Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Paper Crafter's Library, Graphic 45 and altered bits

I'm featured over on Paper Crafter's Library today, a proud representative of Graphic 45.
Picking a project that represents my work is difficult. I dabble in so many styles, materials and whatnot, that it becomes a task to select one thing that says everything. Getting off track here... I chose this series of altered art pieces for the Paper Crafter's Library feature.
Altered Art with Graphic 45 - Nichola Battilana
I wan't going to use this project to represent my Graphic 45 work at all. I thought that maybe their product wasn't quite glaring enough (companies like when their product is glaring). But truly, it's the versatility of Graphic 45's products that I love. Their designs can be unmistakable... but they can also meld beautifully with authentic vintage rusty bits in altered art. Getting off track again. Here's the featury bit..
Altered Art with Graphic 45 - Nichola Battilana
These little altered art pieces were a lot of fun to create. They use a combination of authentic old pieces and new items, including a slew of Graphic 45 metal staples. I’ve used papers from Graphic 45’s Typography (one of my favourite collections!) for the back ground, as well as their washi tape for accents.
Altered Art with Graphic 45 - Nichola Battilana
Altered Art with Graphic 45 - Nichola Battilana
Altered Art with Graphic 45 - Nichola Battilana
Altered Art with Graphic 45 - Nichola Battilana
Altered art is a lot of fun and a great exercise in creating visual balance, texture and layering. It’s a lot like building a puzzle from scratch, with the final picture often telling an unexpected story.
Altered Art with Graphic 45 - Nichola Battilana
  • Graphic 45 Typography
    • Journey
    • Inspire
  • Graphic 45 Staples
    • Washi Tape Set
    • Ornate Metal Key Holes
    • Antique Metal Door Pull
    • Ornate Metal Keys
    • Stamped Metal Brads
    • Metal Butterfly Wing
  • Spellbinders – Media Mixage Collection – Bezels – Shields One – Bronze
  • Tim Holtz – Idea-ology Collection – Clock Keys
  • Resin Senorita Cameo
  • Other: Vintage spoon, Iron nails, Buttons, Beads, Laser cut wood frames, Metal Letter, Bottle cap, Metal Hands, Large Game Spinners, Vintage lottery number, Tintypes Collage Sheet
Remember to  hop over to Paper Crafter's Library and take a good look around, there's loads of beautiful work by talented folks to be seen :)


  1. I can just see these hanging in a little wall display...really nice. I never would have made this glad you have a brain that sees such beauty in everyday things. Thank you for sharing with us!

  2. Fun pieces and I'll bet you had fun making them, too. If it wasn't for these pieces that you and some of the other artists for Graphic 45 make and showcase I would never have found them! I am a new fan of their products and get the newsletter in my email now. I have also placed a few orders based on the products you and the others feature.