Friday, May 7, 2010

Debbie's Fruits & Vegetables book

We are just finishing up an AB RR this month. The last book I got to work in was Debbie's "Fruits & Vegetables" book. As you can imagine, by the time I got the book a lot had already been done on the subject, so I took it a bit outside the box. Debbie loves everything having to do with the sea--especially mermaids! That got me thinking about "Chicken of the Sea"...Debbie also loves to cook, but tuna is not exactly a gourmet ingredient. Fortunately, I found a number of recipes for "mermaid" dishes: Mermaid Salad, Mermaid dip, etc.

The background is painted with Lumiere paint (halo blue-gold). I found a mermaid embroidery pattern at a local thrift shop. I decided to embellish her with blue sequins for her tail, microbeadz for her hair and glitter glue for the algae, starfish, tiara and bubbles. The Chicken of the Sea logo is printed onto a transparency and secured over the embellished mermaid with eyelets.

On the opposite page, I created a series of vellum pockets. The bigger pockets hold the recipe cards which are actually postcards with sea life illustrations (coral, shells, starfish, etc.) The smaller pocket holds a smaller card from an inspiration deck. The four cards I included here all have to do with the sea (dolphins, fish, sea shells and mermaid).

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