5.16.2018

It's all about alchemy

I've been working on this upcycled book project and am thrilled with the results!


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!







9 comments:

  1. OOOOOH MY GOSH! This is totally incredible! Everything you said about this collection is right and you translated those feelings beautifully. What a show stopper! We would love to have you share with us at Mini Album Makers for a chance to win a $25 Lindy's GC this month. :)
    https://minialbummakers.blogspot.com/
    Hugs, Autumn

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    1. Thanks so much, Autumn! I did! 🤩

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  2. It's easy to see you enjoyed yourself while making this! Those papers are truly wonderful (I went out and bought some after seeing yours). You used them so well and ended up with a really inspiring piece! ~Heather

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    1. Their papers are absolutely amazing indeed - I see more book art using them in my future!

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  3. The Stamperia Alchemy collection is now at the top of my wish list - what a stunning collection - and your album is stunning too! I love that you altered the book, the vellum was such a lovely touch, along with the rosettes and the quotes. All very magical!

    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Anne x

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    1. I'm overwhelmed by the response! I love making my own vellum out of the papers I use - it just adds a little something different!

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  4. Fantastic project
    Thanks for sharing at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenges x

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