Monday, February 8, 2016

Altered Book


Thank you for joining me for today's blog post! This months challenge theme over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blog is "Anything Love"! That is such a wide theme, as it could include a person, place or thing you love!

I decided to create an Altered book with a vintage feel, where I could keep pictures of loved ones, inspiration and memorabilia. I knew I wanted to stencil with texture paste. Use some chipboard embellishments with spray mists and Inka Gold products. But the rest was left up to the creative journey!

As you can see in the picture above, the red book on the bottom is an old book which I purchased at my local reuse center for .10 cents. The middle book is also a book I purchase at the reuse center but applied a coat of white gesso to the cover, spine and back cover. The top is my completed altered book!

I covered my entire book with White Gesso and let dry completely. I then painted on a very thin coat of antique white crackle texture to the surface and allowed that to completely dry.  I placed my favourite script stencil on top of the front cover and applied a thin layer of texture paste. Once again, I allowed it to completely dry.

I choose a few different spray colours in browns, blues and copper. By opening the book in the middle and placing it upside down on my craft mat it allowed me to be able to sprayed the cover, spine and back cover at the same time. This time, I used my heat gun to speed up the drying time!

Once complete and dry, I added my detailed chipboard embellishments to the cover and adhered them with Glossy Accents. I added a photo to the wonderful Mini Scroll Frame - the picture was part of a collage 12x12 patter paper I purchase some time ago.

I then painted all the chipboard embellishments with Black Gesso. I choose a few colours of Inka Gold in copper, brown, blues, and grey. I used my finger to apply each colour to the top - keeping it light for a blended look. I then added a thin layer of clear Pico Embellisher to the top of the Mini Scroll Frame for some shine.

Southern Ridge Chipboard Embellishments used:

Vintage Clock

I enjoyed sharing my Altered Book with you and hope you liked it. Please leave me a comment below and share your thoughts!

Remember to play along in the monthly challenge over on the Southern Ridge Trading Company blogEach month enter for your chance to win 4 designs from the online store - -$20 (before tax) retail value of YOUR OWN CHOOSING! 

Thanks for joining me today!

Take care,
Corina Finley

Live, Laugh & Create!

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