Liquid Topaz: Flowing Organically

"Liquid Topaz, page 65," 5x7inches, mixed media, copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

I’ve tried a couple different ways to cover up words in my altered book projects. I used translucent paint in my first project with a non-fiction book about birds. I become so interested in the subject, I couldn’t bear the thought of making the original text unreadable.

My second altered book project began with a work of fiction I had no interest in reading. I felt free to obliterate what I didn’t need, and a black Sharpie did the job nicely. I enjoyed the bold graphic statement I could make using solid black.

I am using a combination of my previous methods for Liquid Topaz. I’m not pre-planning each page — I’m letting the image grow organically around my choosen found poem:

private caravan,
warm working wish

"Liquid Topaz, page 65" in progress. Copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

"Liquid Topaz, page 65" in progress. Page 63 becomes the stencil.

"Liquid Topaz, page 65" in progress. Copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

"Liquid Topaz, page 65" in progress. Copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

"Liquid Topaz, page 65" in progress. Copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

Other blogs in this series:
One Page at a Time: My Altered Book Experience
Liquid Topaz: The Story Begins
Liquid Topaz: Fun with Found Poems
Liquid Topaz: What I Learned Today
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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