Friday 11 January 2013

Altered book

In Journal Candy this week the challenge was to alter a child's board book.  And fortunately I had one stashed away that I'd picked up in a charity shop.  It's approximately 5 inches square.   If you go to Rachelle's page you can see a very short video of her book.

I did all the inside pages with a selection of book paper, dictionary paper, a sheet of music, a page from a magazine and a map.  And then put gesso over it.

I stencilled with two Crafter's Workshop stencils: Butterfly Ballet and Vines using Dylusions spray inks - Bubblegum Pink, Fresh Lime and Lemon Zest.  Dyan has some new colours out at CHA and I can't wait to get hold of the white.

I used 7 Gypsies stickers to make the centre of the flowers

On the lefthand page I stuck down some paper napkin that Carolyn had sent me in an Advent Swap.  And the yellow and orange acetate butterflies are from BJ in our January swap.  The cardboard butterfly on the left was also from BJ and I used it elsewhere in the book to draw round before sticking it down here.

I used another Crafter's Workshop stencil here on the left: Birds of a Feather.  And another butterfly from BJ.

Another paper napkin from Carolyn on the right.

For the cover I glued scrumpled up tissue paper on and then put gesso over as the print showed from underneath.  I stencilled with blue acrylic paint through a Tree of Life stencil and then inked all the edges of the cover and inside pages with Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink.

I'm not so struck with the cover and wish I'd stuck with the method for the inside pages.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Rachelle comes up with next week.

Thanks for popping by.


  1. I love it all but perhaps you could add a bit of yellow to the cover too. The acetate butterflies are fun to make - diecutting old acetate packaging and colouring with alcohol inks. Two are never the same. BJ

  2. Wonderful transformation! I have a few of those tucked away too... hmmmm....

  3. That looks great and I'm glad you were able to use the tissue, I thought you would.

  4. Love this!!! Also your prior post, too (with the butterfly page).
    I'd love to sit and create with you one weekend!

  5. Love it Bernice! I altered a children's book at a recent residential but like the art journal effect you have used.


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