Monday 25 September 2017

2017 #13 Metallics: A Beautiful Book with EEG {by Wendy Mallas}

2017 Topic 13: Beautiful Metallics {by Wendy Mallas}

Hi everyone, it's Wendy here again today, and I can't wait to share a beautiful art journal with you. 

I love making books and I love monoprinting and I really love Paperartsy Fresco Acrylics.

I think the most important thing here is to take your time. I knew I was going to make a book with a wraparound closure and also that I was going to get one of my Gelli plates out and work with Emma Godfrey's fabulous stamps and stencils, but that's about all. 

Luckily for me, all of my pinks and purples were in the same box! Aren't they pretty?

I worked with Paperartsy's Frescos colour chart and a mini hexagonal plate because they fit so well in a repeating pattern. So, the first four purples on the chart were my starting point. Blueberry, Purple Rain, Lavender and Wisteria

I continued to work through the colour chart and used Emma's absolutely gorgeous mask, PM008, repeatedly over the hexagons. And doodling, of course. You can't beat a good doodle. 

I chose to use the fabulous floral stamp sets, EEG14 and EEG22 then colour and fussy cut them out as embellishments.

After curling the edges to give some dimension, all that they needed was a little rub of Treasure Gold around the edges, Royal Amethyst on the purple and Pewter on the pink. It really highlights the amazing shapes of the flowers. 

Very appropriate bit of heat embossing in silver. At first, it was a little lost against the background, but a cheeky black drop shadow with a fineliner sorted that. Now it looks ... um... beautiful... especially by the silver thread I used on the exposed chain stitching.

I hid a magnet inside the pocket and popped a bookmark complete with silver tassel inside.

And the middle flower was the perfect place under which to hide the other magnet. Ta-da!

I'm so pleased with the finished book. It's so sparkly and all the metallic elements really give it polish, so to speak. I really had no idea where I was going with this until I was near the end. The colour scheme and flowery theme are not my usual 'go to' ones. Well that just goes to show that you should try everything at least once. I loved using the small Gelli plate as a stamp and that's something I'll most certainly do again. The hardest part was hand-tearing all of the pages. Just looking through my studio for anything metallic was a revelation for me. You could look through your stash and gather all of the shiny things. See what you can do with it. 

Love and peace,

Wendy x

Ohhh Wendy, what lovely shimmery goodness you have created! This looks like a wonderfully special book too! Keep this one away from the magpies! ~ Leandra

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Helen said...

WOW! Love the silver metallic sheen against the pinks and purples. The flowers look amazing; especially with the edge of Treasure Gold.

Dortesjs said...

awsome totally grogeous.

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

A beautiful creation indeed, so much work has gone into this book Wendy. From design to construction it looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing it's beauty. Hugs Tracey xx

Keren Baker said...

Love the way you created your 'paper' for the book- and that metallic stitching is amazing!!

Hazel Agnew said...

A glorious book Wendy, you are so clever. Love Emma's stamps, they are so inspiring! Xx

geezercrafter said...

Love the stitching and the silver embossing, nice marriage with the purples.

Ruth said...

Gorgeous book, love the hexagon idea, so clever and the doodling a perfect touch, the metallic flowers are my favourite though...awesome! xx

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Kirsten said...

I can't imagine howw long it took to create this, but it was totally worth it, it's gorgeous.

SewPaperPaint said...

Such a pretty book! The purple tones work beautifully with your silver metallic elements. Hugs, Autumn

Mac Mable said...

Shiny and fabulous. The prettiest of colours and love all your pinks and purples in the box altogether. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration and you look like you had fun with this one? x

Emma Godfrey said...

This is gorgeous ... live the colours and the embossing on the title! :) And the 3D flowers on the front are stunning!! x

Susan Battensby said...

What a lovely book, must have taken ages.
Love your idea of painting the tops of your paint pots with the colour, that's genius.

craftytrog said...

Beautiful project Wendy! xx

Miriam said...

Such a beautiful project Wendy - fabulous!