Thursday 2 July 2020

2020 #11 Book Cover with EKC {by Ellie Knol}

2020 Topic 11: Calming Colours 

It's a filed of house-mushrooms sprouting tonight for the calming colour topic. Ellie's created a very pretty and serene soft-blue village with these stamps by Kay Carley.
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Ellie Knol from PAPER-STAMPS-COLOR again with you today, and I'd like to share with you the joy I had creating a cover for a colouring book in which I stamped images to color. 

Of course we all expect these toadstools to be red with white dots, but to be honest, I like the blue, and in nature there are also blue mushrooms .... really.. ..... and they're beautiful!  A green-blue ..
These are calming colors to me... the blue from the sky, green from plants and the terra from the soil.
Nature-inspired colors are my favorites...  

This is the front, spine, and back cover of the book; left the back, and right the front cover of course. I chose to photograph it before assembling the book itself. 

This is the gelliprint I've used to adhere to the book cover, first adhering it to cotton to make it more sturdy. 

After it had dried I added a layer of matte medium to give it some protection. You can see hints of the dragonflies from stamp set EKC24 in the background. 

I've also used EKC36 stamp set from Kay Carley.

 aWith Fresco Finish Paint in the following colors: Beanstalk, Brown Shed, Snowflake, Smurf, Mermaid and Magic Moss.  

The front cover has the big toad stool and some of the other sizes from the set, stamped with Versafine Onyx black and heat embossed in clear.
I painted all the toadstools with Fresco Finish 
Snowflake and the door with Bean Stalk.
I hesitated to use any (brown)reds first as it might not be a calming color for some, but I decided I needed to use what is a calming color to me.
I needed shadows to the toadstools; I used water-diluted Brown Shed Fresco Finish for that, and stamped the text with a terra brown ink.  

The clouds and 'roofs' were (stamped) and fussy cut from another piece of gel-printed cardstock in just blues (Smurf and Mermaid Fresco Finish) ... and adhered in a paper-piecing way. The die-cuts of the flowers in green are functioning as a fence around these 'Fungus Flats'.

A close up picture of the back cover..

... and last but not least a close up picture of the front cover, it being my favorite part of the project.. 

I found myself doing the covers in a child-like way and therefore this book grew as a colouring book with stamped images as the project came along, from sets from PaperArtsy of course... for my grandson to colour himself.  I think he will be so glad.. he is still so happy with any present, luckily for me..
I hope you got some inspiration; maybe to make a book yourself as a gift to someone... ?? .. maybe a lonely person or young one or a friend...??  

I LOVE giving handmade books to others... do you? 


Miriam said...

This is wonderful Ellie... Great project

Christine Alexander said...

fantastic Ellie, your little blue mushrooms are perfect :)

Helen said...

loving the mushrooms in blue!

Stampers Grove said...

Thanks Ellie. Fun project.