Thursday, April 29, 2010

My 10th post

I first saw this concept over on Pat's (Artfully Ooglebloops) blog the other day, then on a few other of my favorite sites. I decided to share this 10th post with you today. It was originally posted on 9/2/07 at 9:20 am. I was not much of a blogger back then, had no following, and didn't know anyone in blogland. Things have changed a lot in these two and a half years. As I reread this post, a couple of the photos (D through G) don't enlarge, but the rest will. This book also fits in with this month's recycling projects, since it uses mostly recycled products. Yes, my art has changed a bit in the past 2 1/2 years, but I still use basically the same materials. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Several of my dear art friends have had birthdays in the last two months. Sadly, I've not given them anything, although they bent over backwards for me on my birthday. I finally got one gift made last Sunday. Ironically, I awoke having dreamt about the concept. I was on a mission and spent the entire day and night and next day working on this until it was finished. I didn't sleep and barely ate. I was on a mission. Now my dear friend has received the gift and I want to share it.

Here is the completed book.
Made completely from large Behr paint chips, this is a book of A to Z birthday wishes for a friend. Please click on the photos for a better view. In this photo, A and Z are shown. A is for antique and Z is for the Zodiac. Most of the pages have original dictionary definitions and stencils.

Bamboo is from my garden. The B is stenciled on a small paint chip.

The cameo is a magazine image.

December dawn came straight from the paint chip. Face is poly clay. When I met Ruthie, the recipient of the book, she showed me how to draw flowers. I had to show her I learned my lesson :>)

The "Imagine" above the gal's head is polyclay. The Japanese image is the cover of a book. The K is inside a bottle cap, and the kite is made from a smaller paint chip.

The Lattice was made from Starbuck stirrer sticks I stained, cut, and assembled using E-6000. The M is behind a metal slide mount. The letters are stenciled on the pages.

Yes, this is a NUDE. If you are offended by nudity, please don't click on the photo to enlarge it. The O is surrounded by a shrink plastic piece. P is for a pair of portraits. One of the few pages that had neither a dictionary definition or a stenciled letter. Queen Victoria was printed from my computer and sprayed with Spray Mists. The oval ring surrounding her was cut on a Sizzex from a soda pop can.
Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE rocking horses. So, I have to share them with the people I care about, too. The "S" star was so thick, it wouldn't scan properly. So, I took a photo of it in the completed book. Wood, fabric, confetti, felt, and a button, each made of "stars" were used in this spread.

T is for the Teacher she is. V is stenciled on a small paint chip. "Wish" is made from poly clay and the "W" is stenciled and EP'd.
The "X-ray" is part of a real one. The black in the upper right states it's from a 52 yo male. You can't see it now that it's added to the page. Of great note here. You cannot use vellum tape on transparencies. The tape shows thru, although it is pretty invisible on vellum. The Y is a stencil, the "oung artist" is in my handwriting and I used red EP to get it close to the right color I needed.
These are the outside covers (front on left, back on right).
These are the inside cover pages (front on left, back on right). When I dated it, I didn't even remember what month it was. Can you tell it was the last page I made??

Today's blog is the eclectic mix of great art from Anne at Liverpool Lou. In case you can't tell, Anne lives in the UK. I first met Anne through the Wednesday blog hop, and really enjoy her style of art. She will alter anything that sits still, including an old doll she made many years ago for her DD. That doll has changed radically since the first stitch. And if that doesn't put a big smile on your face, I don't know what will. So be sure to say hi to Liverpool Lou (Anne) today.

5 thoughtful remarks:

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

How fun you played along with Tenth Post Replay!
What a fantastic book you created ... once creative always creative you are! I am always drawn to paint samples, Love what you did with them and I think "N" was a great and classic choice too BTW ;)
I started blogging about a month after you did :)
Time flies, doesn't it!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth firstly thank you so much for featuring my blog - I'm chuffed to little mintballs LOL
What a wonderful gift for your friend so much thought has gone into it :)
Anne x

Dianne said...

I am still trying to comment...
and I still like this book! it was/is a great post.

Christine said...

ohhhh, I love this. I wanna do a book like this too.
Thanks for sharing all these pages

peggy gatto said...

I love this idea!!!!!!!
I am goin do a BLUE book!!!
keep on bloggin!
Wish you a successful move!!!