Thursday, July 12, 2012

Surreal Dreams Altered Collage Cigar Box

This newest addition to my altered cigar boxes was inspired by Steampunk style and surreal dreams that visit us in the night. Tarot cards, a gypsy fortune teller, full moons and hands are imagery I used to convey the mystery of dreams.

       Materials used:  
  • wood cigar box found at a local smoke shop
  • Images from the Harter's Pictorial Archive
  • acyrlic paint (gray and red)
  • decorative cardstock
  • tarot cards
  • newsprint
  • acrylic mate gel
  • wood blocks
  • Mod Podge
  • Varnish
  • Alphabet Stickers

Artistic Process and Details:
  •  The wood cigar box was first painted with two coats of grey acrylic paint. To add surface interest and texture, I used a pulled-paper technique. With matte acrylic gel, I imprinted strips of newspaper in layers on the outside of the box.
  •  The surreal dream collages on the lid of the box were made from decorative cardstock and Steampunk ink engravings from the Harter's Pictorial Archive. The quote, "Inside this room, all my dreams become realities....and some of my realities become dreams", is from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
  •  I adhered tarot cards around the outside and inside of the box. Four wood blocks were painted grey, then sea-sponged with crimson and glued to the bottom with Goop contact adhesive. The entire box was sealed with both Mod Podge and varnish.

You can find this altered cigar box in my Etsy shop, Lovely Fever:

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