Monday, 24 February 2014

Cowboys and Indians!

Hello there dear friends.  I'm here with another couple of spreads made for the altered book round robin I joined and this book was entitled American South West which really had me thinking.  Anyway, when I saw what had already been done and the kind inclusion of some images from the book's owner, I got stuck in - literally.......

Here's the first spread which is for the cowboys:

I really liked that the words on the right hand page had already been provided - that gave me a feel for this spread and I enjoyed adding the textured ferns and the stencilled big stars.  The cactii picture was printed on tissue paper which was mod podged onto the already gesso'd page which I coloured with some Stormy Sky and Bundled Sage DIs.  The bird is probably totally out of place for the desert but I liked it anyway.

The next spread for the indians is my favourite:

I started off with this fabulous picture of a Hopi indian and wanted it to look dark and ghostly so again I printed it off onto tissue paper and then mod podged it onto dark brown paper - I loved the effect but it needed brightening with the gold feathers and stars.  On the left hand page, this very colourful Kachina doll was an eye-catching image and I discovered that the colours they used all had meanings which I included on the page.  

A really interesting book and theme to work on and tomorrow this will be winging its way to Australia and my next book will be with me soon.  I hope its a girly or flowery theme this time!

Thanks for popping in to see me - I love to read any comments you are kind enough to leave for me.  Its been a gorgeous day here in the North East of England and I'm hoping that's a sign that Spring is on its way!

Margie x


  1. Brilliant pages for America South West Margie - a stunning part of the world. Nicola x

  2. The stenciling and stamping on the first pages do give a very western feel and the second set of pages are fabulous, I love that Hopi Indian picture and the feather embellishments look amazing. The Kachina doll image really is eye catching and fits your theme perfectly. Fingers crossed you get a girly or flowery theme next time. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Great take on the theme, Margie - brilliant to incorporate such evocative images. The Hopi Chief is fantastic against the dark background. Looking forward to the next stage...
    Alison x

  4. This would be such fun. I have worked on deco pages in the past which was the same idea, they stopped sending books out as they were lost in the mailing system so it was pages only which we then inserted into our own books.
    The Hopi indian is full of drama and mystery, it looks amazing, absolutely love the effect you achieved.

  5. I love this project! Yes, pretty winter-weary here and hoping that Spring shows her face soon!