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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ART DECO STYLE PAPER FANS - NEW COLLAGE SHEETS- FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE

The new Vintage Hollywood paper and Venetian Fan Blade fan blades sets were the inspiration for this project.  The fan blades work great for creating either a fan for display purposes or a working fan.
To compliment the style and color scheme of the paper I designed three new collage sheets “Deco Dames”, “Sassy Beauties” and “Mini Sassy Beauties” that are sized to fit the fan blade sets (see below).

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS
This sheet contains 8 lovely ladies in 1920’s fashion with 7 fan designs in various sizes.






This sheet contains 19 sassy ladies from the 1920s. 




ALL ORDERS placed at Alpha Stamps on Thursday through Monday, April 20th through 24th 2017 will receive a Mini Sassy Beauties Collage Sheet FREE!  Orders over $24 (before tax and shipping) will receive both the Mini Sassy Beauties Collage Sheet & a set of the Mini Fan Blades.

The Mini Sassy Beauties collage sheet is sheet designed by yours truly and contains two sets of ladies from the 1920's for a total of 38 images.  The collage sheet is sized to fit the mini fans.

SAMPLE MINI FAN
Below is a fan made using the Mini Fan Blades and the Mini Sassy Beauties collage sheet. It's the perfect size for a gift card and would fit nicely in an envelope; decorate one side and write on the other.

LARGE FAN DETAILS

DECORATING THE FAN BLADES
I started by covering both sides of a set of large and small fan blades with the Vintage Hollywood decorative paper.
Next, I used a black marker to draw a border around the blades.
I glued the smaller fan blades to the bottom of the larger blades.
I then punched a hole in one of the blades and used it as a template to mark and punch the holes in the remaining blades.
I cutout fans from the Deco Dames Collage Sheet and attached a Abez Drop/Connector to each fan.

I used a frame from the Elegant Frames Download set backed by more of the decorative paper to showcases lades from the Deco Dames Collage Sheet.
I glued the framed ladies to the fan blades and the added the fans.  To give the fans more sparkle I added colored rhinestones.

ASSEMBLING THE FAN
I decided to glue the fan blades in place instead of making it a working fan as this fan was for display.  With gluing the blades in place you can add more dimensional embellishments.
Notice how the blades are attached with the middle blade on top, followed by the blade on the right, then the blade on the left, then the last blade on the right and finally the last blade on the left.

NOTE: If you want to learn how to connect the blades of the fan together to make a working fan checkout the links to other fan tutorials at the bottom of this post.
To secure the fan at the bottom I used a button and wire.  Behind the button I added beads attached to chains.
On the back of the fan, I folded the wire, glued it in place and covered it with a piece of filigree.

On the back of the fan, I folded the wire, glued it in place and covered it with a piece of filigree. 


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MASKED BEAUTIES - OVERLAPPING GATEFOLD ALBUM - NEW COLLAGE SHEETS

Once again I have a mask themed project for you.  I’ve created 8 different masks that are showcased on lovely ladies from the twenties which you can find on a NEW collage sheet titled "Vixens".
And to show off the masked beauties, I’ve constructed a Art Deco style gatefold album with a bit of a twist. Because of the shape of the cover, the pages are attached at a slight angle with each page overlapping the next.  Art Deco style is all about geometric shapes which I mimicked by using three different metallic Dresden borders, paper and thin line stripe tape. Because of their geometric shape, brass seashells also add to the Art Deco feel of the book.  
Don’t worry about how to recreate the shape of the book, as further down in this post, there are templates that you can download and use.
To construct the masks, I’ve used images from my NEW Butterfly Masks collage sheet and a NEW die-cut ATC Sized Mask set.
I had so much fun loading up the masks with brass, feathers, beads, faux pearls, rhinestones, acrylic and tulle.  The chipboard masks can be used alone or stacked for a layered look.  Another layered option is to combine the paper butterfly mask images with the chipboard.


This sheet is packed with jeweled butterfly masks.  There are a total of 32 unique masks.  Many of the masks fit the women on the “Vixens Collage Sheet”.
This sheet contains 9 sultry women from the 1920s.


THE DETAILS
THE ALBUM
 Feel free to download this template.
I used the template above to cut out the front of the book using metallic paper from my stash.  I used silver and gold line stripe tape which worked great for creating geometric designs on the three pieces.  
Next, I glued the three pieces together.
To make the spine, I cut 8 pieces of copper paper.  Each piece measures 4” long x 1 ½” wide.  I scored two lines ½” from each edge. I folded the paper along the scored lines which created a ½” spine.  The size of the spine is determined by the thickness of the embellishments you intend to use on each page of the book.  The number of spine pieces depends on the number of pages.  My book has 4 pages on each side of the book so I cut 8 spine pieces.
Next, I cut the cover in half.
NOTE: The following steps apply to both sides of the cover.
I attached one of the spines to the back of each side of the cover, and then covered the backs with metallic paper which hides where the spine is attached.
I cut 8 pieces of cardstock measuring 4” tall by 3” wide to serve as the pages.  Make sure you always use an even number of pages. 
I attached a cardstock page to the first spine and attached a new spine to the back of the first page.  Continue this process until all of the spines and pages are attached to the covers. 
 
Notice that since the front sides of the cover are at an angle, the pages will also be angled, which I think gives the book more interest.
For the back of the book I used the same template pieces as I used for the front.  After the pieces were assembled, I glued the last spine on each side of the book to the back side of the back cover.  I covered the back side of the back of the book with more metallic paper to hide where the spine is attached.  I decorated the edges of the back pieces with  3mm Thin Gold Stripes Paper Tape.
At this point the book is assembled.   The pages on each side of the book will alternately overlap as you can see below in the finished book.  I covered each page with decorative paper which hides where the spines are attached.
Notice bellow how each pages is at an angle and overlapping.
To further decorate the front of the book, I added various metallic Dresden borders and brass shell filigree pieces painted to match the metallic papers.  The silver shells, parts of the Dresden and the large acanthus leaf in the center are painted using Pewter Liquid Pearls.  
In order for the book to open, I glued the large shell in the center to only the right side of the cover and the mask is only glued to the left side of the cover.

THE MASKS
I covered the inside pages with decorative paper from my stash.  To each page I added a lovely lady from my new Vixens collage sheet wearing a mask.

The base of the masks are made from either die-cut chipboard masks or masks from the Butterfly Mask collage sheet.

For the mask below, I used an image from the Butterfly Mask collage sheet and added various heart filigree and bead pieces.  The beads are attached by using heart stick pins.  For the final touch I added red rhinestones.
For the mask below, I used an image from the Butterfly Mask collage sheet and applied Glossy Accents to add dimension to parts of the mask.  Behind the mask I added gathered sparkly tulle (I wrapped wire around the tulle to create the gather).  To the top, I added wired faux pearls beads and in the center, a flat backed pearl.
For the mask below, I used an image from the Butterfly Mask collage sheet.  I attached acrylic and gold sequin leaves to the back of the mask and used Glossy Accents to add dimension.  To the center and edges of the mask I attached green rhinestones.
For the mask below, I used an image from the Butterfly Mask collage sheet and attached white and black feathers behind the mask.  To the image, I added faux flat backed pearls and rhinestones.
For the mask below, I used an image from the Butterfly Mask collage sheet and Glossy Accents to add dimension to parts of the mask.  Behind the mask I attached teal feathers and to the front, I added a piece of metal filigree painted a copper color and added teal rhinestones.
For the mask below, I used two die-cut masks from the ATC Masked Set,  one layered on top of the other.  The masks are covered with paper from my stash.  To the front of the mask I added brass feathery scroll filigree and silver pearls.
To make the curved pieces on the top like you see on Venetian masks, I cut two pieces of decorative paper in the shape of an elongated triangle.
   
NOTE:  The best cutting method is to fold the paper in half with the blank sides of the paper in the middle.  When you cut the triangle you will be cutting both pieces which insures that they are the same size.

Glue thin wire between the two pieces which allows you to bend the triangle into the desired shape.  I painted the edges of the triangles using Victorian Gold Metal Patinas paint and glued a silver bead to the end.  I attached each triangle to the back of the mask and bent them into the desired shape.

NOTE:  it’s easier to bend the triangles if you do a little pre-bending before they are attached.  If you want to scale this technique up for a larger mask, just use a heavier wire and/or you can use two wires instead of one.  When using two wires, instead of gluing the wire in the center, glue each wire towards each edge of the triangle before gluing the two pieces of triangle together.

For the mask below, I used two die-cut masks from the ATC Masked Set, one layered on top of the other.  The back mask is covered with decorative paper and the front is painted.  To the back of the mask I added sparkly tulle and gold metal swirls.  To the front I added a piece of filigree and black flat backed pearls.

IDEA:  Another mask option is to combine a butterfly image from the collage sheet with a die-cut mask.  I did not make a version like this but I thinking combination would look great.

Notice on the back of the book I have added more geometric shapes.  You’ll find the template for these shapes on the same sheet as the cover and back templates.
To create the metal mask below, I used Florentine brass leaves and a large connected brass leaf.  I glued each piece in place one at a time until I had the desired design.