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.