As mentioned before in the entry about paper beads, I once created an artist book.
Step Outside Your Box Saturdays posted this week a challenge about books and I thought it an opportunity to show my artist book ‘blickkontakt’ (which means ‘eye contact’).
I wanted ‘blickkontakt’ to give the viewer many surprises to discover and created therefore several windows and fold-outs.
The pages were created from cardboard and covered in hand-stained papers. Then I stamped, embroidered, tape transfered, sketched, scribbled and glued.
Enjoy the pictures
(Click thumbnails to see photos)
The cover with the round medaillon in its ‘pocket’. Along the spine I let hang the threads with the paper beads.
Still the cover, but this time showing the backside of the round medaillon.
Pages 1 & 2: You see the eye through a round window, the spirals are hand-embroidered, the little altered slide can be put into the lace pocket.
Pages 3 & 4: The images are tape transfered, the flourishes are hand-embroidered.
Pages 5 & 6: I stamped, wove paper, embroidered, crocheted. The dark circle is a free swinging altered bottle cap, the semicircle on the left upper side is a fold-out, where I glued a hand-beaded star.
(Unfortunately the tape transfers gleam so, that you can’t see their motif.)
Pages 7 & 8: I cut two little round windows into the right page.
The raffia forms a little pocket, where I put a transparent tape transfer tag.
Pages 9 & 10: Stamping, tape transfers, embroidered spirals, fold-outs, hand-stained crochet flower and hand-made bead fringe.
The verso with tape transfers, stamps and a ringlet from a fake hairpiece.
I created more artist books, if you like to see them, take a look at Art.
If you want to create your own (Altered or Artist) Book, you may want to take a look at the following links (the list is far from complete!):
About Altered Books:
What is an altered book?
At art-e-zine: Altered Book Workshop
Gallery of Altered Book Artists
Google results of search for ‘Altered Book’
Google image results of search for ‘Altered Book’
Some of the used techniques:
Tea Staining Your Art Journal Pages
Tea Stain Paper
Image Transfer Techniques:
Easy Photo Transfers (different techniques)
Packing Tape Image Transfers
Here at unikatissima:
4 thoughts on “Artist Book”
Wonderfully done!! Although I do “destroy” literature, as my hubby calls it, I also have gotten more interested in making books. Right now I haven’t much time to work with them.
Thank you very much :-)
I really hope that you will find the time soon, because I like the things you do and would like to see a book made by you.
Der Kommentar war ein Lob ;-)
Sharon sagt, dass sie, obwohl sie Bücher ‘zerstört’, wie ihr Mann das nennt, die Herstellung eigener Bücher auch interessanter findet. Nur hat sie jetzt keine Zeit, an ihnen zu arbeiten.
Ich hoffe aber, dass sie bald die Zeit findet, denn ich mag die Dinge, die sie macht und würde gern ein von ihr gemachtes Buch sehen.
What a fabulous project Susann… I think your book is wonderful! Thanks for sharing all those links – plenty to read there!
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