Sunday, 20 September 2009

Altered Board Book

I have been working on a altered board book, that was given to me. This is only the second time I have worked on altered books so a bit rusty at the moment. The theme of the book was my favourite things and vintage is one of them. I have also made the book a 2 page spread so it matches. More photos of the book and some of the pages are on my flickr slideshow, you can view them all by clicking on the slideshow.

The other favourite theme of mine was the sea so I created 2 sea life pages, some of the pictures do not show all the colours as they should be but the there was too much light in my conservatory
today. My camera is not working at the moment good excuse to spend some more money on a new one!
But as usual the bills have to come first. I have
added one of the sea life pages here I really enjoyed
making this book its larger than most board books
it was originally a childrens book. I used white gesso to build a base then worked in metallic acrylic paints to add some colour, with the help of finger inks. The silhouette for the mermaid was cut out from the Once upon a time scrapbook papers and altered to make her stand out. The stamped swirls are from the Personal Impression range.
For the Vintage page I used Alcohol ink for the background and swirled it around with a paint brush had to be fast with this as it dries so fast! I then cut out some lace so that it was more effective and decorated, I then covered the page with Anita's 3D embossing varnish and placed the lace into it so it then changed colour to look older. For the photo frame I used a piece of card that was embossed using the Cuttlebug folder and then inked the embossing with Cranberry alcohol ink to brink out the embossing more, then went over it gently with Impression stamping ink fawn colour. I then covered with the varnish and added a little sparkle that you cannot really see in the photo onto the raised embossing using Sparkles glitter glue bronze colour. Phew think thats about it! Its been ages since I have created something so arty never thought I would be able to get my imagination back but it seems making all those worked...the cards also did well out of the 70 I made while recovering I sold 33 to one lady and another 8 to a big thankyou to all who bought them from me.


Piddawinkle said...

nice work holly particularly like the sea one, its such lovely colours

Pattie said...

Me to Pidda the sea one is my favorite so unusual or should i say original lol,they are lovely Holly, well done for getting stuck in again lol

Flippinpest said...

What a brilliant book Holly :-)
I love altered items!
I would love to get my craft mojo back but it seems to be stuck at the moment.