This double page spread includes copies of pages from another book I made – “About a Boy”, with Patti Smith’s lyrics of her song of that name, written and recorded after the untimely death of Kurt Cobain. The photo of Kurt, originally cut out of a magazine, was by photographer Stephen Sweet. Stamps of bird cages were used throughout that book, and I stamped more over the copies in here, also colouring in with the same pink and orange as the page backgrounds.
Here’s a detail of the multi-layering. The tree stamp is one I carved myself, during our trip to the Pacific North West a few years ago. I made a couple in response to each place we stayed. All you need is some cheap erasers and a craft knife – and a pencil to draw the image onto the eraser. If it’s relevant to your design, remember it will print back-to-front! Very important for text! carefully cut away the parts you don’t need, and you have a custom stamp ready to use.
One page is embellished with ‘found’ sequins, simply sewn in place, adding a touch of sparkle