One blue flower

And in that place it was
one blue flower
where he thought there were only
the freesias and the gardenias...
This is my first "altered book" and my first hidden poem. Some years ago I come across altered book techniques and I was completely appealed by the idea to make my own someday. This page belongs to a book in spanish but I tried to make the translation as best as I could.
Here is the page attached to a piece of craft cardstock before I added the embellishments and image for you to see. I started with selecting the words of my poem and draw a line around each of them with a black pen before painting the page with acrylic paints. After everything was dry I cut the page with the shape I wanted and connected the words in the correct order to make the poem. Then I mat it with a deep blue magazine page (a car advertisement), cut a strip of the same paper, punch it and glued to the page. I stitched some glass beads and attached the whole page to the cardstock.
The image is Arianna from Michelle Perkett (her Etsy shop here) colored with colored pencils that I added dots of orange acrylic paint to her hair before cutting it and place it with foam tape. I love to color this image, it´s gorgeous! one of my favorites...
I made another ribbon rose, but this time following this video tutorial, it took me three tries to get it right but now I think I got the technique. I wanted to add some pins but I didn´t have any with matching colors, so I took two and painted glue on their pearled heads and rolled them gently on glitter, tapped the excess and let it dry, and I finished the whole rose by stitching some glass beads on its center too.
I wanted this project to be hung on the wall so I strung some raffia and made a bow on the top. My project is not literally an altered book but it´s an altered page of a book (close?), even though I like how it turned out.
I´m joining the following challenges:
Scrap the Art: art noveau
One stitch at a the time: lace, ribbon and bows
The creative cottage: no cards allowed
Woopsy Daisy: vibrant colors

23 comments:

Catherine said...

What a superb piece of craft ! I love the idea of choosing the different words of your poeme on the book page ! I adore the arty look and your flower is the perfect finishing touch ! It's gorgeous ! Smiles from Catherine

michele hileman said...

That is absolutely awesome. I love it. very creative. Thank you for joining us this week at OSAAT

Love crafts forever said...

Beautiful card, and awesome flower.
Thanks for joining us at OSAAT.
Hugs, Nataliya.

Liz said...

Wonderful Great image and striking layout Thank you for playing with OSAAT this week Are you aware that word vertification is turned on

Liz x

Raven Baca said...

What a great altered book I just love it! Fantastic! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap The Art
Hugs,
Raven

Ellis said...

Such a beautiful altered book! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Josephine said...

That's absolutely gorgeous!

Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week.

Brenda Brown said...

This is a beautiful project Ileana and so creative. Your ribbon rose is amazing so I had to go and check out the tutorial - I will definitely have a go at that.
Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at OSAAT this week.
Luv Brenda xoxox

Stephanie said...

Beautiful wall hanging. I love your embellishments. Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time.

pinky said...

Stunning creation! Thanks for joining us at WhoopsiDaisy this month.
Pinky

Lynne Armstrong said...

Your sister is going to love this Ileana! It's gorgeous...and so creative. Ariana is beautiful...love how you coloured her :)
Hugs :)

Michelle said...

Oh, Ileana! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!! This is so gorgeous!! I love the poem and how you connected all the words, and I love your rose with the pins!! And of course your lovely coloring of Arianna!! she is lovely!! Your sister is going to love this, Ileana!!:)

Dawn said...

Very clever & well thought out, beautiful, thnaks for joining us at OSAAT this week

Becky said...

Wow!! This is so stunning!!
A great take on the 'No Cards Allowed' Challenge!!
Thanks so much for joining us at The Creative Cotatge!!
Love Becky xx

Tracy said...

this is stunning, i love the poem and the gorgeous image. fabulous work. Thanks for joining in with this weeks Creative Cottage Challenge, Tracy x

Hanna said...

This is lovely! Thanks for joining us att OSAAT this week!
Hugs /Hanna

grandmalee said...

What an absolutely stunning project!!! Whenever I get in a rut, all I have to do is come check out your blog and it always sparks my creativity again! You always have such wonderful projects that are so different from those I see most days! Thanks again for lighting the spark under me Ileana!

Teri said...

Gorgeous hun! Loving that rose, fab!
Thanks for playing along at The Creative Cottage this time.
Hugs,
Teri x

Chocolate Orange said...

Such a beautiful creation !
Thankyou for joining us at OSAAT this week. Good Luck !

Choccy xx

Karen Wilson said...

Wow, this is really neat! Well done!

Marilyn Webb said...

Hi Ileana
Wow, some beautiful projects. You have been busy. What a gorgeous present for your sister, I am sure she will love it. Your bag for the MP challenge is gorgeous. I love the white on white, so glamourous.
hugs
Marilyn

Tammy said...

WOW Ileana this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the style and colors! Your ribbon rose is beautiful!!
Hugs, Tammy

Antje said...

Oh MY GOD!! You completly got me here!! I LOVE muffins!! this receipt will be safed and tested asap! THanks so much!!