|Finished front of altered diary, covered with painted deli paper|
|Finished back of altered diary|
As she was about to toss them in the fire, the "art light bulb" went off in my head--they would make great little altered books! I had been meaning to try making one, and had read about the process, so I rescued them from a flaming end.
|Diary with painted and handwritten deli paper covering front and back |
I also decided to try covering the diary with painted deli paper. While in the Catskills, I did several paintings and journal pages, and had used up excess paint by randomly wiping it on deli paper that I also written on about our weekend adventures. I covered the brass locks with washi tape for protection from the paint, gesso and glue.
After the inner glued pages had dried, I painted some with gesso, and added leftover scraps of paper, printed teabags, plain teabags and a little washi tape here and there.
I had an old photo of the diary owner and another mutual friend that was taken in a Woolworth photo booth in the early '70s. It seemed appropriate to use that on the first page of the inside.
|A whimsical photo of two silly teens, taken in a Woolworth photo booth series |
is on the right page of the altered diary, after the inside front cover
|Second set of pages of the altered diary|
|Inside back cover (left) and last page of diary, with dried teabag over runny ink|