Monday, March 2, 2009

A Very Great Lady and Noble Princess on a Tattered Old Book Cover

I really enjoyed creating this and I think it is because it is something new that I tried. The girl's face is an original painting but I pasted her on and added some stamps to the background of the tattered black book cover. Her dress is collaged and I painted the collar. I went on a tattered book hunt and decided that I would not pay more than $5 for any tattered book. Surprisingly, sometimes the more tattered the more expensive the book is because it is old. But I did find some interesting tattered covers that I hope to incorporate some paintings on them. I actually won't use the ribbon when my antique brass chain comes in. Then I will swap it out. I found the text out of one of the old books. She is 5 x 71/2.

8 comments:

Gifts of Creation said...

Hi Martha!!! I am home with a cold today...I saw your post...it's so cute!! I wanted to ask you, have you tried gluing a watercolor painting to a canvas? Does that work? I am thinking about entering the fine arts festival/show in Jax on April 25. I wouldn't know where to find a display to rent and I need to think about how to display my art....I have so many different directions/styles and I don't know if it might be better to choose just one for a show...beachy, flowers, acrylic,watercolor, or mixed media? What do you think?

Sherry said...

This is brilliant!

lori vliegen said...

i love how this turned out! where did you end up finding the old books? :)

Tess said...

Oh Martha, This is just gorgeous, and I love the ribbon. It goes well with the overall feel, the gold trim in the ribbon and the gold crown. Very nice indeed.
I too have found the more torn up something is the more it costs, never could understand that until recently. I love what you did with this book cover and look forward to seeing what else you will come up with.

Julie Bagamary said...

This is beautiful. Have you tried Goodwill for old books?

Thelma-Art said...

Fantastic! I love this portrait.
What a beautiful art!!!

julie king said...

she has a very regal and noble look about her that i love. shopping for old tattered books sounds like so much fun!

Julie-ann said...

Another beautiful art! She's lovely!

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