12 July 2009

I recently purchased a massive 10lb Bible for a piece I am currently doing.

Only after I had bought it did I realise just how perfect this Danish bible would be for my current project.

Sorry can’t explain why, just for now.

I had to wait till Michael came to bring it in his case.

Can you imagine the postage costs to Australia of this.

Together with this Bible came another brilliant (brilliant for the piece) purchase of this Bible

but one with a difference

It was a salesman catalogue.

I got 3 covers out of it which is all I really want these Bible for anyway……

When I pulled apart 2 of the covers here is what I found

I am always shocked by what actually goes into the making of these antique books

Hence I had to share with you and asked you to guess.

We have 3 winners!

I am amazed and in awe that they were able to identify this

As we say down here…

Good on ya mates!


Evidence of an Artistic Life

Looks like something spilled on cardboard-like a resin of some sort



Old dried and crackled adhesive on carboard



My guess is dried glue or some sort of acrylic or other similar medium that's dried up and cracked

Congratulations to all three!

Please email me your addresses so I can send your prize please.



Anonymous said...

There is a HUGE Swedish bible at my local flea market that is closed for the next 4 weeks...Hopefully it will still be there when it reopens! Thanks for sharing ideas on what to do with it! Gina

stregata said...

Congratulations to the winners! I am so amazed that "that" was inside the book covers! Unbelievable!!

Kimmie said...

we have an old Danish family Bible just like this one ..... I am looking forward to seeing what you make with it :)

spindelmaker said...

It is a bit difficult to read the words, as most are slightly out of focus. But it seems you might have a Swedish Bible, not a Danish one. "Heliga" is a swedish word. I don´t know if it makes any difference to you, but I thought I´d let you know. "Och" is the swedish word for "and", and so on. The languages are close, with Norwegian in the middle. "Dette" (this) and "hele" (whole) in Danish in Norwegian, "Detta" and "hela" in Swedish. Just a couple of examples I think I see in the text.

Corrine said...

COngratulations to the winners. What fantastic old books. Have fun with them.

Stepping off the edge said...

Congratulations! I would have never guessed that was inside a book! way to go!

Chrisy said...

Congrats to the winners! Some fabulous fodder for an amazing art piece here me thinks...

Kerin said...

This was such fun to play and to be one of the lucky three is absolutely delightful! I think my fondness for crackle medium helped me to guess. :) Thanks so much Judy!!!

It was amazing seeing where this crackled surface actually was.

Kim said...

Congrats to the winners, good guessing! Funny how different the pics appear now you see them in context, and I can't wait to see what you make with them either!

Nicomi "Nix" Turner said...

Love your blog!

BloggingQueen said...

I'm thinking you're going to cut out part of the design on the cover (maybe the circles?), something like you did with the most recent project you showed us. The one where you just about kilt yourself trying to cut through the cover. I just remember it was a much tougher material than you thought you'd be dealing with.

Judy said...

Well at this stage I am not touching the cover or the Bible because I
always do the inside of the books first.
I always leaves the covers etc last.
Its like the icing on the cake.
I may change my mind in the middle as things magically appear.
Only last night did I change my concept on how I want to do this piece - love it.
So no cutting for now.
All I will hint at is that the circles are crucial to the subject matter - heheheheheheheehhe.

Poetic Artist said...

What beautiful books..
Can not wait to see.

Jen Crossley said...

Cant wait to see what you come up with Im sure it will be amazing though

Pearl Maple said...

Congrats to your lucky winners. You do manage to find the most amazing books to start with, it must be a never ending treasure hunt.

Sue McGettigan said...

What fabulous books/covers - can't wait to see what you make out of them! Good thing you have a personal courier, those things would have cost a TON of postage ...

Deryn Mentock said...

You do find the very best things!

kecia said...

hey, i was right, but a little late! and i didn't read the answer first, really! i've pulled apart a few books myself and that just seemed quite familiar! nice job, fun contest!

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JoAnnA Pierotti said...

Hi Judy, What a great find!

Not sure if you will get this email as I know you are in the states. But I am working really hard on getting down to your workshop next weekend. Have to be in San Francisco again on Thursday, so if all goes well, we will head down to So. Calif.

I will be so excited if I get to meet you and take your workshop.

Keeping my fingers crossed and saying my prayers!

xoxoxo joanna

rochambeau said...

Beautiful Bible's Judy. With great covers and illustrations! Congrats to your winners. They are lucky indeed!
Can not wait to see what you will create with the one Michael is bringing you.


paris parfait said...

Congrats to the lucky winners! I am amazed at the wonderful antique and vintage books you find - and even more, what you do with them when you find them! Such incredible work! xo

ArtPropelled said...

The suspense could kill me!... LOL can't wait to see what you create, Judy.

rivergardenstudio said...

What an amazing old Bible... I love the cover,and the inside, and I am excited to see what you make with this! Roxanne