Tuesday, April 19, 2011

My Mariposa Altered Art Book (still a work in progress)

 A number of months ago I was gifted an altered book class. I went with my friend Joy, not knowing what to expect. I was handed a discarded, hardbound book. I was told by the instructor at Ink About It to "tear out pages"! 

I love books! I mean, I LOVE books!
I have stacks of books. My Beloved shares my love of books. The perfect date for us is in a bookstore, especially if it is a used bookstore with old books.

So, when the instructor told me to, "Tear out pages" I hesitated. I began reading my discard. It was titled Doctor Love. It was trash; pure (well not in the least), banal trash. What publisher in their right mind would accept this as a book? It was horribly written. I won't even apologize if you are the author. I tore pages out with fervor. 

Then I had my choice of inks and stamps and decorative papers and glue to use. 

 Our little class of five ladies went home with our discards having altered six pages.
  Altering this discarded book has been a fun experience. Somewhere in the midst of Twinkling H2O's and a glue stick, it morphed into a theme of butterflies.

Every page has a butterfly.

 I have named it my Mariposa Book.

I am already dreaming of the next book I will alter. I hope to do a bee theme.
This one is not finished yet. When will I ever find the time? This page is still a work in progress.
I have enjoyed the freedom in this form of art. There are no rules in art. Right?


A Magical Whimsy said...

I love your altered 'butterfly' book!
I love the radiant colors you have chosen for it. What fun!
Thank you for posting one of your treasures in progress...

Diane said...

Oh, I love this!!! I wish I could take the time to do this just for myself--it's so beautiful!!