Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Feature Artist - Beth Niquette

Altered Pages is honored
 to intorduce you to 
Feature Artist
Beth Niquette

I am thrilled and honored to be today’s Featured Artist.  With the exception of one class in pen and ink technique, I am a self-taught artist.  I have lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life and have been married to my husband, Alan for 31 years.  We have three adult children and for the last 23 years, my husband Alan and I have performed in a traveling drama ministry. In addition to art, I am a singer, dramatist and a musician.  I adore photography and I like writing—but my first love is art.  I was wielding a pencil as soon as I could hold one.  My canvas was the floor, the wall, a chest of drawers in my room—my poor Mumsie!

Cloud Ship with Original cloud photo–Cloud Painting    In 2007, I nearly lost my life to a skin eating bacteria.  While I was in recovery, my family bought a camera and photoshop program for me.  I learned a whole new way of seeing, as I captured faces and images in the clouds, and learned how to alter them so others could see what I saw.  This cloud ship was one my husband spotted.
Fragrance of Roses –As you can see, I love drawing borders, and my artwork reflects my love for Art Nouveau.  

Waterfalls -Colored pencil   I love to make faces into scenery.  This is one of the very first ones I did.  At first it didn’t turn out well at all—I had used the blender pencil and her face looked just awful.  Then I decided to put in well-weathered cracks in her rock face—that made all the difference in the world.  To this day, she’s one of my favorite scenery faces. 

Blue-Green Forest -Watercolor  I love to hide things in my drawings.  One can often find hearts, words, or faces in them.  In this watercolor painting, there is a hidden face.  Can you find her?

River Rock Painting -Acrylic  I have discovered a love of painting rocks recently.  My tiny 7-year old niece often inspires me to try different things—painting rocks is one of those happy experiments.

See more of Beth's art on her blog HERE! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pan Pastels on the NILE!

What a great time I am having working with the Pan Pastels from our Partner company this month!

I love working with the Pan Pastels so much I picked up the set of Donna Downey Set of Pan Pastels pictured.  

Background is created on white card stock using Pan Pastels: Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre and Orange! Ink the edge of the white cardstock with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink.

Adhere Nefertiti, from MailBox Muse Kit on the Nile collage sheet, to thin chipboard and fussy cut.

From the Muse on the Nile Stamps set, stamp the Pyramids and the words: Pyramids and Sphynx, with brown ink. Adhere Nefertiti to panel with foam dots.
Mold Sphynx using Creative PaperClay, dry, adhere with Tacky Glue.  Mount panel on card base!
Pan Pastels
Muse on the Nile Stamps
MailBox Muse Kit on the Nile collage sheet
Delicata Golden Glitz Ink
Creative PaperClay
Tacky Glue
Brown Ink
White cardstock with shimmer
Base Card Brown

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sunday in Arizona it's Almost Fall-ish

It was 101 at 6pm, but we really can see that Fall is coming, the sun has moved in the sky & the heat feels a little different too.  

We are heating up in another way!    We are hosting Jen Zdanis Starr in October for workshops in Phoenix and we are VERY EXCITED!  

Jen has been making art her entire life and has been scrapbooking, card making and making colorful yet vintage inspired mixed media art since she married her wonderful husband, Mike, in 1997. They live in Northern New Jersey and have 2 children (11 year old Ryan and 9 year old Maya) who are the subject of much of her work.
Jen absolutely loves to teach her students to use their creativity and help them think outside the box. It makes her so happy to be able to share her skills, knowledge and love of the art of scrapbooking and stamping with so many others.  

Make sure to stay tuned and learn how to register for classes. www.AlteredPages.com  Home Page has class registrations.

Here are some of the topics:

BOOT CAMPS for MIXED MEDIA plus take home finished projects ~

In the truly MIXED MEDIA Boot camp workshop we will journey through the world of water based dye inks…sprays, stains, ink pads, etc.  Exploring much further than just the basic techniques, the focus will be on MIXING your mediums with other products to create some beautiful effects that will translate to all of your projects whether you are a card maker, scrapbooker, art journaler or dabble in everything!

Take home examples - 

In the Creative Banner workshop you will explore stunning mixed media techniques to create effects that sparkle and shimmer while you make a one of a kind 1x3 ft butterfly themed pennant for your wall! You will be working with mists and Jen's line of Dimensional Crystal paints from Art Anthology plus a variety of goodies from Viva Décor to add details.  Your finished project will be so full of dimension and texture that the butterflies will seem to come to life!

You can create a painted, crackling, stenciled, highly textured masterpiece on this 8x12 canvas incorporating a variety of techniques and products from Viva Décor and the brand new Jumbo floral die from Tim Holtz for the Canvas flower.  We will focus on mixing media such as Ferro, Inka Gold, and Crackle to achieve layers of beautiful depth that just glow.

Make sure to check this coming week for more announcements.  

 Jen Starr is a Mixed Media Artist with a fine art background who has been in the Craft Industry as a Designer and Instructor for over 10 years.  She is the Senior Educator for Viva Décor USA, the Creative Director for Art Anthology and is a fully Certified and Ranger Recognized Instructor (with 5 certifications from Ranger).   There are many companies and products that inspire Jen and she is an endorsed educator or has worked closely with many of them such as Ranger, Ten Second Studio, Viva Décor, Canvas Corp, Tattered Angels, Stampers Anonymous, Faber Castell, Basic Grey and Prima, just to name a few..  Jen has designed several signature product lines and currently has a signature line of paints called Dimensional Crystals as well as a range of Colorations mists with Art Anthology.  Her projects have been featured in many publications in the US and Europe including the “Ink Essentials” book.

Empowering students with product knowledge and creative techniques is what Jen strives for in each of her classes! She has taught technique based classes at stores, crops, large events and conventions all over the US and regularly in Europe and Canada.  She has also been a featured instructor on several crafting cruises and taught at events such as CHA, CKU, CKC, Memories Expos, Scrapbook Expo, Bonanza in England, Scrap-A-Ganza in the Netherlands and at ScrapEvent in Sweden.  Jen also regularly demos inking and stamping techniques at trade shows such as CHA, SMAC in Paris, Krea Vak in Holland and various Distributor events around the world. 

Make Pan Pastels Part of your GO-TO Supplies!

This month Altered Pages is partnering with Pan Pastel! 

The Altered Pages Design Team has created some very inspiring projects with their Pan Pastels over the last two week.  

In case you missed any of their posts, we would like to share those AWESOME projects once again!  
You will find Pan Pastels HERE at Altered Pages!

Here is what the team created!   









Friday, September 12, 2014

Dance with Pan Pastels

Hi, it's Robin here.  Welcome to my first project using Pan Pastels.  I've never used them before so I did a lot of reading and watching YouTube videos before I picked up a sponge.  There is a wonderful post here on Altered Pages Artsociates that will walk you through the tools and techniques to get you started.  Where you go from there is up to you!

I am using two colors on this project - Permanent Green Extra Dark and Magenta Extra Dark.  I began by applying an even layer of green around the outer edge of the 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 card panel with one of the finger width sponges.

Then I filled in the center with an even layer of the purple with the same sponge.  You simply need to wipe the first color off on a scrap of paper or paper towel before using the second color; there is no washing required.

Using the stylus, I drew several vines and leaves across the entire card panel.  Light purple berries were added to the vines using a pastel pencil.  To give them more dimension, I highlighted the vines and berries with a gold gel pen.

Since I had the pencil set out, I added some shading to the leaves with white and gray pencils. 

I have an awesome alphabet stencil set that I picked up at one of the big box hardware stores.  They sell several different sizes and you can find them near the mailboxes.  For the word "DANCE", I used the smallest set.  I outlined the letters with pencil and then filled them in using a white paint pen and then used a colored pencil to add a shadow to the letters.

This beautiful ballerina has been on my desk for months just waiting to dance onto a project.  I printed the 1793 Vintage Ballerinas collage sheet on 8.5 x 11 white card stock and cut out the lovely soloist.  The panel was then mounted on two corresponding sheets of textured card stock and fits an A7 envelope.

It's a simple card to highlight the beautiful background.  I had fun playing with these wonderful Pan Pastels!  They are a wonderful addition to my mixed media art supplies!!  Thanks for stopping by and visiting.  Please remember to comment on the posts in September for a chance to win your own set of pastels.  Thanks for stopping by!  See you next time.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Crow and Christmas cards with Pan Pastels

You may not know this about me, but I'm an art supply skeptic.  (And yes, thank you, I am aware of the unfortunate acronym!) There was a time when the only supplies I ever touched were pencils, paints, and my beloved crayons.  Then I started scrapbooking (this was in 1992).  Then a friend of mine lured me into using her rubber stamps.  And then another friend enticed me with her Altered Pages collage sheets (true story)--it's been a slippery slope ever since, my friends.

ANYWAY, the point is, I was expecting NOT to be impressed with PanPastels.  Messy, dusty, smeary pastels.  In a pan.  So what.

HOWEVER, these aren't my mom's pastels, people.  They are so full of pigment I may never use a whole pan of one color in my lifetime.  They aren't messy or dusty at all, and they blend like a dream. 

So . . . I'll be snacking on a large helping of crow as you peruse these Christmas cards:
This one has a light blending of green with red stenciled over--Lyneen shows the technique in her post HERE.  I also like how you can stamp immediately and directly on top of the PanPastels.

The next two have the PanPastels blended on ledger paper, then stamped.  They also have some of the yellow blended into the backgrounds, and the edges of the papers are distressed ala PanPastel, as well.

The pre-printed patterned paper bits are from Graphic 45.  Have you started Christmasing yet?  Here is a  link for you to the many, MANY Altered Pages Christmas Collage Sheets

Thank you for stopping by!  Remember, leaving comments on the blog posts this month automatically enters you into the draw for a beautiful set of PanPastels . . .

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pan Pastels Play

Hi Everyone!  It's Danie here today sharing a little bit of my Pan Pastels Play with you all.

I decided to film my play showing how easy and versatile it is to use these beautiful colors with other mediums and create interest and texture by creating layers using stencils.  Lucky I did this well in advance because this week I have the flu and have lost my voice.....haha.

You will also see how easy it is to achieve different colors.  This was my first time using Google Hangouts to record too, so the footage is live at the time of filming and unedited.....For my play today I am using the Pan Pastel Exploring Mixed Media Set No 1.  Which has seven different colors, two shades of red, two shades of blue, a yellow green, a white and a black.  The kit also contained various applicator sponges and a painting knife and knife covers, everything you need to get started.  In my play today I also use a ear bud and my finger to apply and blend the color.

Following my play as seen in the video I used my backgrounds to create the above ATC's, I trimmed them slightly smaller than ATC size and mounted them on some left over Gelli Prints.  I combined them with butterfly images from the Beautiful Butterflies Collage Sheet and word strips cut from one of the papers in the Kaisercraft Botanical Odyssey Collection.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Feature Artist - Linda Cain

is honored to introduce

Hi there, my name is Linda Cain, and I have an Addiction to Creating Art!  I started out as a watercolor artist, but when I found stamps and ink, I knew I was hooked. Then the papers and paints, and the stencils and paste....it's just too much fun. I love working with all of them. I hope you find inspiration on my blog Friends in Art. So stop over and take a look. I love sharing, and am always glad to answer any questions you have.

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See her blog: Friends in Art

Monday, September 8, 2014

Art Journaling with Pan Pastels

Hello everyone!  Barbara here, and I am so excited to be working with PanPastels this month.  The generous folks over at Pan Pastels sent us a set of pastels, a tray, and the Softt tools to work with.  PanPastels are now available at AlteredPages.com!  Leave a comment on the blog for a chance to win a set.  So, what are Pan Pastels, you might ask.   

They are "Ultra Soft Artists’ Painting Pastels for Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media! A revolutionary new way to use color! PanPastel Colors are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format (cake-like). The special qualities of PanPastel Colors mean that artists can blend and apply dry color like fluid paint for the first time."

I had this small Dylusions art journal that I wanted to get started working in.  So, I thought what better way to play with Pan Pastels than in an art journal. 

These are super nice journals because the paper inside takes so many different media.  For my background, I blended Turquoise, Bright Yellow Green, and Permanent Green.  

Run a strip of dotted adhesive along each edge.  Lightly blend Magenta Extra Dark over the adhesive, patting first, then blending towards the center.  I really loved this effect.  It gives it a bit of a shabby texture, which I like a lot.  Also, when using dark colors like this, you can dab some of the color off onto your paper towel first.  I am not worried about any stickiness that may be felt through the pastels because I am going to spray a fixative over the entire page when it is completed.  

Another thing I learned is that you can get very rich, deep colors by using pressure on the sponge applicator, while a light touch will give you a more subtle effect, even with darker colors.   

Tear strips from the Lullaby collage sheet and adhere to page with gel medium, covering the entire page to seal everything.  Much to my surprise, the pastels did not run or move around on the page, as I feared it might.  I was very happy about that.  What can I say, I am sold on them!!!!

I added a bit of Permanent Red around the edge of the Eau de Toilette beauty label, shading in towards the center to give it a bit of a pinkish background.

Cut out Postcard image and shade edges with Red Iron Oxide Extra Dark.  If you get it too dark, remember, you can easily erase it.  So easy!

Cut out stamps background image and adhere to the center of both pages, as shown.

Adhere Eau de Toilette beauty label to the top left page, and the Postcard image to the bottom right page, as shown.

Lay a strip of washi tape along center to protect the right page.  Spread a layer of gesso through leaf stencil, as shown.

Now move the washi tape along the center to protect the left page and do the same, but this with with light molding paste.

As you can see, the gesso bled through the stencil a bit, while the thicker molding paste did not.  Allow to dry.

Okay, now you are going to think I have completely lost my mind, at least, that is what I thought the first time I saw an artist do this.  But I believe there is a method to the madness.  I used a baby wipe and added a light coat of gesso over the whole page, wiping more off of the portions of the  images that I wanted to show through.

Blend Pan Pastel colors over entire page again, using colors in supply list.  You can see how differently the gesso vs. the molding paste took the colors.  The gesso sort of resisted the colors a bit ... good to know.  Even the collage images took the color differently, also good to know.

Stamp "Letters Mingle Souls" onto Postcard image with Versamark ink.  Gently pounce Magenta Ex. Dark over Versamark so as not to smear the stamped image.  As you can see, the ink "grabs" the pastels beautifully, and appears darker.

Fussy cut images from the following collages sheets:  pretty girl image, flying bird,  and rose.  Ink edges with brown distress ink.  I knew my beautiful red rose was not going to work on my page, so I added some light pink color to make it work.  Can you see the difference?  The one on the right is the one I colored.

Cut two doilies from scrap paper, ink lightly with brown distress ink.  Layer all images onto journal pages, as shown.

Products Used:
Dylusions Small JournalVintage Text PagesSheet Music Brahams Lullaby collage sheetThink Pink collage sheetMailbox collage sheetVictorian Beauty Labels collage sheet; Vintage Wings collage sheetRed White and Blue collage image
Pan Pastels:  Permanent Green Ex. Dark, Magenta Ex. Dark, Yellow Ochre Ex. Dark, Turquoise, Phtalo Blue, Bright Yellow Green; 
Softt Tools
Gel Medium
Light Molding paste
Dotto style tape runner

I hope you enjoyed my project today and that I have inspired you to give art journaling a try.  Please be sure to visit often to see what the design team creates this month with their Pan Pastels.   And be sure to comment on the blog each day for a chance to win a set of  Pan Pastels.  A random drawing will take place at the end of the month. So, for each comment you make, you get another chance to win.  The more comments, the more chances of winning. (One comment per day, please).  

Have a wonderful, creative week!