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An Amazing Month at AlteredPages

PanPastel is one of the most versatile mediums you will ever use!   Like paint, like chalk, like crayon, like watercolor, like ink & even with a brush, but all in one pan applied with sponges or fingers.  It is magic!     

I want to show you how you can take a b/w image and create amazing results!   Any collage can be turned into your own original!   For this example I used a text page with floral images......see the magic!


To colorize the images, Panpastels were used in colors ultramarine blue, perm Green, perm Red, red iron oxide, diary like yellow.   The colors can be mixed with each other or in deepening shades of the same color for shadows and sunlight.  You can do this too!  Easy Squeezy with fabulous results!  This is what art is all about!   Experiment.


YES we have the 5 x 7 inch Gelli Plates!!!!
ORDER your plate today, we expect them to go fast!
See this fabulous video for creating with this 
very affordable size plate!

There is no latex in the gel plate, and it does not contain any animal products.

Acrylic paints can be easily cleaned from the plate with mild soap and water. Rinse and gently pat the gel printing plate dry with a paper towel.

Fun textures are easy to find ... to get started, try using Our stencils, bubble wrap, plastic grids, foam stamps, leaves and our fibers to create interesting imagery on your plate.

~ Coming soon ~

To a Blog near you

Watch for our Craft Your Stash Blog segment on September 27, 2014.  Lisa Fulmer's new book is DA BOMB!

Art Anthology Partners with AlteredPages in October

We will also be featured on Craft Foxes in October!!

31 Days of Halloween Blog Hop October 2014
with Smeared and Smudged!

Don't forget our September Giveaway 
a Set of PanPastel ~ COMMENT DAILY TO WIN

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