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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

Saturday, October 19, 2019

SPELL & POTION BOOK - NEW IMAGES - VIDEO TUTORIAL

Halloween would not be complete without a spooky book of spells and potions.  The overall size is approximately 9" x 7" and made out of out of heavy chipboard. To give the book texture, I’ve used a crackle technique which I cover in the video tutorial.  The skull in the center is made with polymer clay using a mold.
For this project, I’ve created a new set of Magical Book Pages to complement my older collection which gave me a total of 27 magical pages to work with (there is also a new mini version that can be used for a miniature book.)  
To fill out the book, I used blank distressed looking pages to which I can add images over time and paper from the Cosmos 12 x 12 Scrapbook Paper pad, which I also used to line the inside of the book.
I’ve used beautiful hardware to connect the chipboard pieces.  In the video, I’ll show you how to transform simple hinges to elegant ones.
I used various techniques to distress the pages and will demonstrate a lemon juice and heat gun technique which give pages and authentic burnt look.

NEW COLLAGE SHEET & DIGI IMAGE SET
This collage sheet contains 14 pages of spells, incantations, enchantments, potions, and magical symbols.  Included are: Summon a Dragon, Conjure a Storm, Memory Charm, Forget, Healing, Reveal the Truth, and Dream.  This set compliments the first Magic Book Pages collage sheet.
This set includes 14 pages sized 7” x 5” that are perfect for creating a book of magic.  The pages contain spells, incantations, enchantments, potions, and magical symbols.  Included are: Summon a Dragon, Conjure a Storm, Memory Charm, Forget, Healing, Reveal the Truth, and Dream.  This set compliments the first Magical Book Pages – Large Version digital image set. 
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If you are interested in making a mini version.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

House of Horrors Handmade Book - New Image Sets - Video Tutorial

Just in time for Halloween, I have a spooky book project for you titled “House of Horrors.”  I’ve packed in lots of creepiness from my new image sets and other embellishments.  The book is constructed using chipboard haunted house and tombstone shapes which makes it easy to assemble and decorate.
The house is full of spooky pictures with vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, skeleton people, and headless women.  Inside you’ll find a trunk full of creepy doll heads.  Behind a gate is a vampire with her coffin.  The brickwork was made using a plastic mold and paper clay.  I’ve used lots of candles on the pages, as I think they add to the creep factor.

A house of horrors would not be complete without ghouls.  Below is a cavern with a bloody guillotine, barrel of doll and skeleton heads, a skeleton in a cage, and a bloody clawed coffin (made form a chipboard coffin book.)
Below are more of the spooky portraits and note the ghost in the mirror about the dresser and doll headed spider climbing down the wall.  To add trim to the walls on several of the pages I used black Dresden along with spiderweb and bat die-cut chipboard borders.
On the back of the book, there is a shrouded skeleton walking through a graveyard with blood flowing from a fountain (I have the fountain image for you further down in the post.)  I used paper roses with their stems twisted together to make a vine.  A blood-red moon and bats complete the scene and of course, more candles.
I choose to bind the book using some spider web ribbon from my stash.  In the video tutorial, I show you an alternative method to binding the book.

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS & DIGI IMAGE SETS
This sheet contains 9 unique spooky portraits with ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, and more.  There are 4 different sizes for each portrait for a total of 36 images.  These images work well with 1:12 scale projects and smaller as well as the houses in Grimsley Village.
 

These sheets are filled with all kinds of spooky and creepy images to decorate a haunted house.  These images work well with a 1:12 scale project and the houses in Grimsley Village.
 




This half sheet contains 38 unique candle images that work well with a 1:12 scale project and the houses in Grimsley Village and my other miniature projects. 
For a limited time, AlphaStamps will be offering this sheet FREE with purchase.

This image set is filled with all kinds of spooky and creepy images to decorate a haunted house.  These images work well with a 1:12 scale project and the houses in Grimsley Village.  Included are all of the images from the House of Horrors #1 & #2 collage sheets, the images from the Spooky Portraits and much more for a total of 100 images.

 

VIDEO TUTORIAL


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Feel free to download this image and use it in your art.


Saturday, September 7, 2019

Alice in Wonderland Tunnel Book - New Image Set - Video Tutorial

This is the second in a series of tunnel book video tutorials with this one focusing on Alice in Wonderland.  For this project, I created a large new digital image set titled "Strange People" which includes images from my other Strange People collage sheets plus a ton more.  You can see some of them framed as pictures on the wall below, I thought they fit right in with the story's strange and whimsical characters.
If you aren’t familiar with tunnel books, they are made by connecting a series of pages with the first page having the largest hole and each subsequent page having a smaller hole than the one before, giving the book a tunnel effect.   Adding to the tunnel effect are the images on each page that slightly protrude into the openings.  The way I designed this book, the tunnel effect works no matter which direction you look (from the front to the back of from the back to the front). 
I constructed the book using a 6x6 ArchTunnel Book that contains 6 pages which gave me lots of surfaces to embellish.
This is an image-intensive project wherein I used lots of collage sheets and digital image sets.
My approach was to illustrate several of my favorite Alice in Wonderland scenes although I couldn’t resist adding Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum and Humpty Dumpty from Through the Looking Glass.
In the video tutorial, I’ll walk you through how I assembled the book and how to make the mini Alice book on the cover.

NEW DIGITAL IMAGE SET
This set is packed with all kinds of strange anthropomorphic people included are; 34 animal characters, 20 skeleton characters, 20 vegetable, and fruit people and 8 moon men for a total of 82 images.  You can find some of these images on the Strange People, Strange People #2 and Halloween Carnival collage sheets.  To purchase this sheet, click on the image below.
VIDEO TUTORIAL


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Feel free to download these images and use them in your artwork.  To save the images, right-click on the image and select the “Save image as” option on the dropdown menu.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Steampunk Tunnel Book - Video Tutorial - New Collage Sheets & Digital Image Sets

This is the first in a series of tunnel books with this one being one of my favorite themes, which is Steampunk (video tutorial further down in the post).  If you aren't familiar with tunnel books, they are made by connecting a series of pages with the first page having the largest hole and each subsequent page having a smaller hole than the one before, giving the book a tunnel effect.  Adding to the tunnel effect are the images on each page that slightly protrude into the openings.  The way I designed this book, the tunnel effect works no matter which direction you look (from the front to the back or from the back to the front).
I constructed the book using a new 8x8 Arch Tunnel Book that contains 6 pages which gave me a lot of surface area to embellish.
To accompany the tunnel book pages is a Wrought Iron Window Grate which is sized to fit the second window in the tunnel book which I embellished with lots of metal gears, gears and key made from a mold, a chain and, a brass handle.  I used small hinges to attach the window to the book so that you could open and close the window.
The inspiration for the project was the gorgeous steampunk-themed paper pack titled “Voyages Fantastique".  Not only are the designs on the double-sided papers beautiful but many are loaded with images that I cut out and collaged onto the pages.
I addition to using the paper pad, I used images from some of my 6 new collage sheets and 2 new download sets (see the details further down in the post)  plus some of my older steampunk-themed collage sheets.
In addition to paper balloon images from my collage sheet and the ones I cut out of the paper pad I also used two balloon silicone molds.




On the back of the book, I’ve used a steampunk-themed silicone mold packed with clocks and gears as the centerpiece.  In addition to paint, I dressed it up with metal gears, and gears made from the previously mentioned silicone mold. 

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS & DIGI IMAGE SETS

This sheet contains a combination of men and women dressed in steampunk fashions at a 1:12 scale.  This sheet works well with my other Steampunk collage sheets; Voyages Extraordinaire series, Time Machine, Steampunk Machines and Steampunk Explorers Study.  To purchase this sheet click on the image below.
This sheet contains 6 steampunk doors and hatches which work well with collage & altered projects as well as 1:12 scale miniatures.  The images are scaled to work with the 8x8 chipboard tunnel book and works well with my other Steampunk collage sheets; Voyages Extraordinaire series, Time Machine, Steampunk Machines, and Steampunk Explorers Study.  To purchase this sheet click on the image below.
Keyhole Collage Sheet
This sheet contains 21 unique keyholes with 2 sizes of each keyhole and 3 sizes of some of the keyholes which work well with larger projects.  To purchase this sheet click on the image below.

Door Backplates, Knobs & Knockers  Collage Sheet
This sheet contains 15 door backplates, 5 door knockers, and 13 knobs.  The knobs are sized to work with the door backplates and all would work well with larger projects.  To purchase this sheet click on the image below.

This sheet contains 24 unique hinges with two of each hinge, which works well with larger projects.  To purchase this sheet, click on the image below.
This sheet is packed with mini versions of hardware that would work well for 1:12 miniature project as well as other projects.  These images are also found in the Keyhole, Hinges, Door Backplates, Knobs & Knockers collage sheets plus more.  To purchase this sheet, click on the image below.

This set contains various types of hardware that is also found on the Keyhole, Hinges, Door Backplates, Knobs & Knockers Collage Sheets plus more  for a total of 87 images which includes:  15 Door Backplates, 5 Door Knockers, 24 Hinges, 13 Knobs, 23 Keyholes, 3 Drawer Pulls, 2 Braces, 1 Lock, 1 Grate Panel.  The images are scaled to work with 1:12 scale projects. 
Image set contains the steampunk doors which are found on the Steampunk Doors collage sheet as well as more for a total of 12 doors and hatches.   The images are scaled to work with the 8x8 chipboard tunnel book and works well with my other Steampunk collage sheets; Voyages Extraordinaire series, Time Machine, Steampunk Machines, and Steampunk Explorers Study.

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