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April 01, 2014

Alluring Ideas with Altered Art


Hello G45ers,

It's another beautiful day on the blog! Today we are highlighting wonderful altered art projects. We have a beautiful Botanical Tea frame by Rhea Freitag. Then, we close out the blog with a terrific Typography altered signboard by Nichola Battilana. We will also share a great project from our Facebook page. Join in the fun!

Now it's time to show some love to all the great projects shared on a daily basis on our Facebook page. We love when you share your projects and love to highlight the great projects you share there! Today, we have a beautful Botanical Tea layout by Paula Calvanico. Love how she uses the rose paper as the background and then creates a dimensional layout with the few 3-D roses.


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Rhea uses great techniques on this Botanical Tea frame below. Love her banner and beautiful flowers!

"This piece was inspired by the desire to use this wonderful frame provided by Walnut Hollow, as a product partner for Graphic 45. I was eager to see what this plain base would take when it came to altering. I was very pleased with my result and I managed to create lots of different tones and texture. I used the coordinating Cardstock Stickers, Banners and Flowers all from the Botanical Tea line to compliment the papers chosen from both the 12x12 and 8x8 stack. I think this would make a grand gift for mother’s day." -Rhea






Botanical Tea Frame Supply List

Botanical Tea 12x12
Botanical Tea 8x8
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keyholes
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Shabby Chic Drawer Pull
Paper Flowers
Botanical Tea Banners
Botanical Tea Flowers
Botanical Tea Stickers
Walnut Hallow Frame
Perfect Pearl Mist: Pearl
Note: To color the Walnut Hallow frame I used a combination of Distress Stain in Peeled Paint and
Shabby Shutters, Green Gelato and silver gilders paste.

Nichola graces us with her unique and fabulous style. This Typography sign is so amazing. Love it!

"Even though this piece is made up of found objects, old things, new bits, and supplies from here there and everywhere, the elements compliment each other and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I started off with a sturdy Innkeeper Signboard from Walnut Hollow, painting it black then sanding the edges to give a little bit of age. Typography’s “Journey” provides enough visual punch that there wasn’t a need to go overboard with loads of different papers and patterns. A thin slice of “Create” around the edge gives just a hint of accent colour. The copper gears in this piece are made of chipboard, painted with a metallic paint, then brushed with a hint of black. A whole lot of fiddling and fussing went into this piece, but it sure was fun and I think all that playing was worth it." - Nichola









Supply List

Typography  > Journey
Typography  > Create
Graphic 45 Staples > Antique Metal Door Pull
> Ornate Metal Keys
> Ornate Metal Key Holes
> Ornate Metal Label Holder
> Washi Tape Set
> Metal Tag
Walnut Hollow Innkeeper Signboard 14”
Petaloo Colour Me Crazy Chipboard Gears
Gina’s Designs Cardstock Doily Set Steampunk
Gina’s Designs Steampunk Shape Set
Fairy Vial
Metallic Mini Brads
Metal Hands
Vintage cabinet card image
Tiny watch parts
Vintage watch spring
Burnt out mini lamp bulbs

Thanks for joining us for this first fun day of April. Many thanks to Nichola and Rhea. See you tomorrow, G45ers!

Happy April,

Your Friends at Graphic 45


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Awesome projects!!!!

Wow!!!Great art!!!

Those are stunning. Thanks for sharing,

I NEVER ceased to be amazed & inspired by the beautiful works of art that people come up with using G45!!!

I'm amazed at the way G45 papers can be used to create unique pieces of Art.

WOW just love the last project. Fabulous!!!


Always great projects and ideas! LOVE G45!

I love, love, love the Botanical Tea frame!

Sooo many pretty papers; soooo little time. Thanks again for the inspiration!

Nichola I really like your Typography plaque. The work you did on the gears is fabulous and I like the light bulb.

Absolutely amazing!

I really like Botanical Tea ♥

The Typography sign is the coolest!

I like Nichola's tip about using metallic paint on the gears and then brushing with black. It really gives the illusion of metal.
So many good tips on this blog. Thanks G45!

Both projects rocked! Awesome details and wonderful inspiration. TFS

Wow! At first look I thought that there was a circle cut out of an overlay...but then I saw what I was was actually part of a coil (?). Very crafty idea! TFS

nothing you can't do with G-45 papers. so creative!

Amazing projects. You have such talent. So love the Graphic 45 lines.

I love this theme, love the doohickeys and cog wheels! vintage mechanics, cool combo!

Love all of the roses on the first page. The next project is so soft and pretty. The third is so dark. Really contrasts with the first too.

Botanical Tea scores again!

Beautiful projects on the blog today, Rhea and Nichola! And ... what a gorgeous layout by Paula! Saw this on her blog yesterday ... you rock, dear!!

Love the Topography sign!!!

Every time a project using typography is posted, I get so excited! I love this paper line so much! It just make me so excited to see it used so much! More typography please!!

That is so amazing, I had to study every detail to see how you got it all together - absolutely amazing! :)

Inspiring! Loving the Botanical Tea papers.

Fantastic projects - I just love all things Graphic 45!

Oh Wow, beautiful Botanical to terrific Typograph!! The frame is stunning & the tag is SO up my st. Look at the hands coming out & all the gears, brilliant image - Oh I just love whole thing! Really inspiring today, thank you! :))

Love the projects especially the typography sign. Well done!

Gorgeous projects!! So love the inspiration here on the G45 blog everyday!!

Both projects are top shelf!

The gears, spiral and propeller on the Let Me Think project are so cool!! How creative!

Wonderful projects. I love all of the inspiration with beautiful graphic 45 papers.

Wonderful! Love the typography sign!

First let me catch my breath at seeing my layout at the top of your page! Phew, my day is just made now, so happy :)

Love these projects, Botanical is gorgeous, and man Nichola is just the bomb with her art!

I don't know how you keep coming up with such great projects!!

WOW, sums it all up in one word

OMG I must have all the metal. I am so in love with all you staples , it kills me when I can't find them. can't wait to see more.


Wonderful projects again today!

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