Here's the book in its entirety above - front and back cover spread-eagled. I have been having a lot of fun experimenting with faux paint and mixed media techniques in order to get that rustic, layered and authentic look I have come to love - particularly in the ATC above. A nice discovery I made whilst decorating the cover of the book, was the use of old, nearly dried up rub-ons. The word Delicate on the front cover, was an old rub-on layered over dye mixed with background paint prep. As I slowly removed the film that the rub-on was on, it began to peel the not-quite-dry paint away to leave the background colour and the word that was supposed to have been black, white instead. The rub-on, of course, did not stick - as that was what pulled the paint away. I'd love to know if anyone else has had success with this accidental discovery of mine or whether it was just sheer fluke on my part that it worked as well as it did? As you can see, the word "Beginning" actually stuck to the book, with only a little of the paint peeled away. I still like the end result, however.
Now for a quick mention about my friend Lyle, who recently took some of my own mail art send-offs and made more art with them. Titled, The Mysterious Lady from New Zealand, Lyle turned this envelope I made (and the contents inside of it):
Wow Lyle! You rock!!! And if I may say so...I really DO look good in red!