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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Bibliophile ~ An Altered Dictionary Page

Hello everyone! It's Bonnie Irvine here today with the N pages in my altered dictionary. I think I have about seven or eight letters left to illustrate...and then I might have to start a second one. This has been such a fun project. For my N page, I chose the word Novel which I left uncovered when I gessoed the pages. I had already printed the bookshelves to size so I knew roughly where they were going. That allowed me to stencil white Studio 490 Embossing Paste through TCW's Mini Brick stencil. Once dry, I sponged Pale Ochre and Coffee Archival inks over the raised bricks and used my waterbrush to line the cement between them with Frayed Burlap Distress ink. Memento Peanut Brittle and Vintage Photo DI were also used to change the colour of a few bricks.

I've included a side by side before and after of the bookcase printed image (a freebie from Go Make Something) to show the effect a little extra colouring with my Prismacolor pencils has. I often used images I purchase but I really like to make them my own by adding shading and highlighting or doodling to the originals. I matted them both in black and cut the right page's bookcase to leave the definition uncovered.

Before they were adhered to the pages, Vintage Photo Distress ink was applied over TCW's Mini Numbers collage template across the bottom of the page. Why numbers you's a nod to the library's Dewey Decimal system :)

Further stencilling was added through Th's Splatters stencil using black gesso and then Studio 490 Black Embossing Paste on the top left coffee rings. Love the texture from the embossing pastes. More black accents were added in the form of die cut borders, punched elements, and chipboard reading glasses. Library cards were torn and the edges inked with Coffee Archival and Black Soot Distress inks. Stencilling was done with TCW's Halftone borders and white gesso. Coffee Archival was sponged though one of the patterns on TCW's Well Rounded stencil.

The two quotes were added to emphasize the joy and benefits of reading.

The image of this fabulous woman reading, Lucy Loo Bookaholic, is a digi image from The East Wind shop on Etsy. I coloured her with my Prismacolor pencils...especially loved colouring her hair. I fussy cut her with a narrow white border to add heft to the skinny bits and then matted her in black and cut her out again. She is popped up on foam tape for added dimension.

The lettering for Bibliophile was done with TH Alpha Tiles adhered with Glossy Accents and dotted with white pen. To bring some of the library card to the left page, a leftover piece was layered with a strip of burlap and another remnant from a diecut border.

The red from the little bird in Lucy's hair needed to be repeated around the page in order to make sense so a chipboard resist heart was inked with Barn Red Distress ink and a couple of punched hearts were also scattered over the spread. The hearts indicate her love of books. The same process happened for the yellow of the Dr. Seuss quote. It needed to be repeated on the left so I cut another border to layer over the black one. It all creates continuity and flow as well as completing the visual triangle.

Finishing touches were Black Big brush pen around the page edges, doodling with a Pitt pen, a scattering of black punched stars, a clock, and a bunch more white pen dots. The thing I forgot to do before taking the pictures was to add the letter N to the top of the page using a Ransom Alpha Part letter. It's there

And that's it for another example of an altered book which happens to be our ePlay Challenge theme this month. I hope you are playing along with us! Thanks for visiting and reading this marathon post! I do like to talk :)

here are links to the eP store for some of the products I used:


DonnaMundinger said...

OMG!!! Totally AMAZING! Love, love, LOVE it! xxD

Tracy said...

Fantastic Bonnie...I love nothing more than opening a book and getting lost inside...a true tribute m'lady!
Big hugs

Karen said...

Love it Bonnie! Your letter book is so amazing, and this page is perfect!! Love it!

Unknown said...

So much to say about this....first love her hair, also love the library bg and numbers at the bottom, the Dr. Seuss quote...well everything actually lol. Awesome inspiration Bonnie.

Words and Pictures said...

Wow - absolutely fantastic, Bonnie! As a fellow bibliophile... from the books in the background to the Dr Seuss in bold golden yellow, to that fabulous hair - this is a page full of delights!
Alison xx

Redanne said...

Oh wow Bonnie, this is a stunning piece of work, love the lady, the books, the embellishments - everything, all done with your usual great style.

Crafting Vicky said...

ohhhh wow this is totally stunning! just love the great details and texture! And of course that image is totally gorgeous!

UNKY said...

Love the every corner of details, Love the colouring of bookaholic digistamp OMG. I am totally blown away! xxx Unky

toni said...

Simply fantastic! . These pages are all the details , colouring, stencilling, layering all fabulous xx

Sue Lelli said...

Bonnie, you put so many FAB details on your pages! LOVE it! And the hair on that woman reminds me of when I went to see the B52's in concert! LOL!