Wednesday 17 July 2019

2019 #11 Retro Colour Palettes: Notebook with ECF {by Anneke de Clerck}

2019 Topic 11: Retro Colour Palettes

With an almost icecream pastel palette,  Anneke has created a beautiful bead bound retro notebook with lovely layering of stencilled and stamped images.

Hi everyone, it's Anneke with you today, and I'd like to share with you a notebook I made for the "Retro Colour Palettes" topic. I folded a cover out of watercolour paper and used stamps and stencils to decorate the cover. Usually I'm stamping and stencilling on a coloured background but this time I started building up layers on a white background. 

When closed, the booklet measures 21 cm x 12 cm.

I looked for a retro colour palette on the internet. I found a lot of inspiration at The Shutterstock blog. After choosing a colour combination I looked through my paints to find likely colours. I have a large collection of Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics so it wasn't difficult to find the right colours :) 
I ended up working with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics Autumn Fire, Mustard Pickle, Surf's Up, Koala, Eggshell, Lake Wanaka, and Cherry Blossom.

The stamps I used on this project are from the ECF 06 set only.

I started with a sheet of watercolour paper, sized 39 cm X 21 cm. I made fold marks at 5/17/19,5/22 and 34 cm. I folded the cover as shown.

I started by applying a coat of gesso to the cover. Next I stamped leaves and text from the ECF 06 stamp set on tissue paper using Archival Ink Jet Black. After cutting out I glued the prints on the cover with Matte Medium. I added a layer of Fresco Finish Snowflake on top.

I continued building up layers. I sponged with Fresco Finish Lake Wanaka through the PS126 stencil to create flowers.

I did the large grey dots with the PS132 stencil and Fresco Finish Koala. I stamped pink leaves using Fresco Finish Cherry Blossom

I stamped the yellow branches with Fresco Finish Mustard Pickle. For the dots & text I used Archival Ink Tiger Lily. The blue circles were done with a lid and Fresco Finish Surf's Up. The small dots were stamped with the eraser at the top of a pencil using Fresco Finish Eggshell.

I decorated the front cover with a set of leaves. I used Fresco Finish Surf's Up, Autumn Fire, Mustard Pickle, Lake Wanaka and Cherry Blossom to stamp the leaves.


I folded two signatures out of regular copy paper. I'm planning to use this book to take notes and write down ideas when I'm on the go.

I made 5 holes into the signatures and into both parts of the spine and made pamphlet stitches to attach the signatures to the cover. I sewed in a manner the stitches ended up at the inside and I alternated between both signatures.

While sewing I added beads to decorate the spine.

I painted the inside of the cover plain pink using Fresco Finish Cherry Blossom..

I really enjoyed this colour challenge. It forced me to work with colours that I usually don't work with but I'm very happy with how this colour combination turned out. I would recommend you to pick a retro colour palette that speaks to you and give this challenge a go.
I would love to see what you come up with!


Helen said...

Beautiful effects with those colours and stamps, Anneke!

Miriam said...

This is wonderful Anneke

Craftyfield said...

Lovely book, the pearl in the spine is a great detail too.

Lauren Hatwell said...

So beautiful!

Enny said...

What a beautiful book, lovely colours, the bead-binding is gorgeous and the cover is fantastic !! Enny

Susan Battensby said...

This is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

A Pink said...

Tis is gorgeous , Anneke . Love all the layers of colour and stamping and how all the layers can be seen due to the well thought out design . The bead threaded spine is so effective .
Wonderful creativity . x

Chris said...

Love your notebook Anneke, the colour combo you chose is gorgeous and I love the beaded binding, I would love to try this sometime. 😍

Corrie Herriman said...

I love everything about this !
Corrie x