Altered Book exchange -Bonnie's Book



Altered Book crop C, originally uploaded by creativelenna.
Above is a cropped portion of one of the pages i created in Bonnie Ashurst's altered book, with a theme of circles & squares, for an ABRR exchange i am participating in. I really did enjoy working in this book, Bonnie; great theme! If you click on the photo above it will take you to a few more photos of the full pages i did.

Bonnie's book was hand-made in Nepal and the pages are made from the Lokta plant. So interesting to work on! I found they really soaked the water up when I used my watercolor crayons on the pages. This handmade paper is really very strong though, and i just glued a couple of pages together so you would not see the back side of my colors running through.

I used images and papers from Helga Strauss' previous masterboard challenge - http://www.artchixstudio.com and http://myartisticlife.typepad.com/ - as well as images from http://www.alphastamps.com/. If the images did not already come in a circle or a square shape, i cut them out that way! Most of the cutting was done during an hour long car trip up to the airport to pick up my son, Dallas who is visiting now : ) Later, when we were back at the cottage, i pulled out all the images i had cut out and played with their placement on the pages until i was happy with the arrangement. Next, i drew with watercolor crayons around the shapes to accentuate the circles and squares and when the page had dried, I added a bit of Pale Gold metallic marker around the watercolor marks and also some dots on the page. The shiny dots you may be able to see are because of the clear glue I added on top of the metallic marker dots to make them more dimensional. Lastly, i added some metallic gears and tags in a circle shape.

i still enjoy working in altered books, i started in 2001 - and this group has given me a chance to play again, thank you!!
lenna young andrews - January 6th, 2010