Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Last Two Pages.

The light was very strong when I took these photos and seems to have washed out all the colour. Both these pages have quite a pretty pale green and creamy honey colouring. The sweet cicely leaf was picked from the garden a few weeks ago and pressed. It is sandwiched between tea dyed paper and acetate then fastened to the page with bronze coloured paper fasteners. The initial letter is cut from a scrap of kid leather and stitched to a piece of gold painted fine gauge canvas. I painted the edges with acrylic medium and dipped them in gold embossing powder, then heated it to melt it. I found that by not heating it long enough to melt the granules completely I got this rather nice textured finish. I am debating whether to add any other small embellishments to this page if I can find or make something suitable. I think it needs a little something in the top right corner.

Another 'washed out' page. This is chervil and I wasted a lot of time last evening unpicking the embroidered piece after discovering I had fastened it to the wrong page. It actually looks better than this photo and here again the delicate colours are lost. The text at bottom left is from a colour photocopy fastened to the page with running stitch. The capital letter is actually the card template I made to cut the C for chamomile. I couldn't find a nice letter C anywhere so decided to treat the cereal packet template with gold embossing powder and it worked a treat.
I now have to work out how to fix all the pages together and then put them into the cover. I shall probably use the Sinatra technique for this and 'do it my way'! I have made a start on the cover but it isn't worth seeing just yet.

6 comments:

Robin Mac said...

Heather, this book is going to look so stunning when it is finished - I just lovethe pictures of each of the pages you have been showing. What wonderful work. Cheers, Robin

Carol Q said...

Coming on a treat Heather. I love your letter "S"

Gina said...

You've made me laugh this morning Heather. I've done a little book binding and I was totally mystified by the "Sinatra" technique... until you explained! Your book is going to be beautiful.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Heather - I just so want to see this book 'in the flesh' - each page you put on your blog makes me more eager to see it. I would love to do something like this over the winter but have no idea how to start. Why don't you run an on-line workshop on it - I would willingly pay a fee to learn these skills. Interestingly, you use so many different techniques that show how much work you have done in the past - you obviously have a very inventive mind. I am deep in envy.

Wild Somerset Child said...

I've just come upon your blog and love that book you are making - is it a herbal? I'll read some of your other posts as soon as I have a minute.

The Rusty Teapot said...

Hi Heather, your blog is charming! and I just LoVe this book you have made.....its awesome! ive never made a journal type book...it's on my 2dolist! I love your outdoor photos in this blog are just wonderful! you are very good at capturing whats going on around you!