Sunday, January 15, 2017

First Look: new paint colors

Hi all. The excitement continues as Creativation, the trade show for the Craft & Hobby Association, is less than one week away. It is there that the new art and craft products for the season will be revealed.

Today I have a sneak peek of my new set of paints coming from PaperArtsy...

They have been designed to work and mix well with my initial set of paints...

These paints are Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics, with a fast-drying, matte finish. They are perfect for mixed media and journaling, as any and every pen/marker you choose to use will make marks on it - without destroying your pen. The paints in the line vary in opacity and are labeled as opaque, semi-opaque, or translucent.

I love this piece from Nikki Acton, who has demonstrated that by mixing a variety of paints from the first and new can make rust and patina. And we cannot live without rust and patina!

You can see and read more right now about my new paints on this post on the PaperArtsy blog. And stay tuned...the paints will be available for purchase later this week from my online shop

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spellbinders Sneak Peek

It's that time of year again. You know...the time when art and craft companies release their new products timed with Creativation -- the annual trade show held by the Craft & Hobby Association. This year, I have new collections with four different companies: StencilGirl Products, PaperArtsy, Spellbinders and Impression Obsession.

Today I would like to share an early look at some of my new collection of dies from Spellbinders.

Read more about my new line on the Spellbinders site, where you can sign up for daily giveaways during their Countdown to Creativation preview days.


Broken Maze

Drip Dry

Steering Wheel

Ray of Light

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dimensional Dimension

The month of January is always exciting to me as I unveil my newest products - the designs I have been sitting on for months, eager to share.

In the next few weeks, I will be showing you all my new collections from Impression Obsession, Spellbinders, PaperArtsy and StencilGirl Products. But for today, this post is a bit of a look back.

Spellbinders recently posted a list of their Top 10 tutorials for 2016. I was thrilled to see that my guest blog post on ways to create dimension and texture with die cuts was included on the list.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Time to (Card and Photo) Play

I am excited to share that 2 of the Top Ten products from 2016 in the Cloth Paper Scissors/North Light Media shop were my workshop videos. These are fun workshops, available as immediate downloads or actual DVDs. Each one has a "student" taking the workshop, making it much more real, interactive and interesting.

Based on my 52 Card Pickup live workshop, Card Play: Mixed-Media Techniques for Small Works of Art is 96 minutes of creative fun.

Have a peek below...


Based on my Photo Op/Cutting Room Floor live workshops, Photo Play: Techniques for Altering Photos with Paint and Ink, this video is filled with 91 minutes of artful techniques.

Here is a preview...

More information can be found in the North Light Shop, where both workshops can be ordered (along with the other Top 10 products) as DVDs or immediate downloads at a special price.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

PaperArtsy Sneak Peek

In the next few weeks, I will be releasing new products from PaperArtsy, Spellbinders, Impression Obsession and StencilGirl Products. These releases are timed with Creativation, the annual trade show of the Craft & Hobby Association, which this year is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona later this month.

I will be sharing all my releases later this month but will be sharing some sneak peeks sooner. Today, I am happy to share some images related to my upcoming releases with PaperArtsy.

See more images here on the PaperArtsy blog.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Make it Artsy Giveaway

Make it Artsy is a new television show hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzar and highlighting art techniques introduced by weekly guests. The show is being broadcast in the United States on PBS in select markets only but each week, a single episode airs on the Make it Artsy website.

I am excited to be a featured guest on Episode 12 along with Rebekah Meier and Jenn Mason. The theme is Collage and my segment focuses on adding dimension to collage through layering with paint, stamps, die cuts, and mark making. This episode is available for viewing here through Friday January 6th only.

To celebrate, I am hosting a giveaway. One person will receive the original artwork I made in the episode...

...and one of the die sets (Drip Drop) used in the piece...

...and the new Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die cutting and Embossing Machine!

To be eligible, simply leave a comment on this post. Open to all (internationals included), this giveaway closes end of day Friday January 6th. Please be sure I have a way to contact you if the random number table selects you.


Congrats to Kathe Byrne on the win!

Monday, January 2, 2017

ARTifacts: A Collaborative Project for 2017

Artifacts (plural noun): objects made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

ARTifacts (plural noun): a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art. 

I am always excited for the start of a new year. Feels like a fresh beginning, an opportunity to do things better, and a chance to begin all those projects that you have been thinking about forever...but have not yet started.

Every year I have so many "art memories" from my travels, my teaching, my adventures in NYC, and my studio work. While I post these on my blog, I have always wanted to create some sort of physical artist book to hold these memories. I have decided that 2017 will be the year of ARTifacts -- a collaborative project for 2017 documenting adventures in art. 

I would love to have you join me if this sounds like a project that intrigues you. This would be a no rules collaboration. Just find or make some sort of artist book, planner, scrapbook, 3-ring-binder, folder, or other container to document your creative experiences, whether they be in art, craft, or anything else. Then get to documenting in any way to style that works for you.

Share your pages on your blog and social media sites using #ARTifacts...and with me. Email your images to at any time throughout the year and I will be creating regular posts to share your creation on The Altered Page. If enough people join in, I will host an online exhibition at the end of the year. If you like, leave a comment saying you plan to join in on the fun.


I have used the components of my Spellbinders book kit as the basis for my artist book and am excited to begin. I plan to share images of and from my book as I add pages throughout the year. 

Watch the video to see the book kit in action and continue in this post to learn more about how my book kit works.

Start with a sturdy, kraft-color, 3-ring binder measuring 7.25 x 9.25 inches. It's waiting to be painted, collaged or decorated in your own personal style. 

Add to that a package of inserts, complete with pages measuring 6 x 8.5 inches with and without tabs.

Make yours truly customizable with a contour, steel-rule die set that allows you to cut your own pages from paper, craft metal, corrugated cardboard, chip board, felt, fabric, cork, and more. This magnetic set includes dies that allow you to cut both a window in any part of the page and a single page tab.

Tab lovers can get an extra steel-rule die set that enables you to cut three additional tabs.

You can find these products online in the Spellbinders shop.