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1.26.2012

ALTERED BOOK INSIGHT


I started altering a book because of Effy Wild's project...Book of Days...but - as much as I'd like to - I just haven't had time to watch all those videos.



What happened...is that I'm working in the book at odd times - here and there - and seeing lots of eye candy on Flickr and FaceBook - which is related to the project.



I've decided to treat it as a journal...incorporating challenges that I want to participate in - that mean something to me - into the pages. If I play along with the videos that'll be great too.



It's also a sort of visual diary with just a few written words here and there.


One thing I know...my book...Evolution 2k12...
has all kinds of meaning, feeling and spiritualness about it! And...I am in love with the process. And...I AM evolving!




The spread pictured in this post came about after watching one of the early videos where you make a fold-out. I used a tag that I'd stamped a hand onto previously and added ink to match the luscious color of the ink used on the pages.



I got 'stuck' on what to put under the hand and left it alone for a few days. 



My granddaughter - who comes every day now - and is a strong minded, opinionated little lady of four years old...has caused some impatience in annie! grandma's countenance.



So...I'm practicing loving unconditionally and being grateful for this precious, most precious little person.



The phrase, 'My heart is in your hands' kept running through my mind.

 
Hence, the hearts under the hand.



When I began the book, I used an old one. The name of it was Beautiful Stories That Never Grow Old. It has a picture of a woman reading to a child...which you can still see even after I added paint and stuff to the cover. It makes me think of my Sophia. And of my word for the year...Evolution.



So when Carol Wiebe made a comment that she was sure beautiful stories would evolve through this book...it gave me new insight. As I wrote in a note to her...


When you made the comment about beautiful stories evolving in my altered book...it opened new insight to me. I hadn't consciously put together 'beautiful stories' with 'evolution' or the fact that they were both on the cover of my book of days. On one hand, I feel silly for not seeing it before...since I've been rather concentrated on it this week; on the other hand, I'm so thankful that you pointed it out to me and that it opens a whole new wonderful way of looking at this book. I WILL fill it with beautiful stories and with your permission, you'll be part of it!
 

And so, I've entitled these pages...Insight.





40 comments:

  1. What a great project and I like the way Evolving evolved! So far this book is colourful, which makes me feel happy looking at it.

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    1. Thanks! I’m really loving this project…in little bites at a time.  It has a LOT more evolving to do!

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  2. Isn't it funny how our art has a mind of it's own....we only think we know where it's going.
    With your adorable muse there to keep you company, I have a feeling she and your special relationship will show up often on these journal
    pages. Beautiful color!!!!

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    1. Thanks my friend. My adorable muse is…well…adorable! :) And I’m learning to listen. :)

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  3. This is amazing, really!!! Full of inspiration! Oh and I love the color! (i'm wearing a shirt of the same pink :-) xxx Lucia

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    1. Thanks so much Lucia. I'm inspired...I know that and I'm sure you're shirt is inspiring someone out there...besides you of course!

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  4. Oh how luscious all these pages are...and so much meaning attached. Your muse is definitely in touch with your inner self. many hugs.

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  5. oh wow, beautiful, this is amazing,

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  6. I love those wonderful eureka moments when connection happens with others and with what is happening in our heart. Beautifully said Annie. xox Corrine

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    1. Thanks Corrine! I often wonder if my rambling just goes way too far. :)

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  7. The luscious pinks, magenta and black draw me in - loving the layers and textures.

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    1. Thanks so much Jo! Those colors just make me shiver each time I see that page! And I shiver a lot. :-)

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  8. Way cool annie! I love the color palette you’ve chosen here. Can’t wait to see how it (you) evolves!

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    1. Thank you, Thank you Robin! I can't wait either!!!

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  9. Your 'hand' makes me want henna - mind if I steal it and have it done this summer?

    I love you MY Annie!

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    1. Please help yourself. My hand is your hand. Actually, the hand was a stamp that I stamped onto the tag. :-) I love you too My Tami!

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  10. it's happy and playful .i like the way you've incorporated text to the background

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    1. Thanks Neki! I printed the email between Carol and I onto acetate and layered it in. She...her comments...just had to be a part of this book.

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  11. Beautiful, love the feminine touches! ^____^~~*

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    1. Thanks Anne! It feels romantic to me too!

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  12. Loved reading this! Thanks so much

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    1. Well thank YOU, Linda! And you're welcome!!!

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  13. Delightful and inspiring! Thanks for sharing.
    Cc in WI

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  14. Thanks so much Catheriah! And you are welcome!

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  15. Your altered book is gorgeous - might make a wonderful Valentine's gift for someone special.

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    1. Thank you Pat! But I can't give it away!!! It's my personal diary! Even if I do show it to the whole world. :)

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  16. Your book is beautiful, your work is excellent. I love all the layers and textures! happy Weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much Nora! I'm learning as I go because paper is not my usual modus operandi. For awhile there, glue and I were not friends...but I'm think we're gonna make it work!

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  17. Well done Annie! I love your commentary about the book you chose and how it ties in with your chosen word for 2012-evolution! really enjoying getting to know you through your art!! xoS

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    1. Thank you Susan! So much happens without me even realizing it...but when I DO...I know it was meant to be. :)

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  18. Lovely project annie! Good to read your story. Hope that little 4 yr old doesn't drive you too crazy. Just look at it as exercising your patience muscle. We all need to make that one stronger.
    Happy 2012,
    Coleen in Ukraine

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    1. Thank you Coleen! Sophia really doesn't drive me crazy!!! She just pushes my buttons every now and then!!! But yes...Mine IS becoming stronger. :)

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  19. I loved every page!
    Great colors, such fun to see!

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  20. Annie, thank you so much for making me part of your story. The book looks amazing!

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    1. You're welcome Carol! Thank you! I always love to see your art and read your posts...even when I don't comment. Marvelous!

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