Wednesday 25 February 2015

2015 #4 Miniature Wearable Book! {by Keren Baker}

2015 Topic 4: Miniature Art

Hi everyone Keren here, joining you this evening with a post about creating miniature wearable art. I love creating detail on projects decided to make a useful piece of art that you can both wear plus use to jot down last minutes notes or a phone number! I wanted to re-purpose some bamboo tiles I'd held onto for years!

To create this- I gathered together some Nougat Fresco paint and the Lynne Perrella sets LPCO32 & LPCO34. The smaller images are perfect for this project.

I painted a couple of layers of Nougat which is a brilliant skin tone colour and if you paint it as the base layer, it's easy to add the colour on top. In order to create the mini book, you need the flatter side as the inside to stick your pages too, so the outside needs to be the slightly curved side. Stamping onto a curved surface is more challenging. I put the stamp to the tile & by using the Flexi Blocks you have much better control.

Now it's just a case of painting all the details on the face- you need a tiny brush & used a variety of opaque and translucent colours so I can add layers of paint on top of each other. Here's the colours I used;

Gorgeous aren't they?! I've used some of the brand new colours which are simply beautiful. Once painted leave to dry well as you're going to need to manipulate the tile a little when sticking the pages into it.. and trust me, you aren't going to want it to smudge ;-)

Next. onto the mini-book bit- apart from simple copier paper and thread, these are the extra supplies I used.

Now you need to cut a piece of cardstock that is the same size as the tile and also some folded pieces of paper the same size too.

Add six little dots in the centre of the folded pieces, prick each one through, stack all the folded pieces and then backstitch through all the pages. Stamp and decorate some of the pages.

Then add a folded piece of cardstock a little smaller than the pages and use this to glue to the bamboo tile and the back piece of cardstock.

And that's it! Leave to dry under a slight weight. Thread the wire through, twist, add beads and a jump ring. Thread some sort of ties or necklace to complete it.

I'd love to see what you create. If you can't find bamboo tiles - ordinary dominoes would do perfectly. You might find it easier to sand each domino down first before adding the paint. 

To attach a jump ring, you can find flat back connectors at jewellery finding suppliers.

If you wanted to make it more long-lasting, simply add one of PaperArtsy's glazes onto the front and back. It doesn't need to be a necklace- you could create a gift of several mini notebooks in a small box or even fashion a fabric bag to add the notebook into when it's in your bag. Do have fun making miniature art- it's wonderfully absorbing and takes such little time. Plus, you never have worry about what to fill that leftover bit of space on your project- because there's so little space to fill ;-)


Keren Baker
Twitter: @craftstampink

Ohhh how cute Keren. I have a domino necklace, but not a bamboo one with a book in it!!! The bamboo tiles are lighter too, and the drilled hole is handy too, I remember getting Mr PA to drill my dominoes for me so i could wear them, does require a bit of clamping.

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Julie Lee said...

Ah, now I know why you were after those bamboo tiles!!! I definitely have to have them now! This is gorgeous! I love the way you painted it with the beautiful new colours: it is stunning! And useful too. xxx

Helen said...

what a gorgeous mini book! So clever and beautifully painted

Unknown said...

Great project, really like the colours and the book style of it:).

Craftyfield said...

Lovely colours for this beautiful mini book!

Kezzy said...

Oh wow wow wow really loving this wearable mini book, it's so cute and totally awesome. Happy Art :-) Kezzy xxx

massofhair said...

Fabulous and useful minature Keren. Mind you i don't think i'd use it as i would probably damage it with my bumbling hands lol:-) xxx

Art By Wanda said...

This is wonderful, Keren!!!

Deborah Wainwright said...

That's loveky Keren never seen beforexx

conil said...

For goodness sake...this is brilliant.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is a fabulous project, keren, so imaginative and beautiful. I am worried about Mr pa getting clamped though! I got Colin to drill some dominos for me once and he wasn't too keen but I didn't clamp him,

Lucy x

Hazel Agnew said...

An absolute delight! Love it!

crazy4atc said...

Love this,thanks for a great tutorial!

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous little book and wearable piece of art.

Lesley Xx

~amy~ said...

Absolutely Wow!

Kirsten said...

Wow! Keren, that is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Miriam said...

Gorgeous work Keren - love the mini book

Deb said...

Beautiful! I was given a couple of those bamboo tiles and didn't know what to do with them, now I have some inspiration! Thanks so much.

craftytrog said...

Beautiful!!! x