Friday 9 January 2015

2015 #1 Mayhem {by Kate Yetter}

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.

Step One.
I started off by gathering my supplies. I used patterned paper scraps, Fresco Finish Paints, torn book pages, gesso, PaperArtsy Stamps and a book.

Step Two.
I covered the book pages with a light coat of gesso. I glued strips of book paper and patterned paper onto the background.

Step Three.
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.

Step Four.
Using my PaperArtsy Stamps, HP1306 I stamped the background.


Step Five.
After the paint dried, I used a stencil with Distress Ink and Grunge Paste to add extra texture.

Step Six.
Lastly, I sprayed more ink to highlight the Grunge Paste and I glued my focal images from LPC 003 and embellishments in place.

LPC 003

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. 


My blog The Scrap Yard

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.


Hazel Agnew said...

Just love these pages. Steps are really clear too. Love, love the drippage!

Gillian .... said...

Great to see you back Kate, loving this pretty yet grungy journal composition.

Craftyfield said...

Lovely layers of papers and paints, fabulous page!

PaperArtsy said...

Oh I really love this Kate. I saw a book used the other day with stencils, paint and a bit of spraying, and lots of white space. Your post reminds me how the same thing can go easily in totally different directions. Love how it pops off the page. I must do a version of this. Thankyou!


JoFY said...

I love pages like this - lots of lovely layers and lots of open space!

Helen said...

Gorgeous Kate! So much texture and layers

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is wonderful, quite unlike anything I have seen. I have these stamps and I love how you have emphasized the circus theme in your choice of images which is such a clever thing to do,

Lucy x

Gabrielle said...

Fabulous! Love the steps - really shows how your pages grew! Love it!

Rebecca said...

Great! I'm in the middle of altering a book & that's given me inspiration to get on with it thanks
Happy craftin


Julie Lee said...

I love the circus theme, which goes perfectly with Lynne Perrella images. These colours and drippage work so well too. I am a great fan of altered books and love what you've done with this one! Great to see you back on the PA blog, Kate. xxx

Words and Pictures said...

Absolutely love these pages, Kate - wonderful colours and the circus theme and the LP images are great together. Fabulous drippage too!
Alison xx

Lin said...

Great pages Kate as always xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wonderful themed pages- love the layered papers and the drips! I started a page the other day and juddered to a halt - thanks for showing the way with these! Chrisx

~*~Patty S said...

Gorgeous pages with such lovely colors and layers and more!

2amscrapper said...

love your color palette and design

Art By Wanda said...

Wonderful pages!!!!

craftimamma said...

Gorgeous pages with pretty colours and lots of texture. Really loving all these old books and pages being given a new lease of life instead of going to the scrap heap.

Lesley Xx

Rupa Swaminathan said...

This is truly inspiring! I am hoping to find an old book at home now, gotta start searching! thanks for the share.

Kirsten said...

I love this spread! The colours are gorgeous - all that fab drippage! - and the circus imagery is terrific.

craftytrog said...

Simply gorgeous Kate! I love everything about this wonderful spread!
Alison xx

Corrie Herriman said...

Wow, beautiful !
Corrie x

Colleen said...

Your pages are beautiful, love the colors and those stamps.

terry said...

Really clear tut and wonderful project. Do you know how to gauge how many pages you have remove throughout the book to cont. to journal in it( due to bulk)? Thanks

Kezzy said...

Wow such a beautiful bright journal page, totally love it. Happy Creating :-) Kezzy xxx