Michelle Ward's 49th Crusade challenged us to create a Forensic Self Portrait. Sadly, I've made a habit of coming in every month as the last Crusader and this time I'm just downright late. (Shakes head & inserts sick note).
Despite my tardiness, the self portrait has come at a good time for me because I've recently been questioning selfishness in art. Michelle's totally cool freebie file even comes complete with a little "Me Me Me" patch that had me rolling!!
I finally decided to put to use a groovy 1970s postcard book I found at a flea market. This thing is the perfect altered book because not only is it made with heavy quality paper, it also has these little spacers between the spreads, anticipating the way a book will fatten with everything you add to the pages! Genius!
I use the term "easy" really loosely here. I'm more of a single-page journal girl so within 5 minutes of working in this fat book I wanted to chuck it right through the window!
I sprayed my hand cut "Bavarian" style stencil onto the pages and then glued in some copies from Edelweiss I had been carving.
It was sort of funny because recently I was posting about being Twist Defiant and when I got all done and saw the big old flower stuck to my head I immediately thought of Anahata Katkin! So there ya go. Dang. Maybe everything has been done.
The book is large. I think if I did one of these each year around my birthday then I can live to be in my 80s before having to start a new one. And wouldn't it be fun to look back year-by-year and see how we've changed? I totally loved this Crusade!
Here's a close up of the left side finished. I'm not sure if I regret adding the yellow or not. My stamping was it's usually craptastic-ness so I've had to learn how to enjoy going back in with black and reconnecting everything. I'm not kidding. I cannot stamp. Ever. (Look closely at the top pic). The results are never a clear and even impression. And this is quite a problem because the human eye always stops at a solid line. If you have disconnected stuff at best it just looks bad, at worst people actually can't even read it. I've spent so much time "fixing" my bad stamping that I've gotten pretty good at it. My brain goes into some kind of craft coma and I wake up to a page that's more cohesive! Voila!
As always, a big thank-you to Michelle for hosting the fun! BTW, have you guys noticed her upcoming class Raise the Bar? Check it out! And if you're wondering what the crusades are, I hope you know you can come join the fun!