2015 Theme 1: Fragile Papers
Hello everyone! Kate here, joining you this evening with a post about fragile papers. One reason I love working with old books and torn book pages is because I love reading. To me, art is about incorporating the things I love to make something that I can enjoy on a daily basis. Today I will be sharing a layout in my altered book that has a vintage circus theme.
I started off by gathering my supplies. I used patterned paper scraps, Fresco Finish Paints, torn book pages, gesso, PaperArtsy Stamps and a book.
I covered the book pages with a light coat of gesso. I glued strips of book paper and patterned paper onto the background.
I used a palette knife to add some more gesso over the paper strips and allowed the gesso to dry. I then used Guacamole and Orchid and sprayed water over the paint to allow drips down the page.
Using my PaperArtsy Stamps, HP1306 I stamped the background.
After the paint dried, I used a stencil with Distress Ink and Grunge Paste to add extra texture.
Lastly, I sprayed more ink to highlight the Grunge Paste and I glued my focal images from LPC 003 and embellishments in place.
Before you throw those old, torn books in the trash, I encourage you to save them for altering or for the pages. It is amazing what a coat of gesso and some paints can do to revive an old book and make it into a work of art. I found this to be a great project to help me get over my intimidation of altered books.
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What a great page Kate, a fabulous mash up of grungy and pretty. Those paints are so fresh against the gesso. Totally fabulous layering! Thanks for sharing your foray into the world of altered books.
We would love you to join in with challenge #1: Fragile Papers. If you are inspired by any of our guests who have blogged on this topic over this fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE.
All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. This link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Jan 18th 2015, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.