. I know that often I use tags to learn or teach a new technique or when I want to create a piece of art that, in theory, will be less time consuming than if I were creating a journal page, a canvas or a banner.
However in this case, I created a ginormous tag–okay maybe not ginormous, but the tag is 71/2 inches tall without the pretty green ribbon.
A while back, as in a few years ago, I purchased some ephemera in a packet that was backed with a cool tag with a scalloped top. I put the tag in my tag bin (yes I have a bin o’tags). For this project since it was St. Patrick’s Day and all about good fun I decided to alter the ginormous tag.
I was inspired by the lush, ubiquitous green fields of Ireland.
But then I decided I liked the back side of the tag better. It was more cohesive and the green glittered “IRISH” letters stood out better. I also transferred a magazine image of three “pints” of beer. I thought that was very appropriate.
If you haven’t transferred an image yet–fear not! It’s as easy as 1,2,3. First you locate and image and trim it up (or not); then you smear some gel medium ( I use Golden’s Gel Medium) onto the image. Then, you place the image, image side down onto the paper or in this case tag that you want to transfer the image to. Then you do something else for about an hour while you are waiting for the gel medium to dry and the transfer to take place. In this case I glittered letters.
Then as a final step you squirt water onto the gel medium and rub the paper away. I will do a time lapse video of such so that you can see it. Super easy. Super fun. You just need a little courage because even though it seems highly implausible, it will work.
After the beers transferred, I decided that the tag needed something different than I was planning. I liked the door knocker(which I acquired while shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea a few weeks back) at the top of the tag–Super cool–super tarnished brass piece fit perfectly under the scalloped edges of the top of the tag. I wanted to tie the brass into the tag more. So I added gold embossing. I had been working on Tim Holtz’s March 12 Tags of 2015 “enameled” tag and still had the embossing powder on my desk. So I stamped script over the entire tag and embossed it gold. I like the tie into the brass knocker and the idea of Leprechaun’s pots of gold.
Now what? I didn’t like the lettering laid out as planned. So I bunched it up and added a quick “posy” of stick pins. Covered the gluey part with a lovely brass shield and a bit of ribbon that matched the tie top ribbon. Glued down a green striped grosgrain ribbon and called it a focal point. I love the whole embellishment. Rich, stylish, silly and pretty (just how I like my men-j).
Now, that the letters were bunched up I had to decide how to finish the tag. I let the tag hang on my wall for a few days (sometimes quick art aint so quick). I was putting up my shamrock garland when I came across the perfect sized little shamrock. I attached it to the tag and called it done and done.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
From a Blog Post March 2009. This is a Kriksciun family classic recipe. I have made it many many times in the last 20 or so years. They are great whenever you make and eat them. Of course the green makes for excellent St. Patrick’s Day and Christmas holiday treats (use clear crème de menthe and the green isn’t a factor).
Here at Royal Tart we are beginning to wind down on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday and gear up for the next round of holiday parties, not to mention the birthday celebration of a cranky 12-year old cat on April 3. That being said, I am including one last St. Pat’s Recipe.
Creme de Menthe Brownies
If you aren’t familiar with this fun chocolate mint brownie recipe you are in for a real treat. This dessert works really well for everyday or on St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas, Easter–any holiday that green or white is part of the color scheme.
Bake your favorite from scratch or box brownies using a sheet pan instead of your standard brownie pan OR if you are like me and resist serving bar treats at parties bake brownie bites or purchase them already made. I think mini round bites look so pretty on a serving tray.
You can use either green or white Creme de Menthe. For this holiday we suggest using green as March 17 is all about the green.
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup butter (melted or creamed depending on whether you are serving brownie bars or bites)
4 tablespoons Creme de Menthe
Mix the above Icing ingredients together and spread on your cooled brownies. If you are using brownie bites you will want the Icing to be a bit thicker so instead of melting the butter, cream it with the sugar and Creme de Menthe. Add a little more sugar in small increments until a loose spreadable icing is made. When I ice my brownie bites I like the green icing to drip down the sides a little so that the green looks a little like the icing on a bundt cake.
Once the Creme de Menthe has set you will want to layer on the chocolate ganache.
Melt 6 ounces premium dark chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips with 6 Tablespoons of butter. Carefully poor warm ganache over brownies and chill for a few minutes until firm. Or if you are making brownie bites cool the ganache for a bit so that it gets a little thick. Poor a teaspoon or so over the top of a brownie bite allowing the ganache to drip down the sides ever so slightly. Enjoy!
Here at Royal Tart we are all about yummy, fabulous food and stylish and fun parties…and we always give credit where credit is due. This recipe was provided by Jessica about 16 years ago. Royal Tart has altered only the presentation by adding the brownie bite concept. Either way you serve ’em you are bound to get a “SMILE” as the original recipe card suggests.
It’s funny…now that I have some free time and I fancy myself at least on occasion an artist, I find that I often try to complicate simple visual impactful pieces with all the layers and creative stuff and techniques I know. The truth is sometimes I get all Rube Goldberg on my pieces. I make easy stuff hard just for the sake of it or because I can. This piece is an example of exactly that.
But sometimes what makes for the best art is seemingly simple. Impactful. Graphic. Like Kenny says, ” you gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold ’em, no when to walk away, no when to run.” This was one of those “hold ’em” and “walk away” times.
” Hold ’em” because the graphic skull medallion was cut from a t-shirt that one the boys have outgrown. It’s been a while now but I just really liked the image. I put it away for a couple years until haha inspiration struck. That’s holding em fur sur.
Once I decided I wanted to make a piece of wall art I knew I wanted to use a canvas or board with deep sides so that I wouldn’t have to frame it. Then I started gunking things up. I was going to layer it. Add stuff over the image, etc. Luckily I hadn’t started to adhere anything as I sometimes do. Not sure how I managed to forestall my impatience but I did. That’s when I realized this was going to be one of those quick and simple but oh so impactual pieces.
I went through my scrap of paper and chose a piece that I liked best … Dots too cute? not really but I wanted something with a little green; thin stripe not the right scale; fat stripe– like it a lot but again where is the green?
Mitch’s (remember he is the artist child) watercolor with pencils was tempting. I like the idea that it was a piece of mommy and Mitch art. But I decided his watercolor pencil piece was just too sweet of a piece to adhere a St. Patrick’s Day skull too most of it.
When I finally decided on the paper (they were all good but I did find the “perfect” one for this time–green but still a little dark), I adhered the scrapbook paper to a 12 x 12 deep sided board. I fussy cut my skeleton and attached him him to the board . Adhered some scrap paper to the sides of the deep sided board. It took me a very short amount of time once I finally decided what I was going to do.
Tada! Simple, fun, a little edgy (would you call the fellow lucky? maybe) and maybe a little holiday. A fun piece that I can hang even when the boys are teenagers.
This is a post from St. Patrick’s celebration time in 2010.
The boys are so into St. Patrick’s Day this year. Everyday this month they have come home with new stories of Leprechauns, rainbows, and four leaf clovers and green, green, green. A leprechaun even visited their classrooms. Apparently he was a very mischievous little guy–he trashed the place; threw all the erasers on the ground; broke the chalk; turned the pictures upside down; changed the desks around. Pretty crazy sounding stuff.
So to honor all the fun this weekend for the boys (and me too), I am making Rice Krispy Treats with both Rice Krispies and Lucky Charms…because they are magically delicious and it is a St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.
St. Patrick’s Day Rice Krispy & Lucky Charm Treat Recipe
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
– OR –
4 cups miniature marshmallows
3 cups Rice Krispies
3 cups Lucky Charms
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add both cereals. Stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.
For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
Next time you plan to celebrate or host a party please feel free to use this recipe or change it up with Trix or Froot loops, Sugar Corn Pops–any cereal that might match the celebration or party theme. I can’t wait to serve the boys their dessert on one of RoyalTart’s pretty green plates as seen in last Thursdays Throwback post.
Maybe for Easter I will make the treats egg-shaped or use Trix or Froot Loops…so many holidays to celebrate, party favors to make and parties to host…so little time.
Thanks to Facebook we are well aware that we have some pretty great stuff in our old files and archives. Here is a celebration I created during my days running Royal Tart. It’s heavy on green as any St. Patrick’s Day can be, but I added a wee bit o’ the sophistication and zany with the green zebra place mats. This is one of those tablescapes that can be adult in feel or family fun in feel depending on what you want to serve in those long tall beer glasses–lucky charms or beer–of course.
It may feel like I am sharing this a bit early (or if you are an organized sort, not so much) but I wanted to give you time to get your creative juices flowing and your table setting style put together; you have about three weeks. Go! Slante!