Creativity: Escape XII

After a few weeks of other creative endeavours, I’m back to my altered book “Escape” again, with the admonition to “Be your artistic self all the time…”DSCF9379 (Large)

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.DSCF9380 (Large)

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.DSCF9382 (Large)

One page is embellished with ‘found’ sequins, simply sewn in place, adding a touch of sparkle

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