One of the really fun things to do as a kid was to just PLAY with friends in the neighborhood. Most of the time this involved using our imagination and creativity.
I remember having a dress up box in the basement with old fox fur coat collars, discarded clothing, worn fancy hats, high heels, well, you get the picture.
So for a few hours of a lazy afternoon, we would alter ourselves- into some interesting and fun characters.
Another thing we would do was cut up old magazines, taking pictures of people and putting the heads on different bodies to give ourselves a few laughs.
This might involve cutting the body from an older person and putting a baby's head on top, or taking a picture of a grungy farmer working in the fields, with the head of a beautiful model. Sometimes we would just make pictures with bodies and heads at really strange angles. Then of course, we would have to cut words out of the magazines to make intriguing captions. Oh what fun we had!
Anyway, the point I'm trying to make is that starting as a kid, creativity was encouraged, and a lot of times it involved making changes or altering what existed to make something new and more exciting to hold our attention.
So today I would like to share with you some fascinating pieces of altered art. I think you will see why I love this medium so much!
To your right is an altered book I converted into a travel journal. I love to take old books apart and then reconstruct them into another one that becomes more of a functional piece of art.
What's Old is New
Then there are artists who really elevate it to another level, like in this example of the Edgar Allen Poe altered book.
How cool is this? Imagine the creativity involved in this type of design work!
Here the artist actually created a sculptural landscape by carving through the book.
Look at the next one below, amazing! You have to ask yourself, how was this done?
Here is a very cool box designed in the style of a 1920’s Vintage Victrola Phonograph. I found this at Unique Papercrafting Graphic 45, and if you are really ambitious, here is the tutorial to make one yourself.
Do you remember these old alarm clocks? At Layers of Ink they have the tutorial for this as well.
Feeling inspired yet? Wanting to go dig through your boxes of old stuff to make something new?
This is a little altered keepsake box I made.
Using an old wooden box, I covered it with paper inside and out, distressed it to look old and embellished it with rusty hardware, arms from an old thrift store doll and a compass.
It is so much fun putting these things together!
Meet the Time Keeper!
I saw her on Pinterest, and love the vibrant colors used.
Sadly, no other information was available on this piece.
ALTERED GAME PIECES:
Look at what was done with old Scrabble
Hmm, now what game pieces do I
have sitting around ready to be shape
shifted into an interesting piece of art?
Don't throw that empty bottle away! Just imagine what you might be able to do with it.
For more inspiration, check out Valeriana Solaris, she has an amazing collection of altered bottles on Flicker
This is an altered bottle I did, but unfortunately I didn't take a very good picture. It started life as a gin bottle and then reincarnated into a decorative oil lamp.
It was at Chimayo Gallery in Perkasie until last week, when it left with its new owner.
Awesome altered necklace. I just love all the earthiness about this design.
A tutorial can be found at Altered Alchemy, the really nice thing about this is that no soldering is involved.
I hope you have been inspired by some of the art work you have viewed here today. The nice thing about Altered Art, at least in my mind, is---there are no rules! My kind of style. Just think like a kid.
So what do you have lurking around ready to have new life blown into it? Don't be timid, jump in, make something, and above all have fun.
Well that's it for now, my housekeeping was waiting for me hours ago, so I should at least make some attempt so my husband thinks I was doing something today besides playing.
Leave your comments, I would love to hear if you are going to start a project, have one in the works, or show pics of something completed!