Wednesday, 16 August 2017

2017 #11 Books: Whimsical Mini Book {by Claire Snowdon}

2017 Topic 11: Books - mini, maxi, binding


Time to find your zutter binding thingybob...they make a super quick binding that allows you to flip about your pages at whim! Grteat for shopping lists or something a bit more special like Claire has created for this post!

Hi everyone, it's Claire Snowdon here with you today, and I'd like to share with you my spiral bound mini book.



I created a mini stack of backgrounds using the scrubby paint technique that Leandra often uses - I used Snowflake, Blue Oyster, Wisteria and Blush Fresco Finish Paints.  Blending them together whilst still wet to create a dreamy kind of look.


I choose all my favorite quotes from Alison Bomber's two new stamp sets (stockists here) - this was soooo hard as they are all fabulous!  I used the quotes with Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint to create interest in the pages - this also means that when I want to create a mini page in my book I don't have to start from scratch and there is no fear of the blank page!



I varied the stamping using less paint in some areas to vary the look of the background pages.



The covers are two pieces of greyboard cut to size, which were painted in the same way.  I used Lin Brown's stamps (ELB29 and ELB30), again stamped using the same colour paints, to decorate the front and back covers.  I added my most favorite quote from Alison's stamps then gave the front and back a coat of Satin Glaze to help protect it.



I added some White Fire Treasure Gold around the edges before binding the book using my cinch machine.  I felt that the bare spiral was a bit boring so I took some white ribbon and coloured it using the same paints to create a coordinating decorative finish.



The ribbon was cut up and tied to each of the spirals - I love the extra romance it adds to my whimsical book!


So there is my mini book all ready for journalling.....I love the fact the colours are muted but that the pages are not blank so not daunting to start creating on.  Alison's new stamps are wonderful and can be used for both background texture and interest as I have here, but also for the main focal quote on any project.

Thanks for joining me tonight,
Claire

Blog: Claire's Crafty Makes
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I love how your soft colour palette created such a gentle tone to the whole project Claire! And stamping those quotes in white looks fantastic too! Great tips! ~Leandra


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Monday, 14 August 2017

2017 #11 Fabric Book with LPC {by Kate Yetter}

2017 Topic 11: Books - mini, maxi, binding


We have another clever crafty cookie up for the Topic 'Books' today. In this post, Kate has delved into the world of fabric pages, which when combined with Lynne Perrella Stamps, is an absolute dreamy piece of eye-candy!!
We are so fortunate to have such an amazing pool of talent to share with you on this blog. Grab a comfy spot to stretch out and enjoy this one!

Hello Everyone, Kate here today. I am so excited to show you what I have made for our theme: Books! This is one of my all-time favorite themes because reading is something I am always doing in my spare time. And if you love something, the natural thing to do as an artist is to carry that over into your artwork.

For this project I made something that I have always wanted to make but never have. A fabric book. When I originally planned this, I thought, “How hard can this be?” Of course that is a bad way to start any project because you are just setting yourself up for problems. 

Everything was going great until I got to the inside page setup. I messed this up and had to re-do it. I learned that in the future when making books, I need to think and plan page layouts through more thoroughly.


The thing I love most about this project is the raw edges of the fabric and the various stitching. I used several different stitches and incorporated a few different thread colors.


For the cover, I used Fresco Finish paints over a layer of gesso and painted directly onto my fabric surface. 


I stamped my main images (from the Lynne Perrella Collection) LPC022, LPC025...


 ... over the dry paint and embellished with stamped images colored and cut from cardstock.


The inside pages were made in their entirety before I sewed them onto the fabric.



I used Lynne Perrella stamps for the background and to embellish the pages.



I love a book cover that draws me in but I love it even more when the inside captivates my attention. I hope you are encouraged to go make your own book and to fill it with pretty stamped images. I enjoyed this project so much that I am going to continue making more pages for the inside. I will be sharing one of those pages over on my blog today, so come have a look.
 

Thank you for stopping by the PaperArtsy Blog.
 

Kate Yetter
Blog: http://scrapyardthe.wordpress.com

Wow, this is a stunner to be sure! I love how those folded card layers add a wonderful dimension to each of the beautifully decorated pages! This is a coffe table book if ever I saw one, I think you have found a new string to your bow Kate!



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Sunday, 13 August 2017

2017 #11 Books: The evolving Book {by Bryan Evans}

2017 Topic 11: Books - Book As You Go


I am so pulled into Bryan's intuitive style of creating. He just seems to go with the flow so smoothly, and his work always has a fabulous, almost raw feel from the found elements and his photography too, but there is a sense of a true depth to the reasons behind the layers and process. I find this approach super-inspiring.


Hi everyone, it's Bryan here from GeezerCrafter with you today, and I'd like to share with you my Book As You Go project.

I wanted to create a sort of 'loose' style of book that I could constantly add to over time. The front and back cover consists of collage elements using the fab range of Mini stamps and some of the Fresco Chalk Paint range. The board from the Please Do Not Bend envelopes makes great stability for the covers.


This worked really well for me, just a brayered layer of Inky Pool Fresco Chalk Paint, and some smearage direct from Distress Oxide Faded Jeans.


Really pleased that I did not brayer to the edges, sits nicely with the colour of the collaged elements.




Banana Fresco Chalk Paint, nice combination with Little Black Dress, I made a collograph printing plate by using stamped and cut out beach huts using Jofy JM24. I little left over paint was used with some wood pens to make some marks.



Just love the fishy stamp!!
These Mini stamps are a joy to work with, I enjoyed making backgrounds and focal points. A bit of my photography of a telegraph pole outside our house, makes an interesting combination.


This page initially did not work for me, So I used this to 'clean' off the brayer from other pages. When I came back to it a few days later, I really liked it, made me feel relaxed and 'grounded'. I will make some more like this and place at intervals in the book!


As my book has no 'set' pages I can incorporate different substrates, here I found some plastic packaging. Really pleased how it took a mixture of Inky Pool and Banana Fresco Chalk Paints.


I have really enjoyed making this book, I look forward to seeing your take on this challenge. There are lots of style of book that you can make. I am going to try making accordion and concertina books. Try to incorporate different types of art with your stamps, paints and Inks. Check out all of those fab Mini range of stamps, don't forget there are also Signature designers ranges too.

Blog: www.geezercrafter.com
Facebook: Bryan G Evans

I love that this book can evolve; pages can be added, removed, re-organised in any order - what a fantastic way to make a book suit you perfectly! Wonderful!


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Saturday, 12 August 2017

2017 #11: Art Journal {by Anneke de Clerck}

2017 Topic 11: Books - mini, maxi, binding



It's wonderful that every night during this topic our creative team are showing such a wide range of 'book' ideas. Tonight Anneke is using pages of all shapes and sizes with a really cool binding idea! I bet you can't resist having a go at this method!


Hi everyone, it's Anneke with you today, and I'd like to share an Art Journal I've made. I decorated the covers as well as the inside pages using paints, stamps and mini masks.
I love making books but lots of bindings are quite complicated. Measuring, making holes, using all kinds of difficult stitches....Non of this is necessary here!  For the binding I've chosen to work with tape, a super easy way to assemble a book!

The journal measures 14 by 18 cm. I decorated the front cover of the book with flowers from the EEG22 stamp set. They were stamped on gesso-ed book text.


I started by coloring 10 sheets of paper (front and back) by picking up paint from a gel printing plate. An easy way to quickly make a bunch of backgrounds.

After drying I decorated each page using PaperArtsy Emma Godfrey mini masks. I used PM002, PM006, PM007 and PM008. I alternated white stenciling and colored stenciling. 



Finally I overstamped the painted backgrounds using PaperArtsy EEG stamps (EEG22 (shown above), as well as EEG02, EEG07, EEG14, EEG15). 

 

I stamped with white paint and Distress Oxide inks in matching colors. Oxide inks do work well on paint but I noticed the ink stays wet for quite a long time so that's something to hold in mind.

To attach the front and back cover I used duct tape. In order to make room for the inside pages it's important to create a spine. That's the reason I provided a gap in between the front and back covers. I measured the height of my inside pages (0.6 cm) so the gap here measures 0.6 cm.

I put a strip of tape on the inside as well, trimmed to size with scissors.


The arrow on the picture shows were to put the first page before taping.

I flipped over the first page and added tape on the back as well. I continued taping the pages one by one. 

To avoid the spine from getting too thick I alternated duct tape and washi tape.

I  only used black and white tape, love the contrast on the colored pages.

For an interesting look I worked with pages in different sizes.

This flower mask (PM002) is one of my favorites. 

The EEG stamp sets contain lots of small stamps, ideal for background stamping.

Love how the stamps Emma Godfrey designed match perfectly with her mini masks!

I finished each page off with a white pen.

Duct tape is very strong, perfect to use for book binding.


I wanted to use a binder clip as a closure but I only had a red clip in my stash so I customized one by adding a strip of tape. 

When making a 'filled' book it can be difficult to start. How do I fill all those blank pages, how do I start? I tried to avoid the 'fear of the blank page' by working in steps (painting, stenciling and stamping) and by limiting my supplies. Before starting I picked my paint colors (lime, orange, pink, turquoise plus white), masks and stamps and I repeated working with the same supplies on each page. This helps to end up with coherent pages as well.

I hope you'll look out for pretty duct tape and give this binding a try. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping by!

Anneke


Your explanation is perfect, and that duct tape binding is such a smart idea! I love the pop of black and white that brings too! And binding decorated pages has lots of benefits! Great idea! Thanks Anneke for so much inspiration! Leandra



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