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. I have regular giveaways of my art and lots of free tutorials. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura
Sunday, June 16, 2013
I just had to share the fabulous digital artwork by Jeanne Draachreider. She used images from my Bejeweled Collage sheet for the beautiful hair piece and other bits. The original image (seen below) was extracted from Young Woman by Bartolomeo Da Veneto from the early 16th century. For the background she used Itkupilli Golden and Holliewood Once Upon a Time images.
You can see more of Jeanne’s art on Pinterest.
Posted by Artfully Musing at 7:48 AM
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This tunnel book is the last and the most elaborate of the Alice in Wonderland art I designed for Alpha Stamps. Just as with the Peek-a-boo cards I started with the 4x4 Die Cut Chipboard Frame Set.
Next, I cut two more pieces of lightweight chipboard the same size as the frame set. I then cut holes in the center of the chipboard. In the first piece of chipboard I cut a hole smaller than the one in the frame set and then in the second piece I cut a hole smaller than the first piece. When all three pieces with holes are stacked together it creates a tunnel effect.
I attached the chipboard pieces to each other using cardstock. I cut cardstock pieces the length of the chipboard then make two folds leaving a gap between the folds.
The gap between the folds creates space between the chipboard to accommodate dimensional embellishments.
This is a really simple method for assembling any book.
Now the fun and the challenge begins. The fun in that there are sooooo many surface to junk up; the challenge in how to add items so that you can see them peeking through the holes but not blocking the items peeking out of the next hole. You also have to consider what you can see looking from the front of the book to the back and then looking from the back of the pages to the front of the book.
Below is a “Drink Me” tag I created for the project. Feel free to save it and use it for your art.
Alpha Stamps Products Used For This Project:
Monday, June 10, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Here is another Alice in Wonderland card I designed using the new Alpha Stamps 4x4 Die Cut Chipboard Frame Set.
I printed the images of the rabbit and queen twice with one set reversed so that the images can be seen from the front or the inside of the card.
In addition to the Alice Alpha Stamps collage sheets I used for this project, below are the two banners that I created. Feel free to save them and use them in your art.
Alpha Stamps Products Used In This Project:
Alpha Stamps is hosting a Peek-a-boo card swap this month. For more details, click on the image below.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
More Alice in Wonderland art coming your way using the new Alpha Stamps 4x4 Die Cut Chipboard Frame Set.
The set comes with a solid piece of chipboard which I used for the back, a piece of chipboard with a peep hole cut which is the front piece, and a circle cutout which I hinged to the front as a door.
I attached the front and back using a piece of tan cardstock. I glued the piece of cardstock to the inside of the front and back piece before adding paper and décor.
The teapot on the back is made from chipboard and is part of a Chipboard Teapot Set.
In addition to the Alice Alpha Stamps collage sheets I used for this project, below are two of the images that I cooked up. Feel free to save them and use them for your art.
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Thursday, May 23, 2013
After creating the Dreaming of Romance altered book, I decided to continue experimenting with the technique of cutting and folding the pages of a book to create a scene. The idea being that the book seems to be coming alive. I’ve seen a couple of really outstanding artists on Pinterest that use this technique to achieve some amazing results (my stuff is primitive by comparison).
My challenge for this book was to figure out a way to make the center section stand up, which I achieved by gluing the some of the pages in the front and the back of the book to the inside covers.
I folded pages in the middle of the book in groups with each group folded more so that the group in the middle stood up the highest and the groups on the sides became shorter and shorter. For the shorter folded groups I had to cutoff some ends of the pages before folding so I could get a shorter fold.
In between each group of folded pages, I reserved 3 pages which I glued together. Just as with the folded page, I cut off the ends of the pages to get shorter pages. I used a couple of templates of waves to trace the wave pattern onto the pages. Cutting the waves was pretty easy until I got to the shortest pages which were tough to cut as they were so close to the spine of the book.
Lastly I added the double sided images of the mermaids and waves. The beach areas are made of sand, mica flakes, beads, brass findings and seashells.
My next book is an Edgar Allen Poe themed project.