"THE ESSENCE OF ALL ART IS TO HAVE PLEASURE IN GIVING PLEASURE."
If I had a website that offered a "FAQ" section, one of the topics that I would have to list is this--"How can you create your books and then sell them? Don't you want to keep everything you make?"
OK, true confessions here. Sometimes I struggle to post certain projects...I procrastinate and delay because really, at the heart of it all, I want to keep them.
Life is such an interesting balance of logic and emotion though, isn't it? While the emotional side of me says that I want to keep what I made, the logical side says, "Wait, hold on, what are you going to do with all of these books? Where are you going to display them? And, are you ever going to put anything inside?"
And so, the projects get posted...because, bottom line, to me there's more pleasure in sharing what I create rather than keeping (or hoarding) the books. It seems like Mr. Carnegie, the King of winning friends and influencing people really nailed it with his quote..."The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure."
So, it's with great pleasure that I present and offer four brand new "I Start, You Finish" book art projects!
"I Start, You Finish" projects are hand created or altered books that I make and start for you. Each of these four books have a completed cover...and some have finished spines, water colored interior pages, and even some inside pages with created elements. You can then complete and personalize the interiors of these books with your own papers, fabrics and embellishments, and, if desired, add your photos and stories.
These books make wonderful additions to your memory art libraries...and they are really special gifts for friends and family who appreciate the love and creativity that it takes to make and complete such a piece of memory art and really take pleasure in being gifted with such a wonderful and thoughtful present.
Here's what I have for you today:
THE VINTAGE QUEEN
If you love a vintage look...and you love a combo of cool fabric, metal and paper elements, you are going to love The Vintage Queen. This hand stitched zig-zag book features watercolor and canvas pages and the cover is just layered with all sorts of feminine goodness. In addition to the hand cut and fabric covered torso, there's a metal frame, old lace and trims, linen harlequin printed ribbon, a beautiful metal and jeweled crown, metal ivy, a vintage looking key and leaf, a vintage music card with the song "What did you do with that dream", some cool vintage looking graphics and hand dyed crinkle ribbon.
The interior watercolor pages have been painted with a beautifully natural walnut ink wash and several of the inside pages have been started for you with pockets, lace, buttons and various trims. One of the pages, shown below, is a layered fabric pocket with a postcard tag and a fabulous mohair flower.
With May...and Mother's Day...just around the corner, you may want to use this awesomely feminine book to gift your Mom...or a favorite "mom", or maybe it would be a wonderful way to honor all of the females in your family. And, with 13 pages, each approx 8 x 12", you will have lots of room for your prized collections, photos and wonderful stories.
This "I Start, You Finish" hand created book also comes with a small pack of coordinating papers and fabrics to use in finishing the project.
The Vintage Queen can be part of your collection for just $97, plus shipping (within the US, AZ sales tax included in shipping for AZ residents).
Simply click on the Buy Now button below and the Queen will be on her way to your zip code :).