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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Love Life everyday using a second hand old book . . .

Hello sweet friends, Tracy here today and can I just tell you all how excited I am to be sharing my love for second hand books with you all . . . I loooove them!
Tatty, battered, rustly, pages missing, corners turned down, signatures inside . . .
 that`s what I call a book that`s lived and has character, my favourite,lol.
I have two to show you, inspired by Christy Tomlinsons She Art Workshop
the ever so talented Karen who is hosting this months 
You can find all the details for this months challenge HERE
 This is going to be my new art journal book, I usually forget about the covers . . . but not this time!
I want something to inspire me to pick it up and play.
Apologies in advance to you all,  I seem to be doodling She Art girls at the mo, always with half a face, hahaha!
Anyhoo I applied Gesso first, the pigment in the old cover bled slightly but that`s okay I can go with the flow.
A quick doodle when it was dry and then out came some Dylusions Ink Sprays, a little scoosh onto my craft mat and then applied with a brush to give my girlie some hair, lovely loose strokes.
I just kept adding colour, drying with a heat tool, adding more and drying until I was happy.
I also used a touch of Dylusions Ink Spray in Pure Sunshine as well  . . .  
just typing that name makes me happeeeee . . . mad I know.
A few doodles doodle doo`s because I do love to doodle doo.
The background was created by first applying the green Pan Pastel from Mixed media Kit 1 and then fixing the color with cheap hairspray.
Now more scooshey fun with Dylusions Ink Sprays in a few green shades and then applying them with a brush.
A touch of Distress Stain in Vintage Photo around the sides to add a touch of age and shadow.
A few Idea Ology Chit Chat Stickers and then a light coat of Faber Castell Gel Medium all over to protect it and I was done.
Now I have had time to have a wee play inside . . . wanna see?
I used a mixture of Pan Pastels and Dylusions Ink Sprays to color me doodle doo.
 Guess who is going on holiday in a Gypsy Caraven in July?
Whoooo . . . Yes Me, Alex and the mad pooch Rosie!
I am getting sooooo excited, can you tell, hahahaha.
 Here`s my other altered journal.
This one is full of texture and I kinda love her blue colored hair, more pictures of this one and step by step on my blog HERE 
if you want to see more.

Well that`s about it from me today except to say
thank you for taking the time to look
I hope I have inspired you to go grab a book and get altering!

Be sure and check out the challenge
 you will see some of the most
Inspirational Journals from the rest of the team right HERE
Till next time

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Redanne said...

You certainly were inspired Tracy, both faces are beautiful, with just enough of the face showing to be intriguing! I love the caravan too, how wonderful to have a holiday in one of those. Anne x

rachel said...

these all look amazing tracey - brilliant work xx

glitzzy said...

Stunning wow could be happy in your caravan even love the washing lol would love to doodle do like you love the half face girl to okay I love it all xxz

glitzzy said...

Amazing stunning gorgeous love love your beautiful works of art xxx

toni said...

Great work Tracy!! Love your faces , and what a fab gypsy caravan,! Look forward to seeing how the holiday further inspires your work ! Xx

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE your half faces and this is another FAB cover, Tracy! FAB colors and doodles! And a gypsy caravan sounds like FUN! FAB post!

Micki said...

Gorgeous. Love how you only did half of the girl!!!! And love how you used PP on the inside. Wish I could "doodle" like that. Gorgeous.

butterfly said...

Gorgeous reworking of that old book into a work of art - delicious!
Alison x