Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Exquisite Corpse page - step by step

Laura has asked me if I could post a tutorial about putting book pages together. Hm, all I have is a bunch of photos that show how one of my Exquisite Corpse book pages (the one you see below, it can also be found in the Sept/Oct issue of Somerset Studio, page 71) evolved. This is the finished book page, colour-copied and mounted on a sturdy base.

The first step was painting the background with watersoluble crayons.

I decided to use this lovely antique photo of a young lady that I´ve found at the flea market in my hometown.


A few pieces of torn book pages were added to the background, and a b/w photocopy of the lady is searching for her place.

The lady is in place here. Before I glued her down, I painted over the photocopy with watersoluble crayons. I added the hat and the border at the bottom and stamped the raven on the branch at the top.

Here you can compare the painted lady to her real ancestor.
There´s still missing something.

Of course I had to add the three text compartments that were necessary for the Exquisite Corpse idea of a page in three parts. Then I stamped the swirls in a dominant colour to balance the design.

This is what I´ve sent to Ingrid finally, together with my second page of course.
(You can see the Shirley Temple page here - I have used a Dover image and gave her new clothes made from different papers. The background was painted with easter egg dyes.

7 comments:

Laura said...

Wow this is brilliant and thank you so much. I love the fact you have written it so simply and directly with no waffle. Straight to the point. I shall go and play in my sketch book now! Many many thanks.

peggy gatto said...

Thank you!!!!
I love shirley too!!!

Lindart said...

Did you have some kind of guidline as to the placement on the page? it's amazing how they all fit together! You did a wonderful job!

Celeste Santin said...

This looks great and I love the technique.

muckypup said...

Marion,
I have just read the article in Somerset Studio, and I love the whole idea! Your page was wonderful as always. I am intrigues as to how you all managed to get the pages to line up properly and in proportion!

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Marion,
Great post, love seeing all the steps in your process! Gave me a lot of inspiration just at the time I needed it, thank you! And thank you, too, for leaving such a kind comment on my blog, it feels really good getting back into the "swing" of things!
All my best, Kathy

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Marion,
Great post, love seeing all the steps in your process! Gave me a lot of inspiration just at the time I needed it, thank you! And thank you, too, for leaving such a kind comment on my blog, it feels really good getting back into the "swing" of things!
All my best, Kathy