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Feeling a bit Moroccan with The Crafters Workshop Stencils

I have always wanted to go to Morocco.
With The Crafters Workshop, I came close today.  The Lacy Tiles stencil designed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer made me think of Moroccan tiles.

This was a start, stop and redo project taking about 8 hours.  I began with a gessoed substrate and actually used a different stencil and when I colorized it I did not like the look.  SO, more gesso.  I layered tissue papers, music sheets and text pages.
I then added images from our Vintage Text pages with gel medium and stenciled TCW Light and Fluffy texture around them.

Loved the texture of the stencil but disliked the images...I literally tore the still damp images off in pieces which created even more texture. (loved that) Now for colors. I stenciled acrylic paints onto the non-textured areas. I mixed colors as I went, mostly heavy body acrylics. I used my fingers to create the randomness of color.
I wanted softness, rubbing with titanium buff acrylic paint.  The richness of all the layers of paints really sp…
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Today we have more projects from The Crafter's Workshop Design Team.  They are using Altered Pages Collage images with TCW stencils!  We hope you have been inspired to use stencils in your art! This week they have been busy, check out these amazing works of art on their blog by clicking on the link below each picture.  Let them know you were by! Click HERE to see the full post by Karenliz Henderson
Click HEREto see the full post by Patty Eskridge

Click HERE to see the full post by Heidi Jakobs

A Little of This and a Little of That...

Welcome to the Blog.
Today, I have for you a couple large Halloween themed tags.  I used the same Crafters Workshop stencil and one Raven themed collage sheet as the jumping off point for my two tags.  I used similar products and even similar placement for each element.   You will see however, that I acheived two completely different looks.   I also used a newer item to Altered Pages, Tyvek envelopes to create beautiful DIY flowers.  I will include a seperate tutorial on the flowers at the bottom of this post.  You really must try this technique!!!  It is 100% addictive.  Let's begin... Grab your tag and break that blank background with an ink of your choice.  You can mist, sponge, watercolor, etc.  Splash Inks are perfect for this!  Next, apply another layer over your stencil.  I used a darker green ink sprayed on the stencil right over the base color.  Splash Inks are perfect for this! 
Then, I added my collage image, a bit of black acrylic paint to all four edges, a …

BOO! (mind your own beeswax.)

Have you ever used beeswax in your artwork?  I've been experimenting with this technique, and today incorporated some stenciling into the process.  Thanks to The Crafters Workshop stencils for inspiration.

This wax is a little more milky than I'd like, but I'm still enjoying the depth it adds.

The tiny canvas is 3x5, with some paint pen and melted crayon to start. with an additional layer using the TCW stencil Dahlia Blooms 6x6 stencil (designed by Marlene Meijer-van Niekerk), using black ink.

A little Altered Pages collage and a "Boo!", attached with a layer of wax.

Some stars, and glitter around the edges.

Check back all month for more stencily inspiration with The Crafter's Workshop!

Dia De Los Muertos

The Design Team and yes, including across the pond, has been having fun with spooky creations.  This journal page was created using scraps stamps, paint and the colorful Altered Pages collage sheet DAY of  the DEAD downloaded from Altered Pages.  June Mac had a great time with our collages.  Stay tuned for stenciling!
Supplies: Altered Pages collage sheet DAY of  the DEAD Acrylic Paint Ink The collage sheet was printed on copy paper. Fussy cut the image of the skulls and the Dia De Los Muertos banner from the Altered Pages collage sheet DAY of  the DEAD
The sentiment 'Bite me' (from my stash) was stamped with black ink on white paper, then ink the edges.  With a dry paintbrush, stippled page with blue acrylic paint.

Thanks to our partner this month...

All Hallows Eve!

What a witchy night in the woods among the spooky trees!!!!

The Crafters Workshop - Tree Branches stencil
Altered Pages Collage Sheet- Witching Hour
Altered Pages Collage#1820 Quoth the Raven Nevermore (printed on transparency)
Large Tag
Gelatos - Red, Yellow and Purple
Water brush
Blending tool
Black ink
Shimmer Mist
Spray Mist - red
Large Rhinestone
Glue stick

With Water brush spread Gelatos - Red, Yellow and Purple on wet Large Tag.  Set aside to dry.

With The Crafters Workshop - Tree Branches stencil randomly apply Black ink on the Large Tag with a Blending tool.  

Add a bit of Spray Mist - red and Shimmer Mist.
Rub around the edges of tag with Black ink.

Cut All Hallows Eve from Altered Pages Collage Sheet - WitchingHour use Black ink to distress.  Add Large Rhinestone.

Cut Raven from Altered Pages Collage