Altered Art is a fun and creative way to use decoupage and collage to breathe new life into old items. Some of the most popular forms of Altered Art are Altered Books and Cigar Box Purses. Altered Books are old books that have been painted, glued, stamped, embellished, cut or otherwise altered to create new pieces of art. Altered Books can be created to stay open permanently for display or can be used as creative gift boxes for gift certificates, photos and greeting cards. Cigar Box Purses are old cigar boxes that have handles and clasps added to them along with just about anything you can think of to decorate and change them into amazing new pieces of art.