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My Marie Paper Journal

USArtQuest has been an awesome partner this month, their products are high quality top of the line. Believe me, no one is paying me to say this! Over the next three days I have a project that I will be sharing in stages.  I am up-cycling an old book to be my journal.  I am not sure if I would call my journal a junk-journal or a glue book.  It is not your typical journal, maybe it should be called a paper journal. 

The plan is to fill this journal with  images of  Marie Antoinette from Altered Pages collection of AWESOME images!

Before we get to the journal I would love to introduce you to the wonderful handmade papers from USArtQuest!
They are a feast to a paper addicts eyes!  I can almost feel them with my eyes!

The colors and textures are to die for, there are mulberry papers, glittered papers, sewn papers, botanicals, even wax.

You will find prints and patterns, USArtQuest has it all.

Back to my journal.  If you touch and feel handmade papers you will not be able to toss even the small…
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Mixed Media Steampunk Canvas

Hello to everyone from Robin Horasanian

Welcome to another March project highlighting the partnership between Altered Pages and USArt Quest this month.  Today I have a mixed media Steampunk canvas to share.

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When that layer was completely dry, I coated the entire project in a layer of PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) to seal it.  I made sure to get a pool of the PPA around each of the Prills to help hold them in place.  

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