I love taking everyday things
and ARTING them up.
Picture frames, notebooks, bags etc, things I use
in my everyday life and adding my spin on them.
Today I'm showing some altered folders from my file folder drawer.
I started with plain manila folders you can buy in bulk
and a mixed media kit from
turned them into one of a kind pieces that make me happy
when I pull the drawer open.
I use the
Hot for Teacher kit for these folders.
I don't think it's available anymore but there are still some fantastic kits
on their site and you can create your folders
exactly how you want.
I began with my blank folder, took some crumpled up
sewing pattern paper and Gel Medium
Using the Gel Medium covered the outside of my folder
Trim the edges even
Take some scrap pattern paper and ink it up
Adhere it to the inside part where the tab is.
Trim up any edges and add more ink if you want
Add a small label if desired
Tear some book text and ink the edges
(I use solvent ink for this as I will be adding wet mediums later)
adhere it to the folder
Tear and ink more pattern paper and add it
and a third piece.
Layer as you go
I added a sticker from the kit
More book text torn & inked in the upper right
This sheet was in the kit.
I think it's from an old yearbook but I just love the faces
Tear out an image and ink the edges.
Tuck in some tickets,
add some Rub Ons
I also added a ripped piece of paper from a grade book down
I added some star stamps again using Solvent ink.
More stamping over the pattern paper, collage images
Pull out Gesso and a brush
Dry brush the gesso over the folder.
Apply a very thin layer, cover all the paper, images etc with paint.
Adding the Gesso will pull it all together.
Once it's dry you can rub ink over the folder as well to catch the peaks
of the sewing pattern.
Now you have a customized folder made just exactly how you want it.
The great thing about these are they take scraps
so not only are you creating art you are stash busting as well.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.