02 September 2011

A Boatload of Little Books and a Couple of Dotees

Blogger went and changed things up on me.....let's see how this all works out!

There is an ART-A-THON going on over at AFA (link's up there on the upper left) this weekend. It started yesterday and will run through Monday at midnight. 
For Thursday, into Friday I made little books. Lots of little books!

The first 5 are all the same (pretty much) with the exception of the particular stamp plastered on the front covers. I didn't even know this series of US stamps existed until someone sent me all five of these along with a boatload of other cancelled stamps as RAK a few weeks ago. They worked nicely for these little books.
The materials used are all game boards for the covers and watercolor paper for the pages.
This one is a game board from the game Carmen San Diego.

This one is a Scrabble board.
They all have 9 pages of watercolor paper.

This one is a Scrabble board.
This is the only one with a 'fancy' tie.

I'm uncertain the name of the game this one came from.

Another Carmen San Diego gameboard cover.
They are all sewn in the coptic stitch with gray crochet cotton. I got lazy (cause I'd been up all night) and only made one of the ties 'fancy'.  The ties are needed cause these books will not stay shut on their own.

I forget what the covers for this one and the next two are made from....gameboards of some sort. The text is song lyrics I typed into my word processor on the smallest size font it offers (excellent typing practice and I got my fix of music for the day as well!) and then printed out on copy paper and glued to the gameboards. This one has watercolor paper for pages.
This one has two polymer clay beads tied to the end of its ties. 
The inchie on the front cover was done back in 2009.

Pretty much the same story as the last one. The beads are stone, the inchie was done in 2010. This one has brown kraft paper pages.

Again, pretty much the same story with the exception of the thread used in binding the book. This one is sewn with regular sewing thread.  It also has brown kraft paper pages. The inchie was done in 2009.
All of these previous little books are 2 x 1.5 inches.
The three with text covers were only sewn together in the ATART. They'd been laying on my desk for months!
I started from scratch with the others.

Green Collage Writing Journal
This one is 4.5x6 inches. It has been laying on my desk even longer than the little journals had been laying here! The covers are chipboard from food packaging (or similar-been so long since I did the covers, I don't rightly remember just what I did make them out of...chipboard from something though.) I collaged the covers, inside and out, with magazine clippings all in tones of green. Then I painted over that with some green glitter paint to give it some shine, bit of character and to seal it all.  It's sewn with green crochet cotton and has 5 signatures of 6 pages each of different colored writing paper.

Strawberry Cupcake Watercolor Journal
This one has pretty much the same story as those from the beginning of the post. It has glass beads tied on its ties. The inchie was done earlier this year. It is only 2x1.5 inches and has 9 pages of watercolor paper. Sewn with gray crochet cotton. Covers started out as a checker board.

Crochet cotton makes good thread for little books.

Green and Yellow 
I drew the corner pieces for the cover a couple weeks ago. (Had no idea what I would do with them at the time.) They too have been laying on my desk taking up space! I cut the paper and covers for this book early early this morning. It has 9 pages of watercolor paper, sewn in the coptic stitch with gray crochet cotton. The covers are from the Carmen San Diego game board. (I think I've used up that entire board with this book.) The button is sewn to the cover and another sheet of watercolor paper is glued to the inside front cover to hide the knot that holds the button secure. The game board graphics show on the inside of the back cover. The tie is a length of green crochet cotton braided. This one is 2.5x3.5 inches. I traded this one and  have 2 more to make as I've traded them as well. You'll get to see them when they get made.

The Dino Paper Bag Book
The covers are two chunky pages I did eons ago! The pages are made from brown paper bags. They're a bit larger than 4x4 inches but they seem to work. I don't remember how I sewed this one together. Have only made one book this way....It's sewn in the coptic stitch, I just can't figure out how exactly I did it! This one has three paper bags as it's pages. I've embellished most of the pages with magazine clippings, some straw netting material, a little of this, a little of that....there's a little hand sewn blank pamphlet in one of the pockets. The pockets are formed from the paper bags. It's a cool little book that needs a whole lot more TLC to bring it to it's potential! I think I'll offer it up for trade. It quit talking to me!

I've a whole bag full of dotee bodies just waiting to become dotees. There will be more dotees in the next post! There must be a good 15 bodies just waiting patiently!
I worked on a couple in the last few days:

Button Beret Dotee
S/he's got a fabric covered button for a beret on top of his felt body, little rubber doodads for eyes, blue aluminum chain for danglies and a danglie hanging off his belly just to make him look sassy. That danglie was  part of a pc of costume jewelry. He's about 4 inches, not including his chains.

Red Wild Child Dotee
I love that red fuzzy fabric! It used to be a sweater! Her hair is yellow vintage hem lace, her eyes are two wooden beads. She's a lampwork bead on her tummy and her danglies are unraveled braided silk cordage. She's about 4 inches not counting her hair or her danglies.

The weekend hasn't even started so there is a good chance another post will be forthcoming quite soon!
Tomorrow I am going to be kidnapped and taken hostage for the day to attend a family reunion down in Hutch. I am not looking forward to said reunion. Not because I don't want to see these people, but because I know my old body is not going to cooperate and I get a bit antsy when my bed isn't within sight! Hutch is three hours from my bed! Wish me luck!
This is my plan for the afternoon!
Not sleeping by the toilet, but definitely sleeping! 
I really don't know how that fool Fred dog can sleep right there! You can't see it, but there's a litter box where you THINK his head is! He sleeps quite soundly in this spot though....saws lots and lots of logs right there in that spot!
I'll be sawing logs in my own bed, thank you!

You all remember to smile! Give a few hugs today too!
Be good to one another!
It matters!
Peace, my friends!

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