Thursday, December 16, 2010

Advent Calendar Day Sixteen

It seems nearly impossible that today is the 16th of December. But here we are, ready to open the box marked 16.

Sixteen is represented by a lite brite stick and one of those glow in the dark numbers that I added red ink to. The ink is pretty subtle, but you can see it in the close-up.

Inside the box are a photo of a cigar box lid, a miniature cigar box label made for scrapbooks, and two actual cigar bands.

This photo shows some of the texture,

and although it's not the best photo in the world, here is the entire box.

My blog artist of the day is that of Raymond Papka. Now I've made altered books, but these are nothing like I've ever made. These are stunning works of gallery quality art incorporating books he alters into mixed media pieces along with other found objects. I like everything about these assemblages from composition to color choices. He often exhibits with his wife, Gretchen. They live in Kentucky in the US. So drop by and be amazed at the altered book and painted assemblages of Raymond Papka today.

5 thoughtful remarks:

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

This is sweet. I have a special place in my heart for Light Brites and this took me back immediately. What a wonderful advent calendar you have! I'm off to see Raymond's site.

Terri Kahrs said...

Wow! Light Brites! Now there's a fun memory! Can't believe we're into the Christmas single digit countdown! Hope you and Bleubeard are safe and warm! Hugs, Terri xoxo

elle said...

ooh! Now those are some very special Altered Books by your featured pick, Elizabeth.

~*~Patty S said...

Love the cigar bits of this and that...amazing that they fit in your box too

I do not know how you do it
finding blog after wonderful blog or how you keep track...I can't even keep track of some of the quotes that I use
Anything about altered books and I'm in...amazing works of art...thanks as always for sharing!
fa la la

see you there! said...

I like cigar bands for some reason. I'm off to check your link. BTW, I just becaome a follower here. Don't know how I left it so long.