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More Slide Mount Altered Art (Also can be used on ATC’s)

Another six projects.

7. Stars
Sponge color on the edges of several slide mounts, using sea sponge, make-up sponge, crumpled plastic wrap, crumpled wax paper or simply a wad of paper towel. Use 1 – 3 colors. Decorate with metallic stars, either lick-on or self adhesive paper stars, or metal stars. Place them on each corner. Cut a picture from a magazine, etc. and photocopy onto cardstock. Use the copy on your slide mount; it will hold up better. Photos of planets, moon, etc. work well, but use anything you wish. Use the slide mount as a view finder and choose part of picture you want visible through the center. Affix to interior of mount and seal. If you have made several, arrange them together. Wire works well to hold them in place — two wires on each side.

8. Handwriting
For a different look, write 3 or 4 lines in long hand, about 6 inches long. Perhaps you’ll write something original, a poem or a quotation. Choose from a variety of papers and writing tools. I have used Conte pencils with good results, either burnt sienna or raw umber. Or try Sharpies or gel pens, or silver or gold metallic on black paper. This amount of handwriting should cover at least 2 slide mounts. Glue the handwritten paper on the slide mount. For the center, consider using a faux or regular postage stamp or maybe a tiny hand from a bead shop.

9. Option for #8
Use the handwriting technique described in #8 to do 4 slide mount fronts. The handwriting can be all the same or use different papers and mark makers. Fill each center with a canceled postage stamp. Cut a square background of heavyweight paper with room enough to affix the 4 slides. Before adhering stamps, use a watercolor wash on the background. Wrap twine, string, hemp, excelsior or whatever, around the square background paper. You can stamp the wrapped twine surface with permanent ink for additional color. Mount the completed slides and hang with whatever cord you used. Sometimes I forgo hanging, and add to a collage, mixed media piece, or simply stand on an easel.

10. Playing Card
Use the back of a playing card to cover the front of a slide mount. Use any card available. I find it fun to use a standard, patterned print in blue and/or red. (Bicycle Brand) If no ards are available, you an purchase a two-pack at a dollar store for a buck. Cut out a heart, diamond, etc. for the center. Glue a penny or a bingo marker or bingo number to the corner of the mount.

11. Gingham
Cover a slide mount with either gingham fabric or gingham paper (found in a scrapbooking shop.) Mount a piece of fruit in the center — some suggestions are a magnet, a miniature photo, or a sticker. Wrap a matching rick-rack or ribbon around all sides, as if you were tying a package and adhere to back.

12. Movies
Copy a miniaturized photo of a favorite star (Johnny Depp? Bing Crosby? Paul Newman?) 8 to 10 times. Overlapping, glue the tiny photos on the entire cover of a slide mount. You can use sepia for the copy paper or color the faces with chalk or water soluble oil pastels. (Just color the same feature on each copy — blue eyes or red cheeks or blonde hair.) Fasten movie ticket to center. Cut letters from newspaper of magazine or use adhesive letters in contrasting colors to write FAME on the bottom.


Ideas for a Half Dozen Altered Slide Mounts

Read my last post, A Primer on Cardboard Slide Mounts, if you are not familiar with slide mounts. Here I will give directions for projects I have either made, or plan to make, or just have dancing in the back of my head or in my idea notebook. These little mounts are extremely versatile and can be finished quickly on the cheap side. Remember when I refer to decorating the outside of a slide mount, you must visualize the mount folded in half and decorate only one half. The back will usually be adhered to your project. You can fill in the window with all manners of things.

The directions below can be followed exactly, adapted to the materials you have on hand or can inexpensively obtain, or you can totally do your own thing using some of the ideas presented. If nothing else, simply enjoy thinking about miniature art in a new way.

#1 Mail.
Cover the entire front of the slide mount with canceled postage stamps. These can be adhered nicely with acrylic matte medium or a product like Mod Podge. Once dry, turn over and cut away the center with an exacto knife. Write an address on a piece of paper and looking at the writing through the window, adjust until you are happy with the placement. Only a part of the address should show. Attach and self-seal slide mount. Easy with free and found materials.

#2 Sewing Patterns
If you have old sewing patterns, this is an idea for you. Cut a piece of colorful, small print material to fit the outside of the slide mount. Finish the edges with pinking shears for a zig-zag look or make a fringe around all the edges by pulling threads. Glue fabric down. Turn slide mount front down, slit an X in the exposed fabric in the window. Trim or wrap around edge of mount and glue. Embellish with 4 tiny pearl buttons, 2 above opening and 2 below. Using the pictures of models on the pattern’s envelope, moe the mount like a view finder until you see what part that you want visible. Glue and self-seal slide mount.

#3 Optional Project for #2
Instead of fabric, wrap the frame with long strips of the pattern’s uncut pieces (like tissue paper) and glue. Use center as in #2 or use a small piece of the written sewing directions on the back cover for the window and attach a sewing accessory in the center, ie. large button, (sewn with thread or not,) snaps, or a tiny piece of fabric.

#4 Campbell’s Soup
Fix yourself a nice bowl of Campbell’s Soup and save the label. Or you might want to wait for cooler weather to enjoy the soup. It’s 90 degrees here, and I’m not quite in the mood. You can always remove the label from the unopened can, too. Use the familiar red and white label to cover the slide mount. While you have the label, you may as well make several. If you can find a very small spoon at a toy store like ToysRUs or if you can mold one out of Sculpey or Fimo, adhere it to the side of the slide. Or be creative here. Make a spoon out of aluminum foil. Finish by drawing a simple line drawing of a cracker and shade it with PrismaColors or other colored pencils. Fasten so the drawing peeks out the window.

#5 Checkerboard
Use a tiny pre-made checkerboard stencil or make your own by cutting the tiny square pattern out of acetate with an X-acto knife. Remember you are working on a small background so chose size of checkerboard pattern accordingly. Stencil pattern on slide mount using black acrylic paint or fill in squares with colored pencils, metallic pens or water-soluble oil sticks. You need not do this neatly: if some squares are not totally filled in or the edges of the slide are not covered, that adds an artsy quality. I prefer to keep the pattern black and white, but do your’s however the spirit moves you. To fill in the window, I used a Mrs. Grossman’s sticker (a red rose off center) stuck to a bit of pattered paper or gift wrap. Mrs. Grossman’s stickers can be found at scrapbook sores, kids stores or on the internet, or use any brand of sticker available. There are hundreds of sticker designs so you will find lots of choices.

#6 Birthday Stamp
Make a tiny family remembrance, using an office date stamp. Choose dates important to your family (birthdays, anniversaries) and stamp them on the slide mount. Use any color of ink. Stamp randomly or in rows. For the opening, use a sticker or picture of a birthday cake or draw one with fine-line permanent black pen and watercolor. You can replace the cake idea with renditions of noisemakers and streamers, balloons or whatever else you think of.

Primer on Altered Cardboard Slide Mounts

A slide mount is customarily used to make 35mm photos into slides. It is a piece of cardboard, usually white, which folds in half. There are windows in the center once the mounts are folded. The size and cost of cardboard slide mounts make them a quick and easy addition to collages, mixed media, altered art and altered books. I use self-seal 35mm white cardboard slide mounts, usually found at a camera specialty store, on the internet or very occasionally you can get old, used ones at an antique store or flea market. Plastic mounts were available in small numbers at scrapbook stores not so long ago, but they were expensive and in bright colors and they were plastic. I work mostly with cardboard as it accepts the many media I use. Plastic doesn’t.

I’ve used General Brand, 500 mounts for $21.95 from, order # GBSMSS35500. 500 slide mounts seem like a huge amount, but if you split the slides and cost between artist friends, a lot of 100 costs $4.50 or 4 1/2 cents a piece. It’s amazing how fast these little guys will turn into art , so don’t worry too much about a somewhat large quantity. There are many suppliers on the internet, so you may wish to check out other photo supply sites for a smaller number at a better price. I haven’t found one, yet.

As I said, these are super easy to use. Decorate only one half of the outer cardboard. Then position a small square of art you have made into the window and self seal.

In my next post, tomorrow, I will give a half dozen suggestions of completed projects to get you started.