I've been in a mood to finish up old projects and finally decided that
this one will never get the covers I had envisioned for it because it's
perfectly fine the way it is with the painted covers. It's been so long
since I made it that I do not remember where I first saw the book form. I
have a lot of bookmaking books but think I saw this one in a magazine.
The pages are 4" square primed canvas. I painted one side of each in
teals and the other in burgundies, both sides edged in gold and all the
paints were Golden acrylics. I zigzagged the edges together with gold
colored thread and tried to leave enough room between them to make it
easy to fold.The small collages were made with shiny sheer material, the
images, and bits and pieces of stuff. They were assembled and sewed
onto paper and then glued to the book pages.
The lyrics, of course, are from Randy Newman's "You Can Leave your Hat On". I love the stories he tells in his music and have more artwork inspired by his songs but this is the only one I ever finished. The images are from Tallulahs.com and possibly from Lunagirl.com and were purchased bundled onto discs. .
I love all kinds of fabric and paper arts, from quilting to bookmaking, and enjoy how techniques and concepts diffuse from one discipline to another. In the real world, I design and produce polymer clay ornaments that lean way toward cute, so I try to avoid that in my other work/play.
So, what are "tootlings"? This little train, TOOTLE, would not stay on the tracks but loved to explore the meadow and pick buttercups. I guess there was a moral to the Little Golden Book story when he learned to behave himself, be on time, and do what good little trains should, but that's not what I remembered for the better part of six decades. I loved his mischievious wanderings so my "tootlings" refer to what happens to my train of thought when I start journaling or creating - no tracks!