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Do you dream in color?

It is said that.... In our waking state, colors stimulate emotions.  Similarly, colors also stimulate emotions in dreams. Scientific REM studies have proven that we tend to dream in colors but we do not always recall them. The meaning of colors in dreams is not just indicative of the dreamers’ emotional states but also one’s personality traits.

Our focus is on RED so here is a bit of history. The Meanings of Red. Red is the color of extremes. It's the color of passionate love, seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces.    Red is also a magical and religious color. It symbolized super-human heroism to the Greeks and is the color of the Christian crucifixion. Red was almost as rare and as expensive as purple in ancient days – a fact that may explain its magic and power. Paradoxically, today’s intense red dyes come from crushed insects (the lac beetle and the cochineal). The photos…
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Even A Little Pop of Red is Powerful

Happy Friday!  

Today I have for you another mixed media piece featuring a bit of red.  This project has only a few touches of red, but boy does it pop...that is the power of red.  Even a little grabs the limelight. 

This was done using a large piece of corrugated.  I added a couple smaller pieces as well.  You can easily use a sturdy canvas art board for the base of this as well.  I added a background using a napkin from my stash and kept embellishing from there.  I added more corrugated that I had previously prepared with gesso.  I then added a bit of green ink to pull from the green in the napkin.  I also added a few pieces of chipboard that I painted out with a pale pink.  Next, came that pop of red with beautiful red rhinestone cupchain.  Next, I used a couple pieces of fabric scraps to which I added a bit of gesso.  I colorized the gesso by mixing in a bit of glittery white paint just for some added sparkle.  When the light hits it just right you catch that pretty Next, I a…

Regal and Royal Dynasties

Chinese New Year is a good time to show off  RED.
AlteredPages offers many Asian collages and papers including joss and Foreign Text pages.   Visit to see them and order a digital collage in time for the New Year! For my project, I incorporated "made in China" red tissue printed with gold.    It's a good thing and it's authentic!  The store has assorted Packages of Chinese papers plus JOSS paper.   Collage 3126 provided an excellent image of a demure girl with a dog for my work.  I also used Chinese text pages from our Text Pages package
Torn Chinese Text was the base applied on corrugated cardboard with medium.
I added Chinese Tissue papers  Finally, I added regal gold trim and then black and white outlining accents.  I think it needs more done but that will have to wait.  I was on a deadline and will still play with it later.    
Time to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dog.   May Good Fortune find you.

Modern Love

Hello Everyone, HAPPY MONDAY!

Today I have a Valentine for you! A lovely modern style card for someone special. Red is such a romantic and powerful color, I hope you enjoy!

For this project I used:
Altered Pages collage sheet 3196 in two sizes
Altered Pages red brick image or use the brick Stencil 
Fabric scraps
Red satin shimmer paper 8 1/2 x 11 (folded for card)
Misc. love quotes on vellum
Gloss medium
Clear crackle medium
First, I fussy cut the heart images I wanted from my printouts ( I used original print then sized it down to a half page for smaller hearts). Then I cut the brick image, removing some of the "bricks" to give it a more interesting appearance. I certainly could have used the image as it printed but I like to add more interest since the hearts are fairly even shaped.
 Now I take the lovely red paper that has a "glimmer of shimmer" to it, and fold it in quarters. Your card will measure 5 1/2 on right/left sides and 4 1/4 top and bottom.
 Next I glu…

Something for A Bride to Be

Wedding bells will soon ring for Mr. and Mrs. Lowe.   
Kaitlin and Wesley will be married on May 4, 2018 (May the 4th be with you for any Star Wars fans out there).   I decided to blog about one of the gifts I will give to the bride.  RED is the color and it fits the for the blog.

I started with a raw wooden heart from the Target Value shelves (3.00).   I found the darling Be Still My Heart graphic as a free download at I Should be Mopping the Floor Blog    I printed it on a transparent whole page label.    

The raw wood made it easy to paint in a translucent manner to allow the wood grain to show through on the backside.   A wet paper towel with acrylic paint worked like magic.
I used Art Alchemy Soft Satin Metallique acrylic for the front side. I then placed the graphic sticky side down on the dried paint.   I typed the letters on my computer and printed them on more label paper.   As I smoothed it all into place, I realized the paint was still a tad damp and rubbed a bit of the ima…

Welcome to the Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year is February 16th this year and it is the year of the DOG!  In my house, the dog is always King but this year that's true everywhere.  

Altered Pages has a lot of great Asian images available for your art projects.  There is also a really pretty scrapbook paper design perfect for a Chinese New Year card which I backed with red card stock.  The final size of the card is a 5 1/2" square. I chose several images that I liked. Since it's the year of the dog, I made sure to include one little image of that Chinese symbol, too. The little swirl charm reminds me of the Chinese Dog mask and adds a nice little bit of dimension and shine.

The Asian Ambience stamp set has this beautiful little fan which I stamped in VersaMark for a watermark effect on this scrap that was left over when I cut the card down to size. I included two different colors of Dew Drops and little drops of Stickles to the flower branch.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!  Now go spoil your dog!
Supplies …

Red the Color of the The New Year

In a little over a week people around the world will be celebrating the Chinese New Year and the Color Red will be a predominant feature of such celebrations.  This year is that of the Earth Dog.  
THE COLOR RED AND THE CHINESE NEW YEAR:For the Chinese Red is the COLOR associated with the element of Fire and is one of the luckiest of all colors.  It is their National color and represents happiness and good fortune. Both homes and businesses are adorned with red lanterns and it is a color widely used for weddings and other celebratory events.  During the Chinese New Year Celebrations and other special occasions Red Envelopes similar to those found here in store at Altered Pages are stuffed with money and given as gifts with the red packet symbolizing good luck.

You can also make your own quite simply with some supplies such as I have here today. Red Cardstock or Red Satin Shimmer Paper and Antique Gold Metallic Embossing Powder and an Asian Themed Stamp or you may choose to decorate the…