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Monday, 20 February 2012

A book with a guilty secret

Today I took delivery of some old doors to replace the horrible modern ones in our house.........

 they came with these hinges and keyhole surrounds which I decided were not really usable for the doors but they are great mixed media pieces so they now live in my studio:)

 I decided to have a bit of a play......not made a book in ages so used one of the hinges to make one!


 Watercolour paper for the pages......lots of ink and paint to age them


 a fun "rusted" octopus for the front!

And its guilty secret?? 
Well, it has a design fault! While it looks nice sitting on a shelf or held in your hand.........it doesn't close all the way and it doesn't open very far either!!! 
Oh well!!

17 comments:

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Great book Sue, love the aged look and is that a doily on the front. Love the octopus. Tracy x

Effie said...

...... But looks are everything!

Deborah said...

A thing of rusted beauty.

Sandy said...

Absolutely phenomenal book Sue.
xoxo

Sid said...

Now that's what I call real grunge Sue !!

Carol Q said...

to hell with it not closing Sue, it looks fabulous!

Kaz said...

it's just gorgeous Sue, I love that octopus.

Aniees said...

grunge, grunge.....love it!!!

Sarah said...

ah, who needs functionality? it looks cool :)

Hermine said...

Fabulous!!! love those old hinges.

Artyjen said...

Fab-u-lous! Who cares if you can't actually use it as intended....admire it on your shelf. ;)
xoxo Sioux

Nigel said...

Superb :)

~*~Patty S said...

all in all your book looks perfectly wonderful to me Sue!!!

really brilliant ancient look and your octopus is fabulous too!

oxo

Wendy said...

Shelf life is everything.......I love it!

kimmie said...

I love it ... it looks like something from Davey Jones' Locker and the deep deep sea ... really really cool!

Barb Cady said...

I Love guilty secrets, who wants to be Boring? Great Secret Book. X

Photocat said...

O my, that octopus really caught my attention... The way you recycled the locks and hinges is fab, they were made for you and your books. This book will be perfect for darkish secrets... Maybe a couple of spells...
The black/brown colors are very eye catching. What a gorgeous book! Now to find a magician who can use it.