Wednesday, 25 July 2018

2018 #13 Mint, Sage, Claret & Gold with HP {by Nikki Acton}

2018 Topic 13: Mint, Sage, Claret & Gold (Colour Topic)
Handmade Book with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics and HP1109 by Nikki Acton

I can see why Nikki is addicted to making mini books, the gold accents to the page edges, and on the cover are just beautiful! What a pretty idea this is! ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Nikki from Addicted to Art with you today, and I'd like to share with you a handmade book I have made.

Making little books is my latest obsession! On a recent visit abroad I knew I would have a little spare time in a hotel in the evening so took paper and needles to practice my binding techniques! 

Handmade Book with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics and HP1109 by Nikki Acton

The covers for my book are PaperArtsy Grey board 100mmx100mm. This is a great surface to take loads of paint and stamping. I began with a layer of Fresco Finish Acrylic in Sage. I then took some scraps of watercolour card and added Fresco Finish Acrylic - Hint of Mint before then transferring to the surface. This is a wonderful technique to build up subtle layers of colour. Hopefully the photo below shows the addition of the Mint, the Fresco Finish Claret and finally Fresco Finish Gold.

Handmade Book with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics and HP1109 by Nikki Acton

I stamped onto the painted surface using archival inks - Watering Can for subtle stamping and Black for the images. I took a small brush and added a little water to the Claret paint and loosely painted the flowers and butterfly before adding gold highlights. Love the gold dots on the flowers(use the end of the paintbrush for this)! I have used Hot Picks stamp set HP1109 and also the script stamp from HP1501.


 PaperArtsy Hot Picks Set 1109 (HP1109)

 PaperArtsy Hot Picks Set 1501 (HP1501)

Handmade Book with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics and HP1109 by Nikki Acton

Love these little tags on the stamp set! I masked off the numbers before stamping onto some Sage / Mint coloured card and cut them out to make little tags for my book. 


Handmade Book with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics and HP1109 by Nikki Acton

The inside page that attaches the signatures to covers was also stamped. In hindsight I could have made these pages a little more interesting! 


Handmade Book with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics and HP1109 by Nikki Acton


I added gold paint to the edges of the signatures to age the pages a little.

Handmade Book with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics and HP1109 by Nikki Acton

I took a little canvas sheet to cover the spine and also stamped with the flowers from HP1109 - and added Gold paint with my finger all round the edges of the covers.


Handmade Book with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics and HP1109 by Nikki Acton


I found some Sari Silk ribbon in my stash that holds my book closed.

As you can see on a couple of the photos - I also made a much smaller book with the same colours - it really is a great combination. There are lots of tutorials out there for bookbinding techniques, it is great fun and they make cute little gifts.

Nikki

Blog: Addicted to Art
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14 comments:

Miriam said...

Oh Nikki, what a gorgeous book you've created. I love it.

Helen said...

wow, Nikki, this is gorgeous

butterfly said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Nikki - just love how that delicate gold detailing highlights the fabulous detail in the stamps. Beautiful work.
Alison x

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint said...

Oh my goodness Nikki! This is the most scrumptious little book! I love the ochre closure and the addition of the gold to the edges for that subtle luxurious hint. What a wonderful design!

Wanda Hentges said...

Really beautiful, Nikki!!!!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely gorgeous books, Nikki, I love how you have used the gold detailing,

Lucy x

Paper Wishes said...

Love this book. Your colours are wonderful and the way you have used the stamps so beautiful especially the touches of gold.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Gorgeous books Nikki - great stamping with those wonderful stamp sets x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

Stunning book Nikki, fabulous result of the paint and stamping technique. Great Hot Picks images and beautiful the theme colours. I love it!! xx

Annie said...

Love your beautiful books Nikki x Delightful colours and I have those stamp sets so must get them out and have a play x
TFS and hugs Annie x

Redanne said...

Nikki, your little books are stunning! That flower stamp is wonderful and I love how you coloured the flowers and the moth - and the gold touches are beautiful! A very inspirational post! Hugs, Anne xx

Hazel Agnew said...

These are beautiful Nikki. Little treasures! Xx

Corrie Herriman said...

Fabulous little book !

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE, LOVE love it!

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