Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Bird in the Hand" - Part 1

Hello Dear Blog Readers!
I am so excited to reveal the pages from my artful book "Bird in the Hand" made at An Artful Journey Retreat in late February/early March.

As I mentioned in the previous post, the book contains 2 signatures made of 12 pages each, making a total of 24 pages, but in actuality, 48 pages of artful goodness. The covers are made of canvas board and painted, with fabric 'endpapers' glued to the inside cover and a special wrap of scraps and muslin enclosing the 2 signatures.

The construction of this book took a lot of time and it was not finished for the Show and Share on the last day, but I DID make sure to have my book completely bound before the night was over, so I could head home with a finished project.

There are a lot of pages and some details to show you, over 60 photos in all! It's a LOT of photos to share in just one blog post, so I will be portioning the photos of this book in another series of blog posts, with this post being the first. I will let the photos speak for themselves with only a little narration here and there.

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and let's dive in!

Bird in the Hand - Covers, Spine and Endpapers





I really enjoyed adding texture with gesso for the book covers!







Book Pages From Signature #1 - Old Papers, New Papers

Let me share a little bit about this opening page of my book...

I mentioned that I didn't have enough paper to cut the 24 pages needed to make this book, and I contacted DJ Pettitt to see if I could utilize some old watercolor paintings I found among my grandmother's things. This page is one of the pages cut down from a larger watercolor painting that you can see being cut down in this blog post. There are a few more such pages in this book and I will point them out as we go...but for now, here are a few more images:




The lace used here was tea dyed the day before I left for the retreat!

Lace, silk scraps and painted muslin, juxtaposed to create a folio for the signature...


I will share more photos from this first signature of pages so be sure to stay tuned for more art book goodness!

3 comments:

planettreasures said...

Wow! I love it.
I'd love to do something like this one day...one day.

Gill said...

Fabulous!
I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Glenda Hoagland said...

This is stunning, love that you are making a series out of showing the book. Cannot wait for more.