Friday, March 15, 2013

Altered Oz 2013

There is quite the event going on over at Linda's Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts Blog, called Altered Oz, a tribute to all things Oz. This year the contributors were encouraged to provide an "altered" view of Oz, mixing it up.

There is a giveaway here, so be sure to read through to find out the details!

I didn't "alter" Oz, but I did try something new. I had Wizard of Oz (WOO) domino images from Gecko Galz so I decided to make a domino mini book using them. I love these images because they come from a variety of versions of this book! When you think of the WOO, you think of blue gingham, Judy Garland, , techni-color movie, etc. But there are so many other images and ideas out there.

Anyway, since these were domino images, I thought I would actually work with dominos. First, I used alcohol ink to color the dominos. In the end, the green and grey ink is barely seen since I ended up covering it with red glitter. **Hope you like the images, I applied a bit of Techni-Color myself, to ramp up the color a bit since my pics were a bit flat. Made everything a bit surreal!

I added the black and white pictures of Dorothy and the Wicked Witch onto the dominos, painted the edges of the dominos with glue then covered them with red glitter.  Once covered, I added a thick layer of Glossy Accents over the images to seal them in.  I also, once dry, coated the glitter in a thin layer of it so it wouldn't flake off when handled.

Next, I added the gold beads, as feet and as a topper.  The green ball is a stick pin head that was cut and glued to add a bit of "Emerald" to the piece.

Now for the inside. 

 I wanted to focus one side on the "Good" of Oz, with images of Dorothy, the Emerald City, Toto, Dorothy and the Lollipop Guild, The Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy and her friends, and Dorothy with Ozma.  The background paper, which I adhered over the folded cardstock, was a paper with the Emerald City already on it.  I added sequins to it to give it some flat bling.  I stamped out a few things, like Toto, and the phrase, "There's No Place Like Home." I also added some ruffle gingham ribbon that I bought for this project.

For the "Wicked" side, with the Wicked Witch on the cover, I used a newsprint paper as the background.  I used images that portrayed the Witch and her side of things.  The first image is of her and Glinda, embracing.  Then it progresses to bad deeds.  The phrase stamped is "I'll Get You My Pretty." I also added a brass broom and the word "sleep" under a scene in the poppies.

I added black seam binding to the back of the dominoes, then glued the accordion pages to them. 

I wasn't sure at first how this was going to turn out.  It is my first attempt at a domino book, as well as my first time using Wizard of Oz as my subject.  I was thrilled to try since it is one of my favorite books and I am a Children's Librarian! I love all projects made with books as the theme!

So, I hope you enjoyed my contribution to the Celebrate Oz event.  Please be sure to check out Linda's Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts blog for more contributors to this fabulous event!

For the Giveaway, please leave a comment below.  Following my blog is optional, though I hope you do.  One or more lucky winners will get a special prize, which I will announce later.  Could be a piece of art...could be some cool images.  So please comment and I will pick a random winner on Friday, March 23rd.

**a lucky winner will get the Wizard Of Oz Dominos, and another will get a special Wizard of Oz art piece. So be sure to leave a comment!

Good Luck and Thanks for Stopping By!

Happy Scrappy Savings!



  1. Wow! Your domino book is amazingly good!...and totally Wicked!!! :D XXX

  2. Your Altered Oz Domino book is so a wicked way of course. Happy Altered Oz!

  3. I'm a sucker for mini books of any shape and theme, and one that speaks of wicked oz? Yum!

    Happy aLtEReD oZ.

  4. OH WOW!!! this is wonderful, magical and amazing!! I love this mini book..and lust after it too :)

  5. Jess, I love what you did with the dominoes. This is truly a piece of pure altered Oz wonderfulness. I applaude you for working with such tiny pieces to accomplish your art. Lovely. I'd say you done Oz proud for sure.
    I so appreciate your being a part of this madness, Celebrate Oz. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.
    Smooches and Squoozes, Oma Linda

  6. Your dominoe book is amazing! It's pure magic and sltered art in a way I almost understand. Since I love Oz and books of Oz in any form this little book fits the bill for altered Oz celebrating! Happy Altered Oz!

  7. Gorgeous little book! Really, really well done :)

  8. My goodness - that is *brilliant* With the legs and topper, and the topsy turvy subject matter, it looks like it could be a book *from* OZ. I love it!

  9. LOVE you mini book! So CUTE!!! And my gosh, I've done mini mini albums myself, where mine were still bigger than this, but the small size was still a challenge! So, beautiful work, Jess, and nice meeting you via Celebrate Oz! ~tina

  10. Your creations are amazing! Wow! So much detail! I love them! Please enter me into your giveaway! Happy Altered Oz ;o) Nice meeting you ;o)

  11. Wowsers! That's about as unique an offering for aLtEReD oZ 2013 as I've seen yet! I would definately need my reading glasses for this one, but it would be worth it! Wonderful and uniquely inspired!

    Per Ardua Ad Alta!!!

    James C. Wallace II
    Royal Liaison of Oz

  12. You are very crafty and totally inspired with this altered Oz creation, It certainly is a tiny treasure that would be loved by any reader lucky enough to be drawn out the winner! Now... Fingers crossed ;)

  13. Fabulous details! I love how it can stand up for display, you have rocked this ♥ Lucky Librarian!

  14. Oh my..I have never seen a Domino Book!! This is an absolute Treasure!!! You have done a fantastic job!! And what is also terrific is that I have now found a great new Blog to follow! I am not a Children's Librarian but I AM a Puppeteer and have done many Storytimes in my day! Children's books are my addiction and I have, for the past three years, painted book characters in a local Elementary school Library. I think we'll have lots in common!!!!

  15. Hi Jess,
    Love your domino book, one of these days I have to attempt one too.
    enjoy a lovely Sunday,

  16. Beautifully done.

  17. I love your domino book! And I love the Oz stuff for crafting!

  18. Absolutely Gorgious Jess! Screams Oz and everything wonderful about it.

    Sorry it took me so long to get back to you I have been sick but I am having so much fun now on the hop.

    Great post!

  19. Beautiful book! Love the idea of the "good side" and the "bad side".

  20. this is amazing! I am amazed by Domino books!


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