Buried Treasure via The Altered Page

Buried Treasure via The Altered Page

Welcome and hello, fellow Treasure Hunters and friends of Seth – Thanks for stopping by my tiny bit of the blogoshpere.

As part of Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure blog hop, I am reposting a favorite project from October that was inspiring, fun and part of what I see as more of Art in Real Life’s focus.  Using everyday materials, found objects and supplies to create something as beautiful as it is meaningful.  Take a visit to Seth’s blog and check out all of the other wonderful artists who are involved, as well.

Lately, real life has been taking quite a bit more focus than blogging about the Art in Real Life but I think we all have  experienced that at one time or another. Honestly, blogging is a lot of hard work! It takes time, focus, organization and content.  Even just doing a repost is a labor of love.  Kudos to each and every blogger who has found their groove and can maintain it.  I am getting there!

In the meantime, I am keeping up with my 365 Project which is a self imposed discipline that has been a tremendously beneficial exercise in observing and learning about the world I live in. My day to day world.  The Art of my Real Life, Lots of beauty and wonder for which to be grateful, for sure, as well as plenty of kids and cats!  Wow…

This post from October is a place a remember well and long for daily. As soon as I finish moving my studio, I will be deeply immersed back into the paint. the paper and the mixed media mayhem.   I look forward to meeting each of you at your blog home on this adventure.   I promise to to take the time to comment on as many blogs as I can when I visit on this journey;  I hope you will feel so inclined as to say “hello” let me know you were here. Knowing you took the time to stop by and leave a comment is a true treasure.

Here’s to sharing the treasures of our adventure….Thanks, Seth, for your never ending generosity.



Originally posted October 4, 2012 -

Holy Smokes! Do you have any idea how many Capri Suns hot sweaty kids on a soccer field can drink in a season? TONS!   My trunk was full of all of the empty cases, flattened out, headed for the recycle bin.  Or not… They kept calling to me as perfect painting surfaces to something on….so, I kept them….all…yes, along with all of those plastic bags, I know, I know, I am a borderline hoarder!  That’s been established!

Knowing I wanted to paint them, I started by sanding the shine off the boxes. For the “cover”, I used one whole box  and then dissected the rest into “pages” for the book.

Primed with gesso…

…painted with acrylic paint and

taped the edges of the cover with masking tape.

… prepped “pages” and some stenciling on the inside cover…

Then, using the awl, punched some holes, and started adding grommets…34 in all…

Not exactly my favorite part of the project…

After that all dried, it was on to the mixed media mayhem -my favorite part!  Playing with paint, india inks, oil pastels, rub-ons, stamping, sewing, washi tapes, modeling paste, stencils, watercolor, masking tape, wire – you name it!  SO. MUCH. FUN!

adding inclusions, sewing, and typed text from my turquoise Smith Corona….

 and embossing powder…

…glitter and collage…

…more modeling paste, paint and more inclusions…

…stamping with handmade stamps made from flip-flops, paint, stencils, distress ink, tags…

…beads, felt, paint, fabric, and a fork cut-out from a Trader Joe’s bag…

…inspired by the Brave Intuitive You class I took with Flora Bowley…

…collage, stamps and dimensional butterflies cut from a stencil…

…fabric run through the printer, ruffles, masking tape, tissue, thread, wire, dictionary pages, doodles and text…


…it all adds up to a fat, pouffy, book of goodness!  Is it fine art that you will find in a gallery? Not so much.  Is it technically challenging and hard to do? Not at all!  It was FUN art!  I loved working on it and now just holding it and looking through it makes me extremely happy!  Capri Suns will never look the same!

In fact, the truth is, they don’t! The new Capri Sun cases are not built the same as these!  I couldn’t believe it when I saw them in the store!  Must be the first time in a decade they have changed the design!  Could not do this the same way with the new case design but I am sure there are alternatives.

So, look through your recycling bin or just around your house for something that might be the perfect base for a FUN fantastic project!  What so you think you will make?

See you next time…(hopefully, sooner than later!)



14 Responses »

  1. I so enjoyed seeing your Capri Sun book! I’ve been experimenting with Kleenex boxes and cardboard foot-shaped sock inserts, and you’re right – fun, fun, fun!

  2. Oh wow. I LOVE this book. I really believe it IS fine art. I think I would skip the grommets, though. My hands weren’t made to grip that many of them (grin). But I sure love what you made and it was recycling at its very best.

  3. Being a retired soccer mom what a creative use for those old boxes. Beautiful work and thanks to Seth for leading me to you. This truely is a buried treasure.

  4. Lindi, Just popped in from Seth’s Buried Treasure project and can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the treasure you are sharing. Such a fabulous piece and wonderful recycling. This is so much up my ally. It was great to see the process of how you created it You are so right that sometimes life has a habit of getting in the way of things one wants to do and I look forward seeing more of your pieces soon. I could not find a followers widget on your blog so will be following you through Bloglovin’
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  5. Lindi, Just found your blog through Seth’s Buried Treasure project and can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the treasure you are sharing. Absolutely wonderful piece with great recycling and so right up my ally. You are right, life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of things one loves to do and I look forward to seeing more of your work soon. I could not find a followers widget on your blog so will be following your blog through Bloglovin’
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  6. Such a lot of techniques and layers. I’m not sure I could whip out enough of these books fast enough to make a dent in the recyling bin! Inspirational. Motivating. For sure.

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