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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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

GRIMSLEY VILLAGE - FORSAKEN CEMETERY - NEW IMAGE SETS - VIDEO TUTORIAL

Halloween would not be complete without a trip to Grimsley Village.  Last year we visited Dr. Deranged (the Mad Scientist) and this year it the town’s Forsaken Cemetery.
The cemetery gates have been locked for years, no one goes in and no one comes out.
Buried behind the gates are some infamous characters like Dracula and the members of the Usher family. 
Thankfully, Dracula’s coffin is chained and locked.
Ghosts float in an out of the tombs, crypts and mausoleums.
Looks like Anita finally got a shovel but it seems that she has left some of her parts behind.
It’s rumored that a werewolf stalks the ground.  The locals lock themselves in their homes on a full moon.
This project is packed with all kinds of goodies.  Most of the large pieces are made from kits making the project easier.  The fabulous front gate is new and really sets the stage.

I’ve used a cool product called Elements to line the open grave, give texture and sparkle to trees and vines. 

Would you believe that the lighted columns are made from toilet paper tubes and tea lights.

To compliment this project I have a new “Forsaken Cemetery” collage sheet and digital image set.

This sheet is packed with gruesome statues, tombstones, gargoyles and creatures of the night.
This set includes all of the gruesome images from the Forsaken Cemetery Collage Sheet and many more for a total of 54 images.  Included are:
14 Tombstones, 10 Statues, 4 Gargoyles, 6 Stone Plaques, 9 Tomb Entrances, Doors, Roof & Other Architectural Pieces, 6 Creatures, 2 Stone Drapes, 2 Moons and 1 Shovel

Sit back and relax as I reveal the secrets of the Forsaken Cemetery.


VIDEO TUTORIAL




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DETAILED SUPPLY LIST
COLLAGE SHEETS
DRACULA RELIQUARY
 HAUNTED MAUSOLEUM
ARCHED ANGLE SHRINE SHADOWBOX
CASTLE TOWERS RELIQUARY
Castle Towers Reliquary – Triptych– Also used piece for Dracula’s Reliquary
 SKELETON MINI HOUSE SHADOW BOX
 TOMBS
 TOMBSTONES
 BASE, ENTRANCE & FOLIAGE
Tiny Felt Bat Stickers

STONE PAINT COLORS
Krylon Stone Texture - Obsidian
Kryplon Stone Texture - Black Granite
Krylon Stone Texture - Pebble
Krylon Stone Texture- Charcoal
Rust-Oleum - Stone Texture - Pebble
Rust-Oleum - Stone Texture - Sienna

Saturday, September 2, 2017

WHIMSICAL TRICK-OR-TREAT DOUBLE SIDED ATC TRIPTYCH

Trick-or-Treat
Smell My Feet
Give Me Something Good to Eat
This Halloween themed ATC triptych is inspired by the new Halloween Darlings, Little Demons & Halloween Dress Up Collage Sheets at Alpha Stamps.  I love the whimsical children with pumpkin, animal and skull heads.  There were so many great images that I decided to decorate both the back and front of the cards.

The bag images have tabs that you can fold; add some ribbon and you have 3-D Trick-or-Treat bags.
To dress up the kids outfits, I used 4mm orange buttons, a miniature buckle, green acrylic carbochons (as eyes) and a black crescent moon bead.
I glued wire to the balloons to make them look like they are floating.
The bases of the cards are made up of wrought iron chipboard sets.  I decided to cut-up the decorative overlays and paint them to compliment the paper.  
To embellish the cards, I added black acrylic bats and a cat.
I used Halloween Black Foil Stripes Scrapbook paper for the background and glued the hinges in place before adding the paper.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

STEAMTOWN - TELESCOPE & ELEVATOR - VIDEO TUTORIALS

Here we are back at the house on Irongate Street for the last segment of the project.  Since H.G is a explorer I thought she might explore the stars as well as the planet, to this end I’ve a created telescope that sits on the roof.
In addition, I've built and elevator that will take Helena to the roof.  


TELESCOPE
On a clear night you can sit in a comfortable chipboard chair lined with burgundy suede.  Mounted on the base is a chipboard compass which comes in handy for positioning the telescope.
The lever on the side of the chair allows you to control the height of the chair.  The chair is attached to the telescope using a bangle bracelet and a brass box foot.
The controls (octagon pendant drop & fluted dangle) mounted in a brass compass are used to adjust the lens (glass marble & pocket watch cover) and telescope position.
A piece of thin ornate filigree helps to keep the telescope in position.
Both the base and the center section independently swivel
A lovely filigree spiral staircase makes it easy to climb into the chair.

ELEVATOR & ATTIC ACCESS
On the side of the house is an elegant wrought iron (made from Gothic border trim) elevator cage.
  On the front of the cage is an entry gate.
On the top of the roof is a pulleysystem that raises the cage to the bottom of the roof.
Once level with the roof, you'll find chipboard filigree stairs leading up to the top of the roof.  These stairs are made using the set of extra steps for the spiral staircase.
The light inside the cage is helpful on dark nights.
In addition to the video tutorials covering the construction of the telescope and elevator, I’ve also demonstrated how to create a hidden opening in the roof that allows for access to lighting switches and batteries. 

As always Alpha Stamps is carrying many of the items I’ve used for this project.

Next up are a few Halloween projects and then on to Dr. Whatsit's Steampunk Inventor House.


VIDEO TUTORIAL - TELESCOPE

VIDEO TUTORIAL - ELEVATOR



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