Michelle Ward Technique on “Creative Jump Start 2018”

I’ve been enjoying the teaching videos over at Nstudio Creative Jumpstart 2018 https://nathaliesstudio.com/  Michelle Ward did this one.  If you head over the Nstudios and join Creative Jumpstart, Michelle explains the technique in detail.  Also there’s a lot more neat techniques to try.  It’s not too late and we can download the tutorials until next November!

Collaged Bristol Paper

For instructions on how to collage in this way refer to Seth Apter’s Easy Mixed Media Surface Techniques.


Collage after adding Michell Ward Technique


January 18, 2018 at 9:04 pm 2 comments

Final Post for Seth Apter’s ARTifacts Collection

This is the final post for Seth Apter’s ARTifacts collection http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2017/12/artifacts-november-2017.html  It seems like just yesterday that I first started with the project and now a whole year has gone by.  Seth asked us to send in some options for the final post and I decided to send in my a picture of the front of my finished art journal and a picture of my favorite page.

Front of my ARTifacts journal cover


My favorite page.


To make the journal, I followed the instructions from Seth Apter’s “Inspiration Journal” in the September/October 2016 issue of Cloth.Paper Scissors (Issue 68)

I cut two thick pieces of carboard for the front and back covers.  I tore the right side edges of the covers to reveal the rippled piece underneath here and there.  To decorate the front cover, I tore different script papers that I had into various sized pieces and collaged them to the cover with Matte Gel Medium.  I spread White Gesso over the top of the papers to subdue them a bit.

I then collaged a piece of brown paper to the top left, a piece of light brown paper towards the bottom and a White paper with some black crosshatching and red floral designs on it to the left, bottom side.  I sprayed over this background with light green, red and a tiny amount of yellow spray ink.  I then collaged one of my Sumi paintings to the cover as shown.

I tore an old Basic Grey Scarlet paper I had into a strip for the right side.  I tore a piece from one of my practice journal out and  cut a strip about 1/4″ from the squares that were left.  I sewed these two pieces together along the left side and adhered it to the right of the sumi painting.  I cut a tag from the same Scarlet collection thinner and sewed it to a narrow white piece of paper that I had made ruffles in and glued it to the left side.  I made several of the same white paper strips into ruffles and sewed them together.  Then I glued them to the bottom of the Sumi painting.  I cut a thin red strip from the paper and glued it to the top of the Sumi painting, tore a small piece of molded cardboard cup holders (sewn aroudn the edge with white thread) and glued it under a cardboard strip from the thick cardboard.  I glued Tim Holtz letters to spell “Sumi” and glued a couple small, sewn, compressed coardboard cupholder pieces to the right and underneath the letters.  I scratched around the outside of the cover with the awl and also over the ribbing underneath the cardboard.

This was sure a lot of fun.  I hope Seth does similiar things in the future!

January 14, 2018 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

Work It Wednesday Card

I’m going to upload this card on the Work It Wednesday list at Simon Says Stamps https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/blog/work-wednesday-december-2017/  


I took an old dryer sheet and stamped the “Love” on it with Tim Holtz Black Distress Oxide ink.  I then colored the letters in with Copic Markers.  Next I sprayed the stamping front and back with Krylon Matte Finish 1311.  I knew I’d be mounting it on the cardstock with Matte Medium and I didn’t want the Distress Ink to smear.  Then I rubbed Distress Oxides; Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet, and Peacock Feathers with the Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tool.  I put a little color over the letters, but I didn’t go over them so much that they got covered up.  I cut a 4″ X 4 3/8″ rectangle from the positioning the letters as shown in the photo.  I sprayed both front and back with the Matte Finish again.   Spray over the dryer sheet a couple times to insure that the colors don’t run. While that’s drying cut a 2 1/8″ X 1/2″ rectangle from a part of the leftover dryer sheet that has very little color on it.  Using a Peaock Feathers stamp pad and then Vintage Photo, color around the edges of the dryer sheet and the smaller rectangle.  Mount the dryer sheet to a 4 1/2″ X 4 7/8″ of white card stock using Matte Gel Medium.  Stamp  the sentiment on the smaller rectangle with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide ink, and glue to the card just below the “Love”.  Glue a small grey pearl to the middle of the “O”.

January 1, 2018 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Simon Says Christmas Card

I’m going to quick load this up so I can upload it on Simon Says Christmas Card Challenge.  I’ll explain more about it later  Merry Christmas!


December 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

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

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