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!

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Free , quick and easy tutorial; Christmas art journal page

Last night I was inspired by a tutorial I found on Pinterest.  It was from the Somerset studio’s, Stampington Place with guest artist  Ivy Newport ( https://stampington.com/blog/2015/08/28/guest-artist-ivy-newport/)  This was an inspiring tutorial that involved many steps to create an art journal page.  I just wanted to do something in the hour or so I had available last night.After looking at Ivy’s work my fingers and mind needed a creative spree.

So I got out my art journal and glued some pages together.  Painted on a thin layer of  gesso  ( dried with my hand dryer). Then I  dug through my stash of Christmas stuff that was sitting on the floor next to me ( I am a messy artist).  I saw some old Christmas cards  that were so beautiful I could not throw them out and started to arrange them on the page.xmas journal page 2015 4  Then I saw some glittered tinsel stuff ( also on the floor) and put some of it under the cards.xmas journal page 2015 3

I liked that , and glue everything down with some heavy medium gel and dried it.  Ivy’s tutorial had her using white paint to blur the edges of the images so…out came the white paint.  I love to paint with my fingers so I had fun.xmas journal page 2015 2

After I put thin layer of white paint diluted with water over most of the images I got my wash cloth up from the floor and wiped off the faces I wanted to see.

Then I glued some snowflakes that I had ( no not on the floor) but in the drawers on my craft desk all around the images. xmas journal page 2015 I felt quite good about the page but it need more.  I added gold crowns for Mary and Jesus and put dots of gold glitter in the middle of all of the snowflakes.

There an art journal page done in one hour!  Left out to completely dry over night and here it is;journal page angels 2015 Now this simple page is not in a league with Ivy’s stunning journal page , but I was quite happy with my quick creative fix.  Sometimes you just need to have a little inspiration and then make something quick and easy.  Thanks Pinterest, Ivy and Stampington Place!  Enjoy!

free tutorial DIY ; Playing with Pebeo Prisme paints

this is my etsy shop where I sell my handmade journal

 

I am in the middle of deciding what to keep from my craft studio and what will not still be good after a year ( we hope to go back to Europe early next year) .   I came across some Pebeo Prisme paints that I bought at Micheals last year.prisme paints  Since I do not think they will last a year in a storage place I decided to try them out.  I took some mini composition books and a brush and had fun painting and dropping different colors on the covers. prisme paints 6 covers  1 Then I held them at different angles and let the colors mixed.  It made a thick marbling effect.  I took a toothpick and swirled them around a bit and left them to dry.prisme paints 6 covers 3 It takes 72 hours for the paint to completely dry and I think you should dry them in a well ventilated room. prisme paints 6 covers

When the covers dry, the thick paint makes a honey comb design ( you have to have a thick layer of paint to get this effect).  The paint dries glossy and the colors are brilliant.  In person, it has a 3D effect, that is not captured well in the photos.  I put it on paper and tags too.  prisme paints  paper 1 prisme paints  paper  From the first photo you can see the thick dripping effect.  You are supposed to clean the brush with mineral spirits but I had none.  I just rinsed by brush in water and wiped it clean on a cloth between colors.

I really like the effects and the way you cannot predict how it will look when it dries.  I thought I would share my experiences with you.  If you have experimented with this paint please share your experiences in the comment section.  When we return from our trip I will purchase some more of these paints to play with.  Happy creating.

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

blue collage; Gifts from the Sea; free mixed media collage tutorial, part 1

Decided today to blog my process of creating a new collage piece; called Gifts from the Sea.  This is a free mixed media collage tutorial.

I get so hung up on being perfect the first time that this experiment will be helpful to learn how to play with color and materials and to make mistakes.  Mistakes lead to discovery.  I am interested in discovery at this time in my life.  This will be a series of posts as the collage comes together.  So here goes:

 

I started with a plan 11 x14 canvas and embossed wallpaper scraps; Image I cut out different pieces to make different textures and glued them on to the canvas.  Then I got out my metallic paints ( lumiere metallic paint , Inka metallic rub) and started to paint.  I ended up with this; Image This morning when it was dried I decided that the colors were too dark.  I have had some darkness  in my life recently but I feel like I am moving toward the light and discovery so…I squeezed on colors ( Martha Stewart acrylic paints) that make me happy..Imagethis is not the way I normally work but what the heck…lets see what happens..ImageI like these colors better, some of the darkness is underneath but the blues and greens of the sea and of hope are on top.  I will let this dry and see what happens next.  This is what I do with the extra paint on my brush…for my next collage project…lolImage  I will continue to record the progress of this mixed media  collage.  Have to do some real work now…oh nooooo

free tutorial on how to make a clay cover mixed media collage for an art journal or smash book DIY art project

This is a free tutorial on how I make air dried clay covers for some of my art or travel journals.  I will post the pictures with the explanations below.  Start with some air dry clay that you can get at Michael’s or Joann’s in the children’s art sections.

ImageMeasure the cover of your journal and roll out the clay on wax paper and cut it just a little smaller than the cover measurements. ImageHere I have cut the clay and added 2 rolls in a swirling pattern and stamped some impressions on the clay.ImageHere are four different clay shapes that I made at this time.  It is easier to make several different shapes and clean up afterwards.  The one I am going to use in this project is the one on the far left.ImageThe painting is down after I have let the clay dry for one day.  I use metallic paints; teal and sapphire blue to make the base of the collage.ImageHere are some of the supplies that I use to make the collage vary in color and textures.  The glass beads paste is spread around and then the micro beads are sprinkled on top so they will dry embedded in the paste. The Golden gold paint is used sparingly to highlight the different levels on the clay.ImageHere I have glued on Tim Holtz’s metal gears, and clock face and hand to the top of the swirls.  I then glued on Swarovski crystals to make the collage sparkle.  Here I am trying it on the top of the journal that I will be covering to see how it fits.ImageThis is the finished journal.  I have covered the journal with matching card stock and glued the clay collage on top.  I have added a ribbon loop and a brad to make the closure.  The cover is done.  Inside the journal I continued the theme of Steampunk purple with designer papers and envelops and tags that I made to hold journal ling and photographs inside for future use.  Here are some photos of the inside of this art journal.ImageImageImagethis journal and other journals that I have made in a similiar manner are available in my etsy shop at  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography?section_id=6805677&ref=shopsection_leftnav_5

 

Hope you enjoyed learning about this fun way to use air dried clay for mixed media collages and journal covers.