Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Coasting along...

My lovely friend Louise from Zuzu Petals 'n Stuff is hosting an altered beer mat swap. Each player is to make 5 altered coasters, send them to Louise and she will then make holes for each one and swap them out among the players, so that each of us will receive 5 in return which we can then make into a mini book. I have not done a swap for ages, and this one sounded like a lot of fun. So here are the ones I made:
I began with some blank beer mats, purchased from Calico Crafts.
I started by giving them a thick coat of Gesso and then added textures with the help of various  stencils and some embossing paste. I wanted them to be like a kind of series, so I used these sultry women images for each one.
The images came from a UK company called Cardmaker's Delight and come as ready printed so called card toppers. I saw these first on the blog of the lovely May and she gave me the link. For me the challenge was to blend them right into my backgrounds, which were created with the help of various acrylic paints and stamps.
I tore most of the images to give them an uneven edge and then blended my matching paint colours over and around them, I partly used my fingers, partly a baby wipe and sometimes added some fine detail with a brush.
Once the paint had dried I added some stamping, mostly in archival ink, but here and there also with paints. Often I stamped over the edge of the torn image as that helps to blend them into the background.
On some of them I also did further stenciling with inks, trying to pick up some of the patterns that were there in the digital images. On one or two I also added a little more texture paste and then blended paints over that again when it was dry.
I added one or two embellishments and each coaster got a sentiment. These are all from the Donna Downey Empowered Words set of stamps.

Well, hope you like my altered beer mats, I have not played with digital images for ages, but have to say, I really enjoyed it.

Thank you for visiting like always and hope you are having a good week!

50 comments:

  1. Astrid, These are simply breathtaking. Very envious the amount of work you put into them; the results worth a thousand words.
    Hugs, Katie

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  2. Just gorgeous Astrid! What a beautiful job you have done blending the images into the background. I'm loving these. Karen.x

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  3. These are stunning. I would be floored if one of these showed up in my mailbox. The women in the swap are lucky ladies!

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  4. Yes indeed...the ladies in the swap are very lucky ladies!!! These coasters look amazing. Great art Astrid.
    Dot x

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  5. I would NEVER want to set anything on these beautiful coasters!!! Gorgeous.

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  6. Wow, these little artworks are gorgeous, Astrid

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  7. These are absolutely beautiful!! Great work!!

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  8. Exquisite and stunning, love your coasters they are amazing! :-) xxx

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  9. WOW Astrid, what you have done with these images is fabulous... I adore the texture & colours...The crackle is amazing...I am so inspired by your work...Love them all... Hugs May x x

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  10. Wow this is super, what a marvellous swap!!! The person who will receive this will be very glad!!!I think you will get a lot of request to have a swap!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  11. Gorgeous set of coasters, love the images and techniques used. Hugs, l

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  12. Astrid these are absolutely beautful!! every single one of them different but make a gorgeous set x

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  13. Fantastic!!!! Great textur and colours! I love them all !

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  14. The most beautiful beer mats I ever saw Astrid! Fantastoc!

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  15. Anyone who gets one of these gorgeous works of art will treasure them I'm sure. You've worked wonders in a small space Astrid with each one demonstrating your incredible style and artistry. Jenny x

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  16. Blended to perfection ! what a fab set of coasters Astrid
    Von ♥

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  17. Exquisite. You've blended those divine images in beautifully. Each one perfect. Wow Astrid!

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  18. And you´ve just done it again Astrid, these are soo gorgeous, and anyone would be sooo proud ogf getting any of these, that´s for sure. Stunning plates all of them.

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  19. Wow, these are stunning Astrid. I can't pick a favourite as they are all so beautiful. Great imagery and love the texturing and blending - simply wonderful! Chris xxx

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  20. OMGoodness Astrid, not only are these exquisitely beautiful but you have managed to incorporate those images so well! I love each and every one, the backgrounds are so beautiful. There are some very lucky recipients out there who will be absolutely delighted by your artistic talent! Hugs, Anne xx

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  21. I've never seen more beautiful beer mats... Ever! Stunning pieces of art!! I.

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  22. these are stunning Astrid - whoever gets these in their swaps are going to be very pleased - gorgeous xx

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  23. Five stunning pieces of art Astrid - fabulous textures on each of them and I love the way you have blended the pictures into the background. What fabulous swaps! Jennie x

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  24. These are fantastic, Astrid!!! I love the texture and the images area so well integrated into the backgrounds. Whoever gets them will be thrilled!

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  26. Your artistry never ceases to impress me hugely Astrid. All utterly stunning and incredibly collaged. Nicola x

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  27. I love your designs! You've expertly incorporated the pictures into the background! Love them all!

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  28. Finally got around to popping in Astrid and so glad I did as these makes are to die for.

    Have had a mooch at all I have missed and oh my what fabby news this is. Want to say a belated congratulations on your new grandchild.

    Warm hugs from Shirl x x

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  29. Wow!! Your little altered mats are awesome Astrid!! Love the colours and textures and you blended those images into the designs beautifully!! Whoever gets these will be over the moon!! Absolutely stunning work as always!! ox

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  30. Hi, wow! Love the style and designs. Great images. X

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  31. These are beautiful! And thank you so much for sharing your techniques. Very inspiring! Xoxo, Marti

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  32. They are beautiful Astrid, and all your backgrounds are so gorgeous.
    Wonderful swap pieces, dear.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  33. Großartig gestaltet, Astrid, ich bin begeistert!
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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  34. WOW, they are all to be framed, not swapped :)

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  35. I don't think I can add anything to the above comments so one word from me : GORGEOUS !!!!
    Corrie x

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  36. I love these Astrid, they're all absolutely beautiful! xxx

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  37. Stunning coasters, whoever gets these in a swap will be delighted.
    Yvonne

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  38. The images are beautiful but it is in your artistic hands that they transform into exquisite creatures and the way you blended them into the backgrounds with all that gorgeous inky goodness surrounding them surely has us believing that they are all Muses.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  39. Oh Astrid - can I take what Anne said and triple it. Silvia said it perfectly --- BREATHTAKING! I sure hope you show the end result when you get five back in a little book.
    Sandy xx

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  40. These have to be some of my favourites by you ... Love how you blended those photos ... I adore them!

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  41. Astrid, I agree with what everyone has said, they are completely stunning. I've never seen those images before, I feel a purchase coming on...

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  42. You sure are the queen of blending! So seamless every time. I zoom in on your pics, I gawk at them and I am always in awe as to how well everything is blended, digital or otherwise. I love these beer mats. I bought quite a few of these coasters (with some prints on them) and have been meaning to transform them for a long time. May be I can try now although I don't have guts to enter any challenge. Thanks for the inspiration as always. Almost every post of yours is pin worthy :)

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  43. Incredibly beautiful and how you have blended the images is amazing, they just disappear and then really pop out
    Such fabulous colours and such a great idea to make into a book

    Jools x

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  44. Ooh, yes - I love your glamorous film stars and how you've blended them into the surrounding colours and textures. I wondered when I saw your comment over at Zuzu's whether you'd end up playing along - so glad to see the results - gorgeous!
    Alison xx

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  45. Oh my gosh, these are gorgeous, your artwork is so inspiring, love it ! Cheers, Shirleyx

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  46. Va va voom! These are exquisite, Astrid... love how much texture and color you've packed into these small spaces. Off to pin so I can enjoy them another day.

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  47. Your blending is amazing, Astrid,,,,,,waht a beautiful coasters OMG

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