Sunday, January 23, 2011

Altered Book

Yesterday, I demonstrated how we were going to "color" some old black and white photos for the altered book class I'm teaching in March.

Today, I finished most of the class demo book....it's the preparation that takes the time.  This is what we are going to do with those lovely altered photos, students.

Here's the cover.......

IMG_0103The bathing beauties in the right are my mother and sister!

IMG_0104The story line of this book is "my sister had cuter clothes than I did".  Actually, my mother was an accomplished seamstress and she made most of our clothes.  I think I was just more of a "tom boy" than my sister, actually, she was my half sister and she was 13 years older than me.  She died in an automobile accident when she was 39 years old.

IMG_0105 She has the stylish hat and a really cute pants suit, in the picture above, I have the "dorky" hat and the dowdy sweater and knee highs!  But, check out those cowboy boots.....truly something a girl could dream about!

IMG_0106 On the left is a piece of fabric from my mother's maternity dress when she was pregnant with me, the attached note was written by my mom.  On right is a photo of me and my dog, Mickey.  Me, pants and a dog.....yep, the tom-boy!

IMG_0111These pages tell the story of the time my sister danced in a recital at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.  She wore this dress, that my mother made and I still have, for that recital.  The woman in the photo is a relative, not our mother.

IMG_0102   Altered books allow the artist to tell their story, their way, using their choice of words and art. 

My demo book is a tribute to my sister and my mother.....I'm sure my clothes were fine but, I still think I should have had a cool hat like my sister!

Linking to Brag Monday at Graphics Fairy, Creative Every Day, Sue's Rednesday

9 comments:

Simply Debbie said...

I LOVE THE NAME OF YOUR BLOG
HI, MY NAME IS DEBBIE AND I AM HAPPY TO MEET YOU.
I LOVE YOUR ALTERED BOOK...I HAVE BEEN WONDERING HOW YOU MAKE ONE OF THOSE...I BELONG TO THE BLISSFULL ATC SWAP...I LOVE MAKING ATC'S...I LOVE ART OF ANY KIND.
THIS IS SUCH A SWEET TRIBUTE TO YOUR MOTHER AND SISTER.
CONGRATS ON TEACHING YOUR CLASS...YOU WILL MEET A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS AND HAVE A LOT OF FUN ONCE ALL YOUR PREPATORY WORK IS DONE.
I HAVE JOINED YOUR BLOG TO KEEP UP WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND I HOPE YOU WILL VISIT MY BLOG AND I WILL BE SO HONORED IF YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW ME.
HAVE A SUGAR SWEET DAY
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Lis said...

I love altered books and yours are wonderful! I tend to get too cluttered and I am inspired by the richness you create through evocative images/pieces of emphera. I am making a book for my daughter and you have given me some great ideas!

(I do altered books with my 6 year old ... we love gessoing the pages of board books as those firm pages are perfect for little fingers. Here is a book I did for her:http://dandelionseedsanddreams.blogspot.com/2010/07/art-filled-summer-artistic-mother-my.html

do share more! xo Lis

craftyles said...

Your altered book is wonderful I love the tinted picture of the bathing beauties! I'd love to try this soon.

Ann said...

What an amazing tribute to your sister and mother!! I love the pictures and that you still have some of the clothing, WOW!
AND your sister danced at the Corn Palace...I've visited the palace and what an honor for her!
Hope you are having a wonderful week.:o)
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

LV said...

What a great process. Tends to put more life back into the older phoots. Enjoyed visiting and your post.

~~Carol~~ said...

What a wonderful and unique way to do a tribute to your sister and mother! I read your previous post on how you did it, and although it sounds easy, I bet it wasn't. You did a really great job!
Happy REDnesday!
Carol

***Icy BC said...

You are creative and your altered book looks so wonderful!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Yes!! You created a class that anyone would want to take.

Halo Hill said...

It is awesome! I would take the class with ya, but Wednesdays are my only busy days. :( Have soooo much fun! :)