Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Tale of February

What do Seasons mean to YOU?

Is your art dictated by the seasons?   Let's explore the creative muse.  Being artists or even casual creators we are visual and tactile, therefore our surroundings seem to affect us.  

If I say blue what comes to your mind?  The sky or water or?

If I say winter what do you see in your mind's eye? 


When I say apple, do you visualize a red apple, a green apple or apple pie?  

Basic instincts drive our thoughts, we all react differently based on experience.

Your Muse may come from visual images, a word or even a smell.   If you allow those cues to prompt you, your art will be free and flow easily.   

Throw down some paint, then see what hidden images are in the splotches.   A great exercise is to use watercolor with salt.   Put down any colors you want on paper, then sprinkle salt on it. Coarse salt gives a different perspective than fine salt and placing it on wet color versus semi-dry make a big difference. Of course, allow to dry and rub or shake the salt off.  I like to cut these up and use in collage art.

                                  (art by 35 cat ladies) 

Then take a marker or pen and see what images you can find in the paints.  This technique is somewhat like seeing images in clouds!  The paint was freely placed on paper and then images were added with a pen.  Sort of Where's Waldo without Waldo!

(art by Artsonia and Tracee Murphy)

The idea is to free up your senses and create what makes you happy.  The only 'pressure' you should feel is your own MUSE. We hope you find materials and inspiration at to help make that happen.

Thanks for visiting today.

All Things French at Altered Pages!

Never been to France, I hope to visit some day!!  Until then, I can dream about ALL THINGS Parisian and French!  

Ciseaux Border Eiffel
I create using both Paris and France as my theme for projects. To help with my love has many products that satisfy my creative whims... here are some of them. I am sure there are more!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Spring Fairy Crystal Ball

Hi guys!
Today I have for you a pretty little Spring Crystal Ball. 
Don't we all need a crystal ball sometimes?
Well, here is yours.
In keeping with all things "Greenery", the Pantone color of the year
This project is dripping with beautiful hues of green.
Here is a sneak peak...
Here are just some of the goodies I will use to complete this fairy themed crystal ball.
 You can see below the beautiful green and purple fairy
I have fussy cut to be the center of my crystal ball.
Leaving a "tail" ensures that you can insert the image into the globe and have a means to manipulate the image.
 These pretty pink flowers were dusted with a bit of green ink and glittery shimmer mist.
 The white Petaloo DIY flowers were also inked in green and given a shimmer mist.
These items will be attached with hot glue and
in come cases Tacky Glue.
Overhead close up of pink and green dyed paper flowers.
 Close up of Petaloo DIY Green dyed flowers
and layers of ribbons and fibers...
 She looks like she is blooming right up from the crystal below.
Beautiful from the front...
And, back...
I hope you enjoyed this fun little Spring Crystal Ball. 
I know just who I am giving this sweet garden Fairy too.
Mother's Day is coming...
Wink Wink 
Please check back daily to see the creative ways the Altered Pages Design Team incorporates "Greenery" into our art for you!
Thanks for spending some time with me today,


Supply list...
Fairies 128 collage
Ciseaux Broder Antique scissors
Ciseaux Broder Eiffel scissors
Shimmer Spritz
Maya Road Mist - green\
Just Leaves 10 pack
Petaloo Dyeable Flowers
Seam Binding - Dyeable Ribbon
Assorted ribbon & lace packs
Aleens Specialty Glues
Clear Acrylic Globe
Glass candle stick

Thursday, February 16, 2017

spring greenery in a fairy pop-up book

As you probably know, Altered Pages is celebrating February with "greenery," the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.  I love green, and this time of year in the Midwest, I'm ready for a little spring and green!
This is a layout from a little handmade pop-up book--it's only about 2 inches by 5 inches, so about 4 by 5 inches when it's open.  The quote is from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

spritzable inks--mists or splash
background stamps and ink pads  (all the Neons are on sale right now!)
fairy collage page
a hint of shimmer--Wink of Stella pens

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gel Press

Did you know Gel Press products are available at Altered Pages?

Click HERE to see what is available!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BE MINE a Valentine for Valentines Day


A sweet Valentine using Altered Pages Victorian Valentine Collage Sheet and beautiful Petaloo Fab Flowers layered on a red card with white doily!
Altered Pages Victorian Valentine Collage Sheet
Glue Stick
Heart Pearl Pins
Petaloo Fab Flowers
Bakers Twine
Heart Button
Black Ink - to ink letters


This is the cutest image!!!

Forgive me, today I am missing the GREENERY....
it is  Valentine's Day!!!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Tribute to Nature Tryptich

Jen Rothstein here for
Today I have a short and sweet project. A Nature themed project, in our color of the month, GREEN!!

I am making this project for a "secret someone" and I had a very specific idea in mind. I hope you will forgive me this time, for personalizing. 

I wanted to share it with you anyway, as it mostly in green and the techniques I am using will work with so many of the available AP products that you could make several of these in varied themes and colors. They make great gifts, just sayin'

I start with 3 small canvases, but you could use any sturdy substrate or just one big canvas.

Here I have chosen a nature themed paper and aligned all 3 canvases. I glue paper to the canvas. This one is from my stash but here are some other great papers that would work perfectly for this type of project.

After the glue has dried, I cut them apart and trim off any excess.

Now I add all my collage elements.  There are so many gorgeous ones here, you will definitely find what you are looking for.

Next, I mix molding paste with green acrylic paint and brush it through a stencil in random places on the canvas. I'm looking for messy here so the shapes are very blurred. I let this dry and it gives a little texture.

Next, I use some chalk paint in random dabs (using fingers here), to give another texture/finish and more interest.
I use a watered down off-white and some brown acrylic paints, to flick a spray of paint droplets to give some depth. Now I spray with Maya Road Espresso Brown mist and smudge around to give an antique look finish.

I add some real moss pieces here and there and finis!

Supplies you can use - 

I hope my "secret someone" will like it.  See you in a couple weeks.

Happy Valentine's Day Y'all!

Jen R from Dog-Ma Studio

Saturday, February 11, 2017

COLOR Your World

New Products - waiting for you, click here

Keeping with our month of COLOR, I wanted to share some palettes you might like to use in your projects.   

Mauve and sage green are not the current colors, but fresh tones of those colors are!  What we see in Fashion influences our world, it trickles into home interiors and the art in homes.  As we see these colors more and more, we incorporate them into our surroundings.  Maybe you will buy a yellow purse or a necklace of Lapis.

A Mixture of Vitality, Relaxation and the Great Outdoors
From colors that are bright and vivid to those that convey a sense of earthiness, top 10 colors for spring 2017 are reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature. 
In conjunction with New York Fashion Week, the PANTONE Fashion Color Report is your essential color guide to the season:
Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling. 

From the warmth of sunny days with PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow 
The invigorating feeling of breathing fresh mountain air with PANTONE 18-0107 Kale 
The desire to escape to pristine waters with PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise
Colors fully capture the promises, hope, and transformation that we yearn for each Spring.

Thanks for seeing the blog today and maybe getting a jump on the fresh colors we will be seeing this year.