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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, May 23, 2013

Frolicking in the Sea – Altered Book

After creating the Dreaming of Romance altered book, I decided to continue experimenting with the technique of cutting and folding the pages of a book to create a scene.  The idea being that the book seems to be coming alive.  I’ve seen a couple of really outstanding artists on Pinterest that use this technique to achieve some amazing results (my stuff is primitive by comparison).
My challenge for this book was to figure out a way to make the center section stand up, which I achieved by gluing the some of the pages in the front and the back of the book to the inside covers.
I folded pages in the middle of the book in groups with each group folded more so that the group in the middle stood up the highest and the groups on the sides became shorter and shorter.  For the shorter folded groups I had to cutoff some ends of the pages before folding so I could get a shorter fold.
In between each group of folded pages, I reserved 3 pages which I glued together.  Just as with the folded page, I cut off the ends of the pages to get shorter pages.  I used a couple of templates of waves to trace the wave pattern onto the pages.  Cutting the waves was pretty easy until I got to the shortest pages which were tough to cut as they were so close to the spine of the book.
Lastly I added the double sided images of the mermaids and waves.  The beach areas are made of sand, mica flakes, beads, brass findings and seashells.
My next book is an Edgar Allen Poe themed project.

28 comments:

genagirl said...

This is one of the most amazing things you've done! And that's saying a lot. Can you do some photos of your next book in progress? I would just love to see the process.

Diane D. said...

Love this! Amazing work. And the different ideas for this are endless.
Thanks for sharing.
DianeD

coco said...

This is totally jaw-dropping!!! Congratulations for this wonderful project !!!!!!!!! Happy evening, Coco x

wwilloww said...

Your creativity just amazes me!!! Both of your altered books are gorgeous but this one just takes my breath away. Will there be a tutorial???

Dame Jeanne Marie said...

Very, very cool !! I would like to try this. Is there anything that you cannot do? Cook perhaps? Sing perhaps? You are truly amazing!

milissa d said...

I love that book.....beautiful
Great job
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Theresa said...

this is great. Don't know how you think of this stuff...but I love it!

Createology said...

You are creative Genius and always continue to amaze me with your creations! Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

Diane at Craftin Your HeART Out! said...

WOW!! This is amazing. I love the theme you used. It's such an interesting piece of work where I just want to sit and gaze at it and search for a hidden treasure.

This is really great!!!

Take care
Diane

Jill said...

This is marvelous! Double-Wow!

Connie said...

WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Your book is amazing, you are amazing . . . did I say WOW! I love your imagination :)
Connie

Connie said...

I'm back . . . forgot to ask . . .
Are you going to do a tutorial on your books?

johala said...

Another great and funy idea Laura!
Hugs and kisses

Sim said...

Ooooooh, this is totally awesome!
I really adore this book! :)

Dianne said...

WOOHOO what a stunning piece of ART, I love how you have created it all the folds and all those gorgeous images,it's an outstanding piece of work, thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend..

FernParkLily said...

This takes my breath away.So very beautiful!!

fairyrocks said...

Awesome, love your sea sirens. Would love to see this in real time, so full of detail and interesting bits. Keep smiling and creating

Leslie said...

Beautiful!

Dawn said...

What a fabulous book! I Love it! Think I might have to let some of the old books hanging about be altered!

Maryanne said...

How fabulous! I love altered books and this is just amazing!

Tone M. said...

marvelous, really gorgeous

AnnieH said...

wow there is just no limit to your world of greatness...What a wonderful inspiration you are... thank you so much for all the goodness :) Ann

Chris P's Minis and More said...

That is AMAZING!!!!!

Joanne said...

Dearest Laura, could you please take a few months off so I can catch up on the unbelievable creations you keep coming up with. My mind is truly blown.
x

Belladonna said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wondeful!

Amylia Coover said...

All I can say is WOW! Love your creativity!

Esveyde Recendiz said...

very creative.

Seahorse Ranch Girl said...

I have never seen anything like this. It is stunning. I picture you in your studio puzzling over the process. But you did it!