Friday, September 12, 2008

Shrine of Mary #3

This is the shrine of Mary#3.I have this thing about the 3 Mary's. I played on this theme a little. The watch part, keeping time. The three Mary's that are physically in the assemblage. This is another one of my new concepts in altered books, where the book has no real pages to turn and it is really just for the shell. I love the cover of this book with the embossed stars When I found it at a yard sale earlier this year I knew I would have to bring out that element more.

The book had a white cover that I painted a la De Meng, serial killer red. Love this color... The inside pages are painted to look more aged.

The Mary inside I bought earlier in the year from a great etsy seller, Other People's Flowers. The owner of this shop is a terrific mixed media artist herself.  Crystal sells incredible flea market finds and embellishments for altered art.  I love her show and can spend hours musing over the delights she has there.

Embellished with scrap from an old vintage book I found on Ebay. I love the scary little bunnies and bird. The watch parts I scored at the Waterbury Flea Market. The silver tray that Mary sits in was painted as well. That one was found at a yard sale. An old wrist watch band is the closure- Now I know why I keep all this stuff. The inspiration for the closure came at the 11th hour and I had to re-glue the front and back covers to make it work.
I was lucky to put it all together in time for the Book Arts Show. Nancy Stone was laughing at me, but I still had glue stuck to my fingers at the opening, for the second year in a row.


joybear said...

So beautiful!!

Alisa Nordholt-Dean said...

Love your new book!

Unknown said...

Lorraine this turned out beautifully! I have had some book/shrine-like projects sitting around on my "to-do" pile and you have inspired me to get started on them!
Thanks for such a nice compliment on my etsy store!

Denise said...

Lorraine, the book is gorgeous!
and crystal is so right- you ARE and inspiration.

Kathy said...

Lorraine this is stunning. You have a way with shrines sister...Just beautiful.

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Loudlife said...

Lorraine - What an amazing piece of work! And inspirational - I want to scoot over to the work table and start gluing some stuff. You know, I always pass over the books with white covers. I dont' know why it didn't occur to me to paint them. It turned out great! Which red is "serial killer red?"

Anyway...I'm having a giveaway contest over on my blog in honor of my 100th post. I put links to some other blogs in the post and yours is one of them. I included a pic of your banner. I hope that's okay. Let me know if it's not and you want me to pull it. Stop on by!


Artsnark said...

Fab piece!

High Desert Diva said...

This is my favorite yet! Brilliant!