Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spooky Tag

Hi everyone! It's me, Tonya and I'm here to share a tag I created for Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween. 

Also Art Anthology is this month's partner with Altered Pages which I am pretty excited about.

31 Days of Halloween - DAY 2
I want to share my tag I created. I started off with a #10 tag for my base, adhered with a gel medium some of the orange cardstock that was in my Mailbox Muse kit, let dry and then added a wash of orange, brown and black acrylic paint. I used a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.

I fussy cut one of the  Creepy People out along with a set of bug wings and adhered to the tag along with a black diecut and leftover scraps (which one piece I cut to make a hat) from the Mailbox Muse kit. I outlined the creepy person with a sharpie and added Stickles to the wings. Also added a couple of vintage text page strips that I had leftover from another project.

Next I added black paint around the edges and "drops" on the tag. Then I dipped the outer edge of a empty toilet paper roll in the black paint and added random circles and the white circles I dipped a small bottle lid in my ink pad. Once dry I inked up my +++ roller stamp that was also in my Mailbox Muse kit and rolled in randomly across the tag. I stamped Spooky on bottom and 31 on the top corner of the tag.

I used a circle stencil with Art Anthology sorbet paint which kinda got a little smudged but that's ok I added some mini plastic hexagon shapes for a cool effect. What paint was still on the stencil I flipped over and laid it in different spots for a bit of texture and color. Lastly I added sequins, dew drops and fiber to the tag.
Be sure to hop along everyday with Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween blog hop and check out Altered Pages blog for lots of inspiration! If you have any questions about my tag and how I created it please let me know.

Supplies Used:

Other Supplies: Orange, Brown and Black Acrylic Paints, Sequins, Circle Stencil, Gel Medium, StazOn Black Ink, Black Fine Tip Sharpie, Lil'l Davis Designs Rubber Halloween Stamp Set

If you are participating in the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop, check the blog roll  on the sidebar!

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Thursday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Under My Spell... Canvas

October is a month filled with SPOOKTACUL-ART fun! AlteredPages is partnering with Art Anthology, you won't want to miss all the projects created by our fantastic team using the exquisite Art Anthology paints, along with assorted Altered Pages products!

October also brings our sponsorship for the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop... You can count down with us right here to that frightful night... HALLOWEEN! Get ready for a month full of ghouls, goblins and much more!!!!

Be sure to COMMENT on our blog each day for a chance to win..... Art Anthology Paint, Embedibles and Stencil, plus  an Altered Pages Tote and preprinted tags.

We will also be providing 3 prize sets for the Smeared and Smudged 31 Days Hop including collages, tags, stamps and inkpads! Follow along (see links on sidebar) for fun viewing of wonderful Art. Learn more about the hop HERE!

Thanks from the Team at 

31 Days of Halloween - DAY 1

You're getting sleepy....
very sleepy and soon you'll be under my spell!  

I had such fun making this creepy Halloween canvas... it's like a bad dream and a B rated horror flick combined - LOL!!  Don't stare at him too long or you might just fall under his spell!

And here's how it was created....

Supplies Used:
Art Anthology Big Dip O' Ruby Dimensional Paint, Embedibles, Swirl Stencil

Altered Pages - Pan Pastels, Canvas Art Board, StazOn Ink, Aleene's Tacky Glue

Have a spooky day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Feature Artist ~ Cindy Kovack

Altered Pages is honored to share with you the

Cindy is a mixed media artist living in Phoenix, AZ.  She’s had a passion to create from childhood. Coming from a large, economically challenged household, she lacked funds for her creative projects. She’d hike to the local dump and salvage reclaimed parts and pieces for her art.  She’s a self-taught artist who learned to paint with house paint and model airplane brushes. She has since fused her love of paint, collage and upcycling into a way of life. Shortly after her late husband’s death, she found she was able to channel her grief into her art. To this day she uses her creativity as a form of meditation. Cindy is a published artist who has taught painting, drawing and varied mixed media techniques throughout her career at seminars, educational facilities, galleries, local shops and retreats.

Mixed Media Artist: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Encaustic Wax, Collage, Upcycled Assemblage

Cindy will be back next with us next week sharing more of her creativity!!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Haunted Craft Art Shadow Box With Pan Pastels!

Haunted Craft Art Shadow Box With Pan Pastels!


I am in love with Alteredpages wonderful products! They really make my crafting, mixed medium, and art projects come together! This week I created a one of a kind artsy haunted craft creation.
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Supply list:
eBrush with Prismacolor markers
On hand Fixative and assorted cardstock
makeup foam wedges from Dollartree
sketch pencils on hand.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

It's the end of September!!!



I wanted to reminisce a bit with you, since we are getting so close to the Fall Holidays.

Perhaps you have not seen all of the Holiday Kits we have on our website.   Here are some photos and links to the website. Enjoy the projects that our Team has created for YOU.  Make, keep, give, it's all fun.


Robin Horasanian's Horrific Canvas

Make sure to leave you comments letting our designers know how much you admire their artwork.  It's always nice to receive a compliment!   Makes the day even better!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lisa Fulmer Launches a Fantastic Book!

We are lucky to be acquainted with Lisa Fulmer!   

Lisa invited us to help share her new book and we are Tickled Pink to do so.

Lisa Fulmer is a well known craft industry professional and she will show you how to take control of your CRAFT STASH like a PRO!   Lisa's book helps you maximize your storage, manage your materials and get the very most out of your Stash!   To celebrate her new book we will give away a copy to one of our Blog commenters and it could be YOU!   Comment on THIS blog post and add our Blog to your Facebook page by using the Facebook comment link below ~ random drawing Sept. 30, 2014

You can also visit Lisa at and make sure to order a signed copy of the book at

Our Design Team Artist, Stephanie Siatta shows you how to Craft your Stash:

Hi, Stephanie here and welcome to the Altered Pages Blog.   I hope your having a wonderful Saturday!

You probably have heard the buzz lately about Lisa Fulmer's smash new hit, Craft Your Stash.  It's a recently released amazing syllabus of everything you need to know about crafting with your craft "stash". There are organizational tips, tools and techniques as well as project tutorials.

Today, I will be sharing a recent project of mine where I created a large Asian joss paper canvas gathering supplies from my craft stash.  This project will be up cycling a 1990's era painting where the foundation is an over sized (2 feet x 4 feet) canvas that had seriously seen better days.

Unfortunately, in my zest to create I forgot to snap a before pic.  The original painting was very the 1990's. It was a roughly painted sketch of a woman, beautifully done I might add.  Now, here is where the 90's comes add some jazz (yes, I said jazz) to the piece a shredded type of multi-color confetti/glitter was added randomly for texture and shine. It worked at the time, but not so much anymore.  The picture below is after a coat of gesso and gray acrylic paint that I had left over from another project.  In the picture below you can see the lumpiness of the surface from the glitter.  The canvas had been stored and garaged for many years and it showed its wear and tear just a bit.  It literally was torn in places.

That texture right there is what I loved about it, well that and it was FREE.  The canvas was chipped and torn, but no matter that was going to play perfectly into my design.  To give this beauty new life I decided on a soft, cool color palette that worked perfectly with the silver joss paper.  



You can see the background colors developing.  This was done with more of that same grey paint used earlier and a couple colors from my PanPastels.  After the paint was dry I came in with light touches of Ultramarine Blue, building the intensity gradually. I also used very light touches of Red Iron Oxide to give it a slightly modeled look.  Sadly, much of this will be covered, but I know it's there and it does sneak through in some areas.

Next, it was time to dry fit my silver joss paper.  I did not need this to be perfectly lined up, nor did I want it to be.  I wanted a somewhat organic look to this.  Oh, how I love joss paper!!!  It catches the light so beautifully.  The fibers and texture of it are just wonderful.

Once I had the paper laid out I began adhering the tiles, working in small sections.  I did this by brushing on Aleene's Tacky Glue directly onto the canvas.  I had watered the tacky glue down just slightly.  I added a generous amount of glue as I wanted it to saturate through the joss paper.  I did this as you cannot brush over the top of the joss paper.  If you did treat this as traditional decoupage the silver leafing would come right off and we don't want that.  So, once the papers were in place I did not need to come back over the piece.  Sweeeeeet!

My Asian joss paper canvas now has new life and a new home hanging in my in my formal living and dining room.  I love this piece for so many reasons.  1. It was an upcycle, which I am always a fan of breathing new life into cast away art.  2. It was done using all supplies that I already had at my finger tips.  I love projects where there is no need to pick up some special ingredient.  3. It is just plain old PRETTY! 

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  

Thank you Lisa and Altered Pages for the opportunity to be part of something so wonderful!   ~Stephanie 

Supplies used;
Acrylic paint
Paint brushes
Large canvas

Friday, September 26, 2014

Loving these vibrant Pan Pastels!

Hi everyone!  It's a beautiful early fall day here in Michigan and I'm waiting for the leaves to start turning into the gorgeous fall golds, reds and shades of brown that we all love here in "the Mitten".  I love all the brightly colored foliage and I can't imagine a prettier place to live this time of year. 

When I first learned about pastels many years ago I ran out and bought a set of pencils.  They're fun to use but the colors in that set were very muted, much like my chalks.  So all of the talk about Pan Pastels really didn't grab my attention.  I didn't expect to get such vibrant reds and yellows as I did on this project!  I had fun with my first card earlier this month but I only used two colors on it and didn't really get to see how wonderfully they blend.  I sure found out this time!

Altered Pages has a collage sheet of beautiful coffee images and I chose one with lovely red, green and yellow in it off the We All Enjoy Coffee page.  I cut out and distressed the edges of the image using the stylus tool with the rounded head.

My coffee bean background was stamped using VersaMark ink and then I randomly added colors to compliment the collage image using one of their Sofft sponges.  I blended in more colors in layers until I got the look I wanted.  I used a workable fixative to set the pastels so that they wouldn't smear off the page as I worked with it.

Using a deckled-edge rectangle die from my own collection, I cut a piece from the same stock I used to make the card and backed my collage image with it.  I purposely chose to mount the rectangle and image at off-setting angles to enhance the deckled edge.

I hated to cover up any more of the background but I felt it needed something frilly.  I cut out a piece of lattice from the same green stock.  I had two pretty red paper flowers and one cream flower.  Cream?  No way on this project...but these flowers ink up so easily that it became a yellow flower in a few seconds.  I just pressed the flower onto my stamp pad! When it was dry, all three were sprayed with Shimmer Spritz and allowed to dry (again).  Then I glued them to the lattice, added a few tiny die-cut coffee cups (my own collection), Dew Drops and Stickles.

There is still time to be entered into the drawing to win your own set of Pan Pastels.  Don't miss this opportunity!  You can comment on each daily post and it counts as an entry in the drawing.  Good luck!

Scan of card

Thursday, September 25, 2014

halos, highlights, and Halloween with Pan Pastels

Have you seen the amazing "paintings" that people do with Pan Pastels?  They're fabulous.  But you won't see one in this post--waaaaaayyyyy beyond me!  However, I still REALLY like these pastels, and am having a great time incorporating them into my creations.  

One of the things I tend to "do" is halo, or highlight, around people or words, sometimes with gold paint, but most commonly with white crayon.  However, I'm seriously considering trading in the white crayon permanently . . .

Let me show you some before and after photos.  Here is an atc I did a while back, the background is a collage of papers from a Vintage Text Pages Pack, paint, etc.  Around the stitched heart is a subtle halo/highlight of white crayon.                                                                                                                                                          

Here is the same atc, but with white Pan Pastel for the halo/highlight.  I like this one better!

This one has a more subtle difference, due to the light neutral papers used--again from a Vintage Text Pages Pack.
After--adds a little "glow," yes?
One more---this is a tip-in layout for a Poe themed book I've been working on.  The background paper is a Gelli Plate print:
Before--some grey crayon
white and black Pan Pastels
 Again, not a dramatic change, but I definitely like the blended Pastels better.  Here is the whole layout, just for a little peek:
Layout open, little book shut
The little book open--it's a pop-up book INSIDE a pop-up book.

Altered Pages Poe Page
Altered Pages Raven Page
Delicata Silver Ink
Gelli Plate

Leave me a comment, and you're entered in the draw for the September comment-leaver-prize of a SET of Pan Pastels!  As a matter of fact, go through and leave comments on ALL the September posts--the more comments, the better your chances.

Have a wonderful Thursday!