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


Anet van Zyl said...

Gorgeous project Chris. Thank you for playing along with our Challenge at Creative Craft Cottage. We would love to see you again … Anet DTx

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

I really love this hun. The dolls faces are fab and the book out of this world. I also love the way you have used otherwise abandoned items and given them a new lease of life. A lot of hours and love put into your piece of art and am sure whoever receives this will appreciate it and if you decide to keep and display, well it will cheer you up no end. I do hope your health improves Chris - keep on creating hun. Thank you for joining in with our challenge over at Altered Eclectics this month and for also thank you for sharing with us over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and hope to see you again in future challenges.

Handcrafted by Ellapu
Mother Hen for Altered Eclectics
Mother Hen for Eclectic Ellapu
DT Rhedd's Creative Spirit
DT The Mirror Crack'd
DT Anything but a Card

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous recycled book and love all the faces--Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create
Carol DT x

Joi at RR said...

Oh WOW Chris - I'm almost speechless. I just think this is FABULOUS in every way. I am always amazed when I see how you put things together. Always soooooo stunning. This is truly ADORABLE. Can't wait to see more. Thanks bunches for sharing at Rhedd's Creative Spirit. Big hugs. j.

Maryvonne COUSSE said...

Gorgeous project,Fabulous recycled book ,love all the faces ! Well Done !
Thanks for joining us at CCC Challenges and good luck !

Annie LaVallee-Curtis said...

So creative, what a beautiful project! Love the quotes! Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage and hope to see you again soon! :) ~Annie

Sandra Wright said...

I so love your book Chris...you have totally transformed it. You know I never thought to cut/ reshape board book pages,so you have inspired me to try that out in the very near future...
Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month at Rhedd's Creative Spirit..x

mayoori jain said...

this is simply amazing. so much to learn from you guys

Lisa Winnard said...

Love this!!!! And I adore the quotes youve used.
Thanks for playing along at Altered Eclectics,
Lisa Altered Eclectics DT