Home decor project for Altenew Academy Assignment

paper coastersHi all. Today’s post is a special one, as it is for my level 2 assignment for Altenew’s Educator Certification program. If I pass this assignment, I will go onto the last level and finally finish the program… and hopefully be certified! So for this assignment, I’ve been asked to create a home decor and a tag, which is perfect, as I’m making watercolour paper drink coasters at the moment. I made a video, which I attached at the end of this post, showing how I did it.
20190328_151105These pulpboard coasters are made from compressed paper and are exactly like the drink coasters you find in your local pub, except they are blank and without any coating. So they are very absorbent. In my video, I show you two different ways of using them. One without any coating and one with clear Gesso, which is a surface preparation. Without Gesso, the coaster is very absorbent, which makes it difficult to blend my watercolours. You can see above on the coaster without gesso, that the different shades are not blended in, but you can still make beautiful coasters, as you can see below.coasters wout gessoI first stamped the flowers from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus stamp set with Altenew inks and added a first light watercolour wash to each flower, followed by darker colours in the middle. The outline and the accents in the middle of the flowers were made using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers. Once everything was dry, I sponged in the background using Altenew’s Halftone stencil and Ocean Waves ink20190330_152913For the second bunch of coasters, I first sprayed a layer of Gesso surface preparation on my coasters and let them dry overnight. (I sprayed a whole bunch, out of the house, at the same time so I would have them available for future use).  This turned the surface of my coasters into watercolour paper type surface so I could do normal blending with my watercolours. You will see the difference in my video.coasters with gessoFor these coasters, I used the gorgeous blooms from Altenew’s Botanical Garden stamp set and a paper stencil I made from Altenew’s Layered Floral Cover Die A. I stamped in the flowers and painted the background before painting the flowers so that the orange from the flowers wouldn’t leak into my background. 20190330_150355I placed the paper stencil over my dried coaster and blended in yellow and orange distress inks.  To finish, I sprayed all the coasters with a clear gloss varnish to make it waterproof and resistant to fading and once that dried, they were ready to be used!tagNow onto my gift tag which I wanted to coordinate with the coasters, so I went for the floral theme with a spotty background too.  This was really quick to make as I had some scraps from an experiment with embossing gel and liquid watercolours, which I used for cutting the leaf and flower from Altenew’s Floral Shadow die set.

I used the Halftone stencil again to create the background of my tag so that it would resemble two of the coasters. This time I used a shiny paste from Shimmerz called Coral Me Crazy. Don’t you love the shine? tag cuSo now its packaged and all ready to go to a mother’s friend, as a Thank You gift, as she brings me Altenew products whenever she comes to Europe!

For my two projects, I used the following techniques: stamping, masking, watercolouring, stencilling with inks and pastes, doodling with markers, ink blending and die cutting and you can see all that in detail in my video below. Please give me a thumbs up in Youtube if you like my video, and if you want more helpful tutorials, please subscribe to my channel!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Have a great day!

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I’m sharing this at:

altenew.jpgAltenew Inspiration challenge – I’m providing coasters for the mugs!

ssswchallenge.jpgSimon Says Stamp – Spring Mood Board

Mod squadMod Squad challenge – Use a stencil

work it wednesdaySimon Says Stamp – Work It Wednesday Spring Flowers





6 thoughts on “Home decor project for Altenew Academy Assignment

  1. This is a great project, Gwendolyn – you should set up shop and sell them, they’re lovely! Thanks for sharing these with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  2. Now you can watercolour woman! The coasters look beautiful! I love that each one has a unique design and SO MUCH detail.
    I am so glad that you entered your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Thank you for sharing your creative process! Fabulous job!


  3. Hello Gwendolyn!! I love love your coasters! They look like the kind you would want to purchase in the museum gift shop! Love the happy and bright colors that you choose! The water-coloring truly is gorgeous! You have evolved into a watercolor artist!! The matching tag is full of great techniques and design elements! I am so proud of your achievement in the last two years! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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