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As well as messing about with old jewellery, I’ve also been putting the finishing touches to my altered York Minster book. I didn’t have any real aim apart from to play with the pages and images and see what happened.

The cover simply had a quatrefoil border in embossing paste added.

Altered York Minster book 1

Experiments with transfer medium on a colour photocopy with added background in watersoluble oil pastel. I love this image taken pointing up at the sky.

Altered York Minster book 2

Stones from a scrap of marbled paper and medieval tiles.

Altered York Minster book 3

Close up of the tiles. The page has been given a rough coat of gesso followed by a rough coat of brown oil pastel. The ’tiles’ are made from a papier mache medium pressed into a silicon mould, painted and dry brushed and then mounted on little squares of card.

Altered York Minster book 4

 

More tile patterns  and fantasy mason’s marks, made by putting letter stickers together. There are always a few x, v, z, j etc kicking around on the end of a sheet and it was fun to see what patterns I could make from them.

Altered York Minster book 5

Dragon boss in flames and medieval dioceses. My first attempt at stitching through ready pierced paper.

Altered York Minster book 6

Part of the rose window with oil pastels behind and layering two transfers of a painted roof boss.

Altered York Minster book 7

More mason’s marks. real ones this time, scratched into a heavy layer of gesso on one side of the spread and drawn onto a thinner layer with some assorted facts on the facing page.

Altered York Minster book 8

More experiments with transfer medium and photocopies. The great seal of York Minster (reversed!) on the left. You can also see the slubby thread I used to stitch it back together, the very old original staples having rusted away.

Altered York Minster book 9

My found poem pages. The rest of the text is obscured by layers of gesso and iridescent watercolours and the words are joined with rub down transfers of gold dotted lines. The pages are interleaved with wrapping acetate from a posh shop!

Altered York Minster book 10

More experiments with transfer medium, this time onto clear acetate sheet, using patterns from the Five Sisters window which is referenced in the original text. The images on the right are mounted above a paper copy of the pattern using spacers.

Altered York Minster book 11

A transfer medium green man with oil pastels and embossing paste foliage on the left. On the right, two left-over images from the Five Sisters window have been stuck on the page, the ‘panes’ cut out with a craft knife and painted gauze stuck behind. Painted gesso covered card strips form the masonry around the ‘window’.

Altered York Minster book 12

The gauze ‘stained glass window’ with the light behind it.

Altered York Minster book 13

The back of the gauze with embossing paste patterns and the same stencil used as a rubbing for the ‘cope chest’.

Altered York Minster book 14

The silk brocade contents of the ‘cope chest’.

Altered York Minster book 15

And the ‘richly embroidered jewelled copes’ page using a pricking tool for the embroidery and Stewart Gill paints and glitter medium for extra sparkle!

Altered York Minster book 16

A rose and text fragment with stick-on edging.

Altered York Minster book 17

The final page – the Minster and the Roman fort.

Altered York Minster book 18

And the back cover – assorted stars, gesso and paint with the pamphlet stitch re-stitched spine.

Altered York Minster book 19

It’s been fun.

But still in my heart of hearts, I can hear the scandalised whisper of my conscience,

“You drew in a book…”

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We have a local garden centre which after lengthy negotiations has finally sold out to big business and will shortly be demolished to add more huge superstores to our local out of town shopping area. They have a large craft department and when I drove past a few weeks ago to see a banner with the magic words ‘75% off all stock’ I couldn’t resist!

By the time I got through the doors, everything was very, very well picked over, but the girls and I went methodically digging like hardened boot sale veterans, going for all sorts of weird and wonderful things that we wouldn’t normally have bought, but which at a quarter of the price on the label were a snip.

At the checkout, the till rang up almost £300, which was a nasty moment until the final buttons were pressed and our huge hoard came in at a mere £70 odd. In fact, the girls and I got so excited about our treasures, including: gel mediums, beads, findings, journaling tags, inks, water colour pencils, lino, stencils, embossing medium, card, paper, stickers, fabric dyes, buttons etc. etc that we went back the next day too! They were moving out some of the shop fittings and I discovered that all sorts of things had fallen under and behind them – packs of acrylic paints, canvases, pens and pencils, even a whole box of watercolour pads. We stocked up big time!! In fact, another £80+ big time. I do love bargains and even more when it gives me the opportunity to experiment with things I wouldn’t normally buy.

Time to play and turn a 1927 York Minster Pilgrim’s Book I bought in a second hand book shop into an altered book with some of my new goodies.

Altered book, embossed cover 1

First, embossing paste through a brass medieval style stencil I already had.

Altered book, embossed cover 2

Then I used a leafy stencil on some off-cuts of card…

Green man 1

…which made me think of leafy Green Man heads, so I googled a picture of one of the York Green Men, printed it out and used a gel transfer medium to transfer the image onto the page.

Green man 2

I like the slightly distressed fragmented look. I used the embossed leaf sections to frame the page, gave it a wash of green water-based oil pastels and then enhanced the Green Man With ink pens and shimmer watercolour in copper.

Green man 3

Something very different and so much fun. My middle one is altering a book too and we’ve agreed to put aside an hour on a Friday after school to work on our creations and share ideas and supplies. Looking forward to some hopefully ring-fenced creative time.

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