This month the challenge at Bluebird 1 2 3 is to alter a book to reflect your art journey. I posted previously about the actual book I chose for this project. Today I finished my first spread and entry in here. It has been very difficult for me to do this - I have lots of ideas but the execution is either disappointing or lacking. I think part of this is mental for me, as I am a lifelong book collector and reader, as well as a professional educator. Altering and messing with books has not been part of my program!
I am pleased with what I did today though. This art feels intensely personal to me, much more than most of my other creations. I thought and thought about the book and what I would like to express in here. Finding the right images has been a challenge but I'm getting there. I also tried a painted background a couple of days ago but hated it. The pages today were gesso'd, colored with inks, used a stencil for the dots, and some collage images I have. I hand lettered the word 'transformation' - another area of immense arty anxiety for me!!
In putting this book together I have decided a couple of things: I'm going to make the cover after the inside of the book is finished, as I think I'll be better able to make the cover more reflective of what is inside; and I do each spread according to the text and illustrations/photos contained there.
Thanks for looking but please don't look TOO closely ;)