The book is The Naked and The Dead by Norman Mailer. I've had it sitting in my craft room, waiting for something to inspire me. And then it hit me: Stamperia's Alchemy collection! I love their papers and this collection was begging for this project!
It's anything but naked and dead now! It's medieval, it's soulful, it's magical! The colors, the script, the icons, the designs are really stunning in this collection. It's one that allows your imagination to flourish.
Some elements I made into vellum (you'll see more inside) for a lighter appearance. Ornate embellishments were a must, along with rich waxes and some acrylic for highlighting. But the inside is the pièce de ré·sis·tance!
The inside has been carved out to form varying layers. Vellum allows you to see through to what's underneath. Resin rosettes made using IOD moulds add interest when coupled with various waxes. Fussy cut elements from the Alchemy collection tell a story. And I wanted to add to that story with some phrases from the pages of the book which I chose after looking through the torn-out portions - I think it's the perfect sentiment.
A little steampunk, a little mystical, alot of fun to create. It's got a little bit of everything, like metal, wood, tiles, waxes, gesso, and more! I'm also entering it at the Creative Artiste Challenge Blog and was encouraged to enter it at the Mini Album Makers Challenge - wish me luck!