Thursday, May 8, 2014

Artists On The Block and Altered Pages May Block Hop

Good afternoon all and thanks for coming by the blog. This month all of the inspiration team members from The Artists on The Block and Altered Pages are doing a big collaboration. We are having a "Block Hop" featuring images from Altered Pages Artsociates and Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Blocks! 
Tuesdays you can hop over to Altered Pages and check out their creation and Thursdays you can check out the creations at The Artist On The Block Blog. 

This is my Thursday to do some creating and I'm so excited. I picked a few image sheets from the Collage Sheets at Altered Pages and got to work. 
Their images are so fun to create with and I chose to do a Paris theme for this Artist Trading Block

For starters I printed my images and then cut out the ones I wanted to use. I used Tim's distress tool to rough up some of my edges and then went around each one with Vintage Photo distress ink

I also went over my Artist Trading Block with the Vintage Photo distress ink on all sides

I then used my copper distress paint to go around all the edges, I then set that aside to dry

I wanted to give this ATB a vintage sort of look so I chose to use some burlap and a sheet of the coolest maroon paper that my friend sent me

I then sewed everything together, I did this for the front and back of my ATB using two different images

I cut some flowers using the maroon paper and Tim's fabric and added pearls to each center

for the bottom of my ATB I used a thread spool added glue and used some burlap thread to go around it and then added a strip of the maroon paper for decoration and color

I also cut out an Eiffel Tower from cardboard for the top of my ATB, I colored it with distress copper paint and added the word "Paris"
Here are some photos of my finished Artist Trading Block

This is the front of my ATB


Other Side


Front again

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial, this was a fun challenge to take on and I loved it! The images over at Altered Pages are top notch!

Make sure to check out the Art With Heart Challenges over at Eileen Hull's Blog , they started a new challenge this passed Tuesday and it's "May Flowers" and there is a really nice Prize pack from Sizzix!!



  1. Claudine your ATB is a Parisian delight! Makes me want to visit the city of romance and travel to the top of the tour and sip "stars" champagne! Loveliness!!


  2. Love all the dimension and height of your of course all the distressing, so much fun!!!!

  3. What an amazing project, Claudine! I am falling in love with ATBs! The lovely detail in your Paris ATB project is just amazing, not the least of which is your clever and very stylish base! This is just so very well done!

  4. Most fabulous! I love each side and all the layers! The Eiffel Tower is a bonus! Gorgeous work!

  5. Wonderful. As good as a trip to Paris. almost!

  6. Really beautiful great job, I love anything Paris!

  7. Love it Claudine! You've turned a block into a mini sculpture and it's gorgeous. Jenny x

  8. Your Paris block is truly wonderful! A great use of that burlap paper, too. Love the project!!!

  9. c'est magnifique! Delightful project - and all about my favorite city in the world! Wonderful textures and color. Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. Wow Claudine this is so grand. I love the Eiffel Tower on top and the spool on the bottom for height. The the bigger the block the better :-) Great techniques and love how you incorporated the collage sheets too!