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Just Begin!

We've all learned to appreciate a job well done, but before that can happen you have to get a good start!  This is true whether it's a job or a hobby.  You might be amazing at something, but you won't know until you begin.  

Today's project started with a monoprint on my gel plate.  I like to collect interesting patterned items to use with my prints.  The shapes in this print are from an empty adding machine tape roll and the wheel from an empty tape runner.
My print was made on a scrap of blue card stock with blues, greens and red paint.  We're all about red this month so I sponged in some red ink on the page and left some random areas untouched so that the other colors would pop out.
The addition of the permanent ink really altered the paint colors.  I added a little darker red around the edges after the paper was trimmed to size, in this case it's an A6 card panel.  I also dipped the edges into the dark ink so the blue paper wouldn't be obvious.
To keep the …
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A Birthday Card with a Touch of Love

Red the color of love and power has been our focus this month here at Altered Pages so I took a symbol of love this week to create a little birthday card.



The symbol I refer to is the Red Rose - I received some from my hubby for Valentines Day and as they started to droop took the petals off the stems to dry them out to use for making Rose Water but then whilst thinking about my project here today I decided to use a couple of the dried out petals to create a little texture for a print on the Gel Printing Plate.


I started my print with a simple layer of Mustard Distress Oxide Ink.  I placed a punched out circle down on this paint layer to create a space for my desired sentiment.

Then I added a layer of Red Paint to the plate for the second layer of color on my print and covered this with the rose petals to create some texture which also would allow the underneath color layer to show through.

Lifting the Rose Petals I put in place the punched out circle to keep a clear space on the back…

Do you dream in color?

It is said that.... In our waking state, colors stimulate emotions.  Similarly, colors also stimulate emotions in dreams. Scientific REM studies have proven that we tend to dream in colors but we do not always recall them. The meaning of colors in dreams is not just indicative of the dreamers’ emotional states but also one’s personality traits.

Our focus is on RED so here is a bit of history. The Meanings of Red. Red is the color of extremes. It's the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces.    Red is also a magical and religious color. It symbolized super-human heroism to the Greeks and is the color of the Christian crucifixion. Red was almost as rare and as expensive as purple in ancient days – a fact that may explain its magic and power. Paradoxically, today’s intense red dyes come from crushed insects (the lac beetle and the cochineal). The photos…

Even A Little Pop of Red is Powerful

Happy Friday!  

Today I have for you another mixed media piece featuring a bit of red.  This project has only a few touches of red, but boy does it pop...that is the power of red.  Even a little grabs the limelight. 

This was done using a large piece of corrugated.  I added a couple smaller pieces as well.  You can easily use a sturdy canvas art board for the base of this as well.  I added a background using a napkin from my stash and kept embellishing from there.  I added more corrugated that I had previously prepared with gesso.  I then added a bit of green ink to pull from the green in the napkin.  I also added a few pieces of chipboard that I painted out with a pale pink.  Next, came that pop of red with beautiful red rhinestone cupchain.  Next, I used a couple pieces of fabric scraps to which I added a bit of gesso.  I colorized the gesso by mixing in a bit of glittery white paint just for some added sparkle.  When the light hits it just right you catch that glimmer...so pretty Next, I a…

Regal and Royal Dynasties

Chinese New Year is a good time to show off  RED.
AlteredPages offers many Asian collages and papers including joss and Foreign Text pages.   Visit to see them and order a digital collage in time for the New Year! For my project, I incorporated "made in China" red tissue printed with gold.    It's a good thing and it's authentic!  The store has assorted Packages of Chinese papers plus JOSS paper.   Collage 3126 provided an excellent image of a demure girl with a dog for my work.  I also used Chinese text pages from our Text Pages package
Torn Chinese Text was the base applied on corrugated cardboard with medium.
I added Chinese Tissue papers  Finally, I added regal gold trim and then black and white outlining accents.  I think it needs more done but that will have to wait.  I was on a deadline and will still play with it later.    
Time to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog.   May Good Fortune find you.



Modern Love

Hello Everyone, HAPPY MONDAY!

Today I have a Valentine for you! A lovely modern style card for someone special. Red is such a romantic and powerful color, I hope you enjoy!



For this project I used:
Altered Pages collage sheet 3196 in two sizes
Altered Pages red brick image or use the brick Stencil 
Adhesive
Fabric scraps
Red satin shimmer paper 8 1/2 x 11 (folded for card)
Misc. love quotes on vellum
Gloss medium
Clear crackle medium
First, I fussy cut the heart images I wanted from my printouts ( I used original print then sized it down to a half page for smaller hearts). Then I cut the brick image, removing some of the "bricks" to give it a more interesting appearance. I certainly could have used the image as it printed but I like to add more interest since the hearts are fairly even shaped.
 Now I take the lovely red paper that has a "glimmer of shimmer" to it, and fold it in quarters. Your card will measure 5 1/2 on right/left sides and 4 1/4 top and bottom.
 Next I glu…

Something for A Bride to Be

Wedding bells will soon ring for Mr. and Mrs. Lowe.   
Kaitlin and Wesley will be married on May 4, 2018 (May the 4th be with you for any Star Wars fans out there).   I decided to blog about one of the gifts I will give to the bride.  RED is the color and it fits the for the blog.

I started with a raw wooden heart from the Target Value shelves (3.00).   I found the darling Be Still My Heart graphic as a free download at I Should be Mopping the Floor Blog    I printed it on a transparent whole page label.    

The raw wood made it easy to paint in a translucent manner to allow the wood grain to show through on the backside.   A wet paper towel with acrylic paint worked like magic.
I used Art Alchemy Soft Satin Metallique acrylic for the front side. I then placed the graphic sticky side down on the dried paint.   I typed the letters on my computer and printed them on more label paper.   As I smoothed it all into place, I realized the paint was still a tad damp and rubbed a bit of the ima…