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Archive | June 23, 2010

Papercrafters and Altered Arts

Today’s guest blogger is Scrapbook Update reader Ibis Arrastia.

Ibis Arrastia is a scrapbook layout and altered art enthusiast who enjoys teaching new techniques and designing projects that have an element of texture through inking, embossing, adding fibers or embellishments. She is heavily involved in local civic organizations dedicated to promoting crafting and creativity through workshops and community events. To learn more about Ibis, visit her blog.

Papercrafters are relishing in the excitement of new and exciting projects through the world of altered arts. Whether it’s home decor, gift, or found antique items, altered arts projects are a great way to use one’s papercrafting techniques and products in a fun and new way. There is so much that you can do. It’s just limited by your creativity.

There are very few rules in altered art. All you need is an object of some kind, and your papercraft supplies. This object can be just about anything. Try transforming a vase, a pillar candle, a picture frame, a candy tin, or any other item into something of your own design. There is no limit to what you can do.

The results may surprise and delight you. Once you add your own style and techniques you transform an item into something unique and often simply fabulous! You are free to express your personal creativity and represent that in an altered arts project all your own.

I recently had the pleasure of redecorating a room using altered arts. I found some patterned paper that matched my accent wall color and used it, along with some lace ribbon and some bling, to alter a vase, my sconces, and a blank canvas. With just supplies that I had at hand, I was able to redecorate without spending any money! And the best part is that next month I can change my mind and redecorate again!

There are just a few tips to keep in mind when working on altered arts projects: Use strong liquid glue to create a longer lasting bond, even if your supplies already come with adhesive backing. If your item will sit by a window or be exposed to much sunlight, consider spraying it with a UV protective sealer. Buy multiple sheets of your favorite paper designs so you have enough for large projects, or multiple coordinating projects.

Consider an altered art project when designing your next project, class, or event. It is a great way to combine the papercrafting skills you already have, with a fresh new item you may have never worked with. You may be surprised with how much fun you will have!

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