First I glued pages together using gel medium.
Then I sanded and gessoed (twice) all the surfaces of the little
board book. I then put a glaze of Lumiere's mixed with acrylic matte
medium over all the pages, alternating green and blue double-page
spreads.Even though I end up covering many of the pages with paper,
putting gesso and paint over the pages makes me feel like I have a
fresh structure to work on. For the cover, I cut out an oval, so the
lovely mermaid image would show through from the first page to the
front. It is not easy cutting through two thicknesses of board,
especially when I'm cutting curved edges. My husband got me a
"monster exacto" blade. It has a whole bunch of fresh blades sitting
inside, and when one gets dull you rotate a dial and a new blade
emerges. Very cool. And very sharp. Fortunately I didn't have to
worry too much about jaggedy edges because I knew I would be wrapping
gold tissue paper around the rim of the window.
Teach me to hear mermaids singing.
The first thing I did on page one of my altered board book
was glue the mermaid's picture so that it was centered beneath the window.
my gessoed tissue paper all over the two pages. You can read more about how
I made this gessoed
This particular gessoed paper had been wrinkled, painted with metallic green
Lumiere, and then when it was just slightly damp, I used a soft brush and
over it with Aztec gold PearlEx powder. This paper had been hanging in my closet
since last summer, waiting to be used. I love the way it looks here.
Do you like to swim little fish?
These altered board book pages have lots and lots of layers.
the bottom is a French sea chart which was enlarged and printed on
tissue paper. On top of that is some lace paper. Then I make copies
of tide tables and glued those on the left side. On top of that was
an old soap advertisement and a page from an antique children's book.
The shell stamps were done using an ink jet transfer. On the right
side is a mermaid image and a compass rose, both printed on tissue
paper using my Epson C82 printer. The two little mermaid images were
taken from a larger picture. I used Brillance stamping ink to add
color and unify the images after they were dry.
I brown old . . . I grow old . . .
The seaweed forms were made by melting Tyvec with my iron. I painted the Tyvec with my FW acrylic inks. After they had dried, I placed the Tyvec between a sandwich of parchment paper. I ironed the sandwich on the cotton setting and watched the Tyvec virtually disappear. Make sure that you do the ironing outside because the fumes are pretty nasty. And I wouldn't recommend these techniques to anyone who is sensitive to odors. I peeled the green blue shapes off the parchment and used gel medium to adhere them to the book pages. The pink/gold/purple coral shapes were done using the same procedure, except this time I painted the Tyvec with swirls of the Lumieres. Since the paint is thicker, the Tyvec doesn't disappear as it did with the inks; it bubbles up into interesting shapes and designs.
On the left side of the altered board book I collaged some
images with some fish pictures I had to create the mermaids. On the
right I glued down a napkin, and after it had dried, I glued the T.S.
Eliot poem on top of it. I had previously printed the poem out on
Glitter, holeless gold beads, cheap plastic
pearls, and a couple of starfish were scattered along the ocean
floor. Then I draped the entire spread with shimmery blue tulle to
make it look as though we were viewing a scene underwater. I attached
the tulle using a strip of double stick tape down the center of the
gutter as well as few dots around the edges to hold it
We are the music makers
I tried to make the last spread of this altered board book
a little more
modern looking. I put down layers of tissue with a beer label and an
old advertising card on the left side. On the right was a collage of
a woman from a vintage long underwear ad and some miscellaneous
magazine images for her tail. The text was printed out and glued down
on the page. I put more tissue around the edges, and then I was
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