Wednesday, February 6, 2013

a little bit altered

My Altered Artists Group decided to swap objects that we have been meaning to alter, but haven't yet. We each altered them and returned a finished piece to their owner.  This was fun to do because those that participated made and then received an awesome "gift" from their fellow "swapie." 

I altered a little wooden dollar store box for Scarlet.  After visiting her home for the first time, I was inspired to use my "tried and true" house, bird, and nest theme.  I used Tim Holtz distress crackle paint on the box, adding a chipboard house, paper, and charm to the front.  Inside I added a little nest and three little eggs which represent her three children. The eggs were collaged with word strips from book pages. I added a gemstone bird to the inside of the lid to complete the box.

My fellow group member Mary D. altered this clock for me.  It had a bird and a phrase on it already, that I didn't really like, but I liked the idea.  So she found a napkin that had a different bird, added stamped number tags and a new rub-on phrase.  I love the new colors and the improved artsy product!  Thanks Mary!

Jo altered this house shaped game tin that my friend Ruth gave me to alter.  I hadn't gotten around to the project yet, so Jo was up for the challenge!  She collaged the inside and outside with book papers and bird ephemera.  She and Mary went bird nest hunting and found the perfect REAL nest for the box.  She added some eggs and a charm that says "CHERISH".  I absolutely love the finished result!  Thanks, Jo, Mary and Ruth!
This is a paper mache hand that I altered for Jo.  I painted it with the Tim Holtz distress crackle paint, made a little nest with the word strips, added a sparkly heart, trims and a key.  Jo hasn't seen this yet, hope she likes it!

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