Whoop! Managed to get some ACTUAL CREATIVITY done this week! Fancy seeing what I have created???
What do you mean NO?! Lol, you cheeky monkey.
Well, I am so proud of this that I just had to share it. *puffs out chest with pride
Here it is!
Squeal! Awesome isn’t it? *Looks around for confirmation.
Yes, it’s a faux mixed media book on a decorative stand.
Had such fun making this, and the mess that came with it, that I will be sharing with you just a brief over view of how I put it all together in a mo. Just before then, please allow me to remind you that the base was made from the Fairy Tale Book With Decorative Stand MDF kit from over on my new-ish craft store.
If you would like to get yourself one, or more of these, just click on the logo below and I will whisk you over there right now – much like Peter Pan dragging Wendy out of the window. Except with more yank.
Right, I’d best to showing you how I put this together.
Well, first I cut down some Couture Creations cardstock to A5 – that’s UK A5. I chose this because it had some wonderful patterns and also because the colour tone was quite muted so I could add colour of my own on top.
The next stage involved various paints, mediums and paintbrushes. These included Tim Holtz Distress Daubers, Copper Acrylic paint that I had mixed with a flow medium to make it more ‘watery’, some Dr Phils Watercolour drops, some metallic pigment ink pads and some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide re-inkers.
The exact order that these went on is a closely forgotten secret but generally, I applied the watery mediums first so that they soaked into the paper and then when they had dried, I applied some heavier mediums with light strokes so that they sat on top of the background colour and pattern.
I am quite proud that I got most of it onto the paper itself. Well, at least some of it.
At least the mess didn’t extend beyond … oh wait. Darn it!
Lol. Oh well, not stopping now. I reused some of the mediums to give a single colour tone to some more of the paper and then stamped out the beautiful rose design – from Honey Doo Crafts – and the wonderful sentiment – from Visible Image – in black Archival Ink.
Some white ink was then dabbed around the rose to give the edge some contrast and while that dried I cut out the rose and leaves so that I could then paper piece them onto the page.
The pages that I had created earlier were then glued to the MDF base along the spine and I glued a couple of toilet roll centres to the penultimate page so that there would be some support for the outermost pages.
Finally, I had a rummage through the bit box and found some cord, beads, a brad and some paracord that worked with the colours of the project. These were glued into place at the top edge with some Pinflair Glue Gel.
The time came to assemble and paint the stand for the book to sit on so I glued that together and painted it with black gesso.
Et voila! Done me old mucker!
Want to see a ‘few’ more photos – I did go a little crazy with the camera – of the finished project…?
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