Thursday, July 17, 2014

Style is Timeless ~ Altered Board Book

Hey there! I have the next installment in my Hat Ladies Altered Board book. I've taken a child's board book, gessoed the entire thing, and am creating mixed media spreads featuring Rick St. Dennis' fabulous Hat Ladies. This one stars the image called 1940 Hat but she told me her name is Jenny. I just love how elegant and pensive she looks.

  I coloured Jenny with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut her, and mounted her on black cardstock. This gives her a lovely black outline which contrasts with any background and strengthens any thinner bits (like the feathers) when I pop the image up on foam tape.

I covered the background with some older Bo Bunny Timepiece paper from my hoard vault...time to break it out! Smaller rectangles from the same collection were edged in Distress inks and layered on both pages. Pattern was added with Jet Black Archival ink through TCW's Tiny Circles stencil.

White gesso was applied to the bottom of an old flip flop and used as a stamp to create the cross hatch designs. Flip flops have the most amazing textures on the bottom and they are so inexpensive ($ store) and fun. I just stamped this pattern in two directions to get the cross hatch. Jenny was placed over the large block of solid paper and two clocks were fussy cut from the Bo Bunny paper to anchor the corners of the layered rectangles.

To further the time theme, large chipboard clock hands were adhered, one on each page, and topped off with large gold pearls. These were a little too shiny for me so I added a little Treasure Gold to each with my finger. Part of the sentiment, Fashions come and go, was computer generated, matted in black and popped up on foam tape. The other letters for But Style is Timeless are Idea-ology Alpha Parts, Alpha Tiles, and stickers. To complete the design, some punched semi-circles and border left-overs were added to the pages, doodling was done with a black pen, washi tape added, and white dots were created with a paint pen. Jenny approves!

Thanks for visiting today. Jenny and I both appreciate it. For more inspiration using Rick's fabulous images, fun challenges, and some wonderful sharing of projects and knowledge, come and visit:

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our Airless Chambers blog
our Rick St Dennis Gallerie
our Tuts and Comments blog

I am entering this spread in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create ~  #80 Anything Goes
A Song in Your He(Art) ~ #11 Three Times a Lady
Crafting by designs ~ Use a Sentiment
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge ~ Spots and Dots
Digi Makeover ~ #149 Girly Girl

Life is good; so is art.


Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Your altered book is absolutely gorgeous Bonnie! I just love your style! xo

Sharon Sahl said...

Hi Bonnie - I really love how you used the bits and pieces of paper and the embellishments to create this mixed media layout. Board books are such fun to alter and I think this one you've started is going to be fabulous!

Caryn said...

Hi Bonnie - wow, I have never seen anything like this - what a wonderful piece of art you are creating here with this altered book. Can't wait to see more.
Thanks for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Caryn xxx

Emily Lauritzen said...

Very fun and unique creation! Thanks for joining us at Paper Makeup!
<3 Emily L.-DT

Crafting Vicky said...

wow this is soooo creative! I just love how you have reused an old book! I wish I lived closer so you could share with me how you do that! Love it!

Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at A Song in your He{art}. Hope you will join us next time DT Crafting Vicky.

maureenjscott said...

Simply Stunning Bonnie! I love this! Fabulous! Thanks for joining our Use a Sentiment challenge at Crafting By Designs! mo xxx

Deanne Saunders said...

Awesome!!! So sorry I'm late with my comments.I thought I had these done. Thanks so much for participating in our A SONG IN YOUR HE{ART} challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
A Little Bit O' Paper