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Altered Book Page “Under the Sea” — Plucking Daisies Find us on Google+

Altered Book Page “Under the Sea”

by Amy Bowerman

After a weeks worth of YouTube videos, checking back on lessons from Creative Chemistry 101, and of course working through Compendium of Curiosities 2 at Studio L3 I have completed the first page in my Altered Book project.  I’ve never altered a book before but man am I in LOVE with this art form!  i Love being able to mix techniques and materials into one piece of art.  When I’m done with it I’ll have a whole book to flip through.  I’m going to be writing a story to go along with it all I need to do is add the text.  For now here is what I came up with this week…

Altered Book Page

The Creation

Ever since I started Plucking Daisies nearly a year ago I have looked to Studio L3 for inspiration for my projects.  With Linda Ledbetter’s leading and Tim Holtz teaching I have created more art in the past year than I have ever created in my lifetime!  Many of the elements in this layout are leftovers from past Studio L3 challenges and Tim Holtz techniques.  For this weeks challenge at Studio L3 I created a custom stamp from Tim’s Scallop Border die to make sea-foam.  I used the punched border and black acrylic to frame the corners of the pages beneath the sea-foam. You can find instructions for this technique in Tim’s new book Compendium of Curiosities 2…He will even sign it for you :)

Altered Book Page Mermaid

Jolee as a Mermaid

Our challenge at TOFF is Fashion this week.  I find fins to be highly fashionable.  Especially when paired with stripes.  Here I have mounted mermaid fins found in my book collection on Jolee from the Octopode Factory.  She floats in an ocean composed of torn book pages and Stampers Anonymous stamps stamped on vintage lined papers.

altered book page bubbles

Tiny Bubbles…

Here the Octopode Factory Mermaid is wielding a Magical winged pen where she has drawn smaller Octopodes and encased them in bubbles.  The Bubbles are Alcohol inked packaging plastic pressed together with Glossy Accents.

The rest of the story…

Be sure and stop by TOFF to show off your fashionable creations!


Compendium of Curiosities Challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.  I will also be playing along with “Art Journal Every Day” from the ever inspiring Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

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1 Robin May 1, 2012 at 11:47 am

Hi There..your page looks fabulous…so colorful and full of life..I looove it..I need to get back into my journal..just havent had too much time…beautiful inspiring blog you have here..!
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2 Linda K April 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’m here from your link on Julie’s blog. What a wonderfully creative spread!! I can see you have found your passion and are going for it-good for you!


3 Amy Bowerman April 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thanks Linda! I am definitely going for it! I’m so happy to have discovered Art Journaling what a wonderful means of creative expression it is! Julie has been such an inspiration! :)


4 Linda Ledbetter April 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Amy, I’m head over heels in love with this page spread!!! It’s beautiful and funky and fun and so artistic– brilliant! What a great way to incorporate the challenge technique. I’m so happy you’re participating in the new CC2C– you’re such an inspiration. Thank you!!!


5 Amy Bowerman April 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

Thank-You Linda! Your comment made my day! You have inspired me more than you know through Studio L3…I have been looking to you and Tim for inspiration since I began my creative journey a year ago. Thank you thank you THANK YOU for all that you do to keep us all inspired to create!


6 alice April 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

this is beautiful! i love the underwater colors and the mermaid is adorable! i’ll have to come back to your blog and follow your journey!


7 Amy Bowerman April 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

I would love it if you joined me Alice…it should be a fun adventure :)


8 Victoria Sturdevant April 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Your book is off to a wonderful start!
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