Friday, September 26, 2014

{Red Lead} Mixed-Media Lampshade & Art Journal

Red Lead Storefront via Kimberly Jones

Red Lead is a treasure trove of mixed-media magic! This petite storefront located in the charming, historic community of Webster Groves is just a few miles from downtown St. Louis, MO, and well worth the trip!

Red Lead Art Supply Stash by Kimberly Jones

I first discovered Red Lead several years ago on a weekend excursion with my family to St. Louis. I immediately fell in love with its modern vintage style and amazing art and craft supplies. I brought home quite a stash of collage materials, papers, charms, rubber-stamps, ribbons, and more!

Red Lead Art Supplies by Kimberly Jones

As you can imagine, I was over the moon when the sweet sisters who own the store, Chris and Sharon, invited me to be a guest artist for Red Lead! The talented duo designs their own line of rubber stamps, stencils, collage sheets, embellishments, inks, and ink pads. I was thrilled to receive a package brimming over with these artsy goodies!

Red Lead Artisan Inks and Art Journal Backgrounds by Kimberly Jones

I already had a stash of Red Lead's Artisan Inks, so I used several of my favorite colors, along with their Broken Circles stencils and some kraft tissue paper, to create backgrounds for my art journal. Just a few drops of ink in a mister bottle filled with created vibrant sprays that were so fun to use. I also dropped some ink straight from the bottle along the top edge of the pages and allowed it to drip down and create patterns and pools of color.

Red Lead Art Journal Pages by Kimberly Jones

Red Lead Art Journal Page 1 by Kimberly Jones

Red Lead Art Journal Page 2 by Kimberly Jones

Lovely rubber stamps from Red Lead along with my favorite white paint pen, a black journaling pen, vintage sheet music, and a bit of red crepe paper added the finishing touches to my art journal pages. I love the sentiments expressed by the Red Lead line of rubber stamps. They perfectly reflect Chris and Sharon's philosophy that everyone is an artist!

Red Lead Mixed Media Lampshade by Kimberly Jones

The art journal pages I created proved to be the perfect warm-up for making a mixed-media lampshade! I used Artisan Inks along with a Tapestry Stamp, and the Vintage Dot Stamp to alter large sheets of kraft tissue paper. I used matte gel medium to layer the tissue paper over a pink lampshade from the thrift store, and added a a paper doily, some vintage trim, an image from a Red Lead collage sheet, some rhinestones for a bit of sparkle, and text from an old book.

Red Lead Store Front September 2014 by Kimberly Jones

I was so honored to be invited to create projects using wonderful supplies from Red Lead! I popped into the store for a visit last Saturday, and had a wonderful time chatting with Chris and Sharon and doing a fun make-and-take! Of course, I had to so some shopping too and came home with another stash of rubber stamps and some fun pens and markers that I can't wait to try. I hope you get a chance to shop at this wonderful store, but in the meantime you can visit their website and blog for products and inspiration!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Creative Chaos + Studio Table

Creative Chaos by Kimberly Jones via

Creative chaos is the way I like to describe the messy piles that accumulate when I sit down to make some art! So I was very excited when Seth Apter of The Altered Page issued a call for the Studio Table in all its messy glory! If you want to get a glimpse of the uncensored work tables of 100+ artists be sure to pop over to this link. Thanks Seth for envisioning this fun gathering!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Junque Bloom Tutorial

Junque Blooms are the perfect solution for all those tottering piles of paper threatening to bury your creative space in avalanche of creative chaos! Paper seems to mysteriously multiply, so it's always fun to have a way to use up all those extras. 

I shared a quick and easy tutorial for Junque Blooms on the Altered Arts Magazine Blog today. You can visit here for all the instructions. This method is my favorite way to make flowers, because it requires very few materials and it's so quick and easy!

When I'm finished with a project, I love to use all those tiny snippets of paper that are leftover to create collage backgrounds. With just a UHU glue stick, a brayer, and a sturdy background like card stock or watercolor paper, I can flex my creative muscles and recycle at the same time!

Friday, February 7, 2014

{Altered Books 101} Choosing a Book to Alter

I spent a fun day taking pictures of my book collection for a post on the Altered Arts Magazine blog! Getting started with altered books can seem a bit intimidating, but a good place to begin is selecting the book you want to use. In this post I share 4 criteria for choosing books, and some fun options to consider. You can read the full article here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Altered Birch Magnets Tutorial

Altered Arts Magazine has a brand new blog, and I just posted my first tutorial over there! I hope you'll visit it here, and check out the quick and easy instructions for altered birch magnets. The blog is updated often with inspiring ideas from everyone at Altered Arts, so be sure to stop by often!