Thursday, October 23, 2014

A New Found Passion: BOOK ART

It has been four years since I first set up this blog, and very little posting has been done here.  I am truly sorry if you found it lacking.  And I know you did, because I did too.
Well, I have a new found passion:  Book Art.  I have always been in love with books.  Before I married again books used to be my sleeping partner.  One side of the bed was for books and the other side was for yours truly.  Had to change that; but it is not unusual for the hubby to come in at night and find the books on the bed with me and have to wait for me to move them for him to get in.

Long story short; I am still not done with quiltmaking; however I am pursuing book art as a new creative outlet and much needed therapy.

I do hope I will be able to share my book art, and various techniques I have learned since late 2013 when I started altering books.  I have never taken a class except for watching youtube tutorials because my time is divided between caring for my husband and my arts; to include gardening, dressmaking, and quilting, and the book arts.

This is my first attempt at altering a used book cover.  It was covered with the old paper towels I sued to paint some papers to use in the book.  I used some thick white paint to cover some areas of the paper towels then hand painted it.  The word "Threads" was part of the title of the old book.
The inscription in the title of this book is"  Bits and pieces of old lace and Threads" .  Around the tree says: heart expressions, hopes, spiritual thoughts, dreams, aspirations, wishes, and praises; all of which are included in this journal.  I will show the back and some of the pages in the next post.


  1. I'm trying to envision what creative venture(s) I'm going to preoccupy myself with this winter. It might just be reconnecting with creative bloggers :) like yourself.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your altered books if this is the first one :)

  2. Carol, thanks for leaving a message on my blog, you are out of sight but definitely not out of mind. I think as you said a while back our creative journeys follow a similar path and I have been intrigued with learning about altering books and more recently book binding. Quilting is also a passion and you are an inspiration in that field. I was thinking about what it might be like to create a quilted book, and it is on the list of things to do - one that will incorporate some of the memories I have of my mum and my role as her carer. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your book. Have a really blessed day and love to the familyx