News-E-Zine January 2005

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This year has started out at a very fast pace...I have been crazy busy with orders...adding new products (more on that later:) and even managed to get a bit of art done...For most of us it has been a COLD January but all the better to hide in your cozy art corner and make STUFF!!

Which takes us to the inspirational portion of this Newsletter.

New ART !!

Guest Artist Gallery of Mai-Liis

Bmuse is honored to add a new guest artist gallery page by this talented mixed media artist and dollmaker. Visit Mai-Liis Gallery Page

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"Macks" New ART

Click on any of these images and a larger view will appear in a new window

Step by Step How I did it - products used from the Bmuse site are linked.

All three of the above Artist Trading Cards were done using images from the Muses of Antiquity Vellum Collage Sheet. If you haven't worked with vellum and transparency images you might want to read the "Art Tip" below for recommendations on glues and sealing.

The first card was done first by covering an ATC blank with a piece of floral wrapping paper. Note: When you want to cover an entire ATC with some sort of background paper it is best to cut your background paper a bit oversized, cover the entire ATC card with glue, press down on the back of the background firmly wait a couple minutes for the glue to set and trim off excess - perfect alignment every time. There is a more detailed description of this on the Collage Backgrounds Technique Page. I then tore strips from a piece of sheet music and a piece of French text and glued them on the top and bottom of the card. Next I cut and glued down the vellum image. Using green metallic paint and a small brush I outlined the image and the outside edge of the card to give both a "frame." I then took gold and green metallic paint mixed with some gloss medium to make both translucent and very lightly smeared it with my finger in random areas of the card to make the image appear more blended together.

The second card started with a background of handmade paper that had a gold stamped design, using the same process described above I covered the entire ATC blank with the paper. I centered the image of the woman and glued that down..I wanted a more unusual frame on this one so rather than use paint I used some nubby linen yarn. This is a bit tricky the first time but really quite easy once you get the hang of it. Use a very small paint brush and put a thin line of thick Tacky glue where you want to edge with a fiber...this glue works best because it dries quickly and the fiber doesn't the fiber down on the glue line. Since this glue does dry very quickly I would suggest only doing an inch or two of the glue at a time attaching the fiber and then painting on more glue.

The background for the Third card is from the Antique Musical Instruments Black on Tan Collage Sheet as is the image of the small lute. Over the background I first cut a strip from some scarpbook paper and glued it down the center trimming off the excess length and height, then added the vellum collage sheet image. I liked how most of the edges of the vellum image blended with the background "except" for the top it was dark and had a sharp "cut and paste" look I wasn't after. So using the technique in the second card I cut a piece of coordinating gold metallic bumpy yarn and glued it in such a way to create a soft random half-frame to contrast with the card's straight alignment of images. To blend the images further I used gold metallic paint mixed with gloss medium and smooshed (technical term:) it about with my finger.

Hope some of this is useful...remember experiment and HAVE FUN!!

AND there is MORE...Use the Gallery Directory Page to check out all the GREAT ART!!

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Gluing and sealing vellum and transparency images.

You may have already noticed that the craft glue sticks that work great for paper collage images just don't cut it for the vellum and transparency film images. They stay stuck for a bit then begin to lift. The problem is that they are not paper, both vellum and film are plastic products and don't absorb enough of the glue to make an adhesion. If you own a Xyron machine this works great...for those (like me) who are a bit overly thrifty with their Xyron film or don't own one I have found that the Zig brand blue glue pens work great...and you can find these glue pens in nearly every large craft store in the scrapbooking section. So, now you have it all glued down just the way you want it. What about sealing the entire collage? I use a gloss medium (you can find these mediums in the fine art section of any craft store) to seal all my paper collage projects. This serves several ensures that your collage won't start to come apart later..i.e. after you have mailed it off to the swap hostess:) and it protects your collage from dust and dirt. Once it has dried you can wipe off any dust or "cat hair" with a soft cloth. If you use Golden's UV medium it will even protect it from sun fading. This is also something that too much of is NOT a good thing...your paper pieces will begin to wrinkle and curl if you apply too much. I suggest pouring a small amount of your medium out on to a piece of wax paper or a page torn from a glossy magazine and applying it sparingly using your finger tip...I have tried it with a brush but I always get too much I get much better control using my only need a very thin coat this way it dries quickly and you will get very little wrinkling.

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The ALL New Asian Ephemera Page!!

It's that time of year the month before Chinese New Year the stores in China Town stock up on all that wonderful ephemera...and I went Shopping!!

There are Chinese game pieces, tiny and small red envelopes ....fortunes...

Now, this takes me to the all important News-E-Zine subscriber ONLY special.

Asian Beauties - Mini Collage sheets

This collage sheet will only be available for purchase from this newsletter page until the next newsletter AND it will only be available at this reduced price for the duration of this newsletter (aprox. 3 weeks) After that it will be added to the Asian Collage Sheets page at its regular price. This is a Mini Sheet - 8.5 x 5.5 inches...use the cart buttons below to purchase.

This collage sheet may not be purchased on the Asian Collage Sheets Page.

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Just in case you didn't get the December newsletter...

ALL the Bmuse Collage Sheets are now available in Transparency Sheets and Translucent Vellum Sheets.

And I have finished a MAJOR reorganization of all the pages so that you can locate images by theme, smaller more waiting ages for the pages to load. And, I have added nearly 20 new collage sheets since the last newsletter.

I have also scattered art samples about so that they are right below the collage sheets that they are done with - saves all that clicking about:)

There is a new collage sheet or two on nearly every page ...below are just 2 of the new collage sheets.

Femme Fatales can be found on the Vintage Fashion Collage Sheets page.

On one of our RARE sunny days this last month I went out and gathered flowers for some macro photography and made this collage sheet that can be found on the Floral Collage Sheets page.

And there are LOTS more go see!!

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Bmuse carries a FULL line of Artist Trading Card Supplies

And the Always popular $$ Store for Collage Ephemera

The Mica Cardstock line has expanded...there are 2 new colors: Aquamarine and Spring Green.

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Your newsletter Valentine:)

Image from the Silly Valentine Collage Sheet

Thank you! - have a great Ground Hogs day...Presidents Day and Bmuse News-E-Zine should be out the last week of February.

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