Monday, June 7, 2010

Shrines Boxes and More By Eileen Bellomo Part 1

From Book to Shrine Part 1

by Eileen Bellomo

This is an easy way to create a shrine for your art and recycle at the same time.  You'll need an old book, the size you'd like your shrine to be.  Libraries and flea markets are a good inexpensive source.

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You'll also need some Adhesive, Paint Brushes, and Clamps  (If you don't have clamps, Binder Clips, will work if your book isn't too thick.

Rubber Bands will also do the trick.

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Brush the glue, a nice thick coat around all edges of the book.

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Attach the clamps, binder clips, or hold closed with the rubber bands, and wait until the glue is completely dry.

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The book is now completely closed up and ready to be altered and turned into a shrine.  Now you'll need a Ruler and a Craft Knife with a sharp blade.  You'll probably have to change blades several times.  The sharper the blade, the easier this will be.

 

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Pencil in lines where you want the niche for your shrine to be.  Holding the metal ruler steady with one hand, begin cutting on the lines with your craft knife.  I couldn't take the photos and hold the ruler and the knife, but you'll need to hold the ruler very steady.

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It will take several passes with the knife, but you'll cut the cover out and see the book's pages revealed.

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Now, start ripping out the pages until your niche is as deep as you'd like it to be.  You'll have to occasionally cut through the pages again with your craft knife.

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When your niche is to your liking, cover EVERYTHING (revealed page, cover, spine, book edges) with Gesso.

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Set the book aside to dry.  Now for the fun part.....gather materials for decorating your shrine. 

I used Acrylic Paint, Crackle Medium, fabric, flowers, Decorative Paper , and some of my favorite PID images.

Cemetery Angels 213

Cemetery Angels 273

Frozen Charlottes

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4 friends said:

Kerry said...

Wow! You make it look so easy. I've been thinking about altered books and boxes for years but felt I never had the "creative" mind to do any of this. After this, your box above, the Altered Book Journey - I'm really beginning to find my calling. Thanks. Kerry P.

Lori said...

Another great project, how do you do it??? lol Oh, I forgot, you're supercreativewoman. Leaping over stacks of altered books 3 stories high in one bound, making paper as she goes....
Love this!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

OH WOW...this is FABULOUS, Eileen!! I ADORE this project!!!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

I love this project Eileen! I'm going to go pick out my book right now! Blessings ~ Katie