Thursday, March 4, 2010

Collage Books-Samples for Classes

This book has been in the making for quite awhile. My intention is to use it as a sample for the Collage Book Classes that I am teaching at Liberty Town Artists Studios in Fredericksburg as well as the classes that I am offering in my home studio. When deadlines have loomed, the book has been put on the back burner, this has happened far too often!! But now I can finally say that it is in a finished enough state, without any internal journaling, to serve it's purpose as a sample! Another project off of my To Do LIST and on to my TAA DAA LIST (must continue to thank Michelle Ward for this marvelous phrase!!)

Again, this was a stash busting project and the covers were fashioned from the legs of a pair of my husbands jeans! Everything else came from my collections and junk mail that arrived at the house. Below you see the back of the book.

I have also integrated lots of my monoprinted papers and fabrics, hand stitching fabric paper, fusion paper, old buttons, fabric scraps and any bits and pieces that arrived on special packages from friends. It is these items that make such a piece special and so personal.

Below you can see spine of the book. I used buttons to anchor the waxed linen that was used to stitch the signatures into the book itself.

The book also contains pieces of old linens that might have been damaged in some way, scraps of fabrics left over from other projects, undersheets from stamping or spraying papers for other projects and anything else that sifted to the surface of my art space. If I liked it and it fit, in it went!!
Below you can see that I used a piece of a linen table runner as a large pocket on one of the interior signatures.I topped the torn edge with a piece of fabric paper that I folded and stitched down.

The spine of this signature below was created using a used drier sheet that I had painted with acrylic paints.





In several places I used bits of trims and fabrics to sew to pages . The fabric portions would form the spines or folds of each page. I made lots of use of my sewing machines to attach things and to add textural interest. In several areas I added layers of paint over the stitch.








THese are just samples of some of the spreads in the book. The book contains three signatures of eight pages each and I put the whole thing together using a simple stab stitch binding with buttons on the exterior spine to hold the waxed linen in place.





Now to spread the word aboutt eaching classe in my home studio!!! That will be the real work part of this project!!!! Feel free to spread the word for me, especially if you know of anyone in Virginia who has an interest in having fun ,learning lots of neat techniques, exploring the "What IF's," AND creating one of a kind books!!!!

17 comments:

Elizabeth Seaver said...

It's a little portfolio of your creative imaginings! What fun, and I wish you many students and hours of fun, Elizabeth.

La Dolce Vita said...

what an awesome book! this is a class project?? I think your students will all be in heaven! I can relate, I am working on an altered catalogue class right now... so brilliant job!!

Jasmine said...

Your ook is faulous. I feel like making a spring book :)

Mo said...

I wanna take this class!!!! And I want a book like this! *sniff sniff* It's absolutely incredible.

PaulineC said...

Your sample book is just gorgeous. I wish I lived in the US so that I could come to your class. Thanks for posting the pictures.

Vicki W said...

That's a beautiful book!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

A great journal, full of texture, color, wonderful linens and papers...would love to see it in person.

Createology said...

What a wonderful way to use what you have and enjoy it time and time again. Well done.

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

This is wonderful-I wish I could be there is class!!
hugs, chris

Ro Bruhn said...

Fantastic Elizabeth, good luck with your class too.

Connie said...

I really love your collage books! I live in New Kent VA. Fredricksburg is a little far for me to go for a class. But I would if I could. I'm also amazed to find a blogger who lives in the same state. You are the second one I've found in almost a year.

Deborah said...

What a wonderful creation!

Diane said...

Elizabeth, what will you use the book for? Do you plan to write in it? By coincidence, I'm making a little book too but with paper. I'll probably be posting pictures late tomorrow.

I especially love the spine of your book and the colors you used!

Diane

Liz said...

I'm in love with this book! I can imagine just leafing through the pages and enjoying the colors and different textures. Your students will be sooo lucky!

EMBELLISHER said...

An absolutely fantastic book. I have to give something like this a try. was wondering what a stab stitch binding is like.those buttons on the spine of the book is unique.

Sandy said...

I like it!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

this is precious! Thanks for sharing and making so many happy!

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