Free tutorial Altered book art journal

moongoddess-cover-redo  Here is the process; I start with an old book that I thin out every 3rd page. Then I glue 3 pages of the book together to make a strong base for the art work. I use white gesso to paint every page and let them dry. Finally comes the fun part. I paint each page with metallic  (lumiere paints)and glitter paints making a book with a rainbow of colors.moon   goddess 1.jpgI added a hand made pocket with a tag here.moon-goddess-3

Then I put pieces of my art work, Graphic 45 paper, envelops, tags, stamps, clips and other items on the inside pages of the altered book.moongoddress-1 This is one of my handmade tags.

The cover is made by cutting an oval and placing the photo in the inside cover.  The back  cover is also  texturized  ( with glue and tissue paper) , gesso, stained and painted. The gears, the clock and the key are added with gesso.  I touched up with distress inks and gold foil swirls. There are 8 Swarovski AB crystals. I have added a ribbon closure to keep all your art work safely insidemoongoddess-tie. The Image of the Moon Goddess is one of my original metallic photo composites.

Hope you enjoy the photos and the altered book.   I make about one of these a month and sell them when they are done in my Etsy store; https://www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography

This book was sold right away.

 

If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer them.  Happy creating!

Somerset Studio published one of my scrapbook pages

Thank you, Brianne Martin the managing editor of Somerset Studio for including my work in the Winter 2016 Gallery edition of the magazine. I am so honored to be in this wonderful publication. My friend Kim Collister is also in this edition of the Gallery.
Here is my mixed media scrapbook page; Pistol. I made this page to  honor  my Grandmother, Dee.  She was a wild and captivating woman. Born in Mexico around 1900 and then grew up in Calexico. She was a woman who loved life and men. A person who lived a juicy life.

The style was inspired by Finnabair, a Polish artist who does some remarkable mixed media collages.

Retirement equals time to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop elements program for my photographs

I love doing photography and art.  These two combine when you can be creative using a photo editing program like Adobe Photoshop elements . When I was working there was not much extra time to learn and experiment with this program but now…retirement means time! So here is an artistic photo that I created by blending a photo I took here in Popotla fishing village and a textured paper that I had in my photo stash.     Here are the 2 photos I used;  P1200078This is the photograph of a boat on the shore.  Not the greatest photo ; over exposed on the top.df-rd_all-washed-up_paper38x10This is the paper I used to layer over the photo of the boat.  Then I used the Overlay blending tool in the elements program and adjusted the opacity to make  this photograph.fishing boat overlay 5x7 copyThis is the result; a subtle but interesting textured photograph.  I love retirement.  Blending layers is the lesson for tonight.

Flip journal tutorial and Going to Mexico and Europe for a year!

The big news , we are retiring and going to Mexico ( for 2 months ) to plan the year vagabonding trip to Europe for a year.  Why just retire?  We are taking a senior gap year.  The year of exploration between working and retirement! We are traveling with only one bag each and a backpack so only minimal art supplies and my art journal.   So my posts here will be more about photography and whatever art presents itself as we travel.  Oh my I am soooo excited.

So here is my last project before starting to pack ( will miss my studio ).  This is a flip up journal with tags.  I saw one somewhere and I thought it would be a good last project. It turned out to be pretty easy to do and I think it looks good.  I cut out the cover and tag pages from heavy card stock and then made plain card stock pages and Graphic 45 paper pages. The cover is made from Spellbinders die cuts and they are painted with metallic paints.  There are lots of pockets and tags made from scrap papers.  The book rings open to rearrange or add pages to the journal.  And I hung a black key on the cover with Swarvorki crystals ( they are my signature item that I use on all of my art work).  Enjoy!  Oh If you want to follow along on our adventures and how we are doing it ; my blog is seniorgapyear.wordpress.com ( follow) because there will only be posts occasionally before Europe and that is in April. tree dream 7tree dream 2 tree dream 3 tree dream 5tree dreamtree dream 6

A #portfolio / journal using #Tim Holtz collection folio as a template

I purchased a #Tim Holtz collection portfolio the other day at Joanne’s.  I thought what can you do with this?  Well quite a lot.  I used it as a template and recycled some pressed board I had at home and made this #steam punk portfolio and journal with lots of my  distress inks and paint supplies.  I think this is a wonderful format that can be made to hold a single event ( a special trip) or season   ( Fall ) in an innovative format.

I added two sets of layered pages ( one on each side) to hold photos or journal insights.  The entire portfolio can be closed with the two velco holders and can expand to fit whatever you want to put inside it.

This item is available in my etsy shop; https://www.etsy.com/listing/217127644/handmade-book-portfolio-vintage?ref=shop_home_active_3steamfolio 5_edited-1portfolio 6steamfolio 1 steamfolio 2 steamfolio

completely handmade journal with tags using Graphic 45 paper An eerie Tale

I have been working on making a journal completely handmade using recycled pressed paper that I have in my scrap basket.  So here it is ;  Enchanted Fantasy.  I used Graphic 45 paper ( I love , love their designs)  An eerie Tale to make the pages, cover the cardboard and make the pockets and tags.  I used book rings that open to be able to add pages or to move pages around at will.  Brown yarn to make the ties and the decoration on the sides.  I am quite happy with this journal and it only took 3 evenings to make.  Here are the photos;enchanted 5enchantedenchanted 4enchanted 3 enchanted 2 enchanted 1

diy never have a glue lid get stuck again, so easy, so cheap

I hate it when I go to use my E6000 glue and I cannot get the top off the tube. I resort to pliers and then the top comes off in pieces and the glue is ruined.  Does this sound familiar to you crafters?  I also make my own modpodge and that lid gets stuck too.

I found a really easy way to never have a lid glued to its own glue jar –petroleum jelly == this baby jelly is from the dollar store and smells nice.  Just take a bit of it and line the rings where the lid screws into the jar and no more getting stuck.  No more bad words, just smiles when I go to use my glue containers.  You do have to renew the jelly once in a while to keep it working.

Hope the helps.  Lindapet jelly