Tuesday, March 04, 2008

'Wings Over Paris' Altered Book

2-08-KerstensBook, originally uploaded by Collage Contessa.
(this and the 2nd 2-page spread works for Wednesday Stamper's theme 'Stars'.)

Does art ever make you 'pine' for something, someone or someplace? Working in this latest altered book has made me long to visit Paris, France. I've never been there. DH and I keep saying we're going to go on our 20th anniversary. Well, that's this July. I doubt we'll get there, so I have to be content with doing Paris art. Have you ever been to France? What's your favorite thing? What would you be sad you had missed if you hadn't gone to see it? A friend lives in Paris and is always saying 'I went here or there, and such.' I love listening to her tell about the places she goes daily. I dream of there being just these massive (and cheap) flea markets and little hole in the wall antique type shops where I'll find all the ephemera and assemblage pieces I've always dreamed about. I want to take pics of all the buildings, the details of the architecture and use it in my art. I want to experience french food and the countryside (I love bread and cheese!) My only problem is, I'm afraid if I go, I'll never want to leave! lol

(2nd pic shows this spread with the lace piece down)


Closeups

26 comments:

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow what a stunning book. Love it. Absolutely great work.

Vallen said...

The book is tres jolie. Your fears are not unfounded. I spent only three days in Paris and I cannot get it out of mind. It sizzles!!!

Alexandra Knittel said...

Ohhhh wow this book is a dream!

tina's space said...

your altered book is just gorgeous!

Micki said...

Very cool Kris.

Alisa said...

What a beautiful book! I haven't been to France, but I would love a spontaneous four day weekend in Paris.

trisha too said...

This is beautiful. I want to come see all your pretties. Don't be such an art hog.

Never been to Paris, but hear good and bad things . . .

claudilue said...

Great work.

crissi said...

wow stunning work

Claudette said...

Wow is right...this is just so pretty, love your book, one of the nicest I ever viewed

Femmy said...

OOhh this is soo beautiful!!!!

Paula said...

Really stunning pages, this must be one gorgeous book to hold & leaf through.

Kathy~Vintage Snaps & Scraps said...

This book is beyond stunning...what a terrific piece.

~*~Patty said...

Oohh, fantastic altered book spreads, love it!

Lisa Renéa said...

I dream of visiting Paris, too! This book is truly GORGEOUS!! What a breathtaking mix of images and techniques. Thanks for sharing it!

vintage wil said...

WOW!This is so beautiful!!!

sondic said...

wow oh wow oh WOW!!! LOVEEED your book (especially since I too pine for par-ee!!)
I am definitely bookmarking your page to visit again soon! ooh la LA!

filetta said...

very beautiful about Paris, the images are very beautiful

Rosie said...

You have captured the essence of Paris as far as I'm concerned! What a beautiful book. I was lucky enough to visit Paris twice and it left a lasting impression on me. I miss great coffee, fresh croissants and the 'arty air'!! I adore it and I think, were I to return, I would probably never leave... :o)

cmoh said...

OH wow! this is a book that I could look at over and over and over again...What a fantastic piece...and yes, it does make me want to go to Paris!

Barbara Hagerty said...

C'est Magnifique! What a gorgeous book! I dream of being in Paris. . .

redhead7-Glenda said...

I love it. Especially love the gorgeous picture of the girl. Great!

aino said...

This is so gorgeous. Magnificent work.

stamp and scrape said...

What a beautiful keepsake!
Ros

strangerontheearth said...

Haven't been to France, but I've been to England and never forgotten it. I wouldn't trade those trips for the world. Go, go, go!

My husband and I will also be married 20 years, in May.

Your book is stunning!

Laura said...

Dreamy and beautiful! Reminds me of the fairytales my father would read to me as a child. Really lovely artwork!
Creatively Yours, Laura