Friday, July 24, 2009

Mini Tutorial - adding textures

Don't you like to run your hands over various textures? Doesn't that help you experience the book? This is a quick spread in a Beach Journal and the cover.

The cover is done with fabrics and papers. I added all the yarns, silk scraps and other materials to the binding so the reader is sort of forewarned that it's going to be a touchy-feely book.

The spread is a photograph of the trees at the end of the main street at La Selva Beach, in California. The cliff drops off behind it, down to the beach. Many of the town people gather there to watch the sunsets and it's one of my favorite places. The leaf was picked up under the trees. There is netting over the photo and the leaf. Under the leaf is a scrap of batik fabric. The large branches of the trees are roughly stitched which helps hold the netting in place and also adds another element of interest.

I like to use fabrics and paper together. And adding something from nature makes it even richer. I'll show more of this piece later.


  1. Just found your blog and added you to my blog list; hopefully will bring some more people over.
    I've never done altered books but have a desire to learn about them.
    Will look forward to checking back with your posts!

  2. Hi Janene. I've checked into your blog a few times, but have never actually attempted the "altered book". For some reason taking that first step into a new art form is a bit intimidating for me. I'll keep hanging around though and will, hopefully, DO IT!!!

    I have a home and garden decor blog. If you have an opportunity, please stop by. If you like it, I would appreciate your signing up to follow. Then those who are following my blog can also learn about altered books. In fact, with your permission, I may at some time like to link to your instructions. I will check with you first.

    Great blog! Thank you for the inspiration!