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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

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event

It's time to wave your wands (or glue sticks) and start building your own potions and poisons apothecary.  Whether your style is cute, pretty, spooky, gothic, creepy and crawly; all takes on Halloween are welcome here!  This event is all about having fun with Halloween and creating something that you will enjoy displaying during this spooktacular season.  So turn on your favorite Halloween tunes and get your witchy grove on.

See the links below to purchase the collage sheets and/or digital image sets for this project:
Witches Apothecary Cabinet collage sheet set
Witches Apothecary Cabinet digital image set
Apothecary Labels #1 collage sheet
Apothecary Labels #2 collage sheet
Apothecary Large Labels #3 collage sheet
Apothecary Large Labels #4 collage sheet
Mini Apothecary Labels collage sheet
Book Spines & Labels #1 collage sheet
Book Spines & Labels #2 collage sheet
Apothecary Book Spines, Covers & More digital image set
NOTE
As of 1/13/18 Create for Less online store is carrying a 7 1/2" x 5" x 3" box that would work perfectly for this project.  You would need to purchase 4.  if you want the link to the product, email me using the "Email Me" button in the right side column of my blog or post a comment on the YouTube video.
ASSEMBLING and DECORATING THE CABINET
This haunted journey starts with viewing the tutorial below which covers assembling and decorating an apothecary cabinet.  Once you finish the first video you'll want to continue on to the others which cover altering bottles and tins, making books, decorating coffins and cauldrons.  
Video Tutorial #1– Assembling and Decorating the Apothecary Cabinet
FREE IMAGES
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.
The haunted journey continues with viewing the second tutorial in the series which covers altering bottles and tins. 
  Video Tutorial #2– Altering Bottles and Tins
I’ve broken this tutorial into two pieces so be sure to watch them both.
Part One of Two
Part Two of Two
FREE IMAGES
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.

Witches Hat Template


The haunted journey continues with viewing the third tutorial in the series which covers creating books, decorating cauldrons and coffins.  You don’t need to be experienced in bookbinding to make the simple and fun books I’ll be demonstrating. 
Video Tutorial #3– Books, Coffins, and Cauldrons

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event

It's time to wave your wands (or glue sticks) and start building your own potions and poisons apothecary.  Whether your style is cute, pretty, spooky, gothic, creepy and crawly; all takes on Halloween are welcome here!  This event is all about having fun with Halloween and creating something that you will enjoy displaying during this spooktacular season.  So turn on your favorite Halloween tunes and get your witchy grove on.

See the links below to purchase the collage sheets and/or digital image sets for this project:
Witches Apothecary Cabinet collage sheet set
Witches Apothecary Cabinet digital image set
Apothecary Labels #1 collage sheet
Apothecary Labels #2 collage sheet
Apothecary Large Labels #3 collage sheet
Apothecary Large Labels #4 collage sheet
Mini Apothecary Labels collage sheet
Book Spines & Labels #1 collage sheet
Book Spines & Labels #2 collage sheet
Apothecary Book Spines, Covers & More digital image set
NOTE
As of 1/13/18 Create for Less online store is carrying a 7 1/2" x 5" x 3" box that would work perfectly for this project.  You would need to purchase 4.  if you want the link to the product, email me using the "Email Me" button in the right side column of my blog or post a comment on the YouTube video.
ASSEMBLING and DECORATING THE CABINET
This haunted journey starts with viewing the tutorial below which covers assembling and decorating an apothecary cabinet.  Once you finish the first video you'll want to continue on to the others which cover altering bottles and tins, making books, decorating coffins and cauldrons.  
Video Tutorial #1– Assembling and Decorating the Apothecary Cabinet
FREE IMAGES
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.
The haunted journey continues with viewing the second tutorial in the series which covers altering bottles and tins. 
  Video Tutorial #2– Altering Bottles and Tins
I’ve broken this tutorial into two pieces so be sure to watch them both.
Part One of Two
Part Two of Two
FREE IMAGES
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.

Witches Hat Template


The haunted journey continues with viewing the third tutorial in the series which covers creating books, decorating cauldrons and coffins.  You don’t need to be experienced in bookbinding to make the simple and fun books I’ll be demonstrating. 
Video Tutorial #3– Books, Coffins, and Cauldrons

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event

It's time to wave your wands (or glue sticks) and start building your own potions and poisons apothecary.  Whether your style is cute, pretty, spooky, gothic, creepy and crawly; all takes on Halloween are welcome here!  This event is all about having fun with Halloween and creating something that you will enjoy displaying during this spooktacular season.  So turn on your favorite Halloween tunes and get your witchy grove on.

See the links below to purchase the collage sheets and/or digital image sets for this project:
Witches Apothecary Cabinet collage sheet set
Witches Apothecary Cabinet digital image set
Apothecary Labels #1 collage sheet
Apothecary Labels #2 collage sheet
Apothecary Large Labels #3 collage sheet
Apothecary Large Labels #4 collage sheet
Mini Apothecary Labels collage sheet
Book Spines & Labels #1 collage sheet
Book Spines & Labels #2 collage sheet
Apothecary Book Spines, Covers & More digital image set
NOTE
As of 1/13/18 Create for Less online store is carrying a 7 1/2" x 5" x 3" box that would work perfectly for this project.  You would need to purchase 4.  if you want the link to the product, email me using the "Email Me" button in the right side column of my blog or post a comment on the YouTube video.
ASSEMBLING and DECORATING THE CABINET
This haunted journey starts with viewing the tutorial below which covers assembling and decorating an apothecary cabinet.  Once you finish the first video you'll want to continue on to the others which cover altering bottles and tins, making books, decorating coffins and cauldrons.  
Video Tutorial #1– Assembling and Decorating the Apothecary Cabinet
FREE IMAGES
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.
The haunted journey continues with viewing the second tutorial in the series which covers altering bottles and tins. 
  Video Tutorial #2– Altering Bottles and Tins
I’ve broken this tutorial into two pieces so be sure to watch them both.
Part One of Two
Part Two of Two
FREE IMAGES
 Feel free to download the images below and use them in your art.

Witches Hat Template


The haunted journey continues with viewing the third tutorial in the series which covers creating books, decorating cauldrons and coffins.  You don’t need to be experienced in bookbinding to make the simple and fun books I’ll be demonstrating. 
Video Tutorial #3– Books, Coffins, and Cauldrons

Friday, September 7, 2012

Mini Apothecary in an Altoids Tin Book

One of the projects I’ll be demonstrating during the Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event is this mini apothecary in an Altoids tin.  This is a great project if you only have time to do something small.
Just 5 more days to go before the event starts!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Poe Themed Altered Altoids Tin

More eye candy for you Poe fans.  The middle of this piece an Altoids tin which makes a perfect niche for a frame.
The candle is made from a wooden skewer and the holder is a bead.  I’ve used a bead cap as an inkwell.  I used a drop and beads to create a chandelier.
Backside
I used Pitch Black Alcohol Ink to paint the edges of the white flowers and also paint some of the white flowers completely black.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Halloween Blog Events


I’m not the only one hosting a Halloween event.  I’ve run across two that I plan on participating in that might interest you.

The first is “Le Mysterieux Carnival”.  Now doesn’t that sound mysterious?  It’s being hosted by Frosted Petunias and Incipient WingsThe event is a mixture of carnivals and Halloween.  Sounds like a perfect mix to me and I have already started working on my pieces for the event.  
Click here to check out the event details, see the blogs that are participating and mark it down in your calendar for October 6th.

The second event is “The Bewitching Home Blog Party” hosted by The Witch of Howling CreekThe date is October 13.  Participant’s posts will be domestically related in a Halloween Samantha Stevens sort of way; anything from food to decorating to entertaining. 



Saturday, September 1, 2012

Edgar Allen Poe Inspired ATC

September is finally here which means in 12 days the Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event starts.  Woo hoo!   I hope you are all getting in touch with your inner witch.  I hope you’ve been enjoying the teasers I’ve been posting daily in the left-hand column of the blog.
Until the event starts I’ll be posting art inspired by Edgar Allen Poe and a few other goodies.  The spider on this card is actually a bead so it can move up and down the clock pendulum.