theresa mARTin

mixed media art

In This House – Inspiration


In This House by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn available from Amazon.

Once a year during the monthly meeting at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria, VA, people bring in their favorite books to share and this was my friend Sharon’s contribution. We all love the work of Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn. A challenge was proposed for us to use the book and the template it provides to create our own houses.  The challenge is due in June.  We have discussed making a “fat book” (remember them from the 90″s?).   Each person who makes a book can print out one of their pages several times to combine into one book.  We may simply share what we’ve done in our usual SHOW AND TELL portion of the meeting.  I enjoyed working on mine and look forward to seeing what others make. How I made the book is at the bottom of this post.

I cut out the shaped pages from 90 lb Arches Hot Press watercolor paper and painted them with ink. Next step was gelli printing, followed by spray painting with stencils. Images, some printed on transparencies, and collage papers finished the process.  I bound the pages with eyelets and ribbons. Voilà! While that voilà expresses that I am satisfied with the project, it did take several days and sometimes it fought me.  It took several hours a day over a week of time.  Thanks for looking.


6 thoughts on “In This House – Inspiration

  1. Theresa, these are just gorgeous — thank you for sharing so many beautiful photos of the pages and details. The colors, the layers, the “glow”… just breathtaking! I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with for this fun challenge.

  2. Totally spectacular. Thank you for showing us your book.
    PS Sharon’s comment was exactly what I was about to say .hahahaha

  3. I forgot to add one detail. The pages are 9″ x 12″.

  4. Looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the process…as I have been working that way also. Love your palette colors and all the pattern!

    Hope you are well.


  5. Love this so much! Thanks for sharing!

  6. gorgeous Theresa!! I have this book too and remember doing “house” art swaps:)

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