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Using Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers now available at!!!

Hello Night OWLS! Susan here bringing you some tips and techniques on coloring your Altered Pages Digital Download Collage Sheets. I will be using Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers now available at!!! Keep a lookout for a tutorial video for more tips and techniques using these fantastic products.


While playing I painted a swatch of the color on top and sides. Aren't they so lovely??? These colors look drastically different on light and dark backgrounds so I encourage you to PLAY with them to see their endless potential.

I purchased a package of Vintage Text Pages which is a fantastic assortment of book pages for altering. I cut up some pages to be perfect for ATC background pages and started to play... 

I put down a paper brushed with a little water and picked up the mixer color and painted it on. For most colors, I painted on both sides. This resulted in an aged paper look which has some translucency to it. I repeated for each color I made - this is how I ended up with all the lovely papers at the top of this post. AN INTERESTING DISCOVERY: Some of the colors {the green, red, pink and citrine/yellow pearls} pigment seeped straight through the paper, saving the step of painting both sides. The backside was lighter and not as strong - but an interesting and surprising result that was totally unexpected. After painting - I set aside to dry on waxed paper - this absorbed the excess moisture and kept my little colored pages from sticking.

An experiment: I made a test of just Crystal Lacquer on the book page to see if I could achieve the same look of an oil or resin coated paper. The result is YES!!! I poured about a quarter size of Crystal Lacquer on the page and spread it out on both sides. I let it set for a couple minutes, then dipped the tip of my brush in water {very little} and brushed it over. The Crystal Lacquer soaked through the paper and became translucent with the feel of vellum when dry. This will be a nice starting surface to work on for altered projects.

This piece using Crystal Lacquer only is two pieces that I laid on top of each other and became fused before I could pull them apart. I love how the translucency of the two papers are visable.

This piece is painted with a combination Crystal Lacquer with a small amount of Red Pearl Mixer and Bronze Mixer. The pigment color is very vibrant and can be used with more Crystal Lacquer and water for a translucent layering -OR- with more pigments for an opaque paint effect.

Next - I painted some Bazzill Chips Chipboard Keys with the Bronze Mixer. While painting the key I also painted a swatch onto black cardstock...STUNNING!!!

where I will MAKE AN IMAGE TRANSFER using
Altered Pages Collage Sheets and CRYSTAL LACQUER!!!!

Have a great night creating before the Monday morning Madness! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to go and alter something. Please visit the Altered Pages website for TUTORIAL VIDEOS, the new Terri Sproul Mixers, Collage Sheets, Rubber Stamps, blank items ready to alter, Project kits and more! If you would like to see more of my work Click HERE.


  1. Ooooooh I've so gotta try this. Wow what cool discoveries you've made!!!


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