Following the Grid Lock challenge, I have revisited a previous inchie project to add it to my altered book art journal.
I used a grid of 5 by 6 across the two page spread, using negative space to create a feeling that some inchies had been lost over time, just as old books sometimes lose pages due to their age or by frequent reading.
I took my colour lead from the top two inchies, which have rich gold & yellow, ruby red & purple.
To create the background
The pages were first coated in gesso. I use clear gesso as I like the effect of the original words showing through my artwork.
Layers of acrylic paint were then applied to add colour.
To add further interest, I overstamped the dried paint, using two mini classic rubber stamps by Tim Holtz & Distress Ink (dusty concord). Whilst the ink was still wet, I spritzed the pages with water using a Mini Mister. This feathered the stamped images & toned down the colour of the ink.
I took a container with a small amount a water & added a little of the ink to create a purple liquid to then splash over the top.
I sprinkled Perfect Pearls powder (Heirloom Gold) over the wet surface & then dried the pages using a heat gun.
To create the inchies
The inchie collection was made by taking just one leaflet, which came with the Sunday papers & cutting out the inch squares & words.
The square cuttings were adhered to white card to add structure, then the edges were inked with Distress Ink (dusty concord).
A single word was then adhered to each inchie.
To complete the pages, I added four gold coloured metal ornate corners & ribbon down the centre to act as the page tab.
You can see the original inchie project from 2008 here.