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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dreaming of Romance - Altered Book

The inspiration for this piece is a new collage sheet designed by my friend Carolyn Ouzts-Hay and fellow Alpha Stamps Design Team Member.  If you participate in Alpha Stamp swaps, you know her as your swap hostess.  I’ve seen so much fabulous book art on Pinterest and have been itching to do something myself.  Caroline’s beautiful collage sheet available at Alpha Stamps is titled “Paintings of Romance“  and it is filled with lovely images of women and couples. 
This project started with a book.  I used tissue paper to create the texture on the covers.  I’ll be demonstrating this technique for you in a future tutorial.
The gold design on the back is a sticker.

I removed about a fourth of the pages.  Next, I folded the pages in sections with some folded at different depths than others.  Folding the pages holds the book open and creates a place to attach the pediment (which is attached with flat toothpicks glued into the folded pages) and the chandelier.  
The folded pages make great places to insert images.
The pediment at the top of the book is from an Alpha Stamps collage sheet called “Valentine Banners”.

39 comments:

cmoh said...

Gorgious! I love the book and I've seen the folded pages and wanted to give it a try to. You make the images look stunning. Thanks so much for the shout out! I am going to post your gorgious piece on my blog.

Thanks
Hugs
Caroline

Amy said...

Almost too beautiful for words.

Bonnie Irvine said...

This is beautiful front and back, inside and out. The tissue paper on the cover looks like old and well loved leather. The inside with the folded pages is brilliant. What a lovely way to showcase these images. I especially love the ones peeping out from between the pages. Fabulous inspiration. Thanks.

Tracie Dean said...

I just LOVE the book!!! Hard to believe that is just a sticker on the back.

Gorgeous work!

Happy Crafting
Tracie

Ms Misantropia said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

This book is beautiful. The images do bring romantic dreams. Wonderful.
Nicole/Beadwright

Tone M. said...

Fantastically beautiful, absolutely gorgeous. Realy-realy nice, certanly dreamy and romantic

Leanne said...

this is just beautiful!

Wilma said...

This is so beautiful, Laura.
I love it !!

Wilma.

trisha too said...

Another lush and elegant piece!

:)

artwolf2009 said...

what a wonderful idea for an altered book, never have seen it used that way

Missy George said...

Beautiful..I love the texture on the cover...

Creative Wings Boutique said...

Laura this is truly AMAZING>>>>> a masterpiece...
hugs

DeeDee said...

I wish I could bottle a little bit of the eye to product that you put out.. your vision is so beautiful and then you reproduce it.. such a lovely talent... and then best of all you share it with us... I so love following your blog..I get so inspired..

silvergran said...

Absolutely beautiful!!
Great tips /techniques!

berlykim37 said...

I adore this...your amazing..

genagirl said...

Love, love, LOVE this. You know what I love most? That woman peeking out of the pages on the left!!!! Such an inspired touch that just makes it great.

Ally White Cat said...

This is Grande a memorial of beauty. I admire you talented ladies!
hugs
susan s

debi said...

Another amazing creation! Laura, your book is Gorgeous!! Hugs, Debi

Createology said...

Beautifully unique and creative. My Grandma used to fold books and make things with them. I wish I had photos as I don't remember many. Love the tissue texture too. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Theresa said...

wow...what a creative altered book. there's something to look at all over the place!!! :)

Hester said...

Laura, Fantastic way to re-use books! The pictures taking a peek out of the side pages add a lot of extras to enjoy! Another lovely project. Thank you so much for sharing.

Victoria said...

Oh my Stars! This is so pretty. I wish I had more time for my art. I think I need to retire or take an extended vacation! I so love the things you create!

susanne said...

Very creative, very very beautiful!

chrissies said...

This is wonderful. Your ideas always amaze me

Love Chrissie x

Belladonna said...

I can do nothing but stare, this piece is totally amazing!

johala6@yahoo. said...

Hello Laura
I don't know how to e-mail you any more,I tried everything even the last adress you gave me!
So, try to write to Johala6@yahoo.fr, and then, I'll be abble to answer you!!!
Hugs and kisses

Martina2801 said...

Oh My God! What a great altered book, Laura! I`m once again completely inspired. Also your Romance ATC's are sooooo beautiful! Truly a feast for my eyes!
Have a nice Sunday, my dear!
MARTINA oxo

My name is Cindy said...

Just lovely!!

fairyrocks said...

Spectacular :-}

Tracy said...

Wow Laura that is stunningly beautiful and I love it!!
I am in the eclectic Paperie design team and I am hosting the Get Altered challenge and the theme I picked...Altered books,I would love you to pop over and enter your book if you get the time plus Kim has a prize for the winner.
Hugs
Tracy
xxx

Gaby Bee said...

I'm always excited by your artwork. You are seriously one of the most creative artists around! Your altered book is truly a feast for the eyes. Very inspiring!

Gaby xo

Tracy said...

Hi Laura so glad you linked up to eclectic Paperie..your work is stunning!!
Looking forward to popping back to see more of your projects.
Hugs
Tracy
xoxo

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous texture! x

butterfly said...

Completely stunning - I LOVE what you've done with your book. The cover looks extraordinary with all that gorgeous texture, and I love how you've created the scene within - wow! Great to have you play along with us at eclectic Paperie!
Alison x

Kim said...

Wow! This is amazing! I'm blown away by all of the details and the folded pages are fabulous! A truly beautiful project! Thanks so much for playing along with the eclectic Paperie Get Altered challenge!

toni said...

Fabulous altered book ! Brilliant idea done beautifuly x

Tracy said...

Whoop whoop you won Laura over at eclectic Paperie...congratulations!!

Broni said...

Congratulations on winning the eclectic Paperie Altered Book challenge! Your creations is awesome!