News-E-Zine Fall 2005
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Well, once again I missed my monthly deadline,
and with all that has happened since August 1st when the last NewsEZine
was sent out it seems like a year rather than only a couple months so
for now I seem to be doing seasonal issues...my lateness is not entirely
my fault you all keep me so busy filling orders I have a time getting
these newEZines together...NO COMPLAINTS on this from my side of things:)))
On a more serious note although there are many
international subscribers to my little E-Zine the majority are from
the US and we all were greatly affected in many ways by the tragedy
in the southeastern region of our country. Which leads me to my first
announcement that follows below.
To all Bmuse customers who lost
their art spaces in the Gulf Region
I can pretty well guess who you are, I have this spiffy
accounting program that remembers all your order and delivery information
and I also know that for many of you the addresses I have are no longer
correct. And, with everything else you are having to deal with art supplies
are likely not at the top of the shopping list. But I bet a little art
time where ever you are would do you a world of good. Hopefully by now
you have a place to settle at least for a time and a little corner to
do some cutting and gluing? Please email me with your new address or
to confirm your old address - Bmuse has an Artist Care Package for you...just
need an address:) Important note: This is for my customers and friends
who have purchased from the Bmuse website over the last 2 years and
were in the regions affected by the recent hurricanes.
ArT Project #1
and bobbles with Translucent Polymer Clay and Bmuse Embossing Powders
A super easy beginner level polymer clay
project - create oddles of great embellishments in an afternoon. These
examples show how you can use these embellishments. Products also used
include: Images from the Antique
Asian collage sheet, Fantasy
Wings collage sheet and background text from the Asian
your own Faux stone buttons and pendants
ArT Project #2
Altering a Shutter Style Bingo
Bingo Card Project Page
To view more projects and techniques that were previous
newsletters you can link to them from the Projects
and Techniques Directory page.
New in Collage Art??
Miniature Art & Fat Little Books
I bet you have been seeing the "FLB" acronym
bantered about in the online art groups and I also bet many have wondered
what the "heck" is this. Well, first FLB stands for Fat Little
Book, sometimes called chunky books. OK, so what is that? Well, they
were first started about 3 years ago by Michelle Takacs when she had
so many sign ups for an art theme swap she didn't know what to do so
decided that they should make a book and the 4 inch x 4 inch size would
allow everyone to be able to copy their artwok at a reasonable price
as they could make 4 on a letter size color copy and that she would
make bound books for everyone.
Well, as things do they alter over time, you will now
see them called 4x4s, ArtSquares...but basically they are collage, stamped,
and mixed media artwork done on a 4 x 4 inch canvas of some
sort. Like Artist Trading Cards the only real rule being the size. Different
from ATCs the 4x4s are done in 2 different styles: As pages for FLBs
and as stand alone art, similar to ATCs.
If you are doing 4x4 art for FLBs there are a couple of
things that are important to keep in mind. You will want to leave the
left side rather bare so that when it is drilled for binding there are
no embellishments that will get in the way and you also want to shift
the center focus of the piece slightly to the right to compensate for
the the space that will be taken up with the binding. The example shown
above is one that I did that is intended to find its final home as a
page in a Fat Little Chunky Book. You will also want to make the back
attractive as it will be visible whenever someone opens to the next
page after yours and also sign your artwork on the back. Another consideration
is the weight of the page, you want it on a sturdy stock so that your
page isn't flimsy but for pages that are being bound remember these
also have to be drilled and most of the artists binding these are not
going to have a $5,000 commercial rollo binder and chipboard or matte
board will greatly shorten the life of a personal rollo binder. 100-110#
cardstock or 140# watercolor stock will work perfectly to give you a
good sturdy page and and preserve the binder. I have added pre-cut 4x4
stock in both 140# watercolor and 110# Cranes to the Artist
Trading Card Supplies Page.
Below is a scan of the back of the sample page above.
Please, this is not a correct back or how you should always do the backs
but just an example to give you an idea.
If you are doing 4x4 art as independent stand alone pieces...well
its simply up to you:) Regardless of what your are doing your page or
art for HAVE FUN...I know for me after so many zillion ATCs I am really
enjoying the extra canvas space!
book from Somerset Studio Publications
"Transparent Art" is 176 fabulous pages of inspiration,
eye candy and everything you ever wanted to know about working with
transparency film images. I have been selling transparency collage sheets
for over a year now but really haven't even come close to fully utilizing
this extremely versatile medium. The variety of applications will send
you into an artistic whirl. It has been only with extreme self control
that I am writing this review and not trying one more thing...
The first section is called Transparencies 101 and should
answer most every beginners questions and take the mystery out of working
with this fun media. Then you are off, guided by 30+ of today's best
collage and mixed media artists there are projects ranging from the
quick and easy to larger and more complex art pieces. With examples
of how to use transparencies on glass, paper, cloth, wood...from simple
tag and ATC art to fabric journals, spirit houses, mini quilts and even
an altered purse just to name a few. The only warning...should you receive
your copy when you do not have hours to spend in your art space intense
art anxiety may occur.
Transparent Art, Somerset Studio Publications Copyright
2005 ISBN 0-9717296-5-4
Below are are some ATCs and a 4x4 I did before I could
pry myself away to get back to work on the newsEzine. These barely touch
the surface of all the ideas and projects in this book.
||Umbrella Girls - In this
4x4 collage I tried a VERY simplified version of Jennifer Duncan's
technique of colorizing transparency images with background materials.
I took the 2 images from the Femme
Fatales#2 collage sheet and glued coordinating scrapbook papers
to the backs and then attached to the over all background of the
collage. NOTE: this sample does not even come close the more complicated
and amazing pieces she has featured in "Transparent Art"
taking simple black and white transparency photos and completely
transforming them with different color paper backgrounds etc.
Bmuse Color Collage Sheets are available on the NEW Fabrik-Paper™,
transparency film, vellum & 80# semi-gloss premium imaging paper
Fabrik-Paper Collage Sheets are nearly
tear proof, with the texture and pliability of linen, lightweight, slightly
translucent, the soft natural white of this media gives the images the
softer, printed on fabric look without losing the detail of the images
or the color saturation. Sew it, glue it... perfect for paper and fabric
collage, art dolls, mini quilts, and collage on canvas...sorry it is
not machine washable but can be gently hand washed without soap and
it doesn't ravel!...AND it is half the price of most fabric collage
More NEW Stuff ...
||These are quite a bit larger than the tiny vials also
found on the $ Ephemera Page
but still small and very cute. shown here is one I altered using
alcohol inks to colorize. Then embellished with the some of the
new Art Fibers, topped with
a button from the polymer clay project and tied on a map from the
Antique Map Assort collage sheet
so it wouldn't get lost.
And!!! the Grand Opening of the
Bmuse ART Fiber Store Page!!
I could resist no longer,
those amazing yarn stores that seem to be blooming everywhere I had
to have them ALL...Then I realized that like me you don't need the entire
skein either so...It has begun and I will be adding new fibers almost
weekly so keep checking back!
The Bmuse complete line of Artist
Trading Card Supplies 7 styles and weights of ATC/ACEO
canvases, slightly oversized, self-sealing plastic sleeves for heavier
weight and embellished ATCs, 9-pocket binder pages.
and there is
MORE...and keep reading we haven't gotten to the Special OFFER yet:))
All New Holiday
site also has 2 winter holiday galleries full of cards for inspiration...take
locate the page where each collage sheet is found simply click
on the image to take to you the page where it is sold and most
have some art samples too...
don't forget my favorite holiday...Halloween!! - fact there
is a Halloween page!
go quick there are still some candy corn beads and charms
and some great black fancy fibers on the new ARt
I guess by now it is no secret I LOVE Mexican Folk Art...and
for the second year I spent another wonderful week in Baja Mexico, each
year I get better at finding great collage stuff. So, in addition to
the great image sheets below you will also find tiny ceramic mugs, teeny
tea strainers and miniature tortilla plates as well as fibers I purchased
to compliment the colors of Mexican Folk Art.
and there is still MORE:)!!
My FLB "Pink Page" using an image from the new Sultry
Ladies collage sheet
and now for .....
the above item is offered at a reduced price only for the duration of
this newsEZine, once the next issue of the Bmuse NewsEZine is online
this collage sheet will be moved to the regular collage sheet pages
and will be available at the regular prices.
and Another NewsEZine
collage sheet special offer is in recognition of Hopalong,
a San Francisco Bay Area animal rescue organization that was instrumental
in organizing a number of the areas animal rescue groups that went to
the Gulf Coast region to help recover the pets that were left behind.
Many of these animals are now being cared for by foster families here
in the Bay Area until they can be reunited with their owners or new
permanent homes found.
of the purchase price of any of the Artsy Cats collage sheets, will
be donated to the Hopalong
animal rescue group to help with the costs of caring for these animals.
Cats - Collage Sheets
laser images on 80# premium laser paper
Color laser images on
Color laser images on
Color laser images on Fabrik-Paper
sheet contains adorable digitally artified photos of kittens that
have found homes due to the work and dedication of independent
to order via snail mail? See the order
by mail information page
Bmuse carries a
FULL line of Artist Trading
And the Always
popular $$ Store for Collage Ephemera
and the NEW "a
bit more than a $ store page" - check out the just added Vintage
Shutter Style Bingo Cards.
Card stock line has expanded once again!...the newest color is Shimmering
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