This book is quite heavy and has lots of flotsam and jetsam. By using all kinds of charms, found objects and trinkets I was able to add the element of movement to this book. It was difficult to find wire similar to what we had in class for the binding. I finally scavenged some from a construction site I walk by near work. The gauge was really too heavy for the project, but I just had a make it work moment.
I used lots of gesso, stamps and stencils when making the backgrounds of each page. Texture was the intended goal. The carved mermaid trinket below was given to me by my cousin Gail. I am so glad to have finally found a use for it. I added a bit of paint and rub as well as rub and buff to bring out some of the intricately carved details.
This was one of my favorite pages. I love the look of the real sand as well as the rusted mermaid with her filigree backdrop. The texture of the wavy page is delightful too. The sand used here was from Mud Puddles. I ran out of it quickly though and had to improvise on a few other pages. I was surprised at what I was able to achieve with a bit of experimenting.
This is another top notch set of pages. The one with Graphic 45's Botanicabella has to be my favorite. I affixed my altered crab a bit off the page and then managed to use the holes by his legs to attach more junque. There is also lots of texture made with my very own sand mixture.
The stencil I used here reminded me of bubbles, fitting in with the underwater idea. I love the big carved fish too.
Lots more stuff that I rusted is on display here. I just love putting age on items and transforming them into little relics. Here I also tapped into some old German scrap that I have been hording. I had an entire sheet of really interesting fish and shells.
This art stamp is on that I really enjoy so I was happy to find another application for it. I also used many random fibers I had on hand to add to the flotsam and jetsam. Some of them were bits of silk that I hand dyed as taught to me by Joanne Huffman. I thought the color palate of the fibers fit well with the project, while adding antother textural element.
The patina on this seahorse took a few times to get it right, working with this medium is very unpredictable at times.
The image on this card is by Sheila Wolk. She has some really pretty mermaid imagery in her work. I had been hanging on to this greeting card for quite some time. This special project called me to use it and I have no regrets.
The waves from this stencil made for another appropriate background. I used a heavy duty glue to attach many of my precious trinkets to my deck.
Obviously this was an amazing class if I am still using and applying my knowledge almost a year later. Leighanna is teaching again nearby soon, perhaps I will need to indulge in another class from her!