Oh... I can not tell you how hard this challenge was for me! While I am ever in awe of all of the beautiful altered books that I see, I have never been able to bring myself to actually tear up a book. My love of reading and books began early in my childhood and has happily continued over the years. I love finding an old book in an antiques shop, smelling the pages, and wondering how many eyes have poured over the pages. I've also been known to finish a much loved book or series, and suffer a slight depression that my relationship with the characters has ended.
So you can see how this puts me at a crossroad...love of books or love of creating... Fortunately, during a recent attempt to purge a few more things from my overcrowded home, I came across an old dictionary and some very neglected books that really were beyond being saved. Rather than pitching them (which would have helped my cleaning efforts), I moved them onto the shelf with my 'recycle/repurpose' items. It's probably best that this happened without any witnesses since I had just finished reprimanding the entire household about our need to get rid of all of the 'junk' that doesn't have a purpose anymore... Technically, I'm not deeming myself a hypocrite because they do have a purpose, right??
I had already spend some time on Pinterest looking at book inspired art and was amazed at some of the intricate folding and cutting that made sculptural masterpieces. I knew that this was well beyond my level, but I did find several other inspirations that I pinned for future use. One of my favorite techniques is covering all but a few choice words with paint and ink, and then adding artwork to enhance the visible words. This is what I chose for my design team inspiration piece.
I used a page from a very mistreated Pocahontas book, and as I was painting the base, my DD (former owner of the book) freaked out on me wanting to know WHY I would cut up a book. Little did she know that Sarcastic Mom was the mode of the day, and I responded without batting an eye "Oh, and on the floor being stepped on and ripped up is more appropriate treatment of a book?". No response to that one... Which left me sitting in peace to paint around the great quote from the book. As a tribute to the former owner of the book, I used purple to add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral palette. I love the ultra subtle leaves on the background, and the glittery butterflies were added to tie into the 'listen with your heart' theme.
I realized a little too late that my initial paint coat was a little too thick in most spots. I really wanted a few more words gently bleeding through. Live and learn...
I hope I have inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new too, especially if you are a book lover like me. At least that poor book had a small piece salvaged and treasured!
Project Recipe: vintage white & purple cow acrylic paint, crumb cake & soft suede ink, Lovely as a Tree and Gently Falling stamp sets, heart to heart punch, asst. stickles, purple burlap fibers