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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A First Look at my latest Altered Book Project

I was fortunate this past weekend, to participate in an awesome altered-book workshop! Hosted and led by Juliana Coles right here in Albuquerque, the workshop was titled Consulting the Oracle. Juliana brilliantly used this theme to give us lots of hands-on in different aspects of the mixed-media bag: altering a book; making pockets and tabs; creating divination/guidance cards; and going deeper with our own spiritual/psychological evolution. Oh yes, we also had fun and made new friends, to boot!
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So now I can show you some of my productions from this experience ~ I have way more photos than I can put in one blog post, so I'll give you an overview and show you my more-or-less finished pages. The picture below combines views of the components in this book/discovery project ~
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For my book base, I used an ooOLLLLLDDDD novel titled "Tom Brown's School Days" which I thankfully found in Juliana's stash - because I didn't read the prep instructions and I brought the wrong kind of books! Our mission was to create a set of cards on which to evoke our archetypes; then create a pocket in the front of the book to hold the cards; then divide the book into sections and develop journal pages devoted to each archetype. In corners of the photo, you can my book's bright blue cover. In the middle you'll see the pocket with & without the cards, plus the title page. Also shown are two spreads of my cards - the archetypes in the upper right corner and extra cards in the lower left. Yes, that is Dolly Parton - she's on the card I identified as "Warrior"!
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The spread below shows my Journey Begins page ~
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This is my book's - and process - introduction. I found out right away that the fragile pages of this very vintage book needed reinforcement - they almost dissolved under the layers of paint we were happily guided to spread at this step. I put a layer of masking tape on the backs of these pages, and all was well. We then collaged our vision on top of the messy background. I took the journey concept literally - that isn't quite a yellow-brick road, but it may evolve into one as I work some more on this page.
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One of my favorite pages as shown below is The Orphan ~
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The task was to protect and re-parent our inner lost-child. I found this sweet image of a mother & child, and I wanted the whole Chinese army at my back for this job - even if they are made of clay. These pictures were too large to fit on the page, so I made them into pop-ups. It's a simple spread, but I think it's perfect - and I love it!
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Another simple spread is shown below, called The Warrior ~
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It's all about facing our own dragons and slaying them. And since that says it all, I'll move on to the final spread of the book, shown below as
The Magician ~
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Here, I've moved away from the muddy, bloody colors I'd been using, and treated myself to my favorite aqua! The pinks in the lettering and images are bonus. This spread really is about integrating all of the previous archetypes, as well as others possibly unknown. At least that's what came to me now that I'm typing this - the journey of visual journaling is truly a never-ending process.
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These aren't the only pages or things I have to show you, dear reader. I have more pages that are in-progress, so I'l have future blog posts as they develop. And there's more work with cards, too. In particular, those extra cards are going to be ideal for ACEOs and small collage pieces to list at my Etsy shop - I feel an OSWOA (original small work of art) or two coming up! Stay tuned ;)

6 comments:

elsiee said...

what a wonderful project! you've inspired me deeply - I have a file box filled with images from when I used to make collages years ago - off to dig around in it for some inspiration - LOVE THE POP UP!!

Jen said...

That is fantastic! What a great way to express yourself. Thanks for sharing!
-10oneworld

Jan 4 Insight said...

Thank you both for commenting! It makes me happy to know that my small efforts have helped inspire someone ~
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Mommy Bear said...

What a fun project! You did such a great job.

Windy and Davids Creations said...

Ohhhhhhh, they are all so BEAUTIFUL!!!

Jan 4 Insight said...

Thanks so much, MommyBear and WindyandDavid - I'm glad to know my modest efforts bring beauty to people.
:)

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