Altered Calendar, The Mixed Media Way

UPDATE: Paperbag Studios stamps and Art Pops™ are no longer available, but many things can be substituted to make this project!
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Kristin Peterson

The inspiration behind my calendar is really the Art Pops™ Sticker Tape. I bought the brown paper bag calendar at Target and was hoping to be able to paint the months. When I started with January, I looked at the Art Pops™ Sticker Tape, and thought to myself, "I am going to use the sticker tape to create each month on this calendar."

Check out this video tutorial as Design Team member Kristin Peterson creates this gorgeous mixed media altered calendar as her project. Krisitin takes you step-by-step through creating this textured calendar which would make the perfect addition to your desktop. She uses Art Pops™ and Paperbag Studios Stamps. @robenmarie @alteredstatestudio #robenmarie #robenmariedesignteam #paperbagstudios #artpops #mixedmedia #diy

For each month I have used a different piece of tape from the Woodland Art Pops™ Collection. I love how the tape offers a starting point for color selection, is easy to work with and nice to blend into each month.

I added gesso to each page so my paint would sit nicely on top of the paper instead of soaking in. This step has been important. The other key thing has been keeping it relatively simply by only picking a couple of colors from the tape to work with.

I have been working each month at a time which has been low stress and a project I have looked forward to as we continue to move through this year. I hope you enjoyed the video and watching my process. Thank you!!

xo. Kristin

have fun creating your own altered calendar!

Going Deeper...

Is there an aspect of mixed-media art that you always avoid? Why? 

When it comes to the aspect of mixed media art, I really can't say that there is an aspect that I would always avoid. I like to think of myself as a reactive, problem-solver artist; so I am aware of the "rules" and will definitely push the boundaries of any art rules and sometimes the results are not good. But, I enjoy the process of fixing whatever issue I may have created and I am certainly willing to keep working a piece until I am happy with it. Tweet That!

What creative tool/supply are you obsessed with right now? 

My current creative tool obsession right now as silly as this sounds, has been using the black ink pen. I love the marks it makes, the contrast it brings back to my piece, and if I spray with a spritz of alcohol, I like how the ink will bleed a bit into my piece.

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