Liquid Topaz: The Story Begins

"Liquid Topaz, page 37," 5x7inches, mixed media, copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

Picking a book to start an altered book project is the hardest part for me. If I become too interested in someone else’s story, I won’t be able to create my own. I find old textbooks to be good altered book candidates. For this project, I picked a book written for pre-teens. It has a pretty, sparkly cover.

Peacock Blue, Goldenrod, Terra Cotta, French Grey — Do you ever pick colors just for their names? I’ve never used glitter mist before, but I couldn’t resist a color named Creme de Chocolate. And I finally got the courage to use the 18kt. gold leafing pen I bought over the holidays.

Things in my art bag this summer.

I opened the book randomly to page 37, knowing there is a story to tell, but not knowing yet what that story will be. I choose the words first, looking for combinations that create interesting images.

liquid topaz, golden lips — This is where my story will begin.

"Liquid Topaz, page 37" in progress. Page 35 becomes the stencil.

"Liquid Topaz, page 37" in progress. Copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

Other blogs in this series:
One Page at a Time: My Altered Book Experience
Liquid Topaz: Fun with Found Poems
Liquid Topaz: What I Learned Today
Liquid Topaz: Flowing Organically
Liquid Topaz: Art on the Run
Liquid Topaz: Useful Sounds
Liquid Topaz: Golden Polka-Dots
Liquid Topaz: The Art of Discovery
Liquid Topaz: Fire of Life
Liquid Topaz: Now she feels it
Liquid Topaz: Searching for Words

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3 Responses to “Liquid Topaz: The Story Begins”

  1. Shelley, The Destroyer: My creative reign of terror « Art by Shelley ~ Life * Love * Coffee Says:

    […] has inspired me to get more pages from my Liquid Topaz project printed so I can share them with a wider audience at the Art Forum. Thank you Charlotte! […]


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