Sunday, October 17, 2010

Black and White (and Sepia) Altered Art Book

"Black and White (and Sepia)"

Altered Art Book

by Lynn Lindley

This altered art book began as featuring only

Black and White.

Before I could finish even one page of the book,
I realized that Black and White
would be too restrictive for me,
and it lacked the warmth that I always gravitate to ...
so I allowed Sepia tones to join in the creation ~
and it became a wonderful project
with lots of special and meaningful pages in black, white, and sepia.
The majority of the pages feature vintage
family photos of a personal nature,
so I'm including here just a couple
of the more generalized pages.

Below is the open book spread out so that on the left side
you can see the back cover,
and on the right side you see the front cover.

The front cover was the most FUN to create.
These are slide mounts each with photos,
vintage and new,
or small pieces of ephemera inside,
and other little images that appeal to me.

(Click on any of the photos for a closer look.)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Book of Numbers"

This "Book of Numbers" began life as a colorful children's board book - all pages of which are now covered up and completely altered.

The numbers 1-12 are each given a separate page, complete with a vintage photo showing that particular number of people in the photograph. Because of the sunlight on the photos, it is not always easy to count all the people in the photo.  But trust me, they are there.

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"Book of Numbers" front cover:

Next, are these pages:

Pages 1 and 2
Pages 3 and 4
Pages 5 and 6
Pages 7 and 8
Pages 9 and 10
Pages 11 and 12

Back cover of "Book of Numbers" shown below:

Saturday, July 31, 2010


Altered Art Book 


ABOVE: Photo of my "BIRDS" altered art book cover.

*Click on image to see a larger picture.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"A ~ You're Adorable!"

My recent altered art book is based on the 1948 song called,

"A ~ You're Adorable,"

which wanders through the alphabet in an old-fashioned way.
This presented me with a lyrical pattern
in which to celebrate some of my collected vintage images.
Also, the song has special meaning to me because my
maternal grandmother used to sing it to me when I was little.

*You can click on each of the pictures to show a larger and clearer image.

First, here are the lyrics to the song.
(above) This is the cover of "A ~ You're Adorable"
A ~ You're adorable ... B ~ You're so beautiful ...
C ~ You're a cutie full of charms ... D ~ You're a darling and ...

E ~ You're exciting ... F ~ You're a feather in my arms ...

G ~ You look good to me ... H ~ You're so heavenly ...

I ~ You're the one I idolize ... J ~ We're like Jack and Jill ...

K ~ You're so kiss-able ... L ~ Is the love-light in your eyes ...

M, N, O, P ... I could go on all day ...

Q, R, S, T ... Alphabetically speaking you're OK!

U ~ Made my life complete ... V ~ Means you're very sweet ...

W, X, Y, Z ... It's fun to wander through the alphabet with you,
to tell you what you mean to me!

This is the back cover with a pocket that holds the lyrics to the song.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010



An altered art book created by Lynn Lindley
that celebrates the beauty of RUST ~

focusing on the color of rust and verdigris,
and featuring the unique texture of rust by inclusion of actual
rusted embellishments such as washers, nails, S hooks,
keys, pins, paper clips, and other 3D pieces,
all with a vintage flair.

This altered art book also includes hand-dyed silk ribbons,
vintage ephemera, lace, words/text/pages from old books,
distressed tags, buttons, stickers, photographs, tiny faux jewels,
images from outdated magazines, letters and envelopes from
the 19th century, glass, seashells and anything else that
struck my fancy that was rusty or defined "rust" such as
entries from old dictionaries. 

Oh, and paint. Lots of paint.
Below are the pages from the book, along with selected notations
of what is on the page (mostly cut-0ut text from old books) but
is difficult to read in these photographs.

Click on the pictures to see a larger image
Below are the photos of the pages in the book.
(After the photos are the words on each page.)

Woman says: "I admit that I have an inexplicable fondness for rust."
 Myth: Rusty Nails Cause Tetanus
The lock was impenetrable due to the rust
on the ancient key plate.
 The box was forever sealed shut with rusty nails.

The Gifford Sisters, Mathilda and Maude
Writing on left side (cut-out words from the text of an old book) reads:
"Mathilda was a lovely and gentle nice girl but Maude
she was a hovering witch and the most beautiful of the
two women ... Mathilda and Maude were also trying
desperately to marry powerful, young men from London."
 "Do you love me?"
"Yes, my lord." "Of course."
Was he infatuated with her at that time?
Yes, very much in love with her.
 Quincy invented Rust-OLeum.
I tell you that I know he's the
only man who had this formula.

 Their inheritance amounted to nothing
more than an old bucket full of rusty nails.
 Alice St. Cyre
She was a tough little button.
She was too proud to acknowledge her poor
relatives, Rusty, Miranda, and Little Luke.

 Carmen ~ She worked in the bookstore at #5 Rusty Lane.
 He was a regular at the Rusty Nail Pub
sitting at the bar ordering *Rusty Nails* and
waiting for his friends to show up.

 The gleaners removed the rusty nails from
the old abandoned structures and
used them to reinforce their own homes.
 Her hair was the color of rusty nails.

The very dangerous neighbors ... Mrs. Foster, Mrs. Hunt, and Mrs. White ...
"specially exasperating, slightly rebuking old fogies"

Rusty washers were the only things
holding their relationship together.

Georgie was a laundress who specialized in
the removal of rust stains from fine linen.

Her heart was hammered shut with rusty nails.
The solution called for a tincture of rusty nails.
She collected seashells and rusty nails.

Inside of back cover of *RUST*
*RUST* by Lynn Lindley ©

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"HOME" Altered Art Book

Altered Art Book


by Lynn Lindley ©

Here is the cover of my latest altered art book titled, "HOME" which features a verdigris finish with old, rusty house keys, hand-dyed silk ribbons, and a paper piece from a 19th century women's magazine partially titled HOME.

Saturday, April 3, 2010



Altered Art Book cover by Lynn Lindley ©

Inside the glass vial there are four real dragonfly wings.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Here are photographs of the coversof a few of my 
Altered Art Books:
click on any of the photos for a large image


Cover of: "Autumn Leaves"

Altered Art Book by Lynn Lindley ©

Cover of: "Living In The Past"
Altered Art Book by Lynn Lindley ©


Cover of: "ANGELS"
Altered Art Book by Lynn Lindley ©

Please check back again for more photos of future books.

For the original paintings by:

Lynn Lindley

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