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Regular viewers of this blog will have noticed that I have taken quite a liking to Grunge board in the last few weeks. I decided to experiment and see if grunge board was a suitable weight for a book cover, it was a success and today I’d like to share some pictures of the results.

Grunge Board Book 1

Grunge Board Book 1

I painted the Grungeboard using the same techniques as I showed in the garland tutorial last friday. The board does distort as you heat it, but if you are careful and pin it flat while it is still warm and hold it flat till it dries it is possible to minimise the effect. I coloured natural linen thread with dye ink to match the colours on the covers. The exposed stitching on the spine really stands out well against the darker edges of the covers. The book opens completely flat, which makes it a joy to write in.

Inside covers of Grung Board Book 1

Inside covers of Grunge Board Book 1

Here you can see that I painted the inside of the covers in a similar way but used a text stamp in the background. I love this effect. The stamp is made by Hero Arts, I believe it is called ‘Old French Writing’. I’m really pleased with how this turned out. It’s hard to show how antique this looks in a photograph, in real life it looks like antique brass.

Front & Back covers of my Grunge Board Book

Front & Back covers of my Grunge Board Book

Here is a view of the book, to show the front and back covers together. The stamps on the cover were from Creative Expressions ‘Holly’ plate. This is the same plate that had the small holly and poinsettia designs which were used in my Grunge Paper Garland tutorial, last friday. I used Fluid Acrylic paint by Golden for this project, the Interference Gold fine mixed into the red and green paint, gave them an iridescent look too. It is very versatile paint and well worth the investment.

Modify the stamps used on the cover and select a watercolour paper and this would make the perfect art Journal for a creative friend. The Coptic stitch binding, means the book lies completely flat in use, making it perfect to paint or write in. Make sure you wax your thread well and it will seal in the colour if you died the thread. Waxing the thread also means it will resist paint etc, when the book is used as a journal.

Links

For suppliers of these Golden’s paints in the UK, go to Jackson’s Art supplies. There details are listed in the Art links area of the side bar of this blog. There is also a direct link to the manufacturers of Golden paints in the side bar, you will be able to find a colour chart of available colours in the Fluid Acrylic range on that site. I adore these paints.

Grunge Board is made by Ranger, under the Tim Holtz ‘Idea ology’ line. Check out the Stamping Links in the side bar, for the link to Ranger.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I would like to share some pictures of an art journal I made. Before I had my own leather, I bought a bag of scraps from Jackie to see how I got on. Amongst the pieces she sent me was the most gorgeous sulphur yellow piece of leather. I have been saving this for ages and finally decided that it would make a very good art journal.

 

The other think I wondered whilst looking at this lovely piece of leather was…. would acrylic paint dry on the unfinished side of the leather. Jackie had coloured the piece yellow and the reverse side was still natural leather. In the interests of trying new things, I applied a couple of coats of Cryla acrylic paint to the piece to see how it would get on.

Un-finished (suede) side of leather, painted with acrylic paint

It looked very nice, but was a bit ‘bright’ considering the outside was such a strong colour. Next I wondered if alcohol ink would dry on top…

Painted side of the leather, after alcohol ink has been applied

Painted side of the leather, after alcohol ink has been applied

 

 

So I put a couple of coats of alcohol ink on top and really liked the result. A very interesting alternative to marbled end papers I though.

 

The assembled book showing alcohol inked inside cover

The assembled book showing alcohol inked inside cover

The assembled book showing alcohol inked inside cover

The assembled book showing alcohol inked inside cover

The paper in the book is water colour paper so it would hold up to washes of watercolour or acrylic paint. I assembled the book and bound it using Long-stitch, which is perfect for this as it opens completely flat. I am very pleased with the finished book…the only drawback is….I like it too much and worry about using it! DOH!!!!!!

Let me know what you think.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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As some of you will know, I am a regular member of the Book Arts Forum. Today’s post includes pictures of the book I created for their swap for June 2009.

Front Cover of Stampboard Book

Front Cover of Stampboard Book

 This book is 2 x 2″ and incorporates coptic binding

Detail of the coptic stitching

Detail of the coptic stitching

The back cover

The back cover

Inside the Stampboard book

Inside the Stampboard book

The book is held closed with a ribbon closure

The book is held closed with a ribbon closure

Stamps were by Elusive Images and are available from Graphicus I really enjoyed making this book, hope you like the pictures.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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I received a commission for one of my hard backed accordian, coptic sewn books from the Kent Archery Association. Their current Secretary was standing down and they wanted an original gift for her. Here is the book I created;

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The individual pages are joined together at their outer edges with the same coloured card as the front cover. The pages are then sewn together as you would for a normal coptic bind. I coloured the linen thread to compliment the gold on the front cover.  The inside pages each have a burgundy edged card with a message from each of the Kent Archery Association’s current committee.

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I redesigned their logo a few few years back from a single line-drawing into the colourful design that you see on the front cover. They now use this logo in all their stationary. If you would like to find out more about them visit www.archerykent.org.uk

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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