Altered Cigar Box Idea… RevisitedTutorials
About a year ago, I created an Altered Cigar Box Project and presented it as a class at Captured Moments. It was a well received class and while I was developing my presentation for the class, I realized that a project like this one would make an excellent Blog entry. I think it is difficult and overwhelming to sit down to a project like this without a process in mind. Here is an image of my finished Box and here is what I did to make my project easy!
OK, here is how it started. My husband is a cigar smoker. I had a ton of accumulated cigar boxes that I’d been hauling around, knowing that some day I would develop a class to use them for. Fortunately, he smoked the same cigars for a long time so I had quite a bit of the exact same cigar box… perfect for developing a class.
So now I needed to come up with a theme. It is difficult trying to conduct a class or workshop unless everyone is focusing on at least a similar theme. I decided to promote this project as a “Treasured Things” box. I selected a paper line from 7 Gypsies that I thought looked antiquated and nostalgic. (Certainly a style that I like!)
I first covered the box with the paper inside and out and for the class was able to pre-cut the papers for everyone so that paper cutting was not taking up too much time and effort in the class. Then I needed to give everyone, including myself, some “homework”. We had to write down a list of our “treasures”. Things we treasure in life, or treasured items, it didn’t matter… the list would become our guide and template for developing our box.
Once my list of “treasured Things” was created, all I had to do was find ways to represent the things on my list. This was the fun part. Not only was it fun, but I was able to use stuff out of my scrapbook bag, using up some of those accumulated extras that seem to multiply overnight!
I chose to represent one or two items on my list on each side of the box. As I rifled through my scrapbook bag , I pulled all kinds of things that I thought could represent something on my list. Some things I did use, some things I did not. It was fun to be creative with these representations, keeping in mind that the theme was quite personal and was representative of myself.
Here is some of what I was able to come up with…
Using sayings, photos, rub-ons, stickers, fibers, etc this box became very 3-dimensional and very interesting to look at. It was almost a challenge for someone other than myself to recognize the specific treasures and how they were interpreted and represented on the box. A true conversation piece!
The obvious representation as well as the obscure make this box fun and interesting. Once I got rolling and started to find interesting things to use on the box, everything just came together.
What was great about this class was that once the box was covered with the paper, everyone’s box then took on a life of it’s own. It was great to watch the transformations of each box as it became the owner’s own. Each person was asked to bring whatever they wanted to use on the box as well as stuff they might offer up to others. We had tables full of everything anyone could possibly think of needing for their project. It was exciting. Everyone helped each other with ideas and suggestions.
This was a fun class and a great project. I have since used this type of planning for similar “altered” type projects that need a direction in order to come together. I hope this explanation is helpful for you when you are looking to create something like this. The box takes on so much more meaning if what you select to add to it represents something about you. Have fun!
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