Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Reinvented Doll Book from Altered Board Book Part1

This month it is my turn to create the Featured Recycled Project for this month's challenge on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent and I have created a Doll Shaped Book some of my original digital designs and a variety of recycled items.

 The Front Cover with several pages peeking out from behind

I wanted this project to to be really different from anything else you might normally see around the web so this one is really a vision into my own mind. I've had the idea for this one of a kind book in the back of my mind for some time now and it was inspired by love for faces, 3d art and splatter painting. The sweet faces adorning the pages as well as some of the backgrounds and sentiments are from my original digital designs which can be found on my CS Designs Digital Stamp & Illustrations Shop.

My Doll Book shown in the open position allowing you to see some of the inside pages

This book stands by it's self and the photo above is taken from a different angle and shows some of the pages contained in the book to the open position.

 The photo directly above is page 1 & 2

 The first photo at the very top of this post shows the front cover with several pages peeking out from behind. The photo directly above is page 2 & 3.

For the base of my book, I used the cardboard pages of a children's board book. I stripped the top picture layer from all the pages, cut them to shape and painted them with acrylic paint to seal and make it easier for my elements to stick to them. I then covered each side of each page with either text pages from an old book or various backgrounds from my Digital Engraving Background Digital Stamp Series. I also used some designs from my Digital Spirelli Templates ,bits of old greeting cards and some pieces of junk jewelry.

It was alot of fun creating this book. Although I have had a vision in my mind for this book for a long time, once I started in on it, it took on a life of it's own and went in a wonderful direction I had not expected.

Since this post has Part1 on the end of the post name, you might have already guessed that my book is not yet finished and still has more to come.  You have now seen the cover, and page 1 & 2. Although there are additional pages which show behind the ones you have already seen, I have not decided exactly how many it will contain once I deem it finished. I used book rings to hold the pages together and rather like this idea as I can add more and more pages by replacing the smaller book rings with larger ones. On the righ is a bit of the materials I used for my Reinvented and Recycled Doll Book. I love using children's board books for my art, they come in so many sizes and you can do so much with them including just using the individual pages as a base as I did for this project.
Still More Pages to Come !!!

Above are a couple of pages that follow the finished ones shown in this post. They have their expressive little little faces but nothing else except a bit of fun painting and splattering. I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse of my Altered Doll Book and will visit me again as I add more.

My Altered Book is entered in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics ... Always Anything Goes but must be altered, no cards or ATCs.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit ... Altered Art
Not Just Cards ... #21
Creative Craft Cottage ... #41 Flowers
The Corrosive Challeng ... #226 Pile it On ... Faces, Layers, Elements & Bling

Time to admit I am sometimes a bit overwhelmed: I have been struggling with health issues for quite a while now and sometimes when I am not doing well, time gets away from me, which also includes things related to my art. This month's Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenge was a bit late but it is up now and hope you will all go check it out. You will also find Our Winners for the last couple of challenges listed to the side bar. Thank you all for your patience and hope you will continue to play in our challenges.  

Some of the original digital stamps designs used in this project:

http://cs-designs.blogspot.ca/2015/03/cs-designs-digital-templates-and-kits.htmlLive Love and Sing Digital Engravings Background Digital Stamp

Recycled Art, saving the planet one project at a time

Monday, June 1, 2015

Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book Part 1

Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book 

Recycled & Altered Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book:

Today I am sharing an Altered Puzzle Piece book I created especially for this months challenge on Altered Eclectics. Although I have created other Puzzle Piece Books in the past, this one is extra special because I have been wanting to do one with an Edgar Allan Poe theme for a very long time.  Above on the right is the Back Cover and on the right is the Front cover of my Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Piece Book

Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book pages 1 -2
 Above are Page 1 & 2 of my Puzzle Piece Book ... 
I made the wire scroll element on the top right page from plain old silver colored garden wire.

 Once I started on it went a slightly bit different direction than I had first imagined, with a little less clean and a bit more grunge.

Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece Book pages 
Above are Pages 3 & 4 ... The black flower hanging on the top ring
 is a black wooden piece that was part of an earring I found at a 2nd hand shop.

Project Steps:
1.) Removed all the Puzzle Picture Layers and painted them with black acrylic paint.
2.) Glued a layer of either Printed Backgrounds or Book Pages to both sides of each puzzle piece.
3.) Added random acrylic paint in red, white and black and silver in various places
4.) Did a bit of splattering in the same colors above to each side of each Puzzle Piece.
5.) Embellished each side with designs from my Pieces of Poe digital stamp collection
6.) Continued by adding metal washers, buttons, wooden pieces and recycled jewelry bits

 Above are Pages 5 & 6 Painted and Splattered and all ready to have something wonderful added to them. Thought the red splatter, smudges and drips look a little like blood and lent themselves nicely to something befitting Poe.

 This book is a work in progress and for this post I only did the Front Cover and Pages 1,2 & 3. I will do the rest a little later in the month and share them in Part 2 of my Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Piece Book and hope you will come back and see the additional pages.

Step 7.)
On the left is a close up of the main focal point on the Front Cover, the textured area directly under Poe was created with Aluminum Foil Tape run through my Cuddle Bug and then painted with black acrylic paint and wiped before it was completely dry.

As a closing photo below I thought you might like to see the baubles peeking from behind the pages above. The black bauble is recycled from an earring and the red from a necklace. I enjoy looking in second hand shops and often used reclaimed jewelry pieces in my pieces instead of buying ready made embellishments. I think it is alot more fun, very inexpensive and adds a very unique and original quality to a finished piece.

On the right is a close up of the recycled Jewelry Bits I used. I think they coordinate beautifully with look of the rest of the book.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed my Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Piece Book and will come back for Part 2.

Please be sure to check out this months challenge at Altered Eclectics, join us by sharing your own projects with us and check out what the rest of the team has created. I promise you won't be disappointed, these ladies are amazingly talented.

My Edgar Allan Poe Altered Puzzle Piece book is playing in the following challenges:

 Rhedd's Creative Spirit ... Altered Art
Quoth the Raven Nevermore #44 ... Raving Ravens
Dream in Darkness ... Splattered red to signify the look of blood
Left of Center #80 ... Recycled, Old Puzzle Pieces, Garden Wire, Aluminum Tape & 2nd Hand Jewelry
Smudgy Antics ... Anything goes / with 3 colors ... shades of black, red and white
Haunted House Designs ... Jewels

Update for this project- Jun 30, 2015: 

This is so Exciting and such an honor
 My Edgar Allan Poe Puzzle Book has received the following awards:

Top Winner June

Top 3 June May Quoth the Raven Nevermore challenge

More Poe Projects, for a walk on the dark side !!!
  Edgar Allan Poe Artist Trading Block
Edgar Allan Poe Ony by Night Art Tag

All the Flowers Spring Art Tag

It`s time for another wonderful challenge at The Craft Garden and my project for this month is a Sprint Art Tag.

Yellow Flowers Spring Art Tag
The theme for this months challenge was to use 3 things from the list provided. I chose Yellow, Ribbon and Paint form the list.

The yellow flowers on the right of the tag are a piece recycled from an old greeting card. The beauty I used for the main focal point is one of my original digital stamp designs called Angel Face. The text back ground as well as the sentiment are also printed.

Our Spring is always a little late in coming up here in the Interior of Canada and these colors are a reminder of all the lovely colors that we will be experiencing soon.

I hope you have enjoyed my Spring Flower Art Tag and I look forward to having you join us in this month`s challenge at The Craft Garden.

My little flower art tag is playing in the following challenges and hope it brings a bit of sunshine into your day:

Always Something Creative #100 ... Always Anything Goes

A few more art tags you might enjoy !!! 

Live is Magical Clara Bow Art Tag
Smile Pretty Edwina Mixed Media Art Tag
Mixed Media Art Tag Book
Loreley Voice of the Sea Mixed Media Art Tag