Pearshaped

Pearshaped

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A Cool Book!

When I saw Brian's Evolving book on the Paper Artsy blog I knew straight away that this was the kind of book I needed!
I wanted something I could add to and something where I could remove pages easily too - I sometimes like to sketch while I am out and there isn't always room for a sketchbook. It also means that I could use papers for collage and add them too.

I hadn't really thought about it until recently but right from being at school when we had a choice of mint green, orange or turquoise dresses I have always loved blue and all shades of green so I didn't have to wear an orange one!

I started with blobs of PA Fresco paints on what used to be a little cardboard package which I cut in half and neatened up a bit. I spread the paint with an old loyalty card and when it had dried added some stamping with some of Seth Apter's stamps and some of Lin Brown' stamps.
 The front and back covers - outsides
  The front and back covers - insides

At this point the light was beginning to fail so no more photos until I had finished. 
I used Brian's idea of using PA Minis stamps at first but as I was using some scraps of under paper which already had other stamping on I just kept picking out parts of the sets I already had out and added some Lynne Perella ones too.
I finally ended up with something I was happy with and added some papers.

The front cover - as you can see I added other scraps too - including part of a scarf the was originally intended for the charity shop.
The back cover - I added a scrap from an Infusions experiment and some green gauze. The whole book is tied together with a frayed strip from the scarf.
 The inside - front
The inside - back (I told you the light was going!)
Now I am looking forward to using it.

I would like to enter the challenge at Paper Artsy -Challenge 11 - 'Books'

I would also like to enter at Country View Challenges where the theme is Blues and Greens

Thanks for looking, Chris

24 comments:

My name is Erika. said...

Wow Chris. Your evolving book is amazing.

Helen said...

love the colours, my dad always told me "blue and green should never be seen" but I think they go well together; your book is testament to that!

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous ring-book, hugs, Valerie

chrissie said...

A great idea and good that you found a way add pages made elsewhere. The blue and green mix was my school mix as well and I think go well together but I do recall the saying. Good that a ;lot of flowers agree with you and me Chris

Love Chrissie xx

Redanne said...

What a great evolving book Chris, I just love the gorgeous mix of blue and green! Hugs, Anne xx

Purple Tree Paints said...

That's lovely, what a great idea. Love the colours too x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your evolving book looks great!

Carol said...

Oh WOW!!!! I love the little books you have been making lately. You inspire me to start working on my art again...I just have to wait until there's no garden to tend to or butterflies to raise :)
Carol

Team Clark said...

Look at those gorgeous covers Chris! Wow! This color is right up my alley - stunning! Hugs, Autumn

Eileen Bergen said...

Lovely and clever, Chris. You're using up scraps all over the place ;-)

geistige_Schritte said...

wonderful the ringbook the work is great!

Meggymay said...

It is a fantastic book Chris, you will enjoying filling these pages.
Yvonne xx

Seth said...

Great colors and I love the way you created visual texture with the stamps.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm in love with this book. I love the two colors together. They are two of my favorites. And the stamps add just the right amount of texture and interest.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wonderful book and it reminds me of a book of magic with the fabulous colours, papers and images you have used 😁. I like that you can remove pages for your sketches when you're​ out and about too - perfect! Have fun using it and wishing you a very Happy Friday and Weekend! J 😊

sue :) said...

Love the colours of your evolving book, very useful being able to add more pages. Perfect for the Paperartsy book challenge. X

craftytrog said...

A fab little book Chris! xxx

Jane said...

Hi Chris what a fab little book. Lots of lovely textures and super blues and greens. It's perfect for our blues and greens August challenge over at Country View.Thanks so much for joining in. Enjoy the rest of the month xx

Bryan Evans said...

Fab book Chris, this is going to be fun adding to when you want, and you ca choose different substrates to work on!!. Love the colours and design on the covers.

Christine said...

Congratulations on your Paperartsy win! So pleased for you....

Christine said...

Congratulations on your Paperartsy win! So pleased for you....

butterfly said...

Beautiful blues and greens, Chris (I'm entirely with you on the colour front!). Your book is absolutely enchanting, with lovely stamping throughout and gorgeous fabric decoration on the cover.
Alison x

Team Clark said...

I was just so happy to see your name as the PA winner! What a score! Biggest congratulations! I can't wait to see what you will do with your new loot. Hugs, Autumn

Corrie Herriman said...

Great blues and greens ! Thank you for joining my challenge over at Country View Challenges !
Corrie xx