A few days back I posted one of my recent altered books and mentioned I had just finished another one. The second book is a gift for my almost 17 year old Granddaughter and it is intended, by me, to be a journal.
And not JUST a journal but an art journal, a book, that we will have done collaboratively. She is a very artistic and imaginative young lady and I can see her adding her wonderful words and art to this book which will make it her creation. I am just providing the framework, she will build the house.
I wanted the cover to look old, aged and rusty. So, like the photo below, I glued cheese cloth over the book cover and added brass hardware. I forgot to take the before picture, as you can see, so this is a simulation.
After all this was glued down securely, the cover was painted with metal filings, front and back, and treated with a chemical to quickly rust the metal. All that comes in a kit you can be purchased at most craft stores.
Here is the front inside cover and first page.......
And the rest of the pages that follow.............
On the page on the right and below there is a dried rose under a piece of mica and both were then........ taped to a paper written by a young man and dated 1926. He was studying agriculture and received an A minus!
This page was painted with chalkboard paint and the page opposite is here.......
The layout above relate to a train trip she, her mother and a friend took to Seattle to meet the author of the Twilight series and attend a book signing. The manila envelope taped between the two pages can hold memorabilia. There are three envelopes in the book for that purpose.
I left a space between two pages and added a small book for her to write the titles of the books she reads. Some day, she'll look back with pride at the number of books she read.
I finished the bottom of the page with eyelets and beads!
This is the book within the book. She is an avid reader, even with eight pages she'll fill that up in no time.
I left about six pages unfinished in the book. She can write, draw or add to them in any way she sees fit.
Originally this was a book about stamps and was a school library book. So, I left the original check out page, dated back to October 1963, in place and added the stamps to the facing page, as a nod to the original intent of the book.