I thought I would start easing into the Halloween season with two Alchemy themed projects. Both feature altering books where I've used egg shells to create a texture on the cover of the books.
The first altered book features a dragon’s eye surrounded by its scales. Two holes cut into the pages on the side of the book, accommodate small tins filled with tiny bottles containing substances the alchemist would use in their quest to transmute elements into gold. Faux suede cord wrapped around the book keeps the dragon contained and the tins in place.
The second altered book is an alchemist workshop. The texture on the cover is created by applying paper clay stamped with an Alchemy themed rubber stamp and egg shells. Accenting the cover are collaged celestial embellishments. Standing guard above is a chipboard dragon coated with egg shells.
By folding and cutting the pages in the book, you can create architecture. Inside the book is distilling equipment made from bottles, a working hourglass and all kinds of bottles, bowls, candles, a scale and weights and other items that would outfit and alchemist’s workshop.
NEW ALCHEMY THEMED COLLAGE SHEETS
Almost all of the images I’ve used on the books are from two new alchemy themed collage sheets. The sheets are loaded with alchemy charts, architectural elements, bottles, distilling equipment, books, dragons and more.
ALCHEMY THEMED ALTERED DRAGON BOOK
EGG SHELL TEXTURE
Below is the dragon’s eye I used in the project. Feel free to use it in your art.
Tiny Magic Books & Potion Labels Collage Sheet
ALCHEMIST’S WORKSHOP ALTERED BOOK
EGG SHELL TEXTURE COVER
ALPHA STAMPS SUPPLIES USED TO CREATE THE ALCHEMIST’S WORKSHOP BOOK
Tiny Round Bottles – Used for the hourglass
15mm Round Glass Globe DomesHanging Lantern
Antique Bronze Skull Connector – Hanging LanternPesto Alcohol Ink