Monday, 5 February 2018

2018 #2 Seth's NEW Fresco paints: Bobbin Book with EAB {by Ruth Mescall}

2018 Topic 2: Seth's NEW Fresco Paints

Ohhhh I soooo love this!!! I'm sure you will too, Ruth always has such gorgeous ideas! Enjoy! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, Ruth here today, and I'd like to share with you a little labour of love that I've been wanting to make for ages. I've had a wooden cotton reel in my stash that I thought would be perfect for a 'spool album'. I first stumbled across this idea a few years ago in the form of the beautiful artwork of yoko kimura and taking inspiration from there I thought  the honour of using Seth's new paint set 3 (FFSA03) in beautiful blues and green and Alison Bomber's wonderful word stamps would be the perfect combination. These are the stamp sets I've used EAB01, EAB02 and EAB03

It may be small, a less than 3 cm width strip to work with but you can still pack a lot of detail in......bit tricky to photograph too!

First challenge was how long do I make it and what substrate, I chose to use Khadi paper or a cotton rag paper as I needed something that would last and not fray away, and curl but not crease. An A4 piece produced 7 strips and I used them all! 

The front and back are different, the buttery yellow with white and blue splats allowing for future journalling provides a  perfect contrast to those gorgeous blues and greens. I loved how they blended together. The blue tones  could be the sea or a night sky against the hills and the yellow is pure sunshine.

Start at the end....once the strips were painted and stitched together I used some double sided tape to adhere it to the bobbin. I chose the final quote first as I though after reading the mini vignettes it would be a time for quiet contemplation. 

As I mentioned earlier a bit tricky to photograph a 200cm x 3cm strip however the the unwinding bobbin shows off the quotes and colours well. I chose background stamps to work with the quotes such as a music stave, flowers or leaves and used these additional stamp sets. ESN13, ELB27, ELB29, ELB30 and EEV 06.

My secret weapon was a stamp positioner as I couldn't afford to make mistakes. The zigzag stitching joined the paper but I also used straight stitching to separate the chapters.

 Archival stamping and a few gold splats just enhance the spaces between....and aren't those paint colours beautiful? 

 ..and finish at the start, a great quote to begin the story and all tied together with some turquoise cord.

Having made one I want to make another with Alison's other themed stamp plates and may try using an old fashioned clothes peg (?dolly peg) as a base and use collaged stamped fabric instead to give a wider base to work on. And of course I've loved working with Seth's new paints and can see that sea green, night sky effect appearing again...frequently! 
Hope you enjoyed the story and are tempted to create one yourself. Ruth x

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Helen said...

Wow, Ruth this looks amazing

Raquel Burillo said...

Wow! This is beautiful Ruth!!

Kirsten said...

Such a great idea, it looks wonderful.

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Amanda said...

What a fabulous idea, stunning make
Amanda x

geezercrafter said...

Loving those colours. A lovely way to keep your favourite quotes.

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow Ruth! Yes, I am more than tempted to create one for myself.
This is exquisite and so beautifully created.
It is the kind of uplifting creation that one could pick up if feeling a little down and the beauty and inspiring quotes would give you a lift and make you feel better.
Loving the paints and the words from Alison. Another stunning piece Ruth. Back of the net, my friend! Xx 😀👍⚽️

Connie said...

I love this idea :)

Craftyfield said...

Interesting idea! I love the colours too!

butterfly said...

Can't tell you how much in love with this I am, and so inspired to make some myself once I'm home again. Glorious colours and use of the quotes - I'm enthralled! Do come and share it with us at Mini Album Makers too if you'd like to.
Alison x

rachel said...

What a fabulous idea Ruth - I love this to bits! Hugs rachel xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! A truly special project!Chrisx

Ruth said...

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments, so pleased it all came together with Seth’s fab new colours and Alison’s quotes. Ruth xx

Art By Wanda said...

Absolutely fabulous, Ruth!!!

Unknown said...

I just love all Seth’s new paint colors ! Love how you used them !

Lin said...

What a great idea and it turned our beautifully... Lovely colours

Miriam said...

Stunning work ruth.... love your spool book.

Etsuko said...

What a novelty idea and fabulous book!! I love the way you have used Alison's quote stamps. xx

Keren Baker said...

What an amazing project. On something so small you have made something that’s so intricate and full of beauty! x

Jennie Atkinson said...

I absolutely adore this Ruth ! x

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

WOW this is total happiness to my heart. Every lovely detail has made me Smitten and Inspired. Love the blends of Seth's paint, your fine details with pretty splatters and the various wording/art from the stamp sets are all inspirational. Thank You so much for sharing this beautiful piece.

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh my gosh Ruth!!! This is the coolest ever! You've utterly, completely amazed me. Jaw on the floor...

Redanne said...

Wow Ruth, what a fabulous way to display Seth's new paints and Alison's wonderful quotes!! x

Mac Mable said...

Unique and amazing. Lots of patience and so worth it....How creative...Thank you for the wonderful inspiration x

Astrid Maclean said...

One word: FABULOUS!!!

Marci said...

Lovely! So small and easy to keep close for inspiration.

Ellie Knol said...

I've just decided today to make a book like this in my series 52 bookmaking.. and then I see this.. it is beautiful!!

Skylark said...

This is gorgeous Ruth! I love everything about it, the miniaturism, the colours, the quotes, everything!! I've seen Kate Crane do something similar and I'm very inspired by you both to have a go. It would make a really lovely, personal gift. Thank you. Stef x

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