Sunday, March 18, 2012

Fear of Temptation

In my Dark Side AB RR, I got to explore the topic of "fears."  As I glanced through the pages of Sue's book to get some ideas, I came across a section on the Ten Commandments.  The Sixth Commandment reads "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" which made me think of the Fear of Temptation...

When I found the image I wanted to work with, I added elements, color, texture and embellishments.  Best of all, I was able to incorporate the text from Sue's book right into my spread!  The spacing was a little tricky, but with some adjustment, I was able to make it work with my composition.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Under The Influence Of A Full Moon

Our Hawaii Altered Book round robin will be winding down in a few short months.  The theme for the book I had for this round is "Moonscapes."  For my spread, I made a big full moon by painting a tyvek envelope with black acrylic and then heating it with a heat gun until it began to shrink up.  The resulting texture looked like the surface of the moon.  When the tyvek cooled, I painted over the black surface with a silver colored Lumiere paint.  When I was happy with the color, I cut the tyvek into a large circle to make my full moon.

For the background, I didn't want to go with the obvious black universe because there would not be enough contrast with my tyvek moon.  I chose to use a watered down turquoise Lumiere paint.  I mounted the tyvek moon onto the background with mini brads.

I wrote up my technique on a small card which I tucked into a vellum pocket secured to the underside of the moon.  "The Full Moon Made Me Do It" caption is printed onto a sheet of vellum cut into a circle and glued to the right side of the page. 

The Human Cannonball

Ooh this month's chunky theme was tough!  The theme was "circus" and I think just about everyone struggled to find inspiration for their pages.  After abandoning my original idea, a lightbulb went off in my head.  One of the players in our chunky page swap had an unfortunate incident involving a few great bottles of wine and a triple trip in the bathroom.  According to Monica, she felt as if she had been "fired from a cannon and landed on her nose."

We all got a chuckle out of Monica's story (at her expense), but it also inspired the idea for my chunky pages:  The Human Cannonball!  I started with an image of a person being shot out of a cannon and combined it with a picture of Monica--straight off of her blog.  The position of her hands and the expression on her face made her the perfect Human Cannonball!  This one's for you, Monica!