Sunday, January 17, 2010
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
I visited one of my favorite old book shops.
I walked up and down the aisles admiring the old bindings and carefully opening up each treasure to see the beautiful Antique artwork.
Tucked in the corner I spotted a rocking chair, next to shelves and shelves of old children's books. Down at the very bottom shelf was this beautiful book peeking out.
I opened up the cover and could not believe my eyes The Adventures of Alice and Wonderland published in 1867.
Inside this treasure were the black and white illustrations that we often see.
Then there were these other book plates in full color that I had never seen before.
When I went to purchase the book, the shopkeeper remarked at what a beautiful book it was, and how she loved the color plates as well.
I have spent days restoring these beautiful works of art and creating some new designs with them. I do not like taking a book apart, I prefer scanning the images and then restoring them with my digital paintbox.
Several of my creations have been turned into fabrics on Spoonflower Fabrics.
I am just waiting for the swatches to arrive, so that I can approve them for sale.
My idea is to turn some of them into fabric wall hangings.
I have some other ideas for Alice, which I will post about another time.
Until then, I am having so much fun visiting with Alice and all the characters in this beautiful treasure. I feel a bit like Alice myself.