When I Am An Old Lady

by Angela

Here are some photos of latest book When I Am An Old Lady made for Book Art Object. All the text was Typed on my Silver-Reed Silverette Typewriter – not easy – there were plenty of screechy bits!  All images, hand carved Rubber Stamps and are Hand Printed/Stamped.

The idea for this book came from things I said I was going to do when I am an old lady – starting with – When I am an old lady I will have a blue rinse and a 1950’s Hairdo like the Queen…and the rest just followed from there.

I hand stamped the cover also. The first time I’ve managed to do this successfully. I made a slip cover and matching endpapers with a feather image. The feather image was created by putting a pile of found feathers on my scanner and scanning them at a high resolution.I would never have chosen these light colours (book cloth and endpapers) but I was on a Bookbinding Course at UWE last year and used a similar colour book cloth and really liked it. I also thought that this was good ‘old lady’ palette.


Book Art Object Edition #4

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dinahmow 4th February 2013 - 10:38 pm

hehehe! Love your take on the Mrs. Queen haircut!
And absolutely with you on the cages.Best feeling in the world was releasing birds when they regained strength.
Now…back to my books…

Carole 4th February 2013 - 11:41 pm

Your book is wonderful! I bet your heart was racing when you hand stamped the cover!

Angela 4th February 2013 - 11:48 pm

Thanks 🙂

I had an idea how I wanted the hairdo to look. I thought I would have to do loads of sketches – by fluke I drew it and got it as I wanted straight off.

Must have been a lovely feeling releasing the birds – for both parties!

Stamping the cover was nerve racking, but I stamped the cloth before I covered the book board and bound it. So if I messed it up it was just the cloth and not the whole cover.

Billie 9th April 2013 - 5:00 pm

The feather paper is fabulous, I'm going to have to try that!

Did you create the budgie stamp yourself? Its a great image.

Best wishes


Angela 9th April 2013 - 5:03 pm

Sorry for the delay. All stamps were drawn on to the rubber and hand cut with a scalpel by myself.

Shelley Whiting 13th August 2013 - 9:57 pm

Your book looks very fun and delightful.

Angela 13th August 2013 - 10:05 pm

Thank you Shelley 🙂


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