Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Very Vintage Valentine

Hello everyone!  I have a special post for you today.  We are still enjoying our DecoArt products this month, and I even found some uses for them on my Valentine's Day card.  So, you card makers out there, don't be afraid to delve into the fabulous world of mixed media, because I am about to show you a fraction of what you can do with DecoArt Media products.  Of course, my card would be nothing without the help of Altered Pages products, too!

I used an aqua 4-/4" x 5-1/2" card for my base, and adhered a print paper slightly smaller to the front. I also distressed the paper with Scattered Straw to help it match the image.  

I resized and printed out two of the image from the Always in Love collage sheet.  I adhered the whole image with DecoArt Matted Medium to a piece of thick chipboard and trimmed to size.  I edged the piece with DecoArt Patina Green antiquing cream.  But wait, there's more.  
I added Interference DecoArtGold fluid acrylic along the edges, and it gave this beautiful shimmer effect.  I think it really gave it just the right vintage feel I was going for.
I roughly cut out the heart portion of the second image and added a thinner piece of chipboard beneath it.  I began adhering the German Pennant Point Gold border around it, beginning at the bottom of the heart.  This allowed me to get that perfect point at the bottom of the heart.
I continued around the opposite side, again beginning at the bottom and finishing off at the top of the heart.  I used 3D Crystal Lacquer to adhere the border.  It works really well and sticks fast. 
I wanted to distress the brassy finish of the gold border, so I added Patina Green antiquing cream with a cotton swab.  
I adhered the cut out heart image with foam dots.  Ahhhh, now that's more like it!  I love how the colors are all coming together.  
Finally, I added a piece of Dyeable Seam Binding that I inked with some aqua color,  and attached a bead charm to the bow with a Lightbulb Safety Pin.  

Altered Pages Supplies:
Always in Love collage sheet
Glitz Design print paper from All Dolled Up Muse Kit
German Pennant Point Gold border
Dyeable Seam Binding
Lightbulb Safety Pins
3D Crystal Lacquer
DecoArt Media: matte medium, Patina Green antiquing cream, Interference Gold fluid acrylic
Other supplies:  Aqua card stock, chipboard, charm, Scattered Straw distress ink
Oh, and don't forget that we will have a giveaway of DecoArt Products and a very useful Brayer from AlteredPages at the end of the month.   (total value $35.00)  We ask that you share our blog posts on YOUR social media pages/sites to be eligible.    Comment here and let us know where you posted!   Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, google+ !"

I hope you enjoyed my project today, and thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to come back for more inspiration from the design team.  

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hello Young Lovers

We're just about at the end of January and our month-long partnership with Deco Arts media products.  My post today is just me playing with some embellishments.  First, a vintage image from one of the Young Lovers Valentine collages.

I wanted to use this plain chipboard frame and white cardstock and I didn't have anything in my collection already the right color.  The frame and back panel were painted with Deco Art Flesh Tone acrylic paint to match the collage art.

I'm no stranger to altering embellishments.  I use painted and inked paper flowers and chipboard all the time.  Today I thought you might like to see some of the other items that I have painted using my Deco Art acrylic paints.

Brads and swords - plain and painted, side by side.
So go out and play with your paint.  It doesn't always have to be a journal or canvas!  Just have fun.  I hope you'll come back again to see what other fun projects the Altered Pages Design Team has in store for you!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Meet the Altered Pages Designers: LYNEEN JESSE

Altered Pages has a very talented Design Team
 I am proud to say I have the opportunity to work
with a group of amazing artists!!!

today I introduce me...
Lyneen Jesse

I live in Bremerton, WA with my awesome and very understanding husband of fourteen years and our terribly spoiled schnauzer Lilly. 

Working full-time, I also teaches classes at the local scrapbook store and create in my home studio, that tends to wander throughout the house at times! I enjoy stamping, scrapbooking, altered art, collecting vintage treasures and photography.

I started creating at a very young age, mom had my sisters, brother and me making hand made gifts from a very young age. My father is an architect, I would doodle buildings with columns like those in his BIG books. 

Give me an idea and I will come up with a way to create it. My studio is filled with everything imaginable from hardware store finds to the stacks of paper, flowers and chipboard I have “collected” over the years! One of my favorite pastimes is to comb thrift stores for items to create with. Like many my style has evolved over time vintage shabby & steampunk have become her current favorites.



Monday, January 26, 2015

DecoArt Mixed Media Book Project - Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of my mixed media art book with Altered Pages and DecoArt, our January sponsor.  Today, I am going to show you how to make the book pages, also known a signatures, for inside the book.  I will even begin to decorate them for you, hopefully to inspire and get your creative juices flowing. 

But first, I want to show you how to put the two bookscovers together.  Unfortunately, my computer went down before I could finish my last post, so I had to stop short of really finishing the covers.  If you missed it and would like to see how I altered them, you can click here for the tutorial.

Here are the fairy quotes I found online, which I computer-generated and fussy cut to use on my pages.

"Where there is Joy, Laughter and Colour, Fairies will be found!"

"A rustle in the wind reminds us a fairy is near."

"Garden fairies come at dawn, bless the flowers, then they're gone."

Altered Pages Supplies:
Color ATC Red1724 Collage Backgrounds GreenMailboxFairy Dreams collage sheets
Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper pad
Muse Dragonfly stamp set
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Fire Red Glitter
Serviette Papers
Dyeable Seam Binding
5x7 Canvas Art Boards
Tags and Postcards
Glitz Design journaling sticker
Glitz What-Nots Embellishment Collection
Black StazOn ink
UltraFine Mist Sprayer

DecoArt Media acrylic paints, mists, and mediums

Other supplies:  book cloth, paper punches, awl or paper piercing tool, dies, metal embellishments, gem swirls stickers

YES, we will have a giveaway of DecoArt Products and a very useful Brayer from AlteredPages.   (total value $35.00)  We ask that you share our blog posts on YOUR social media pages/sites to be eligible.    Comment here and let us know where you posted!   Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, google+ !"

I hope you enjoyed my project today.  It is a work in progress, and I will continue sharing pages as I go along. 

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chinese New Year Facts and FUN

Chinese Year of the Sheep/Goat  

Best Colors: Red, Purple, Brown         

Best numbers: 2 and 7
Best Months:  August and November        

Best Flowers: Carnations and primrose

Year of Birth: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967,     

1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
We have lovely International collages for your creating. We do have a Year of the Goat Collage, made just for 2015!


What is your Chinese birth animal?

See our Asian KITS and Stamps

Celebrities Born in the Year of the 

Sheep / Goat / Ram


Michelangelo, Mark Twain, Thomas Alva 

Edison, Rudolph Valentino, Rachel Carson, 

Pierre Trudeau, Barbara Walters, 

Orville Wright, Nicole Kidman, Julia 

Roberts, Amy Lee, Bruce Willis, Benicio 

Del Toro, Claire Danes, Jamie Lynn 

Spears, Matt LeBlanc

How to be Fortunate in 2015

Chinese people believe that, as the 

Spring Festival is the start of a new year, 

what you do then will affect your 

fortune in the coming year. There 

are taboos for the Spring Festival. 

Some Chinese people believe that they
mustn't do cleaning or wash their hair
in the first three days a that
will sweep/wash away any good luck.
Red underwear. You will see
red underwear sold at Chinese supermarkets
and street markets.
Red is believed to ward off misfortune.
Happy Chinese New Year as you visit 

our Blog to see the amazing art created 

by our Design Team using AlteredPages 

products and DecoArt products.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

ALTERED Composition Journal

I sure hope everyone on the team is having as much fun as I am with the products we received from our partner DecoArt this month!!!  The products are high quality and clean up is a snap with soap and water!

Today I have altered a Composition Journal! 

First, I covered the book front and back with gesso. I love starting with gesso when a book has a smooth shiny surface.

The gesso gives the paint something to hold onto! Let it completely dry.

Then with the DecoArt DecouPage I added an interesting Vintage Text - Dictionary Page, making sure to get out all of the bubbles. Once the page was dry I added some texture here with DecoArt   Modeling Paste and Punchinella on the front and back.   Let it dry thoroughly.

Once dry, start painting with Media Fluid Acrylics:  Primary Magenta, Antiquing Cream and Cadmium Red Hue and Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint: Celebration Pink. Leave interesting areas of the text unpainted.  For more texture and contrast spray with irRESITable!

Back and front of the journal, ink around the edges and the spine of the journal with brown.  

This is what I had planned... got this far and felt it wasn't finished... so I kept going.

Add bubbles to the page with a small bottle top dipped in Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint: Black.  Also painted a frame around the areas of test not covered in paint.

Decided the Leaky Shed Queen Swallow would look great on the journal.  I inked Leaky Shed Queen Swallow with black ink and heat embossed her with clear embossing powder.

Add the Washi with DecoArt Matt Medium.  

Composition Book
Vintage Text - Dictionary Page
Ink - Black and Brown
Tacky Glue
Tacky Glue
Leaky Shed Queen Swallow
Giant Glitz Rhinstone from Mailbox Muse Kit All Dolled Up
Clear Embossing Powder
Washi Tape

DecoArt Supplies:
Modeling Paste
Media Fluid Acrylics:  Primary Magenta, Antiquing Cream and Cadmium Red Hue
Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint: Celebration Pink and Black

Matt Medium

Friday, January 23, 2015

An Old-Fashioned Romance

Hello again!  The season of romance is upon us.  Valentine's Day is just a few weeks away and I have a canvas today to get us into a romantic mood.

As you all know, the Altered Pages Design Team has been playing with all sorts of Deco Art products this month.  Today I've used crackle paste, antiquing medium, matte varnish and a gorgeous floral stencil.  Combine them with a lovely Altered Pages Young Lovers Valentine collage, some paper flowers and other embellishments and I have a vintage-looking canvas!

Here's how I got here...

Check out How to Make "An Old-Fashioned Romance" Canvas by Robin Horasanian on Snapguide.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you'll come by again tomorrow and see what the team has to inspire you.  Happy crafting!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentines with DecoArt at Altered Pages

First, let me tell you, PRINT PARTY--when you need a stack of backgrounds, there's nothing better than pulling a bunch of monotype prints from a Gelli plate, and the 5x7 size is perfect for card making  For these, I used a mix of DecoArt paints, mostly from the Americana line, a little spritzing from DecoArt media misters, and I'll be adding some glittery touches using Glamour Dust paints, as well.
Would you like to see some of the prints?  (Just say yes, I'm going to post them anyway!)

Don't want to make your own backgrounds?  No problem--just choose one of the many Collage Backgrounds from Altered Pages.  Altered Pages also has a great collection of vintage Valentine images, not to mention lots of rich German Scrap (gotta love the hearts), all perfect for creating lovely, personalized Valentines.
Don't want to have to plan what you need?  Grab this Valentine KIT--lots of fun supplies!

PS--don't forget, Miss Jean says:  "YES, we will have a giveaway of DecoArt Products and a very useful Brayer from AlteredPages.   (total value $35.00)  We ask that you share our blog posts on YOUR social media pages/sites to be eligible.    Comment here and let us know where you posted!   Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, google+ ! "  

So share this post, or any January Artsociates post, on fb, or pin it on Pinterest, and let us know here in a comment that you did.  And probably where to find it, that would be helpful!  


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Time to Fly DecoArts Canvas

Deco Arts Media products are so versatile and one of my favorites is the Matte Medium - as I mentioned in my post earlier this month it can be used as a collage glue which is how it was used below...

But it can also be used for image transfers!  For this canvas I transferred several butterflies to my canvas using only the Matte Medium.  I glued the images (face down) making sure not to get any of the medium on the back of the image.  Let it dry then wet with water and rubbed off the layers of paper...some more than others.  

Once the image had dried I used the Matte Medium again, this time as a sealer for the transfer. 

I also played with the Fluid Acrylics to add a bit of color to the canvas....

At this point to unify the colors I covered everything with a layer of the Titanium White Antiquing Cream - brushed it on and wiped it off with my hand to give it a muted feel.

Oil Pastels were used to highlight the image transferred butterflies; Glorious Gold Dazzling Metallics acrylic paint was applied around the edges and a few dots of white acrylic paint were added here and there...also smudged with my hand.  Finally I added the foliage to the upper left and wrote the sentiment with a bit of Black Carbon Fluid Acrylic.  I had a bit of the black left over so I watered it down a bit and flicked it over the entire canvas.

It was so much fun to let my imagination FLY with DecoArt products.

DecoArt Supplies: Media Matte Medium; Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Red; Carbon Black, Primary Yellow, Primary Cyan, Titanium White; Antiquing Cream - Titanium White; Dazzling Metallics Glorious Gold  acrylic paint