OMG! I almost gave these books away and I am sooooo glad that I didn't!!!
They will make wonderful altered book journals.
I got the inspiration for the paint over from a book that I am currently reading, Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals by Carla Sonheim. In her book, Carla explains how to look at cracks and stains in sidewalks in order to find imaginary animals. Well....when I looked at the paintings of the dishes surrounded by potpourri I began to see something else. I saw birdhouses, big flowers, ladies with long flowing hair, hearts with wings...something other than what the artist had in mind. Funny how inspiration comes from so many different places. It is all around us...if we only pay attention.
This is a sample of what the pages looked like before I added my mark.
I added a doodled border. I wanted to keep it fresh so each page has a different design.
I added tinted gesso to the text side of the page. For the tinted gesso, I mixed acrylic craft paint with white gesso.
I completed the page by adding lettering, and shading using watercolor, alcohol marker, and pan pastels.
Taa Daaa! A finished page. I have only finished two pages and have just about completed the doodling for the remaining pages. Once I started doodling the ideas just kept coming and I couldn't stop! I sometimes become obsessed that way! Ughhh! My OCD kicking in? lol!
Here is a peek at some of the incomplete pages (there are 30 in all) to give you an idea of what fun I have been having! This, in my opinion, is so much more fun than buying one of those journals with the prompts and incomplete drawings that invites you to finish the page with your own doodles.
I will post the completed pages as I finish them. Keep your eyes open! Oh....and in case you would like to make an altered journal similar to this one...I found several used Potpourri books by Gail Duff on Amazon.com.
Is this giving you any ideas????
Until next time!