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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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These artworks are amazing! Particularly love the metal embellishing on Nichola's project - totally stunning. Nicola x

Simply fabulous work and the product is (as always) just wonderful.


You can't beat the designers of Graphic 45. Wonderful projects.

Wow! Nichola really jolted my Steempunk nerve with her fantastic art...thanks, I needed that!

I love Nichola's tag! The ship's propeller and the gears give such a great sense of movement....just awesome!

Fantastic projects.

The projects are wonderful :)

Wow... The tag is sooo cool. I must make this for my grandsons! And my sister has already been hinting about wanting something made from the Botanical Tea Collection. Thanks, ya'll...

Gorgeous! I love seeing masculine projects as I always need inspiration for my my boys to be included in my crafty endeavors! The frame with Botanical Tea is so me!

Breathtaking! Beautiful! Awesome!

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