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Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Leftover Chipboard Mixed Media Canvas

Hi dear crafty friends! Do you have a lot of chipboard leftovers? letters, pieces you can’t find what to do with and even the chipboard sheets that held the shapes you already used. I don’t throw them away and I have a LOT! So today i want to share with you how to create a Leftover Chipboard Mixed Media Canvas. Leftover Chipboard Mixed Media Canvas For this canvas I used an 8×8 canvas. First I added a little texture to the background with a stencil and modeling paste. Then I started adding leftover chipboard letters.     The next step was to add leftover chipboard sheets in the center to add height to more chipboard shapes like borders and frames. I also used circle chipboards that had the letters in them.     Then I painted everything with black gesso and added metallic paints. To finish the canvas I added a few metal shapes to compliment the paints. The final …

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Recycled Mixed Media Steampunk Project

Hi dear crafty friends! Today I want to share a Recycled Mixed Media Steampunk Project I created completely by accident. I planned to create something else and then while planning my project I found a chipboard sheet of a used chipboard shape that I used for another project. The only thing that was left was the empty chipboard sheet, but that gave me an idea…     Recycled Mixed Media Steampunk Project         I wanted to use this chipboard sheet as a base for a mixed media project and include more recycled materials. So I added  a piece of corrugated cardboard and a string. From there the project just had a life of its own and took shape almost automatically. I also added some cogwheels and lots of texture with art stones. The focal point of the project was some metal pieces that were placed on another empty chipboard piece. Then I painted everything with metallic acrylic …

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 …

Friday, May 27th, 2016
Recycled Vintage Mini Album

I love making albums from unconventional materials so I created this recycled vintage mini album from corrugated cardboard that I cut from an old unwanted box. The corrugated texture is so easy and fun to work on and it gives a special texture when you tare off the upper covering paper and reveal the corrugated cardboard. The color of the cardboard and the teared look gave me the inspiration for this vintage look. all the recycled vintage mini album pages have matching papers in brown, red and rustic green colors. I also matched all the embellishments in color and style and if I didn’t have the right embellishments I created it myself. You can see how I created all the embellishments here. I also used vintage photos of me and my family to compliment the vintage look.   Recycled Vintage Mini Album I called this mini album Time Goes By. naming a mini album and creating the front cover is something …

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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