Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Explorer's Journal. By Zuzu

Hi there. Zuzu here;
I am back for my second guest design team piece.

I have begun to alter a book. It will be an ongoing project though so today I am going to share the cover and three inside pages with you. It started as a red scruffy leather (ish) little book of Shakespeare that's been having pages torn out and used in crafty makes for over a year.The theme is based ona Darwinian type explorer. A bit of travel and a bit of flora and fauna gathering and examining. (this is not to say they are always labeled correctly ;)

As is almost always the case with me, this has been made to look very ancient and tatty scruffy and distressed. I deliberately don't stamp everything perfect and crisp as i want it to look distressed and flawed. THe Fly (known here as the Simpli-fly) is under a vintage glass optical lens and the "bird without wings" (which bears a startling resemblance to a snail), is under a microscope glass slide.
Stamps used from The Artistic Stamper:

Travelling Words found HERE
Europe map background found HERE
Goose Grease found HERE
Calligraphy Mat 13 found HERE
Butterfly words found HERE
Insects and Butterflies No. 1 # 017 found HERE
Flourish Swirls found HERE

Other supplies available from The Artistic Stamper:

Distress inks : I used antique linen, vintage photo, fired brick, aged mahogany, pine needle, dusty concord, peeled paint.
Paint dabber: I used butterscotch.
Vintage Eyeglass: scroll down near the bottom.
Bigz Die Tiny tags and tabs: I used the wee tabs
Ideaology: I used a word stick, a game spinner and two metal corners.


Anonymous said...

You know I love everything you do and this is no exception! I love how it looks weathered and worn and all of your little details that make this journal so special!

Dragon said...

That looks fabulous and so old!! I don't think I can tear up a book or do stuff to it but I admire thise who can, especially as nicely as this!!

Paula said...

always love all the detail you put into your pieces. Fab!

Astrid Maclean said...

Great project and a super idea!

Sid said...

Excellent effects on your book....super project !!

Zuzu's Blog said...

thank you all.
Z x

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

This is lovely :))

Elly said...

Can i take a lesson in that tuffy scruffy technic? Omg....what a treasure. The look of the cover is breathtaking..and all the inside details...WOW

Jingle said...

This is really beautiful!

Kirsten Alicia said...

That is beautiful, I love it.

craftytrog said...

Brilliant & so inspiring! Love the tatty vintage look of it Zuzu! x

Artyjen said...

Fabby vintage/aged book. I wonder where the explorer will go next?
xoxo Sioux