The Time Machine

Those of you who are younger will not remember an old, old show called The Time Machine.  Those around my age may remember it.  There was a black and white vortex that was somehow used to travel through time.  It’s so long ago that I don’t really remember the much about the show, but this design reminded me of it.  It is the start of a new two page spread in my altered book.  I haven’t decided where to go next or whether I will actually keep going.  I don’t need to decide that now.  I just like the colors, the shape, and the way that one starts at the bottom of the page and the other starts at the top.  I am easily amused! 🙂

Purple Spikes

Ah, I have finally returned to the studio to get my hands dirty.  It’s been a while.  Okay, it’s been a long while.  The demands of the holiday and my being away have kept me from indulging myself.  This was a small start but a start none-the-less.  I pulled out a book I had been altering and just let go.  I started with yellow tissue paper and then moved on to purple.  I finished by added the slivers of color.  Those were cut from a piece of wax paper that I had used as a palette.  It is a simple page spread but I like it that way.  Rather than keep going I liked the simple bold design.  It feels good to be back at work!

Altered Book Transitions

I took some pictures of one of the altered books that I am slowly transforming.  I created a “movie” out of them using Picasa but I couldn’t figure out how to make it “play” once I uploaded it.  So, I return to pictures and have included a few that involve playing with tape.  I LOVE tape.  I apply it to sections of text of pictures, pull it up and make collages from the small segments.  I used black ink over and under the tape in a couple of them.  I really like the effect in the “relationship” page where the ink is the base.

Summer and the living is easy…

It seems like ages since I’ve posted though it has only been a few weeks.  I haven’t done much work as I was on vacation and then tied up having summer fun in all the good weather.  I felt I might start back in my altered book and so I grabbed a bunch of the small shaving foam cards that I made.  I think I may use them to form a two page spread.  I realized I first need to put down some sort of background.  Anyway, here’s a picture of the arrangement on which I am working.  I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Altered Book Spread 6

Here is the latest installment in my altered book.  I started this spread by gluing down two layers of tracing paper.  This gave me a nice textured surface from which to work.  I next mixed some green watercolor and applied a watery layer of it to the page enjoying the way in settled into the wrinkles on the paper.  Once that had dried I lightly dabbed the surface with gesso and then went further to rub some of the wrinkles with the gesso to pick up the design of the texture.  I added some blue and red watercolor over this but was not thrilled with the result.  Once that had dried a bit I went back over the entire surface with a watery layer of gesso tinted with a bit of watercolor.  I liked the pastel color of the surface after that application.  Today I added the marker designs at the bottoms of the pages.  The green was a bit stronger than I would’ve liked.  However, it does lend some nice contrast.  The pink was just the right intensity for the effect I was seeking.  Overall I am pleased with the result.

Altered Book – Spreads 4 and 5

My altered book is about all I have had time to work on this week.  I have been creating a new website for my art.  These two spreads are not complete yet, but I thought I would share their progress so you can see them develop.  I particularly like the black and white one.  The paper looks almost as though it is 3D for some reason.  And it plays with my eyes.  Is it black paper on white or white paper on black?  It is, in fact, black on white.  I love the power of this spread and can’t wait to get back to work on it.  The other spread is delicate.  More delicate than any of the other spreads I have done in this book so far.  I’m not sure if I am going to try to punch it up more, or leave it soft as a rest for the eyes from the other more colorful pages.  I think perhaps it needs some small details to contrast with the larger more prominent shapes.  Time will tell.

The sun is shining here in New England today for the first time in days.  I got out for a ride on my bike to enjoy it and it was wonderful.  Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Spread 4

Spread 5

Altered Book 3 – Under Water

I did manage to find some time for my altered book yesterday.  It felt good to be back working on my pages and getting my hands dirty.  I actually worked on three 2 page spreads but this one is the most complete of the three.  It was done with a wash of ink mixed with gloss medium, tracing paper, tissue paper, water soluble crayons, regular crayons and marker.  I started with the large shape at the base of the right hand page.  I glued and pulled off some magazine pages before getting started with the ink/medium mixture.  From there it was a lot of experimentation and fun.  Stay tuned for the next couple of spreads!

Altered Book – Urban Sunrise

So I have been working on the second 2 page spread of my altered book.  I was searching to get the type of balance I managed to find in the first spread.  It took some time to work through.  I added a glaze and some additional papers but still hadn’t gotten the effect I wanted.  I tried covering the two pages with tracing paper to give it unity, and then painted over it with watercolor.  The real breakthrough came when I ripped that layer off after it had dried somewhat!  It added an effect that I really liked and I reapplied some of the scraps and liked where it was going.   Some areas were too bright and disconnected so I used a crayon to color softly over those areas to meld them into a whole.  I think it has definitely progressed from the first iteration.


Alterations and Prototypes

I have been at work all morning in my studio and have worked on a number of different projects.  I have posted below the next two page spread in my altered book.  As usual I believe that this is a good start, but likely not the final rendition.  However, for the time being I’m letting it dry thoroughly while I determine where to take it next.  I also did some work on an old altered book, though I have not taken pictures of that one.  It had some issues with pages threatening to fall out so I worked to get it back to a more stable condition.  My thought is to perhaps enter it in a juried show called Industrial Design, but it will likely need some more work to be worthy.  More on that later.

I am also working on a three dimensional piece using recycled (or rather upcycled) materials.  I am aiming to make these materials beautiful and then hang them in such a way that they also cast lovely shadows.  I have been fascinated by work that is able to combine those two aspects.  I have posted some pictures below of some of the “contestants” for this project.  I have tried using bottles, but today latched onto the idea of using clear packing materials.  They cast a lovely shadow and the colored drawing I have done on them comes through in the shadows.  I am still experimenting and haven’t come up with the ultimate answer yet.  However, I feel I am working in the right direction!

Altered Book Take 2

I got back to work on my altered book today.  After looking at the photo’s from yesterday it seemed to need more.  It’s funny how looking at photo’s can sometimes tell me more than looking at the book close up.  I can see where colors are too prominent or where balance is lacking.  In any case, I went back at it today and I am more satisfied.  That’s not to say I might not take another shot at some point, but for now I’m going to move on.   I’ve included both pictures so it’s possible to see the change from yesterday to today.  Improved?