This piece started out as a tall children's board
book that I got at a library book sale. As with the other two board
books I've done, because of all the niches and layering of pages,
careful planning is a must. I really spent a lot of time just staring
at the pages, trying to figure out where things were going, how deep
I'd have to cut, and so on, because once I start cutting through the
pages, I've really made a commitment. (Of course, if things go awry,
I can always toss the book and start again, right?)
On the left side: I used silver tissue paper to wrap around the inside edges of the niche. I used a piece of the book that I had removed to make the little shelf for the bottles. I also covered this with silver tissue paper. The bottles are filled with different art stuff and glued onto the shelf with gel medium. That beautiful silver thread spilling out of the bottle is actually kinked metal wire. I think it might be called sadi thread. I also used gel medium to glue down the blue game pieces, the stars, and the stamp, and that lovely blue starred ribbon at the bottom of the page.
I have to mention and thank the members of an Altered Book Artists embellishment swap for sending me some gorgeous items which I used in this altered book. Two of the bottles, the blue game pieces, the silver sadi thread, the manilla tags, and some of the paper I used in the collage, all came from that swap. So thank you ladies, wherever you are, for helping to make this altered book and this altered book tutorial!
Once these pages were decorated, I worked on the front and back covers. I tore some black and silver marbled paper into pieces and glued them all around the front and back of the book, again making sure to wrap the papers around the edges of the pages. When dry, I glued all the board book pages together with gel medium. The black is much blacker and the silver is much more silvery than this picture shows.
Next, I wrote the title with a silver Krylon leafing pen on a mica tile. I put glitter around the edges and attached it to the cover using gel medium. I also rubbed a few stars around the front.
Finally, I decorated the little tags. I printed out my quotes from the computer onto fake parchment paper, glued them onto the tags, and then decorated them with stamps, glitter, paint, and paper. I also added some fibers at the top of each tag. This book was so much fun to make, and the colors still look scrumptious to me.
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