Saturday, June 29, 2013

Posh Pear for Altered Eclectics

As a teen I had to do a lot of things that I didn't like. I am sure you can relate.

But let's not think about that.

Right now, think about what you enjoyed doing as a teenager...creatively, that is.

When I was in tenth grade, my mother brought home a stack of magazines found in an old summer house on a tiny island in Connecticut. These editions were from the early 1900's. I started doing collage with them. I slapped old ads onto barn wood, slate, whatever I came across. I used Elmer's glue and orange shellac.

Soon, I moved away from the old magazines and started doing collage with words and images cut from more recent sources, expressing myself through the combinations. I made myself a purse out of an old lunchbox, and created items for my room using an empty tissue box, a tin can to hold pens and pencils, and the lampshade for my desk light.

Now, after years of drawing and painting classes, and with a love of stamping, here I am back with collage. I am no longer using glue and shellac, but stuff like Mod Podge and Distress inks. I love the look the Distress Inks give this pear. It reminds me so much of the orange shellac I once used.

This pear is my first project for a new altered art blog called, Altered Eclectics.  As a member of the Design Team, I will create an item every month. This is the first of many.

This is a kraft paper pear with a plastic stem. I chose the pear for its beautiful shape.

The following 3 images are my work in progress...
 My materials...a dictionary from a yard sale for 25 cents, a set of pear stamps by Flourishes, a Graphic 45 image of a stamp, and an old paper bag from Cracker Barrel
 (a great place to see old ads on the wall by the way ;-).
 Also used, a black inkpad, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, beads and wire, along with
Distress Inks by Ranger, and a sponge.
I ripped and layered my images and words, then wound the wire around the stem. The leaf was created by stringing beads onto the wire and bending it into shape.
Mod Podge was used as a final coat, then sponging with Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and
 Vintage Photo to give the pear a "pearish" color.
I love the easy flow of creating with this technique. There is no right or wrong...
you just go with it until it makes you happy!
Here are the challenges I am entering this project into:
Please check out the challenges at Altered Eclectics, and join in the creative fun.
So many creations,
 no right or wrong,
 just creations that make us happy!
Enjoy the Journey,


  1. Great DT piece, glad to working with you on Altered Eclectics.

    Moira xxx

  2. cool pear. thanks for playing in ABAC challenge

  3. This is just AMAZING! You are so darn clever! Congrats on the new DT ... they are lucky to have you!! Happy 4th to you & yours!
    Hugs from OHIO!

  4. Wow! That is amazing!! Fabulous work!!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  5. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x

  6. Wonderful project Bev. Yes, we are lucky to have you. I feel very fortunate to be on team with such a group of talented artists.

  7. wow.. great creation thanks for joining us at left of center xx

  8. I love your altered pear! It is soooo much fun to be part of the Altered Eclectics DT with all of the creative designers!

  9. Fantastic pear! Really love the details shown in your photos. Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But A Card. Juliax

  10. I love your altered pear and I love collage too - not done it for a while though. Fabulous project and I am so pleased you are part of the team. Hugz Elaine xx


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