Hi There!! It’s the last Wednesday of the month and that means it’s Blog Hop time at Artistic Outpost!! Our theme for February is BOOKS and I took it kind of literally, and started altering a book. I’m just making myself all kinds of new projects to work on this year!! 🙂
Join the Artistic Outpost Design Team on our creative adventure through the theme of ‘Books’-Take a stroll through the stacks and have a visit with my teammies–
Terry * Shari (That’s Me!) and you’re Here! * Tracy * Gerrie * Kate * Lisa
I have to admit that I’m really pleased with how this book cover came out!! Now, I’ve got 50 pages inside to deal with, but this book, has some really cool black and white photos inside, gosh, now that I look at it–there is a cool photo on every other page, with a couple of photos that take up both pages! I’ll be using that to my advantage for sure!!
OK–Now onto how I altered this (it’s basically 5″x7″) book into the new art journal that it’s become 🙂
I’m not using a lot of supplies to transform this book cover. I’ve got my Artistic Outpost Huck Finn stamp set, some Distress Spray Stains, tissue paper, a piece of mix-media paper–there’s some stamp pads sitting out of frame, too. I lucked out–the book cover is plain white, a completely blank, smooth surface, so I don’t have to prep it!
I started with running a little tissue tape over the binding of the book, then sprayed Salty Ocean, Wild Honey & Peeled Paint DSSs onto the cover. I spritzed just a little bit of water over the stains, then I heat dried. I stamped the text & words from the Huck Finn set onto tissue paper with Jet Black Archival and ‘fussy ripped’ out and applied to the outside of the book cover with matte gel.
I dry brushed a bit of gesso here and there and heat dried.
I added a bit of random stenciling with my Harlequin LS and Tea Dye DSS. I spritzed the spray stain through the stencil, then while the stencil was still in place, I lightly gave it a spritz of water, then I lifted the stencil off and heat set.
I stamped the paddle boat image with Jet Black Archival right onto the book cover and heat set. I adhered the token with game spinner to the corner with matte gel and mini foam dots and the mini gears in place with matte gel.
I stamped Huck and his boys onto mixed media paper with Jet Black Archival and water colored with my Distress Markers & my water brush. I fussy cut and inked the edges with Walnut Stain DI and my ink blending tool. I adhered them in place with matte gel and mini foam dots, then outlined them with the fine tip of my Walnut Stain DM.
I altered this old key brass key from my stash with Brushed Pewter DP, and altered the brad to match. I added the remnant rub words to the key and adhered to the book cover with matte gel & mini-foam dots.
When all of my embellies were in place, I masked the boys off, then gave the entire cover a spritz of Walnut Stain DM through my air art tool and heat set. I did not touch the cover again until all of those little spritzes of ink were dry!! I don’t think I smudged one little spritz–
–even on the back!! That’s AMAZING for me!!
And that’s my ‘BOOK’ themed creation for this month’s Artistic Outpost DT Blog Hop! But, this won’t be the last time you’ll see this little book-turned art journal! I’ll be keeping it close at hand on the crafting table for when those art journaling moments strike!!
Thank You for joining me for today’s Blog Hop-I hope you enjoyed your visit! Now, if you’re hopping in order, your next stop is at Tracy’s blog, but if you like to hop freely, here’s the team again-
Terry * Tracy * Gerrie * Kate * Lisa
Until next time–Stay Artsy Fartsy!!
SUPPLIES I USED:
- Huck Finn Stamp Set (Artistic Outpost)
- Hardcover Book (‘A Short Guide to a Happy Life’ by Anna Quindlen); Mixed-Media Paper (Strathmore); Tissue Paper; Tissue Tape & Remnant Rubs (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology)
- Distress Stain Sprays, Inks, Paints & Markers (Tim Holtz/Ranger); Archival Ink (Ranger); Gesso (Claudine Hellmuth/Ranger)
- Harlequin Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); Muse Token, Mini-Gears, Game Spinner (Tim Holtz/Idea-ology); Brass Key & Brad (my stash)
- Matte Gel (Liquitex); Finger Knife (Fiskars); Cutting Mat; Air Art Tool (Artworx); Mini Foam Dots; Paint Brush; Water Brush