Daughter #1, who is an avid reader, and I have begun a new project. We are going to create an altered book based on some favorite authors--(in no particular order) Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf, John Steinbeck, The Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, and Edgar Allan Poe. I am excited about working on this and finding elements that will represent each author's theme and setting.
We have divided the project in half so that we are each responsible for the pages related to four authors (I'll let you guess which ones are mine). I will say that I have begun with Dickens and have a great old sepia sketch of him sitting at a writing desk, and I have printed it on a timeline page that I ripped from a cheap copy of The Old Curiosity Shop. I also have his signature and an illustration from Oliver Twist approaching the fat man in the dining room. I have added the text "I WANT more," which will represent Dickens' general theme of the upper classes neglecting the lesser.
Daughter #1 and I have different approaches to design. Last spring we went to a pottery shop, the kind where you paint a cup or bowl or something and leave it for the shop to fire in the kiln. We each chose a mug and painted them with colors that represent the words and phrases of Psalm 23 (white for shepherd, green for pasture, blue for still waters, and so on). My mug was all squiggly with only one straight line across the top. Daughter's mug was nothing but straight lines carefully masked with tape. Both cups are lovely, but when we set them side by side, we had to laugh at how they represent our distinct approaches to the world.
Anyway, back to the altered book. Our base is a hardback copy of Holistic Living by Neal Donald Walsch. Blah blah blah, I said when I looked through it, and I can't wait to hack it up. My favorite thing about it is the deckled pages, so I will do what I can to preserve that. I'll post pictures when we are finished.
Correction: Oscar Wilde has been scrapped for F. Scott Fitzgerald.