Although my ‘professional’ career (before becoming a full-time artist) was in the paper arts industry, I often shied away from scrapbooking in general for myself simply because most papers etc available are not masculine in coloring, style or theme. This is why I have always been a HUGE fan of Authentique Paper, and every year I always look forward to the release of their Father’s Day themed papers because of the color palettes and patterns.

Rugged was a line of paper released in 2017 that is still, to this day, one of my favorite lines of patterned papers. One of the stores that I traveled to on a regular basis asked if I could create a project for a Father’s Day themed workshop, and this mixed media layout placed inside of a textured shadow box was the project created exclusively for that class.

The workshop began with creating the texture and color of the shadow box frame, first by painting the frame with a base coat of heavy black gesso. Brown Rust Paste was used for the base color and texture of the frame, which was then layered with Metallique Paints and Waxes with coordinating colors of the Rugged line of papers.

Although everyone brought their own images to be used inside of the frame, I decided that I would use and image of Maddy with her two dads for my project – and it just happened that there was an image of the three of us that would work perfectly with this layout! The resin frame lays on top layered pieces of other printed papers form the Rugged line.

The same texture paste was used to hold down our embellishments and other inclusions. Using gel medium, images from the paper line were decoupaged beneath glass baubles. Other text and images from the paper line were placed inside of the antiqued pocket watch.

Old bottle caps were transformed into fun embellishments with a touch of copper micro beads. And who says that brads have to be used for holding together paper and other embellishments? These square brass brads were used as a graphic element to pull together some of the other shapes and patterns used in the collage

This line of paper also inspired me to create a coordinating album using the Dapper line of paper in a separate workshop. Don’t turn your nose at scrapbooking supplies when creating mixed media pieces – there are some great lines of paper from Authentique that are easily adapted for any artist’s project!