Altered Journal/Book

So, I don’t know if you’d call this an altered book or an altered journal. It’s altered and it’s book-shaped and it would have originally been used as a tiny journal or notepad. So–whatever.

 Anyhow,  I had a lot of fun with it. Recently, I’ve purchased some Gesso to reinforce paper pages for a few little projects and I used it on this. Forgot to take a “before” picture of the tiny little book, but it was a little notebook with very thin paper for the cover and pages–four to a pack from the dollar store. Now THATS some cheap art supplies! 😉


Gessoed the front cover to give it more body without making it as stiff as it would have been if it had been reinforced with scrapbook paper. Metallic paint pens on the outside and archival scrapbook paper throughout.

“If You could be anything what would it be?”   There’s also the little tag that says “you found art!” and this blog address. The last two prayer boxes I made were FOUND, which was awesome, and the people who found them posted here which was even more awesome.

“Alight for someone’s Journey?”  Used more images from the Icon catalog in this. The image in the bottom right hand corner is from a stained glass piece with a dove representing the Holy Spirit.

“A Keeper of Hope for those who feel Lost?”  More scrapbooking paper and stickers

“An Answer to someone’s Prayer?”  The tag on the left says “Help Me Please” and below it “I Will”  Again, more images from the Icon catalog and a handmade tag just like the one that goes on the outside.

“Be More than you thought you Could Be”  It’s hard to see in this but those are angel wings behind the text block. They are gorgeous little delicate foil things that I got some time ago and haven’t had a reason to use.

“The End?”

Do not know where this one will be released. Today I hope I will find the right place. I discovered that carrying things in my handbag, even though it is sizable, can be dangerous because I could damage things before they even get to the ‘release point’. I had to bring home the last box and re attach the feet. So, a ziplock bag will be helpful I think!

Working on another prayer box now. Using some new stuff I just got–blackboard chalk! Plus, I’m making chalk too. Love making my own stuff!



New Prayer Box–Found Art Piece

Freshly Minted Prayer Box.

I think it’s quite lovely

 Prayer Box

Balsam wood box painted with acrylic paint. Glass beads and wax cord on the sides. Wooden beads for feet.

Box side

The front is a deccoupaged icon image from a lovely icon catalog. It’s the archangel Raphael, protector of travelers and pilgrims. A companion and guardian as we travel along our life’s journey. I might need to purchase some icon cards from that catalog for future projects.


The inside says “hope is your guide”. I thought a long time about what I wanted the words on this box to be. I wanted them to be something about hope. I pondered over lots of different things and even considered using just the word Hope. I descided against the later because of the recent political use of that single word by Obama. It’s not that I disagree so much with him as I just think it is a shame that a word like Hope has become a politicized word. I realized that in the end, what I wanted to say was related to Hope on our journey. Hope is your guide.

hope is your guide

Hoping to set it free today!


UPDATE:: set free in Dillsboro Chocolate Factory. Second one in this place. You can see it here on the table with their public use computer 🙂

Oh, and of course, I bought some Ameretto Fudge while I was there!


Angel Box

Altered Altoid tin. This was one of the long narrow tins with Altoid gum. Photo of the cover isn’t so good, so I hope I’ll be able to get a better one later.

Cover is chocolate brown and red polymer clay with a decorative imprint made from a stamp. Pearlescent stuff in the clay before baking. Polymer was baked onto tin. Then tin painted and accented with black stamping ink. If I’d known about the ‘smoking’ technique, I would have used it then. Inside is an icon image of an angel and then a line from a hymn in the LBW about angels.

Box outsideAngel BoxAngel Box inside