This is one of my favorite collages in my altered book because of the doll with the mask. She's taken off her mask to reveal a luminescent face underneath. I haven't written anything (yet) on this page but I know there is more to learn when I take off my mask. I have been playing … Continue reading Adventures in Mask Making
After not having any creative flow due to the "crud" last week I was excited to get back to my altered book. Here's how I decide what to do next on my page. There are parts I really like and some I don't - that will happen on most of your pages. That's just how … Continue reading Anatomy of a Page – How I Decide What’s Next
Periodically I get an urge to write down lessons I've learned. Yesterday I got to thinking about what I've learned from both my sons. I wanted to celebrate what they've taught me in a page. We learn all sorts of lessons from those in our lives. I've had to overcome a lot of negativity with … Continue reading Seeing the lessons you’ve learned
How about a sponging and stenciling tutorial for our altered book? That's what I thought this morning. Sponging is really fun and messy. You can use this in your altered book, on your walls, or paint your furniture. The only real "rule" is to put on enough layers of sponging. If you aren't "feeling" it, … Continue reading Sponging and stenciling in our altered books
"I believe we have two lives,. . . The life we learn with and the life we live after that." I doodled over who said this but it's from the book, Something More by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This is the current book I'm altering. I've been thinking a lot lately about learning from my life … Continue reading Steps toward learning from bat-shit crazy life lessons
Here's a great page from Pintrest that I really liked. Mosaics with a black background. Randomly cut up scrap paper and glue it down on black scrapbook paper. Here's mine. I couldn't find any black paper so I used gray. It's not the same but it worked for this page. I'm going to … Continue reading Mosaics in your altered book
When I finally jumped on the Pintrest bandwagon, I fell in love. I now have a wealth of inspiration at my finger tips. On the other hand, some of the projects are way beyond my experience with the media and I become intimidated. How can you get the most out of Pintrest and make projects … Continue reading How you can get the most out of Pintrest inspiration.
I've been passing this page spread since I made it and it still didn't seem "right" to me. There was something that I just didn't like so after a month of not liking it, I knew it was time to alter my collage. In a previous blog I wrote about the creative process-how your project … Continue reading When do you know it’s time to alter your collage?
I use Vaseline as a resist on my canvases and it works for your altered book pages too!! A resist is something that prevents your paint from sticking to the surface you're using. Start by collaging some magazine photos on your page. I used the slick pages so the Vaseline will wipe off easily. Use … Continue reading Vaseline in Your Altered Book!
This is how my inner critic makes me feel - tired to the bone & dark, little & dirty. I should say "how it made me feel" after I discovered the secrets to calming my inner critic. Ready? Ok, here it is - get to know it and understand how it was born. The way … Continue reading Secrets to Calming Your Inner Critic