For the last week, I've slowly become more involved with altered book pages for my Halloween Spell Book. Not really getting pages done, but getting them prepped and painted. At first, I found this process annoying: gesso a couple of pages, let dry. Even using the heat gun, this is tedious. Then, however, as I began looking at Pinterest and visiting altered book blogs, it started to be fun. Gesso and paint. Sew some pages. Make a niche. Fold pages. Use acrylics, use water color. Make tip ins. Add pockets. Use scrapbook paper. Use fabric. Use alcohol ink. Make alcohol inks (haven't done this, but have a link!). Make molding paste (haven't done this either). Make pop ups (working on this).
|loose pages in progress for pockets or tip ins|
|layered in wax paper, ready to cut into shape|
Well, you get the idea. It was boring. Then it wasn't! When I get tired of prepping pages, I'll have to work on content. I've found some neat spells, some clip art, some free printables, etc., that might work.
I've moved back and forth between all three technique areas, but each one becomes a focus for a while and gets most of my attention. My spell book has been much more fun than I thought it would be because I'm playing around and experimenting with different techniques. I don't really plan for the spell book to be open so if the inner pages turn out to be crap, it won't matter.
OK - so I've spent almost as much time (well, probably more time) looking for ideas than actually playing with the pages; I'll find an idea I think I can do and run upstairs to try. Remember how much fun Vacation Bible School was when you were a kid? All of the crafty things the teachers planned? This feels like the same kind of fun. Scissors, and paper, and glue!
On the other hand, I'm beginning to feel a little guilty about all of the sewing projects I had in mind, including a new cloth doll. And there are