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Sunday, September 4th, 2016
Altered Mixed Media Playing Cards

If you are a mixed media fan then you’ll be excited about the Altered Mixed Media Playing Cards series. In the series I’m altering 52 playing cards with 52 different mixed media techniques. it’s a great way to learn new techniques, experiment with new materials and practice the techniques you already know. It’s not only educational but it’s really fun and much less intimidating than working on art journal pages or canvases because we’re working on a small space.     Altered Mixed Media Playing Cards each of the cards we are altering gets a power word from a list each of us made. Sometimes the card design fits the word and sometimes it’s just the background. In the end we’ll have an inspiring and empowering collection of cards that will not only give us strength but will be a reference book of techniques for future projects. Until now we have done techniques like transfer, stamping, spraying, masking, 3d and …

Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Altered Playing Cards – part 2

We’re continuing with the Altered Playing Cards series and we’ll be exploring new mixed media techniques and ways to alter the playing cards into amazing pieces of art. Today we’ll alter 4 cards using different materials like gelatos, acrylic paints and distress inks. Don’t forget we are using the 52 power words list we created in the 52 word challenge where each one of you wrote 52 words that inspire you and empower you. Each card is matched with one word and is designed to correspond with that word.     Altered Playing Cards Each card is design according to my interpretation of the word and it might not “speak” to you. Feel free to change things and give each design your personal interpretation and style. The techniques and materials I use are for your inspiration and are meant to give you ideas and ways to alter the cards. Before you start don’t forget to cover all your playing cards …

Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Upcycle, Recycle and Reuse

This month our projects at Graphic 45 were all about Upcycle, Recycle and Reuse. We had to take an unwanted item that was on its way to the garbage and give it new life by turning it into something beautiful! You will not believe how many unwanted things get thrown away when we can reuse them. The ideas of the other G45 design team members blew me away. Check out the Graphic 45 blog during the month of July to see all the ideas.      Upcycle, Recycle and Reuse I wanted to be original and do something different. I didn’t want to repeat something I already did or just cover something with paper. I wanted to create something beautiful but useful too. After all the purpose of giving an object a new lease of life is to use it for something right? When we Upcycle, Recycle and Reuse we don’t only reduce our trash but we get to use thing …

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Unconventional Craft Supplies

Unconventional craft supplies can be found everywhere, in our house, workplace and even in the street. The idea is to create art projects not from the supplies you are used to, but from things you would normally use for something else or throw away completely. It’s sometimes called recycling, upcycling or reusing, but it doesn’t matter what it’s called the important thing is the challenge of using something unconventional and create something beautiful. My altered art projects are basically the same idea, taking something you would not expect to turn into something different but do it anyway!      Unconventional Craft Supplies Plastic Container I created this project for a DT I was in and I was looking for an original of the page project. I didn’t have any inspiration so I started organizing my room. Suddenly I saw this empty paper flower box and the idea just came to me. What if I could create a project that has …

Sunday, May 8th, 2016
Altered Mixed media Playing cards

These altered mixed media playing cards are just like creating mini mixed media canvases or art journal pages but much less intimidating and at least as much fun. The small size of the playing cards makes it easier to create or experiment with techniques. Plus the fact these are inexpensive playing cards makes the creating process less binding. So if you until now you were on the fence in regards to mixed media this is your chance to give it a try.   Altered Mixed media Playing Cards I used regular playing cards and gessoed their back side, I thought maybe I’ll want to play with them so I left the images on the front intact. After the gesso was dry I started playing. I treated each playing card like a canvas or an art journal page and created on it. I didn’t want to create a series of cards or something like that, just give every card its own …

Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Steampunk Hot-Air Balloon

The steampunk queen strikes again! FYI I didn’t give myself this title…you did, or at least some of you Lol! I sure love steampunk and I’m happy to share with you another project. This one looks difficult but it’s much easier than you think! It’s because of all the tricks I’m using here to create faux metal and keep everything light weight. I started with a plastic ball I got at the craft store, you can use an ornament or even a glass ball, although you will need to be a little bit more carefull with that. I covered the ball with pieces of gold Duck Tape and then painted it with black acrylic paint. I waited for about half a minute and then wiped the paint with a paper towel, creating a really pretty effect of blackened metal. I added faux leather stripes with faux rivets and steampunk embellishments, including a propeller. I used an old cardboard box as …

Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Faux Wood Fairy House

I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile…build a fairy house that’ll look like a real (as much as a fantasy can be real) forest fairytale hideaway. With a mossy roof and little door and windows. Finally I did it! This fairy house is part of my Designer Showcase presentation in the CHA Mega show 2016(which I’m at right now!). It was so fun to make I thought I’d share it with you… I started with an empty plastic flowerpot. To give it a faux wood effect you need to create all the ridges in the trunk. The way to do that is with a wet paper towel. Glue the paper towel on the flowerpot while sculpting it a little. After it’s dry paint it with a few brown shades. I had only one brown paint so I added black and white to create more colors. I created the roof from pieces of corrugated cardboard I painted first. I cut …

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