Friday, March 12, 2010

Pink Saturday Goes Green…

This  Pink Saturday post is not about the green of St. Patrick’s Day…It’s about Going Green in a Pink sort of way….I’ve been making altered books for several years…Altering a book simply means starting with an old  book, adding a variety of mixed media treatments  and giving it new life by repurposing it.  The book I’m sharing this Pink Saturday is a discarded library book…it was a play, so it’s not very thick. I painted it and started removing pages, then folded  a few pages to create “pockets”.  I used lots of reclaimed tissues to cover the pages. This page is covered with scraps of tissue from one of my birthday gifts.

2010 altered pocket spring tissue books 009

This paper is left over from gifts I wrapped…lots of pink watercolor flowers…You can see a few of my tags in the pockets…Isn’t this a sweet pink-green way to use elements that would otherwise end up in the trash dump?

2010 altered pocket spring tissue books 006  Mixed media projects are such a good way to use little bits and pieces to give new purpose to an old item.

2010 altered pocket spring tissue books 008

This paper’s origin is unknown, and I only had a few scraps…I love the watercolor flowers and the writing. I wish I had enough to cover an entire book…

2010 altered pocket spring tissue books 005  I added scraps of the tissues to the cover,  then some vintage inspired scrapbook flowers and called it finished.

2010 altered pocket spring tissue books 002

Now, that’s  what I mean about going Green-Pink. This one is in my etsy shop and I will be sharing the techniques at Paper Cowgirl Art Retreat in June. Talk about a Pink gathering; Paper Cowgirls love pink, and glitter, and vintage ephemera. You should check it out when you get a chance….

Right now I’m off to visit Miz Mollye…good Golly, she’s a hoot. I met her one Pink Saturday when I entered and won a giveaway she was hosting. One of the items was a multi-media book she had made…funny and talented!! She would fit right in with the “cowgurls”.

And then I’ll head over to Beverly’s house for this week’s Pink Saturday participants. If you’ve never made the rounds on Pink Saturday, you’re in for a treat…a Pink treat, of course…


Mermaids of the Lake said...

I love your altered book! I too, love to alter books (and anything else I can find!) Yours is beautiful. Happy PS and congrats on teaching the class on it. I am going to go check out this Paper Cowgirl thing! Sounds fun!

Mermaid Debbie

Maggie said...

Oh I love love love it!

Happy PS!

In Shoes We Trust,
Maggie Mae
"Do these shoes Match this purse?"

Sherri said...

Your books are so beautiful and unique! Just love them! Hope you are having a great Pink Saturday and enjoy the weekend! Sherri : )

Diana said...

Glad you found Texas-Blogging Gals! Will get you on the next updated list.

Come see me at my personal blog, too, real soon.

Necel said...

Happy belated Pink Saturday. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Too bad they tore down a little piece of Texas history with Oma's and Opa's house. I'll bet you would have love that.

Necel from the Old House in Texas

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very nice - Happy late Pink Saturday!

Beverly said...

LaVerne, I love your altered book. I've always wanted to do one, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Maybe one of these days.

Happy Pink Saturday, and thank you for introducing everyone to Molly.

Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.


I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.