Skip to main content

Beach Bum - Final

It's Friday Again!  Yesssss!  I'm so glad you are still traveling the great USA with us here at Altered Pages!

I am happy to share with you a WIP that is actually done.  I, like many of you, have multiple WIP's that just seem to never leave that status in their lives...they just hang there in WIP limbo, well not this time. 

I am sharing with you a layout featuring a photo of my daughter that was taken while we were in Kauai a couple years ago.  This is probably one of my most favorite pictures of her.  She was just so at home on this trip.  She really felt and lived Aloha every moment while we were there and really still does when I stop and think about it.  She longs to go back and working on this page has given me the Hawaii bug as well.

Okay, enough talking and on with the project.  Oh, be sure to comment letting us know you were here so you can be entered in the Altered Pages drawing for free prizes! 

  
Below you can see that I began my adding some texture to my 12x12 KaiserCraft paper.  The pale coral color of this paper just seemed like the right backdrop for the colors in my photo and especially the collage sheet that I planned on using as well.  The first photo's are a stamp and gesso resist technique where I painted gesso right on my stamp and then applied it directly to the paper.  The stamp was a checkerboard background style stamp.  I then added some gold under tones using my gold PanPastel.  I randomly and progressively added the extra color to the page.  The pictures don't really do it justice.  In person you can see the texture and the gold hue is pulled forward with the gold of the collage images...you will see that later.
 
    
 
Next, I wanted to add some real dimension using paper and silk flowers, which you can find here  and here, and a little finishing touch with Dew Drops.  I needed to get that going so it would dry while I worked on other aspects.
  
 
  
 
 
I guess with all the excitement I forgot to snap a pic or two of the collage sheet transformation.  I did get this one photo though,  I tore the edges of my Blue Hawaii  collage images and gave them just a kiss of color on the edges with my  NIJI Paints.  I often edge out images with an ink pad.  This time I thought why not use colors that coordinate perfectly with the colors in my collage sheet.  My waterbrushes  along with the Niji metallic paint palette worked perfectly for this.  Here you can see the before and after.
 
 
If you look closely at all of the collage images in this photo below you can see the added colors of copper, blue, green and gold pulling out the colors of the beautiful collage sheet images.
 



 
Which, brings us to the final project...my pretty little hula girl.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  I hope that through the amazing Altered Pages Design Team's vision while crisscrossing the US of A this this month you are inspired to take a trip of your own.  Make sure you take along your Portable Art Pack  wherever you go!   Check out the supply list below for all that you might need to make a beautiful layout of your own. 
 
Thanks for stopping by!  ~ Stephanie  
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Popular posts from this blog

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.



With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 



Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.





Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.


Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

Pretty Little Trees of all colors

Make adorable ornaments or decor items.


YOU can make the most colorful trees to fit your style and home.  Surprise someone with a color coordinated gift too!
I did different techniques for dyeing the sisal trees from AlteredPages.  We have 3 inch and 4 inch sizes in natural cream color available.


# 1 Technique used simple food coloring.  Yep, just like dyeing Easter Eggs!

I used an empty glass jar filled with water and dropped about 4 to 5 of green food coloring in and stirred it well.   I then placed a tree in the water.  The sisal is just like jute, so it absorbs the color easily.   I allowed it to be submerged for a minute and took it out.  The first dipping was paler than I wanted, so back into the water!

I did the same with red food coloring and added blue to the green for an aqua, as above.   Depending on how many drops of color you add to the water and how long you leave them submerged will determine the intensity of color.  Pull them out of the water after 30 seconds and check for …