Collage Tutorial 1 “Artplay”

My first practical day of the “30 Days of Collage” by Stephanie Levy course.

It was Melbourne Cup Day  so this was an excuse for me to grab a (naughty snack attack) stash to help me along with my artplay day. I gathered all my paints , crayons, salt, tapes and began.

The first lot of images are the process using, paint with salt, glue , tape, pastel and more…The second lot of images are the finished result.

What a fun way to get a big bunch of gorgeous papers together for creating collage and books !

and a few more papers felt pen, masking tape and water.

Thanks Stephanie!















Collecting Wallpaper & Florence Broadhurst

Many years I have collected wallpapers from all over the world. My favourite Australian designer would have to be  Florence Broadhurst

Photograph from Architectural Digest
Photograph via Architectural Digest

Her designs are bold, abstract, wild, organic, colourful, patterned, textured,sophisticated and just beautiful.


Florence Broadhurst was exotic, eccentric, flamboyant, enigmatic, opportunistic, pioneering: all this and more.

Florence Broadhurst designs here

A book about ‘Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret Extraordinary Lives by Helen O’Neill


Unfolding Florence – Promo from JOHN RADEL ACS on Vimeo. – See more at:
Unfolding Florence – Promo from JOHN RADEL ACS on Vimeo. – See more at:


French Mixed – Media Inspiration Kits

I just finished lots of different “Inspiration kits”  with a French theme to get your creative juices going… See more kits here Atelierinparis



French Mixed Media Kit, Aged Canvas Board & Easel, Vintage Wallpapers, French Laces,Fringe and more…


An aged canvas board, backed with vintage wallpaper for collage PLUS- French lace wrapped around an aged cardboard tag to embellish with French doily scraps, French fringing, French brocade cloth,floral muslin and a metal chocolate mold. A petite bottle with label, full to the brim with silver sequins,a carboard tube with tulle netting with a petite fabric rose and pieces of vintage wallpaper.


Perfect for paper collage, altered art, mixed media, shabby french craft, journaling or sewing.


Pretty handmade French style pouch (photographed) made from aged cotton canvas, embellished with vintage laces ribbons fabrics and a little white crochet fleur.
+5 sheets vintage cafe docket paper rolled up and tied with string
+5 glitter numbers or letters
+1 yard/meter of vintage lace
+1 vintage hand – dyed crochet medallion
+1 large soft cardboard round tag to embellish
+1 French stamped gift tag
+1 vintage button
+1 glitter pin
+1 aged or white- washed wooden pin/peg to hang your pouch






See more kits here Atelierinparis

A little Parcel from France

Merci beaucoup Valérie! …The gorgeous little parcel of vintage black & white goodies from France arrived today.

At first I didn’t want to touch anything as everything was so nicely arranged in the vintage DMC box

but then I slowly took out each item savouring each little thing.

Inside I found a wonderful collection of antique buttons, cottons , trims, black velvet ribbon,cotton trim. My favorite would have to be the bunch of wooden Art Nouveau buttons and the little pin holder

Oh and the stripey buttons…..

I may eventually use some in my wrist cuffs  and  handmade books but for now, I’ll just hoard, em to look at…

Thank you Valerie!