Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Altered Denim Book using Toilet Paper for Texture

Altered Denim Book using 
Toilet Paper for Texture

I accomplished another one of my final missions for 2014 with publishing my 1st YouTube video with me narrating some of the video.

I created this project earlier this year so has a slideshow to photos showing the step by step instructions.

I had a few hiccups like the placement of showing the products I used because I am still traveling up the learning curve with my new camera. However, I am proud of myself and happy with the final result. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blue Faux Leather


This video shows my technique in creating faux leather. I watched several YouTube videos, but developing my own recipe except instead of using glycerin & water as I planned, I used body lotion because I have no patience and did not have the time to go retrieve the glycerin from my personal inventory. And to my pleasant surprise, the body lotion worked great!!! This technique is very easy and you can make it with any color and use other wet paint media products to get your desired look.

Creating faux leather is one of my favorite techniques to do and I love using it to create envelopes, book covers, backgrounds for my ATCs and to mat pictures in my art journals and altered book projects. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

My Altered Shoe Craze

I always had a love for shoes especially high heels. I really love wearing 3" to 4" heels and I used to wear 3" black high heel pumps on a regular basis when I wore my dress green (pickle suit) while was on active duty. On a regular basis, I was challenged by my supervisors and other superiors to verify if my shoes were within military regulatory guidance. 

So I started carrying a $1.00 in my pocket to prove that I was within regulation. A dollar buck is 6" so if you fold it in half, you guess it, it's 3" which is the measurement allowed. I also had to carry around a print out stating the regulatory guidance for the number of rings you can wear on one hand but that's another story. 

After I gained 40 to 50 lbs from medication cocktails following being released from the hospital in 2008, I stopped wearing heels, but I still love window shopping for them still to this day.

FAST FORWARD, since I have fell in LOVE with altered arts especially altered books, altered playing cards and altered liquor bottles, now I want to try altered shoes. I have been collecting shoes from my personal inventory, purchased several pair from Goodwill and other resources and I am ready to make something happen.

I must admit that I have experimented a few pair of shoes that were quickly were trashed because I hated the results. I do that a lot.

The pair of boots shown below I used Precious Metal Effect Paint. I did not know if it would work or not. It worked but you have to wait for the paint to cure for 3 days so you won't getting any scratches unless you put some type of top coat which I haven't tested yet. I still am working on this pair and am not sure what I want to do next. I have been wearing them though. I love the way they look and feel on my feet. The mirrored heel is really cool and I only paid $20 for these boots. 

I plan on using Creative Paperclay on this cute pair of girl size 6 boots. I think it would be neat to see what happens if you try to add clay to a shoe. I am sure it will be heavy and unwearable, but it would be worth testing and experimenting with different products. I also plan on using my DecoArt Multi-Surface Paint with them.

Creative Paperclay

Shoe Attitude is a product I found about some time ago. It is really cool because it is a film you can print anything on using your computer and then apply it to your shoes. I am not sure what shoes you can or cannot use this product on, because I just got it and have not read the direction. However, here is a short video you can check out about it. 

I have not purchased these Converse yet but aren't they just lovely. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!! I love Converse, I have several pair and plan on adding to my collection real soon. Maybe before the New Year to step into the new year in style. I do not plan on altering these besides adding some bling on them or something like that. 

I got these boots because I thought they were yet. THEY ARE CLEAR!!! I have no idea how I am going to alter these puppies but they are SO FREAKING COOL. Don't cha think?

Other Altered Shoe Resources

Mark Montano's Video on Multisurface Paint on Shoes (This video convinced me to purchase the DecoArt Multisurface Paint. )

Altered Shoe with Kodak Shoe Art Film 
(This product used in the video is also by Shoe Attitude.)

Altered Shoes with Printed Images (I am pretty sure you should use laser print images or magazine clippings for this to work.)

Decoupage Altered Shoes with Comic Book Pages 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Art Baby Arrival - Sony Alpha a6000

I received my new camera yesterday and was so thrilled. I have been wanting to get another Sony camera since the new compact system was released a few years ago. I held off because of price and got another brand's point and shoot. 

According to the directions, I had to let the camera charge for 310 minutes before use. Waiting for the time to pass was a KILLER!!!

I needed the camera the next day to take some pictures of my local scrapbooking store's samples for upcoming Holiday party and Open House event this weekend. I could not believe the quality of my pictures and I have not even read the manual yet to customize settings. 

The part I love the most so far is that the camera has a view finder and a LCD feature. It is AWESOME and I love my results. I was disappointed it was raining today so I could not go conduct a test by taking random pictures of different subject matters. 

I finally purchased the camera because my phone informed me that my cloud is FULL, my dropbox is FULL, my gallery is full and I only had 2% storage available on my phone. I know that I have caused my phone to suffered from some major brain damage. 

There are other major reasons too:

1.  I am rewarding myself of a BIG achievement. 

2. I plan to publish YouTube videos for my blog and to build my following.

2. Most design team calls want you to have the ability take professional quality pictures and have an active blog. 

3. I am an active Heritage Makers Consultant,www.heritage makers.com, and I am getting back into digital photography to make the digital scrapbooking. I used to host digital photography excursions and I want to get back into to that.

Another I love about this camera is I will be able to grow into it because they are so many interchangeable lens choices and other accessories. For now, I am ok with the standard lens because of what I am trying to do.

I was not very happy about where the post worker left my art baby package. I am so glad I got it before the sprinklers turned on. Thank goodness I had to go in the garage to check on my clothes. UGH.

But bottom line, I am very happy with my purchase. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Special Gratitude Project - In Progress

The Art Lounge art studio located in Huntington Beach, CA is in the process of closing. 

This news weighed heavy on my heart and was very difficult for me to ingest because I regularly visited the art studio and learned so much from the owner, operator and sought after designer, Marah Johnson. I watched hours of her YouTube videos and brought countless items of products she designed or sold at Splash of Color (formerly known as Creative Imaginations) warehouse sales or elswhere. 

She was always open to share her talent and have a passion for art 
that is unparalleled. When I finally got to meet her in person, I was in the moment of AWE. I was so delighted, excited and almost passed out. I couldn't believe I was in her presence. She has such a colorful and humbly spirit and I love how she quickly embraced me as a friend. I have attended a few of her workshops and participated in her ATC swaps. 

I arranged one on one art tutoring sessions with her and she never turned me away even when she was with another client. I also took projects for her to provide constructive criticism and she was  honest even if the project was not up to standards. I really appreciated and respected her for that. 

Finally, she also would put me in check if I went to her store and she noticed that I was overspending. She would convince me that I did not need 20 containers of Glitter Paste I had in my basket. She would inquire when I was planning on using all that product and for what project. If I could say a concrete answer, she would coach me to a reasonable purchase. Sometimes I did not like it but she was only looking out for my best interest. I love art supply products so much and she knew that. She wanted me to transform from a collector to a user like many others who watched over me in this industry. I am sure she is proud to know that I have move forward and use my products often instead of admiring them.

I decided to make her a special gratitude project. Below are some of the products she taught me to use and I used them to make the ATCs and altered envelope/notecard shown in image. 

I have a few more items I am in the process of creating that I want to be a SURPRISE and I will not post until she receives them. I believe in expressing my gratitude to the educators that have significant impact my creative journey especially when I got stuck on a project. 

I use a napkin with that had butterflies on it to apply the decoupage techniques she taught me. I painted the butterfly with my favorite Silks color (ICE). I used Silks for the sentiment item and distress edges. 

I used modeling paste and gesso with Splash of Colors' stencil to create background. When the modeling paste was still wet on the above one, I took a sea shell and press into it to created more texture and for the ATC below I used a script stamp. I sprayed background with Distress Spray Stain (Faded Jeans that  I love so much), then put Glitter Paste on the background and then finished it up with Inka Gold for top ATC. The below ATC I painted with with Silks, used Inka Gold and then decoupage one of the die cut embellishments I brought from the studio by Splash of Color.

I used a few more products to finish them off. 

Every item I used is symbolic and I will explain it to Marah in a letter I am preparing that I will not be sharing on the blog. I have a few more items to make that will be delivered in 3 different packages. And the number 3 is significant too. I hope she likes it and this project was inspire by a conversation we had about Christmas cards and why I do not like receiving them. I am sure she will understand after she receives the last package. Thank you for your time and make sure to check out her YouTube Channel.

To learn more about Marah Johnson's style, techniques and see her demo various products, check out her YouTube Channel at :

(in the process of closing or has closed. ; (  )

Altered Doll Luggage & Tray Plans - Denim theme

Altered Doll Luggage & Tray Plans

I identified all the products in above picture to experiment with this week, but I did not have a product in mind to employ them on. Then, I remembered I had a Julie Nutting's Altered Doll Luggage & Tray that I have been dying to use. So, I was like...what theme should I use.

Of course, DENIM. Most of the friends know how much I love denim but I have not made any denim projects since I created a mini album for a swap in September 2012. I think it's time for another one.

Since I have a lot of projects to complete this week and initially I only plan to play with products noted, I know I will not get finish with this until next week some time but I will post my progress. I can wait to sketch this one out and get started. 

Paperworks (For Denim Papers - I already got some on hand. This is just to provide a reference to paper I plan on using for project. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Creative Play for Week Starting Dec 1, 2014

I decided to start a new practice and identify items I plan on playing with for the upcoming week. I may not play with all the products shown due to satisfying "wifey duties", creating projects for FB swaps and ATC trades, but it is a way for me to make sure I try to employ more of my art babies and use my products on a regular basis and avoid letting anything sit around. 

I am also preparing my first samples for my upcoming ALTERED ART classes starting in January 2015 at Custom Impressions in Los Alamitos, CA. YEAH!!! It is so difficult to decide what products I want to use, share and teach because I love so MANY!!! And I have to remember cost and availability of products and the skill level of the project. (See what I mean...not easy.) I am super excited about it.

This week on my creative play agenda is to experiment with these products to create dimensional texture. 

I must admit that the product, Creative Paperclay, is at the top of my list of go to products ever since I viewed Terri Sproul's YouTube video on using on a art journal cover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt9zWZaKcTI). This video is a MUST SEE. She also shows you how to use Amazing Mold Putty and Silks. It is easy to use, forgettable , attaches to projects with no adhesives, easy to store, great price and dries hard. 


Here's a list of products shown in picture:

1. Creative Paperclay (my absolute favorite texture product at this moment and probably forever.)


2. Stampendous Stamps - Butterfly stamps/stencils and dies (Dies not shown in picture)

3. Prima Art Basics Products
   a. Heavy Gesso White
   b. Heavy Gesso Black
   c. 3D Gloss Gel
   d. Modeling Paste
   e. Light Modeling Paste 

4. Viva Decor 
   a. Ferro (White & Black)
   b. Modeling Cream (Champange) 
   c. Structure Paste (Not available in stores)

I used Structure Paste for this image. 

4. DecoArt Dimensional Effects Texture Paste (I love this product. It is very easy to paint on after it dries and it has the texture of frosting.)

5. Dreamweaver Embossing Paste (Pearlescent, Black and Transluscent)

6. Magic Sculpt Epoxy Clay (Hardener/Resin) (I used this once and it is great stuff. Takes a long time to dry though and dries really hard. I put too much on spine and couldn't open the book. It is awesome to use word stamps on. I used a cling stamp in this picture.)

8. Prang DAS Modeling Clay - White

9. Phenopatch

   a. White All Purpose Spackling Paste ( I used this before but too much and it made my book covers extremely heavy. For that reason, I decided to purchase the next product to test out. I still plan on using this all purpose one again just less of it. I have a HEAVY hand! LOL.)

   b. Patch -n- Paint Lightweight Spackling Paste

10. Mesh Trim (White & Brown)

11. Stamper Anonymous - The Art of Brett Weldele

12. Artistcellar Stencils

     a. Heart with Rose
     b. Faces

Stay tuned!!!

For stencils shown in picture, visit Artistcellar.

Embedded Roots - Tim Holtz Configuration Box

This project I used Creative Paperclay and Amazing Mold Putty again. It is a concept I thought of a long time ago about my hair and my family roots. The inside of the project did not come out like I planned so I didn't take pictures of it. I am going to do this one again on an altered book.

 I used Martha Stewart letter mold for the word "EMBEDDED" and a different mold for "ROOTS".  I used a elephant jewelry charm with Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay to create the elephant head. I attached the letters using a little water on the brush because I did not want to press them into the project.

The piece was another charm that I did the same as the elephant charm. The zebra print and heart are rubber stamp images I used because I wanted the embossed look instead of the debossed. I also took some of the clay and roll it with my hand to create a twist to represent African Hair Braiding and my love of the kinky twist braids.
I love the way this book turned out especially the colors. I almost trashed it because the rust product I used did not give me the results I anticipated; however, I am still learning how to use that product.  I used Inka Gold and Silks to color project and had to apply more black gesso in some areas because I put to much on it. I finish the entire project off by spraying it with Clear Triple Thick Spray to seal.

Overall, this was a fun project to create and I cannot wait to make another Embedded Roots altered book. 

To check out this great product, go visit their website using the link below.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Calypso Cooler w Creative Paperclay

Altered Liquor Bottle Using Creative Paperclay

This project was inspired by the character, Calypso, from the Disney film, Pirates of the Caribbean. She is my second favorite character in the film and I especially love her hair. After I determined the subject matter, I decided to search for a suitable alcoholic beverage name. I was overjoyed when the name Calypso Cooler came across the computer screen.

I then looked through my rubber stamps hoping I had an image that would fit my vision. I selected the lady as a focal point image I wanted to show the calmer side of Calypso in modern day times. 

Since I am a novice in creating altered bottles, I needed to determine the best products to make this project work for me. Then after viewing an informative YouTube tutorial about Creative Paperclay, I knew this product would be perfect to employ for the job.

Creative Paperclay was FUN and EASY to work with it and I cannot wait to play with it again. It is definitely replaced one of my top 3 products to use on a frequent basis. 

I obtained this bottle at a birthday party and I was so excited about it. Maybe too excited. I love the character, shape of the bottle and the fact the top was wooden. OH JOY! I just started creating altering bottles and one of the main things I look for when collecting a bottle canvas is the space across the front because I love adding my own titles to most of my projects. I really take time selecting a good name for my creations.  I try to create projects that exercising my storytelling skills and conversation starters that lead to questions about my concept thinking. 

I love playing with new products and applying them to my projects.  The above picture shows all the products I used except for the shells. I did not use the flourish chipboard dies shown because I changed my mind after preparing the prototype. I recently purchased a few of the Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint and really love working with it, but I must say the star was the Creative Paperclay. I cannot believe all the things I was able to do with it for this project. It saved me time in creating texture, letters and molds for this project. 

For most of my projects, I create a prototype or sketch and identify the products I plan on using before I begin. I learned that this method has helped me organize my thoughts, save money on product and promotes the usage of products I have not experimented with yet. At times, I might changed my mind such as in this project I adjust placement of the lace, but otherwise, I stay on course.

I used several art supplies for this project, but I can confidently say that Creative Paperclay was my absolute favorite product of all. My top three were Creative Paperclay, Amazing Mold Putty and the Prima Chalkboard Paint. 

Now to the step by step instruction.

If you liquor bottle has a top, paint it according to the type of material it is made from. I used Precious Metal Effect Paint because it can be used on most non porous surfaces. I love the results and it worked perfectly. This product takes 3 days to fully cured by dries fast. 

I used Amazing Mold Putty to embossed image of stamps instead of debossed, stamp images for focal points of project and to add texture. 

Now, place the clay items on the liquor bottle. When attaching lace and trim, you can press item in the clay and glue the ends of the material. You do not have to use any adhesive to apply clay to the bottle. However, you can use a little water with a paint brush to apply the letters.

Applying modeling paste to add more texture, if desire. You can skip this step if you like the way your project looks without adding texture, because you can paint directly on the Creative Paperclay.

Apply paint. I used Prima Chalkboard Paint for the background and octopus tentacles on back of bottle, watercolor markers for the image in the front and a couple colors from the Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint collection.

After painting your project, let it dry for about an hour or longer. Then you can add finishing touches. I used Prima Chalk Edgers, a few colors of Viva Decor Inka Gold, Stampendous Stamps White Mica Fragments and sea shells to finish the project off. I really enjoyed creating this altered liquor bottle and I plan to create many more. Note: It is best to apply Viva Decor Inka Gold with your finger. Yes, your finger. If you use a brush, you might apply too much. It easily washes off so do not worry about that. 

If you want to make a Calypso Cooler and try it out, it's a REAL DRINK

To learn more about this amazing product, please visit their blog and/or website today.