Altered Art

DIY Mixed Media Elements

IMG_9067I’ve never considered myself an artist in the traditional sense (nor in the non-traditional sense either, for that matter) and I’ve certainly never experimented much with paint since I was a child. And though I’ve always made things, I’ve never been able to draw or paint anything, much to my disappointment. However, I’ve recently adopted a ‘just try it!’ attitude to most things. I’m also trying not to be too critical on myself. I guess it is the same way with most of us, but we often judge ourselves more harshly than we do others. IMG_9075I found these little cards I painted a few months ago, when I was tidying up my craft room this week. I remembered I had really enjoyed making them, thinking they’d be useful to cut or punch into shapes to use as background elements to cards or other paper projects. I even took photos of the process, hoping to share them with you at some point. Then, I must have had second thoughts and deleted the photos, thinking they weren’t good enough and that perhaps it wasn’t such a great idea after all. Maybe they just looked a little messy and too haphazard. Maybe I shouldn’t be allowed near a paintbrush at all!

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Old clipboard makeover

IMG_3162If you follow our Facebook page, you’ll have seen last week that I posted a photo of an old clipboard that my son had brought home from school for me. He was so excited to give it to me so that I could have the opportunity to give it a makeover, but I must admit I felt a little uninspired when I saw it! I didn’t let him know that however, and instead I asked for some advice on how I should tackle the project. As ever, you Fiskateers were generous with your responses and ideas! Here’s a round up of some suggestions that were made :

-Chalkboard paint
– Mod Podge with photos
– Stickers
– Decorate with paper and flowers
– Cover with fabric
– Add magnets and hang on the fridge
– Ink stamps and ribbons
– Decorate with pictures from magazines and other ephemera

I took your ideas on board and that afternoon, I pulled out some papers and supplies and got to work. I LOVED the idea of adding some photos, and since I had a couple of photos kicking around of my son from over the years, I decided to add them too. IMG_3096I used paper and sticker embellishments from the gorgeous Grace Collection by Authentique.  The bright, yet vintage-y feel to the paper collection seemed fitting for this weather-worn and tired looking clipboard.

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WINNER: Nov Shapes Challenge Hearts

Nov Shapes Challenge

(Altered Tin by Fiskateer, Joy #4434)

The November Shapes Challenge: Hearts winner, selected by random drawing is………

JOY #4434


Please email me at with your mailing address and phone number so I can get your prize mailed out to you.

Thank you to everyone for your participation in these monthly challenges. :)