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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

Monday, July 15, 2013

Beach Scene, New Collage Sheet & Paper Umbrella Video Tutorial

I’ve had umbrellas on my brain lately.  It all started when I was thinking about the upcoming Halloween Carnival Event and the umbrellas I used for some of the games.  Unfortunately (as it seems is always the case) the manufacturer is no longer making them.  After searching for a replacement, I decided to figure out how to make them and come up with a pattern.  Next, I thought, how fun umbrellas would be for summer art, and that lead to the beach scene you see above.  Well you know me; I couldn’t stop at just one pattern.  By the time I was done I had come up with 4 different patterns that create 4 different umbrella designs.

Before I jump into the umbrella video tutorial let me tell you a little bit about the beach scene.  The construction is pretty much the same as the Mermaid Tail Scene in one of my recent posts.  I used 2 chipboard shells to create the base.  In the case of the shells, I cut off some of the end of the top shell and  I cut a slot in the bottom shell.  Next, I glued the top shell into the slot on the bottom shellt.
I cutout the beach babes and balls and using 2 layers of double-stick foam core tape I glued them to the base.
I attached the umbrellas to the base using Styrofoam and E6000 glue.
Next, I drizzled lots of glue onto the base to cover the foam core and Styrofoam.  I also added glue in other spots to make it look like they are sitting on the beach.
I continue to layer glue and sand allowing the glue to dry between coats until I have the result I desired.
The images of the women, balls and seagulls are from my new collage sheet “BeachBabes”.
Alpha Stamps Products Used to Make the Beach Babe Scene:
UMBRELLA VIDEO TUTORIAL
In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make paper umbrellas.  These umbrellas are made from decorative paper and a wooden skewer.  Paper umbrellas are very easy to make and can be used for your dimensional art projects or as décor for a party.  You can make them as large or small as you like.  The only limitation is the size of the paper.  In the video tutorial below I’ll show you how to use the four patterns I have created to make different styles and sizes of umbrellas.
You can make them as large or small as you like.  The umbrella below is 15” in diameter.  The only limitation is the size of the paper.  In the video tutorial below I’ll show you how to use the four patterns I have created to make different styles and sizes of umbrellas.
Supplies Needed:
Umbrella Pattern
Decorative Paper
Glue
Scoring Tool
Wooden Skewer
Scissors
Optional: Bead, trim or other embellishments
Here are the 4 styles of umbrella patterns.  To download each pattern, click on the image to expand it, right-click and select Save As.




4 comments:

coco said...

Hi Laura, this is absolutely fabulous as usuals woooow!... Your images are wonderful!! Thank you also for the fab tutorial. Have a great end of week, Coco x

wwilloww said...

I just LOVE those umbrellas!!! Thanks for the templates and the tutorial. I can't wait to start making some!

smokeysmom said...

Fabulous! I always say "When I grow up, I want to be as creative AS Laura"...but I'm probably twice your age already! LOL! I've said it a hundred times, you are so talented!! I love the umbrellas!

Hester said...

Laura, love those umbrellas and great instructions. What was the "machine" you were talking about? Does it duplicate the stencils.