Friday, July 30, 2010

Altered Art Blog Party

First of all, before I show you my altered art creation, I would like to note that I was a little bit unsure as to what was considered “altered art.” Not wanting to disappoint, I googled the term and came across a website called Altered Art which you can reach from the following link:
I searched the site to find the definition of “altered art” and found that, while the term can refer to “altering or combining existing works of art to produce new pieces of artwork” it can also refer to “the transformation or 'alteration' of ordinary, everyday objects into decorative pieces using a wide variety of different techniques and materials, for example, rubber stamps, fabric, paper, paint and fibres.”

This is how I chose to interpret the term altered art“the transformation or alteration of ordinary, everyday objects into decorative pieces.” That said, I chose to display altered organization items that I use for organizing my craft supplies:

Funky Four Shelf Organizer Cube


. Craft Storage Collection 4 Shelf Organizer Cube from Michaels

. Crafts Decorative Paper                                . Plaid Mod Podge from Wal
Flowers (250 pieces) from                                  Mart



. a paintbrush
. napkins, paper towels, or toilet paper for blotting Podge from paintbrush
. small container in which to pour small amounts of Podge (if desired)
. container with water to rinse paintbrush (if desired) or hard surface for resting paintbrush after it is dipped in the Podge

NOTE - read any warnings on the Podge label and avoid inhaling fumes; use in a well ventilated room and, if desired, use a painting mask while using Podge


1. – assemble 4 Shelf Organizer Cube
2. – open package of Decorative Paper Flowers and sort the colours and sizes of the flowers
3. – open Podge and, if desired, pour small amounts in a small container
4. – choose a flower of the desired colour and size and use the paintbrush to apply a layer of Podge to the back
5. – press and smooth the back of the paper flower down onto a desired area on the outside surface of the side or top of the Cube
6. – use the paintbrush to apply a layer of Podge to the top of the paper flower, dragging the brush over the edge of the flower onto the surface of the Cube around it, so that the layer of Podge may form and harden over the flower and the surface of the Cube together

NOTE - it is not necessary to cover the entire Cube with Podge after the flowers are glued, but only the surface surrounding the paper flowers
7. – repeat steps 5 and 6 spacing flowers and using a variety of colours and sizes on top, sides, and the back if desired
8. – let the surfaces dry before using the Cube
9. – wash the paintbrush of any remaining Podge, pour remaining Podge back into the container to be saved and replace cap.


10. a) – overlap a smaller flower of a different colour or shade onto a larger flower
b) – position top flower in the centre of the bottom flower or off centre to the side
c) - position top flower petals aligned with bottom flower petals or alternating in direction
d) – overlap 2, 3, or 4 paper flowers of different sizes ... experiment and have fun!
The following pictures are of my finished product:





  1. it's wonderful! So fun and fanciful! Happy Alter Art party.

  2. Great job on that. I'm afraid my storage is always fuctional rather than pretty, I guess I should work on that!

  3. What a sweet project! Thank you for sharing it with us. And I chose the second definition of altered too. It just sounded so much more fun than the other. =) Blessings... Polly