"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I Will Fly Away

Book arts and mixed media combine in this "Shrine Book."   Collage and assemblage techniques are used on the covers.   The base layer covering the cardboard structure is made from pages of a vintage book torn into pieces and applied with a matte medium.   Once that was done, the shrine-like niches were embellished.  I try to let a story or theme unfold without over-thinking it.  The muse leads the way.
White colored pencils are just as I found them in the bottom of my pencil drawer. 
The smaller niches are filled with resin to encase the embellishments.  
A tapestry spine is reinforced with a hidden structural layer and bound with waxed linen.  The book is sturdy and large.
The text line is from a page of an antique book, one of many that I have disassembled to make my journals.   "I will fly away"...... it seemed to add another dimension to the story this book might tell.


Robert W. Leonard said...

Neat, this one is really creative. I like the details a lot.

BadSide said...

Wow this one's a stunner! I love the use of the pencils - they remind me of alter candles and cathedral organ pipes. Really clever.

Ann Renee Lighter said...

Thanks for the nice comments!
It was just luck that I had those white pencil stubs, and that they were just the right lengths. I didn't have to do anything but arrange them.

Caitlyn said...

Mrs. Lighter, this looks awesome! I love the idea of tiny shadow boxes in the cover. And I will have to talk to you about resin the next time I see you because it is something I would like to know more about.

Useful Books said...

Gorgeous, Ann! I love your bottlecap button books as well. So unique and lots of character.

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