Because I was working on this altered book project with a group of eight and nine year old students I decided to use simpler (and less messy) materials; Elmer's extra-strength glue sticks instead of gel media and sharpies & watercolours instead of acrylic paint and I'm really happy with the finished results. Though the only prerequisite was to make this book the 'story of you' and I chose to work without a plan, I'm pleased with it. I was surprised that none of the children chose this Elmo board book because it has flaps and was quite happy to be able to use it myself. One day we gesso'd each page placing a sheet of wax paper gently between each, another day we created photo transfers (see below) and the third session we began cutting and gluing and adding our own special touches.
gesso, wax paper, glue sticks, magazines, ribbons & yarn, coloured markers, pencil crayons, crayons, watercolours, rubber stamps & ink, found items (ie. drawings, photos, charms), watercolour and scrapbooking paper, hole punch, circle and tag punch
Using clear contact paper for lining cupboards (available at Walmart & some dollar stores), select a magazine image or photocopy and adhere the sticky side of the contact paper to the front of your image (the image you want to keep) and rub on well (I use a bone folder but a plastic card will do nicely). Soak in hot water for 5-10 minutes and, using your finger, rub the image off the contact paper. The more you remove, the more transparent and vintage the image will be. Now cut and paste into your project.
It was such a pleasure to work with the kids and see how excited they were as they worked on their books. It always amazes me when I work with children...just show them a sample, give them supplies and let them go. I finished up my project this week and think I'll pick up some mod podge spray to protect the pages as my books go through many sets of hands as both samples and as pieces of artwork.