Having been inspired by Hilary’s lovely altered books at the stitch retreat, one about her trip to Harrogate, and one altering a plant book, with lots of lovely images, I decided to have a go at it myself.
Last time I tried, I was using cheap gesso and acrylic paint, as that was all I had, and every time I closed the pages, they stuck to themselves and ripped, very frustrating.
This time I have nice gesso (Pebeo, £4 for a 250ml tube) and just generally know a lot more about paint and what I like.
Last time I shared my gelato’d backgrounds. Last Friday I set to making a collage, a little street of houses:
“All at once am I several stories high…” It’s a tiny little book, only about 3″ square, so I expanded the page with tip ins.
I also played with my new Caran D’Ache Pablo pencils, they are lovely for detailed shading: