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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
COMING SOON: TUNNEL BOOK VIDEO TUTORIAL

Saturday, August 27, 2016

HALLOWEEN VILLAGE MAD SCIENTIST LABORATORY – VIDEO TUTORIAL, NEW COLLAGE SHEETS & DIGITAL IMAGE SETS

It’s a dark and stormy night in Grimsley Village, the kind of night Dr. Deranged has been waiting for.  Tonight he will be taking advantage of the lighting storm to further his work on animating a giant brain.
With help from his mechanical minions, Dr. Derange hopes to see the culmination of his diabolical plans.
Inside all preparations have been made.  The brain is resting on the platform being fed by tubes of fluid.  The electrodes are in place leading up to the lightning collector installed on the roof.
In a fevered frenzy, Dr. Deranged works to finish the construction of his electrical plasma machines which he hopes will harness enough energy to animate the brain.  His work is cutting edge and dangerous.  If things don't work out, no doubt Cadaver and Digger will be the first on the scene.
You can see his formulas on the chalkboard, books, charts and laboratory equipment.  It’s taken years of work culminating in this one night.
The Brain-O-Scope is his own design and has been instrumental in his understanding of the brain.
On the outside, the lab appears calm and serine surrounded by seasonal pumpkins and vines, but inside it’s a different story.
The storm is getting closer, which means it’s time to fire-up the machines.
Everyone in Grimsley Village senses something is about to happen.  After tonight, the world might not ever be the same……BWAHAHAHAHA

It’s that time of the year when I get my Halloween groove on and bring you new spooky projects.  The first one of the season is a new addition to last year’s Halloween Village, a Mad Scientist Laboratory. 
It’s sort of a mix of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, meets old 50s and 60s Science Fiction movies with a touch of steampunk.

On a side note, the previous year’s Halloween project tutorials and image sets never go away.  Also Alpha Stamps still carries many of the products I used on the older projects. 

Alpha Stamps is carrying all of the cool products I used for the Mad Scientist Laboratory, with the exception of a few items from my stash and some unusual building materials such as;
Ping pong balls, straws, plastic curtain rings and an ICEE drink lid.

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS & DIGITAL IMAGE SETS
Specific to the laboratory project is a two sheet Mad Scientist Laboratory collage sheet set.  In addition there is a companion digital image set which contain all the images in the collage sheet set plus many more.
I’ve also cooked some images that have a broader use.  There is the Old Open Books, Letters, Music & Parchment Collage Sheet and the Old Books, Parchments & Letters Digital Image Set.


This set includes 73 images.  All of the images from the Mad Scientist Laboratory Collage Sheet set are included plus lab machines, metal panels, plasma rods, switches, control panels and more.

All of the images in set can be re-sized for your project as they are high resolution (300dpi) PNG formatted images.

This collage sheet contains a variety of paper related images.  There are several open books, some blank and some with writing.  You’ll also find letters, paper with writing, sheet music and some parchment paper.

This digital set contains 67 book and paper related images that would be useful for various themed projects.  Included are:
21 - Book covers
12 - Book sets
15 - Open books
4 – Parchment sheets
11 -Paper with writing and writing collages
4- Sheets of Music
OLD BOTTLES HALF COLLAGE SHEET 
This collage sheet is packed full of all kinds old bottles in two sizes.

VIDEO TUTORIAL

FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD THE WOOD TRIM COLLAGE SHEET BELOW TO USE IN YOUR ARTWORK





Need some cool texture paper for you Halloween Village or other Architectural projects?
Check out Mr. Smith’s Workshop 6 x 6 Paper Pad & Stone Through the Lens 6 x 6 Paper Pad now available at Alpha Stamps.
36 single-sided sheets with each page being a different design.
Stone brick and other building materials 3 each of 16 single sided sheets; 45 pages total.

DETAIL MASTER SUPPLY LIST
COLLAGE SHEETS

PAPER & CHIPBOARD

FURNISHINGS

BOTTLES

HARDWARE & METAL USED FOR MECHANICS

MISCELLANEOUS

LIGHTS

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FORMAL GARDEN FEATURING POTTED LADIES - VIDEO TUTORIAL & NEW COLLAGE SHEETS

At the entrance to the formal garden, you’ll find lovely ladies growing from pots tended by their loving partners.  Both pretty as flowers, holding butterfly wands, surrounded by flowers as butterflies fly around them.
The sound of water cascading over the edge of the lion wall fountain into the pond below, draws you into the garden
Take a seat on a bench and enjoy the sounds and fragrance of nature.
In addition to the miniature Formal Garden pictured above, I've also create some Potted Lady ATCs. And speaking of the Potted Ladies (growing from pots), I'm thinking they would make a great standalone project that could be used for so many things.  Imagine them as place holders where instead of the butterfly wand, there is a card with your guest’s name.  They would look lovely on a tea party themed table and would make unique gifts for a bridal shower.

Further down in the post you'll find information about new collage sheets, a video tutoral and project supply list. 

NEW COLLAGE SHEETS
For the Formal Garden and the Potted Lady ATC’s pictured further down in this post, I created 4 new collage sheets.  Two of the sheets contain women & men from the 1830s with lots of jeweled butterflies.  One is a set of 8 ATC nature themed backgrounds and a half sheet of urns and roses.

The sheet contains:
3 - Ladies
2 - Gents
12 - Jeweled Butterflies of various sizes


This sheet contains:
5 - Ladies
1 - Gents
8 - Jeweled Butterflies of various sizes

This sheet contains 8 nature themed ATC backgrounds.

This half sheet is filled with urns & roses. 



POTTED LADIES ATCs
For those of you who love to make ATCs, I created 6 examples made using all four of the new collage sheets and some of the products I used for the Formal Garden.


VIDEO TUTORIAL
In the video I cover the construction of the Formal Garden and the techniques listed below:
Faux Marble Painting
Making a Fountain & Pond with Faux Water
Making & Decorating Urns with Paper Clay & Other Items

VIDEO TUTORIAL



FREE GARDEN IMAGES FOR USE IN YOUR ART


DETAIL MASTER SUPPLY LIST

This list has the supplies used for all three framed collage pieces.
Gilders Paste - Verdigris

Note: The columns I used are no longer available but here are two other options that would give you a similar look.
ADDITIONAL PICTURES