Posts tagged ‘altered book’

September 6, 2012

A Bit of Mixed Media

I’m still doing a bit of flittering between different crafts. Recently I’ve been watching a load of mixed media art journaling and scrap booking videos on You Tube. I have to admit I don’t love it all, some of it seems like just sticking, painting, stamping, stencilling and scribbling a lot of random stuff on a page. But where it helps to explore creativity and generates inspiration I find it quite interesting.

I like altered books and I thought it might be good to have a go at making one that I can use to keep together pictures, ideas and bits and pieces that I find inspiring. So I bought an old hardback book from a charity shop…

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First job was to create a cover so I opened it up and primed it all over with a coat of Gesso (this seems to be a staple in mixed media art), this dealt with the shininess of the cover. Then I applied a coat of grey, I’m a fan of grey.

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I collected a selection of papers together to go on the cover…

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And stuck them down using matte gel medium (another staple that I hadn’t heard of until recently, but it’s great because it sticks well but leaves a matte finish)…

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Then I applied some teal paint to the edges and a couple of butterfly stickers from Ikea (butterflies are going to be a bit of a theme in the book)…

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To knock back the colours and help all of the background materials to blend together a bit I applies a coat of watered down gesso. I stuck some grey lace along the spine and added some buttons and beads. I also did some stamping in the same teal colour with a swirly stamp I have and some bubble wrap.

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I’m fairly happy with is has a first attempt. It’s pretty and not to busy which I my style.

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I’ve done a bit of prep on the inside, ripping some pages out and sticking some together. I’ll show you more as it progresses 🙂

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