5/28/12

altered book work

I have been sadly neglecting my altered book for several weeks.  I have a dozen excuses, all irrelevant - the fact remains, I've ignored it.  Today I have some time so thought I'd get back on track and I found myself inspired and working with fun and joy and no judgments! (must be that clean workroom!)

These pages are working with Lesson 8, color.  Elizabeth at Altered Book Lover is our guide through this process and she wrote an amazingly complete post about color, it's uses, terminology, etc. The homework was to create a color wheel using cut magazine pages and to make at least one page in a color scheme: analogous, complementary, etc.  Here's what I created:

I put my color wheel on a black painted background to have the colors be more vibrant, cut a rough leaf shape for each color and then labeled them.  I know it's been a long time, but the theme for my AB is quotes and I'm generally trying to use organic or floral shapes on each page, thus this unusual take on a color wheel shape.


I chose an analogous scheme of green, blue, purple (side by side on the color wheel).


Toned it down a bit with gesso and wiped it down a bit.


Added drips, spritzes, and my quote which says:  "Live for love, color, surprise. Live for a good laugh, a great kiss, the joy of it all.  Live for warmth, for endless sparkle, for jewelry that sings.  Live for fun. Live to give." - You can also see my "color wheel" tag hanging out the side .... I added it to the color wheel page and it sticks out like a tab from the side of the book.

Finally, another page which harkens back to an earlier lesson on theory - line, shape, etc....there's a lot going on with this page, but strangely, I kind of like it.





Layers and more layers and finding the right words from my huge stash of random text.


I added in a pretty floral post card I received.



These scribble pages are not my faves, but ....  "An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought." Picasso; and a Turkish proverb:  Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak.  Hmmm. I should maybe heed that one more :)

So that catches you up with most of the work in my AB so far.  I'll be posting this to Elizabeth's site and if you have any interest at all in AB, her free tutorials are just amazing - thorough and filled with "what works for me" information.  Since this is my first effort, I'm finding her hand holding and detailed info very helpful.


16 comments:

  1. wow you have been busy and particularly love the idea of the colour wheel created this way. xx

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  2. thanks for the peek inside your book. I love seeing the pages in stages.

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  3. Love your AB! Gorgeous work! Thank you for sharing it!

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  4. Fantastic pages Terrie! You got BUSY! I will definitely have to check out the color tutorial. I love me some color! Your color wheel is wonderful!

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  5. I really enjoyed the color wheel. It was fun to see your interpretation of the assignment. I'm impressed with how you incorporated it into the theme of your book, too.

    I would have stopped after the second photo of the Vive Difference spread. I have NO imagination when it comes to going and going. I simply stop too soon, I guess. But I'm super impressed with all the layers you created without fear of covering anything over.

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  6. Love your pages, great colour, sounds like a great tutorial, i will go now ang check it out

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  7. wow, that's a whole lot of creativity going on here, first I love your color wheel leaves, gorgeous! Secondly I love how you used the gesso to tone down the color, will have to do that! Great job!! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  8. Oh my, you have done a lot, great stuff! Valerie

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  9. Terrie, ALL your pages are FANTASTIC. Colour wheel is super, loving the use of leaf shapes and the tag and the white writing (Do you use a pen for the white writing, I have never found one which will work for long - tried loads!) Green, Blue and Purple must try those and the post card too brilliant idea. BJ

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  10. OMG Terrie, I love all your pages for so many different reasons I would be here forever trying to list them all ha ha. I particularly love the sense of freedom your art expresses, wonderful job my lovely. (ooh, may I borrow some of the fab quotes for my journal list??)
    Hugs x x x x

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  11. Ooh la la, great pages all, good for you. I am so behind, have mucho mail art and some other things to do, yikes, better get going. You have inspired me. xox

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  12. Perhaps I can still catch up.... I love your colour wheel, it is amazing! As for the other pages - wow!!

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  13. Oh, this is very inspiring. I just luv all your layering.

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  14. WOW!!!
    Love your altered journal pages... these are incredible, Terrie. :]
    So many different art elements displayed in your pages.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

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  15. I love your unique color wheel! Not only am I learning a lot from Elizabeth, but so much from the other participants as I visit around. I really like how your used layers and additions to your pages!

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  16. Beautiful pages, I like the way you have edged the leaves on the colour wheel with white ink, sort of makes the leaves look as though they have been stitched on to the page. All your other pages are wonderful creations with colour and layers. Wow is the word

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