Thursday, September 6, 2007

Altered board book

I mentioned the other day that I'm in a round robin for an altered board book. I picked "Under the Sea" for my theme. I finally finished the first page of my layout. I am so proud of it. Did I mention I'm pretty easy to amuse?
I painted the entire page with Lumiere paint in a blue/gold and then in Olive Green. I stamped the mermaid's top with a nude woman stamp from Non Sequitir, and drew the tail. I traced the dolphin and drew/traced the fishies. I painted the coral and the sunlight with acrylic paints. I attached all the critters with heavy gel medium, put a coat over top of it all, then sprayed with fixative (the paint can remain sticky otherwise).

I added the fibers around the backing without attaching them permanently yet, since I have to finish the back of the book. But in the end, the book will have the fibers, so I fudged it. I really like the way it turned out.

I need to thank everyone for their prayers and their thoughts and the white light (thank you so much Mel!). My mother in law has been very sick for a very long time, and it is hard to watch her hurt like she is. It is even harder for me to watch my dearest best friend, the love of my life, go through the pain of watching his mother wither. His mom is one of the strongest women I've ever met, and it's an honor to be part of her circle of love. She doesn't accept just anyone into her family, and she welcomed me with open arms and has loved me like a daughter from the start. I know not everyone is lucky enough to have a wonderful relationship with both their mother and their mother in law, and I know that I am one of the luckiest women on the planet because of that. Any love you guys can send to her and my husband is so appreciated (probably more than you can ever know). Thank you so much!


Melissa M. M. McCarthy said...

This is unbelievably gorgeous. No wonder your daughter has claimed it!
Still sending love and healing light,

Pattyjo said...

Your altered book is just beautiful! Wow you did a great job!!!!