Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Lisa here to share a layout with you.
When we went out to California in August of 2010, we took a ferry into San Fransisco. Being from Wisconsin, we expected San Francisco to be super hot in August. It wasn't! Luckily I had packed a sweatshirt for each of us and boy did we need it! We froze with our sweatshirts on! The weather was not what we expected! Any who, that is what my layout "Chilly San Francisco" is about.
Remember the last layout I shared? Well I used the sunburst I had cut out the rays from for my last layout. I used the Saffron Honey Cardstock for my sunburst. I stitched it onto Clouds Cardstock.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Last year I redecorated my studio with an industrial chic teal and rust theme. Yet, I never really seem to finish--I am always refining the look and more importantly, improving my organization.
Sure that sounds good, but truth is, at least in my Paper Calliope studio, I'm a slob. I actually love when things are neat and organized, but despite my best intentions, the studio always ends up a mess. Considering that sometimes I have to tiptoe between piles of paper, ephemera, glitter bottles and heat guns, "mess" might be an understatement.
Tutorial--How to make an altered art supply tote
Step Two Trace the outside sections of the drink tote onto Teal Glitter Cardstock and cut out.
Step Three Adhere the glitter cardstock to the drink tote using Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Glue.
Step Four Adhere a patterened brown fabric tape to tote corners.
Step Five Distress edges of tote with dark brown ink.
Step Six Adhere rusty metal hardware to sides of tote with a strong adhesive.
Step Seven Adhere blue metallic dew drops to sides of tote.
Step Eight Tie short pieces of assorted ribbons to tote handle.
That's it! All you have to do now is add your favorite supplies and enjoy
Stuff I used
Teal Glitter Cardstock
Metallic Teal Dew Drops
Beacon 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, 4-Ounce
Assorted bits of ribbon
Metal hardware pieces
Betsy Skagen (Use your noggin and realize it rhymes with toboggan), Artist, writer, editor and designer
Last year I took a plunge. After spending decades as a professional writer, graphic designer and business owner, I took a deep breath and formalized my long-term love affair with paper crafting and altered arts by forming Paper Calliope.
Some of my loves include vintage circus, mid-century graphics and plenty of whimsical kitsch. I am passionate about writing from the heart to illuminate and overcome the anxieties of life, helping kids with special needs and lots of belly laughs. Oh yeah, i also despise the Oxford comma.
I have been named to the international design teams of the ColourArte, Robin's Nest, Whisker Graphics and Altered Pages. Please drop by my blog at www.PaperCalliope.com.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Life has it's share of ups and downs. Your attitude and ability to adjust will help you get through the tough times.
Let me show you how I created my mixed media canvas.
Robin's Nest® blue tear drops
Robin's Nest ® robins egg glitter cardstock
Robin's Nest® airplane cardstock
Americana® multi-surface paint
Tim Holtz Distress® inks
Tim Holtz Distress® markers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology® tissue paper
I had extra smaller pieces of idea-ology tissue paper I wanted to use up. I used matt medium to adhere them to my canvas creating a collage look.
I used my swirl stencil with distress ink to create the look of swirling wind on my background.
I cut out cloud shapes and the background for my quote sticker from airplane cardstock.
The umbrella was cut from robins egg glitter cardstock.
I colored in some of the white/word diamond shapes on the airplane cardstock with distress markers. Distress markers will color the space but allowed for the words to show through. Distress markers were also used to add detail to the umbrella.
I glued down all the pieces using matt medium.
A sharpie was used to outline the clouds and the umbrella. Distress ink was used to define the edges of the canvas. The sides of the canvas were painted with multi-surface paint.
I added tear drops for the rain using E6000 glue.
Thank you for stopping by and following along with my tutorial.
I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I studied graphic design in Portland,Oregon before moving to Denton, Texas and putting all my focus on mixed media art. In addition to being on The Robin's Nest Design Team, I am an article writer for mixed media art, on the Creative Paperclay Design team, and a blogger for DecoArt. I strongly believe in giving back. I volunteer at Scrap Denton Creative Reuse Center where I teach workshops, art camps, and perform art demos. I am very passionate about mixed media art and helping others discover their creativity.
Follow more of my creative life at My Altered Life's blog page and My Altered Life on FB
I use Admiral Daisy Glitter Linen Cardstock, Mens Plaid/Compass Cardstock, Airplane Cardstock for my background. Add some thread and gesso.