Transylvania Vintage-Gothic Style Handcrafted (Altered) Book

Who can resist a great looking book, went “Dracula” style with this one!  I love Halloween and finding fun, unique, one of a kind décor! And sometimes that’s hard to find, so I was inspired to start making my own. Each altered book is a “one of a kind”. I love making these and I take a lot of pride in preparing all the bits and pieces carefully with quality materials.

Altered Book

Altered Book

This book is stained and painted with various acrylics and Tim Holtz Distress stains and paints and then covered with grungeboard which has been prepped with distress inks/stains and then various papers are embellishments are applied including a wax seal for that old world feel. I’ve added a brass hardware hinge and other jewelry (chain, key, cross) The book is sealed shut (not intended to be opened) includes 5 pull out handmade cards.

Handmade Tags

Handmade Tags

The are decorated as well on the back – all of the cards are handmade as well. The tag can be pulled directly out of the book and used as a bookmark for your own favorite book! The books I used are all old books and I’ve given them a re-purpose (aka upcycling). Makes for a great conversational piece and will look great on a mantel above a fireplace or on a bookshelf or in a haunted house!  This is my kind of “old-world” realistic décor!

Back/side of book

Back/side of book

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You might get what you ask for!

Hey, boom baby, cool baby, you might get what you asked for.  What?  What.  Seriously, I love listening to Talking Heads and I think David Byrne is Genius and my eye is twitching right now, but that’s ok….I’m going to make this short.  So I had ruby red slippers for a few years now and why in the world I didn’t use them to start art journaling several years ago is beyond me when I always had “scrap” books as a kid even making these mini books with “signature” type pages when I thought Siouxsie and the Banshees was the greatest and most bizarre gig on earth and dyed my hair black and played endlessly with eyeliner and shopped at Contempo Casuals to find the best punk outfit I could, oh wait, back to the point…. I’m really talking about art journaling here, so I recently re-discovered “scrapping” as art journaling/visual journaling and I know I’m going to be obsessed with it now and ya music is a big part!  

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Music has always been a big part.  Art is Life/Music is Life!  But,  what about the line, “you might get what you asked for…”  You have to ask to find out things, I’ve been learning to ask, thus I’m finding out things.  If you want to know where to begin with Art Journaling ask away?  I’ll answer, I’m not an expert, but I’ve created a thing or two (about every week of my life!)

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#artjournaling #music #talkingheads