Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Halloween Lanterns

September’s Kit at AlphaStamps is “Halloween Countdown” which includes a mini shrine.  There are 5 different shrine designs and I have picked my three favorites for this project. 
By using flickering tea-lights and glittering much of the surface the pieces really sparkle.  I’ve used Halloween themed die-cuts and vintage images to add more spooky fun.
I started by assembling the shrines and spray painting them black.  I covered the outside and inside of the shrine with decorative papers.
I then used various colors of glitter (black, purple, green, yellow, & red) to accent the fronts of the shrine.
I glittered and attached cut-outs from the Black Creepy Critters Shape Set, Wood Jack-o-Lanterns Cut-Outs & the Narrow Spider Web Flourish Borders.  I think my favorite creepy critters are the rats as they have very detailed whiskers and tails.
I then attached vintage Halloween images from various collage sheets and glittered the images to make them coordinate with the other items I glittered.
I covered the flame on 3 yellow flickering tea-lights with tape and sprayed the lights with black plastic spray paint.  The lights fit nicely into the shrines behind the border.  The final touch on the Big Cat Shrine was to add green wire whiskers.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Apothicaire - Apothecary - Streets of Paris Event - VIDEO TUTORIAL - NEW IMAGE SETS

The final business in the Streets of Paris event is an apothecary.  Just as with the Bookstore I’ve used a smaller bay window attached to the second floor on one of the sides to create a faux business.  In the window are bottles, vintage drugstore ads and a mini scale with weights.
You’ll notice that the window has a pretty blue awning and the faux glass in the window has the business name and other details printed on it, you’ll find both of these free images further down in the post.
On the front of the building, I used die-cut scroll work to hang vintage drugstore adds that you’ll find in my new Vintage Drugstore Ads collage sheet or in the larger Vintage Drugstore Ads digital image set.
Once again, for lighting, I’ve used a tea light that is hidden under the awing.

This sheet contains 19 images, some funny and some creepy.

This image set contains 35 images including all of the mages found on the Vintage Drugstore Ads Collage Sheet. Some are funny and some creepy.

Feel free to download this collage sheet and use it in your projects.

Elevator - Streets of Paris Event - VIDEO TUTORIAL - NEW IMAGE SET

At long last, the Paris shops have installed an elevator in the center of the building.  

The secret to this elevator is an easy to assemble lantern kit which makes the construction a breeze.  

By adding vintage stained glass images (from my new digital image set, details below) printed on vellum to the inside, filigree and elevator images (free further down in the post) to the outside, you can create a lovely miniature elevator.
On the inside of the lid is a tea light which gives the inside a soft glow.  The elevator is suspended from the opening in the ceiling using a combination of basswood, chain and a pulley.
In the video tutorial, I cover how to construct the elevator. Although this elevator is a non-working one, in the tutorial I cover how to make one that is working plus the option of using a staircase instead.

This image set contains 29 unique stained glass images.  These images are great for collage projects or used as faux stained glass (printed on transparency film) in miniature projects.

Feel free to download this collage sheet and use it in your projects.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Paris Street Painter - Peddler's Cart - Streets of Paris Event - Video Tutorial - New Collage Sheet

On the sidewalk outside of the shops, you’ll find a street artist painting scenes of Paris.  The red awning over the peddler’s cart says “Paintings for Sale”.  Underneath is a crate full of paintings, a cashbox, and an artist palette.
There are even more paintings hanging on the outside of the cart plus another crate of paintings sitting on the sidewalk.
Next to the cart is a chair with an attached umbrella to keep away the sun while she paints.  In addition, there is an easel with two finished paintings and a paint set.  I’m guessing she is over at Cafe du Noir for lunch.
I thought adding a street vendor to the project would be cute and the inspiration for the theme of the vendor is the easy to assemble peddler’s cart pictured below.  I can see this cart working for all kinds of themes and you’ll see me doing something different with it for Christmas.
This was an easy and quick project to put together as I used multiple kits (peddler’s cart, crates & book box) and pre-made accessories (mini paint set in a box, artists pallet set, miniature easel with paintings and mini paint brushes).  To go along with this project I’ve created a new collage sheet filled with mini Paris themed paintings.  I also have some free images (awning, umbrella & mini money) for you that you will find further down in the post.  In the video tutorial below, I’ll walk you through how I assembled and decorated the kit items and how I put the scene together.

This sheet contains 27 miniature paintings of various scenes in Paris, France.


Feel free to download these images and use them in your project.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

NATURE'S ANTHOLOGY - ATC Envelope Folder with ATC Ticket Journal

This project is inspired by the AlphaStamps August Anthology ATC Mailer kit.
I decided to go with a nature theme and used a variety of collage sheet images to decorate both the mailer and inside ticket journal.  I tied my journal together with a piece of lace.

There are lots of ways you could use the mailer, for example, I think it would work great as an invitation. 

 Inside the mailer are tabs where you can insert an ATC sized card.
Below, I cover the details of how I assembled my project.  AlphaStamps is carrying all of the supplies I used which you will find in a supply list at the bottom of this post.

I started by covering the outside and the inside of the mailer with decorative paper.
I added an ATC sized card to the mailer tab.  The card is covered with decorative paper on which I printed (by running the paper through my printer) “Nature’s Anthology”.

I covered the front and back of the ATC Ticket Journal with decorative paper.

To decorate both the front of the ATC Envelope Folder and the ATC Ticket Journal I used 5 different collage sheets (see below in the supply list) that contained birds, squirrels, rabbits, bees, butterflies, snails, leaves, and toadstools.

All of the embellishment is done with paper images which make it possible for the journal to fit inside the envelope.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


This is my first Halloween project for the season and it would make a great addition to Grimsley Village or as a standalone project.
In the woods, the witch has set up shop and in the center is a bubbling cauldron filled with ick green boiling goo.
The cauldron is mounted on a pile of bones.
Next to the cauldron are the witches spell and potion books, bottles full of magical ingredients a broom and her familiar (black cat).
On the left side of the scene, you’ll find a witches hat made from polymer clay and more potion bottles.

Moss and pumpkins decorate the scene while an owl watches over and spider hangs from a dead tree.

To go along with this project I have a new collage sheet plus a video tutorial where I walk you through how I constructed the witchy scene.

This sheet is packed with spooky books, spells & potions and mini potion labels.