Monday, December 21, 2009

Altered Pages

I did a few more pages in the Altered Pages book. I went in the art room to do completely different things and well, you know how it goes. I sat down, picked up this book, happened to get an idea and there I sat. So much for anything Christmasy at all. This isn't at all happy art nor Christmasy so if it'll ruin your mood, don't look until a later date. I'm not feeling very happy this year nor in the holiday spirit but I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone else.
I had already shown the beginning of this story way at the beginning of this blog, so you can go back to earlier posts to see any changes. I decided to start all over and show what I have done in this series of pages so far because I did go back and do a bit more to a couple pages. Maybe not noticeable but still thought I'd show them again from the beginning.

The beginning of this story. Page 1

2nd page. Remember to click on the photo for a bigger view.
I can see I didn't crop these very well. I'm still learning the scanner and I get in a hurry and forget some steps sometimes.

3rd page, one that I went back and added images to.

page 4 not shown, page 5 is on left, a 1/2 page fold.
Page 6 on the right is a page I think I showed but went back and added images and some shadows. I didn't like it before, now I do. It was actually supposed to be a page divided in half but now as it turns out it's more of a single page.

Page 7 is a new page. I've gone ahead several pages and found words and now went back and covered unwanted script and added a image. Sometimes I sit with this book and can't find a word, let alone a thought. Other times I find what I want on page after page so I keep the words and go back later to work the page.

Page 8. I found the words, then several weeks later did the art to cover unwanted script. I wasn't pleased at all. Last night I went back, added the image, played with the art some more and now it's more to my liking. It was too happy before for this story. This story is mine, it has to be able to at least come close to conveying the feelings at the time. I didn't set out to find these words, they were on the page and needed me to let them out. They are feelings I try to keep hidden in the past. Sometimes it's just too hard.


Anonymous said...

i love the pages gonna have to start me a book but my thought is to make mine on the constant battle of my depression and the way i feel.what do you think of that idea for me?love you star keep up your wonderful talent.i love the first xmas song that plays on your blog.
Sue Hankins

Anonymous said...

Sue Hankins

jennakayfrancis said...

It's haunting and sad and beautiful all at once. You are incredibly talented in such special ways. Love you!

Emelie said...

I am interested in altered books, and I think I understand that they can be done in any fashion.
From what you have written I think it was meant to be this sort of subject matter. It is sad what has been kept, yet I believe a healing thing to do. You are creating beauty even tho sad. I did enlarge each page.

It is a hard time of year, had a hard time with getting the mood also, but I sort of have my own mood for the season that is a little different. I always get self involved with art this time of year.

I understand perfectly going to do one thing and doing another.


Emelie said...

You asked about the hands, I cut them out of a magazine along with the sleeves and did a paint over. They were just the right size. I have a tiny bit of guilt over doing that. Is mixed media a word good enough for justification?
Working on art quilt with photo of two cats this morning. For a daughter. Emelie
PS I only have had the photos a couple days.

Joni said...

These are great and such a good idea!

Gaby Bee said...

Great pages!
Merry Christmas and a very Happy Healthy New Year to you and all your loved ones!
Hugs Gaby

Laura said...

A dark and hurtful tale so far, Star. One wonders if there will be if not a happy ending, at least a non horrific one.
It is good work, no matter the subject.

I hope the season becomes a little brighter for you, Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays.

Sharon said...

Hi Star, just stopping in to wish you a Merry Christmas. I enjoyed your altered book pages. I love this method of altering and wish I would find myself in a chair doing just this. Of course I looked at all the pages up close and am reading your story with interest. I'm now a "follower" so I can keep up with you.
A big thank you for visiting me and saying the nicest things.

Star said...

Thank you so much for all the comments! I'm truly touched (no not all in the my heart!). I've only been brave enough to share any of my art with a few close friends so showing it on here is a very daring thing for me. As for the altered pages, I know my real story and how it ended but even though the words appearing from the pages are close, I have no idea if they'll continue or take a twist and turn. Doing these pages really is an amazing form and takes you places you didn't intend to revisit. Maybe the words found me and decided it was time to release all those feelings that lingered once and for all.
Merry Christmas and hugs to all!

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