Isn't it exciting when you have a go at something that is new to you? I have been looking at Altered Books for a while now and when the lovely ~Elizabeth~ started a free online course I was diving into my book shelves to find a suitable book! A hard back book on Mary Tudor seemed suitable as my AB is to be about my Mother and there is one thing they definitely have in common....stubborness haha. Her instructions are very detailed with lots of pictures, which are good for me :-D The lessons are well spread out over several weeks and if you are looking for them on her blog they are listed down the right hand side. After finding the right book & tearing out the pages (which I found very hard to start with as I am a real bookie!) Elizabeth gave us instructions on creating a niche. Here is my nearly completed niche page...
Although you can't really tell, my niche is about 1cm deep and houses some of my Mums old jewellery...her favourite earings from when I was growing up etc. The background is just tissue paper with a cut out paper napkin over it. The photo is oneof my favourites of my Mum, she looks very glamorous :-D Hard to believe I am not quite 3 in this photo!!!! The next pic is of my 1st page. Elizabeth asked us to use gesso, which I have for the background (mixed with a little blue acrylic).
My Mum is the little girl with the white pinny on. I have tried to keep this page more austere as it was 1939 and times were very hard on the farm, especially with all those brothers & sisters!!!!! Can you believe they were allocated 4 evacuees???? I quickly drew & painted their farmhouse, though I haven't done it justice at all! The mini posters are from Google and the large chickens are paper napkins. Oh and Elizabeth asked for a tag too.
Thank you for taking a look today & I hope I have done justice to your instructions Elizabeth, HUGS xxx