I had a wonderful time on Monday in Contemporary Collage class ' desecrating' the copy of 'Dinghy Ownership' I bought last week. After we were shown a variety of examples of artists and altered books I took a sharp intake of breath before starting - it feels rather naughty (or should that be nautical!) deliberately cutting out diagrams, ripping out pages, and painting and drawing on the text.
dissecting plants )
On this page the cutouts show the chapter on water and tides (I highlighted these words)
I started using the cutout shapes as stencils for colouring in the page beneath with ink .
Painting the stubs of the ripped out pages with ink is when I discovered the effects of ink spreading to other pages along the spine. This led to dripping ink deliberately all along the edges of the book when closed. Very satisfying!
I painted both sides of the ripped out pages using a variety of techniques including acrylic both wet and dry brush; neolcolour crayons; pastels and wax candle resists with inks
I can't decide whether to put them back into the book ( above) or use them for something else ( I was thinking again of the structure of 3d weather chart from Contemporary Drawing Sketchbook course)
Some pages I painted lightly with white gesso to partly obscure the text and these I think I will reinsert in the book - I like the contrast of the white with the cream of the paper.
And the what to do with the excised diagrams and shapes - put them back in the book, use them for another project or stick them in my 'scrap book'?
I had to leave early to catch my train so didn't see much of what others had done but there was some amazingly diverse work going on ( many were using books with coloured illustrations and photos). I half wish I'd been a bit more adventurous but I'm increasingly finding that I get more out of using a limited palette and range of techniques but pushing how far I can go within those boundaries