2.07.2009

Altered Hearts

I consider that my days of collecting stuff are long gone. I finally realized I could really really like something
... . . and not need to OWN it.

This one just slipped up on me, almost unnoticed.
Decks of Playing Cards. All of the sudden , I had a drawer full . A couple of dozen decks which take up very little room and offer endless possibilities for altered art.

Who knew there were so many enchanting versions out there??
These are from a reproduction of an English deck, circa 1865. I found the designs to be quite witty and loved the simplicity of the rather modern sketches. How clever is this guy with the skillet?
Quite literally "Hearts on Fire."



In the four and five of Hearts , our cupid is running from the attacking hearts and firing from beneath his blindfold!

The hearts are a perfect base for a group of valentines. Since I wanted to retain the wondrous images, I used small bits of ribbon, tulle and gold paper to give them that pocket jewel feeling.

I must be easily amused.
Sit me down with a deck of cards - some glue and pieces of ribbon
and .. .. . I'm a very happy girl.

6 comments:

gina said...

You are very creative with your mixed media. I love the two of heats. What a wonderful Valentine.

Paul Pincus said...

great post!

re: I consider that my days of collecting stuff are long gone. I finally realized I could really really like something
... . . and not need to OWN it.


thank you for that ... i just had one of those light bulb moments!

happy weekend ; )

Paula Scott said...

I'm more easily amused! I'm a happy girl looking at these!
Where did you find them? n\Not that I plan to run out and find some as I plan to live vicariously through your acquisition! It just seems like such a curious deck to encounter. So clever! What has become the standard in today's deck of cards is quite dull, don't you think?

paris parfait said...

Easily amused or not - they're fabulous! I really love the hearts on fire one and Cupid running from the hearts.

Kathleen Botsford said...

I have those cards! Thank you for reminding me! I too do not need anything new to collect if I could remember all the things I have already collected! Great ideas for Valentines!

J ..de Santa Fe said...

Paula - I found these at an adorable little paper store in Taos (can't remember the name).

Kathleen - pretty little decks of cards are just so easy and inexpensive to pick up - just small treasures, not serious purchases :-)