Our Dear G45ers,
Oh my! Do we have a great blog here for you today. We are in a mixed media and altered art sort of mood. How about you? Well, Nichola Battilana and Maiko Miwa have some great inspiration for us today. Nichola wows with a Typography altered printer's tray - tutorial included! Maiko shares her beauteous Botanical Tea Book Box. We also have some fun announcements about events upcoming and a great Facebook highlight!
Charee Filimoehala — Director of Customer Service and Social Media Coordinator
“I joined the team in 2009 and haven’t looked back…what a life-changing experience this has been. I love working with and around creative people and products (not to mention I like my co-workers quite a bit). I spend my days working with our friendly stores and talented design team…the occasional trip somewhere warm is pretty nice too.”
Charee Filimoehala will be attending CHA @ NAMTA in Pittsburgh, PA this April 30-May 2, 2014. Attendees include retail buyers interested in seeing and purchasing art and creative supplies from manufacturers, importers, publishers and distributors. Charee will be teaching a wonderful Botanical Tea mini album workshop there.
"Discover the joy and brilliant color of springtime with Graphic 45! Join us for a fun and informative mini album class featuring our gorgeous new collection, Botanical Tea! This fabulous class will feature amazing new techniques for working with our new Shabby Chic Staples, Ivory Tag Album Staples and Artist Trading Tags! We'll be creating an elegant mini album that you'll treasure for a lifetime, while you learn stylish new methods for shabby chic distressing and dimensional layering! Get inspired for a new season of creativity with your friends at Graphic 45!" ~Charee
Let's celebrate our Graphic 45 Facebook Page! My goodness, we love seeing your beautiful creations there day in and day out. What creativity and inspiration! Have your shared your projects there, lately? Today, we want to spotlight a beautiful April card by Ginny Nemchak using Place in Time and A Ladies' Diary. Isn't this a great idea? Love her layering!
Now to the altered art party!
Nichola is an amazing artist, and we are so excited to share her printer's tray today. She gives you great guidance and tips all throughout this fun tutorial, so grab your cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy these fun step-by-step instructions.
Typography Printer Tray Tutorial by Nichola Battilana
"I love altering things, making assemblages and mixed media pieces. The process I go through when creating most of my mixed media pieces is almost always the same. Prep, base, gather, play, layer, finish! I’ll show you my process using Graphic 45’s Typography and a small (rather dinged up) printer style tray.
The first thing you’ll want to do is prep the object you are working with. Give it a quick wipe, sand any rough edges, and remove any hardware.
My next step is to prime the object I’m altering. The papers I’ll be using are quite dark so I’m using black. Doing this helps to hide flaws and uneven edges. You might want to use a coat of white paint, or other colour depending on the paper you use for your project. Tip: Pay close attention to the corners!
Once the base coat is dry, I’m going to cover the back of my project. Working on the reverse first might seem a bit strange, but I’ve found that doing it first saves a lot of aggravation later. I’m using Typography to give the back a finished look.
Next, I cut strips of Journey to fit the exterior edge of my piece. If you encounter a situation where you need to piece together two or more separate pieces of paper, try to use the pattern or design to your advantage to create a seemingly seamless join.
When everything looks just right, I glue it into place. Now I can decide on a complimentary paper to use on the edge of my tray. I’ve used Journey here but it seemed a bit too bright so I inked the edges and distressed with some watered down acrylic paint. Tip: Don’t be afraid to lighten or darken with a bit of paint.
Now that the base is complete I gather some goodies to begin the first layer of embellishment! Again, I gather more than I need so that I have lots of options and plenty of elements to play with.
Once again, keep working, playing and experimenting until you have a solid base and are happy with your composition.
Now to add the junk! Gather all sorts of little things that will fit in those little spaces. Buttons, coins, rusty bits, left over letter tiles… the possibilities are endless!
But don’t stop at just junk! Make NEW junk by combining objects. Embellish a spool with Washi Tape add a turn key and button… just like a tiny little sculptures!
Consider texture, colour, depth, proximity, pattern, and height when arranging your do-dads. Keep playing and experimenting, you WILL get there :)
I added some little metal corners along with some Ornate Metal Key Holes, all of which I have dry brushed with some flat black paint. Finally, a large Typography Chipboard tag finishes off the front of the piece.
And the very last touch is to add another Ornate Metal Key Hole to the back to replace the hanging hardware that I removed at the very beginning of this project.
Prep your base really well, work in layers, and above all else… enjoy yourself!
Small wooden printer style tray
Misc items for embellishing: wooden spools, wire, twine, Glass Bottles and vintage vials, buttons, miscellaneous rusty bits, old pen nibs, metal letters, Tim Holtz Clock Keys, metal brads, Reversible Round Metal Number Tiles, Scrabble tiles, metal corners
Maiko draws you into a fairy tale world with her amazing projects. This Botanical Tea Book Box is no exception. She fills it with handmade treasures that just makes this a whimsical masterpiece!
What a clever idea to pack an altered box with a framed pictures and fun handmade stars!
Graphic 45 Products
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
inks-Ingvild Bolme Chalk Edgers Ink
What a great day full of dazzling altered art. Have you made a printer's tray recently? Maybe this week is the week to give it a go! Many thanks to Nichola and Maiko for sharing their wonderful creations. Have a terrific Tuesday, G45ers!
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