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gesso, Lumiere acrylic Pearl Emerald Green, tissue paper, gold thread, Aztec Gold PearlEx powder, gold art papers
1) Make a test page when you're trying something new
First I cut out the window that would go over the section
title "Spring." Next I painted the pages with white gesso. I
originally wanted to have a smooth surface to paint on, but
as you can see, that idea fell by the wayside. Instead, I
put more gesso on the pages, took some white tissue paper,
crinkled it up really good, and stuck it over the pages then
painted more gesso on top. I rolled a brayer over the tissue
paper to press out air pockets and prevent more
I stitched gold thread across the window/title opening and it looked very cool. I used gel medium to glue the underside of the page to the page behind it. I then glued the art papers around the window at at the lower edge of the pages. I made a wax paper sandwich and flattened the book for the night. Everything was looking fine. When I opened it up the next morning, I discovered that the threads had slackened and were no longer tight across the window. My guess is that when the papers got damp from the gel medium, they shrank a bit, which loosed the stitching. It doesn't look too bad, but I don't like it as much as before, and I can't really thing of a way to remedy the situation.
It has taken me such a long time to get back to this book. I completed two other books since I finished "Winter." The Art in a Child's Hand board book that I made for Art Continuum, and another book that I dislike so much, I can't even bring myself to write about how much I dislike it. I started getting more into doing collage work, but my Earth book just kept beckoning me. It feels so good to work in it again.
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