time, and the whole world, stops when our little ones are unwell, doesn’t it!?!!  i had my wee man in the hospital yesterday after several days of a horrible virus.  the world was already running on quarter time with him home for the summer holiday and me unable to do 75% of what i intended each day, but this week, nothin’.  i didn’t eat or sleep for the most part let alone art.  until today.  finally did the last 20ish minutes of work i had to do on deb’s book and photographed it.  omg, this thing is HUGE.  i am on an enormous box hunt.  but we’ll go there in a sec.  the bug-boy, as i call him, is now fine — much, much better.  his 103.5 fever has dropped to 99 and after plumping him up on some bags of IV fluid, he’s looking pink and precious once again.  no more of that pale faced and sunken eye crap for my boy.

part one

i posted several of these photos on the pulp blog a couple/few weeks ago, but some are “fresh” and unseen as i haven’t had the time to post as i had promised/planned:

here is the first page i created for deb’s book… the top cream part and the bottom multi-colored parts are both doors to compartments within the pages.

debs loves tiny details so i tried to add as many as possible.

close up of the cameo lady through the crackled glass.

this round glassy piece is a petri dish.  of course it opens — and of course there is something inside (something much prettier than you’d typically find in a petri dish, i suspect).

this little piece is removable.  see how crackled the petri dish is?  i’m nto sure why it has a pink tone in this photo ’cause it’s most certainly not pink.

close up of the cameo piece.  if you enlarge, you can see all of the crackle behind the lace.

cameo-girl’s head thingy opens, and behind it is a heart.

flip that piece over and you see a little pocket, complete with tiny details and a note from the gentleman in deb’s story.  i practiced “victorian era man writing” for days and hours and days and hours.  this is my “i give up” version.

around the edges of this piece is aged ribbon and little pin heads.  i guess i didn’t do a very good job taking this shot, but you get the idea.

open the creamy petri dish “door” page and this is what you see.

close up: proof of their travels.  debs had asked me when i got the book where i would be taking the couple in her story.  here are some of the places.

detail of tickets… and the tag from a little prezzie damian gave maude.

detail of the cover of the 22 inch scroll, which is her diary.

the diary scroll.

writing… every single item on the next page (er, in the next compartment) is passively mentioned in this diary, as are the things from the back of the book which will be shows in part two.

here is a collection of things maude saved throughout their travels.  deb asked me to please, please sneak a little brass frog i had into her book and here it is.  that button is actually from the late 1800s, when the book takes place.

this locket is rustier than it appears in real life.

open it to see damian (same photo lisa used) and the top of the eiffel tower.

hinges — i made these myself out of metal bits, pin heads and lace.  yummy, if i do say so myself.

the other photo didn’t capture the rust and patina, so here is a close-up.


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part two

i took all of these next photos within the past couple of hours, of the “missing parts” from before and the ones that looked pinkish — the book isn’t pink, promise, but these may be a tiny bit off too.  but, you get the picture:

slightly more color accurate photo of the front.

mmm, detail.  love the glassy crackles (i’m doing this in two more pieces i’ve started in the past couple of weeks).

better coloration of the cameo piece.

the heart again.  i think the other shot was fine so now i’m probably just boring you.

here is the door on the bottom.  what is in it?  i hadn’t mentioned anything about it last time.

oh?  what’s that?  an owl?  deb loves owls, so i had to creatively incorporate one into her book somehow.  i had purchased this pendant last december or january for a birthday present for her and took 4 months to properly age it.  it was a stubborn owl.  the top ringy thing ended up breaking off due to corrosion but the brilliant and majestic kerin said something to the effect of “duh, just fix it with epoxy clay” so that is just what i did.  thank you keriny!  could not have fixed this crazy owl without you.

i love all of the greens and rust on the owl.  i crackled him too, but you can’t really tell, then put a thick layer of something i’m hugely allergic to over it to preserve the rust and patina.  hah.  that’s a funny concept to me.

okay.  i am NOT a jewelry maker.  i’m jewelry retarded.  but i liked the owl in his reborn state with this horribly rusted and green-patinaed chain so i just faked a necklace out of it.

the chain is attached to recycled green sari silk with french knots every few links, lace that i dyed on the top, and little glass and crystal beads.  maybe it was once an ornate and beautiful necklace?  or maybe it always looked a bit funky.  definitely has a bit of personality either way, even if it isn’t the best personality.

and finally, here is the back page, or the back of the treasure box book.  a pocket that holds more memorabilia that they collected throughout their travels.

close up of the pocket.  i had purchased five of these Xs from seth apter, choosing to incorporate one into each and every of our pulp books.  they are so cool!  most of this is hand-stitched though i didn’t do some machine stitching.

within the pocket is a collection of stuff.  when deb and i first “met” and became friends, we were both, quite ironically, looking at the book urgent second class at the very same minute in time.  because of this, i wanted to incorporate at least one fun altered postcard similar in concept as a friendly little happy thought between two friends.  i wasn’t intending to rip of nick bantock’s style or ideas.  i had also printed a wonderful photo onto textbook paper but it looked too much like his wonderful work so i didn’t opt to include it in the book.  the rest of the pieces are just photos and a map and such.

the backs of the two things that have backs interesting enough to share.

close up — i made this wax seal with an asian coin, wax and copper paint.  fun stuff.

i also added a little tie closure to the treasure box, just in case.

other side view with those pretty little hinges again.  and why does the lace look pink?  hmmph.

the tower of deb’s pulpness.  all of our pages together (well, deb’s start to her book, lisa’s pages and mine).  how will this be bound?♠

better shot, without the cover on top.  still not sure now she’s going to do this, but i bet it will be a wonderfully fun project indeed!

and now, i must find a new box.  i was packing everything up carefully to send this off today, but alas, i must go on a box hunt.

the moment i find a box large enough, i’m shipping this off to the lovely and ever talented kim in austrailia.  i think i’ll use the box she sent her book to me in as it was huge and may still be around here.  i hope!  i’m not recalling whose book i get next but i’m stoked!  it’s either lisa j’s or lisa s’s and i have big plans for both.

keep peeking back here often for book goodness as not only am i working on those two books soon, but kerin and i are doing a small book collaboration (i’m excited to be her first book collab partner — this is fantastically cool!!) and i’m working on an alicia book, all for myself to contain all of the little bits and stories that may be too dark or weird or ill-mannered for others.

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