Our masks, always in peril of smearing or cracking,
silver tissue paper, mirror tiles, Invent It! Body Sticker Tattoos, picture of Venus de Milo from internet and altered in PhotoShop, matte medium, gesso, and matte gel medium
I need to get a centering ruler. I must have rechecked the measurements a
half dozen times, but I still didn't get the title and quote text centered
just right with the image.
first thing I did was to plan in my head how I wanted things to look so that
I knew what I needed and how I was going to cut the pages. Once I knew what
surfaces were actually going to be used, I took coarse sand paper and sanded
the glossy pages. Some people say that this step is unnecessary, that you
can just slap on some acrylics without any problem. I didn't want to take
any chances, so I sanded first. Another alternative that I have read about,
is to peel off the slick surface of the page before painting. I'm going to
try that option on my next board book, since I was pretty impatient waiting
for the gesso to dry.
I'm unhappy with the placement of the text in relation to the mirror image. I did this late last night, wanting to get the book finished. I should have waited until the morning instead of being so anxious. You know how it is when you get into a "zone" and you just can't stop no matter what time it is. Well, my enthusiasm must have made me a little off-kilter; everything looked okay last night. But I have to say that I didn't really notice how the text was until after I had taken the picture for the web page. I tend to see all kinds of errors more clearing in the harsh reality of PhotoShop.
Life will show you masks that are worth all of your carnivals.
crystalline paper, tulle net, Invent It! Body Sticker Tattoos, glass vials, sheet music, black paper, ribbon, beads, napkin, Lumiere paints, PearlEx powder, match sticks, wire
1) Double-check the placement before drilling holes for the ribbon.
board book is 7 pages thick, including the front and back covers. I wanted
to make one double page spread, so I decided to make the left side 3 pages
thick and the right side 4 pages thick. Before I did anything else, I cut-out
my windows. I used a small T-square and a rectangle scrapbook template to
get the correct placement before cutting. I placed a self-healing mat under
the page, placed a ruler along my pencil line, and dragged an exacto over
the line about 8 times to cut through the board. Then I placed the mat below
the next page and cut out the second board. Believe me, by the time I was
done with all the cutting, my wrists and arms had gotten a good work-out.
I filled the three glass vials with teeny beedz, shimmer crystals, and embossing powder and stuck a silver tipped match into each bottle. I used some silver wire to wrap the bottles together and set the bottles aside. I didn't put the bottles into the niche until just before I glued the board pages together.
used a Dremel tool to drill the holes for the ribbon through the top pages
of the book. Using an embroidery needle, I wound the ribbon through the pages,
adding silver and clear glass beads as I went. This book is not meant to be
closed, so I didn't worry about the beads lying in the gutter of the book.
I find the Emerson quote on this page very intriquing. Even though I'm not exactly sure what it means, I love the way it sounds.
B E L I E V E
feather, word eyelet, tissue, picture from "Masks and Fans" collage sheet from ArtChix Studio
This side was relatively trouble-free! Hooray!
mounted the image of the harlequin girl onto card stock and layered tissue
paper around the edges to frame it. I glued this image to the bottom page
(which is the inside of the back cover) making sure to place it so that it
would be positioned correctly in the window.
this altered board book was a very satisfying process. It only took me about
three days from start to finish, once I had rounded up all the materials I
wanted to use. Unlike the other altered books I have worked on, I really used
the book as a structure for the art work and the theme that I had in mind.
In my other books, I've used the text of the book itself to guide the artwork.
I'm looking forward to doing more of these!
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