The Odyssey is a nod to the journey that every artist takes as he/she creates a new piece.
This started with a handmade book that I made several years ago and that was just sitting on a shelf, perhaps waiting for its turn to be embellished.
Part of my journey this past year has been my new role on the blog team at Spellbinders and I wanted that reflected in this book. Using a die from their A2 Curved Matting Basics B set and decorative paper, I cut out a shape just smaller than my book cover.
Loving texture as I do, I used the letter side of Spellbinders Numbers and Letters M-Bossabilities Folder to deeply emboss the paper.
I next rubbed the surface of the paper with metallic gold pigment ink to add more contrast and to make the depth of the embossed letters stand out.
I tore some found paper and adhered it to the embossed letters.
My art is rarely without metal and I dug through my stash, first to add this piece that I got in Vancouver over 10 years ago...
...and then to add three small pieces of stacked metal for more dimension.
For added interest and texture I then added to the edges of the paper some frayed fabric...
....some inked vintage paper...
...and finally a bit of (very) rusty, found metal.
I headed back to my Spellbinders collection and cut a piece of hand painted paper using a die from their A2 Distressed Edges set. I added some ink for dimension and adhered some ancient text from a very old book that I got at a flea market in NYC.
One last element from Spellbinders. I used the same hand painted paper and a die from their Creative Page Tabs set to create a tab, to which I added some ink and a rub on.
And then I went to mixed media heaven, adding found rusty metal objects, a vintage key, altered paper, and other embellishments. I continued until I felt my journey was complete. My souvenir from my travels in art was The Odyssey...
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Other: handmade book, paper, metal embellishments metal snips, fabric bits, ink, adhesive