Industrial/Steampunk Art Parts


It’s a new month and time for a new Mixed Media Art Parts!  For those of you who have subscribed to this monthly packet of fun, don’t worry, yours is on its way to you!


The theme this month is INDUSTRIAL/STEAMPUNK.  I have been excited about this pack and gathering goodies for quite awhile.  I have taken photos of interesting manholes and industrial patterns and printed them off for you.  I have lots of vintage illustrations of engines, electronics, equipment, and building plans, and pages from a photo essay of NYC after 9/11.


I used some of these fun papers from my pack to make the skyscrapers on this mosaic art journal page.

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I found a super cool napkin that peeled into layers makes a wonderful decoupage accent.


I have added vintage computer keyboard keys and some other fun dimensional hardware: a washer, a V ring, and a zippper.


Here are some ideas of what others have done with some of the dimensional treasures:

How cute is this washer jewelry by scarletrevolution on etsy ?


And if you want to make your own, here are instructions from goinovertheedge.


And so many steampunk possibilities for radio tubes! Like this cute necklace by Momento Inspiracao


Or, these adorable robots by Fobots !



And I can’t leave out the vintage computer keys that can be turned into cute as can be push pins or magnets like these posted on postris.


So grab February’s Art Parts Pack and show me what you come up with!


Shimmer and Shine


This months mixed media ART PARTS supply pack is a wintery, shimmery theme called Shimmer and Shine, full of all kinds of shine, sparkle, and bling.  There are shiny metallic scrapbook papers, a blingy mesh, a glittery snowflake, fun trims in slivers and golds, punchinella, and more!


Create something with your art parts and send me a photo!

Welcome December!


Today I am excited about December’s arrival because a new month means a new mixed media ART PARTS!  This month’s theme is vintage Christmas, and I had fun putting together some lovely ephemera for you to use in your mixed media projects this month.


I don’t want to give away all the surprises, but it will include sheet music, trims, Christmas cutouts, a replica vintage photo, vintage Christmas cards (most with some vintage handwriting!), a coffee stained paper doily….and some other treasures.  As I looked through my own pack I especially got excited about the trims…all wrapped so pretty around a manila tag.


And lovely lace always makes my mind race with possibilities…


So, whether you use these packs for card making, gift wrapping, scrapbooking, art journaling, or in your mixed media artwork, the themed ART PARTS packs are a fun source of materials.  I would love to see how you use them!  Send me a photo of what you did with your ART PARTS pack (any month), and I will send you a little thank you!

You can purchase single packs locally from Tessera Fine Art Gallery or in my etsy shop where you can also subscribe to a year’s worth of packs for a significant savings!  And.. for those of you receiving your pack in the mail… shipping is FREE!

To get you started with ideas, here is what I did with a replica photo…


Hope you have fun with these!


Tis the Season…


Today I am sharing some signs of the season from my Instagram photos.  This time of year is about planning for the next year, preparing for workshops, making new art, stocking up for holiday shoppers, reflecting, and enjoying family!










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Nature’s Bounty Art Parts

Here is a short video of unpacking the goodies included in my November Art Parts pack!  Not shown is the  bonus 6 inch leaf or frond stencil.  You can get an idea of the pattern where I used it on an art journal page.


Some more shots of all the goodies…


Pick up a pack in my etsy shop, or locally at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  Remember to send me photos of what you made with yours to share here!

Gifting Guide – ATC Card Kit

A year ago I introduced my 52 Card Pickup artist trading card kit!  I have sold oodles of them since then, mostly as gifts, or as an experience to be shared.  As the holiday season approaches, I thought it would be helpful to share a bit about some of my most popular gift items.

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Artist trading cards (ATCs) are little bite sized pieces of art that are quick and fun to create, trade, and collect.  They make a perfect project for the new artist and the experienced one as well.

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I have worked hard to gather and prepare a nice set of goodies for you to create your own mixed media artist trading cards using a standard deck of playing cards (included) as the base.  I have made oodles of these cards myself, and love the fun format of using playing cards.  For one thing, 52 cards (there will be a few extras) is a perfect number for making a weekly art journal project in a nice little bite size project.  They can be kept on a binder ring (also included in the kit) or in the box that the kit comes in.  So many options for using these!

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  • Standard deck of playing cards. These are 2½ x 3½ inch cards to use as the base of your artist trading cards.
  • Plenty of precut papers to paste on the card to make a base layer.
  • The ephemera pack is full of little hand cut treasures and bits ready for you to glue onto you cards.
  • A cute little bottle of adhesive (may vary from the photo) for your small project and can also be used to seal your finished cards.
  • The collection of embellishments can be glued onto your cards to add a dimensional touch
  • An unmounted rubber stamp
  • The stencils include atc sized punchinella, plastic canvas, and a texture sheet.
  • The binder ring is a great option for storing your cards by punching a hole in the top

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I am especially impressed with all the little HAND CUT ephemera all ready for using on your cards.  I have spent hours cutting tiny little pictures out of magazines and gathering stamps, tickets, and any other interesting little bits.  This will really speed up your own creating!

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These would be a great, doable sized, weekly project to begin for 2017!  I think I may give one to myself and add a family photo (wallet size are perfect!), quote, or bit of art to a card each week.  By the end of the year I would have a great little artsy scrapbook memento of the year!  Other ideas….

  • Gratitude cards – have each guest make one, or a few, as a Thanksgiving activity
  • Christmas ornaments – simply punch a hole at the top to hang from the tree!
  • Scripture cards
  • Gift tags
  • weekly art journal cards
  • Valentines
  • ????

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If you are in the Wichita area, these kits can be purchased at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  To make an online purchase, visit my etsy shop.

October Art Parts Boho Style


Each month I put together a different pack of fun papers and trims and embellishments, and artsy fun stuff ready for some creative making.  This month’s pack is based on a bohemian theme, and I had a lot of fun putting it together.


It contains hand painted as well as patterned papers, tissue paper, colorful napkins, a coloring greeting card with my own boho girl artwork, and another coloring page with feathers.  You can also see some colorful paper shreds that have all kinds of fun possibilities.


Look at all of these lovely papers yours was chosen from!


Each pack will have an assortment of trims and baubles as well.


You can also see there is a little sampler of some washi tape all handy and ready to use!


It is all packed up in a reusable cello bag handy for on the go creating.  Remember to send me photos of what you do with your pack and I will post them here on my blog!!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For those of you who have already subscribed, be watching for your pack to arrive in the mail soon!  For those of you who haven’t subscribed, or who would just like to purchase this month’s pack (shipping is free!) or any of the past packs, visit my etsy shop!