My name is Lisa Vollrath, and I am the perpetrator of all the art on this site.
I used to have a bunch of written stuff posted here, too, giving my opinion about various arty things. Those are gone now, and comments have been turned off on the site. Mostly, there’s just art here now, and I think I’ll keep it that way for a while.
I’ve been one kind of an artist or another since I was a kid. I started with music when I was about eight, and eventually learned to play the piano, violin, guitar, and flute—none of which I’ve touched since I was in my twenties. I started sewing Barbie clothes at about the same age, and made all my own clothes when I was a teenager. I even designed my own prom dresses. That sort of led to me getting into costume design, earning a B.A. in Technical Theatre from Cal State Long Beach and an M.F.A. in Design for the Stage from the University of Michigan. I designed costumes for Shakespeare Festivals and regional theatres throughout my 20s and 30s, and eventually taught design at a couple of colleges—but we all know that teaching doesn’t pay, so I also had other jobs, mostly at craft companies. Eventually, I turned towards the craft industry to support me completely, and spent about six years at the corporate office of Michaels Arts and Crafts. Then I did two years at a small arts and crafts publishing company, and decided I’d had enough of working for other people. I started my own company in 2005, and have been working for myself ever since.
You can find me, and my work, in these other places:
My business site, where you’ll find classes, digital collage sheets and project kits, and whatever else falls out of my head.
I have this Facebook page set up to show updates from this site, Ten Two Studios and Mixed Media Club, and I also throw any interesting arty sites or projects I find onto it, too.
Want to support my art? Become a patron on Patreon.
I’m currently posting all the free how-to information I write on this site, which is focused on mixed media work.
An archive of my how-to articles and free printable image sheets.
I started this group after writing the first English-language article about gluebooks in 2004. It’s set up to give daily prompts for gluebooking.
If Facebook is more your thing than Yahoo, I also moderate this group.
For years, there was no altered books group on Facebook. I finally caved, and started one.
I started this lending group for artists of all media. Kiva is a great organization that lets you put your tiny bit of money in with a bunch of other people’s, and lend it to someone who needs it. I’ve been recycling the same $25 for several years, and helped make over 90 loans.