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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Beautifying Books

This week at The Butterfly Effect the theme is Books

I bought these blank board books ages ago to make into memory books...but got distracted by the mixed media community :D
So for this weeks challenge I thought I'd alter one to use as an art journal...

No subject in mind, I painted the cover with Deep Turquoise acrylic, and sponged over with Rose Madder.

A piece of white muslin, dipped in my painty water, and a seriously distressed book page form the next layer...

on which I circled some words that would set the tone for the art within: Ghost, wintertime, forgotten, black, shriek and belonged.

A few more pretty images I got from June Mac's Treasure bags, distressed...

and some metal charms

Can't wait to make some seriously heavy "dark love" art in this book.
Hmmm....might write and illustrate a poem???

Getting messy can be so inspirational :D
Enjoy :D XXX
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19 comments:

  1. Looks like fun Gina, a great way to alter the books and love the ringed words.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  2. Wonderful! this looks so cool, love seeing your process.

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  3. Cool, Gina!!! Love the colors you used!

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  4. Mmmmm, love the red sponging over the turquoise. Great textures, this is already promising to be a very cool book :o)

    ps why does Blogger warn me that your blog has an 'adult' content?!

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  5. This looks great! I love the shape. :) I'm looking forward to your dark art. :)

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  6. Because I ticked the adult content box...sometimes I just say and illustrate my mind, which can be a little too raw for some people :D

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  7. Its fabulous Gina, i love the colours you chose and how everything just collaged so well
    hugs June x

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  8. Wonderful ...! I like them with those forms.

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  9. Wow, really nice Gina,color and all.
    Hugs

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  10. The best things in life start or end with a good mess.

    Love the blue, the read and the words...

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  11. wonderful. this post makes me happy.
    you are digging in and doing rad stuff.

    xxa

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  12. Great colors... looking forward to the next pages.

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  13. What a delicious beginning to this journal! I love that turquoise....and the words you chose!

    Excited about what's to come!

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  14. I love what you've done with the cover! Hugs xx

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  15. I love the front cover of this book Gina! You did a great job! I love the shape of it too!

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  16. What a cool book. I love the layered papers. Well, actually I pretty much love it all!!

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  17. Beautifully done. So creative...I'm inspired to make my own!

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  18. first of all, the shape of that book makes me want to go take the jigsaw to a sketchbook right now. that's really cool. and then there's your very delicious cover. who could resist working in such a book?

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  19. I love your altered book. It has a really unusual shape which adds to its character. It's great to see the progress pictures too. Thanks for sharing

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