You don't need a compass to make this book. Just follow these instructions...
I started this project off by hand-painting several sheets of watercolor paper using gesso, acrylic paint and acrylic glaze. You could also use scrapbook or other decorative paper instead.
I can never get enough texture in my artwork, so I decided to use one of Spellbinders new Texture Plates, which has already become a staple in my art supply box. This one is Grate Works Three.
Click on this picture to enlarge it so you can see the incredible nooks and crannies the paper now has.
I gently sponged over the surface with ink to make the texture pop even more and to add some color highlights.
I cut the textured paper using a scissor into two 3.5 inch squares. Using a ruler so I could get deckled edges, I tore a sheet of 90lb watercolor paper into three 3.5 x 7 inch rectangles - one would be for the cover and two for the pages inside.
I folded the three pieces of watercolor paper in half to create a book form.
I next glued the textured paper to both sides of one sheet of the folded watercolor paper, and these sides become the front and back covers to my book.
I used a simple pamphlet stitch to put the book together using waxed, brown linen thread and added one bead at the closure for visual interest.
To decorate my covers, I cut a contrasting color of hand-painted paper using Spellbinders Exquisite Circles dies...
..and of course felt the need to add some found and altered metal to complete the look.
A book is born...
Right now the inside pages are blank but I will soon be completing them and showing them in a future post. Stay tuned...
Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:
Other: watercolor paper, gesso, acrylic paint, acrylic medium, gilders paste, paint brush, adhesive, waxed linen thread, sewing needle, scissor, ruler, awl, bead, found objects