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    Altered Book: orange.peach rev 3.1

    "Life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose or draw.
    The game is in progress whether we want it to be or not.
    So go ahead... argue with the refs, change the rules,
    cheat a little, take a break and tend to your wounds.
    But play. Play. Play hard, play fast...
    play loose and free. Play as if there's no tomorrow.
    OK, so it's not whether you win or lose,
    it's how you play the game... right?"
    ~ Meredith Grey, Grey's Anatomy


    Time to revisit the Tekenfilm altered children's book. There are still a bunch of unfinished pages even after a solid month of work during NaNoJouMo in November.

    The page started as a rough pink acrylic background. I grabbed a painted coffee filter, glued it to the page w/Mod Podge and added lines with white gesso. Thinking about the mosaic of circles, I cut images, text, maps & paint chips with a circle punch and Mod Podged them to the filter/background. Punches are tools used in scrapbooking & collage. They are tremendously useful. I have several sizes of circles and squares. The EK Success Paper Shaper circle cutter (1 1/4" diameter) was used to cut the circles.

    After edging the little circles with neocolors and doodling with Sharpie poster paints, I decided to journal using a list because I couldn't think of anything to write. So using a brush tipped black pitt pen, I listed some of the books I would LIKE to read this year, in theory.

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    This is so cool....I love circles and bright colors and books so you've got them all here in one piece. Your painted coffee filters is something I want to try, too. Maybe later today.

    01.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

    From humble beginnings - coffee filters and paint chips!!! Awesome!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

    Tammy, I always wish i could click on the image and see up close cuz I want to see your list of books you want to read! I get the best suggestions from word of mouth (well more like word of blog here- hee hee). This is a really neat page, love all the different elements.

    01.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

    * Janet, I look forward to seeing your coffee filters in full color!

    * Terri, that's why I love art journaling, there are no constraints.

    * Eden, I'm finishing up a post which includes a list of books I would like to read - you read my mind.

    ~ Tammy

    01.9.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

    Marvelous! I have to go dig out my circle punch now, I love the look of these!

    01.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBetsi Goutal

    As always you inspire me with your creativity! I love the idea of using lists, makes me want to get my journal out and paint!

    01.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterChaotic Beauty

    I love following all your steps - makes it look possible ;-) The final page is wonderful - the doodling round the punched circles really beds them into the page.

    01.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

    What a joyful book list! Love it. But I am actually writing in for help- Do you have an Q and A section? I need some artistic guidance. I want to find out what is the best paint to buy to use for doing art on shoes. Andrea

    01.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMissing Piece

    * Betsi, Nice to meet you! Looking fwd to seeing the results of your circular creativity.

    *Chaotic Beauty, Lists are the easiest journaling starter for me, I think there might be an addiction there somewhere.

    * Sam, I do like the messy look of edging the circles, and YES of course you can do this!

    * Missing Piece, Thank you for popping in! I don't have a Q&A per se, but if you click on the "Favorite Posts" link on the top menu, you will find links to "Art Journaling 101" and "Top Picks" for art materials. However, I don't know what paint would be used for shoes. I would suggest googling the material and acrylic paint (i.e. acrylic paint for leather) and maybe you'll have luck. Another idea would be to go to Flickr and search on "painted shoes" and find someone who has painted shoes and maybe they were kind enough to mention the type of paint! Whew. Good luck!

    ~ Tammy

    01.9.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

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