Confession: I am obsessed with young adult science fiction books. If we are ever in a book store together, you will find me in the teen section. I just can’t help myself. Something about young love and the supernatural… it just gets me every time. One of my absolute favorite book series is Allyson Noel’s Immortals. L-O-V-E it! I started reading it a few years ago and couldn’t put the books down. I would finish one and immediately run out to buy the next.
That series was the inspiration for this project. I know I have been using damaged books, but I wanted this project to reflect a book that is meaningful to me. I chose the first book of the series, Evermore. I started out by cutting out one line slices from various pages. After I had enough cut out, I glued them to the canvas using… you guessed it… Elmer’s glue.
After it was dry, I printed out some clip art tulip graphics and glued them in the corner. I wanted to put some sort of art there and tulips are big in the story, so it worked. After that, I put a layer of matte finish Mod Podge on top of the whole thing, sides included. That protected the pages from being too saturated with the color I was about to put on them. Once that was nice and dry, I began mixing food coloring with Mod Podge in little containers. That gave me the option of painting, but still being able to see the words underneath because it essentially became tint. Here’s a close-up:
A major part of the book deals with the color of people’s auras. I cut out the meaning of each color and made sure those strips were glued on the top layer. When I painted, I based the color I was painting around that piece of paper. If the aura was red, I painted red. I left the descriptions unpainted and had the colors sort of flow together.
Now all I have to do is find a place to hang it. This was such a fun way to pay tribute to a great book series.