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Friday, June 18, 2010

TMAS Tour: Alley of Books/DIY Friday collage

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Tell Me a Secret - Worldwide Blog Tour

The blog tour continues at Mitali Dave's Alley of Books, where we've put together something a little different - a vlog tour of the Cupala art gallery and a passage from TELL ME A SECRET where Miranda makes a collage to reflect her secret, inner life. Watch the video to see what happens, and then comment on my blog and Mitali's for a chance to win this week's prize pack! (US and Canada only.)

The vlog includes art by Jaime Temairik, Heidi Estey, Alice Engelhardt, Linda Wingerter, Trisha Gilmore, Molly Blaisdell, and myself. Enjoy!

Then I'm visiting authors Tina Ferraro and Kelly Parra at YA Fresh today to talk about truth in writing and how life experiences can become story. PLUS they're GIVING AWAY one copy of TELL ME A SECRET - winner announced Monday!

Writers, we can explore the dark side of writing TELL ME A SECRET at HipWriterMama.


And what's up for DIY Friday? I posted this a while back, but since it's in the vlog at Alley of Books, I thought I'd give you the tutorial for how to make those collage coasters:

You need: a few tools, papers, stamps, backing, and medium (e.g. all-pupose sticking sealant stuff) - all items you can find at a craft, art, or maybe fabric store.

I started with a stack of masonite squares cut to 4x4". You could also use illustration board, canvas, wood - anything that will hold up and be acid-free.

I coated the masonite with gesso (primer), let it dry, then painted the edges with plum acrylic paint (I use Golden, but any craft paint is fine).

Then I cut a paper background to 3 7/8" square and coated the masonite and the back of the paper with acrylic matte medium (I use Golden, but you can use Mod Podge, Liquitex, or whatever - matte or glossy, whichever you prefer). This bird paper is my favorite and I wish I could remember where I found it! Art paper is good, but so are cool wrapping papers, book pages, magazine pictures, etc. Thin papers must be treated with care, but they will be durable by the time you are finished.

I then tore a strip of another paper and/or cut paper shapes and glued them on with the medium. If you're going to use stamps, use them now before you put the medium on the printed side of the paper - otherwise your stamp ink won't sink in and will get messed up when you paint on the medium.

Then add flourishes: words out out of a magazine or book, shapes punched out with a paper puncher, engraved illustrations, postage stamps...the possibilities are endless.

Finish with a coat of medium - I finished with glossy and put it on thickly so that it would have an interesting brush texture. Let dry, and you will have a fun piece of art you made yourself!


  1. Hmm interesting coaster. Looks like a whole lot of fun! I should definitely try that one day. :)


  2. I've never thought about decorating coasters but it looks like fun. It's really creative!


  3. Very cool. I was I was that talented :) I'd somehow mess it up lol.


  4. Very cool! I'll have to try this!

  5. The coster looks great, I don't think I can make anything that looks that good.

  6. I didn't know how talented you are. I am definitely not that artistic.