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Mixed Media and Altered Art Kits, Bundles, Tools and Supplies

I get a lot of emails requesting where I get some of the tools and supplies I use. As a result, I've decided to offer some of my favorites to you... some alone and some in handy and fun bundles.

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tim holtz, idea-ology, configurations, assemblage, box, birdcage, timepieces, clock face, glass vials, frozen charlotte, assemblage, shrine, shadow box NEW  Tim Holtz Idea-ology Bundle with Genuine Frozen Charlotte | $26.95
How fun is this!? This bundle contains 1 Time Holtz Idea-ology 5.5" x 5.5" Configurations Box for your very own assemblage (the boxes inside can be moved around to suit your needs), 1 Time Holtz Idea-ology Birdcage which kicks serious butt (it's flat on the back -- perfect for adding to an assemblage), 3 corked glass vials, 1 metal clock face and 1 genuine Victorian Era Frozen Charlotte doll. This also comes with a free digital collage sheet of your choosing (please indicate which you'd like at checkout). Please note that I am listing 4 of these so your Charlotte may very slightly.
 
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faber castell, one step crackle, decoart, ranger, adriondack alcohol ink, cabin cupboard, spray bottle, journal pen set, pitt pens Bundle of Some Favorite Aging Supplies | $26.75
If you know me, or are familiar with my artwork, you know that I like things that look old. The older and grungier, the better. This bundle of pure goodness includes many of my favorite supplies for this: Faber-Castell Journaling Pitt Artist Pen set in black, cold gray, sanguine and walnut brown (if you are not familiar with these pens, they rock!). They are archival, waterproof, permanent, lightfast, odorless and made of India ink. LOVE! This bundle also has one of my favorite 3-packs of Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks: Cabin Cupboard which includes caramel, ginger and latte. I use these to age papers, fabrics, lace and even metal items such as book binding rings. A 2 oz. bottle of my all time favorite crackle medium, DecoArt One Step Crackle and a 2 oz. Stampendous Spray Bottle top off the bundle. One of the things I love most is that if I add the alcohol inks to a piece and spray water on it to give it a worn or dripping, splattered look, the Pitt pens I've used underneath do not run or smear. Perfection! Top with some crackle, add a bit more ink, wipe and you have purely divine crackly-aged stuff!

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white art pens, art journalling, altered art, artist trading cards, mixed media, galaxy marker, ultimate white, gel pen The 2 Best White Art Pens Ever: Galaxy Marker and Ultimate White Gel Pen | $3.79
I don't think I would be lying or even stretching the truth slightly if I said I've tried at least 98% of all non-toxic white pens that can be purchased in the US, if not more. Most are dumb as they dry out ten secons after you firs use them or don't have good coverage. That is not the case with these two gems -- I love these pens! I think the Ultimate White Gel Pen has some sort of hidden reproduction organ of sorts because mine not only last forever, but seem to gain ink (of course this is not logical, but still). The Galaxy Marker not only rocks, it's totally fun! It reminds me of being in second or third grade and writing secret messages with those magic pens because at first, you write and nothing shows up. Then, a little later, pure white bliss. I use these on paper, fabric, and all sorts of surfaces, over paint, ink, crackle and even things that have already been sealed. No matter what, they've kicked serious pen butt every time and I know you'll love them too!


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faber-castell, essential tool kit, water brush, sprayer, pencil eraser, sharpener, blending stump, altered art, mixed media NEW  Faber-Castell Essential Tool Kit Set | $11.99
This is a fun, fun tool kit! I mean seriously, who thought of making a pencil eraser!? The pencil IS an eraser -- perfect for precision elimination of this or that. The kit also includes a water brush which rocks (the inventor of that deserves a crown!), a teeny tiny spray bottle, a blending stump, a foamy wedge thing and a pencil sharpener. Or an eraser sharpener? You chose! Lastly, a paintbrush which is not fancy but definitely hand -- I use it with alcohol inks.
 
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DECOART One Step Crackle, 4 oz. bottle DECOART One Step Crackle, 4 oz. bottle | $4.49
One Step Crackle provides an aged, crackled effect in one easy step. It’s easier to use and less expensive than two-step crackles. It dries clear and can be used with acrylic paint, stains or dies to create an antique, aged or distressed look. The crackle effect can be controlled by application. Thin applications will produce small crackled effects. Thick applications will produce large crackled effects. One Step Crackle can be applied to wood, plaster, tin, resin, ceramic bisque, papier machè, terra cotta, plastic, glass, and metal. It’s non-toxic and cleans up with soap and water.
 
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Inkssentials™ Crackle Accents by Ranger, 2 oz. bottle Inkssentials™ Crackle Accents by Ranger, 2 oz. bottle | $8.49 $7.49 SAVE A BUCK
This is a one-step dimensional gloss medium that dries to a crackled finish on most porous surfaces. Use to accent and protect rubber stamped images decorative card stock clip art die cuts ephemera stickers chipboard letters and more. Great for paper crafts card making scrapbook pages and altered art. Dries to a hard transparent finish and also works as a glue. Bottle features needle nose tip for precise application. Acid free and non-toxic.
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X-Acto Knife #1 Precision with Refill | $6.99
I could not live without this tool! Wanna know how I cut out all of my most intricate little bits and pieces when doing collage, book making and art journalling? This knife! This is the best knife ever (I've tried about 89 of then, trust me). I warn you though -- if you're cutting out a 5x7" rib cage, bone by bone with the utmost precision, spending aproximately 7 hours straight doing so, you may get a tiny blister on your middle finger. But the rib cage will be gorgeous!

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1/4" Letter and Number Metal Stamp Set 1/4" Letter and Number Metal Stamp Set | $22.99
This 1/4" high carbon steel alphabet and number stamping set includes letters A through Z, an ampersand, and numbers 0-8 (turn 6 upside down for 9). Set comes in a protective case. The stamps are lightly oiled to keep from rusting. You can wash the oil off with very mild soap and water, dry with a soft towel and they are god to go. Use these in jewelry, on metal (copper covered art journal!), etc. Will stamp on most surfaces. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK (but email me if you need some fast)
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1/8" Letter and Number Metal Stamp Set 1/8" Letter and Number Metal Stamp Set | $14.99
This 1/8" high carbon steel alphabet and number stamping set includes letters A through Z, an ampersand, and numbers 0-8 (turn 6 upside down for 9). Set comes in a protective case. The stamps are lightly oiled to keep from rusting. You can wash the oil off with very mild soap and water, dry with a soft towel and they are god to go. Use these in jewelry, on metal (copper covered art journal!), etc. Will stamp on most surfaces. TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK (but email me if you need some fast)
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