Today I thought I'd share my progress on the current altered book I've been working on. It's been fun working with a variety of media - tissue, anaglypta wallpaper, yarn, cheese cloth, and of course gesso, paint and lots of gel media. The title is INSPIRATION and is based on quotes that inspire me. Sometimes the work has inspired the quote and others it's been the opposite way around.
Because I tend to work on altered projects either early in the morning or late in the evening I had an unfortunate small anxiety attack when I realized I had run out of gesso BUT, thankfully, I found my old college recipe which I mixed up right away:
4 parts plaster of paris
4 parts Elmer's glue
2 parts liquitex paint
2 parts warm water
I put this all in a jar and mix it up well...if I want coloured gesso I just use a coloured latex paint.
I'm really glad I've decided to place all of my favorite quotes in one place, and to have it filled with artwork as I know it will be well-read. I'm looking forward to adding the final touches of ribbons and thread once I've completed the work (I think I have about 6 more pages to complete). By the way, for the dark drawings and writing I used extra fine and chisel tipped Sharpees, and for the white I used a chisel tipped Liquitex paint marker and Uni-ball Signo broad pen.