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The invitation by hogret The invitation by hogret
Altered Book

Spread 2 of the alternative re-telling of the Bluebeard fairytale.
(Spread 1 is here [link] )

She receives flowers from her suitors.
Swooning with anticipation, she opens the envelope.
Seductive invitations and options flutter onto the floor.
Which invitation is most enticing?
How can she possibly choose?
She has to, just has to, keep exploring.
She is so curious to see what happens next.
So am I!

Collage: acrylic glazes; patterned tissue paper; packing tape transfers; Leyendecker 1920s Saturday Evening Post illustrations; vintage brass keyhole / escutcheon; ribbons.
The little delivery boy is mounted on board, lifted above the page with foam sticky squares. The manila envelope slides behind him, and can be removed. Tucked inside the envelope are billets doux (of a kind) from the four suitors. The four different coloured ribbons are attached to
(1) a platinum credit card
(2) a burnt piece of parchment with a poetry scrap on it
(3) a map of a golf course
(4) a key (aha, aha!)

EDIT:
Each billet doux directs you to a future page in the story.
If you choose the Sugar Daddy's platinum credit card, you have to go to page 4 [link]
If you choose the poetry, you have to go to page 5 [link]
If you choose the map from the accountant, you have to go to page 6 [link]
If you choose the key, you go straight to the end of the story [link]

A more traditional version of the Bluebeard story is here [link]
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CrowFairy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful, love the colors and layers. I enjoyed reading your description of your work as well. I am working on some altered books and this inspires me.
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hogret Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Thanks! I love altrered books - hope you are having fun with yours!
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EvelynK Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Oh so lovely.
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hogret Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Thank you!
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myroski Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010   General Artist
I love the choice element
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think57 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
i love how you actually pull things out of the envelope! this is great. :]
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21imp Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I am learning a lot by seeing this. Thank you.
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
I learnt a lot by making it! Thanks for the nice comment.
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ab-insula-Avalonia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The ribbons are a lovely touch!
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ab-insula-Avalonia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry about the double post.:sheepish:
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ab-insula-Avalonia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The ribbons are a lovely touch!
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wednesdaywolf Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
love your work!
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GeorginaRagazza Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
WOW!!! I love all the layers and the envelope with its juicy secrets... there's so much to see her but it doesn't feel busy or distracting. It's just a sheer delight and I bet it *feels* wonderful as well. All those lovely textures. <drool>

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous
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ferdicamacho Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i never really liked collages, but this one is amazing =]]]] i really loved your composition and the subjects!
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Thank you!!
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Why can't I fave this again?
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Yumaec Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This composition is awesome, different, unique and stunning ! kudos! :hug:
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Poor Cupid in the birdcage!
(I guess you decided not to go with the wooden cross :D)
Seriously, this is the cat's pjs!
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paper-saints Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
Really beautiful :+favlove:
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