27 Nov

Altered Book: Bears Never Dream of Running Away to Join the Circus

Altered Book: Bears Never Dream of Running Away to Join the Circus

It’s really frustrating when I spend a lot of time working on something and when I’m done I don’t feel happy with it. That’s how I felt about this altered book Wednesday afternoon after spending most of the day on it. I felt the composition was too busy and I’d managed to completely de-emphasize the book part of this altered book because pages and bookish elements are mostly hidden. I stepped away for awhile and was able to look at it with fresh eyes later. Now I like it. It’s very different from the other altered books I’ve created so far.

Altered Book: Bears Never Dream of Running Away to Join the Circus

I’d been trying to come up with ideas to make further use of the bag of wooden animals I picked up at a garage sale. I used a tiger and rabbit in a previous work, and chose the bear this time with the thought that it’s posture resembled that of a performing bear. I went looking for a rubber ball for the bear to balance upon and then remembered I had a set of circus-themed paper dolls in my stash of ephemera. And with that, a circus book was born!

Altered Book: Bears Never Dream of Running Away to Join the Circus

Altered Book: Bears Never Dream of Running Away to Join the Circus

Altered Book: Bears Never Dream of Running Away to Join the Circus

Materials used in this book: book, tissue paper, recycle paper bag, wooden bear, rubber ball, stars, circus-themed paper dolls, thread and needles.

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