On my work-desk this week is the start of an altered book cum journal - its going to be about how I feel about Autumn.
Last Saturday, whilst the menfolk were off watching "The Swans" play football, my friend Lynda & I had a lovely afternoon getting all messy & painty - I recently suggested she try art journalling & now she seems to be really enjoying it - and has created some lovely pages already !
We decided to have a go at altering books - so raided the Charity shops in Carmarthen and found some suitable candidates !
We camped out in the conservatory - great light to work in ! And moved down my stash of paints so we could choose what we wanted to create with
Then we set to .. getting creative & messy in equal part ! Here's Lynda working on her journal ...
And me gesso-ing over a page in my book .. I had started at one end but then we decided the book would work much better upside-down - so I had to gesso it all out again !
My book started as a child's jigsaw board book ...
and got a good smothering of gesso and I discovered a new textured effect completely by accident - as I was gesso-ing the later pages the initial ones were sticking together.
When I pulled them apart they left an amazing crackled textured effect - it wasn't planned but it looked really good !
So I went with it and it will get incorporated it into the look of the book !
So next it working up each page with colours & images ... hopefully not quite so messy !!
Anyway - have a brilliant crafty week ! Ali x