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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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This has been ticking away slowly and quietly in the madness of early January.

I printed out some colour pictures to transfer – this one is a restored boss with a dragon spouting flame – and found a diagram of English medieval dioceses which I coloured in with water colours.

Fire and diocese 1

York Minster was badly damaged by a fire started by lightning several years ago, so I added scraps of textured hand made paper to the bottom of the page and turned them into flames licking the boss.

Fire and diocese 2

I also found a great photo taken looking up through the Minster so it framed a section of the sky and transferred that. I’m getting the hang of the transfer process now –  three layers of gel medium will keep the image stable while you’re removing the paper backing. Sky added with water soluble oil pastels

Minster transfer

I wanted to create a found poem from random words on a double page, so I circled some that appealed to me and then roughly blocked out the rest of the page with gesso.

Found poem spread 1

I covered the gesso with shimmering watercolours in lilacs and blues borrowed from my middle one. (More of the amazing art bargains we got back in October), added a moon and stars card topper thing that I’d had for ages and divided the pages with a piece of printed acetate which was wrapping around a gift from a very posh shop.

Found poem spread 2

Found poem spread 3

Found poem spread 3

Just a bit of finishing to do here,  making the words link more clearly and thinking about what my subconscious was doing with the words I chose.

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I’m still making time to play with my altered book. This time with mason’s marks, researched from the internet.

Mason's marks 1

Scratched into a thick layer of gesso, painted and highlighted.

Mason's marks 2

Then I found the remains of a page of stick on letters – v, j, z etc. Nothing useful for using to make words, but great for making fantasy mason’s marks!

Mason's marks 3

Overlaid with a piece of decorative cellophane.

Mason's marks 4

The addition of ink pen and wash.

Mason's marks 5

Creativity may only be a taking place in small amount of time at the moment, but it’s keeping things ticking over – I hope.

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I’ve mentioned before about how I love the herringbone effect Cornish slate walls. These are in Tintagel, bordering one of the car parks.

Slate wall, Tintagel 1

Great pattern and texture and something I wanted to explore again.

Slate wall, Tintagel 2

 

The day I took this picture, my husband walked from Boscastle to Tintagel to meet us and also photographed a similar wall on the coastal path, his one thick with leafy blue-grey lichen which gave me the the final image for my next journal piece.

Cornish slate wall 1

I decided to create the texture of the wall by using gesso on calico, dabbed on in three or four layers, building up the depth of the stones.  This was then coloured with watercolours which ran nicely into the cracks and crevices and gave it light and shade.

Cornish slate wall 2

Emboldened by the success of the stone effect, I decided to add a background, painting directly onto the calico with the watercolours.

Cornish slate wall 3

Variegated green thread in random straight stitches for the vegetation at the base of the wall…

Cornish slate wall 4

And short strands of blue-grey slubby thread, un-plyed (if you get what I mean) and couched down in little bows to mimic the lichen. It was interesting, stitching through the gesso-slathered calico!

Cornish slate wall 5

 

Stuck into place in the journal.

Cornish slate wall 6

This was so far out of what I normally do with the mixed media of gesso, paint and stitch, but I really love it – it all just worked exactly as I’d envisioned it.

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