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Okanagan, BC, Canada
Welcome to my crafting blog. After retirement, my husband and I moved to a beautiful location in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. I love all paper crafts including mixed media, journaling and cards. I also dabble in papermaking, photography, fibre art, and altered books. I am an active member of several card and mixed media groups and on the design team of several challenge blog. I love the world of blogging, it has opened many doors for me. My favourite quote is by Maya Angelou. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” I hope you join me in my search for my creative side. Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Anything Altered or Mixed Media Challenge

It is time for another great challenge at Altered Eclectics. The challenge is always anything goes as long as it is mixed media or altered art. 

This is what I decided to alter, a felt hat from an old costume.

I used quite a few techniques to create my project.  I also made a couple of boo boos.  My mannequin head was made of Styrofoam and I did not know that if I sprayed it with an aerosol paint that the Styrofoam would melt.  The faced bubbled up and melted in spots. I may use it in a Halloween project.  In the end I painted a new head with white carpenter's glue and gesso.  Once the head was sealed I decoupaged dictionary  pages on the head then spray painted the face.

I used gesso on my hat before I painted it black.  The side decoration was a combination of Tim Holtz dies and metal pieces from an old belt.  I also used metal pieces from a couple of old belts I found at a thrift store. To create the rust effect I used acrylic paint, molding paste and cinnamon. 

Here are a couple of more pictures of the project.

I had fun making my project.  I loved the metal pieces I found in the belt section of the thrift store. Thank you for stopping by and have a creative day.  Remember to pop over to our challenge blog to see the inspiring projects of our design team.  

I am entering my project in the following challenges:
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
SanDee & amelie's Steampunk- Anything Goes
Creative Embellishments - Be Inspired
Love to Create - Anything Creative
Crafty Girls Creations - Anything Goes


  1. Very cool looking, Judy. You are the master at altering. Sorry that you almost lost your head...............LOL.

  2. wow wow wow x a million - fabulous hat and expertly executed - love it hun xx

  3. Cool hat! Thanks for joining us at Creative Embellishments!

  4. Back with my DT hat on sweetie - I just love all your work and this is no exception Thank you for joining in with this month’s challenge over at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit and hope to see you in our future challenges

    DT – Rhedd’s Creative Spirit
    Mother Hen – Altered Eclectics
    Mother Hen - Eclectic Ellapu
    Personal blog – Handcrafted by Ellapu

  5. So creative and COOL! Thanks for joining us at CREATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS!

  6. Oh my goodness! This is amazing Judy, I especially love that embellishment you have created on the hat :) xx

  7. Excellent and exacting work! I'm impressed!
    Thank you for sharing it at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenge!

  8. so unique and cool. thanks for playing along at CE challenge

  9. That is a totally cool art piece! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Creative Embellishments.

  10. Oh my! What an unbelievable transformation!Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative spirit this month, Good Luck. Rupa

  11. qu' elle merveilleuse idée , superbe chapeau
    merci de jouer avec Sandeeé Amelie's ,à bientot Nate

  12. Wonderfull steampunk artwork. I like the earrings and neckless too. Made with lot of fantasy, great!

  13. What a great project, perfect for our June challenge. Thanks fpr playing along with us at Creative Embellishments

  14. oh this is so much fun...love it!! Thanks for playing with us at Creative Embellishments :)

  15. Delightful and inspirational too! Thanks for linking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this month.

  16. WOW! Awesome alter! Love how you completely evolved the feel of the hat from a fun blue/purple costume piece to a fabulously aged, steampunk masterpiece! Thanks for playing along with the Creative Embellishments June Challenge!