Sunday, 25 January 2015

Altered Book page

Hello everyone, thanks for dropping by and for all your lovely comments on my recent Tim makes.

Today I have something totally different to share with you. I finally found the time to do an other page in my altered book:
I am using this book to keep old photographs of various relatives, both of my husband and myself. This page is dedicated to my grandparents on my fathers side.

Unfortunately I never got to know them very well. They were German jews who immigrated to the United States in 1939, they got away from Nazi Germany on one of the very last ships.

By the time I was born, my grandpa had died already and I only met my grandma twice....

Anyway, here are a few closer looks at the pages:
Background created in the usual way with Gesso, various texture pastes and different layers of fabric and lace strips. Added colours with various sprays then some background stamping, plus some collaged and stamped tags and tickets etc.

On this page I added texture paste and while still wet embossing powder and some glitter which was then dried and melted with a heat gun. Below some further close ups:


The metal clock face was first painted with Gesso, then coloured with some Luminarte Silks, a few bits of embossing powder and glitter were melted into it and then it was highlighted with Treasure Gold, as were some of the other embellishments.

I am going to enter this into the following challenges:
Finnabair Sparkle and Shine bloghop and challenge
Paper Artsy Shiny Stuff lots of shiny embossing powder and glitter plus treasure gold.
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge use something new to you. I have never used embossing powders and glitter into wet texture paste, so that was new to me.

60 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful pages! Hugs, Valerie

Maryann Laursen said...

Absolut gorgeous pages here again Astrid, and what an awesome way to preserve these memories of the past for the future generations to enjoy too.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Beautifully created pages Astrid. I'm seeing embossing powders on paste everywhere at the moment, must give it a try! I love the colour scheme you have used too. Xx

Corrie Herriman said...

Beautiful and what a great way to treasure your family photo's.
Corrie x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Two stunning pages Astrid, so many wonderful textures and layers and of course a super colour combination. And what fabulous photographs too. I love that we keep the memories of our past generations alive in pages like this. Keep playing! Jennie x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Love this, Astrid. As always, fantastic colors and wonderful texture. I especially like that you added some fiber elements. Absolutely amazing work!

Hugs,
Linda

Anneke said...

This is such a wonderful book you are making.
I love every detail. I'ts so special. I an sure your famely
will be so happy haveing this special album with pictures.
Thanks for sharing Astrid. Love Anneke.

Jane said...

What a beautiful way to preserve your grandparents memories Astird. I always love the layers you create and the gold embossing you used here is fab x

Tamara said...

beautiful as always and I really like the gold texturing.. Thank you so much for sharing your talents and techniques..
Have a wonderful Sunday..
Tamara

Sue said...

Hello Astrid,
This is a fabulous. I am loving the texture first of all, then the elements that are blended in so wonderfully create a design that is very pleasing to the eye. What a special page.
Smiles:)
Sue

Donna B. said...

The altered book pages are stunning! I love the variety of items and techniques you used and I'm glad you tried something new. Thanks so much for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Lynn Price said...

Beautiful work, and wonderful project that your children and grandchildren will love! Nice take on techniques..... will have to try the additions to texture paste - love your results! xx Lynn

Dagmar said...

Du hast deinen Großeltern wirklich würdige und super schön gestaltete Seiten geschaffen. Alles ist wieder so harmonisch abgestimmt- eine tolle Arbeit! Liebe Grüße, Dagmar

Debi said...

another stunner project! Debi xx

Tone M. said...

Beautiful pages <3

Nikki Acton said...

Fabulous layouts and textures. Adore the colour balance you have achieved too. Nikki x

Redanne said...

Such a lovely way to record family members Astrid, your pages are beautiful, so full of texture and beautiful colours - the way you altered that Prima clock is superb. This is sure to be treasured by generations to come. Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous altered pages, love all the texture of the background and the super details.
Yvonne

Ingrid Kristina V said...

So beautiful! The raised embossing looks fab against the gorgeous background. The textiles are such a perfect touch too! Beautiful way of memorising your family! Xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

What an amazing book you are making Astrid!!! Great work of ART I really , really love these pages!!!Your family would be very proud to stand in your memory book!!!

Greetings
Maria

mamablitger said...

Hello Astrid. I'm sorry but I feel I'm repeating myself each time I do comment on your art. But I needed to tell you how much I love these pages. They even tell a story. What a fab way to document old memories.
Your pages are awesome. Love the texture you build up using that many different objects. Fabric, texture paste , metal embellishment etc. And the way you altered even the metal... Oh so amazing, lovely, beautiful !!!!
Thanks a lot for sharing your ART. It's truly inspirational.
Hugs from Monica... Spain

chrissies said...

Really beautiful pages for your beautiful photographs

Love Chrissie

Stamps and Paper said...

This such a fabulous to keep photographs something I would love to try...and of course a beautiful keepsake

Anne

Dorthe said...

I totally love your spread of times gone ,- it is so very beautiful, Astrid. And saving memories like this ,only makes them more beautiful in every way. What a gorgeous family, art piece !!
Hugs, Dorthe

Pamellia Johnson said...

Just gorgeous Astrid! You really did some fabulous techniques with embossing powder and I love the mixed metallics! Such a wonderful page with so much texture and life! hugs :)

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, stunning pages - they are truly beautiful, and I love the fact there's a story behind them - it adds to their beauty. A wonderful way to treasure those precious photographs.

Terry said...

Astrid, these pages are stunning! What a lovely tribute to your grandparents and beautiful way to capture their lovely faces. The texture and colors as always is incredible! Love this!

WendyK said...

Fabulous pages, just love the textures and colours. What a lovely story as well, thank goodness they got out when they did.

Bärbel said...

Die Gestaltung der alten Buchseiten ist wundervoll, ich bin begeistert, liebe Astrid!

rachel said...

these pages are just wonderful Astrid and what a wonderful keepsake your book is - fabulous close ups. I love your story too - amazing memories beautifully kept xx

Anita Houston said...

GORGEOUS!!! Just stunning Astrid!

paperkraftD said...

Beautiful pages!!

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Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

How precious is this Astrid...a great hommage to your grandparents!!!
Stunning pages...
Have a nice day, Alie

pearshapedcrafting said...

You have made these two pages into real treasures! I love the way you have created the textures! Beautiful! Chrisx

Marisa Job said...

Absolutely beautiful!! Great texture, colors and design!! Love it!

JackieP Neal said...

Oh Astrid! This spread brought tears to my eyes- I am not sure if it was because you never were able to meet your Grandfather or their flight, or simply because of the wonderful tribute that you have created for them-So much beauty in this family book and lucky are those who inherit such a treasure some day! xo

Shari Trumbull said...

Astrid--Simply amazing pages!! And an Amazing story about your paternal grandparents. With today being the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, your grandparent's story of escape to America brings tears to my eyes. Just amazing and very special pages indeed!! XOXO-Shari

Sara Barker said...

What amazing pages with so much love and history, too! Love all the texture, layers, metallics, and oh, my! those lovely portraits! What a wonderful altered book you are putting together! A treasure!

Berdien Weideveld said...

Wow, what a beautiful pages ! Great work !
Best regards Berdien

Ana K. said...

Astrid you are amazing and your work is amazing...I always admire your textures and vintage look!

karen barker said...

Beautiful art journal page.

~*~Patty S said...

Dear Astrid ~ Your pages are so rich and beautiful
made all the more special by your lovely grandparents.
They are surely smiling down at your precious tribute to them!
oxo

Ros Crawford said...

What gorgeous pages for your book ... beautifully done ... I only knew 1 of my grandparents - it would have been lovely to have met the others

Lizzy Hill said...

What a wonderful family generational story! And a fabulous idea making a book up with all the family history in it! One of my favest 'techniques' atm is to add embossing powder to anything that's wet. Including paint! It's great when it bubbles up as you heat dry it!!! LOL. FUN! And the gold in here. Oh, yes! That warms my heart atm:):) Thanks for your kind compliment on my blog, too:):) And the Finn blog hop was way fun, too....such inspirational DT over there!!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Oh I do love these pages Astrid and what a wonderful way to preserve family memories!! Once again the colours are beautiful and I love that technique with the embossing powder on the wet texture ... must have a go at that!! Looks fabulous!! Absolutely glorious double page spread!!! ox

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A breathtaking spread.

butterfly said...

Oh pish tush and fiddle - I KNOW I commented here... I mentioned my grandparents and the similar journeys in my family (plus I remember all that Chinese text in the comment above!

Anyway, suffice it to say, I love this - the layered tags, the gilded texture (yes, which I said was like something out of a more gilded lost age), the beautiful personal photographs. Glorious pages.
Alison xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous piece, I love the texture and the co,ours are really eye catching . Love the design too. Love the aged appearance too. Tracy x

thecobweboriumemporium said...

Ohhh Astrid! This is breathtakingly beautiful. I'm sorry that I'm a few posts behind ... I'm still not too well so still trying to keep up with all the posts. But ... I'm so glad that I didn't miss this one. It's fabulous. Well done, you incredible arty thing! You have art running through your veins, I'm positive.
Sending love (as always) ~ Cobs. x

Lynn K said...

Beautiful vintage pages Astrid! Love the old photos you used. The textures are amazing, especially all the embossing! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Melanie said...

This is beautiful. Thanks for joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Helen said...

What a fantastic journal page... such wonderful texture and colours. Off to look for some more now.

strangelycreative said...

I am in total awe of everything you do, I think you are an amazing talent and your work is sublime - i salute you! x

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Oh Astrid, what a touching story, and what a fabulous tribute! I really love how the melted EP's look on the texture paste, and the soft colour combo is so stunning! Perfect!

Rachel said...

absolutely beautiful pages! and how wonderful to use photos of your grandparents. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge! ;) ;)
-Rachel
rwkrafts.com

Maremi's Small Art said...

Spectacular journal pages ! I am in total love ! Thank you so much for sharing your art work with us. Thank you for taking part in Finnabair 'Sparkle & Shine' challenge. Best of luck. Hugs, Marta xx

massofhair said...

FANTASTIC pages Astrid, i have missed too much of your wonderful work and am sorry for my late comments. These pages are especially moving i am so glad you shared them with us :-) xxx

KOLOROWY ptak said...

Beautiful and unique! I love it!

Riikka Kovasin said...

Beautiful! Great use of different mediums! Thank you for joining the Finnabair "Sparkle and Shine" challenge!

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