Saturday, March 7, 2009

Altered LOVE

Anna, if you want your book to be a surprise, do not read any further!

I have the privilage of creating the first "guest" pages in Anna's first altered book-- a little pocket book of Shakespearean sonnets she is altering about "love". I also added some lines from The Song of Solomon to my spreads. What's so great about a small book (this one is 3 1/2"x 5") is that the pages can be completed quickly. I wanted to give her examples of different formats, so I made Anna a pocket page with tags...


a peek-a-boo pages using a spiral cut out to reveal....
a hidden picture (a great way to preserve a great sonnet and illustrate it at the same time!)



And finally, a series of shortened pages that create different spreads as you flip through them (actually I was just dying to use my tab punchy).



Some people paint in books with wild abandon. I default back to dryer mediums. Anything that can be stuck down with a humble glue stick like printed napkins,...




tissue paper with rubber stamping...



and my personal favorite, dress pattern tissue. Yes, the tissue can tear easily as I rub it with a glue stick, but it is dry immediately as I put it down. And I can get beautiful transparent layered effects. And I don't care if it wrinkles.
I just need to do a sign in page and then the book is off to Linda to add her personal mark. I saved some pages. It was hard, but I showed some restraint!






9 comments:

Lorrie said...

This is beautiful, Nathalie. Anna will love it. I was really interested in all the different techniques you used - just great!

Lorrie

femminismo said...

I absolutely love the sonnet preserved with the picture underneath. I am going to try that right away! - Jeanne p.s. Your library card is on its way!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Natalie ~ I cannot wait to see it in person and you have done such a lovely job. Thanks for sharing the tutorial ~ you are so wonderful and artfully creative!
Beautiful work! Hope the rest of your weekend is filled with Blessings, Katie

kiwicarole said...

This little book is gorgeous! What a lovely idea, I love the colours and the theme. How exciting to receive this in the mail.
Carole ;)

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

What a lovely book. Loved the circular pull out. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments.

Hugs :)

Irma

Linda said...

Oh wow! I love it! Whatever will I be able to do in it? I feel such pressure.

Margaret said...

what wonderful ideas you have!! love everything especially the sonnet secret, very cool. When you get busy you really get busy!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

What a treasure! The pull out spiral is brilliant as are each and every page = Love it!
Altered books are just so much fun!

Anna said...

Nathalie! It's to die for! every SPREAD is amazing. I was just excited to have you put your mark on the book but you have done a masterpiece!!! You have some amazing talents friend :) Do you have suggestions for altered book inspirations for me? I will check out the one you mentioned (alter this...) Gosh - I'm a lucky friend. Thank you :) xoxo anna