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[Tutorial] Fun at the Sea Altered Art Glass - Aleksandra Mihelič 2019-2020 Introduction

Posted by Graphic 45 06/05/2019 33 Comment(s) Home Decor,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

 We are thrilled to start our 2019-2020 G45 Brand Ambassadors Introductions!  Beginning with Aleksandra Mihelič, the Master of Off the Page projects.  We have asked each of our Brand Ambassador's to create a project that describes them as an artist for our #G45Selfie - June Challenge.  If you would like to join in the fun, it is easy, just create a paper project using Graphic 45 that reflects you, and your favorite medium and share your project to our Graphic 45 - Official Community Page.  For Aleksandra's project, she created a Fun at the Sea Altered Art Glass using a martini glass, and two of G45's beach collections, By the Sea - Deluxe Collector’s Edition and Sun KissedSo grab a refreshing drink and kick your feet up for this fun to watch video tutorial process.  



Aleksandra Mihelič - Slovenia
Brand Ambassador 2019-2020

  "My name is Aleksandra Mihelič and I also go under the nickname “Papermade fairytale”. My crafting story begins probably once in my childhood years. My dear mother was a bookbinder and she worked in a Library, repairing and hand stitching the books that were destroyed in the process of borrowing. I’ve always visited her and played with all the gorgeous papers, canvases, and glues she had. At that time these goods were not so widely available so this was a huge privilege and a pure joy for me. And the love for papers, crafting, and everything stuck with me. I’m still in love with the smell of the fresh paper. Today I create for a living and I feel so happy and blessed to have such an opportunity. My art is one of the major parts of my life and I can’t imagine my day without crafting. I’m a color enthusiast, who loves striking and bold color combinations on one side, but has her breath taken away by the soft, shabby chic color palettes on the other side. I most often search and find my inspiration in nature and everyday life. One of my biggest passion is combining mixed media and papercrafting and I love to alter unordinary things to give them a new purpose and a new life. I live with my loving husband and my three wonderful children in a small, beautiful European country Slovenia. I’m 37 years old and have been more actively crafting for the last 10 years. It makes me happy if somebody can find some inspiration in my work or I can make someone’s day a bit happier and brighter with it."


Fun at the Sea Altered Art Glass - #G45Selfie

By Aleksandra Mihelič

  "Hello, dear Graphic 45 friends and fans. So… this is the beginning of a new creative Year together and I can’t tell you how much excited and happy I am to get to spend another Year with all of you, inspiring you to create beautiful things with our favourite, gorgeous Graphic 45 papers, and other products.


Our first month here is dedicated to “Self-portrait” projects. Project that reflects us, our favourite paper medium, our to-go technique. Well to choose from favourite among Graphic 45 papers… that was impossible, so I went with two of my favourite ones - By the Sea DCE and Sun Kissed. I love those two collections and since summer here is just around the corner it felt perfect! As far as my to-go technique goes… my favourite projects are still Altered mixed media pieces in which I love to incorporate my favourite paper collections. So this is also the project I prepared for you today.


I’ve altered a cocktail glass and created a Seaside scene with kids playing in it. I hope you’ll like my project.



And here are some close-ups for you:


Tip: I love to join different collections together. Here I joined beautiful Sun Kissed paper collection from previous year and By the Sea, older collection that was recently re-released as Deluxe Collector’s Edition. I think they fit perfectly together.



Tip: I like to use things that have different purposes and use them at my projects. For several years I’ve been using kinetic sand that my kids love to play with to create a sandy beaches on my projects. I glue it down with a hot glue. It is perfect because it is kinetic and it “sticks” together.



Tip: I created water with hot glue too. You can also use Glossy Accent, which gives even more “clear” and transparent look, but it dries longer.




Tip: I was careful when choosing parts of the papers to cut out. I wanted the more distanced cut-outs to be in a smaller scale and the nearer ones in a bigger scale.


I also embellished the bottom part of the glass, so it wouldn’t look empty and dull.



Tip: I tucked one of the turtles in the “water”. It looks more realistic. I did the same thing in the upper scene, where also a fish is peeking out of the “water”.



Tip: I love to wrap some ribbon around my projects and hang some gorgeous chipboard pieces on it as I did here.


I’ve also prepared a video tutorial for you to follow along. You can find it on Graphic 45 Youtube channel. I hope you will find it helpful and it will reveal some new tips and tricks to you.


Video Tutorial:


[Tutorial] Fun at the Sea Altered Art Glass for Graphic 45 by Aleksandra Mihelič



Supply list for the “Fun at the Sea” Altered Glass:

By the Sea - Deluxe Collector's Edition



I hope you liked today’s inspiration on Graphic 45 blog. Thank you for joining me and I hope you are as excited as I am for the year to come!


Enjoy your day!

Hugs.”  ~Aleksandra


Bravo Aleksandra, way to make a SPLASH!  Please join us in welcoming Aleksandra back for her second year on the team!  We hope you try out one or two of these paper crafting tip on your next projects.  Thank you for joining us for another sunshine-filled post.  Have a gorgeous day, and as always...


Happy Papercrafting!

33 Comment(s)

Michelle Stanley:
06/05/2019, 12:05:58 PM

Welcome Aleksandra, Congratulations on being part of the G45 team, I absolutely love what you have created so imaginative. I look forward to seeing your future creations......well done! Love Michelle xxx

Cheryl Wells:
06/05/2019, 12:06:31 PM

Beautiful work and imagination - beautiful!!

Nancy Probst:
06/05/2019, 12:15:45 PM

Love your story and your project. I can't wait to see what you create this year!

Amy Green:
06/05/2019, 12:24:39 PM

Whst a wonderful idea! I like how ahe combined the different paper collections.Thank you for the tips Aleksandra!I love how it is 3 dimensional.

Regina Harrison:
06/05/2019, 12:29:52 PM

I love everything about this project, so much fun. Even the music was great. Now I want to make one. Thank you for sharing this:) Can't wait to see all of your projects this next year.

06/05/2019, 12:50:24 PM

Love the cocktail! Totally creative and fun!

Ellen Haydon:
06/05/2019, 01:51:07 PM

I would never have thought that a champagne glass would have such lovely results. I have to get some of that sand and try it myself. Thanks for the tutorial.

Jan Kennedy:
06/05/2019, 01:57:53 PM

Thanks for the sweet and creative project! I'll have to get some of that sand, too!

Leah Matthews:
06/05/2019, 02:17:10 PM

Welcome back, Aleksandra! I've always loved to see your creations, and this one is no different. I absolutely love what you've done to the martini glass and I may even give it a try myself!

Bev Drake:
06/05/2019, 02:18:14 PM

Congratulations Aleksandra on a unique & imaginative project. Enjoyed reading about your love of Papercrafting & you have captured children playing at the seaside perfectly with these great G45papers.

Jill McAuley:
06/05/2019, 02:22:01 PM

Cheers to your second SEA-son! I love the use of the martini glass! I also love combining G45 collections too. The steampunk "under the sea" collection from a few years back has great imagery too...I have to buy two collections though, one to keep, one to create with! I look forward to seeing more creative projects from you.

06/05/2019, 02:23:42 PM

Love this!!! These are also two of my favorite collections. Thanks for sharing, I will try one similar.

Martie Rollin:
06/05/2019, 02:58:20 PM

I, too, love these 2 paper collections that evoke so many beach memories. Well done! Very clever use of your hot glue gun!

Vanessa LeClear:
06/05/2019, 03:07:56 PM

Welcome back, Aleksandra! I absolutely love your project, and I enjoyed learning a little bit about you!

Barbara Millar:
06/05/2019, 04:02:55 PM

Lovely job with the beautiful graphic 45 papers you are very talented

06/05/2019, 05:03:51 PM

Beautiful works, thanks for sharing!

Sharon L Gullikson:
06/05/2019, 06:04:34 PM

Oh my gosh, I am going to look at garage sales differently now! I can use any container to make adorable decor. THANK YOU FOR YOUR IDEA!!! This is so imaginative!

Brian Poteraj:
06/05/2019, 06:38:54 PM

You thought of everything. The crabs coming out of the shells is great. And the kids playing in the foam is very cute. Excellent design.

Mathilde S .:
06/05/2019, 07:38:02 PM

Beautiful project Aleksandra,love all the creative details.I‘m looking forward to more of your creations.

She Fowl:
06/05/2019, 08:30:48 PM

Great the altered glass.

Sue D:
06/05/2019, 08:42:15 PM

Love the scene and the creativity.

Glenda Buster:
06/05/2019, 09:01:01 PM

Sweet and so very creative! Your tutorial and tips are very much appreciated

Carla Hundley:
06/05/2019, 10:13:52 PM

How fabulous this is! Love the scene and all the tips. Carla from Utah

Corrine Hall:
06/05/2019, 10:24:37 PM

Love the glass, so clever and fun

Dianna Dean:
06/06/2019, 12:44:45 AM

Such a fun project! I love it!

Dorothy McCarthy:
06/06/2019, 05:29:51 AM,

Stunning piece!!

Diane Shull:
06/06/2019, 08:22:02 AM,

What an Amazing project. This would make such a lovely beachy home decor piece. Genius!

Margaret R:
06/06/2019, 11:18:25 AM

This is so clever and sooo beautiful!

Rebecca Rosas:
06/06/2019, 11:52:28 AM

It's so cool that Aleksandra thought of this!

Sue MacFall:
06/06/2019, 01:19:42 PM

How creative - a really lovely project, thank you.

candy palencia:
06/07/2019, 08:34:07 AM

Such a beautiful and creative idea for a martini glass. I cannot wait to try this idea it would be a nice gift to my daughter her and the grandkids love the beach. Oh the possibilities for different looks with all the beautiful papers offered by G45

Georgia Zatto:
06/11/2019, 12:51:15 PM

That is such a fun use of the 2 fun and beautiful beachy papers! I cannot wait to see what else you have in store for us!! Welcome!

Gloria Stengel:
06/15/2019, 11:28:18 AM,

This is one of the most creative things I have ever seen! I cannot wait to see what you do with the new collections!!! It is going to be a wonderful G45 year!!!

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