"Altered Art" Picture Frames

Have you ever heard of Altered Art? I never had until I walked into this sweet little boutique in downtown Clinton last month and found that they were going to be offering classes in "Altered Art".

  From what I have gathered from the Internet, Altered Art seems to be a by product of the ever so popular scrap booking or scrapping craze. Supposedly this form of art extends all the way back to the middle ages and was extremely popular during the Victorian years for obvious reasons. Two of the most well-known Altered Art artists are Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

So what exactly is "Altered Art"? By definition it is different pieces of art combined together to create one totally new piece of art. However today most people would understand this expression to mean the alteration of ordinary, everyday objects into artistic pieces using, for example, rubber stamps, fabric, paper, paint and so on.

Although I never took the class the boutique was offering, I decided to give it a whirl on some inexpensive picture frames purchased from Walmart.

To begin I covered two of them with printed paper and one with plain old pink tissue. I then used ribbon, rick-rack, felt buttons and some other sweet items I found in the scrap booking section of the store to decorate my frames. And applied loads of Mod Podge!!! I chose the pink and floral printed paper so to keep with the St. Valentine's Day theme, but you can make it look anyway you want. If you'd prefer more of a contemporary look you could choose solid or geometrical printed paper.

The basics of what you will need...

This technique takes a little practice but once I have it down I think the possibilities are positively endless!

That's me with Gracie 4 years ago !!!

This is such a wonderful way to express your creative side, and it's a great project for kids to do. Depending on ages you may want to first apply the paper or fabric covering, and then let the kiddies go wild decorating them!

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  1. Not only are the pictures special, but the frames are too! Very cute idea!!

  2. Those are SUPER CUTE! I'm totally impressed Barbara!!! I'm following you on linky!! XO, Aimee

  3. Barb, check out my friend Lisa Vollrath at www.lisavollrath.com who does fabulous altered pieces. I want to be HER when I grow up. LOL ...
    or Lloyd Bridges.

  4. The frames are oh so pretty. The pictures are so nice. You always do such nice work. Thanks for sharing all your creative inspirations at Sunday's Best Par.tay! Im following you on linky!

  5. Such a great Valentine worthy post. Thanks for linking it up to Motivated Monday.


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