Monday, August 23, 2010

Altered Book July and August Challenges

The altered book yahoo group that I'm in challenges members each month with a theme or technique to use in an altered book. One of my personal creative goals is to complete all the challenges, so I got caught up this week. Here is July's spread, the challenge for which was to use the theme "picnic" and incorporate an image transfer:

August's theme was "At the Beach" with the directive to incorporate texture. My beach is made from sandpaper, and the towel is that non-skid stuff you put under mats and such. I was low on ideas for creating more texture, so I resorted to puffy stickers and such :{

I can't say I really like either of these spreads. But that's OK. We don't have to like all of our creations. I think only God can look at ALL that He made and pronounce that "It was good."

As I say about my children's art -- Sometimes the process is just as important as the product!

Have you found this to be so in your own creative journey?


  1. Enjoying both work with giggles. ;) What lovely altered books! And you're spot on about the process ... should we only concentrate on the end result of our art creation, we'd never get joy and satisfaction.

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you, Hyrid J :) Indeed -- even when we don't have the satisfaction of liking our final product, there's joy and satisfaction in just sitting down to create:)Makes me realize that I should provide even more opportunities for my children to get down and messy with creative materials.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  3. What a great idea! I may have to try the cats too!

  4. LOL -- I'm not sure which idea it was that you liked, jlsgrant, but I'm glad, nonetheless, that you liked it:)

    Thanks for stopping by and letting me know you were here!

  5. Well what a surprise! I didn't realize that the ocean/beach pages that I liked so much and saw on the AB group were yours! Very nice. I see you're a fan of Carla's Drawing Lab book too. Love the book, her work, and her!

  6. Paula, Coleen from CPA, love the sandpaper idea...very clever. I'm working on an altered book too. Guess I should post some of it. Just hard to get everything done. Love your header, so pretty.

  7. Hi Paula,

    I'm DeeJae (Deb) from the Christian Paper Artists yahoo group. It's so nice to meet you, another homeschooler and artist! I love your beach pages, I miss the beach, I didn't get to go to the beach this summer. Your children's art and cats are great too. Off to look around your blog. I look forward to getting to know you better.

    DeeJae (Deb0
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  8. Thank you for your kind words, ladies --it's so nice to be making some new connections through the CPA group! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I think I've left some love on each of your blogs already -- but I'll double check to make sure because I don't want to miss out on seeing anyone's work. All the creativity is so inspirational!


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