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Altered Book Page “A World Where Anything is Possible”

by Amy Bowerman

Happy Friday!  My how this week has flown by!  I’m back with another installment in my Octopode Factory Altered Storybook/Art Journal.  I am so enjoying this art form.  I love it because anything goes and  ANYTHING is possible…you never know what creative discoveries you might find within the pages of an Art Journal.  This realization was the prompt for the text I added to the new pages.  The rest of the page was inspired by this weeks challenge at TOFF “Pink” and oh how pink it is!

Art Journal Page 2 Pink

Imagine a World Where ANYTHING is Possible

If you have followed my journey into art journaling the past few weeks you already know that my plan is to turn this former Mother Goose book into an Octopode Factory story book.  I have left spaces for the text of my story but my original plan of writing the story within each page has changed.  Who knows it may change again.  For now I am taking a backwards approach to it…like watching the movie before reading the book it’s based on.  The story is in my head, and scrawled on various notebooks littering my desk.  Truth be told I’m a bit nervous to finalize things now that I have entered a world where ANYTHING is Possible!  Who knows what kind of changes and discoveries might come up along the way?

Art Journal Page 2 Pink Octopodes

Feathers and Frosting and pink Polka Dots

It was a very rainy weekend here on the East Coast.  What’s a girl to do when stuck indoors?  Learn some new Art Techniques!  I spent the weekend pouring over Balzer Designs home to the ever inspiring Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.  I also spent some time learning Zentangle over at Beez in the Belfry.  Next stop…down to my studio to put this new-found knowledge to good use!  I started with White paint to prime the pages,  then Distress inks to create the striped background.  From there I just went wild with Martha Stewart Acrylics and Copic Markers by trying to mimic Zentangle patterns within the stripes.

Art Journal Page 2 Pink Lips

Where Anything IS Possible!

Another great thing about Art Journaling is that even the most mundane things found around the studio can become the perfect addition to a page.  Exhibit A:  This bubble wrap was used on the “Under the Sea” journal page from last week….still stuck to my palette.  Upon peeling it off to add fresh paint to my palette I thought “Well this might work to frame the corners of the pages!”  I stenciled it with Alcohol ink and presto!   Exhibit B:  See the pink dots that look like buttons to the right?  Well, I didn’t mean for them to look like buttons at first but since they turned out that way I went with it.  It just so happened that I had some Real pink buttons in my stash to match them!

Art Journal Page 2 Pink Kite

Pigs Might Fly After All

Don’t worry I have more evidence to prove my case :)  Exhibit C:  The cloud with the pig kite was an original page from this book that I removed so the pages would lay flat.  I can’t resist a flying pig so I saved it to add later.  Exhibit D:  The lips were cut from a magazine.  I was not looking for lips but rather…letters.  Again, I cut them out to use later.  Several magazines later and no suitable letters I flopped the magazines down without looking where I was tossing them.  The magazines knocked over a container of bits and bobs from projects past…including the dyed cotton used for the Caterpillars hookah smoke on my Wonderland Dresser.  Smoke can be wind right?  Yes it can! Put all these discoveries together and what a whimsical scene you have :)

Art Journal Page 2 Pink Lettering

Imagine

Although I was unsuccessful at finding magazine letters I did find a Lettering Tutorial at Balzer Designs so I gave it a go.  Simon Says Stamp and Show is challenging us to use a favorite word so I used one of my favorites…”Imagine”.

Art Journal Page 2 Pink Feathers

Pink Feathers

If I could live in a world I would  imagine it would be something like this.  A world full of patterns, bright colors, and polka-dotted trees.  Cupcake would grow from the ground with pink frosting and sprinkles, birds would be taller than you and the grass would be like feathers.  I created this world and now I can visit it anytime I want.  If I choose to visit somewhere else all I need to do is turn the page.  I wonder where my imagination will take me to next?

What art journaling techniques do you enjoy most?  I’d love to hear about them.  Have you been working on a journal of your own?

I hope you will join us at TOFF this week!

Have an imaginative day!

Amy*

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1 Marcia May 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

I spent some time looking around your blog and I would LOVE to hang out with you and play with paints and glitter. Your style is similar to mine in that you like COLOR color color!
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2 Amy Bowerman May 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

Ooh ooh! You had me at glitter! I’m always in my studio all by my lonesome…none of my friends are the crafty type and do not understand why I spend my $$$ on Art supplies instead of shoes. No one is enticed by my vintage card collection but I bet you and I would have a blast going through it…I found one with a dog wearing liederhosen the other day:)

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3 Linda K April 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Wow!!!! Every inch of this spread is loaded with wonderful imagination!!! Beautiful!

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4 Shelley April 28, 2012 at 6:46 am

Love how you used the feathers. Thank you for dropping by my blog the other day and leaving such a kind comment.

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5 Candy April 28, 2012 at 5:58 am

Amy, your art journal pages are so colorful and fun! Loved reading your thought process as you were creating this delightful pages. What you are discovering is what I love about mixed media…like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates…you never know what you’re going to get. I love how you just let it go and your creation was born out of your experimentation with different things. Love the bright colors and all of the quirky fun images you’ve stamped, colored and placed so perfectly on your pages. Great job! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy
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6 Carolyn Dube April 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

What great creativity! I love the energy, the colors, and the feathers! Thanks for sharing!

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