Saturday, June 6, 2009

Altered Art - Altering Me

I love collages. Of all sorts. I love the layering and textures of papers. And if there are bits of lace or string, or any little unexpected treasures to discover, it's just the sprinkles on the icing on the cake.

And I love altered art - books, journals, what have you. I remember the first time I saw an altered book. It was only in a photo in a magazine; even so, I thought it was just the coolest thing. But I've never tried one myself. (I even have a book that I read years ago and saved especially to alter.)

I've scrapbooked - always on paper, never digitally. I need to be able to touch it and feel the edges of the papers, and the layers of paint on the chipboard, and the other embellishments. That's a large part of the appeal for me.

I have discovered so many great artists and photographers since I began blogging. And there are heaps of opportunities and invitations to explore and expand my creativity. And I love jumping right in. Usually.

But I haven't ever been able to sit down and just start an altered project. And I don't know why. I know that there is no right or wrong; all I have to do is start.

So I finally did.

I chose a magazine that had some page spreads that just seemed perfect to use as a starting point (since I have plenty of magazines). I painted on one page, around a word that I liked. And it looked pretty good. Then I decided to add a second color over the top of the first color. Also pretty good. But then I started free-handing some swirly vine thingies. Not so good. More paint to cover it up. Not so good. But I really wanted to use that page, because I really liked that word. So I added some paper over the top of the page, but cut out a window so that I could still see the word. Now, time for paint again. Pretty good. Now some writing. Alright. (except for one misspelled word, drat!) Some free-handed drawing/painting. And I think I'm done.

I am not in love with it, although it's grown on me some today. But I did it. And so I'm putting it up here. It is a part of me -- my artwork, for what it's worth, and my words. And that makes me happy.


  1. And because you created it yourself and put so much effort into it.... it's "perfect".
    the question is did you enjoy the experience???
    I think you did :)

  2. Janet. This is funtastic what you've done here. And it is all yours, start to finish. I just had a real dilemma as I saw books as all but sacred, but I do love them. I finally did one...
    And yes, I have to have the textural experience of feeling and handling the paper and/or materials. Digital is good, but it's just nothing against the real deal...
    this is great! More please!

    Take care,

  3. Yay! I think it's pretty. And I love that you can always cover up the unhappy bits with a little more paint. ;)

  4. Hello Janet,

    It is nice to meet you...

    I am a keen collager (if that's a word) and also love to make postcards using old copied photos, pics, words, quirky phrases...

    that was before I found blogging. Now my creative energies seem to be happily spent in taking photos and writing little stories...

    Thanks for visiting me a I hope to see more of you...

    Happy Days

  5. Oh Janet, I really like it! The important thing is that you stepped out of your artistic comfort zone into something new! I have a feeling you would love soulcollage.

  6. Hey TFM - you're right! i finally found the correct site for soulcollage. thru a link on your friday posting i think. way cool! did you go to training? or read the book? or what?

  7. Janet, I did it on my own for a bit then took the SoulCollage Facilitator's Training with Seena Frost in California this past March. It was wonderful. I love it because it's both art and therapy and there is no way to do it wrong.

  8. I love, love, love them!!!

  9. i'm slowly catching up after my busy week last week. i love your page...especially the dandelion image. and the color. wonderful!


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