Now I'll go back to what I did before that, in real time. Prior to and partially during the work on the monotype part of the spread, I had to prepare the pages in the book onto which it was going to be glued. On both sides, I stuck the first 3 pages together to create a thicker, sturdier surface to attach everything to. (I could not yet glue them to the book cover because I knew there was going to be stitching.) I laid the monotype down to determine where its placement and drew around the edges so that I would know what portions of the pages would be showing when the whole spread was assembled. After gluing down some collage elements such as vintage book pages, maps, and sewing pattern pieces, image transfers of the same cuneiform letters I had used on the front cover were added.
left side collage
These were followed by the eggs, which had been printed on tracing paper. the paper wrinkled when I tried to glue it into place, but I liked the effect, so I left it. Lastly, the stitching was done.
right side collage
right side detail
At that point, it was time to glue the monotype (floating girl) into place. But first, there were a few more details to take care of- just little tweaks here and there. The only change of note was the addition of the feathers...
which were generously donated by my friend's pet parrot. So here's the final version...
What do you think?