Thursday, 14 April 2011

Good morning you all. The sun is shining again, although it's still cold here. but it's good weather for going for a walk, so perhaps I will do that.

I have a lot of old books at home, really old ones, from the 17th and 18th century, and some of them are in a very bad condition - the leather covers have fallen off, the pages have darkened, and they look very tatty. I have repaired a lot of them but some are beyond repair, and one of them I have used to make an altered book. It's an old theological book, and a lot of the pages are missing. I used the covers and a few pages for my book. The covers stayed as covers, after being coated with Ranger's Matte medium to seal them, and I used 2 pages to make the insides of the covers.
I cut new pages from torchon water colour paper, and distressed them with TH inks in ancient linen and brushed corduroy. I used a small piece of one of the book-pages on each page, and stamped them with flourishes and scripts in espresso. Then came the next layer, floral rub ons, and then some images, which I tore rather than cut before distressing the edges. I distressed the pages again after decorating them, rubbing ancient linen well over all the images, to tone them down and make them look old. Some pages have added beads and/or gem stones, prima flowers and butterflies, and I added some *bling* to the flourishes with bronze liquid pearls. I decided to use my BIA to put the book together, as I like the contrast between the antique covers and the modern wires. I have added a few ribbons to the wires and a key as a charm, perhaps I will add some more when I find something suitable.



The arrangement of the images is rather surreal, but that's something I like. And I forgot to say, that the head of Buddha has been added to the cover with matte medium.
All in all a fun project! I am entering this book into an altered book challeneg on Pages in Time, and into *Simon Says Stamp and Show* some distressing challenge. Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

30 comments:

  1. Wow i have fallen head over heels with this its stunning!! i love the distressed look to it all the pages are beautiful!!
    Just to let you know i have a lovely Freebie background on the Dezinaworld blog, its only available until tommorow so feel free to pop along and grab it if you like!!

    Hugs June x

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  2. OH MY GOSH! I am so in love with altered books and doing them ... I can get lost for hours on end. What fun you had with those pages - your layouts are perfect and oh so interesting. So interesting to have such a book to work on .. starting out with a little character helps and this book is ozzzzzing it. Good luck in the challenge. How long did it take you to complete this project? gorgeous! hugs from Mexico, Donna

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  3. Thanks June, off to look at your blog!
    Hi Donna, I got it done yesterday, working on it more or less all day and half the night! Once I start I don't like to stop....But I like it, and it was great fun mixing all those different things together!

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  4. I love this project, especially the vintage but very pretty feel of the whole book - gorgeous.

    Hugs, Carole xxx

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  5. Wow, this is breathtaking! Very courageous to mix old and new like that, but it gives a great effect! Love it! Hugs, Sarah

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  6. Stunning Valerie! I love the vintage feel and your eclectic images.
    Hugs xx

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  7. This is very very special a beautiful treasure. XOXO Zoe

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  8. Wow! Valerie I absolutely love this! Is that a thick type card stock for the pages? The finished project is amazing! Your one artistic lady, that is for sure. Hugs Tee

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  9. Hello! Your altered book is amazing! I love all the color, texts, layering, images and elements! What a feast for the eyes! You did such a good job on this...very vintage...very shabby...very wonderful book! Thanks for sharing it and thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge! <3 Candy

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  10. OMG, mind-blowing, Valerie! I do believe you are the Queen of Altering :)

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  11. This is absolutely lovely! I really like it!

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  12. This is just wonderful! I love it. :-)

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  13. The book is wonderful I love the butterfly pages and those flower rub ons work really well adding a striking colour here & there

    Love Dawn xx

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  14. Love, love, love it! What a treasure! Hugs, Barb

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  15. WOW!!! Fantastic job! I'm in LOVE!

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  16. This is simply fantastic!! So very creative and just a feast for the eyes! Thanks for entering it in my challenge at Pages In Time!

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  17. Oh my gosh, Valerie, this is such a work of art. Each page is absolutely beautiful. xx

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  18. lovely val, very unique...

    maria xx

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  19. This is sooo cool. What a way to use old books!

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  20. Hi Val, lovely work here, this book is just fantastic! Hugs, T

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  21. So lovely! What a great way to breathe new life into an old treasure, you def worked your magic with this, Valerie. CoB

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  22. Simply stunning ! What amazing art each page a treasure.

    Marie

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  23. This is absolutely amazing, and you are right about the contrast between the old pages and the modern binding. It's stunning x

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  24. What a treasure! Words can not explain how gorgeous this is. Just adore it! take care, gerri

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  25. As usual you have outdone your last project, I love the whole thing and enjoy the 'how I did' it stuff. Its very beautiful and so inspiring and I WILL be doing more altered stuff and experimenting, you have been an inspiration. hugs elv xxx

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  26. Wow, this is truly remarkable!

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  27. Oh Wow! a beautiful book to be treasured got to go back and have another look!!

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  28. WOW wonderful altered book a real treasure!!!
    What a pleasure to have you join in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this weeks!
    Thanks, HuGs Kim and the Team :)

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