Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Old Book Pages

Hi everybody!
Hope not too many of you are still suffering under snow, floods and other natural disasters. This winter has been really hard for many people. We have been extremely lucky here and had a mild winter, and spring seems to be on its way.

The challenge at Moo Mania is to use old book pages, and at Artful Times it is 'boxing clever', so I have combined both challenges in this piece. I have used another of my Bresso cheese boxes - good that I eat lots of cheese! I covered the box with strips of torn paper, including some illustrated pages, using the strips in different directions. When it was dry I gave it a coat of diluted gesso, and then a coat of modpodge to seal it. I added some TH tissue tape with butterflies and music notes. I punched out 2 butterflies from black cardboard and book paper and layered them, adding some bead trim for their bodies and antennas. I added a strip of beading all round the rim to finish it off. The box has been photographed on an old Art Nouveau dictionary with a beautiful binding and endpapers.





Today the weather stayed dry again, so I was able to get out for my 2 walks again, and clocked up just under 16.000 steps. The picture here is showing a bronze relief on the town walls just opposite the little pier where the boats stop. It shows how the towpath and town used to look. The houses haven't changed that much, but the ships, and of course, today they do not need to be towed by horses, although there are still a lot of horses here.




Here's wishing you all a good day, whatever you are up to. Take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

37 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful project! I love the sides of it - and from cheese? Brilliant! Thank you too for your sweet comment last week - I'm sorry it took so long to get back - I have been out of town. xoxo

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    1. Don't worry, I know you lead a very busy life!

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  2. Love your grungy little box, just beautiful. And the pics of the Relief are great, those were the days! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. your box is delightful! Interesting photo too, so much history where you live.

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  4. Your box (I like to think it's cake) is fabulous, Valerie!

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  5. Love how you combined both challenges, your box and beautiful butterflies are gorgeous. I love to see history in the art around our towns and villages and this relief provides so much historical detail, xx

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  6. Good Morning Val. I love your box. Great that it's covered two challenges. Hugs Rita xxx

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  7. wow,deine Schmetterlingsschachtel ist großartig und wunderschööön geworden,ich habe auch gerade für meinen schatz zum Valentine so eine box gebastelt,ich esse den Bresso käse auch zu gern,und kaufe jetzt immer ganz viel davon *g*
    die historischen bilder sind klasse,ich mag sowas ja auch sehr gern.
    hab einen schönen tag,mir gehts gerade nicht so gut,habe immer Magenschmerzen und muss zum Arzt,drück mir mal die daumen das alles gut ist,hab angst.

    GLG Jeannette

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  8. Fabulous photographs today Valerie - thank you for sharing those.

    Wonderful make with the cheese box and old book pages and the wonderful
    photographs of that as well great to have you join us at Artful Times for the box challenge.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  9. Deine Schmetterlings-Box ist wunderschön! Schöne Details. Auch deine Fotos sind wieder großartig ... du kannst ja bald schon einen Bildband herausbringen!
    LG, LonettA

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  10. I just don't know how you achieve so much in one day - and the walks. Wonderful box, it asks for treasures to be put inside. You are so clever and inventive. And lovely photos too.

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    1. I just leave out the unimportant things like H*******K etc!

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  11. Brilliant box alteration, the background is stunning and the butterflies on top just look perfect!! And your other photos? You know my opinion on those already, - you better be careful, I may have to come and visit you one day lol....

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  12. *schwärmundschmacht* Die Box ist ein absoluter Traum, so wunder-wunderschön.
    Deine Fotos gefallen mir auch sehr.

    Danke für's Mitmachen bei MOO-MANIA & More

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  13. Hmmm, I'm going food shopping tomorrow....will have to see what kind of cheese boxes I spy (and can slip into my cart, LOL)!

    Your box came out beautiful!

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  14. Great idea to cover your cheese boxes, Valerie. Loved the photo of the bronze relief. Very interesting part of the world you live in.

    Hugs,
    C

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  15. Beautiful altered project! This is such a pretty box and love your use of tissue tape! Enjoy the day! Hugs!

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  16. Well you certainly have out done yourself - the box is wonderful Valerie! I love the butterflies and the way you did your beads. Looks like I am going to have to start eating cheese. It's a good thing I like cheese.
    Wonderful pictures - you always find something interesting to show us. The relief is beautifully done.
    Looks like we are having spring weather here - wonderful thunder and lightning with a good soaking last night.
    Take good care and don't get a cold now!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  17. such beautiful work, as always, I have missed so much, a lot of catching up to do,

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  18. ein absolut zauberhaftes kleines Ding ist das geworden Valerie! fantastisch !
    Danke für's Teilen auf MOO MANIA & MORE!
    Das ist ein mächtig schöne Reliefarbeit in Bronze, die Du uns da zeigst!

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  19. What a beautiful box, that is stunning all done up in the old papers! The butterflies and beading are the perfect accent! ~Diane

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  20. Hi Valerie, I love this box. Just stunning. Cheese boxes are perfect to redesign and you created a wonderful design. Love the little butterflies on the lid.
    Gorgeous pics too. You always bring us something so fun to see.
    Hugs

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  21. Super schöne Box mit den 3D Schmetterlingen ein echter Hingucker und ich studiere grad ganz interessiert das Relief, das Du fotografiert hast! Klasse! ♥ Conny
    Piaroms Art Journaling

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  22. Fantastic alterations, love the cheese box shapes, your looks so feminine with the butterflies.
    That is one brilliant, bronze wall mural, you have so many interesting things to see on your walks.
    Yvonne x

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  23. Beautiful altered box. Don't know where I would be without book pages, a must for me!
    The butterflies are a beautiful addition, really gorgeous.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  24. wow it's lovely val, I admire you in using pages of books, I've never been able to do that yet, I know sue bubbles takes the mickey out of me lol xx

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  25. It looks very classy with it's black bead trim Valerie :)
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Artful Times
    Von ♥

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  26. Beautiful box, Valerie! Love that it is round. I remember the horses towing the barges up the canals in Britain. I'm not that old am I???? hugs, Donna

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  27. Die Box ist sehr schön geworden, Valerie. Besonders durch den zusätzlichen 3D-Effekt, den die Schmetterlinge mit sich bringen. Ganz bezaubernd.
    Das Relief ist sehr schön, ich mag Bronze. Das Motiv ist toll!

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  28. What a transformation! You know I love altering boxes but I had never done a cheese one despite having lots of them go through my recycle bin. Now I think the next one will stay and be transformed.
    Thanks for the inspiration with this delightful confection of yours. Lovely!
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  29. A beautiful box and love the dimension that you have achieved with the butterflies. Cheese boxes never looked so good.

    Marie

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    1. Thanks, but my fave cheese boxes are still those that are filled with yummy cheese!

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  30. Hi Valerie that little box is so gorgeous I just love the butterflies. Hugs Sandra X

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  31. Lovely box - I'm going to look out for that cheese now I've seen what you've done with it. Margie

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  32. So pretty! Love the black bead string around the top - a super touch!

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  33. Gorgeous! What a great idea. Absolutely beautiful.

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