My Altered Book

My Altered BookSo I picked a regular hard bound book — taped it up, and have started painting backgrounds. I’m on my 5th layout, I believe, and I’m hoping to do 3-4 more all throughout the day instead of waiting for the evening to do one or two. (Have to let the previous one dry before beginning the next.) I want to do collage but don’t know how much of that I can put in considering this is already bound. I don’t want to commit the same mistake I did with my art journal which is now bursting from end to end and I’m not even halfway through the composition notebook. (If I do stick with that book, it’ll mean a 3-4 inch compilation later.) But I like the learning I’ve been doing along the way. So now I know what paint to use and how rendering the layout outside the book and then pasting it in actually makes it easier for me for that project.

Good news is, I did bring the layout I was hoping to work with and another I wanted to finish. I want to work on that this lunch time. I was actually hoping I can make it out to the public area in the building across from where I work, sit, just pass the time, like so many people do, but it’s raining cats and dogs outside. My neighbor up on the executive floor is chiding me for never leaving my desk. (And yes, I hardly do.) I really should do that more often. It can be quite a good way to recharge.

And the weekend version of the Wall Street Journal is in — plus today’s papers! I’m almost all caught up with the newspaper collage postcards, provided I don’t fall back any further. I just need to make up one or two days from last week (have to check), and I’m all current again. A cursory skimming of the papers has me all excited because I see a ton of “clippable” and “collage-able” pieces from page to page. (“It is Art Journal Day today, D!” — have to remind myself or else I won’t get anywhere. LOL)

So I’m not touching the postcards today except to do my daily collage, and I’ve already addressed the three cards going out today. I had found this gorgeous pink flamingo postcards (or were they cranes?) which I offered up to the Philippine Postcrossing group and it was taken by one of my new postcard trading friends, Katherine. I like offering the special cards to the kababayans back home first because it makes the postage more worthwhile.

An altered pageWhat’s with the altered book anyway? It’s any book (a ledger, an old school book, notebook, diary, or other printed material) that is used in a way different from the original purpose it was meant to be. Others create paper sculptures out of a book, and others would use the book for a journal by painting over or writing over the original format. I choose to do art over it — or pretend art.. HA! =) I’m getting there, little by little. Today I started with the cover page which I had meant to be my dedication page. I’m still working on it. As I said, getting there.

Experimenting my way through

The evenings have been busy creating, and it gets a tad bit frustrating when you sit for over an hour trying new designs or methods of assembling the raw beads and findings and still end up with nothing. But that’s how I learn. It tells me what works and what doesn’t.

I’ve been wearing this pretty raw quartz necklace which has been fetching compliments right and left. The thing is it’s “experimental” as I tell everyone, principally because I need to work on creating a “lighter” chain or cord necklace as the quartz focals are really weighty. But I love, love, love it — and so do at least 2 of my other girlfriends who have each asked me to make them one. (I might end up giving away each necklace I create instead of putting one in the shop!) I was in line getting my quesadillas at a food cart on the corner of 43rd and Avenue of the Americas when the lady who ordered after me told me casually that I had a pretty necklace. I’ve had this silly idea to carry smaller than business card size calling cards with my shop’s name and special code.

These beads called out to me one time I was at one of my favorite wholesalers here in Manhattan — and although I had gone there to fetch some pearls for a piece that I had to create to give to a friend as a gift, I came back to get two strands when I returned. These babies in the picture will be mine to keep — but I have enough stones to make at least 2 if not 3 necklaces with it.  But that’s a project for the Fourth of July weekend, perhaps.  I am not too happy with how I am looping the wire that holds these little rocks together — I need to practice.

Getting there, and just a crafter’s alert to those who love browsing M&J Trimming here on 6th Avenue and having a crazy time trying to decide which item to get (or not to get), they have an M&J Challenge 2 Giveaway at their blog  which requires nothing but for you to visit their M&J Challenge 2 page and leave a comment.  DRAWING IS FRIDAY!!! (July 1) .