Sunday, 7 July 2013

Welcome Back France Papillon #1 Art Journal ....

I started by cutting a 6 x 8 canvas, so that I could neatly fold the canvas around the frame,then I glued it in place.


Out of 2 mm cardboard, I cut 3 pieces: one of 6 x 8 and two o 4 x 6. I painted the cardboardback and front and all the sides of the canvas with Honey Dew

Once dry, I applied Crackle Glaze, left it to dry and ended with a layer of Mud Splat Fresco Paint.


    After the crackle magic happened (happy moment) I went over the edges with a sanding grip and applied a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I stamped the Ink & The Dog Mini20 with Coffee Archival Ink and placed the hinge with fasteners.



Using linen ribbon as hinges, I attached the 2 pieces of cardboard to the frame. I covered the inside of the ‘doors’ with craft bazzil.

I ripped watercolor paper to the right size, applied Vintage Photo Distress ink on the edges and sew everything together (the 6 x 8 cardboard, the paper, the little frame with doors) using Coptic binding. 

There are tons of tutorials for this kind of binding on the internet; you can even choose one that works for you as not all tutorials follow the exact same pattern. This is how I dressed up the inside of the frame ...
I stamped a part of one of the wordings from the Eclectica 2 set by Sara Naumann with Black Archival Ink on a ripped piece of Crunchy Waxed Kraft Paper. Once dry, I slipped it into a (very nicely) rusted paperclip.


     
To attach it to the frame, I used even more rusted nails. I prepared my background image, which is Wings1, on Smoothy White Stamping Card with Black Archival Ink and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink blended with water on the edges.


     
 I made a little heart out of cold porcelain and painted with London Bus and Blood Orange. I added Crackle Glaze on top for a shiny finishing touch.

After colorizing a piece of gauze with Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I glued a piece on the first and one on the last page of the journal, which is now 3,5 cm thick! It will be perfect to write down all those fantastic quotes I want to use in my art journaling.

I hope you enjoyed tonight's project and look forward to seeing you join in the GD challenge this week. I will be back tomorrow night with another make.


Leandra Says: Love this innovative project, genius idea for mini canvases. You are so clever at getting great distressed effects France!

Gillian Says: Love how you used canvas to create this gorgeous little art journal, looks like a real old treasured keepsake. Fab project to kick start the week France.




40 comments:

Linda Cain said...

WOW! Just WOW!

~Linda

Helen said...

Beautiful, France!!

Astrid Maclean said...

What an incredibly clever and innovative project, love it!

Gio said...

oh, it's so gorgeous, and fresh!!

I've just two canvases on my desk right now...I hope to find the time to alter them this week, this one is so inspirational!

Sid said...

This looks so authentically ancient ! Great project.

isisimaginings.com said...

That is so gorgeous!!!! I love how Coptic binding looks, but it seems so complicated, not sure I'm brave enough to attempt it.....

craftimamma said...

I'm with Kirsten on the binding but what a fabulous mini journal. Love the really aged look of it.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Trish said...

Very clever, very creative - love it! Great start to the week!

Lin said...

Love this France..definitely going to have go at this one!!

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a lovely effect! It looks like a wonderful little antique! Must try this! Julie Ann x

JoFY said...

I love this project!!!!
Jo

nefertiti said...

Wow! it's perfect project!!!bizz

Alison said...

Gorgeous project France! Must investigate that binding technique :o)
Did you take a photo of the inside of the cover...would love to see.
Alison xxx

Leandra Franich said...

Hi France
Love this project, and the extra three piccies are now there, so we can see the inside. Looks superb, the colour is a great combo! Leandra

Paper Paradise said...

I have to say, this is absolutely beautiful! It amazes me how you can make such a thing of beauty like this. FANTASTIC! x

Jane Wetzel said...

this is so cool! always love the way you get results France!

Kay Wallace said...

If I hadn't actually just read this tutorial, I would have thought this journal was a piece found hidden in my great great grandmother's attic. So beautifully done, France!

Carol Q said...

oooh I definitely need to make one of those!

Kezzy said...

Wow this is gorgeous absolutely stunning. I have wanted to try a mini journal like this. Can I ask, is the frame something you made or bought and covered in canvas or did you cut into a mini canvas. I'm probably being thick but I can't tell lol. Thanks Kezzy :-) xxx

Susie Bentz said...

Amazing project!

Rebecca said...

Uber cool love it :)
Happy craftin
Rebecca

Anna said...

Love this France!!! It gives me all kinds of ideas for doing a antiqued little book with photos of my grandparents and great-grandparents.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Monique said...

Wow, I'm in love. Your booklet is stunning.So very very beautiful. Love all the details.
xx

Alison said...

Thanks for the extra pics Leandra! It's fantastic inside & out! xxx

butterfly said...

Really stunning, France - beautiful crackle and such a fantastically designed structure.
Alison x

Reflective Art Studio said...

This is wonderful... Thank you.
sarinda

voodoo vixen said...

Oh yes, this is one of those things I want to hold in my hands... absolutely gorgeous... now to find me a canvas!!

Yours Artfully said...

What a beautiful project, there is something special about a hand bound journal and this fab little project definitely ticks all my boxes.
Lin

Bonnie Irvine said...

France, I find this journal so intriguing. It is beautiful both in appearance and construction. I love the aged look you achieved with the crackle, sanding, and vintage colours. The linen hinges and coptic binding are rich details. Beautiful use of these stamps. Like everything else you create, I have learned so much. Thanks for the continued inspiration.

Dawn Louise said...

Not thick hun, I wondered same lol. looks like cut in a folded back around the frame x

LindaS said...

All over the top gorgeous projeckt. Love it.

Corrie Herriman said...

Love it, fabulous project !

a Lut of stamps said...

OK France, stop convincing me. I know you're the top! Kidding...please keep on being amazing.

GA said...

As always, you make such inspiring projects!

toni said...

A fabulous little book! Love the vintage style and the little 'doors' revealing the picture, gorgeous work x

silvergran said...

Fab project!

Barb said...

Just Beautiful!!!
Barb
USA

Karen K. said...

Your creativity just amazes me! Keep those projects coming!

Jane Wetzel said...

Holy moly France! This is so cool- you are uber talented!

Mafalda Du Bois said...

reach for the sky
Hug,
Carla

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