I've started a new altered book. It's for my art friend Kathy. Kathy brought me a ton of "stuff" she didn't want after she cleaned up her craft room. I've given a lot of it away, but she told me if I didn't want the stuff she left, to pitch it in the trash. My heart can't do that. I'm simply not built that way. So, after sorting and choosing, I gave some of it to my neighbor Cheryl across the street who is a stamper and scrapbooker, I gave Scott several wonderful OLD books, I gave my next door neighbor some fru frus, and I kept a few art and mixed media books I will review one of these days, then give them away.
One thing I simply could NOT get rid of was a folder filled with many, many printed pages for an altered book I had heard Kathy talk about making. So, I started in, but realized nothing was in order. And, unlike how I prefer to work (which is in random order in an altered book), this book had to be created in order.
I know I should begin at the beginning, but I didn't even think about taking photos for the first five days.
So here I am after nine days. The hardest nine days of my life, in fact. First, I sorted and sorted and sorted, but even though I have British ancestry, I had no formal knowledge of the Kings and Queens of England. I'm still sorting, but now I've found a few web sites that can help me figure out who comes next in this altered book.
I hadn't been thinking clearly when I gave my friend Scott all the books that were sewn. So I had to go to my stash for a sewn book, the only rule you MUST observe when making one of these altered books.
I suspect you can tell I've removed at least half the pages that had originally been in this book, but even so, I may have to remove more as I progress through the pages. There will be NO niche in this one.
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I actually started this spread first, while watching the NBA All Stars (basketball) Weekend. Since I had very little glue, I decided to use two glazes that Kathy had given me. I hoped to use as many of the things she left me as I possibly could. The first glaze was brand new, never opened, and was the gorgeous maroon I used for the first layer. However, after a day and a half, it was still not dry. Then after three days, the glaze still wasn't dry.
I finally decided to forge ahead. It was quite warm the day I laid down the second color, a yellowy beige, along with the images, so I took my book and images outside because it was actually warmer than in my craft room. However, it was also quite windy, and the strips of Kings and Queens I had cut flew all over the place. Consequently, I'm not completely sure I have these in order, although I did my best.
Note the cheesy scrapbook paper I used as a backdrop when I laid down the glaze. I plan to use it. Nothing Kathy gave me will get wasted in this book.
I realized I needed to reinforce the front cover, so I used some of my shimmering mists and colored some Tyvek. I found some large playing cards for the decorations, too.
I further reinforced the title page, also with colored Tyvek, and added smaller playing cards. I found more Queens than Kings in my playing card stash, but I rationalized that Queens, although less of them, seemed to outlive all the Kings.
Kathy had printed out this mnemonic, so I colored it with my handmade mists and added it to the page.
I covered the copyright page with more playing cards, and some crowns I colored using acrylic paint.
Thankfully this spread was finally dry after five days. I won't be using glaze as glue from now on.
Speaking of glue, all I had in my arsenal was white (wet) glue. And it was the thick glue I really didn't want to use, but had to if I wanted to proceed.
These were the very first Kings, from 871 AD to
1066. Since this page was so distorted from the glue I used, I tried to sew two pages together.
I didn't get the pages even, because I matched and sewed the first page to the second when I should have matched the second to the first. Although I thought I had enough letters to spell the word "Norman," when I got to the final "n," I didn't have enough. Golly, I was making a mess of this book, even though I had barely started.
I sewed the photo of King William I to the background and that was when I remembered I had that horrible double sided heart tape I had tried to use on another project. This time I used it to hold my decoration in place.
Thanks for joining me on this journey. Yes, after nine days, this is all I have to show for what I'm making. Also, whenever I need to create a challenge entry, I have to move everything out of the way. You may also note there are no, or very few embellishments. I need to keep everything flat as long as possible, so I will go back at some point and add the 3-D elements later.
Again, I SO appreciate your comments and visits. Thank you SO much for that.
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