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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Painting practice pages

Paint like Van Gogh
I think by now, most people are familiar with the fun site that allows you to pretend that you’re Jackson Pollock. If you haven’t tried it, take a minute and check it out now. Really! I’ll wait for you :-)

It’s fun, huh? But guess what? The fun is just beginning. There are more sites out there that allow you to practice “painting” in the style of various artists. Here’s a few I came across:


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Monday, August 30, 2010

Altered books - Nesting pages


When you have spreads that relate to each other somehow, for example thematically, it can look really interesting to fold and nest them in a way similar to the three spreads shown above.  You can fold or cut your pages into all different shapes as suits your theme or mood...the one I'm showing you is probably one of the simplest to accomplish.


Materials and Tools list from Part One


1. Although you can do your preliminary painting before folding or cutting your pages, I prefer to shape them first so that I can better plan where images and colors will look best.  For a 6 page spread (three spreads) like this one, you will need to set aside about 10 pages.  Leave the middle 4 pages alone for now, and glue the outer 3 pages on both sides together for added strength.  In my pictures above, the purple pages are each 3 pages adhered together.

2. For the next set of pages in (the larger of the golden brown pages), fold the outer corners of the page inward to meet in the center on the back side of the page and adhere them in place.  Do not fold the corners from clear in by the gutter, but leave a few inches unfolded.  You can make many more than 2 of these folded spreads by graduating the folds.

3. For the center spread, fold the corner in to overlap on the back, starting your fold right down by the gutter.  Adhere the folds in place.

4. Add paint, images, and text.  You can see that both sides of the folded pages are painted and decorated, but the sides without the folded paper lines are considered the primary face of the page.


Part One: Introduction to altered books
Part Two: Mixed text technique
Part Three: Blending in an image
Part Four: Nesting pages
Part Five: Adding tabs
Part Six: Making a frame
Part Seven: Slicing up an image
Part Eight: Foil lettering
Part Nine: Doors and other flaps
Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


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Saturday, August 28, 2010

More artsy links!

 
Flip Flop Craft, Cake and Cupcake Ideas
For your end of summer celebration party!

What to Do With an Extra Large Zucchini
Cherie talks about working with a zucchini the size of Chicago.

Beading Arts
After receiving a wonderful package of crystals from Auntie's Beads, Cyndi set out to make a bracelet that would show them off!  

Creative Dreamer
I made a mini journal, come see!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Are you looking for ribbon weaving or Homecoming Mum Chain directions? Look no further.  


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Friday, August 27, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how I melted sequins inspired by the sequin singeing technique in the book Dusty Diablos.

The Crochet Dude
Drew tries out his new video equipment!!  

About Family Crafts
Grandparent's Day is September 12th... Now is the perfect time to start making gifts to give to your grandparents.

Aileen's Musings
Aileen teaches you how to make spectacular backgrounds using Krylon's spray webbing and also shares with you what NOT to do.    

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi creates a faux metallic bead with quilted fabric she sews together herself.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a free knit leaf coaster pattern, a bunch of decorating with artwork suggestions from the book 500 Ideas for Small Spaces, iron safety and cleaning tips from the book 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips and an environmental labeling concept from Design School Confidential.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
It definitely required a learning curve before Tammy was about to reach 50 sales in her Etsy shop.  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Here are directions for creating a hat-shaped card. Eileen made a Red Hat card but the directions can easily be adapted to make a cowboy hat, a Mexican sombrero or a frilly lady's hat for an afternoon tea or luncheon.  
 

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Altered book by Elaine Crowe


Elaine Crowe of Wichita Kansas wrote to show me a really fun spread that she did in a Halloween altered book.  Above, you'll see the full spread.  In the images below, you are looking at details of the same page, each one with a layer lifted to reveal another layer below. Clever!

Elaine is in the Alteredbooks Yahoo group, where you can meet up with her if you'd like to join in.  She doesn't have a website...yet ;-)

Here is a close-up of just the house



The house opens downward, to reveal a sweet little lady in spider costume, 
which lifts up to reveal...


...the ‘sweet’ lady without her mask!

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Yay for The Prickly Pinecone

The Metal Craft Book: 50 Easy and Beautiful Projects from Copper, Tin, Brass, Aluminum, and More 

Laura, aka The Prickly Pinecone, is the winner of this terrific Metal Craft Book!  Congratulations!!



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Giveaway: Chapter 3 of Every Bead Has a Story


On Beading Arts, I've been sharing about how I just launched the third chapter of my brand new e-book. The series is called "Every Bead Has a Story - mixed media bead embroidery", and chapter three is subtitled "Dimensional Beading". Chapter three is 93 pages long and covers more stitches and techniques to take your bead embroidery from flat to fluffy: stacked stitches that turn into clusters, barnacles, and ruffles; seed beads that become small flowers and spiral elements; bezels and bails and more! There are two step-by-step embroidery projects included that will put those techniques to good use.  You can read more about it at the link above.

***FREE STUFF ALERT***

Not everyone who reads Mixed Media Artist is involved in beading or jewelry-making, but if you are interested in this topic, leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered to win a free copy of "Dimensional Beading".  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!  Please make sure that the link you leave here leads to an active email address...if I can't reach you, you can't be the winner!  Deadline: September 3, 2010 




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Recent publications: August 2010

 From Spain with Love: 11 Quilts Celebrate Mediterranean Color

Collage+Cloth=Quilt: Create Innovative Quilts from Photo Inspirations by Judi Warren Blaydon

Gert & Uwe Tobias: Drawings and Collages by Alexander Eiling, Reinhard Spieler, Gert Tobias, and Uwe Tobias

The Found Object in Textile Art by Cas Holmes

The Graphic Designer's Digital Toolkit: A Project-Based Introduction to Adobe Photoshop CS5, Illustrator CS5 & InDesign CS5 (Adobe Creative Suite) by Allan Wood

Simply Dynamic Sampler Quilts by Marianne L. Hatton

The Essential Sampler Quilt Book by Lynne Edwards

From Spain with Love: 11 Quilts Celebrate Mediterranean Color by Roberta Cardew

Drafting for the Creative Quilter: Easy Techniques for Designing Your Quilts, Your Way by Sally Collins

Dare to Be Square Quilting: A Block-by-Block Guide to Making Patchwork and Quilts by Boo Davis


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cathie Calvetti's altered books

From Cherish




Here's another altered book artist whose work I want to share with you.  Cathie Calvetti actually does a whole lot more than just altered books, but I think you'll find the wide variety of themes she tackles to be inspiring.  Here are a few examples of spreads that caught my eye as I explored!

 From Journey

From Oxymorons





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Monday, August 23, 2010

Altered books - Blending in an image


Although sometimes you want the image that you add to your altered book spread to stand out, with sharply defined edges, most of the time you'd probably like to have it blend in, at least a bit.  I prefer most of my images to look like they actually belong where I've put them, and in order to achieve that effect, you'll need to work both underneath and overtop of them.  

Materials and Tools list from Part One


1. Paint your spread with the basic colors you've chosen.  You don't need to cover everything as you'll be adding more paint later.  Use thin layers of glaze if you'd like to be able to see some of the text when you're done. 

2. Print out you image on thin copy paper, frosted vellum, or even a transparency, depending upon how much text you still want to have visible through it.  I used inkjet vellum.

3. Adhere the image in place and weight pages while it dries to keep it flat. 

4. Add more paint, concentrating around the edges of the image to help blend it into the pages.

5. Add small scraps of a paper that easily frays, like mulberry paper, around the image and over the edges. 

6. Coat your pages with acrylic medium to seal in everything.

7. Add text with black pens.  The brush style Pitt Pen will easily write right over acrylics.    



Part One: Introduction to altered books
Part Two: Mixed text technique
Part Three: Blending in an image
Part Four: Nesting pages
Part Five: Adding tabs
Part Six: Making a frame
Part Seven: Slicing up an image
Part Eight: Foil lettering
Part Nine: Doors and other flaps
Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

More artsy links!

 
Beading Arts
Chapter three of Cyndi's e-book is available for download! "Dimensional Beading" looks at how to use textural stitches in your bead embroidery!

Creative Dreamer
What do you do with an over abundance of ripe tomatoes? You add some basil and make sauce of course...come see!  

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Have you papier-mâchéd yet? Let Eileen tell you how.  

Football Means Soup and Scrapbooking
Cherie is documenting her favorite football team this year with a special scrapbook.  

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares the third free project from her new book Bead Chic with a giveaway!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
See how to make an apron for an Aminko or an 18 inch doll from the book All Dolled Up 

About Family Crafts
Discover creative ways to personalize your notebooks and text books!

Aileen's Musings
Join Aileen's creative torso challenge--you can download and embellish your torso tag and enter to win a free collage sheet.

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi test a new scoring tool to make a star book in one hour.  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a tutorial on how to paint faces on natural elements, two chances to win a copy of 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse in a "recycle your Swag contest", the first sneak peek into the new book 1000 Artisan Textiles and an interview with the author of Sew Retro, Judi Ketteler.  

Crafty Princess Diaries
Do you bead? Are you chic? Then you will want a chance to win Margot Potter's latest book!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Do you know how to avoid clay shrinkage and distortion with clays baked in the home oven? Let Eileen tell you.  


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Mixed Media Artist featured on Mixed Media Art!


Are you confused yet? Don't be!

Michelle Brown, who writes Mixed Media Art asked me to write up an introduction to image transfers for her readers, and I was happy to oblige.  The article is posted at the link above :-)

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Xinme's altered books

I want to share some gorgeous altered books with you that have been created by Xinme! her attitude towards art is exactly the same as my own, although our styles are different. She believes that as a person made in the image of God, she was created in order to be creative. Thus, her blog name: Created 2B Creative!

Check out these wonderful examples, and visit Xinme's blog for more inspiration!

Altered Journal


 Father's Day



Heaven







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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Book review and giveaway: The Metal Craft Book

The Metal Craft Book: 50 Easy and Beautiful Projects from Copper, Tin, Brass, Aluminum, and More 

The Metal Craft Book showcases 50 gorgeous projects from copper, tin, brass, and aluminum.  No matter what your interest in metal, or your level of experience, you'll find something in this book to love!  janice Eaton Kilby and Deborah Morgenthal have put this lovely collection together for Lark Books.  You already know what the name Lark means...beautiful photographs, thoughtful projects, and attention to detail. 

This is the last in my series of four tin craft giveaways this summer!  


***Free Stuff Alert!!!***

Would you like to win a free copy of Kilby and Morgenthal's book?  Just leave me a comment below and you'll automatically be entered.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!  Deadline: August 25, 2010




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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Altered books - Mixed text technique

Do you have a book ready to go for altering?  If not, check out the Altered Book introduction that I shared yesterday, and you'll be all ready to go as soon as you assemble the basic materials needed for book altering.

Materials and Tools

Glue stick
Scissors or exacto blade
Acrylic paints
Acrylic gel medium or PVA glue
Gesso
Foam or regular brushes
Black pens (I like the Pitt pen by Faber-Castell)
A book to alter
Additional pages of text, images, decorative papers, fabrics
Any other optional supplies you'd like: stamps, sewing supplies, bone folder, Pearl Ex powders
Fixative spray, Dorland's wax, and/or waxed paper



Mixed text is a really easy way to fill a page quickly.  All it takes (besides some basic glue) is a few pages ripped or photocopied from different language books, magazines, or newspapers, and an image that you wish to feature.  I like to add some paints and handwriting to mine, but this is optional.


1. Use a glue stick to adhere a few pages together on either side of your spread.

2. Use acrylic medium to adhere the ripped out blocks of text all over your two page spread.  Let some of the text extend across the break between the pages (called the "gutter").

3. I like to add some color around the edges and randomly across the spread with acrylic paint at this point.  Seal the edges of your text blocks with acrylic medium if you want a smooth top surface.

4. Add your image and any other decorative touches that you want.  Seal the image with acrylic medium if desired.

5. Add handwriting to your spread.  I like to use a Pitt pen in black, which skims easily over the acrylic paint and doesn't clog.

6. To finish this spread, I rubbed the surface with some Pearl Ex, which helps to remove the stickiness of the acrylic medium.  Other ways to deal with the surface tack are fixative spray, Dorland's wax, or by just inserting some waxed paper between your pages when you store your book.  

Part One: Introduction to altered books
Part Two: Mixed text technique
Part Three: Blending in an image
Part Four: Nesting pages
Part Five: Adding tabs
Part Six: Making a frame
Part Seven: Slicing up an image
Part Eight: Foil lettering
Part Nine: Doors and other flaps

Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


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Monday, August 16, 2010

Altered books - Introduction to the series


Because of a couple of really nice comments I received when I shared a spread that I did in one of my altered books, I've decided that it's past time to revisit them.  Since I started creating altered books long before I started blogging, there are lots of techniques in these books that I've never shared.  So today starts a new series!

If you'd like an overview on altered books, or any other aspect of book arts that we've covered here, my link to those posts can always be found over in the side bar:  Book Arts Techniques.  Here you'll find lots of basic information, including an explanation of why anyone would want to cut up a perfectly good book!  There are also some tutorials on simple bookbinding techniques for those who would prefer to make their own book totally from scratch.  For those who don't want to read all this background information, here's all you really need to know about altered books:

1. Pick a book to alter. You probably want one with sewn pages instead of glued and with a good strong spine.

2. Rip out a few pages. Scribble on a few pages. Glue a few pages together. Paint on a few.  Wait for the lightning to strike you. Be surprised that it doesn’t come.

3. Start to add pictures, paint, sew, write, draw…do whatever you want. Since you have solved the problem of the blank canvas (see #2 above), you may find this is easier than you thought it would be!

I'm going to use one of my very first altered books to show you a few different techniques you can use for creating "spreads".  A spread is simply the two pages that show when you open your book to any given point.  For all of my spreads, I glued about 4 or 5 pages together to give them some strength.  I also ripped out a few pages on either side of the spread so that there would be enough room for the book to close at least a little bit when finished.  Altered books are notorious for not closing, and this is part of their charm, so don't worry about it too much :-)

You can work on a single page at a time rather than on a two page spread if you prefer.  It's entirely up to you.  There really aren't any rules when it comes to altered book other than to have fun.  I picked a theme, but you don't have to.  This book that I'll be using to illustrate techniques is one that I created as a prayer and meditation journal, focusing on specific passages of scripture that I wanted to think about.  You can choose any topic or theme that appeals to you...it doesn't have to be deep. 

Tomorrow I'll start sharing page and spread techniques with you that you might want to try in your own book.  Get ready now by choosing a book to alter and gluing a few pages together!  Here's a list of the basic materials that you'll need for book altering:

Materials and Tools

Glue stick
Scissors or exacto blade
Acrylic paints
Acrylic gel medium or PVA glue
Gesso
Foam or regular brushes
Black pens (I like the Pitt pen by Faber-Castell) or other colors
A book to alter
Additional pages of text, images, decorative papers, fabrics
Any other optional supplies you'd like: stamps, sewing supplies, bone folder, Pearl Ex powders
Fixative spray, Dorland's wax, and/or waxed paper

Part One: Introduction to altered books
Part Two: Mixed text technique
Part Three: Blending in an image
Part Four: Nesting pages
Part Five: Adding tabs
Part Six: Making a frame
Part Seven: Slicing up an image
Part Eight: Foil lettering
Part Nine: Doors and other flaps


Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


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Saturday, August 14, 2010

More artsy links!


Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Just look at all the darling altered tin boxes created by reader Shaaron. She was kind enough to share some photos to inspire us all.

Creative Dreamer
The August prompt is up for the Creativity Invitation, come play! EVERYONE is invited!  

Beading Arts
Do you like art charms? Visit Beading Arts and sign up to win a copy of a brand new book on making them!  

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Artsy blogging round-up!

 
Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Have you papier-mâchéd yet? Let Eileen tell you how.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Madge shares a second free project from her new book Bead Chic with another signed book giveaway!


Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
At Sweater Surgery there is a review of the new book: Jil Eaton's Knitting School.

About Family Crafts
It is time to get serious about Halloween costumes. These resources will help you decide what to be for Halloween. 


Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi uses another fab Plaid stencil for this newly embellished t-shirt!

Cathie Filian
Whip up tattered rose with scrap fabrics, gems and hot glue. They are simple to make and perfect for embellishing! 


Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
This week at Craftside there is a polka dot wreath quilt block pattern, and a wild spin on the American Flag Quilt, a how-to on making a gelatin stamp print, a free bird card template download and more!

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tag, you are it! Or, at least if you use your tags well on Etsy, it will go a long way in making your shop successful.  


 


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Art Grows Here



The lovely town of Wenham, near the Massachusetts north shore, was where my daughter went to college, studying art and math for four beautiful years.  More recently though, Wenham, along with nearby Hamilton, became the home of a wonderful outdoor art walk of sorts: eleven local artists got together and installed outdoor exhibits that visitors were invited to tour.  Art Grows Here was an amazing event!

The exhibit is over now, lasting for a week in July, but the artists are hoping to do it again next year, hopefully with the involvement of more artists and with local businesses sponsoring some of the installations.  I truly hope it does take place!  I'll have it on my calendar for sure!


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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Yay for Erin!!

Metalcraft for the Home: 20 Step-By-Step Craft Projects 

Congratulations to Erin!  She is the winner of Metalcraft for the Home.  Check back...there will be one more metal working book posted for giveaway really soon!


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Calls for entries and submissions



Altered Couture
Deadline: 09/15/10  

GreenCraft
Deadline: 09/15/10  

Recycled Materials Fashion Show

Deadline: 09/20/10  
   
Dance of Life: Bras for Breast Cancer

Deadline: 09/24/10  
   
Figuratively Fiber

Deadline: 09/27/10  
   



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Monday, August 09, 2010

Felted quilt - part four



It's finished, but I don't have a name for it quite yet.  "Untitled"...how does that sound?  After all the hand stitching and button embellishments were added, I decided to finish the piece off in one of my favorite quilt styles, with a blanket stitched edge. 

I chose a piece of cloth for the backing and ironed it well.  After pinning the top to the backing just inside my cutting line, I carefully snipped away and cut out my shape.


Here you can see the backing fabric...nothing special, just a nice plain piece of commercial cotton.



I used all 6 strands of embroidery floss to edge the piece.  Often I will add beads as I stitch this type of edge, but this time I decided to just leave it plain.  There seemed to be enough going on without additional do-dads.

Here are all the posts on the process of making this little quilt:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four 

Copyright 2010 Cyndi Lavin. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.  
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