Saturday, January 07, 2012

Altered Book Round Robin - Vintage Gypsy

I have just finished participating in my first ever Altered Book Round Robin. I joined in with seven other participants from the Altering Without Limits (AWOL) Yahoo Group. My book theme was "Vintage Gypsy".  Each of us chose a theme and decorated our first page and the cover and sent them on their way. So this book is well-traveled over a time span of eight months and states from Arizona to Michigan. Below are photos of each page. I am so very excited and pleased with the final results.

Front cover

I textured the book cover with "Texture Magic", painted with Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic paint by Daler-Rowney, inked with brown ink to give a distressed, aged look, and then used rub-ons to embellish. I will go back and add more rub-ons and a title now that the book is back.

Front and Back Covers together

 Sign-in page on the front inside cover of the book. 

I collaged maps, painted with watered down gesso, and then stamped on the suitcases and lines. I like that each of our books had a place for each artist to sign in.

Instruction page

I used a tag inside an embellished pocket for my instructions.

This is my decorated page. 

I gessoed and decopauged a painted page, did some stamping and added an overlay on which I printed out a vintage picture of a gypsy. I then machine stitched the trim to the top of the page.

"Take Me With You" - Two-page spread by Sue Pierson.

This gorgeous spread was done by Sue Pierson. There is so much detail to this page. I don't know how well it shows up. She even has a tiny safety pin and charm on the bottom right page that says "Made with Love". Every detail is so amazing. The trim she added to the right side of the spread exactly matches the headband the little girl is wearing. If you click on the photo, maybe you can see more of the details.

"I See It In the Stars" two page spread by Linda Liabenow.

This is another wonderful page that is so colorful and intriguing. I love how she focused on the cards that gypsies use for fortune telling.

"Gypsy Life" by JoAnn Duplantis

I don't know if you can tell by the photo, but the background of these pages is a material that looks very much like riveted tin. So very cool. And I love how she added these two photos that look so very real. The one on the right is glossy and looks like a real photo. Notice the owl in the photo on the left! Awesome!

"Waiting For You" spread by Sandy Alsfasser

This spread has beautiful layers, although I don't know how well the camera captures them. She has the rose leaves overhanging the book - I love that! She has wonderful dangly trim on the bottom that coordinates perfectly with my book cover. You can see the trim better in the photos of the Instruction page.

"A Gypsy Life" by Cynthia Chapman

This wonderful spread has music sheets collaged on the background and three dimensional flowersl. It is so beautiful in real life. The photo does not do it justice. And I love, love the colors! The aged, sepia tones and the words collaged on the top.

"Raven's Call" by Wanda Smith

This is another gorgeous spread and I believe that the picture is torn from an old book. The poem she has added is perfect, along with the raven feather, the raven in the picture and the beautiful trim.

"Where Should I Go" by Terry Glover

This is the last entry and a very haunting one. The text is from a poem in a book called "Bury Me Standing" The Gypsies and Their Journey. I love, love the background and how she complimented her background with the existing page background.

Inside of Back Cover "Mailing List" and "Book Belongs To:"

I included a list with the names and addresses of all the participants. I read about doing this on a "How to" post about Round Robins somewhere, and I thought it was a great idea.

This is the last of the book. This was a super fun project and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves altering books. The schedule keeps you "arting" and the anticipation of what your final book will look like is wonderful. I must say that I was not disappointed. All of the ladies did a fabulous job!

I am linking up with Beverly over at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday. Pop over there and check out other wonderful pink posts. It is truly a great Meme and full of wonderful people.

How Sweet the Sound 
I am also linking up with Just Journals Link Party over at Marcia Beckett's blog, Dabblings.



Lorraine said...

What a fabulous book, each page is so beautiful! You must be so glad to have it back! Happy Pink Saturday!

Loretta said...

Wow, what a gorgeous book.
Yours is the very first Pink blog I've visited in 2012.
Happy Pink Day!

Marti McClure said...

Your book is fabulous! I would love to participate in something like this. Happy Pink Saturday! ~Marti

Cyn said...

Hi there..I am so glad you liked your book! It was so much fun creating pages in it! I need to post my halloween one!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I love your book. and I love altered art books or anything altered art really. I am trying to get a head start on valentine cards

chubskulit said...

Oh the joy of visiting blogs on weekend, everything you see is gorgeous and sweet. I love it!

Come see my PINK, when you get a chance. Have a great weekend!

Rebecca said...

I'd be excited too-it's wonderful. So beautiful and colorful-what a fantastic job! I don't think I'd have the patience to do anything like that-or the talent!

mercedes scott said...

Tricia, I so love your book! Everyone's pages are incredibly artistic and unique... this is such a great way to share everyone's art! I especially like your "sign in" page and instructions - very clever :) Happy (belated) Pink Saturday!

Daniella said...

Oh that is AMAZING!!! I did a "circle journal" once and it was so fun! Great job!!

Pat said...

Round Robins are a lot of fun. I've only participated in one. My journal was amazing - a keeper for sure! I can see that yours is also beautiful - good for you!

Marcia said...

very cool! I love all the pages and the book itself. Thanks for sharing with Just Journals.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely project and artwork.
I really liked your page and the first one after yours.
I have only dabbled in altered work and collage, and always come away loving the finished product.
Great job.

bohemiannie! art said...

This book is absolutely fabulous! I'm so glad you gave such good descriptions of each page. I love it and know you must be in gypsy heaven to be the owner!

gena said...

What a nifty altered book - it's truly beautiful !

Thanks for stopping by Lavender Hill..... I hope you had a wonderful and pinkilisious weekend!


Carolyn Dube said...

This is amazing! What fabulous details!!!

Denni said...

Such beautiful color for this book and I absolutely love gypsies. You did a fantastic job!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Nice pages. I love those pearly paints too! And is that some repurposed packaging I see, great idea. Thanks so much for visiting today. Bet you are as cold as we are here in NE...winter is really here. xox Corrine

Jennibellie said...

This is just beautiful, I absolutely adore it, so much colour, texture and interest, just fabulous :)