We've all seen pages from books being utilized for all sorts of wonderful projects but what happens to the book covers after all of the pages have been removed?
If you need some inspiration on how to use the book covers head over to Amy @ Mittens . Amy is hosting a book cover art party and there will be some great ideas on how to use the book covers in altered art projects.
I found this old book cover, as is, at an antique store for $1.00. I loved the border on the cover and thought it would be a perfect mat for an old family photo. The book cover measures 9.5" x 12.5".
While at the store I didn't take the time to turn the cover over. So I was very pleased when I got home and saw this inscription on the one page that was left attached to the cover.
Wm. Henry Swain
The beautiful handwriting of William's grandmother was as clear today as I imagine it to be on the day she wrote the inscription to her grandson 137 years ago.
I knew right then that my book cover art wouldn't highlight the front of the book cover but would be focused on the inscription page to honor the grandmother that gave the book to her grandson in 1873.
With nothing more to go on then a name and a date I took some liberties with the items I chose to use on my book cover art piece.
I found a tin-type photo in my collection of old photos and thought this woman could represent a grandmother in the 1870's.
I also dug around my stash of supplies and found some vintage lace and old bottles to incorporate into the piece.
Now here's where I admit that the piece isn't finished. I wanted to join Amy's party but did not have the time to put all the finishing touches on the project. Here's a picture of the layout I have planned.
I like how the bottle necks frame the inscription and bring some depth to the piece. But I want to slightly alter the bottles with some vintage paper, lace and buttons before I attach them to the book cover. I may use the bottles as vases to hold small flowers or possibly solder and age the tops.
I 'm not adding a lot of frills to the piece because the woman in the picture does not look like the frilly type. To me she represents a strong woman in a simpler time whose love for her grandson still resonates after 137 years.
Please link back to Amy's blog and enjoy all of the book cover art being shared.
I'm also linking this with Linda @ Coastal Charm for her Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party. This was a thrifty project to put together with a total cost of no more than $5.00. Head over to Linda's to view 100's of other thrifty finds.