This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Friday 1 September 2017

Altered Art

Hello all! It's Alison here to welcome you to the start of a new challenge theme here at A Vintage Journey. This month we'd like to see your Altered Art, please.

We'd like you to get creative with recycled objects in a vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn, or steampunk style. Turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. Try some repurposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork.  Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes, unwanted packaging - the more inventive the better.

We're delighted to welcome a new sponsor this month. The fabulous Simon Says Stamp store are offering a $25 gift voucher for one lucky randomly drawn winner.

 And there couldn't be a better month to have Simon Says Stamp on the journey with us, as they're celebrating Stamptember - so do check out all the action there too!

Of course, you might be selected as one of our Pinworthies and invited to join us as a Guest Creative Guide here at A Vintage Journey. Do check our Travelling Instructions to be sure your project qualifies for that honour and for the prize draw.

To get your creativity buzzing, the Creative Guides have been busily altering away, and I think you'll be amazed at the results. Just take a look at some of the Altered Art created to inspire you.

I took inspiration from my own Destination Inspiration post from last month, but instead of Candlelit Foliage, I've used various jars and Tim Holtz's fabulous Thinlits dies to create a set of spooky lanterns to go in the window for Halloween. If you'd like to see more, do come and visit me at Words and Pictures... if you dare!

I love altering coffee tins and I used lots of Andy Skinner techniques to create this rusty, patchwork version. All the details can be found at Addicted to Art today.

I love Alison's Altered Art Challenge! It gave me the opportunity to use a little two compartment gift box that has been sitting on my desk for weeks. To see more, please visit my blog HERE.

I am home from my summer travels and wanted to join the fun this month with some Altered Art. I picked up this bird on sale at a shop during my travels and knew I wanted to do a Steampunk theme. I hope you will join me at My "Crafty" Life on the Internet where I will show you exactly how I made it.

My altered object is an old terracotta plant pot from my greenhouse which got the French Shabby Chic look with Fresco Chalk Paints, Texture Paste, Decoupaged Napkins and Crackle Paste. Do please join me over on my blog where I have a number of close up photographs which show how wonderfully shabby the crackle is!

I decided to alter a sardine tin which I had kept for a just in case moment, and this was one of those moments! For more details and step by steps, please pop by my BLOG.

I found this house shape block on sale in Sainsbury's and decided it would be great to alter. If you have a moment please pop over to Bumblebees and Butterflies where you will see what it says on the other side and there are photos and a step by step so you can see how I changed it up. xxx

For Alison's challenge I have made a journal by recycling some strong packaging cardboard and an old pair of much loved jeans that were well passed their 'wear by date'! There are more details of how I gave my old jeans a new life over on my blog if you fancy stopping by

For Alison's fabulous challenge I have altered a Book Box and Candle. For more details please visit my blog HERE. Looking forward to viewing your amazing entries x

Well, I should think that's got your creative engines started! We can't wait to see the Altered Art you'll bring along for A Vintage Journey this month.  Think outside the box for this one to capture the attention of the Creative Guides, and you might end up being selected as one of our Pinworthies, and remember one lucky randomly drawn winner will be going shopping at Simon Says Stamp.  Good luck everybody!

Alison and the Creative Guides xx

Please enter your 'Altered Art' challenge entries HERE - GOOD LUCK!


  1. Superb projects from you all ladies!! I look forward to doing the rounds and see all the brilliant details! xxx

  2. A fantastic line up of projects and styles from everyone. What a great challenge this is going to be xxx

  3. I just love the theme of this challenge and I can't wait to visit all the amazing projects! xx

  4. Wow!!! what an amazing array of projects xx So much inspiration and a great challenge theme too xxx

    Hoping to catch up with you all soon to view the details

    Hugs Annie xx

  5. An absolutely fabulous gallery of Altered Art projects ladies and a super challenge theme Alison . Looking forward to stopping in on you all to indulge in all your creativity .
    Have a lovely weekend everyone

  6. Such a treat to hop round and see these amazing works of altered art in detail - bravo to all. And I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with!
    Alison x

  7. Amazing inspiration from everyone! so much wonderful altered art and so many different styles and techniques. A fabulous challenge Alison, thank you! Jennie x

  8. Absolutely AMAZING and inspiring projects here! GORGEOUS!!!

  9. What a wonderful array of projects from the design team. Lots of inspiration here. Hugs Rita xxx

  10. The team has done such an awesome job on this Altered Art. Can't wait to see what pops up from our lovely followers.

  11. what a wonderful array of re-purposed creativity by the team! Looking forward to all the projects linked up here showing us altered art! Julia xx

  12. Clever and creative transformations of some every day items here; I am amazed at the creativity of this team! I've been around to see the details and you have inspired me beyond words! Hugs!

  13. Great challenge theme and what wonderful and varied inspirations from the Creative Guides, off to take a closer look! Deb xo

  14. Finally done my visiting and can only say WOW!!! xxx

  15. Beautiful altered projects here!! Thanks for wonderful theme Alison!!

  16. wow! so inspiring--each DT piece is stunning!

  17. wow,I love all your ideas DT. so wonderful designs.

  18. Wonderful ideas from the DT and such a great theme, really enjoyed this one so thank you ladies! I hope to be back soon Karen x