Saturday, May 3, 2008

Altered Book Worshop

This past month (April) we worked on an Altered Book Workshop at The Artist Circle. I've been following along best I can but with my eczema outbreak my hands are so sore I haven't been able to do much.

I did manage to get the pages sanded, gessoed and painted for step one. Then I experimented with different papers to cover the pages as the base. I used some printed tissue paper. My wrinkles for texture were a bit to wrinkly for me so I wrinkled less on the next group of pages.

I used some sewing pattern tissue - my favorite, and that gave the pages a nice aged look. I'm now out of dress pattern tissue so I'll have to hit the thrift store for more, I just love the stuff.

And finally I used some blank pages from my son's writing tablet. I didn't have any old book pages that would fit my board book so I figured the lightness of the tablet paper would give it the same look minus the text, which I can stamp on if need be. I was disappointed that the base color did not show through as I had hoped.

I'm not happy with the way this book is going but I know its all an experiment and will continue to work in it. I may or may not go with a theme as suggested, maybe I'll just keeping trying new things and then work on another book once I find what works for me. I also think I'm better off with a smaller board book as this one is bigger then those chunky square ones.

In the end its all a learning experience and I always find a new technique along the way that I can use in other creations. The next step is to use some cat's eye fluid chalk but I don't have any so I'll figure something out or maybe splurge on myself for Mother's Day and pick some up this week.


3rdEyeMuse said...

I think it's an awesome project that you are working on! the colors look so pretty. :)

Wanda H said...

I think your book is going great!! You'll be surprised how fab the pages look once you get more on them. Thanks for your comment on my blog!!!

The Paris Salon said...

The book looks great Danielle! Your use of dress pattern tissue has inspired me to play with it a bit :)
Techie ? - Did you use the board pages as is or glue some together?
Take care, feel better----

Jillian said...

Hi Danielle. Your book has a great start! I'm sure it will evolve into something wonderful. When I did my first bind-it-all note pad I called it my prototype. :)

Tammy said...

I can't wait to see the progress of this.