Monday, March 16, 2015

New YouTube video up - Altered Book Art Journal

Hi - I know it's been a while; but, I've been on vacation, celebrating my birthday and just generally being me.  (That takes a lot of time - sometimes.)

I've been working on an old book that I found - well, I'm not really sure where I found it - but it's become quite a project for altering.  This is what I call "messy Art" and it's right up my alley.  I am getting very gluey and paint smeared and loving every minute.  This project actually started at the end of 2014 and will most likely be a work in progress for much of 2015.  I didn't realize how much effort it takes to create an altered book!

The video I put up on YouTube only shows the progress I've made to date.  It may not look like much but believe me - it's been an effort.  The book, an old text book I think, had over 500 pages and I've whittled it down to about 20 two sided pages - lots of editing there.  The paper is on the thin side so I glued two pages together in each instance to form one stronger page.  I will be adding paper and ephemera as I go so the pages will get stronger - I'm just hoping that the binding holds up!

Here are a couple of pictures - one of the outside of the book - as yet unaltered and one of the middle spread that I did this morning.  Bare in mind that I am only beginning work on these pages - what you see is only the start of the background - not the finished background and the actual page layout isn't even in the idea stage yet.  Loads of fun - and I find it really exciting to just do this as I go - by the seat of my pants so to speak - no blue print or seat belts here.  LOL.

The front of the book - isn't the image interesting?  I think I may just emphasize it rather than cover it.

My phone lets me write on my photos - just thought it was cool.

Middle background spread in progress - scraps of paper, die cuts and gesso so far - options are endless...
I think this is the link to the video - I hope you enjoy it.

I am planning to post videos showing my progress.  Don't forget to like my Facebook page to see photos of other projects that I'm working on.
(if it's the first time you've visited my FB page - please don't forget to "like" it.

Thanks for joining me - K
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I am a mother and a grandmother. I was married to my best friend, Ted for over 17 years.  I am now a widow - but have many wonderful memories.  I am an incredibly proud parent and grand parent.  I am very blessed. I live with five frisky cats, one extra large swim-e fish aptly named - Fish.  Fish is a very old member of the family too, like over 18 years.  There is also a five year old crazy dog named Wolowitz in residence - kind of in the middle of nowhere - but I kinda like it that way too. I worked for a tax department which I don't find at all interesting or full filling and just a blur in my mind now.  My main time soaking love, outside of the family and friends that are very dear to me; is creating and making artfully crafted objects that warm people's hearts and tickle their souls.  Who could ask for more than that?