I LOVE making art books.
The fun thing is that they are never finished! I always have new ideas to make them even more interesting.
Lately, I've been playing with layering different fabrics and sewing them together with a button. I was wondering what I was going to do with these "fabric bundles" when I looked at some tiny books I made over a year ago and voila! I glued them on the covers it made the tiny book, a tiny art treasure.
Love them so much more!
I've been experimenting with making "faux" handmade paper lately. I'm suing a lot of different substrates from copy paper, card stock, tea dyed and cool-aid dyed paper but the one I like best so far is parchment paper.
I like the translucent look of the paper after it dries and it seems strong enough to use as a book cover. But what I really love is the texture! I'm using lots of different things to put on the surface: cheese cloth, tea bag papers, thread, cut up yarns, dried flowers, fake flowers, and tea leaves, to name a few. But with all experiments, differing materials get different results.
I was using a very thin layer of napkin at first but it kept ripping so I tried some white tissue paper which is stronger but more opaque.
Tomorrow, I will review the tissue piece to see if I like it. If I don't, it will be recycled into something else and I will have learned something.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!