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Altered Book

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Altered Book

Wow! Has it really been almost a year since I posted anything on my blog?!? I don’t know how anyone manages to blog on any kind of regular basis. With a full-time job and so many other things to do- i’m lucky to have time and energy to do any art, much less blog about it. Hopefully I can do better now since I find myself with a fair amount of extra time I used to devote to other things.

On to the show!

I got this book at my former place of work from a stack of free publications-this one being all about some of the best businesses in Charlotte. Stay tuned and you will see a page devoted to my new employer!
This is the cover:altered book 1altered book2Here is the first two pages that I have decided to work on.

I started with some gesso here and there, followed by random circles I painted on with Dr. Martin’s acrylic ink in Red Violet and Amsterdam acrylic paint in Greyish Blue.

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From there I basically just smeared , dripped and painted layers of paint and ink-with some washi tape and random rubber stamps. I finished it with some artistic scribbles with a black uniball pen.

All in all it’s not my favorite,but it was fun.

Thanks for playing!

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Texture Time

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I know, I know, I am a total blog slacker. I am just waayy too lazy!
But, hopefully this piece was worth the wait. I did something I haven’t done before on a canvas- mixed modeling paste with dimensional elements.
Another thing I need to do is take pictures of my process, but it is what it is today…:( I can tell you I started by mod podging some dress pattern paper to the canvas  and cover it with various coats of acrylic paint before using course modeling paste to attach different elements, such as, cardboard buttons and butterflies, hard acrylic letters and numbers, Jolees shutter elements, and a red glitter branch .In addition I used a Michelle Ward stencil an embossing pad along with Tim Holtz Distress powder to add even more texture and dimension.

Once the paste dried I spread a liberal amount of green glitter glue in various places, followed by burnt umber acrylic ink and glimmer mists. For the finishing touch around the edges, Amsterdam acrylic paint in greenish blue. All paint , paste, ink and glitter glue was applied with my fingers. My favorite tools!
I am super happy with the results, and my favorite art is just running my hands over it to feel all the textural happenings!
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Assorted Journal Pages

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So today I find myself with quite a backlog of work that hasn’t been blogged, so instead of doing a post for every piece, I figured I would just post some pics on two or three posts instead. I hope you enjoy them!

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Michelle Ward’s Crusade #55- My take on the challenge

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Michelle Ward’s Crusade #55- My take on the challenge

I just found this blog with Michelle Ward’s Crusades(http://michelleward.typepad.com/how_cool_is_that/2011/09/crusade-no-55-disappearing-act.html) – a little late, she has since taken a hiatus-but better late than never, right?

Here I am showing you all the different steps in the process- it’s a good idea to blend the paints a little on your background paper-and you might need to add water to your thicker paints so they will blend well and spread easier- like I did with mine. I was using Jojonas  acrylic colors Pthalo Green and Colony Blue (I loooove this color!) and a very old Making Memories Meadow-with a little black thrown in. You can add black or brown or even grey -whatever you think goes best with your color choices. Now, I have to decide how to use these amazing backgrounds I made!

I find I like the result better on my stamps if I mix the paint a little before applying to the stamp itself. This is when I add a little black.This is the second page I did with my leftover paint- I just mixed all the colors ,except black, and painted the entire page-and then painted my stamps with the leftover mixtures. It gives a little different effect-not quite as dramatic.I think the stamp I used made all the difference in the look of this technique.  After I was done with the first page, I spritzed some Perfect Pearls mists on it in gold ,green and blue to give it a little shimmer-tho you can’t really tell in these photos.

I really wish I could figure out a better way to format my photos (drag and drop please!) I know they are all kind of smooshed-so hang in there!

Anyway- I think the stamp you use makes all the difference in the result you get (I used foam stamps ) notice the difference in this photo. I hope this gives you some new ideas for some cool background pages! Adios amigos!