Thank you for visiting artful embellishments. This is the third year for this blog and I am so happy to keep publishing. I started in 2011 and began with a quilt of the week, this lead to the leaf of the week for my newly designed paper tree that is located on the wall of my garage in 2012.......2013 is going to bring a lot of excitement and positive change. As a personal challenge for 2013, I plan on designing a artist trading card each week to be featured on the blog.
With so many interests, there will be quilting, art quilting, leaves (and more leaves), as well as experiments in thermofax screen printing, fabric dying, and tons of DIY recycle projects. I may even enter that altered fashion scene. To a happy and healthy 2013, may we all find happiness in those things we create....thank you for stoping by artful embellishments.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Layer Upon Layer

Working with scrap booking paper can be extremely fun. Many of the journaling techniques for artists include using these basic papers as a base. Building on them is the really exciting part. There as many ways to build layers as there are art supplies. For the ones shown I did a couple of techniques. I took great phrases from magazine articles, tissue paper, old patterns, old book pages, various images and adhered them with medium to the 12 X 12 scrap book paper. I then used various colors of heavy body acrylic paint. After this dried completely, I added stamps. This includes regular wood backed rubber stamps, cling stamps, and foam stamps. Different types of inks were used including Tim Holtz distress collection, pigment inks, and dye inks. Finally I added interest by using embossing powders. My personal favorites are the metallics. The final touch came with various paper tapes. As you can see  a very layered look can be achieved. These layered papers can be used in art projects or in my case will become leaves for the tree!

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