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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ph2xeAW7tio

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.

https://www.facebook.com/cambridgegiftsbykelly?ref=hl
(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 one heman type cat, one extra large swim-e fish aptly named - Fish.  Fish is a very old member of the family too, like over ten years.  There is also a two 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?