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Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Altered Mixed Media Playing Cards

If until now you were not sure about mixed media, or a little scared to create an art journal page or even a canvas for whatever reason I assure you this series will open your mind and set your creativity free with no fear! Altered Mixed Media Playing Cards – 52 Mixed media Techniques! is the ultimate series to start and master mixed media techniques.     Altered Mixed Media Playing Cards There are 52 cards in every deck and we’ll alter each card with a different technique or material, some you might know or tried, but many will be new and definitely exciting! Playing cards are the perfect surface for mixed media. They are small and as simple as it sounds this makes them the ideal mixed media surface. They’re less intimidating, easily managed and making mistakes is much doable.   I wrote a blog post about 52 happy words and created my list of words. These 52 words …

Friday, April 7th, 2017
How to Create Altered Art

Today I want to share with you the basics of How to Create Altered Art. Altered art is transformation or ‘alteration’ of ordinary, everyday objects into decorative pieces using a wide variety of different techniques and materials. It describes a way of recycling, and giving new life to, all sorts of commonplace and functional (or perhaps even useless) items for ornamental purposes.     How to Create Altered Art Find your object First you need to start with finding the object you want to alter. It sounds a little easier than it is because when choosing your object you need to consider a few things. First what do you want to make. If you want to create a mini album you can’t use a plastic box. Second you need to figure out what materials you need to create your project. For example if you want to alter a metal box you need gesso to prime it, acrylic paints, waxes and alcohol …

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 …

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