The 'Three Sisters' & the Jameison Valley ...... one of the 'touristy' spots in the Blue Mountains National Park.

Whose 'Creative Corner' I hear you ask???

Hi, I'm Chris Bennett AKA 'Chris in Oz'. I live in the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (affectionately known as 'Oz' or 'The Land Down-Under'). I'm in my mid-50's, have been married for 30+ years to THE most wonderful man and I'm the PROUDEST MUM of 2 grown children. My DS is into photography and has taken some amazing shots. You can see some of them in 'Simon's Gallery'. My DD is a High School teacher who is committed to educating our youth of today. I was a Teacher/Assistant Principal in the field of Special Education for over 16 years until I retired in June 2004.

I've been involved in art and craft activities for most of my life and I became a 'stampaholic' and 'technique junkie' to 'save my sanity' after an injury in 2003. I began by making cards and slowly, but surely, became addicted to ATCs, hand-made books, altered books, boxes, bottles, tins, jigsaw puzzles and anything else that stands still long enough to be altered. I love texture and colour and I'm gradually stepping outside my comfort zone to experiment and explore other media and styles. Check out 'My Gallery' to see some more of my work.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I also take photos, I don't know how 'good' my photos are, but I just love to take them ...... so every now and then I might just sneak one in ...... I hope you don't mind!!! Well, not too much!!! LOL!!!

Sunday, 12 August 2007

Altered Book - Art Shrine

I made this for my friend Jessie for her birthday.

I'm so glad she liked it!!!

Jessie's 'Art Shrine' began life as a small diary. Gel medium was painted along the edges of the book pages and a niche was cut from the middle. I painted the whole book with gesso followed by a combination of 'Metallic Gold' & 'Old Brass' Lumiere paints. I also added Stewart Gill 'Seraphym' Byzantia with a sea sponge to the front and back covers. I decorated the front with gold embellishments and gold embossed text & swirl stamps.

The image (front & inside section) was altered using Photoshop, to change the tonings from sepia to a combination of magenta/cyan. The 'goddess' torso bellie was made by mixing 'Eureka' (gold) & 'Macquarie' (turquoise) Opals from Pipe Dreamink and poured into a Krafty Lady Art Mould. The niche was lined with scrunched tight-weave netting and gold micro beads were spread around the mould.

The swirl images were stamped in Stazon and the shrine (Stampers Anonymous) on the inside and back sections was stamped onto acetate and embossed with 'Midnight Teal Obsidian' Two-Toned Moon Glow Embossing Powder.

The quote on the back is from Stamp-It (embossed with the Midnight Teal Obsidian) and says :

"The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls"
Pablo Picasso

Until next time......

Chris in Oz


Heather said...

No wonder Jessie loved her Birthday gift Chris, you've done an awesome job of it.

Great blog too, I'll be back.


Aileen (Pronounced A-Leen) said...

Congratulations on the new blog Chris! Love your book shrine and the picture you posted is gorgeous! Thanks for hsaring!

Carrie said...

wow - this is fabulous. thanks for dropping by my blog - I'm sure I will visit here often too :)

Gillian :O) said...

Hi Chris, hope you don't mind me stopping by, I love this piece it's STUNNING! I've also been admiring all of your other delights, I esp love you altered puzzle pieces!

Brandy said...

Your book is so cute, I love the vintage feel of it.