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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Voodoo Queen

I participated in two swaps for the Wicked Tea event. One was to make a voodoo book inspired by Marie Laveau. I made two books, one to keep and one for my swap partner Jan. I made them as old voodoo books that have been lovingly used for many, many years. Getting a little worn and distressed, but still magical. Here are some pics of the books.

Every voodoo queen needs a bit of widow's veil and purity candles.

I found some inspiring images and then made up spells, instructions, and ancient myths to go with them. I typed everything on my old typewriter to give it more of a worn feel.

For the pages, I used tracing paper, watercolor paper, and drawing paper. I liked the different textures of each. I sprayed, inked, distressed, even burned the pages to give them a well-used feel.

Here is the GORGEOUS book that Jan made for me. Her theme is of Marie Lavaeu writing a book to her daughter, passing along the recipes and needs of her customers. She wrote a beautiful story and included images of the "customers." It is so creative and beautiful. The book itself looks professionally made.

Each page is more beautiful than the next. Every time I go through the book, I see something new. What a talented woman! Thanks, Jan. I will treasure it forever.

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Blogger Julie Boeck said...

Neat project!

October 21, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger dianapena8 said...

Your book is Amazing, full of great details, it really looks like the real thing, I lol at the bat with the human face, the book you got is also very stunning =D

October 21, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Hi Erica~
Love all your latest Halloween projects- the potion book, the bottles, cuff. Looks like you are all set for Halloween this year. Enjoy trick-or-treating with the kiddos!

October 25, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

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