Sunday, May 20, 2012

Artist's Play Date

Tonight instead of showing some of my normal AB art, I'm joining two blog hops. Not that I have a lot of time for either, because my company is still here. However, my friend will leave sometime tomorrow and I will finally have time to visit everyone I've neglected for nearly three weeks. So, please join me at CED and APR.






Jenn at Artists Play Room has a weekly challenge that I have only played in once before and missed last week because I thought the deadline was Sunday. I was determined to meet the deadline this week, because the theme was based on books and bookmarks. Now I don't actually have a bookmark showing in the above photo, but I have a lot of altered books. These are all ABs in progress, or were back in September, 2011, when I first published this picture. Sadly, when I tried to copy it to this blog post, it copied full size, which made it way too large for you to see in this photo. In order to view the entire photo, you will need to click on it.


Then, in February, 2012, I was asked to show a few of my altered book covers, at least the ones I had completed. There were so many, I couldn't get them all on one table,


so here are the three you couldn't see that were originally lurking on my dresser behind the table.



And finally, since Jenn DID ask for a bookmark, I have one I made back in 2003. I looked long and hard and found this reject. I was in a bookmark swap and this one, hidden away with other rejects, didn't make the cut. In fact, it didn't even make the hole or tassel. But it IS a handmade bookmark, using some of my handmade paper and some really unflattering dried bits. Sadly all the others (more colorful, I might add) went to swap friends years ago.

So that's it for me until I have time to return to blogland. Have a great Monday everyone.



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26 thoughtful remarks:

Dandelion and Daisy said...

You make some pretty amazing covers for your books!

Jennifer McLean said...

Hi Elizabeth,
thanks so much for entering, I so appreciate your participation. Your altered books are gorgeous and so is your bookmark, love the saying! so true.
Best,
Jenn

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...OMGosh you clever clever girl, Elizabeth these are amazing AB covers, how wonderful to have such talent to be able to share with us too...I adore your bookmark (it instantly took me to my childhood when i used to collect flowers to press too) the colour & texture against that luscious blue is stunning, what an absolute treat for us...super super makings!...Melx :)

May said...

O my goodness Elizabeth.. AmAzing book covers your work is fabulous... love the bookmark it's words are sooo true... Hugs May x x x

Diane said...

Ooooh-those books are so inviting--I would love to look through these......

Terrie Purkey said...

I've been contemplating how to decorate the front of my AB and after seeing your oh-so-dimensional covers, I'm thinking some more. They are so creative and great. So glad you've enjoyed your guest though it means we've missed your cheery comments and posts. So now you had to be the first entry for Jenn's challenge, huh? I guess I better get busy!

elle said...

Elizabeth, you surely have a wonderful library! Fantastic.

miz katie said...

I giggled when I saw your huge stack of books. I have a stack on my work table almost that high, too. Some are books, some canvas, and other stuff..it's almost toppling over. lol

see you there! said...

What a yummy pile of AB's. I quite like your rejected bookmark myself.

Darla

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I love when you show your altered books all together like this- such an amazing collection and so impressive shown all together like this!
Happy Monday!
Stephanie

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Well, you got your entry in real early, didn't you! I loved seeing your ABs and especially the variety on the covers! I like "nature" added to things, so I think your bookmark is pretty!

Gloria said...

Wonderful stack of books! I must say I love "seeing" part of your room as well. Lovely furnishings..vintage or replica, they are lovely. Thank you for the tour of your books and bookmark.

Marilyn Rock said...

Oh; those book covers are luscious! I love seeing them arranged like that. Thank you, too, for your most comforting words on my Blog. xxoo Marilyn

Margaret said...

Oh fab, love the pic of your books, what a treasure you have there! Mx

Halle said...

Love the stack... and the bookmark. Your handmade paper is the best!!!

Create With Joy said...

Stopping by from The Artist's Playroom - I LOVE that bookmark - if that is the reject I can't imagine what the keepers looked like!

Don't forget to share with us at Inspire Me Monday! (I've been trying to email you but for some reason your emails are now always bumping back to me!)

Create With Joy
http://create-with-joy.com

sandee said...

I am in love with the tower of altered books! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Dianne said...

that's quite an impressive stack of altered books! and I do like the bookmark too...I am very fond of meaningful quotes, and this is a winner. hope you are enjoying your time with friends!

Gaby Bee said...

Wow, what a collection. These altered book covers look fantastic! Very inspiring... you are one talented gal. I love how you create your art.

Have a sunny week!
Gaby xo

~*~Patty S said...

What a treat seeing so much creativity in one place...thank you for sharing E always!
oxo

Gloria said...

Thank you for your reply. I love "old" things. They seem to have more character. I like them to be useful as well as beautiful. I am especially fond of old postcards for holidays,dishes,and embroidered fabrics. You are fortunate to have the antique furniture, so beautiful. Have a good week..oh, my mom had a Russian Blue named Peter the Great! As for your last post, I lived on a farmette for 7 years and put in a pond. I loved my koi and sundry other fish and pond plants.

Kezzy said...

Wow such amazing books/pieces of art, they really are inspirational. Kezzy xxx

IMGIRL said...

I am salivating over all of your beautiful journals! I wish you were my neighbor. What a treat it would be to see them in person and to sit and have tea or coffee and look at each one of them! ... Dreaming...
Thanks for sharing them..

Playing in the Artist Playroom with Jenn!
Kim

minnemie said...

Those book covers are so unique! Love it.

VonnyK said...

If that bookmark was a reject, I would love to see the good ones. I really like this one. You have a huge pile of altered books and all the covers are beautiful.
Von

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

that is a gorgeous reject, and I love the quote... I loved seeing all your journals like that as well... how satisfying to have them all piled up like that... so glad you didn't miss the deadline this week...xx