Monday, June 1, 2015

Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book Part 1

Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book 

Recycled & Altered Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book:

Today I am sharing an Altered Puzzle Piece book I created especially for this months challenge on Altered Eclectics. Although I have created other Puzzle Piece Books in the past, this one is extra special because I have been wanting to do one with an Edgar Allan Poe theme for a very long time.  Above on the right is the Back Cover and on the right is the Front cover of my Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Piece Book

Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book pages 1 -2
 Above are Page 1 & 2 of my Puzzle Piece Book ... 
I made the wire scroll element on the top right page from plain old silver colored garden wire.

 Once I started on it went a slightly bit different direction than I had first imagined, with a little less clean and a bit more grunge.

Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book pages 
Above are Pages 3 & 4 ... The black flower hanging on the top ring
 is a black wooden piece that was part of an earring I found at a 2nd hand shop.

Project Steps:
1.) Removed all the Puzzle Picture Layers and painted them with black acrylic paint.
2.) Glued a layer of either Printed Backgrounds or Book Pages to both sides of each puzzle piece.
3.) Added random acrylic paint in red, white and black and silver in various places
4.) Did a bit of splattering in the same colors above to each side of each Puzzle Piece.
5.) Embellished each side with designs from my Pieces of Poe digital stamp collection
6.) Continued by adding metal washers, buttons, wooden pieces and recycled jewelry bits

 Above are Pages 5 & 6 Painted and Splattered and all ready to have something wonderful added to them. Thought the red splatter, smudges and drips look a little like blood and lent themselves nicely to something befitting Poe.

 This book is a work in progress and for this post I only did the Front Cover and Pages 1,2 & 3. I will do the rest a little later in the month and share them in Part 2 of my Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Piece Book and hope you will come back and see the additional pages.

Step 7.)
On the left is a close up of the main focal point on the Front Cover, the textured area directly under Poe was created with Aluminum Foil Tape run through my Cuddle Bug and then painted with black acrylic paint and wiped before it was completely dry.

As a closing photo below I thought you might like to see the baubles peeking from behind the pages above. The black bauble is recycled from an earring and the red from a necklace. I enjoy looking in second hand shops and often used reclaimed jewelry pieces in my pieces instead of buying ready made embellishments. I think it is alot more fun, very inexpensive and adds a very unique and original quality to a finished piece.

On the right is a close up of the recycled Jewelry Bits I used. I think they coordinate beautifully with look of the rest of the book.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed my Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Piece Book and will come back for Part 2.

Please be sure to check out this months challenge at Altered Eclectics, join us by sharing your own projects with us and check out what the rest of the team has created. I promise you won't be disappointed, these ladies are amazingly talented.

My Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece book is playing in the following challenges:

 Rhedd's Creative Spirit ... Altered Art
Quoth the Raven Nevermore #44 ... Raving Ravens
Dream in Darkness ... Splattered red to signify the look of blood
Left of Center #80 ... Recycled, Old Puzzle Pieces, Garden Wire, Aluminum Tape & 2nd Hand Jewelry
Smudgy Antics ... Anything goes / with 3 colors ... shades of black, red and white
Haunted House Designs ... Jewels

Update for this project- Jun 30, 2015: 

This is so Exciting and such an honor
 My Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Book has received the following awards:

Top Winner June

Top 3 June May Quoth the Raven Nevermore challenge

More Poe Projects, for a walk on the dark side !!!
  Edgar Allan Poe Artist Trading Block
Edgar Allan Poe Ony by Night Art Tag


Joi at RR said...

Chris, Chris - you never cease to amaze me with your artistic talents. Your altered puzzle book is FABULOUS. My favorite part is the colors... just perfect to make it fit the theme. Plus I love all the textures and embellishments - and the jewels. Every time I look at it I see something different. Wow - can't wait to see the rest of it. You just have a way of putting together your little puzzle books so PERFECTLY. Thanks bunches for sharing such WONDERFUL creativity with Rhedd's Creative Spirit. BIG HUGS j

Nan Bourdeu said...

Chris, fabulous make!! So many layers of fab!! Thanks for playing with us a Quoth the Raven this month! ~Nanette, DT~

Joi at RR said...

Ahhhhhhhhh Chris, Chris - to me - you are the puzzle book expert! LOVE how you do them each so differently and uniquely. Edgar Allen Poe would be very honored with this wonderful creation. Totally love the colors - they are PERFECT. And the backgrounds are FABULOUS - they just enhance the tale in the right way. And all the metal and bobbles and jewels - WONDERFUL WONDERFUL. I am not even over the moon about "the raven" but I really ENJOYED seeing this. So fun! Hope you do another one soon!! Thanks bunches for sharing with Rhedd's Creative Spirit! Big Hugs j.

ike said...

WoWza !!! That is one AWESOME piece !!! LUV it. :-D Thank you for coming over to play at QUOTH THE RAVEN :-)

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Kay Wallace said...

It is so obvious that a lot of care and work went into this puzzle book, Chris, and it is totally worth it in my book (pun intended!). Awesome project!

Kay Wallace
Quoth the Raven DT

Happycrafter Shell said...

wow what a fantastic piece! So much to look at on this, thank you for sharing it with us at QTR x

blackdragon said...

This is just so gorgeous Chris..... so many details and textures.... beautiful work as only you can do. Thank you for joining us at QUOTH THE RAVEN.... Hope you'll join us again soon. BDx

Kay Wallace said...

Congratulations on the win over at Quoth the Raven, Chris! Nicely done!

Vickie Y said...

Wow! Your puzzle book is fabulous; love all the beautiful detail.

Rebecca pettit said...

Uuuuu WOW I have never seen a puzzle piece book. I'm stealing it! Wonderful inspiration. Thanks love. So excited to see what you have for us next time.

Rupa S said...

Chris, You have a way with puzzles! This is mind blowing, I love the colors and the way you have embellished them. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit This month. Good luck. Rupa, DT

maureenjscott said...

Wow! this is fabulous Chris!! Love the details and close ups you've provided. Awesome creation! thanks for joining us at LOC, mo x

Sammy said...

Wow! Just... Wow! I absolutely adore this. Utterly gorgeous puzzle book. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

Gina said...

This project is just so COOOOOOL! Thank you for sharing :D XXX

Sari / Granne said...

Oh wau, what a project, you have done gorgeous job! Love the puzzle shapes and colours and all the details. Thank you for joining Dream in Darkness second challenge, hope to see more of your makes.

Monique Van dijk said...

wow this is sooooo cool I love the puzzle book and the decoration''thanks for playing at hdh

TangledBlueRose said...

Really fabulous! I love the mini pages and gorgeous images and textures! This is really inspiring and makes me want to play with mini puzzle piece books. Thanks so much for playing with us at Dream in Darkness!~CT kim

DonnaMundinger said...

WOW Chris! I never have seen a mini book made of puzzle pieces but I sooo want to try this! Amazing textures and fab theme. Loving the gems you've got going on, too. Thanks so much for joining us at HDH. xxD

Happycrafter Shell said...

Thank you also for sharing this with us at Smudgy Antics x

Creepy Glowbugg said...

I love absolutely everything about this! Gorgeous!
Thanks for playing in the dungeon with us at HDH.