October ARTifact Page

I finally finished my ARTifact contribution for October.  I’ve been sending in my pages pretty reguarly to Seth Apter’s blog http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2017/10/artifacts-september-2017.html


I did a couple new things that I liked on this page.  I used some of the Tiny Bubbles Topping by Queen & Co.  and I wrote more on the page.  It seems more personal and powerful when I write something that relates to the story I’m conveying on the page.

I made some embellys with the Queen & Co Bubbles.  I used a lid from some snacks that I bought at the grocery store.  They have these little capsules on the top and I thought that would be a good way to hold the Bubbles.


First I cut around one of the capsules.


Next I spread some gloss gel where I wanted to place the Bubbles and capsule.


I used gloss gel because invariably I knew I would get the gel on the Bubbles and the gloss gel would dry shiny like the Bubbles so you wouldn’t notice it.

Once I spread the gel down I placed the Bubbles on it in a row.  I used a toothpick covered wih masking tape (sticky side up) to help pick up the Bubbles.  Also put the Bubbles in a small container or they will roll all over the place.


Then I spread the gloss gel on the outside flange of the capsule to glue it down over the Bubbles.


Then I placed the capsule over the row of Bubbles.  As you can see there are splotches of gloss gel on the capsule, but this goes away as it dries.


It looks good when it dries!


You can also use a stencil to add a strip of modeling paste and stick the Bubbles down in the paste. First place modeling paste over the stencil.


Smooth out the Paste over the stencil.


Remove the stencil and embed the beads into the paste.  You have to be a little more careful here because the paste dries opaque and it will show on the Bubbles.


If you have more paste than you need like I did just scrape it off with a palette knife.


I started the page by using papers that I had decoupaged onto a big sheet and cut into 4″ X 5″ pieces.  I then decoupaged the pieces onto a big sheet of paper I found in Lowe’s.  I don’t really know what the paper is for but it’s thin and doesn’t warp much.  I also use deli paper, but I find that it warps alot.  Seth Apter uses this technique, only he uses smaller pieces.  I’ve seen this technique a lot and it really helps me to get inspired and go ahead with the project.


I then cut and laid the pieces of paper on my page around my sumi painting and decoupaged them with matte gel medium.  I had already decoupaged my sumi painting and glued my embellys in place.


I painted over the papers with some watered down white gesso in an attempt to unify them.


Then I felt like I needed more cohesion in the page so I used a bunch of different stencils and some spray inks and stenciled over the page again.  I should mention that I first covered the sumi painting with contact paper to protect it from the spay inks.  Also I covered the embellies with little strips of masking tape. Then I played around with charcoal pencils to draw around the different embellies and the sumi painting to help emphasize them more.  I did some writing on the page with a black permant marker . I added charcoal around the outside of the page and stamped around it with Seth Apters Borders stamp.  I used a plastic strip from the same container that I took the capsules from to top the sumi painting.  I traced around it with charcoal pencil and black marker to emphasize it more.  I added some beads and the small wooden flower for more interest.



November 12, 2017 at 12:22 am Leave a comment

Artifacts June/July

I only have one contribution for the June/July Artifacts pages that I’m contributing to Seth Apter’s Artifacts group art experience   http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2017/06/artifacts-may-2017.html


I did the background floral collage using some tissue paper that I applied the Chinese crinkled paper effect to.  Then I die cut the flowers and glued the positve and negative die cuts on a watercolor block.  Then I used Seth Apter dies; Ring Around and Robo Ring to cut out the circles from some orange colored Basic Grey paper.  Then I stamped the die cuts with Seth Apter Rotators and Solar System stamps.  I glued the die cuts onto the floral backround.  I added some washi tape and sentiment tape.  The sentiment is stamped on  Jane Davenport Journal Tape.   I used Visible Image stamps for the sentiment and then stamped with Tim Holtz distress ink  and spritzed with water.   Then I added some rhinestones and some patinaed wooden pieces that I had made before with Metal Effects oxidizing copper paint.  I think it will be a nice break in my book.  I’ll probably paste a sumi painting on the back.

Following are some close-up of the page.






July 30, 2017 at 10:36 pm Leave a comment

Artifacts May 2017

I seemed to have missed the April Artifacts that I joined in on in the preceding months.  Seth Apter has started this fun group project.  We are compiling a year’s worth of memorabilia, art, pictures, ephemera, etc. to make a book or some kind of thing to hold it all together at the end of the year.  You can find more about it at Seth’s blog http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2017/03/artifacts-february-2017.html  He was kind enough to remind us about getting our work in this time if we wanted it posted.  Here’s what I ended up with.


I wanted to work more with watercolors this time.  I really love watercolor and the effects that can be gotten from it.  I used a canvas block to work on.  I started out by  putting a coat of white gesso on the watercolor paper.  And after that dried I sketched images of a couple flowers and some butterflies I wanted to paint.   Then I added a few washes over the sketches placing small stencils on top here and there to form some patterns.


Here’s a closer look at the work so far.


I painted in the flowers and butterflies more using watercolors and some white guache to blend in with the watercolors to bring out highlights.  I wanted to paint the peonies and butterflies in the Chinese manner I had studied a few years back, but I hadn’t realized how rusty I’ve become.  I really need to practice my brush work again.


At this point I sprayed over the painting with workable fixative, but when I tried to paint over it the butterflies smeared all over the place.  I then sprayed over the whole thing with Krylon 1311 matte finish and that made it possible to paint over the watercolor without smearing.  I also added some of my tore up Sumi painting and some stamps I put on paper, including Seth’s stamp, using matte gel medium.


I was happy with the results but I needed to cut it down to a size which would fit in my book so I formed a window out of newspint and positioned it over the painting to see what part I liked best.


I decided on this part of the painting but I needed to add something in the bottom left corner.  So I added a blue wash and then I added a small piece of sumi painting with matte gel medium.


I’m happy with the result.  I’m definitely excited to explore this way of working with watercolors and collage some more.

June 25, 2017 at 2:02 am 1 comment

Seth Apter March Artifacts

I’m posting my March Artifacts contribution to Seth Apter’s blog https://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/

I don’t have time to write about it tonight.  Yikes where does the time go?  I will explain further tomorrow.  Below it my work.


April 16, 2017 at 10:50 pm Leave a comment

Personal Journal Artifacts-installment 2

I have been keeping busy working on my pages for my Artifacts journal.  Seth Apter invited artists to join in and make some kind of collection of their work to put into book form   http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2017/02/artifacts-january-2017.html

I ended up making three fronts of pages.  The first page I used a lot of color and painting.  I also added copper patina on a couple of the embellishments.  This got me interested in making a page with oxidizing iron paint and I ended up doing two rusted looking pages.


Stenciled and Painted Page



Rusted Page #1


Rusted Page #2

Rusted Page #2


I started making a page with a lot of colors using stencils and paints over the collage I had already made.  First I covered the bamboo with a piece of clear contact paper to protect it.


I continued to collage and added some small dotted paper pieces for the frame around the chinese woman and small rectangles behind the words on the right and on the bottom.  I pasted on the words on the right and the sentiment toward the bottom with matte gel medium.  I also did some scribbling with a Sakura White Pen-touch pen.


I added dark blue around the letters and here and there on the piece with a Sky Blue Prima water soluable oil pastel and also added white here and there with a white water soluable oil pastel.



I added a painted wooden frame around the bottom chinese letters that I had stamped on a blue scrap of newspaper.  I also glued a frame that I made out of cut up 1/8″ wooden dowel that I used Modern Masters Oxidizing Copper Paint and Green Patina aging Solution on.  I wrapped some fiber around the right dowel to add a little interest  I used Seth Apter Border Lines stamps to stamp around the outside of the piece with Black Ranger Archival ink.



Following are some close ups of the painted and stencilled page.






For the first rusted page I covered a piece of paper that I got from Lowe’s.  It’s something used for roofing and I liked the texture of it.  I covered it with the oxidizing iron paint according to the instructions.


paper from Lowe’s

I tore out a piece of cardstock that would fit aroung the bamboo painting


I used Seth Apter’s dies; Ring Around, Drip Drop and Robo Ring to die cut several pieces out of cardstock, and arranged them on the prepared surface.  I also used his now is the time stencil.  I found the blue plastic pieces at the pool I go to.  They’re pieces from broken up lane lines.


I next spayed the rust activator over the whole paper and let it sit until it rusted to the point I wanted.  I ended up with extra paper so I die-cut some more of Seth’s  shapes and arranged them on the work.  I also rusted some wooden embellishments and added them to the piece.



I ended up adding some of the cardstock pieces that had rust on them and also I stamped the cardstock pieces and around the edges of the work with Seth Apter Border Lines and Solar System stamps.  I also stamped around the piece with the Solar Stamps.  I loaded the border stamps with Archival Black ink and also with the white water soluable oil pastel.  I stamped a clear plastic strip and attached it over the bamboo paining with wire.  I also die-cut a clear piece of plastic with the Robo Ring die and glued it over the center of the bamboo.  I wrapped 26 gauge rusty wire around a plastic cup the same diameter as the Robo Ring and glue it inside the Robo Ring die-cut.


Following are some close-ups of the Rusty Page #1






For Rusty Page #2 I added some hemp woven ribbon to the collage.  I also added string on top of the bamboo with gel medium.  I covered the ribbon and the string with modeling paste and I covered all of this with a coat of matte gel medium.  I covered the bamboo with clear contact paper, and then I painted over the collage with the oxidizing metal paint and added the pieces I wanted to act as a resist when I sprayed over it all with Rust Activator.


After I sprayed over it with the activator, I let it rust until I was satisfied with the results.  I was happy with the way it looked and I really did very little to it after the rusting.  I just added a couple rusted embellishments and stamped around the outside with Seth’s Border Lines stamps.


Following are some close ups of Rusty Page #2




I sprayed over the rusty pages with Krylon Workable Fixatif 1306 to stop the rusting and to protect the other pages from getting stained by them.

March 5, 2017 at 9:41 pm 1 comment

Personal Journal Artifacts 2017

I’m starting to make a journal to participate in Seth Apter’s “Artifacts 2017” http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2017/01/artifacts-exhibit-one.html


Front of first page



Back of first page


I’m interested in making a book of my years of sumi and Chinese painting that I did.  I have a huge fascination with oriental art and I started to do Sumi painting several years ago to satiate my apetite for it.  I have a large compilation of practice paintings that I’ve done and I want to incorporate them in a combination art journal/sumi paintings book.

I want to find an old hard cover oriental book to make the journal book just like Seth did in his aricle “Inspiration Journal” (starting page 67) in the September/October 2016 issue 68 of “Cloth.Paper Scissors”  However, eveytime I find one I end up not destroying it because I want to keep it intact with the pictures inside.  Eventually, I will find one and then I’ll make the actual book cover.

For now I’m going to start on the pages.  I started by making a big collage of my cut up sumi paintings arranged with other papers and printed words.  I collaged eveything on a large sheet of freezer paper that I covered with gesso on  the back side.  Even though I covered it with gesso, this paper was so thin that it puckered and warped all over the place.  At first I was abhored with the results, but now I like the inconsistency of the papers and how they’re bent and warped.  I think because it goes against the oriental tradition of having everything so perfect and warp free.  There’s a nice tension going on there and I find it appealing.

After I collaged the big sheet I cut it up into smaller pieces.  The first piece I picked to alter futher is about 4 1/2″ X 9″  It’s not cut perfectly straight.  I wanted things to be slighly askew.  After so many years of having to be so pecise about everything, I’ve just let go..

Following is a photo of the first sheet.



Photo of first sheet

I added the word “forever” by using a “Litte Yellow Bicycle” die which I cut out of some contact paper.  I found that it didn’t cut through the contact paper too easily so I ran it through several times.  I then removed the back and stuck the word to the collage.  I then spread black acrylic paint (Deco Art Lamp Black DA067) over the word loosely.


First sheet with “forever” added

Then I took two strips of 3/4″ masking and attached them to the middle of the page about 3/8″ apart. I put matte gel medium (Liquitex) over the sticky part of the tape before I adhered it to the page because I knew I was going to put matte gel medium over the tape and I was afraid it might not work with just taping it down.


I then arranged some old adhesive cardstock letters the way I wanted them over the top and bottom layers of tape.


I removed the adhesive letters and put painters tape along the top and bottom edge of the first layer of masking tape (you can use masking tape here as well but it’s easier to see with the blue painters tape).I then stuck the letters one by one on the masking tape again and painted around them with various colors of acrylic paint.  Here you can see I did the first “A”.


I continued in this manner until I got all the letter outlined with acrylic paint on the first row of masking tape.


Then I repeated the process on the second row of masking tape.



Then I centered a 2″ wide piece of masking tape over the two rows of letters that I outlined with acrylic paint.  I adhered the masking tape in  place with matte gel medium like before an then painted over it with matte gel medium.


Then I adhered painters tape across the edge of the top and bottom of the 2″ piece of masking tape, adhered really big self adhesive card stock letters that I have and painted around them with various colors of acrylic paint.


I took a Dark Brown water soluable oil pastel (Prima Colour A La Cremes Water Soluable Oil Pastels) and I ran the tip of it over the edges of the masking tape to bring out the letters a little more and then I took a brush and smeared the pastel a little here and there.  I sprayed some Krylon 1311 Matte Finish over this area because I wanted to outline the “sumi” with a fine black marker and I knew the marker wouldn’t work over the oil pastel.  After the spray dried I outlined the “sumi” letters with the fine-line black marker.


The top of the page wasn’t resolved so I added a little dimension to the top of the page by spreading on a little flexible modeling paste (Liquitex) with a palette knife.  Then I added some strips of paper, a piece of dry wall tape, and a heart sticker from an old Christine Adolph Valentine paper collection around the sumi painting. Using a Magenta oil pastel I added color around the entire outside edge of the page.  I used a brush with water to spread out the color around the edge here and there.I then spryed over this area with Krylon 1311 to keep the edge from smudging further.


I cut out another large piece of a sumi painting to fit on the back of the page.


I turned the painting face side down on a craft mat and spread matte gel medium over the back.


Then I placed the opposite side of the page over the painting and pushed it down all over to get the painting to adhere to the page.  I pulled the page up and the painting was attached.  I tried to remove as many air bubbles as possible.  The bottom part is just a piece of newspaper that had stuck to the back of the collage, but I really liked the way it looked on the page.


Next I stamped some Chinese writing on the left side of the page to give it more interest and then I stamped over the Chinese writing with this stamp I made (explained below).  I painting over some of the stamping with gesso and reapplied the circle stamp here and there. I added my chop (stamp with my name on it in Chinese) on the bottom right.


Circle stamp made from used pop dot sheet

I made this circle stamp by spreading gesso over the sheet that pop dots came out of.  I had used all the pop dots, but I thought that the left over sheet with the circles missing would make an interesting stamp.  It’s about 1/8″ thick so it is easy to handle and quite sturdy.

January 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm 1 comment

12 Tags of 2016…September


Here we go again with another Tim Holtz blog post.  I find that taking a stab at the tags Tim http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2016-september/ offers us each month keeps my creative juices going. This one was particuarly fascinating with the alcohol ink resist technique using the Yupo paper.  I had never worked with Yupo before and it was really fun. What great techniques you can use with this stuff!  I plan on playing with it more in the future.  Anyway, following is my tag.





September 22, 2016 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

12 Tags of 2016…July

I actually have a few of the products for this tag by Tim Holtz http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2016-july/so I wanted to get on it.  It turns out the stamp I have is different from the one Tim used though. His is Schoolhouse blue print CMS230 and mine is Blueprints 1 steampunk stamp set NIP HC001.  I stamped the globe and then the compass underneath it so that I could fill up the water color panel more fully.



I didn’t have the Distress Micro Glaze so I used gloss medium to act as resist over the globe and compass.  I worked pretty well but then it was really glossy so I sprayed over it with a matte spray finish.   I sewed the watercolor panel on with my machine.

July 4, 2016 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

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