Tag: altered art

Three Birds On a Branch Art Journaling

January 31, 2015 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal | LifeBook 2014

I thought it would be fun to switch it up a little today and share some art journaling with you. These pages are inspired by a video in the LifeBook 2014 Class which I LOVE. There is something so rewarding with starting out pages by covering them with random stuff. I mean check out these pages…BINGO cards, stickers, Monopoly money, playing cards…what an amazing collage of nonsense. I had so much fun ripping, tearing and glueing. IMG_4344

I then added lots of scribbles, colors and doodles. There is something so liberating about the randomness of this background. It looks so messy at this point yet it comes together in the end.


I used to say that I couldn’t draw until LifeBook changed my life. The wonderful teachers taught me how to sketch and not overthink it. These little birds just make me smile! IMG_4346


Some coloring, a touch of sparkly glitter & we have Three Birds On A Branch! IMG_4352

Pommie Art Journaling

December 7, 2014 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal

I created this Pomeranian art back at the beginning of the Summer. I wanted to share this little cutie with you in hopes that it will make you smile. I get a kick out of it every time I see it! IMG_4410



WITH YOU-Mixed Media Scrapbook Page

June 23, 2014 at 7:19 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts*** | Scrapbooking


Yes, I dusted off my sewing machine and had a blast making this layout! It is about as mixed media as a scrapbooking layout can get. This picture is of my love & I before we headed into the Paul McCartney Concert in June of 2013. It was like a monsoon outside while we waited for the doors to open but nothing (I mean absolutely NOTHING) was going to ruin our spirits. We could not WAIT for this concert!




Take A Chance Mixed Media Canvas

February 2, 2014 at 12:15 pmCategory:Altered Projects


Recently, I received an email from a childhood friend asking me to create a canvas for her inspired by a picture that she saw on Pinterest. Here is the canvas and a step-by-step video tutorial using Art Anthology products.



Graphite Drawings

December 26, 2013 at 8:00 amCategory:Art Journal


Ah, LifeBook 2013 is done. The last video was posted and I am gearing up for LifeBook 2014. I can’t wait! One of the major perks of LifeBook is the ability to download & save the videos. I have a bunch saved because I got on board near the end of the class. But, slowly, I have been watching them and learning. LOTS and LOTS of learning!

If you asked me a few months ago if I could draw, I would have said “NO” without a moment’s hesitation. Now, with the help of LifeBook, I have the confidence to draw. Like my mom, I struggle with drawing things from my head but I can look at something and recreate it. This lesson taught me how to create drawings using just a sheet of paper and a pencil (and an eraser for shading & erasing those boo boos). Tam (the amazing gal that runs LifeBook) taught a lesson on how to draw this detailed feather. When I am learning through an online class, I pretty much copy the work of the artist. I venture off into my own creation (using the new skills) in later art.

When I first saw this lesson, I was a little intimidated which doesn’t happen to me very often when it comes to trying something new in my art. BUT, at the same time, I couldn’t wait to try it out. I have been collecting drawing pencils and was excited to add this new skill to my “bag of tricks”. I drew the feather which has significance to our family & added the soft colors using the Peerless Watercolors. (gorgeous colors)



Right now I am in PA visiting my family. My mom brought out her teapot when we had company over. She left it out on the table and I was inspired to draw it.  I used the same techniques for the drawing & for adding the colors. See the list that is part of the background? That is my packing list of all of the things that I needed to pack & bring to PA. It only made sense to draw the PA-inspired drawing on top of the text of that list. I can’t wait to see what else I am inspired to draw…



What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday?

December 18, 2013 at 8:00 amCategory:Heidi's Art Studio


Wow! Wow! Wow!

What a mess-yes, it’s a creative mess but certainly a mess! (I guess I should take some time to clean this so I can get started on my next project.) BUT…until then…I have been working on a project for my next Art Anthology video. You can find it on my youtube channel today or tomorrow. It is full of bright colors and mixed media techniques. IMG_2817

This is the heap of yummy art stuff that has accumulated on the left side of my desk. It is a few inches deep-yeah, don’t ask me what’s under there…it’s a surprise to us both!IMG_2818

There is the canvas I am working on and some video editing happening on my computer! IMG_2819

Mess on the floor–those are the scrapbook pages that I just created using my Webster’s Pages Warehouse Sale box-more on that later!

Piles everywhere…oh my, I need to straighten up. BUT, that may have to wait until I WRAP ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

Pretty Princesses Mixed Media Scrapbooking

December 12, 2013 at 6:04 pmCategory:Scrapbooking


This is another layout that I created in the Pop and Colours Workshop that I have been enjoying online. I love the layers and textures! I am learning to wrap my brain around this idea of doing tons of great mixed media and adding a picture (or two). Now, I have to admit…as much as I love this style, I do have a “traditional” 2-page layout in the works on my art desk right now. So, I don’t plan to lock myself into one kind of scrapping’ style. I do what feels right when I sit down to create. Don’t hesitate to try something new or create outside of your normal “box” or comfort zone. What have you been creating lately? IMG_2643





November Artsy Haul

December 7, 2013 at 5:46 pmCategory:VIDEOS

Check out the fun, new art goodies that I bought in November! I will be doing a monthly haul video on youtube so make sure you subscribe to my channel.


Stash 2 Art November Challenge

November 17, 2013 at 9:35 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***


I am so excited about this new monthly challenge! At the beginning of each month, pick 12 items from your stash-it can be anything new or used…stickers, glitter, embellishments, paints…anything!

Use those items on your projects throughout the month. You don’t have to use ONLY these items but try to incorporate them during the month. You can alter them in anyway if you want!

Link your blog posts and youtube videos to share your 12 items and/or how you used them! I can’t wait to see what you create. Here is a brief video of the dozen items that I dusted from my artsy stash…

Spooky Shadowbox!

October 11, 2013 at 8:00 amCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***


Wow! Is this a dream?! I am so excited to post my first project with the Art Anthology Dream Team. And an added bonus is the opportunity to participate in this amazing blog hop with Anthentique and Basically Bare.

This is Heidi from New York City and I love all things mixed media. If you are like me, you have a stash of those great things that you will alter “someday”. When I received the Thrilling Collection, I knew I wanted to feature the Halloween images and patterns to make a cool shadowbox. I started grabbing some Halloween items from my stash and had a blast creating! The shadowbox started out as an ivory tone that I sanded. I wiped off the dust from sanding and starting layering the Art Anthology paints to get this eerie look!


Years ago (yes, years) I bought this skeleton garland and knew that someday it would be perfect for a project. I altered him with Vegas Gold and added some June Bug eyes to make him my own. Do you see all of the details of the Thrilling papers, stickers and images?



I found these little bottles in my stash and knew they were perfect! See the spooky liquid inside-it’s some Truffle Paint mixed with water. The labels on the bottles are stickers from the Thrilling Collection-I painted the bat sticker with June Bug to make it pop.



A spider ring, some pretty flowers and spider web ribbon added just the perfect touches to the cute image of the witch and her black cat! I love layering items in the little spaces in the shadowbox. Each space is like its own work of art!



Love that image?! I cut it out of one of the pieces of paper and added Glossy Accents to make it really stand out. The scary moon is from the same image but I layered that against the back of the box. I loved how that one little image made its own scene in that box.

Are you drooling yet? The Thrilling Collection is the perfect mix of Halloween and everyday patterns. Check out the black & white chevron in the bottom picture. Imagine the possibilities for that paper! Check out the gorgeous collection of Art Anthology paints and sprays that I used for this project. I can’t wait to share more art with you—now…have a great weekend & GO MAKE SOME ART!