"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Monday, June 11, 2018

Another Altered Book Page before I go...

I'm leaving tomorrow for Stowe, Vermont, for two weeks. My mom lives there still (I grew up there) and is turning 90 on Friday. She is having a big party for all her friends and I will be there to help. 

Then the next week all my kids, their spouses, grand boys and my husband will arrive. We will be having a family celebration on the 23rd along with one of her two surviving, older sisters, a few nieces, two of my brother's kids and their significant others, and my two brothers. It will be quite the family reunion and a grand celebration of this very important milestone!

So I finished this altered book page today, though I should be packing! I won't be doing any art for the next few weeks so had to get my time in now.  This page has a cutout with a suspended corrugated cardboard heart. (I followed this video of LorriMarie Jenkins.)

The heart is cut from a piece of corrugated cardboard with added rusty book pages and Distress Ink.  The microscope slide on the front is one I've had for a long time and might have been received in a swap. I attached it with wire. On the back there is a vintage image cut from a scrapbook paper.

The background is collaged papers with texture paste through a stencil and watercolors.


Front of page with microscope slide attached with wire

Back of page 

I love the effect of the suspended heart. Now I will need to create something very interesting on the pages before and after this one as they will peek through!

I'll be back in a few weeks...

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Time Flies

How is it possible that it's been almost two weeks since my last post? 

I finally recuperated from my back going out and am now back to normal. You don't realize how much you need your back until it's not functioning!

My youngest daughter from Chicago has come in two weekends this month (we hadn't seen her since late last summer) for friends' weddings and a baby shower, so that has been fun to catch up with her in person.

As for art, I have done a few art journaling spreads and one more altered book spread.

This page was one where I deposited leftover paint and texture paste through stencils. I added the focal point of the window from a magazine and then covered the background with black gesso to tame the colors.  I then sanded over the texture and used gelato to bring some of the color back. This was a simple and quick page since the background was already started. This is in my small Dylusions art journal (I have several going at once.)




This spread was inspired by a similar page created by Shari Carroll for the Simon Says Stamp blog. She used Jane Davenport napkins, acrylic paints, stamped and embossed butterflies on vellum and some word "tiles" from Tim Holtz. Since I had all the supplies and loved the colors, I CASEd the spread in a spiral-bound journal.




And here's one more spread in my newest altered book. The background started with collaged scrapbook paper scraps and old book pages, covered with gesso and then juicy watercolors with alcohol dripped all over. The houses are assembled from scrapbook papers with doors and windows cut out and vintage images added behind the cutouts. I love how this came out.



Monday, May 28, 2018

Starting another altered book




Happy Memorial Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying parades and barbecues but also remembering the brave soldiers who fought and died for our freedom.

After returning home last week, my back went out and I was immobile for three days. I couldn't even make it to my art room which was the hardest part of the whole ordeal! 

Thankfully it's feeling much better now and I have managed to get back into a routine of working on an altered book I recently started. I am again following along with LorriMarie on YouTube as she posts each background technique.

So far, I have completed five spreads (I'm including the link to each specific video). These, of course, are just the backgrounds. I will go back later to add focal points and finishing touches.


Technique #1: Torn pockets, gelato, gold foil



Technique #2: fabric, texture paste and stencil; envelope pockets


envelope flap open


Technique #3: acetate window tip-in


acetate window


Technique #4: watercolor/plastic wrap, copper foil, vellum pocket tip-in



Technique 5: napkin collage, pocket page - left spread


Right spread


Center pocket page with tag

Have a great week!





Sunday, May 20, 2018

Napkin Art

I've always enjoyed using napkins in collage. They come in a great variety of styles and beautiful patterns and are an amazing source of images.

My friend, Cathy, and I got together last week and made small canvases using napkins.  I created four 6" square, deep-edged canvases.  I painted the sides, collaged a text-printed tissue paper on two and then collaged on the napkins.





a darker photo, but shows the painted edge


Made two of these - love that bunny! Sides painted gray

Last one - I intended to paint around the edges with acrylic or watercolor paints,
but not sure now as I'm liking this look



I liked the bunny image so much and still had two left from the one napkin that I felt compelled to make an art journal page with it.  

Here is the page I chose which I'd previously collaged with miscellaneous papers and a light coat of white gesso.




And this is the finished page with the napkin adhered. I also added a second napkin at the bottom and used colored pencils, a black Stabilo pencil and a white gel pen to embellish it.  It's a simple page, but I love it.




We're going out of town this week so I won't be posting until next weekend. Have a great week!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Alice in Wonderland Book Cover

I finally bound the pages into my Alice book and finished the spine.  

I used a simple pamphlet stitch with twine to sew the pages into the spine and then covered the spine with black masking tape and a black-and-white harlequin ribbon. I added an eyelet to the top and embellished with many charms. So happy to be done and I can now enjoy my book!



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Altered Book Cover

Finished! Today I finished the cover for the altered book I posted last week.   This was another technique of LorriMarie Jenkins.  It is made with aluminum foil duct tape from the hardware store which covers dry wall tape, corrugated cardboard, texture paste through stencils, chipboard flourishes, a key, metal washers, a few charms and some heart rhinestones.  It is antiqued with black paint. I love the effect of this black patina and I will most certainly be doing this technique again!





Saturday, May 12, 2018

Revisiting Altered Books

I have made a few altered books before, but about a month or two ago I discovered a new (to me) mixed media/altered book artist, LorriMarie Jenkins, on You Tube.  I have been binge-watching her videos on altered books ever since. She teaches in person in California but also uploads tutorials on her channel.

I just finished a book using her videos for the different pages. I only had one book with a stitched spine when I started watching her and I had already removed many of the pages, so this book only has about ten spreads. It was way too much fun! The spreads below are in the order in the book, but not in the order of when I created them. I will try to link her video for each technique.




This spread has a background of watercolors dripped with alcohol. The left page has a magazine collage with a top layer of crackle medium.  The right page has a cut-out niche with a collaged "tile" tied in. I did not cut a window for this page as I had already made the page backing it. (adding tile video)





These two pages are collaged magazine images of women. The left page has a background similar to the first spread, but with acrylic paint and alcohol drips. (acrylic paint and alcohol)

The right page has a background of texture paste through a stencil, covered with black gesso and highlighted with gelato. It seemed to be missing something so I added painted book page circles.






This spread is collage over a background of torn book pages, music paper and patterned paper. Watercolor adds the colors. (collage technique)






This spread has two pockets. The background is painted and stamped. The pockets are adhered by tying torn fabric strips through holes along the edge. 

The three focal points are actual tea bags with vintage images sewn in. They were then dipped in beeswax. (pocket tutorial) (tea bags with beeswax)






The large focal images of this spread are image transfers over a collaged background of various papers. I added stamping and lots of doodles in white pen. (image transfers)





The left page above features a hinged "door" revealing a magazine image. A magnet is hidden behind the book pages on the back of the door and catches the metal charm to keep the door closed. (adding door to page)

The right page is a napkin collaged to a background of book pages and music papers. The Eiffel Tower is a stamp and I added dots with a white paint pen. (napkin collage)


Detail - door open





This spread has a pop-up vintage image featuring several men. The background is black gesso with rings stamped with white paint and a toilet paper roll. I added lots of metal gears and tied fibers close the pockets which create the pop-up. (pop-up technique)



Better view of pop-up






This is a double spread - a left page, right page and a page with an acetate window between.  The photo above shows the right page peeking through the stamped acetate window. (adding window, substituting acetate)

The photo below shows the left page showing through the window.







Center page with acetate window





This is the last spread. The background is several layers of acrylic paint, dripped with alcohol. Two microscope slides contain vintage images and are adhered to the background. I added some collaged images, half circles and some white dot doodling. (adding microscope slides)

No ideas for the cover yet so it is unfinished. 


 She is just beginning a new altered book. This series will only feature the backgrounds and the rest of the pages will be up to each person to complete as desired. I am going to follow along with this one, from start to finish. Here is the first video of the new series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0V3awQB-5c&t=2967s  Come play along with us!