Sanding the words off of the page works well with a single sheet, except that the paper sometimes tears. But if the pages are glued to cloth, they don't seem to stick well at the edges.
And the sanding is (a) dusty and (b) tedious.
So I looked for sheer fabrics that could be glued over the unsanded pages to get the "same" effect. Best was the (matte) grey silk organza, but I haven't got the energy to track down a big-enough chunk of it.
So while the next Big Idea sprouted in that dark area known as the subconscious, I did a little "space clearing" - rummaging through the cacophony of fabrics to sort out another bag to send out into the world. And found a bit of crumpled paper with some wild stitching ... here it is in the tiny window in the 8" sample; this effect would of course look a bit different in the huge centre of the 60x100cm piece -
Baking parchment??? - it comes in white (I found a too-small piece, left over from a previous project) - and in a brown that I find silently stomach-clenching. It crumples well and might be strong enough as is, or as "two layers joined by stitch" - for stitch there would be in any case -
Another possibility - gesso on the pages to obscure the words - tinted rather than stark white - here are some colour experiments -
The final decisions are near. And to be honest, I just want to get this done and dusted! Looking forward to some crumpling, layering, and chaotic stitching ... and seeing how it turns out.