Even birds are chained

Today I have an altered book page for you. On it a quote: “no one is free, even birds are chained to the sky” Bob Dylan.

As I said it is in my altered book, so sometimes I need to remove pages to be able to work in it. To prevent my book from falling apart I stick a thicker wash tape on the inner spine, usually the one that comes first in my hand, I also seal it with a layer of gesso, so it won’t suck too much.

I made the sides of my spread smaller, also wanted to get a torn edge effect. I continued to throw on it some scrap collage, scraps from the left overs on my desk and a few pieces of canvas as I love the texture the canvas gives to my spreads. Then I applied a layer of texture paste, into my paste I stamped with a fence texture stamp. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer mists to colour my spread (trunk bay and dragonfly and fully purple).

I wanted to play a bit more so I used my canvas pieces and I was cutting a canvas feather, yes a feather, everyone makes paper feathers, so I wanted to make a canvas feather and it worked. Then I thought this feather needs another embellishments, but if I have already had a custom feather I need a custom embellishment or not? So I decided to play further. I took a canvas fringe from Canvas Corp Brands and coloured it to pink with Glimmer mist (festival). Why not pink, I mean I always need to colour things… I dried it and even ironed my fringe as I wasn’t sure where my mojo will take me:

o that was my fringe coloured, trimmed and ironed. And then I took a needle and a thread and let my imagination free. I got a two layered flower with a button and a feather as end result.

The bigger petal is the fringe gathered original size, the smaller petal is app. half the size. The button holds the things together.

And it was just perfect for my little tag with my sentiment.

Aah, and the edges of my spread got distressed with distress ink as well.

There, there now you can see it better.

And if you need a list of the things I used:

texture paste

fence texture stamp

scrap leftovers

Glimmer mist trunk bay

Glimmer mist dragonfly

Glimmer mist fully purple

Glimmer mist festival

Canvas fringe

thread and button

distress ink aged mahogany and brushed corduroy.

About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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27 Responses to Even birds are chained

  1. enigmaticpixie says:

    i love to see what you have done. Great pages.

  2. windinn says:

    Gorgeous spread – love the feather result and the colours!

  3. zksmith says:

    Absolutely stunning, Ruth! I love those ripped pages and dimensional elements. The quote is amazing too! Will have to look up that song!

  4. massofhair says:

    Awesome Ruth, fab flower and feather and the most amazing book pages. Smiling because the colours are my favourites and they look so beautiful:-) xxx

  5. Lizzie says:

    I love this so much I want to make it too!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Lisette says:

    Loving these colours, and the depth that the book page brings. Such a lovely flower – perfect for a jacket or dress too.

  7. Ruth loving ALL that is going on with this spread! Those textures of right on and I love those glimmer spray colors….especially that purple! I don’t have any glimmer mists, so it looks like I need to do a little shopping! LOL Happy Monday, my friend! πŸ™‚

  8. Love the stamping in the texture paste. To me it looks as if the feather is sitting on a hat.

  9. Susan Carol says:

    Beautiful. Wonderful texture as always. Your altered book must be amazing.

  10. kampysgirl says:

    Ruth, I too love the stamping in the paste- what a fab textural piece you have created! I love the quote you used- you always seem to find the right words for your pages! well done my friend! xo

  11. Makes me want to do a page in my art journal…it’s been too long! Nice texture.

  12. Nigel says:

    Superb. Combining all those differing elements without leaving a mess is defuinitely an art form in itself

  13. rhodyart says:

    beautiful, love the dylan quote

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