Altered mini book cover

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my Art Anthology new post.
Today I am going to share  my new chipboard mini book cover made with bare chipboards and gorgeous Art Anthology products.

Here are some close- ups to the painted , stencilled and misted cover.




I decided to stay in grey- blue and purples and to make it vintage dark in just three colors.

Metal pieces, small chipboard plate, fabric and paper flowers were also painted and misted into the matching colors.

And as always I made a full step by step Snapguide tutorial for you that you can see HERE:
Check out How to Make Chipboard Mini Book Cover by Art Anthology on Snapguide.//

Art Anthology products used:

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Raider Colorations

Plush Colorations

Siesta Key Colorations

Lagoon Velvet

Mardi Gras Velvet

Dazzle Sorbet

I hope you like my new mini book cover and you are most welcome to make your own in the same way.

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Find your Star Clear acrylic deco

Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my second January tutorial made for Art Anthology.

Irit is here with my new artistic inspiration made  for you.


This time I made a clear acrylic wall deco project using the old and forgotten acrylic page from the 7 years non used album.

I call it a kind of recycling as I never made the clear album, but I use those pages for other altered projects and I really like the use of my old stash.

And just to add to this ” use your stash” thing I used the very old decoupage paper on the back of this project, the very old chipboard star and even older metal letters.

This is a kind of a low cost project and it’s like ” make the background, add some themed pieces and make the statement” project.

I really hope that you got some inspiration from this project and you now understand that making art doesn’t mean that you need the buy the latest and greatest products.

All you need are great Art Anthology products and a lot of your imagination.

Here are some close- ups to this finished project:

And as always there is a full step by step Snapguide tutorial I made for you HERE:
Check out How to Make Clear Acrylic Art Deco by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
And here is a full list of Art Anthology products in our shop:

See you again next month and enjoy your crafting during those cold Winter days!




Embellished gift box

Hello my dear crafty friends! Irit is here today and this is my first December inspirational post for you.


After making some Mixed Media projects I decided to make something totally different and this time it’s an altered small gift box and shrink plastic stamped flowers that were made to embellish this box.


Both box  and flower bouquet were painted with gorgeous Art Anthology paints and it’s another way to use those paints that I want  to share.The simple cardboard box was painted and stencilled with Art Anthology paints and a stencil and the result is just adorable. And as always- there is a full step by step short tutorial made for you and a full Art Anthology supply list is there and in this post too.


The full Snapguide tutorial is HERE:
Check out How to Make Embellished Gift Box by Art Anthology on Snapguide.
And as always I made a full product list with all Art Anthology products used to make this project:

I hope I inspired you with my easy art project and see you soon again!

Halloween Skull Canvas

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today and I’ve a Halloween wall hanging using assorted Art Anthology paints and a chipboard skull from Eye Connect Crafts.

Halloween is such a fun time for kids (and adults) with it’s creepy, scary and sometimes funny decorations.

Check out How to Create a Halloween Wall Hanging by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

Begin by painting a canvas with Ash Velvet. 


Dab on assorted colors of Gem Stones.


Paint a chipboard skull first with gesso, then with assorted Gem Stones.


What will you create for Halloween?

Thanks for stopping by today.





Decorate Art Journal Binder

Good morning everyone! This month we are concentrating on layering and I decided that would work well on the Basically Bare Art Journal Binder I have been using to hold my Art Anthology stencils. I used lots of layering to give the cover depth and texture.

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If you would like to see how this was created, please check out my Snapquide:
Check out How to Decorate an Art Journal Binder by Marilyn by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

Here are some closeups:
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And a few other shots:
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Hope you enjoy this! I had a blast adding all the layers and using as many of our stencils and paints as I possibly could!
Until later……
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Springtime In The Ozarks

Hello everyone…

Today I am sharing with you a project that I was inspired to make by where I live.

My home is surrounded by dense forest and just so much beauty. This time of year is my absolute favorite. Everything is so green and lush, with dark brown tree bark to offset the bright green.

Flowers are blooming everywhere and it is just beautiful.

Here is a picture of the completed canvas.

Check out my snapguide and follow along to make your own beautiful spring canvas.

Check out How to Make a Spring Inspired Canvas by Monica Downing by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

I hope you are having a beautiful spring where you live.

Have a great day.




Card making with Art Anthology and Viva Las Vegas Stamps

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today welcoming you to Day #5 of the Art Anthology/VLVS blog swap. As a card maker, these stamps were perfect for creating cards.

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And Dimensional Crystals were perfect for adding color to the images.

Check out How to Create Cards With Art Anthology and VLV Stamps by Art Anthology on Snapguide.


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Don’t forget there will be Art Anthology prize pack given away to one commenter, so make sure you leave a comment each day. Viva Las VegaStamps is also giving away fabulous prizes over on their blog so visit them too (one for commenting with them and one for commenting with us!) Don’t forget to visit the Viva Las VegaStamps Facebook page and tell them Art Anthology sent you.
Also, remember to follow both companies on Pinterest for more inspiration.
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Thanks for stopping by today.



Easter Greetings

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today  with Easter projects this month.

Did you know that March is art education month?  With all the curriculum changes in  schools, let’s not forget that kids need to play with their artistic side too!

Easter is only a few short weeks ago and that truly means that Spring has sprung.  Let’s get rid of the winter blues and move into sun soaked days.
Check out How to Design Easter Projects by Art Anthology on Snapguide.

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Next time your kids was to play, give them some paint, brushes, cut outs and see what they create.

Thanks for stopping by today.


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Winter 2015

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today  with a winter layout.  I don’t create as many layouts as I used to, but with the amount of snow we’ve been getting, I had to document it.  We have more snow than in the last 10 years and temperatures in the single digits for weeks.  Brrrrrrrr.

Paulie absolutely loves the snow, but he’s not a fan of the freezing temps!!  Using Dimensional Crystals and Stucco, you can add snow to your layout without actually going out into the snow!

Check out How to Create a Snow Covered Winter Layout. by Art Anthology on Snapguide.



Diamond Colorations added just a touch of sparkle throughout the layout.


Art Anthology Supplies

Texture Paste –  Stucco

Dimensional Crystals – Champagne, Frost

Colorations – Diamond

Thanks for stopping by today.


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Welcome to my world


This month, our theme is inventions.   Since I was diagnosed as legally blind when I was 8, glasses (and contacts) have been, for me,  the best invention ever. And since I have to wear glasses to see, I prefer rose colored ones (figuratively) although I think rose tinted lenses would be very cool.


I used a 12×12 canvas to create my project.  I liberally sprayed Art Anthology’s Colorations Spray in Patience and slanted the canvas sideways and up and down to spread the color.  I love how the color interacted with the canvas creating pockets of lighter and darker color as it flowed.IMG_7308

Once the first application had dried, I once again liberally sprayed the Colorations and, this time, moved the paint with a heat gun, setting the paints in the process.  The colors deepened and created other variations with just the one color spray


I sprayed Art Antholgy’s Colorations spray in Lark onto a wadded up paper towel and, by swirling and dabbing this onto the outer edges of the canvas, created a bit more of an ephemeral look.  It softened the starkness of just the color blends of the Patience spray.  It blended on the edge with the Patience and created still another color.  I really like how one merges into another so easily.


I added texture to the canvas with one of the wonderful stencils also produced by Art Anthology.  I selected Bee Hive for this project.  I sprayed the back of the stencil with a repositional adhesive to assure full contact with the canvas.  These stencils are amazing without the adhesive and using the spray is a fail safe for me.  I used a sponge brush to apply Jenn Starr’s Dimensional Crystals in Java .


I added a few drops more of the Patience and sprayed the entire piece with Colorations in Golden to give it sparkle.  Then I  heat set it all.

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The result is a shimmer and glow to the colors.

I downloaded one of Gecko Galz digital Industrial Stamps, printed it onto a sheet of pink toned vellum and cut the glasses and bird.


Once I was certain the ink on the vellum was completely dry, I dabbed a bit of the Lark Colorations Spray on my finger and used it to smudge color onto the eyes of the stamp image.



I added the title, “Welcome to My World” and voila!  I created my tribute to inventions.


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ART ANTHOLOGY:  Colorations Spray in Golden,  Patience and Lark; Jenn Starr Dimensional Crystal in Java and Bee Hive Stencil