Altered Attic

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Wow, it has been so long since I last posted that the formatting window and tools are completely different. My intention of posting weekly has dwindled to monthly... I admire so many artists who consistently produce - and post - amazing, fabulous work. This is what I would really like to know: do you work daily or have a routine? What adjustments and sacrifices do you make to ensure adequate studio time? If you're creating and living with a chronic illness, how does that impact your output?
Durng the past couple of months most all my creative time was spent on a mixed-media book that incorporates a poem I wrote. It was a birthday gift for my dear friend and pastor, Woody Berry.  
I used puzzle pieces (8" square) that I found in children's board books on the bargain rack a few years ago. Each was missing a piece and since I've always loved puzzle pieces I had them in my stash awaiting the right opportunity. 
The entire process was joyful - intuitive and free from whiny, insecure self-doubt, even when running into multiple problems that ultimately led to creative solutions. Like binding. I hadn't considered how the multiple layers of paint, texture, fabric, metal, buttons, trim, sticks and twine and other assorted embellishments would stack up. So of course I didn't plan for a 5-page book to be several inches thick. After drilling holes I used bead chain with scraps of lace, ribbon, fabric and trim tied in knots along the spine for stability.
Woody was most pleased with the end result and I already miss working on it!









7 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Patti, this book is fantastic. I am so in love with it and the way you have incorporated so many beautiful pieces that are sure to make great memories in years to come. I like how you managed to overcome obstacles along the way. I am sure a new project will present itself in the not too distant future.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

This new book is a real authentic treasure....I would have trouble letting go but you have such a generous spirit. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Lynn said...

Beautifully done!

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

It looks beautiful. I can only imagine the amount of hours that went into creating it.

My Vintage Studio said...

Beautiful!!!
Hope you are feeling well.
Sharon

Gaby Bee said...

Gorgeous, Patti! Looks like you had a good time doing these!
I have been slowing down a lot on blogging so I can get some other things done, it is very time consuming sometimes. Never enough time, to do all that I want to do...lol.

Wishing you a wonderful, art-filled rest of your week!

Hugs to you my friend!
Gaby

Jill Zaheer said...

Hi Patti, what a wonderful book and so difficult to put all the pages together. Love it and how generous of you to make it as a gift. I would love to post more often but for me, it takes so much time- and in many ways, I think for me it's more important to focus on work. I see the new lay out on blogger and still trying to figure it out. I presumet it will take some time although in the little video that they've included, it says it should be more intuitive. We will see. Sending out lots of hugs to you!! xo Jill

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