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 – Week 3

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.  I’ll show you how to create accordion fold books, a book that opens up to reveal a miniature apothecary, a book made from matchboxes and more.  All the pieces are designed to fit inside the apothecary (of course you can put them on top or use them as general decor around the apothecary).
Whether you’re using the products I used or taking your own route, I hope you find some useful ideas and techniques in the video.  While watching the video you don’t need to worry about writing down supplies, measurements and steps as I’ve included them all in a PDF document (link is below) that you can download and or view.  When you’re done, be sure to read about the event giveaways.
Video Tutorial – Books, Coffins and Cauldrons

Click here to view and or download a PDF document with the tools list, supply list of the products I used from Alpha Stamps and the steps outlined in the tutorial.

If you have questions, the best way to contact me is by using the "Email Me" button in the right-hand column of the blog.  If you ask a question in the comments area and your email address is not setup in Blogger there is no way for me to answer you.

Every event needs giveaways and this event has two.  To enter the giveaways you must create either an apothecary or items that go in an apothecary.  The giveaways are open to US and International participants.

First Giveaway
The first giveaway is for those who alter bottles, create books, coffins etc.  To enter this giveaway you must create at least three items of your choice and send me a picture of your items by October 30th.  I’ll showcase your items on this blog and link back to your blog or photo album if you have one.  You do not have to create an apothecary cabinet to enter, just three items that might go in an apothecary cabinet.  The prize will be my “Love Potion #9” altered bottle (without liquid for shipping purposes).  The winner will be chosen at random by Random.org on October 31st.

Second Giveaway
The second giveaway is for those who create an apothecary cabinet with contents (bottles etc.).  To enter this giveaway you must send a picture of your apothecary cabinet and contents to me by October 30th.  I’ll showcase your apothecary on this blog and link back to your blog or photo album if you have one.  There will be one winner and the prize is a big one.  It includes my:
 Hexes - accordion fold book with bookmark
Finest Spider Webs (Extra Sticky) Bottle & Poison Bottle
Sleeping Death Powder Bottle & Instant Embalming Fluid Bottle (without liquid because of shipping)
Witches Cauldron
13th Hour Domino Book
Wicked ATC
Owl Hollow ATC
The winner will be chosen at random by Random.org on October 31st.

You are welcome to start emailing me your pictures whenever you like.  Use the “Email Me” button in the right hand column of the blog.  Please be sure to include the link to your website, blog, or online photo album so I can include the link when I post your pictures.  I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Pretty Potions & Poisons Apothecary Event Continues Through October with:
  • More Altered Bottles and Books
  • More Free Images
  • More Collage Sheets
  • Decorating Candles
  • Domino Books
  • ATCs
  • Altered Tins
  • Eye Candy from all the Giveaway Participants

Don’t worry if you don’t have the time or resources to participate with me in the event.  The information and tutorials aren’t going away.


Sandi McLean said...

Laura, I am just blown away by the creativity and work you have put into this project!! Awestruck actually. I hope to join in on some of this fun. Thank you for putting all of this together!!

Daniele said...

spookalicious goodies Laura, all wonderfully created

VicR said...

Absolutely awesome, Laura!
I have so enjoyed your tutorials, and have picked up some clever ideas I plan to try soon.
Thank You so much for making this and sharing. I can see your love for details, and the whole project is spooktacular :)
VickiR in OH

smokeysmom said...

More awesome video tutorials! Laura, there's no end to your talent and creativity. Loved the books! I can't wait to see what you make next!

Holly M said...

So fabulous! I am bewitched and inspired. Thank you so much for offering this wonderful tutorial to us.

silvergran said...

OOO such magical & spooky fun!!
Fantastic tutorials! my fingers are twitching... I will have to go spell casting, & conjure books, bats & bottles inspired by your amazing creations!

Suz said...

Your tutorials have been fantastic, I can't wait till I can try some of the ideas. You are a very creative person. I look forward to see what comes next.

Rhea said...

So much good info! I can't wait for the weekend so I can work on mine.

Martina2801 said...

Dear Laura,
I came by because I want to express you my deepest appreciation (is that correct in english?:-)) Your Apothecary tutorials are simply masterful!!! Thanks for the great inspiration. WOW! Yesterday I looked at all the videos. I'm thrilled, and I must certainly look at them again and again. The Apothecary cabinet, the Hexes accordion fold books, the altered poison bottles and tins ..... Oh, my goodness! I have to be written this on my to-do list. You are so talented! Great compliment my dear. You've really impressed me so much!
I wish you a nice weekend.
Hugs and smile
MARTINA from Germany