The big “secret” project that I’ve mentioned in a few recent posts is finally finished. I’ve been working on a book for Karlie’s graduation, and I presented it to her at a little graduation gathering last night.
I originally planned to make a digital photo book. Then I decided I wanted it to be a story book, with a fairy tale theme and illustrated backgrounds. At first I downloaded some backgrounds from the internet, but then decided I wanted to paint my own, even if they were somewhat primitive (realistic art is a long way off for me). Somewhere early in the creation process, I ran across a series of tutorials on how to make your own art journal from scratch, starting with watercolor paper, book binding needle and thread, and an awl. I wanted to try it, so I bound my own journal, then added bright watercolor backgrounds and colorful collage borders from color copies of my own art work, Teesha Moore style. It took several months from start to finish, but I had great fun along the way, combining photos, art, lettering, collage, painting, etc. into a fun, whimsical, fairytale book about my Princess.
In the end, I decided to make a slide show from the book, and was thrilled to find the perfect song, “You are My Princess,” by Elton John, to accompany it. Karlie was born a princess, still IS a princess, and I suspect will always be a princess. No matter what, she will always be MY princess.
Here is a link to the video of the book.
The password is Princess