Thursday, February 3, 2011
My local mixed media group has an ongoing altered book round robin, in which each participant creates art work in someone else's book before passing it along to the next person. This month, I had the good fortune to work in Lisa's Secrets of the Sea book. Lisa is an amazing artist, who incorporates fabric into her work and loves the ocean. (She also lurks on my blog, so "Hi Lisa! I hope you don't mind this spoiler.") Inspired by Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Album, which I blogged about here and here, I created this spread entitled "Maria Linda's Pressed Mermaids." The journaling reads "I know I was supposed to use this album to press coastal wildflowers, but I found it so much more fun to sit by the tidepools and wait for mermaids (curious as they are) to alight on my album and then I would SLAM it shut and press the mermaids. They'd escape and leave these imprints." The tag (upper left corner) actually goes in an envelope in the back of the book and explains my inspiration. The background uses a scraped and painted technique, and I covered the whole thing with glass bead gel for extra texture and shine. I hope Lisa doesn't mind me spoiling her surprise too much. If you were her, would you have preferred to be surprised? Or do you like getting a little sneak peek?