Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Altered Ancestors Book Swap, Part 1

Hello blogging friends! I'm really excited to share a project with you, or at least parts of it. Over at the All Things Tim Yahoo group I'm in an Altered Ancestors Little Fat Book swap. There are over 20 players and each of us makes 11 pages to send off to our swap coordinator. She then randomly picks pages to bind into little fat books and sends to the players. I don't even know if my book will include any of my own pages!

Here are 4 of my pages - still have 7 to go, but they're in various states of unfinished-ness. *ahem* The idea is to use Tim Holtz products and alter old photographs.

At the Train Station
I love this one. The stamped image is a New York Central train schedule (or something like that). The pocket watch is made from Tim's Type Charms and a tiny clock face cut from one of his Lost & Found papers.

Bird's Nest
When I saw this image I immediately though her hair could host a nest. I futzed with a few different nest materials and eventually settled on this May Arts netting in two colors. The eggs are a vintage image covered in Glossy Accents. On this page the bird and paper are TH.

Angel
Such a little angel! I picked this paper then set out to find an image to work with it. There are tons of public domain vintage images online, but I fell in love with this little one. Her wings are made from elements found in the Mixed Mini's grungeboard pack. I painted first with pearl Lumiere paint then used a small paint brush dabbed on a Peeled Paint Distress Ink pad to sweep along the top half of the wing. I then added Rusty Hinge Distress Ink on the top 1/3 of the wing. I love the effect!

The "cloud" is vintage tatting and the Mixed Mini's grungeboard letters are colored first with a mustard-y alcohol ink then covered in German glass glitter. 

Use Your Imagination
This on is my second favorite... or maybe my first. I don't know! The wings are printed on Cryogen Irridescent paper and are sparkly in person. I used TH tissue tape and cut little letters from the Lost & Found paper pad.

So, the pages are 4"x4" and the left side is for the binding rings. The photos were printed on a satin photo paper (just what I had on hand) and cut out. I rounded them for a little dimension and used a silicone as glue so they're all raised off the page a little. The pages are grunge paper with TH card stock attached on the front and back. I'll show how I did the (very boring) back sides when I post more pages.

Thanks for visiting and reading this novel! If you're new 'round these parts be warned: I'm wordy and waffle a lot. If you are a regular visitor you're probably thinking you clicked on the wrong blog. What you're seeing is me growing as a mixed media artist. I hope you like! No worries, though - I'll still continue with my frou-frou vintage and Magnolias. I couldn't be "here" without them!

Cheers,
Susan

7 comments:

Caroline Hallett said...

Gosh these are beautiful I think use your imagination is my favourite - I love the little girls as angels look

studiorose said...

I'm also in the swap - when I saw the first one, I said to myself, "I hope I get that one in my book!" Then I scrolled down and saw the NEXT one and said the same thing - and now I just hope I get ANY of them in my book because I love them all! Your attention to detail is fabulous and I love how you've made the Tim papers really look great.

Edith said...

What a great idea, Susan! I love vintage pictures:) Great colors and wonderful details on your pages.
Hugs, Edith

Auntie Em said...

I love your altered photos! Tim has some awesome stuff to work with.
Thanks for sharing! :o)

Barbara Mason said...

Hi Susan- you really captured the vintage style & were so brave to make 11 different pages...These are great!

Lisa said...

Susan--Love your blog, and your pages. I left a comment earlier, but it looks like it didn't post. hmmm...sometimes that happens. Anyway...I love all your pages, and I agree--SO brave to make 11 different ones! My favorite is the pocketwatch (you probably figured that one already). Thankx for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment as well. I've been hoping I get one of yours since you posted--any of them would be great. =)

Cindy Dy said...

So happy to be given a privilege to post a comment here. You have a wonderful site. Thank you for the effort to publish this.

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