Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ATC Doublet

I have had a manic week but managed to get this little piece created with some of the gorgeous images from Altered Pages.  I used a few different techniques on this one.

I began by choosing three images from Altered Pages Celestial  Images collage printable
The two white card ATC cards were first stained with coffee and water and left to dry. With washi tape I bound the two ATC cards together.

I used text and steampunk background stamps and brown ink on top of the stain.  After this dried I added watercolor patches on top of the stamped images for colour.  Once dried the images were fussy cut and collaged onto the background on both the back and the front (one image each) and the center three images.

After the images were stuck down well enough and dried. I added more color with the paint. Added some scribbled border with a black pen, shading with the paints and white dots front, back and center using white gel pen

I then added some crackle accents and dried. Finally adding some metallic rub on in gold for high lights.  

I hope you enjoyed this, I had a ball creating this one and am already on to my next project.

Remember USArtQuest is Altered Pages partner this month... Be sure to check out all the great projects by the Altered Pages Design Team.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mica and metal love with USArt Quest

We have partnered with USArtQuest and wow, do they have some awesome, creativity inspiring product. 

I don't just like metallics I LOVE them. Incorporate them with texture and I'm in heaven! I hope you enjoy this mixed media work.

USArtQuest Perfect Pigments acrylic paint in Orange, Metallic Light Gold and Indian Red Hue
USArtQuest Mica Flakes in copper
USArtQuest Mica Tiles
USArtQuest matte medium and Duo adhesive
Decorative papers
Piece of lace (from my stash)
Collage Image (from my stash) but you can find some gorgeous ones HERE
Molding paste

The items I chose for this piece.

I used some of the lovely mulberry paper in a terra cotta color. I ripped off a piece and used matte medium to adhere it to the canvas board. I used a piece of lace from my stash, and did the same.  I wanted a masculine and a feminine side.

Here, I used molding paste through a retro patterned stencil and let dry.

Once the paste was dry, I started using the lovely USArt Quest perfect pigments acrylics. I just put the colors on my finger tips and rubbed them here and there over the paper, lace and molding paste. They are a bit sheer but full of color. I love the effect.

Now, I have to admit, I didn't do the gilding as nicely as I could have, but I was going for a more rustic look as the image I was using was more refined. I love contrast.

So with my USArt Quest Duo adhesive, I messily painted over several parts of the canvas. Waited until it turned clear and then laid down some of the foil in various spots.

Next I added my image. This was from an old magazine and was in the crease so the image didn't cut out as a whole. I had the lady and the man separate. I loosely trimmed around them and here you can see the seam.

I used some more of the lovely mulberry papers in a light pink with grey flecks and another one with yellow flowers on it.  I just tore small  pieces and put over the seam to not only cover the seam, but I think it gives it a nice smoky soft look and the color blends well with her dress.

Now I used the USArt Quest Duo adhesive again, only this time with their copper mica flakes!  This added some more glam to the images and I loved how it came out!

Here you can see where I added it to several places on the canvas to tie it all together.

Last but not least, I used a USArt Quest Mica Tile, stamped on top and adhered to the canvas. Here is the finished product. I really love this piece, it was so much fun using the USArt Quest products available through AlteredPages.com. 

I want to keep it but it will be one of several pieces I abandon on my upcoming trip to the UK.

Thank you for looking and I will be back at the end of April with another project.  As always, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below! 

Here are just some of fantastic items I received from AlteredPages recently.

Ta!  Jen Rothstein (Dog-Ma Studio) for Altered Pages

Saturday, March 25, 2017

SPRING has Sprung!

Happy Sunday to all!

We got in the Spring mood and made this lovely Spring decor piece to celebrate the season of fresh, renewed, happy colors and a desire for sunny days!

We started with a blank wooden die cut.  

You could choose paper from the wonderful USArtQuest selection of fabulous papers, gluing some Mica DeLites with PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) directly onto the paper for a subtle shimmery background.  In this case, I had a lovely paper from Robin's Nest.  

This paper was set aside to dry while we painted the wood with some Dixie Belle Chalk Paints - color buttercream.   

The next step was to paint and add Mica DeLites to small wooden die cuts of flowers and butterflies.   Allow them to dry as well.   

Next, glue the small shape pieces onto the face of the sign, placing them to create an eye appealing layout.

The SPRING wood diecut allows all that sparkle from the Mica DeLites on the paper to show through.

Almost finished - When the paper backing was in place, I added some chunkier Mica Flakes mixed with glitter to some of the paper backed holes of the die cuts with PPA glue. 

I also added a Spring yellow bow for a final touch.   We think this is a lovely addition to the porch, door or inside your home. 


These are the winners of PPA glues;

Amanda George Teel
Jackie P Neal
Julie B
Kim Tangled Blue Rose
Gail from Schenectady 
Anne from Arkansas
Michelle from Seattle

Please send your postal address to Artsociates@gmail.com and we will forward your bottle of PPA glue, the BEST paper glue!   #USArtQuest

Let us know your favorites!

This month Altered Pages has been partnering with USArtQuest, our design team has created some amazing projects.  Scroll back through the month and let us know your favorites... Leave a comment here on the blog for a chance in the daily draw!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Mixed Media Steampunk Canvas

Hello to everyone from Robin Horasanian

Welcome to another March project highlighting the partnership between Altered Pages and USArt Quest this month.  Today I have a mixed media Steampunk canvas to share.

These canvas art boards are already primed with gesso so they are ready whenever you are.  If you wish to tone down the canvas texture showing through your paint, you can add another layer or two of gesso before you begin.  I like the texture and actually wanted to add more.  I used Artist Cement to add random layers of swirls like I do when I frost cakes.  Then I sprinkled on a few Prills here and there and lightly pressed them into the paste.

When that layer was completely dry, I coated the entire project in a layer of PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) to seal it.  I made sure to get a pool of the PPA around each of the Prills to help hold them in place.  

USArt Quest has their own line of acrylic paints and there is a rainbow of beautiful, rich colors.  I have six of them and challenged myself to use them all on this project.  

Using a touch of slow-drying clear glaze gave me a little extra time to blend the colors together.

For the first layer of color after the PPA coat was completely dry, I used the tomato red, wheat, copper and yellow ocher.  Followed by more drying time to avoid further blending.

I applied burnt umber in small amounts using my finger tip.  I highlighted the edges and ridges.

Then I added the green in small patches.

Using Goosebumps spray, which is thick and clear with a hint of shine from mica dust, I squirted several areas to create drips for added texture.  In the end, it's just one more layer of texture.  You won't necessarily notice the drips on this particular piece.

Using a feather brush, I added short stripes with the burnt umber and with the handle tip, little dots of yellow ocher at the ends of them.

Bricks were added using a 6x6 stencil I got from AlteredPages and two colors of StazOn ink.  I chose chai and emerald to keep with the paint colors.  I sponged ink into all of the brick squares and then a touch of green to some of them on the edges.

As you can see from these photos, the paint, spray and ink are all shiny on the canvas.  I have a preference for matte finish so I added another layer of PPA over the entire project.  

As you can see below, the PPA goes on milky white. Once it's dry, you won't even see it.  You'll just have a beautiful smooth matte finish.  Of course, if you prefer a glossy look, there is a PPA for that, too!

Using my Fine liner tool, I used Duo adhesive to draw around each brick.  I'd like to say that I have a steady enough hand to do it freestyle, but the truth is that I laid the stencil down again and drew inside the lines. You don't use Duo when it's wet.  Let it dry to a clear finish before you move on.

I chose several colors of leafing from my gilding kit and placed them at random, then burnished them into place the sponge that came with the kit.  Don't throw away your scraps.  It's all good to use again, even if they are small bits.  You can keep them in a separate container if you like to keep your large sheets separated by color.

The Prills underneath did not allow the gears to sit flat so I used Tacky Glue for the chipboard pieces painted in burnt umber. To hold the several colors of Mica Flakes, I chose the PPA so that the glue wouldn't show on the finished project.

Look at all of this texture going on!

It's always at this point I ask myself it I'm done.  After working so long on the piece, sometimes I don't want to cover up any of the background.  

This time, I decided that the few gears I have can't stand alone.  I chose a Altered Pages collage image called Fly with Steam.  I've seen many Steampunk balloons, but the big one on this page is my favorite.

I copied this one from my digital file and printed it as a 4x6 image.  I trimmed it close to the image, making sure to leave all of the cables in tact.  The edges were colored with a cinnamon Gelato using my fingertip.  I also added layers of browns and green to give the image a hint of more color.

When the coloring was done, I placed the image face down in my palm and used my knuckle to lightly curve the balloon along the image lines.  Three dimensional foam adhesive squares were tucked into the curve to help it keep its shape, as well as to keep it attached to the canvas.

PPA was added to the top and bottom of the balloon image to secure both to the canvas and enhance the balloon shape and shadow.  I used a paintbrush since the little cables were on such a tiny space.  

The words were cut out, colored with the cinnamon Gelato and adhered with more foam adhesive squares. And here is my completed project.  I love the little touches of shine that the Mica Flakes and leafing add without taking away from the overall matte look of the project.  I hope you like it, too.

Scan of project is below the list of supplies.
Supplies Used:
Art Canvas Board - 8x10, but they come in other sizes
Gesso, if desired
Chipboard Gears
Pink Paint Palette
6x6 Brick Stencil
Goosebumps Texture Spray
StazOn Ink Pads - spiced chai and emerald
Gelatos - cinnamon, iced chai, chocolate and green tea
Tacky Glue or other strong adhesive
Foam Adhesive Squares
Metal tin to hold bits and pieces
Fly With Steam Collage
USArt Quest 101 Heavy Artist Cement
USArt Quest PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) - matte
USArt Quest Perfect Pigments - tomato pearl, yellow ocher, burnt umber, metallic copper, wheat,  permanent green medium
USArt Quest Perfect Glaze
USArt Quest Prills - any color will do for this project because you are painting over them
USArt Quest Mica Flakes - cinnabar, copper and copper patina
USArt Quest Gilding Kit - includes Gildenglitz leafing, texture sponge & fuzzy ball to buff the metal to a shine and remove the little bits

Scan of project