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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!)

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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 spent a bit of time working on my book for the pulp redux collaboration today, and took better photos.  you can read more about it there and see larger photos, but here are a few peeks.

the title of my book is “the museum of forgotten things”.  some of these things are obvious, some are not… to anyone other than me.

page one: the frozen charlotte page.  the pearly moony piece is from my sweet friend debs, as is the lacy background.  much of the other fabric is from my sweet friend lisa.  i loved that i could include things from both of them, particularly because they are two of the amazing ladies i’m doing this international altered book collaboration with.

frozen charlotte altered book page, pulp redux

the little frame piece is painted, covered in beeswax, then painted again, and the backing that the charlotte is on is a mica sheet.  that part is double-hinged so you can see/read the charlotte poem beneath.

frozen charlotte altered book page, hinged handmade book

page two is about a lady… you can read about her in a previous post here.  the photo of the man is not the one that is supposed to be there — i lost him and replace him when i get the book back late next year.  i guess it doesn’t really matter what guy is in there though since he’s dead anyway, but i liked the other dude’s creepy mustache. the stripey burned fabric is a piece of his shirt and blah, blah — you’ll get it when you read everything as it all pertains.

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sparing you page three for now.

page four is annoying me because the top opens, then the middle opens and that means four times more work BUT it’s fun and i like it.  it tells a story without words… that’s kind of dark but very personal for me as well.  i’m already sharing too much.  (she is from one of my collage sheets — i cheated)

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opened peek:

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this is an old side view of the book.  i need to take a new one.  between every paper-page for everyone will be a foam core page for extra play room.  all pages will have the little loops and sticks (7 total) and i’ll, of course, stitch everything together once i get home.  i think it will be a foot thick by then (30.something centimeters for those of you who don’t know what a foot is).  ((that is an ongoing semi-inside joke — i’m not being a bitch, promise.))

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more peeks coming soon: pages five and six, and the cover.  i will be shipping this off to debrina next, in a day or three.  in the meantime go look at everyone else’s books on the pulp redux blog.

on a completely irrelevant note, except that it’s a book, lemony snicket’s first in the series of unfortunate events (the bad beginning) is now free online, here.  my little guy and i read all 13 books and althought dark and depressing at times, really enjoyed them.  actually i lie.  we read 12.5 of the books together and i finished the 13th on my own.  short version: daniel handler, er, i mean lemony snicket, was doing a book signing at a local book store.  i surprised little guy by taking him there.  he now hates lemony because he is an “asshole who doesn’t know how to appropriately joke with children” (a direct quote from my son after asking if he could get a “bad word free pass”).  anyway, good book so if you have kids or whatever, it’s free now.

most of the other gals have already posted about this on their blogs so i’m slacking and behind… and you may very well have already checked out our joint blog: pulp redux (i really have to update my thread!).  for those of you who don’t know, i am ever so happy to share that i’m doing a fantastically fun international altered book collaboration with five amazingly talented ladies.  er, four now, actually.  one had to step out of the picture, sadly, due to a family emergency.  i have the amazing privilege of playing with debrina (if you know me, you know her!), kim, lisa j. and lisa s. (in alphabetical order — you know me!)  our sixth pages will be completed by a guest artist who will not be part of the big collaboration.

some of the girls are starting with pre-existing books or albums of various sorts (which was very cool and smart!) but i opted to make my book from scratch (i seem to like to over-commit myself and get in a bit deeper than necessary sometimes).

my cover is not done as i’m waiting for a parcel of black patina, but here are some sneaky peeks.  for now, i’m leaving the book unbound so that i can accommodate it’s anticipated girth upon its return to me late next year.

i have opted to bind the pages with fig twigs and fabric.  each of the sticks contain two sets of pages that open up as a book typically does, but fold down on the inside to make for additional arty playground space.


i will do two rows of stitching on the pages between the fabric (which will later be stained, of course), then sew/embroider the sticks a little more steadily into place, then wrapping the sticks with whatever i feel like wrapping them with when the time comes.

the cover is covered with handmade black banana leaf paper, and a 3d piece will sit atop it that’s made of two layers of foam core, the top layer covered in copper sheeting, etc.  the hole in the middle will be filled with little mysterious curiosities, such as bugs, bones and mini wax-topped bottles.  big surprise, eh?  photos of that will come later because currently, the copper is super bright teal and green due to the two day vinegar bath it received and i’d like it to be way more dark (hopefully dick blick sends my black pantina soon!).


i have lined the inside of the covers with red velvet because that felt only right with the title/theme.  oh, which i forgot to tell you.  whoops.  it’s:

The Museum of Forgotten Things

in the back of the book will be a pocket (will sew it on in the end) that will contain a note from each of the participating artists, and perhaps (hopefully!) some sort of trinket or embellishment sewn onto the pocket.


for my second page (first page will be shared later), i have concocted a crazy story about a lady who, in her old age, seemed to have been forgotten as had pieces of her past.  i’m not going to give all of that away right now, but this little bundle will fit within a pocket i fashioned like a secret stash of peronal belongings.


i wrote her obituary (which was no small task as i researched geography, fonts used in that era, surnames and origins, first names and origins, modes of transport, professions of the era, etc. and created a whole story.  i’m not a writer so it bit me in the arse part way through.  this is the back view of the bundle though:


i even wrote two diary pages from this lady, essentially confessing to something she did several years previous that no one had known she had done.  yes, the peacock feather ties into the story.


luckily, i had TWO photos of the same mystery lady so was able to include a second photo of her in the bundle to further tell her story.


all of this will be tied together, as displayed above, and will fit into this pocket i’ve started:


the pocket front, of course, will be embellished with more “bits” from her story, but i didn’t finish it yesterday as i had hoped to.

instead, i created a piece of art for a friend.  i sure hope he likes it!


now i should go clean house so i can later finish my pocket and post it all on the pulp redux blog!

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