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Monday, November 18, 2019

My First Attempt.........


......at altering a book.... If you are squeamish at the idea of altering a book you should stop reading now... I LOVE books.... but sometimes a book is destined for the dump or the recycle bin and i like to think of this altering as breathing new life into it...


It has really let my imagination 'take flight'... i've decided to work with a theme... 'Bees'!! Ofcourse! My current obsession is still going strong.. lol  



First i pulled some pages out of the book to make room for all that i would add... then i glued some pages together.... and gave them all a coat of gesso to help what i wanted to put on there stick... The pages were kinda slick.. Then i tore some old dictionary pages into pieces and covered the page... 


I used watered down acrylic paint in turquoise and ultramarine blue and had a great time using my fingers  to swirl in a background but kept it light enough you could still see the dictionary page underneath ... 


Then i pulled out my stamps and stencils and did my best to layer... Layering is not my forte.. But i bet this book will help me get better.. lol . There's washi tape and images from magazines and old greeting cards .... I splattered more paint.. and look at the owl...

Yep... he flips open! How cool is that? 


'Imagination rules the world'
I don't know about that but it definitely rules my world... :)



The idea of an altered book started when i found LorriMarie on YouTube... I have just devoured her videos and look forward to every single new one. She has so many great ideas . Her style is not my style.. She likes more the 'grunge' look. I'm more about bright colors... duh.. we know that about me don't we?! lol 


Her books also rarely close because they are so full of stuff.. I'd like to find a happy medium there..  So much texture here that you just can't see in the photo.. Glitter on the sunflowers.. They are a magazine image but i painted acrylic on top of them.. The star has clear dimensional paint on top.. That square in the upper right hand corner is a pocket! I forgot to pull the tag out and take a pic... On it its says...'Be Brave'..... 


The lizard flips open ... going to put a quote on courage there.. And the bees are tethered!  This page is still in progress.. I want to hide the bees under the lizard with magnets then you can bring them out... you know.. interactive.. lol 


So much fun! 



Here i glued some pages together and cut out a window and put a piece of clear acetate ... stamped a bee on it..  Found some purple ribbon in my stash for a bow..  Gave the owl a key.. 


Watch the owl......


He flips open to reveal two moons... Just let your imagination soar..
So many possibilities.. 


I used dimensional fabric paint to outline the flowers.. 

I couldn't resist the two owl looking in the mirror... If you made it this far... thank you thank you thank you...  :)   I have been working on this project nonstop for a while now and i think i will come up for air and do something else.. Let my imagination simmer for awhile.. Pull it out and do a page at a time as i feel the inspiration..  i hope you like it.. Have you ever done something like this? Would you ever do something like this???  So good to see you! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs! deb

10 comments:

Ellen D. said...

I have not seen your blog before and I am really blown away by the beautiful, creative work you do. Wow! So many details and it is really just amazing to me! Wow! Wow! Wow! I have to go back through your older posts to learn more about you! I found you from The Weaver of Grass blog. Well done!!

Divers and Sundry said...

I have not done anything like this, but I love yours :) Those colors and the detail! Some books get pulped anyway, and I'd much rather see them have life as art like this. Gorgeous!

CraftyViolet said...

Love it! Absolutely love it! Making an altered book is on my list of things to do as well. I may start that in January. Right now I'm trying to get some Christmas quilts finished. My Christmas cards are done! My daughter just asked me to make three of the small mixed media Christmas trees for her. Facebook reposted the one I made years ago and she decided she absolutely had to have some now. So many projects, so little time! I'm going to check out that person's video right now....quilting can wait another few minutes!

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Deb, Your mixed media altered book is just stunning! I love all the creativity you have added into this. I did one altered book several years ago and totally loved it-I would like to make another one-good to see you-hugs

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

As you may know, Deb, I taught an altered book class over the course of a year a few years ago. My art was far more simple than yours, which is drop dead gorgeous. I have completed at least six altered books and am always working on one or another, too. You can be very, very proud of yours. This is already unbelievably gorgeous.

Rita said...

I have seen altered books but have never done one myself. I also like bright colors and this one is really lighthearted and fun!! :)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

If I loved to do paper art I would definitely give this a try. I just love YOUR art so much and this is a great media for you. I hope you show more of your pages. I love what Bluebeard and Elizabeth said about your work.
Happy Thanksgiving.
xx, Carol

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Oooo yummy. Did you tear out some pages to make room for bulk? Your Be Brave page - I would never do a bee themed book because I'm not. Bees scare me. This is awesome! It's good to see you too! Big hugs

The Weaver of Grass said...

Brilliant idea Debs and lovely images to see. Haven't seen your posts for a while - are you OK?

Jean Ellen said...

Deb, this is just beautiful. I tried my hand at mixed media art and as you say, your imagination just goes crazy! I found many helpful videos on You Tube. Your work gives me even more ideas. Well done!