A Good Read

I’ve travelled the world twice over, Met the famous; saints and sinners, Poets and artists, kings and queens, Old stars and hopeful beginners, I’ve been where no-one’s been before, Learned secrets from writers and cooks. All with one library ticket To the wonderful world of books. – Anonymous –

Bliss for me is reading, so I was keen to participate in Gingersnap Creations challenge theme of “Read” .  Books have always been important to me.  My Mum ensured  I had a Library card from a young age.  Yes, I still have a Library card, its shabby appearance is testament to how well it is used.

For this challenge I used a page from Little Women and a quote from the woman herself ,which in my eyes tied in so well with the image by Oxford Impressions (based on the painting “Young Girl Reading” by Fragonard).

I distressed a book cover through tearing, sanding, painting, spraying walnut ink and Crackle Paint in Tattered Rose and Aged Mahogany. The book page I distressed using Distress Inks, water, scrunching, sanding, walnut ink spray and inking the edges. Embellishments were kept to a minimum, using only some crochet lace and some fine lace which I aged with inks and of course the Tim Holtz ticket which sums up the reading experience for me.

Update – I am so thrilled to have been made a Ginger Gem again!

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn Stevens
    May 27, 2010 @ 12:49:08

    Love the shabby chic look and the quote is great!


  2. thefrugalcrafter
    May 27, 2010 @ 13:36:44

    I love it Lynne, that challenge is on my t0-do list! I love your vintage style!


  3. Terry
    May 27, 2010 @ 13:49:54

    Love it Lynn! That is a great challenge and you did it so beautifully!


  4. Diane Whitehouse
    May 27, 2010 @ 14:16:52

    Absolutely lovely, Lynne!
    Diane x


  5. Willow
    May 27, 2010 @ 15:00:54

    Another beautiful piece Lynne!! I just love your style!!


  6. craftytrog
    May 27, 2010 @ 16:04:35

    Fantastic! Love the distressed look of this piece Lynne, I bet you had fun making it! x


  7. wezz
    May 28, 2010 @ 12:34:51

    oooh I love that quote! Got my first library card at age 6 and never looked back. I love books and couldn’t imagine a world without them. Your did a great job!



  8. Crafty Dawn
    May 28, 2010 @ 13:28:52

    Love the top quote I used to say something similar to my boys all the time ” You can be anything or any one, you go any where your imagination could possibly carry you” and I also tell them this can be in real life too “only you can stop you from going or being any thing you want to be or do!” And thankfully by boys have great dreams they aspire to be and places they wish to travel too.

    Being a mother is such a great responsibility and reading is such an essential part of that. I love your page and I also love that you can share with your mother. I hope my boys never grow tired of sharing their books, dreams and life with me.

    Love Dawn xx


  9. Linda L3
    May 29, 2010 @ 14:33:14

    This is really, REALLY gorgeous! You’re so right– the quote from Little Women is perfect for the image. Thank you so much for joining us at Gingersnap Creations. Your submission is wonderful!


  10. 2amscrapper
    May 29, 2010 @ 22:27:40

    what a wonderful piece of art!


  11. Penny
    May 30, 2010 @ 17:55:09

    This is terrific, Lynne – you’ve really captured a well-worn and loved look – just like so many of my favorite books!


  12. Chris
    May 30, 2010 @ 19:26:39

    Lynne, love love love this. The colours, the image and layout work so well.


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