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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WOYWW: The Altered Book Project and Seashell Patterns

Here's a peek at my workdesk today...


with the book that I am preparing for the altered book class with Elizabeth, the Altered Book Lover.  No, I have not read this "Handbook of Chromatography."  I actually got it for free from a second hand bookshop and I chose it from among other books because it seemed like a good book to alter.  I have started to take out some pages.


And here is a laser cut x-ray slide that I was hoping to make into a little lamp.  The patterns are from my daughter's Fine Arts thesis which is all about "Fractals and Patterns from Seashells Applied as Graphic Elements."  


She got patterns from seashells and is making a pattern book for designers.  I'm trying to help her develop some products to show that the pattern book is usable.  More of the patterns peeking out from a  folder...


And here is a little Valentine's box that one of the inmates in the Quezon City Jail gave me.  It is made from telephone directory pages with red cellophane trim.


For a peek at some other desks joining What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday, visit Julia and in case you are interested, check out my post about Valentine's Day in China.

34 blog hugs:

JoZart said...

Hi Peggy
Great things to spy on and I love those stencils and the heart box is amazing. It looks like the paper is rolled up on the box. So effective and quite a special gift.
Lv JoZarty x

505whimsygirl said...

Hello Ms. Peggy,

It's Tuesday evening here so I'm getting a jump on visiting! I have a post ready for midnight my time! hee hee

Your daughter's thesis sounds really interesting. There's all kinds of things that could be made using the shell patterns. Quilting comes to mind immediately, although I'm not one and don't need another craft! (Although I do have a small stash of fabric, it's just so pretty).

Hugs,
Kay

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

First, thanks for the kind words about my AB class. I thought of you and Peggy specifically when I wrote that gesso is hard to find outside the US. I remember you telling me that once. That's why I'm trying to find some cheap alternatives.

I am in love with those sea shell x-ray slides. They would make great stencils. I would also like to read your daughter's thesis. It sounds very interesting, since I was a math, physics, science geek in a previous life.

Love that heart box. You have been blessed. Have a great WOYWW from #9, but you knew that!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

SO, SO sorry. I meant to say "you and PATSY." My brain was thinking at a different speed than my fingers were typing.

Mary Ann said...

Lots of lovely stuff. Your daughter's thesis work sounds very interesting. I wish her good luck with it. That heart box is really wonderful.

Mary Ann #23

sandysewin said...

Very interesting desk today. And that little heart box is sooooo creative!

Happy Woyww,

Sandy #26

Danielle said...

Adorable little box! Can't wait to see your finished project with the slides.

Lexi said...

Pretty little box! I have a picture frame made using the same technique from one of the inmates in NE Provincial Jail, my Dad's godson. So sturdy, I have it for years!

Happy WOYWW!
-Lexi
#36 (My favorite number for the week. Haha.)

Tuire said...

Also I am tearing pages from an old book ;)
Really lovely seashell patterns - all the best for the book!
Have a nice day!
Tuire #37

scrappymo! said...

So many interesting bits to see. The seashell thesis sounds so interesting. The x-ray stencils are fab and the prisoner's contribution...that heart box is sweet.

Annie said...

Love the little heart shaped box....what a lovely gift.
Hugs,
A x

Neil said...

What would we do with our Wednesdays if it was not for the wonder of WOYWW? It's always fascinating to peek through the window into your creative arena so thank you. Those patterns look fab! I Hope you have a good week.
Neil (#47 ish)

Cathy said...

Great busy crafty space, and another book being altered - Elizabeth's instructions seem to have gone down well with everyone! Love the patterns peeking out. Happy WOYWW
Cathy #59

Ann B said...

Gorgeous patterns and how lucky are you with the heart box gift - it is lovely.
I'm about to start removing the pages from my book, just hope it all holds together afterwards.
Ann B
#55

Bella said...

I have been hoarding my old x-rays and any one elses who is prepared to give them up as they are great for stencils. x-rays are now sent directly to the doctors or put on a cd...how the world has changed...no more pieces of plastic for us crafters to use. nice designs too.

CraftygasheadZo said...

I must go and find out about altering books, sounds fun. Enjoy this week's WOYWW snoop around the world. Take care Zo xx 81

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Nifty patterns - and what a good mom to help out DD like that. And the Valentine box is fab - so like the old Tramp Art. And LOL to China for $1. Lucky you.

Happy WOYWW!

Mary Anne

Shashi Nayagam said...

Chromatography that brings back memories of my days in the Chemistry labs. The stencils are lovely and what a cool box.

kay said...

interesting use of xrays,shows how versatile crafters are,happy crafting,x

Anne-marie said...

Lovely crafty space you have and the heart box s fab have a great week
Anne-marie #4

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...those patterns are so inticate...and what a lovely gift of the heart shaped box so much work gone into that...have a lovely week...mel :)

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a neat Valentine box! Such a great use for phone books-certainly they aren't useful for looking number up in! The cut up Xray sheet is very nifty looking and will be a fun lampshade. Great looking patterns peaking out there!

sandee said...

I'm going to do her altered book class too, I really need to go find a book or I'll get too far behind! yikes! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Maggie's Crafts said...

Fab stencils and the heart box is stunning!

Thank you for sharing.
Maggie
#145

Laura said...

Happy Wednesday -- best of luck with your projects.

~ Laura #108

Neet said...

The first thing that caught my eye was the Valentine box but then when I saw it enlarged and you said it was made form telephone directories - it blew me away. Don't those folks make some great stuff!! Can't stop looking at it. Lovely lazer cuts and a great desk.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for your visit to my desk. Blessings, Neet xx ps and thanks for the number it helps

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Hi Peggy,
Looking forward to following your progress on this altered book project.
hugs & JOY,
Kimberly

MaggieC said...

I can't wait to see what you do with that book. Altering things is not really my thing but I do find it fascinating to see what others do. Thank you for your visit and your kind comments. xx Maggie #11

Diana Evans said...

oh I am loving all of the projects your working on!!!! What an inspiration!!!! WOnderful work and I love this new blog share......

Emily said...

Ooh, a busy desk! Your daughter's thesis sounds really interesting, great idea to show it can be applied. The heart box is also gorgeous and the more I hear about this altered book project, the more I think I might try it!
Happy WOYWW, emxx

Katie said...

I love the stencils! That heart box is also fabulous! I hope you are enjoying the altered book class!

Happy WOYWW (on Thursday!)
Katie #14

VonnyK said...

You have some great things. Your daughter is very talented and the thesis sounds very interesting. I love fractals, have looked at them many times but seem too hard for me.
Love the valentines box, very clever to use paper etc.
Von #38

okienurse said...

lots of fun things to see. Love the journal page. I am a bit late getting around this week but I forgot to post on Wednesday and have been busy all week. Just wanted to make the rounds and remind everyone my blog candy closes on Tuesday night of next week and I will announce winners on Wednesday. Drop by become a follower and leave a comment for a chance to win. Vickie #173

Bridget Larsen said...

That telephone book is awesome.
Bridget #54

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