Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My first mixed media book cover assemblage

Today I'm joining Try It On Tuesday, where their theme this fortnight is autumn. 

This is the second TioT week, so I needed to finish this in time to share it.

I thought this looked like autumn, especially after I colored the white flowers (yes, they all started white) with yellow pan pastels and brown walnut ink.

I sprayed each flower with a fixative before I added it to the cover.  I'm out of E6000, my adhesive of choice for anything like this, so I grabbed the hot glue gun and promptly made a mess of things.

Except for the very first (and last) photo, these were all taken before I realized I hadn't cleaned the hot glue strings properly from the piece.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  I started with some autumn fabric and sprayed it (using a spray adhesive) to the book cover I had gessoed late last month.

To that I added fabric I rusted, some of my handmade paper, and an image of a young girl I fussy cut.  I sewed the paper assembly to the rusty fabric, then was horrified because the yellow from the pan pastel got on the rusty fabric.

Although I eventually noticed the problem, removing all that pan pastel dust

was a real problem.  I also forgot to show the back, which I covered in shaving cream paper I made several years ago.

One final look at this first altered book cover after I removed the hot glue spider webs, but before I got rid of the excess pan pastel dust.  I still need to punch holes to add a wire hanging, but I wanted to show this before time runs out on TioT.

Materials I used were five white flowers I colored, filler grass from my yard, commercial fabric, rust dyed fabric, handmade paper (made by me), a printed image, thread, shaving cream paper (on the back), all on a gessoed book cover that was about 8 inches by 10 inches (20,32 centimeters by 25,4 centimeters).
Thanks for looking and thanks as always for your continued support of my projects.  Don't forget to visit Try It On Tuesday for even more incredible autumn inspiration.

23 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

This is absolutely beautiful, love those beautiful rust stains and the colours - really, really autumn themes, just love it! Thanks for joining us at TIOT with this wonderful project! Hugs, Valerie
PS Thanks for the well wishes, I am staying home and resting a lot, and hope the nasty pneumonia will soon go away!

johanna said...

this is absolutely marvellous! you know i love rust and walnut stains so much! the pan pastels though can be a pest, i love their Colors, but i don´t like their smearing sometimes. but you really achieved the most gorgeous result!

Neet said...

Ooh, me likes this! What a fabulous book cover and what a brilliant idea. I am no stitcher but have lots of fabric that I just bought because I loved it, now thinking I could combine my love of books with the fabrics I love. Mind you I need your thinking behind me.
This is so autumnal and just a wonderful idea, could look at it over and over again.
Hugs (tickles to you know who)
Neet xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Gosh this is AMAZING.. what wonderful effects with the rust .. a gorgeous project Elizabeth! Thank you very much for joining Try It On Tuesday with it!

Corrine at said...

Marvelous rusty bits highlight your innocent image. Perhaps she is not so angelic after all. Hand color the flowers, that took time. Came out great though. Nice cover. xox

Darla said...

My first thought is how lush the piece looks. So full and rich. I particularly like the fact that the dyed flowers reflect the flowers in the fabric so well. Great piece!


Viktoria Berg said...

That´s gorgeous - the colour harmony is amazing, and that flower is so elegant! I have given upp the idea of altering books myself, but I am thinking about doing a mixed media book of my own making, on the subject I had in mind. Everytime you post my fingers itch to start the project and experiment with colourful scraps of anything. Maybe after the next exam...

voodoo vixen said...

Oh yes, this shouts autumn to me, the colours are perfect for the cooler breezier days with the nights closing in earlier. Lovely work indeed!

Halle said...

LOVE this!!

Meggymay said...

A stunning cover, love how you used the fabrics, the beautiful autumn colours and flowers. Thank you for joining us all at TioT's this time.
Yvonne xx

Linda Gibbons said...

Wow. Elizabeth, this is a great looking cover. I love the addition of the flowers in the corners and toy did a great job coloring them.

Helen said...

I love it! hope it is by now hanging proudly on display!

Krisha said...

Perfect!!!! I adore this cover......just something about fall colors that draws me in.

Love the way you colored your flowers......I do that from time to time. Much more cost effective to have white flowers on hand...*grin* AND they set off the fabric in the background.

Just beautiful Elizabeth!

trisha too said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!

I know you aren't playing this week, but it's been so long, I had to stop by and say hi!

Happy WOYWW to you, Elizabeth!
with a diy desk redo,
but not the workdesk!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Elizabeth, this is so, so beautiful! The rusty fabric looks amazing and that gorgeous image are so right for your fabric and the flowers are the perfect match! Oh! Can you tell I love it! Oooooh! just had another look…oh yes, love it!!! So pleased you are joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Hugs, Chris
psThe inks can be hooked off as pile with my nail so I can choose which ink pad I want to use from the little pile - I have to remember not to push them all the way in!! xx

Carol said...

This really looks great Elizabeth ♥♥♥♥ Love the colors and the arrangement .
You always stay so busy.

Rita said...

I love that you even used grass from your yard! Well, you know how I like recycling or upcycling. Really turned out pretty. :)

Linda Kunsman said...

this is just gorgeous Elizabeth-love these warm rich colors of fall!

Dianne said...

this turned out really Stunning Elizabeth! the flowers turned out fabulous too. I would never have guessed the started out as white! just a wonderful combination all your rust and handmade paper! ♥

Nancy said...

Good choice of fabric for your autumn look, and painstaking job to color the flowers! Well done.

~*~Patty S said...

Oh how charming E!!!
This turned out brilliantly and your colored flowers!
Who would have guessed.
I thought of you the other day when I saw some artists sharing a
BIG CAUTION about wearing a respirator when using E-6000 because of its toxicity. Do you ever use Gel Medium for adhering things? I have great success with the heavy gel medium. Claudine Helmuth once said she fixed things in her house with gel medium ;-)
Also wondered if you'd heard the tip about using a blow drier to evaporate glue gun strings...heard that once but I hardly use my glue gun anymore...not sure how it works exactly.
OK I did miss "chatting and visiting" with you...see how long my comments are

~*~Patty S said...

Oh AND brilliant use of your rusty fabric and that sweet image!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

This piece is really awesome. The rusted fabric & flowers give it so much character!