Friday, March 28, 2008


Top: Altered book "Portals" double pages, left side.
Bottom: Altered book "Portals" double pages, right side.
At last, a set of pages in my altered book that do not revolve around a song! I have always been fascinated with portals, or doorways. What mysteries lie beyond these portals? Shall we take the chance, or shall we be safe and pass? We may, like Mary Lennox, find a Secret Garden. Or, we may unleash a horrible monster.
I remember reading, in grade school, the story of "The Lady and the Tiger". If the protagonist chose the correct door, he would find his lady love. However, if he chose the wrong door, he would be devoured by the fierce tiger behind the door.
Even into the 20th Century, game show participants had the choice of gifts behind "Door Number One, Door Number Two, or Door Number Three?"
I love the golden, antique white and brown tones of these pages, but am once again dissatisfied with the stark white behind the words. I will probably rub on some ink pigment here as well.
NOTE ADDED LATER: I went back and rubbed some stamping ink over the printed words and part of the pages as well. It is "Vanilla Bean" Vintage brand ink and works extremely well.


Gemma said...

Wow!!!!Your altered book pages are fabulous!!!! Portals is wonderful!!! Love the White bird and Suzanne pages. Really love them all!

amy said...

Nice pages! I found you awhile ago and am pagan and do altered books too!

Anonymous said...

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lila said...

"Portals", what a great theme for the pages! You have probably solved the "whiteness" problem, tea makes an excellent "antiquing" stain for fabaric or paper!
I read recently that one element of interesting art is that of mystery...these pages are mysterious to the viewer!

Gardengirl said...

Your altered book pages are beautiful. Maybe one day I'll get brave enough to try some altered art.
Thanks for visiting my blog and you are correct the flowers on the tea cup are trilliums not dogwood. If I had looked at the bottom of the saucer I would have know that. Thanks for the info.

Bimbimbie said...

Your portals came out brilliantly. I liked your tale of the Lady and the Tiger too ... I think we all like to look and wonder what lies beyond the door, gate or arch *!*

Shop girl said...

I love your altered book, I need to get back to mine.
You commented that you have family moving to Nampa. I live on the South West side of town. Keep me posted, it would be nice to know where they are.
I haven't read the story about your father, I will tonight.
Hugs, mary

david santos said...

Excellent post, Julie, excellent!
Happy day

rohit said...


you are fantastic!!!

god bless u dear

can we exchange our link

r u ready to do?

Kathy said...

Found you on MWO challenge. I DO consider you an artist my friend. One does not have to draw to be an artist, I think of myself as a mixed media artist. Just ask me, lol.
Nice to met you.

Mrs. Staggs said...

I've enjoyed seeing your book pages Julie. I agree with Lila. This is a wonderful theme.

Femin Susan said...

Very cool your blog!
Great! Keep writing…….
Good week……… You are welcomed to my blog…….
Wishing you " A Happy New Year''

Annie said...

These are terrific Julie. I need to visit here more often. Hugs, Annie

Shopgirl said...

I never seem to get here, but here I am and I love your altered book pages, they are really pretty and each one seems to have it's own message. I like portals a lot, somehow it talks to me.
Your friend Mary