Saturday, May 10, 2008

Nouveau Altered Art Purse

I was recently asked to join the Design Team at Mystic Paper in downtown Mesa. Yesterday I received our supplies for May. The packet included paper from the Times Nouveau Collection by Graphic 45. I'm in love with this paper and purchased more sheets for additional projects. It is so perfect for altered art. I came home and looked around my studio. I spied a vintage purse that I had purchased at Dollar Days at Goodwill recently. It was the perfect surface for a collage of these beautiful papers.

I first covered the purse (front, back, and bottom) with tissue pattern pieces. I used PVA as the medium to glue the tissue. After the tissue was dry, I dry brushed some gesso over the surface. I used pinking shears to cut fabric swatches from the paper. Then I trimmed the four vintage fashion images. I photocopies some of my vintage button cards. I used PVA for the collage work and then sealed with three coats of Multipurpose sealer. The finishing touch was to make a tube of fabric and cover the purse handle.

The purse is now on display at Mystic Paper.