Saturday, 10 October 2015

Alice in Wonderland - A Tunnel Book

A while ago you may you remember that I was part of the Collaborart group and we created some amazing work together, collaboratively, it was the brain child of Sarah and after the initial flourish fell into sporadic postings.  Sarah took the difficult decision of mothballing the outfit as an interim measure until recently, when she asked those of us still in contact through facebook to do another project as a one off.  

We had a discussion about what we could do and I put forward the idea of a Tunnel book, so we were split into two groups and asked to get outselves a children's board book, cut the 'tunnel' through the book, do our first page and send through the group.

Mine has recently returned and I'm so pleased with it that I decided it warranted a full blog post. 

My subject - Alice in Wonderland - not a very original idea as Alice in Wonderland and tunnel books are a well known mixture, but it is one of my favourites - so I couldn't resist! Here is my book in it's entirety! 

It's taken a little time to complete as the final page (the lock key) and the back page which had the invite and pink but that was all needed some final work. 

I complete the lock page yesterday and the final additions to the back page this morning. 

Just to give you a feel for the other books I was involved in - these are my additions to the other books

The first to pass through my hands was one based on Edgar Allen Poe - I was overwhelmed by how gorgeous it was before I added to it

The page on the right is mine

 And the other side of the page, before I sent it on it's merry way.

The next one was Arabian Nights, my is the 'peeping' female with all the fringing.  I loved seeing how the tunnel was filling up as it were. 

 And here is my double page as it left my hands

The final book to cross my path was a Terry Pratchett inspired book.  I was so pleased as there were two Terry Pratchett books going around the other group. 

 The book already had several pages done but there were still a few to go, I asked the recipient if she wanted me to finish it off (meaning more than 1 double page as it were) and she said if I had the time feel free - so here are the remaining pages in the book created by yours truly! 


And a close up of Detritus as I loved him so much! 

Sunday, 31 May 2015


Well now I know that Donna's book has arrived safely in France I am able to show the final reveal on my pairs journal. 

This is the gorgeous bag I discovered when I opened up the box!  How pretty is this?

And a close up

Then some art work - love it! 

And here is the book in the bag!

This is the side of it! 

And the front! 

And a view from the top - now I'm not going to provide a running commentary of the book as it were, just points of interest.  I will be sharing each and every page, the one thing you won't be able to understand is the incredible texture in the book!  

The amazing part of seeing the book again, reminds me that it's been quite a journey started in 2012 -I believe as there are a few Olympic references in the book!   Donna and I were quite happy to add to each others pages over and over again so it became a beautifully collaborative project built upon through time!  

Acetate overlays and hand-drawn pretties

Artwork by Donna on the left

Ephemera from a fun summer on the left page in the Forbidden Corner ticket 

Some fabulous texture paste on this! 

Extended stamping and sewn elements

Fabric pages

Oodles of fibres

Even leatherette ladies

Original Donna stamp

More texture! 

The end - it's been a blast hope you enjoyed taking a look!