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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, August 22, 2020

WELCOME TO ATLANTIS - TRIPTYCH & FAUX BOOK - NEW IMAGE SETS

I have two projects for you depicting a lost world beneath the sea (Atlantis), where the merpeople and sea creatures have adapted and integrated the materials and technology to suit their needs.  

The inspiration for these projects came from the Sea World Paper pictured below.  This is one of the most beautiful and whimsical paper sets I’ve seen in a long time.  I love the merging of Steampunk with sea creatures, which then inspired me to create two new collage sheets along the same vein, which are “Welcome to Atlantis 1 & 2” and other complimentary sheets contain seashells, coral, seaweed and fish.

Further down in the post, I cover how I put these pieces together, and techniques I used to alter Steampunk and sea-themed chipboard shape sets.

These sheets contain whimsical steampunkish sea creatures I imagined a lost world beneath the sea (Atlantis) where the merpeople and sea creatures have adapted and integrated the materials and technology to suit their needs.  The scale of these images works well with my Mermaid Gardens, and other sea-themed collage sheets and digital image sets.

This sheet contains 48 unique colorful fish.  The scale of the fish works well with my Mermaid Gardens, Welcome to Atlantis and other sea-themed collage sheets. 

This sheet contains 42 unique shells with 2 sizes of each for a total of 84 images.  The scale of the seashells works well with my Mermaid Gardens, Welcome to Atlantis and other sea-themed collage sheets and digital image sets.
This sheet contains 22 unique coral and seaweed images.  The scale of the coral and seaweed works well with my Mermaid Gardens, Welcome to Atlantis and other sea-themed collage sheets.


THE DETAILS - TRIPTYCH

The triptych is constructed using three chipboard frames.  To connect them and to make them stand, I trimmed some of the scroll work from the bottom of the frames and from the sides of the frames.

I painted the frames with a copper-colored paint and then used Distressed Ink to add touches of teal.

I backed the frames with paper from the 8x8 Sea World paper pack and used images from my Mini Hardware Collage Sheet to attach the frames to each other.

 

I started adding background components which were a combination of images from the collage sheets and chipboard seaweed.

To add color to the seaweed, I painted them with metallic paint and then rubbed them with Distress Ink for additional color.
Next, I added the focal point images (mermaids and a sea horse). 

To add more dimension to the seahorse I added a chipboard propeller and metal gear.  On many of the images, I added Glossy Accents to add dimension.  

At the top of the center frame, I added a chipboard clock and compass. 

I then added more images on top of and around the focal point images.


DETAIL SUPPLY LIST - FRAMED TRIPTYCH

Welcome to Atlantis #1 Collage Sheet

Welcome to Atlantis #2 Collage Sheet

Colorful Fish Collage Sheet

Seashells Collage Sheet

Coral & Seaweed Collage Sheet

Mini Hardware Collage Sheet

Sea World 8x8 Paper Pad

Elegant Chipboard Frame

Coral Chipboard Set – 4 Pieces

Chipboard Tall Seaweed Silhouettes

Deep Sea Shape Set

Steampunk Gears Chipboard Set

Metal Gear Mix

Enameled Seashell Charm Mix – Set of 3

Large Patina Anchor Charm

 THE DETAILS - FAUX BOOK

I started with a faux book I purchased some years back at a craft store.  The colors worked great with the papers. So, I didn’t need to paint or paper the edges or spine.

I started by papering the outside (except spine) and inside using the Sea World Paper.  As I was using 8x8 paper and the surfaces of the book were larger, I cut up and pieced the paper with the designs I liked.

For this project, I used chipboard and wood gears to embellish both the paper pad images and the collage sheet images.  To make them look rusted, I added glue and then sand from my yard.  The sand makes it look more like it is rusting, bubbling up, and flaking pieces of iron.

Next, I painted the gears with a flat dark orange color, then to give them more dimension, I applied a small amount of bronze paint to various areas on the gears (don’t cover all of the orange).

I used the same coloring techniques for the seaweed and coral that I did for the triptych, but I also used clump foliage to add more dimension.  I started by painting one side of the chipboard.  Next, I tore the foliage into smaller pieces.  I applied glue to the painted side and then pressed the chipboard into the foliage.  Once dry, I used scissors to cut away the access foliage.

Below you can see how I used various gears (chipboard, wood, and metal) plus clock hands to embellish the paper image.

For the chipboard turtle, I added blobs of paint and when dry painted over the blobs of paint with a gold color paint, which is how I achieved the bumpy texture.  I added a chipboard key, clock part from my stash, and then metal gears.  To the face, I added a bronze anchor.

To the image of the submarine, chipboard and metal gears and a steampunk sea creature attaches itself to the front of the sub.

The architectural pieces seen in the picture below which help to give the scene structure, are from my Mermaid Gardens Set Download.

Below you’ll find the “Welcome to Atlantis” sign I used on the front cover.


FREE IMAGE

Feel free to download the image below and use it in your artwork.

Click here to jump to the complete supply list for the Faux Book at AlphaStamps.

DETAIL SUPPLY LIST – WELCOME TO ATLANTIC FAUX BOOK

Welcome to Atlantis #1 Collage Sheet

Welcome to Atlantis #2 Collage Sheet

Colorful Fish Collage Sheet

Seashells Collage Sheet

Coral & Seaweed Collage Sheet

Mermaid Gardens Download Set

Sea World 8x8 Paper Pad

Chipboard Shorter Seaweed Silhouettes

Chipboard Tall Seaweed Silhouettes

Deep Sea Shape Set

Steampunk Gears Chipboard Set

Flourish Sea Turtles

Anchor, Starfish & Fishnet Medley

Coral Chipboard Set – 4 Pieces

Metal Gear Mix

Wooden Gear Mix

Bronze Anchor Charm

Clump Foliage – Fall Mix

Teal Glitter

Large Patina Starfish Charm

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

BUZZY BEE'S BUTTERFLY BOUTIQUE - NEW IMAGE SETS


Spring has sprung and I have a new project for you; Buzzy Bee’s Butterfly Boutique.  I’ve used a 7” tall 3” deep theatre box (made from a kit) to create Buzzy’s shop.
On the front, you see butterfly fairies sporting the latest fashions while bees and butterflies fly around them.  The sign at the top (which you will find further down in the post to download) is accented by Butterfly & Honeycomb Medley that I painted and accented with Chipboard Leafy Swirls, bees, chipboard and metal butterflies and flowers.
When you open the hinged doors you’ll see inside the shop with more fashions and there is Mr. Buzzy Bee himself (you’ll find him further down in the post to download.)
All of the butterfly fairies come from my two new collage sheets, Butterfly Fairies 1 & 2.  I’ve also used some older ones; Butterfly & Moths Collage Sheet (or you can use the digital Butterflies & Moths Set Download) and the Dress Forms Collage Sheet.  
I’ve used more chipboard leaves, swirls and cattails to frame the rooms and trimmed the inside with moss.
The inspiration from the project came from this sweet 6x6 paper pad titled “Tell the Bees”.

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS
Butterfly Fairies #1 and #2
These two sheets are filled with whimsical butterfly fairies in various sizes.  To complement the fairies I’ve included lots of colorful butterflies.  You can make them even more magical by adding larger wings from the Butterflies and Moths collage sheet or digital image set pictured further down in the post.

To purchase this sheet click on the image below.

BUTTERFLY AND MOTH SET DOWNLOAD

THE DETAILS
After I assembled the theater cabinet I covered it with yellow cardstock.  I then used a mini honeycomb stencil and Vintage Photo Distress ink to add the honeycomb pattern to the paper.  
Next, I painted a sheet of honeycomb chipboard gold which I then cut into pieces and used to decorate the front of the theatre and also the back.  On the back and sides, I added a piece of decorative paper from the Tell the Bees paper pad.

I then used hinges to attach the doors to the back.  You want to make sure your hinges are wide enough that brads that are used to attach the hinges clear the edge of the box.  To make the attachment marks, be sure to hold the door and back together, then punch the holes and then attach them with brads (I used glue as well).
 
On the inside, I added more of the paper and then moss around the inside edges.


To decorate the front, I used a variety of chipboard and die-cut vines, leaves, cattails and butterflies which on which I used paint, watercolor pencils, and iridescent powders.


For the topper, I used a chipboard honeycomb and medley piece which I painted and then added bees, butterflies, and flowers.  To open the door you need to cut the topper in half.

To cover the cut, I used a dragonfly charm which I glued to only one side of the topper.
To make the paper frames I used three pieces of the paper and drew an oval on two of the pieces.
Next, within the oval, I cut slits into the paper.
I then pulled back the cut paper and tore off the edges of the paper.
Lastly, I stacked the two cut pieces together and mounted them on the solid sheet.  I then curled the torn edges back.  Before attaching the frames to the shop, I trim away much of the excess back paper.
NOTE: Decide which side of the paper you want to show when the curling is finished as it is the opposite side of the paper where you draw the circle that way you won’t see it when you are finished.  You can use more than two torn pieces of paper if you like.

I embellished the butterflies fairies with butterflies printed on vellum.  I also printed the fairies multiple times, cut out bits of the dress, and attached them to the main image tape with foam double-stick tape which gave them more dimension.  For the antenna, I used flower stamen.
For the dress forms on the inside, I cut up multiple butterfly images (printed on vellum) glued them to a dress form (you can find the stand further down to download for free).  In the pictures below, you can see the progression of how I added the pieces of wings.  Additionally I accented the dress with dragonfly charms.

FREE IMAGES
Feel free to download the images below and use them in your artwork.