Sunday, January 15, 2012

Round Island Light House Altered Book Spread

I wanted to do a large canvas for my daughter's new apartment, so I decided to do a two-page spread in one of my altered books to get a feel for the techniques I wanted to use and how it would look. The following is my "mock-up" practice art for the larger art I ended up making for my daughter for Christmas.  I used collage, stamping, painting, and water color for this piece. The picture is modeled after the Round Island Light House at the entrance to Mackinac Island.
 Final Spread
First I prepped the pages with gesso and light sanding. Then I decopauged torn map pages and text pages onto the page.
Beginning to cover page with torn map pieces.

Completely covered pages

Page covered with gesso.

Painted with acrylics.

Final Pages

I decopauged handmade paper at the horizon to represent Mackinac Island and dotted a few buildings on the shore. The sailboat and lighthouse were sketched and painted separately on water color paper and applied to page using heavy gel medium. I then decopauged torn paper for the base of the lighthouse and stamped randomly on the picture with phrases that were meaningful to me.

I used this work as my guide for the larger canvases I made for my daughter. I'll be posting pictures of those soon.

I'm linking up with the Just Journals Link Party over at Marcia Beckett's blog, Dabblings.



Queenie said...

Hi Tricia and wowowowow love your art!!
I am new to art journaling..totally brand new,lol...and been inspired today by everything i have seen.
Found you through Just Journals link party and so glad i did.
Look forward to seeing more pages.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

What a wonderful technique! I love the way the maps still peek through and all the layers you've used here. This will make a wonderful piece for your daughter's apartment!

Marcia said...

lovely layers.. I love to see the progression of journal pages. Thanks for sharing!