Sunday, July 22, 2012

Getting Dressed Altered Book

Kate had brought several altered books along to work on during our creative time together. I didn't have much planned so just made a few cards for the first few days. then I saw an article in the paper titled "You're Wearing That?" and took off with this little book. The book form is a child's board book, one of the cheapie ones that allow just peeling the slick printed pages out and you're left with empty, though slightly rough, pages to decorate. It really beats all that sanding!!
Kate had sent a GellyArt plate as a birthday gift to herself which we played with quite a bit. It's like a gelatin monoprint plate but you can clean it off and use it over and over - no melting! See, I'm not the only one who gifts themselves. We spent a lot of time pulling prints and ghosts of prints off the plate. My background for the "clothes make the man" was done with the plate. We decided it was a perfect two person project as one of us could be making a monoprint while the other one was cleaning off anything that got covered with paint. The GellyArt manufacturers do suggest paint rather than ink to keep from staining the plate. My birthday is way too far off!
In the book I used stamps, paint, pastel chalks, gesso, scrapbook papers and some collage. I added the zipper, buttons and lacing trim to accent the theme.
It looks like Blogger is going to put the last three pages first. But I'm taking notes - I'm sure to get it right sooner or later.


Kate Markey said...

I'm so glad you finished and posted your Getting Dressed book. It's such a cool idea and I was sorry to have left while it was still in progress. I LOVE your "clothes make the man" page. It is quite beautiful.

Kristina said...

All the pages to your altered book is so fabulous! I love the "does this make me look fat" LOL!!