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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

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Carnival – Boo Bash & Steampunk Spells Train by Vic Smills

Things will be rockin all night at the Boo Bash.  Notice the microphone in front and what a spectacular top!
No worries about getting to the Halloween Carnival, just jump on the Steampunk Spells Train.
You can see more of Vic’s artwork and details about how she made her carnival pieces on her blog Vic’sCreations.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Carnival - More Pieces from Laurie

Oh my, you are not going to believe all of the pieces Laurie has made.
The paper she used looks like a fire is burning under those pots and I love the graveyard trim.
Laurie couldn't find lamp shade hoop so she had an epiphany and decide to use splatter screens (to keep grease from popping out of the pan) as the sides of her Ferris Wheel. 
 
For more pictures and details checkout Laurie’s blog “The Rogue Stamper”.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Halloween Carnival – More Pieces from Karen Mallory

Karen has been a busy girl creating her carnival.
What a great idea; instead of spinning cauldrons why not spinning pumpkins!
Balloon Cart
Karen’s balloon cart is made from a coffin.
Another great idea; Swing with a Gargoyle.
And here is Karen’s fabulous table scape loaded with all of her pieces.

You can see more of Karen’s artwork on her blog “Karen’s Dolls & Stuff”.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

NEW 3D Tent Collage Sheets & Digital Image Set - Plus a Video Tutorial

Step right up to check out my new 3D Tent Collage Sheets and Digital Image Set available on Etsy (see links below).  On offer are Halloween, circus, gypsy and carnival tents.  These tents work great for your art project or decorations for a party.  For those of you building a Halloween Carnival, imagine adding a few tents to your carnival display.
COLLAGE SHEETS
One collage sheet features a Circus Tent.  Click on the image below to purchase the sheet.

Printing the sheet twice gives you all of the pieces needed to construct the tent.
The other collage sheet features a Halloween Tent.  Click on the image below to purchase the sheet.
Printing the sheet twice gives you all of the pieces needed to construct the tent.
Digital image sets are a great option in that they allow you to easily resize individual images.  You can also print only the images you need.  The image set includes:
  • All of the images on the Circus sheet plus a larger version of the circus tent
  • All of the images on the Halloween sheet plus a larger version f the Halloween tent
  • A large gypsy tent (pictured below)
  • A large Carnival tent (you’ll see this one in the video tutorial)
Click on the image below to purchase the image set.


 GYPSY TENT
TENT TUTORIAL
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to assemble the 3D paper tents and give you all kinds of ideas on how to use the pieces.  I’ll show you how to create a different opening for the tents, ideas on how to use just the tops of the tents and how to use the tent pieces as a pattern to create tents with other designs.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Magic Marie ATC

I made this ATC for a swap.  I figure Marie must be a little magic to have become so popular over the years.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween Carnival – Balloon Cart

The balloon cart was one of those projects that you probably have seen pictures of but it was not covered in the tutorials.
The base of the card is made from a box I found at Michael’s Craft Store for $1.00.  I choose it because it had metal mesh in the lid.  I removed the latch and hinges then painted the outside and inside metallic purple.  I glued a piece of Styrofoam in the bottom of the box (also painted purple).

The wheels are metal gears (glued to the box) and underneath the box, I glued a wooden dowel to hold up the back of the box.  The handle is made from wooden skewers and one of the chipboard swirls that came in the same set as the chipboard swirls I used for the chairs on the Ferris Wheel and some of the benches.

I glued the wire in between the balloon images and a piece of heavy cardstock.  The wires then fit through the mesh of the box and into the Styrofoam inside the box.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mask for the Witches Ball

I’m participating in a Witches Ball Mask swap in the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group.  This is my mask for the swap.