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we pulp girls have certainly been slacking with the book posts lately, but i have a sneaking suspicion that we’re consciously or sub-consciously trying to prolong the whole event.  i also know that we’ve all been some busy girls with HUGE things going on in our lives as of late.  i have been instructed to keep the peeks of the last book i work in (this very book) kind of cryptic as we have some secret future exhibit plans where all will finally be revealed, so i’m not showing as many photos as i typically would.  this is, however, round one of two posts i will be doing.

pulp redux, altered book collaboration, handmade book, roots beneath the layers, alicia caudle, lisa jurist
originally i had NO idea what i was going to do.  this was in part due to the fact that no natural bits (branches, flower bits, dried leaves, moss) could be sent overseas to new zealand or austrailia due to very strict postal laws and of course, particularly with a title like this, it was a necessity.  THANKFULLY i ended up being the last one to receive and work on this book so i’ve cheated and included heaps of nature bits in this so far.

pulp redux, altered book collaboration, handmade book, roots beneath the layers, alicia caudle, lisa jurist
several different fabrics (some hand-dyed by my very own natural dyes i have been making), fibers, dried flowers, moss, vintage book and handmade papers surround the edges of the page.

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many watch parts, gears and vintage brass beads also adorn the page to depict “time”.

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even rust gears peek out through the sandwich of nature yummies and organic wool.

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imagine living in the victorian era… you are little alice searching for the rabbit hole.  i imagine she would find many secret things along the way, and many little hiding places and treasures.

pulp redux, altered book collaboration, handmade book, roots beneath the layers, alicia caudle, lisa jurist, alice in wonderland
two tiny drawers are hidden on the side of the book (i may add tiny “drawer pulls” but have not yet decided).

pulp redux, altered book collaboration, handmade book, roots beneath the layers, alicia caudle, lisa jurist, alice in wonderland
more treasures from nature, and even that “late” and elusive white rabbit hides in one of the secret drawers… ’cause in my world, he can.

pulp redux, altered book collaboration, handmade book, roots beneath the layers, alicia caudle, lisa jurist, alice in wonderland
this is a bit wider of a peek, so you get a slightly better idea of where i went with this.  the alice image is actually a door that opens, and there is about an inch-deep secret hiding place inside.

pulp redux, altered book collaboration, handmade book, roots beneath the layers, alicia caudle, lisa jurist, alice in wonderland
this is not the end result of the compartment, but i wanted you to see how deep it is — that is a deer knuckle bone or something odd like that, and of course a little vial.  not sure exactly how i will complete this section, but it will come to be soon enough, i’m sure.

pulp redux, altered book collaboration, handmade book, roots beneath the layers, alicia caudle, lisa jurist, alice in wonderland
i hope i don’t get in trouble for showing this much of the page.  BUT you have no idea what’s on the back, or any of the other secrets that alice and her friends hold, so that is good… for now.  every single little bit of this book has been hand-stitched — no sewing machine was used for any part.  AND i only bled once while creating it (so far).


i had SOOOOO much fun working on this first part of lisa’s book that i couldn’t stop.  my mind kept going and going.  as it now turns out, lisa’s book contribution is the first piece in a series of several alice-inspired nature/victorian/steampunk/forest/taxidermy/apothecary pieces.  they are so very alicia and contain all that i love.  none are 100% done, but i’ve started 6.

here are some very tiny peeks at my very first one that i started, called “finding the rabbit hole”.

alice in wonderland, steampunk, taxidermy, apothecary, forest, nature, bones, victorian, altered art, altered book, mixed media, assemblage, alicia caudle

i started mine on a 6″ x 12″ canvas — this is the 12″ side, with similar nature bits as in lisa’s book, twigs, dried flowers, moss, and other secrets.

alice in wonderland, steampunk, taxidermy, apothecary, forest, nature, bones, victorian, altered art, altered book, mixed media, assemblage, alicia caudle
here is alice’s key — all rusty with the number 41 on it.  maybe i’ll actually finish these 6 pieces before i reach that age?  it has no significance, of course… i just like numbers.  next to it, a real white rabbit taxidermy paw.

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on the top left of the piece, there is a hole with a glass ring framing it.  if you peer inside, you will see a teeny tiny mouse skull and jaw.  this was taken while the adhesive was still wet, so there will not actually bit any shiny bits.  if there are, i shall fix that!

alice in wonderland, steampunk, taxidermy, apothecary, forest, nature, bones, victorian, altered art, altered book, mixed media, assemblage, alicia caudle
and of course i’ve found some of the white rabbits watch parts to include when i get a bit farther along.

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so, things had gotten really crazy around here for a while.  a long while.  and as a result some things have suffered, such as the altered bits zine.  but no more!  i shall slack no longer!  (even if “slacking” means home schooling my son, remodeling parts of the house, redecorating other parts, prepping for a couple of shows, filling daily customer orders and designing my little heart out for “day” clients…)

announcing, a new and improved call for entries for the…

altered bits, mixed media, art zine
the two themes that were voted on several months ago will remain the same, but since most of you have probably forgotten what those were, i shall refresh your memories AND add info below on an additional, not previously decided up section.  if you are going to enter PLEASE read the guidelines below, which will soon also be added to the zine page on the altered bits site when i have a bit of “extra” time.

this is the first PRINT version of the altered bits zine.  previous issues were online/digital versions and can be viewed at the aforementioned zine page (all zine downloads have since been removed, however there are still links to view all of the issues/pages of previous zines).

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first theme: notorious [noh-tawr-ee-uhs, -tohr-, nuh-]

–adjective  

1. widely and unfavorably known: a notorious gambler.
2. publicly or generally known, as for a particular trait: a newspaper that is notorious for its sensationalism.
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this was a fantastic theme idea, suggested by our very own kerin gale of remnants of olde.  it tied for first place with theme number two way back when we did the voting.  i can think of lots of things to do for this theme as i’m sure you can imagine.  🙂

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theme number two: letters and symbols

i can already tell that this is going to be a biggy — what a fantastic theme!

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this theme was suggested by robert willson of apollinaire’s tattoo, whose blog sadly no longer exists.  robert, if you see this i still have a little wooden box of goodies for you and need your mailing address.

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the third section for the zine is an “anything goes” gallery of mixed media art.  miss a previous theme that you think you’d have fit in?  send it in.  have a cool assemblage or book or collage that doesn’t fit either of the themes that you know kicks enough artistic arse to be included?  send it in.

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other stuff:

the zine will also contain an artist interview.  just you wait — you will love this one!!  i’m already giddy about it and it’s my zine and i hand picked this amazingly wonderful artist just for YOU.  (okay, and me!)

there will be a potential bit of tiny extra room so feel free to send an article, tutorial or perhaps an outline of a really cool collaboration you’ve been a part of (with photos, of course)… this could be fun!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

all submitted images need to high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) and at least 1800 pixels at its shorted side (that’s six inches for non-pixel folks).  the larger, the better.  unfortunately due to the huge amount of time it takes to receive, organize, layout, design and publish the zine, any submissions that do not fit the submission guidelines will be overlooked.  sorry — it’s just SO much work, you just don’t even know (last zine logged in at over 120 hours of my time, for example).

each artist can submit up to THREE pieces for consideration.  whatever category you want (all one or mix and match — totally up to you).  please send each submission in a separate email with one image and a couple of optional detail shots if desired.  all photos should be JPGs, PNGs or TIFs.  email subject should be: altered bits zine submission.  email to hi [at] altered bits [dot] com but obviously with no spaces and in proper email format.  🙂

please send an artist bio including links to your site(s), blog(s), etc. with your submission(s).  this can be sent as a word doc (NOT A DOCX FILE — i hate word and use open office so cannot open docx files).  don’t put the bio into the body of the email unless you’re also attaching it as a separate file too.  please and thank you.  this makes things much easier for me in the long run when matching up art and bios when doing layout/design.  i’m ADD enough and really don’t want to chase bits and pieces when unnecessary.  (i’m sleepy so hope i don’t sound like a bitch here!)  not all bios will be used due to lack of space, however your name, location, and url(s) will most definitely appear next to your art either way.

because i typically receive heaps of submissions, please name all of your files like this: caudle-alicia-bio.doc, caudle-alicia_death-of-the-apothecary.png… etc. BUT with your name and piece titles.  yeah!  again, this just makes things easier for me and will help me to get the zine designed and published faster so you can see it quicker.

this one is a biggie: please, please, please do not use any copyrighted imagery or copyrighted text in your submission.  there are tons of free sites with imagery under commons licenses, etc..  i don’t want to have to redo or nix the zine due to someone infringing on a copyright, ya know.  that would be a huge bummer and ruin it for the rest of us.

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advertising opportunities:

there will be slots available to purchase advertising space in the back of the zine as well.  our previous online zines received thousands of downloads and views so this is a nice potential opportunity to get yourself out there for a decent low price.  lower rates for artists, a slight bit higher rates for retailers.  i’ve received dozens of inquiries about this and will post pricing about this to my site soon in a downloadable PDF file.  i can help with print quality ad designs if necessary so don’t fret if you only have web resolution banner ads and such — we’ll work it out.

i feel as if i may be forgetting some things but it’s nearly 1 AM here so that’s totally understandable, i’m sure.  if so, i’ll add it soon to my site where you can all check out the info.  wanna play?

(thought so!)

xxox!

p.s.  whoops!  i forgot a deadline.  i hate deadlines so it’s no wonder.  let’s say december 20th, 2010.  i will add this to my site tonight and respond to those of you who inquired as well.  for now though, off to the pumpkin patch with the little man!

i am thrilled to share that i have totally completed lisa sarsfield’s book for the pulp redux collaboration and have started in on lisa jurist’s.  wohooo!  BUT because lisa s. posted her contributions to kim’s book yesterday, i’m going to wait to share what i’ve done in her book.  i don’t want to steal her thunder, ya know.

for now, i shall offer up just a wee peek to hold you over until a later post.

okay, i lie.  i’ll give three peeks.

peek one.  see seth apter’s magnificent brass X?  all five of my contributions have/will have one of these (we pulpy girls love seth and i wanted to put a piece of him in our books):

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peek two.  this is a peek of page two, just inside the top page with the book i previously showed.  had to add a classic red “alicia thing” and this is that:

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and peek three. this is the back page.  can you tell what that is?  i know you can’t tell what’s inside.

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check back in a few days for the rest of the photos AND lots of fantastic pulpy news.

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i’ve also been working on several new assemblages over the past couple of weeks (five, to be exact).  i’m not sharing any of the completed ones yet (yes, i may finally reveal some of my motorized and light up stuff that i don’t typically show online), but i’ll share this cute little start to a costume girl i’m doing for now (check out her little skull mask and ribcage outfit).  a little more cutesy than anything i would typically do but halloween is coming and… yeah.  i made this little girl from apoxie clay and such (thanks again, kerin e. ninny!).  i hope to have her finished within the next week or so and will post it here (may have to make a wee video of her since it will be mildly interactive).

halloween, creepy doll, costume, altered art, zombie, anatomical, resin clay, apoxie clay, skeleton, doll art

for magnificent eye candy, check our pulp redux blog and lucky dip lisa’s blog.  new pulpy goodness was posted late last night!

i have a massive texture making fetish.  dunno why, but i do.  so, i think every tuesday that i’m in the mood will be texture tuesday.  a freeby texture i’ll offer up for use in your physical or digital art, iffin you’re into that sort of thing.  (i have NO idea where “iffin” came from, sorry.)

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BUT that is nowhere as cool as pulp in my hands… yesterday, i received not one but TWO of the books for our pulp redux collaboration.  i have both lisa jurist’s book (mudhound primitives) and lisa sarsfield’s book (lucky dip).  yes, two pulp books in my hot little hands in unison!!  omg, they are AMAZING!  i gently unpackaged each of them, one at a time, to get a good look at them before carefully wrapping them back up.  they are so fat!!  and i don’t mean in that weird teenage cool way.  they are thick as hell!  lisa s’s measures in just about 4 inches thick (two more people to work in it) and lisa j’s book is just over SIX inches thick.  wonder how they will look when i’m done…

…this is how they look pre-alicia-contributions…

lisa sarsfield’s book (i’m working on this one first as one more person will need it after me before pulp #1 comes to a sad end).  her theme is “labyrinth”:

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and this is lisa jurist’s book.  i’m working on hers second as i’m the final contributor and i don’t want to hold anyone up.  her title is “roots, beneath the layers”:

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(and happy birthday to my husby!  he’s 31 today.  woots!)

i’ve just finished a new little assemblage today that is part of a several piece series of doll assemblages.  it’s called “death of the apothecary”.

death of the apothecary, altered doll, frozen charlotte, assemblage

i’ll probably end up adding some subtle text and numbers to the orange wooden disks at the top, but i’ll have to think about that one for a moment.  the nails on top left little rusty remnants around the holes on the top — love that part.

death of the apothecary, altered doll, frozen charlotte, assemblage

here is a detail of the charlotte, complete with a little humanesque heart and red thread.

death of the apothecary, altered doll, frozen charlotte, assemblage

the little bottles inside the assemblage are topped with waxy goodness, and one a skull i fashioned from a bead and apoxy clay (that’s how i adhered everything — thank you kerin for turning me in on to this magnificent stuff!!).

death of the apothecary, altered doll, frozen charlotte, assemblage

can you tell what is in the bottles?  i LOVE mixing mineral oil with colored water (the first bottle) — it’s kind of like a mini lava lamp when you shake it up.  woohooo!

un voyage par l’obscurité.

that is what i think this newest book of mine shall be called.  but of course i change my mind a zillion times before its complete.  i may call it phantoms and shadows.  actually, wait, i rather like that!  i’ll save un voyage par l’obscurité for another book.  yes!  the bird skull book.  (it must be somewhat annoying that i type my thought process(es_ as they are occurring in my mind.)

i photographed this cover yesterday afternoon, then spent much of the evening working on it so it’s already better than what i’m sharing but this will just have to do.

(click photos to enlarge)

singed red velvet with burned holes, lace behind in places, antique bone beads for the centers of the french knot flowers (the bone beads were apparently made in africa or south america sometime between the late 1890s and early 1920s — the bag i got them in was a mix of two kinds and i’m not certain which are which as i’ve since forgotten what the lady told me but i THINK these are the african ones, and the seed ones were from south america).

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i love to incorporate things from friends in my art to keep.  this frame was from my sweet friend debbie in new zealand, some of the black lace from my sweet friend jo in england, the gorgeous silk green, rose and creamy thread is from my sweet friend lisa in maryland, and the rest of the friend goodies are on other pages so you shall see those soon.

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this was a vintage photo of two girls (presumably twins) jumping rope together.  i made the one on the right super light by cutting her out of the photo, photoshopping in a background behind her and overlaying her and reducing opacity.  you can’t tell in this dark photo, but in person, you can see the “alive” girl’s dress through the ghostly one’s dress.  the crackle and such looks WAY better in person but as i was photographing in the son weird shadows and reflections were occurring… or phantoms?

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the brass antique frame is not set into the front of the book so it doesn’t look gappy or weird anymore.

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and here is the whole front of the book as it was yesterday afternoon (the two lace bits on the top and sides came from a fantastically wonderful etsy shop called “mary not martha”, just in case you want some).  all of the edges are now finished and things look MUCH better.  kind of “simple” but definitely an alicia-style book, i’d say:

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AND, without further ado, i shall announce the winners of the “how to crackle a frozen charlotte tutorial”.  yes, i said i was going to only pick one, but i thought i should pick two since everyone was so sweet.

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woohoo!  congrats, you two!  please contact me and i shall email your tutorials straight away (your posts don’t have links to your blogs for me to inform you that you’ve won).

xx

i have gotten about 47 emails inquiring as to how i crackle and age my little frozen charlottes.  or maybe 48.  i’ve lost count.  anyway, i have finally created a PDF tutorial outlining how to create these aged and crackled little babes, with additional instructions on how to create a faux rust finish AND how to create the little 3d hearts (only about 13 people asked about that, but i wanted to include it anyway).

crackle, frozen charlotte, aged frozen charlotte

soon i will also offer a kit that will include the tutorial, a small frozen charlotte, crackle medium and paint needed to achieve this effect.  this should be available by the end of the week.

you can check it out on the tutorial’s page of the altered bits website.

i will be giving away a copy of this tutorial next weekend.  just leave a comment to be entered into the drawing.  the winner will be selected at random via a random number generator.

phew.  i feel like i haven’t been “here” in ages.  not in the blog world or home.  we’ve just returned from a longer than anticipated trip… all over the place but spent the most time in southern california.  it was hot but wonderful fun for the most part.  and the little man got to visit disneyland for the first time which of course, as you know, is probably one of the most thrilling things in the world to a seven year old.  i had fun too… despite being a huge wimp when it comes to rides.  i’m even a bigger wimp when it comes to NO ART for 6 or 11 or whatever days it was.  not cool at all.  for that alone i’m glad to be home.

so today, reunited with paint and paper and fabric and lace, i made stuff.  first sewed a new curtain on a whim.  all kitchen curtains should have a pocket, ya know.  why?  i think i said something about this the last time i made a kitchen curtain (the one i decided was ugly this morning).  because husbands can be really mean beasts who hide your ring in an obscure cup or vase on the top shelf of the cupboard that you couldn’t even reach if you wanted to when you take it off to make him a damned meatloaf and lets you whine and cry for 17+ minutes that you THINK it went down the garbage disposal.  now, yeps, a pocket.  a sweet little dainty one that his big grubby man hands can’t fit in to thieve my pretty wedding ring… even if HE wanted to.  ha!  take that, husby!

vintage lace, coffee stained, curtain, pocket

after my mini bout of sewing (the curtain took all of 15 minutes to create so of course i needed much more) a heard a little folk story that made me somewhat weepy but smiley and a feel a bit verklempt.  so i had to make something in honor of said story.  the story goes like this (imagine this in the voice of johnny cash, which is how i heard it):

A Mother’s Love

Once a young man lived with his mother beside a great forest.  The young man was in love with a beautiful girl who lived in the forest.  He told the girl in the forest that if she would marry him, he would bring her anything that she asked.  Knowing that he lived with his mother, the girl said “take your dagger and cut out your mother’s heart and bring it to me and I will marry you”.  This made the young man very sad, but he wanted to marry the girl so he killed his mother and cut out her heart.  Running through the forest with his mother’s heart in his hands, he stumbled and fell and dropped the heart.  As he was getting up, his mother’s heart cried out from the ground, “My son, did you hurt yourself when you fell?”

and this is what i started to make, which is of course not done (the heart piece will be a door that opens to reveal the story inside, me thinks):

anatomical heart, vintage lace, coffee stained, fabric, collage, rusty metal

i have a new-found love of my local library.  i buy way too many books.  i picked up THREE of the books from seth’s book guild posts that i’ve been wanting to check out before potentially buying (the principals of uncertainty, journal revolution and eco-books) and a bit of velvet and a dash of lace (magnolia pearl book).  i love the principals of uncertainty!!  i will buy it for sure.  just reading the first little bit made me want to make a book for my son (i like writing stories), so of course i started in on that straight away.  it’s mostly crazy childhood stories for my boy, like when my sister sucked on a slug and almost died, and mama doodles and stuff like that…

funny.  i never posted this the other day when i wrote it ’cause my internet went down for days (router up in smoke).  so, i finished the principals of uncertainty and i loved it.  i think you should get it if you like art and doodles and witty, insightful girls who are eloquent and quirky in unison.  i will go back to find out who suggested it and thank them personally (tomorrow though ’cause we’re off to the zoo today).

missin’ you all heaps!  i’m off to start my three day blog catch up time the moment we return from our wild adventure.  woohoo!

phew!  what a summer!  things are always crazier this time of year, aren’t they!  travel and kids home (mine and half the neighborhood), move travel and no time to work or art it seems.  at least we’ve had some adventures to spokane and coeur d’alene and long beach and corona and san diego and la and such… though not all were under the best pretenses (though that’s neither here nor there, i suppose).  i haven’t had a lot of time to art or hardly any time to visit my favorite blogs, but soon summer will be over and school days will reconvene.

crackle paint, crackled pearls, frozen charlotte, collage, assemblage
i’ve at least gotten to finish four more charlotte pieces for my attempted 100 piece series (now if i stopped selling these i could maybe actually have 100 someday!).  i have photos of numbers 9 and 11.  at least i have plenty of 1900 and 1901 sheet music to do twice that many so we shall see where i end with these.

i just did a PDF tutorial that i’ll be posting in a week or three on how to crackle and age frozen charlottes and other bisque or porcelain dolls.  as a result, i had lots of new little girls to play with.

mixed media art, frozen charlotte, fabric collage, rusty metal, crown, red, black

charlotte’s song #9: heart song

lots of vintage lace, naturally dyed and aged, metal bits and pieces that i’ve rusted, antique sheet music, recycled sari silk ribbon, etc…

mixed media art, frozen charlotte, fabric collage, rusty metal, crown, red, black

charlotte’s song #11 (i really need to photograph 10 and 12!)  this is just a simple one, but cute none the less.

mixed media art, frozen charlotte, fabric collage, rusty metal, crown, red, black

detail: a rusty or metallic charlotte and pretty turquoise stones.

mixed media art, frozen charlotte, fabric collage, rusty metal, crown, red, black

i have a 20 to 30 piece show with these little girls next month but the left-overs will surely be going up in my etsy shop (aiming to have 30 done just in case there is room but may only have room for 20).  better get to sewing though, huh!!

i also had the time to start three books, but just barely.   i gave a mini peek of book one a few days ago and will show it soon, completed.  that one is for me and is entitled phantoms and shadows.  i dig ghostly things, ya know?  book two was supposed to be for a collaboration that kerin and i are doing (see below) but she is a silly and fickle girl and wanted to change the size so this will be a different alicia-book which is just [almost] as thrilling ’cause i’m already loving it.  i’ve had so much fun working on these covers and am looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks once i get them done.  i still need to come up with a title and better theme for my big huge book with kerin (okay, not HUGE, but decent sized — i think they are 9″ x 12″ and will probably be a foot or three thick, hah), especially since the cover is nearly done.  we’ll be posting those in the weeks to come, huh keriny!?  other than these and my art journals, that’s really all i’ve gotten to do as of late.  but i shall not complain!

oh, the book… i almost forgot about these photos.  this is of course not at all done, but it’s a pretty fun cover, i’d say.  i am going to singe the lace a bit, for one… maybe do something to the bird skull but it’s so lovely natural “as is” that i’ll probably just leave it.  you can’t tell in this photo but the skull and vials are inset about 1/2″ or so from the rest of the book…

bird skull, taxidermy, animal teeth, porcupine quills, pewter frame, black vetvet, altered book cover

and i’m going to do that waxy alicia-thing to the ends of the vials before i actually attach them (they currently hold porcupine quills, something green and nature-esque, and some animal teeth — yeps, i like taxidermy parts and bones!)…

bird skull, taxidermy, animal teeth, porcupine quills, pewter frame, black vetvet, altered book cover

hopefully i’ll get at least two of these books done before summer’s end, and a handful more charlotte pieces.  i’m not sure why i like them so much but they are quite fun!

does anyone know where to get taxidermy bird wings?  i really, really, REALLY need one for this book.  have found nothing on ebay or anything else and know a lot of bird parts are illegal to sell (wings?) in some places.  if i wasn’t so sweet i’d sick one of our cats on a crow.  totally not serious!!

what are you working on this summer?

the amazing seth apter of the altered page has started an annual event entitled “buried treasure”.  as busy artists and humans, we don’t always have the time to keep up with ever person’s blog and all of their posts, so this is a time to repost an oldie for those who may have missed it.  (i’m a day late to post, sorry!!)

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once upon a time…

…there was a lovely young couple who fell fast in love and were quickly married. he was a kind chap, though very forgetful, so just before their first anniversary he pre-purchased a lavish bouquet to be delivered to his lady every year on their special day for the following ten years. he spent hours hand-writing little love notes to accompany the bouquets, trying hard to make it sound recently written…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

she adored the bouquet and his heart-felt words…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors
soon after their first wedding anniversary, he was tragically killed in a car accident, leaving behind his new wife. her heart broke and she felt she could not live without him.

human heart, anatomy, love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

every day she felt him near, and that was the only way she made it though the first year following his passing.

then one day, while already heart-broken that it would be their second anniversary that day, the doorbell rang. there, on her front steps, lay a bouquet a bit larger and more magnificent than the one she had received on her anniversary the year before. her heart stopped as she lifted the flowers to her chest, wondering who could be so cruel. then she saw her husband’s handwriting on the envelope of the accompanying card…

love notes, mixed media art, hanging assemblage, collage, art with doors

i will be posting this off to a poor, unsuspecting friend next week. hope she likes it!

i dried the rosebuds myself about 10 years ago and have been using them FOREVER. these were my last couple. the flower in the lower left is from my valentine bouquet from my husband last year. the wee crystal and bead on the right were given to me about twenty years ago from two of the children i used to nanny, the older saying “someday make something gorgeous with this”. the rose thorns are from my garden, harvested and dried last summer and all of the metal bits are rusted by me (though my camera is a jerk and generally removes rust hues — what’s up with that?)… except the mesh stuff which doesn’t rust. it just disolves.

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