It was a bit difficult doing the blending, cos the book pages/covers, are all a bit thick. But managed to do it, just stuck with the old paper and twigs distress ink pads, used a mix of the twigs and black versamark to stamp the images, it worked very well I got the effect I wanted. I chose Big Ben and the old car because - I like them! The compass does represent something: which direction to go in?
So back and front completed just one more bit of the cover to complete
The spine, with a very apt quote - "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you are not". I realised, eventually, that the person holding me back was me, I couldn't blame anyone else. I was putting things in my way, making excuses, delaying things. I devised a strategy for myself, to tackle things slowly, and to break it all down so it wasn't so terrifying. I also knew that I'd have to 'feel' right about doing things, and sort out exactly what it was I wanted to do. For the first half of my life I have done what others expected me to do, now it is my turn, I am doing what I want to do, and what feels right for me. I never would have imagined I'd study reiki, end up being a reiki practitioner, or running a holistic stall/shop. If anyone had told me that I'd have laughed at them.
But here I am, actually practising reiki.... and about to start a whole new career in holistic retail and therapy.
Back to the spine, I do love TH's man with umbrella, it is such a quirky stamp, and so British, which is surprising given that TH is American. So you've had front and back, plus spine, so what is left... 1st page?
This is a project that will take time, no point in rushing it, I want it to represent the journey I have taken so far.
It probably isn't altered art, or an altered book, not that I care. To me crafting is about enjoying yourself, coming up with your own creations, what makes you happy.
Not a lot that took my fancy on CnC today, missed the encaustic art show yesterday, but met someone who has taken it up, her creations were amazing! Think I will have to have a go.
Well all for now folks... hope you've had a good weekend. Thanks for stopping by, your company is much appreciated.