Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Meet the Altered Pages Designers: Barbara Rankin!

 At Altered Pages we have a very talented Design Team!
Today we are honored to introduce you to
Hi everyone.  Barbara here with my Altered Pages Design Team Moment. Each month, one of our design team members will share some bits of information about themselves, and any fun facts and accomplishments we think you might find interesting.  

First of all, I am so thrilled to be continuing my adventure with the AP Design Team.  I have been a crafter since early childhood.  I have always loved making things, from those crazy, loopy potholders for every family member, to visiting the creek in my local woods for marine clay to make ashtrays or bowls for everyone.  Next came sewing my own clothes.  I actually became quite the seamstress, if I do say so myself.  A natural progression to needlework, i.e., cross-stitch and needlepoint, came next.  I won several blue ribbons at various needlework exhibitions, to include winning three ribbons (First Place, President’s Choice, and People’s Choice) for my reproduction of a cross-stitch sampler made in 1769 on 50 count linen with silk thread, at the Oatlands Plantation Needlework Exhibition in Leesburg, Virginia.  It was the hit of the show and I am very happy that my beloved mother lived long enough to see this accomplishment.  

Pergamano, the ancient art of embossing on vellum, was next.  I entered and won an international contest, judged by Janet Wilson, renowned Pergamano artist and author.  This was such an honor for me.   This next led me to find my way to rubber stamping and graduating into a self-taught, mixed media artist.  

I have taught classes at my local scrapbook store, as well as to the members of my local stamp club.  I have also been a guest instructor at another out-of-state stamp club on several occasions.  I am on several design teams, and have been published in Altered Arts Magazine and Just Steampunk, Volumes 2, 4, and 6, as well as a  book entitled “Make it in Minutes: Mini Books”.  My style has changed dramatically over the years.  Now, I prefer vintage or shabby chic, with a sprinkling of steampunk whenever possible. I have a wonderful, supportive husband of thirty-three years, and we share our home with our two cute little Yorkie fur babies, Chloe and Zoe.

Here are a few of my favorite projects:


Here are a few more of our favorites of Barbara's work!!!

Visit Barbara's blog here:  http://blackholeartstudio.blogspot.com/


  1. Nice to get to know you a little better Barbara and kudos on all the accomplishments you have received over the years!

  2. Loved reading about some of Barbara's past accomplishments - and it's always a pleasure to view her work!

  3. Barbara I love your work, and your Bio was awesome.

  4. Enjoyed learning more about you. Your projects are fabulous, as always. Love your work!

  5. You are a ver creative person♥ I enjoyed reading more about you.

  6. Barbara you are an amazing asset to AlteredPages. Your attention ot perfection and your creativity is always a notch higher than expected! We are sp proud to have you on our Team. Thank YOU!

  7. Barbara, you are very talented and truly deserve to be showcased! So proud of you! congratulations and thank you for sharing your creative genius!

  8. Thanks everyone for the sweet comments and I feel so fortunate to have you all in my life.

  9. So wonderful to learn about you Barb!! You are very accomplished indeed! I had never heard of Pergamano before ,gee, I learned something new from you!!
    Beautiful makes, I see why they are favs!! xo

  10. So happy for you! Glad to know you as a fabulous mixed media artist!

  11. Barbara - awesome article for a wonderful artist.