Lesson 16 from Elizabeth's Altered Book tutorial is due. It is all about adding fabric to the books and includes fabric dyeing, resists, cloth beads and other embellishments. This series has been way more work than I ever thought but I am happy I have done as much as I have and I'm even happier that I like this book. I think we are nearing the end and I'm looking forward to going through each page, adding the necessary continuity to the various pages and putting it all in place and fixing a nice cover for it. A finished project! shh, I mustn't jinx that motivation!
I have dyed and painted on fabrics before.
So for this project I mostly wanted to use fabric that was already available for the book. I just freehand cut or sliced cotton fabric, most of which I have dyed. I had a momentary thought of making a leaf stamp for a background layer but I'm realizing I like simple.
I gessoed the page remembering to incorporate the page beside it. I just used acrylic folk paint which I watered down and kinda blended to try to match the green on the left hand page. I dabbed the brush in and around the green areas. Snoopy hasn't figured too prominently in the book but I have saved bits of the gang here and there. The ducky ribbon did not work on the preceding page so I peeled it off and used the gel medium to try to get it on the tornado page. lol hmm, I might have trimmed it this second time. ? Dare I rip again???
This trunk needed more height but I ran out of page and I need to loose the hour glass shape! lol It is all glued down with gel medium and this one is Golden Soft Gel (Semi Gloss).
The idea for this came from a colour wheel made from pencil crayon points I saw during this past week. I also have somewhere an old kindergarten art page master that uses a basic tree shape and you added construction paper leaves. If I find it I think I'll clone it as it could be a stencil, a mask, a ???. And it is not hour glass shaped but more vase shaped. Now what if...
I'm sure my fellow Needle and Thread workers have lots more good ideas.