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Today I’d like to share a picture of a folder I created to store my sketches in. The cover features an embossed stone texture panel, which I’ll be sharing a video tutorial for, very soon.

Embossed stone book

Embossed stone book

The cover is made from mount board and has a book-cloth covered spine. This project has been quite a journey, which you will hear more about in the coming posts. I’m really pleased with how this piece turned out though.

Hope you like it too.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Earlier this month I introduced you to Daler Rowney’s Interference colour acrylic paint. I’m still in love with this and wanted to share a few more pictures of projects I’ve created using the paint.

A selection of handmade books with Shimmering colours on the covers

A selection of handmade books with Shimmering colours on the covers

The interference colours are most impressive when used over dark colours, so these books feature black card that I embossed and then used a selection of the shimmering colours over the top. They are tricky to photograph and really pop when you see them in real life, the colours reflect the light so are even more dramatic than metallic colours. Do try some if you can, they are amazing.

Here is a close up on the textile book;

Embossed book with multi colours of interference acrylic paint

Embossed book with multi colours of interference acrylic paint

So glad I learnt some bookbinding skills, I couldn’t bear to cover up these backgrounds so used them for covers for my hand-made note books. Will be making some more of these as little Christmas gifts for friends later in the year.

Hope you like them and get to try some interference colours soon.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Today I’d like to share a picture of some books I created using an embossed panel that I decorated with Daler Rowney Interference colours. This first one features, Shimmering Blue and shimmering gold interference colours.

Blue & Gold embossed book

Blue & Gold embossed book

This one features Shimmering copper and Shimmering Gold; interference colours and the Swirls; Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Embossed book with interference colours

Embossed book with interference colours

Aren’t the colours just lush! I ‘m looking forward to experimenting more with these paints, I love how they work so well with each other and over a variety of surfaces. Hope you get to try some of this paint soon, its amazing. More pics next week.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post, as part of the Adventurs in Acrylics workshop, I’d like to share a book I recently made. I decorated the cover using a painting technique that I’ll show you how to create, in a video tutorial on friday. This book features Coptic stitch binding, one of my favorites as the book lies flat when its open, handy for taking notes.  I can’t believe its been so long since I made a book. Between crocked back and whiplash, it seems to have been forever!

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Coptic stitched handmade book, with dark wood effect covers

Hope you like the book, I’m pleased with how it turned out. There’s a bookbinding tab at the top of the blog, if you want to learn more about bookbinding or find out where to get bookbinding supplies from. Check out the tutorials tab, or the grab button in the sidebar for more information about the online workshop series, Adventures in Acrylics.

The closure on the book features Billie’s Book ties that I shared a video for recently. I added bead spacers in place of actual beads, as they were such a nice brass colour, they went well will the books colouring. If you would like to see how to make the ties, check out the video Billie’s Book Ties.

Its been  very tricky to get a photo of this book, in real life there are so many beautiful tones of colour in it, but the weather has been so dark, getting them to show up on camera, hasn’t been easy. Check out the video tutorial on friday, as that was recorded on a brighter day ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post a great little tutorial for making Book ties. I’ve been making these for years and they are really handy. You can use them for book marks, for holding your pages down while you sketch outdoors and make them as functional or fancy as you like. Great for last-minute gifts too.

Billie's Book Ties

Billie's Book Ties

You Will Need

  • Sketch book or whatever style and size of book you want to use your book tie with
  • Cotton cord or flat shoe lace. I found UN Waxed cord or lace gave a better hold. The waxed ones seem to slip to easily.
  • Beads if you wish to add decoration for a more elaborate design
  • PVA glue if using cord instead of shoe laces
  • Scissors

Method

This is definitely one of those tutorials best done on film! Trust me these are super easy to do, and really quick to make as well.

Options/Added Extras

Depending on the cord style you use, how about adding some more decorative beads to use the book ties as book marks and page holders.

Try them using flat shoe laces for your art journals, they are great for keeping your place, or keeping your book closed too.

Links

Shoe laces are widely available on the high street

Cotton cord I bought from Sanctuary Beads on Ebay 

This tutorial was meant to go up last week, but You Tube put the original soundtrack back on after I dumped it. All you could hear were the budgies and DH clucnking around :( Have to re upload it and then it takes 36 hours to ‘settle’ to quality in You Tube :( Hope I can resolve this or the online class is in jeopordy!

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post  I want to share a close up of the handmade sketch book I made a while ago.

My handbound Travelling sketchbook

My handbound Travelling sketchbook

The binding style is longstich, as it opens flat. The cover is leather, which came from Ebay ;) You’ll remember the story, where I discovered just how BIG whole hides are!!! I’m such a townie, didn’t think it would be THAT big hehe. I’ve named her (the hide) Daisy and she lives in the studio. {Is that weird?…Little bit!}

My handbound Travelling sketchbook; longstitch binding style

Longstitch binding style

For the signatures, I’ve used half cartridge paper and the other half is watercolour paper, this way whatever style of sketch I want to do is possible. The book is A6, which is a nice size to put in your bag and not too heavy. For extra stability, I’ve got a piece of matboard loose in there, between the signatures.

Contents of handbound sketchbook

Contents of hand bound sketchbook, the advantage of binding yourself is you can choose the paper, and even have multiple kinds in one book.

When you bind your own sketchbook, you can select the kinds of paper you want to use. It would be difficult to find a commercially made book which had different kinds of paper half way through wouldn’t it. This way I only need to carry one book not two ;)

Best wishes

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to give you the chance to ask me your crafting questions. Struggling with a particular product or material? Like to know more about a particular technique?

I have been crafting seriously for about eight years. The type of crafts I have most experience in are paper crafts, which you probably guessed, by the subjects I tend to write about. If I can’t answer your question in person, I hope to be able to point you to a website that may have the answers.

It’s your turn, ask away and I’ll try and help you.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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